Dear CAS Families,

I hope the New Year finds you all well and eager to achieve new goals for 2014. It is always our focus in Hamburg to find ways to continually improve and to meet the needs of our students and their families. Your CAS staff has spent the past year working on meeting The Common Core Learning Standards, which have been designated by the New York State Education Department. These new goals have a focus on improving achievement through changes in instructional practices.

With all of the changes occurring in the curriculum it is key that you as parents understand what we are doing each day and why. To provide you with the knowledge you deserve the district has created a Core Curriculum Committee. The make-up of the committee includes a parent representative: Candy Ditkowski as well as several administrators: Colleen Kaney, Jennifer Giallella and myself. Our goal is to work with the Board of Education and the community to provide a forum for communication of our educational goals and how we will achieve them. Last month the PTSA graciously provided me with time to answer questions and to have an open dialogue on the Common Core and state assessments. It was a great night and I look forward to a future meeting when we can meet and discuss any further questions and concerns.

We are very excited to take on the challenges that the state has placed before us. To ensure success we want to partner with each and every family as we move forward with a focus on our new goals. Please feel free to contact us at any point if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience.  Your child’s success depends on a cooperative relationship between school and home.  To further your knowledge on the new expectations I would recommend that you explore the New York  State Education Department’s web site, Engage NY, which can be found at At the top of the web page is a parent connection tab. There you will find many resources as well as answers to frequently asked questions.

Your child’s educational journey has just begun. It is our goal to be the best to ensure your child’s success.  Happy New Year!!!!

Best Regards,

Mrs. Danielle Lango





Last Modified on April 11, 2014