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    James Bodziak

    Getting in sync with the rest of the local, state and national print media, this edition of The Challenger is exclusively an online version. While we will not eliminate other hard copy publications of The Challenger planned throughout this school year, our goal moving forward will be to increase the utilization of the internet to communicate to our school community.

    Since the school year began, H1N1 influenza has taken a toll on our school community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that certain groups receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine when it first becomes available, including persons six months to twenty-four years of age. According to the Erie County Department of Health, the best place for your child to receive vaccinations for H1N1 will be from your heath care provider. However, health officials recognize that some children may be unable to receive the H1N1 vaccine from their healthcare provider. As a result, our school district is partnering with the Erie County Department of Health and the East Aurora Emergency Response Services to provide access to vaccinations for children who attend schools in the District. Dates and locations will be announced when this information becomes available. One of our schools will also be designated as a site for members of our community to come to, after school hours, and receive the H1N1 vaccination.

    Please check the following sources for current information about H1N1:

    Please continue to remind and encourage family members to practice good health hygiene, including washing hands frequently and remaining at home and away from all social activities while ill.

    I encourage you to read the other articles contained in this on-line version of The Challenger. Information pertaining to the progress of our Middle School renovation project, our new school lunch program, and the results of the 2009 Grade 3-8 State Assessments are included in this edition.

    "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."

    --Anatole France