Washington Middle School Principal Melissa Emerson and Jefferson Middle School Principal Carm Proctor and Assistant Principal David Hickey recently visited the Eastside YMCA for a “Meet the Principals Night.”
The “Meet the Principals Night” gave principals the opportunity to interact with students and families in an informal setting. Students developed questions to learn more about the principals including: “What’s the hardest thing about being a principal?” and “What are three important things you want to tell us, and our parents today?”
“I really enjoyed my time at the East Side YMCA,” said Mrs. Emerson. “The students asked great questions. It was wonderful to be able to share information about myself with students and their parents that they would not normally know. The Eastside YMCA has done a phenomenal job in the last couple years to really grow their program and it was nice to be a part of it.”
The night also included family cooking and cake decorating competitions. The cooking competition winner was Manuelly Martinez who made Chicken Parmesan with his mother Keila Lopez. Michael Quigley, Isaiah Quigley, Jeriel Laboy and Richard Rodriguez were the winners of the cake-decorating contest. They transformed their cake into the shape of a school bus.
“The Jefferson students and administration were very excited about the special event at the Eastside Y,” said Mrs. Proctor. “John Barber, Max Martin and the rest of their staff made us feel welcome. We made great connections with students, parents and the community through the planned activities.
The YMCA Eastside Middle School Academy is open Monday through Friday for fifth through eighth grade students from 3 to 6 p.m. Activities include: Chautauqua Striders homework help, STEM learning, art, cooking class, drama and dance to name just a few of the many activities for students.