South Buffalo Charter School host last Halloween Party at location
BY: Catherine Miller | October 30, 2013
SOUTH BUFFALO - The South Buffalo Charter School held their Halloween Dance on Oct. 25. Students and teachers alike got into Halloween mood as the gymnasium darkened, costumes were donned and the sound system boomed eerie music throughout the dance. Witches and goblins were dancing with police officers and superheroes in South Buffalo’s only charter elementary school.
South Buffalo Charter School [SBCS] has gone through many transformations in the past few years, and the changes are just begun. Principal Sarah Vittoria, who previously taught at SBCS for more than a dozen years, has now served in her current position as principal for the past two years. Vittoria has watched the school grow in size, in spirit, and now she is watching it change venue, making this year the last year the SBCS Halloween Dance will be held at the South Park location.
“We will be moving into our new building in the fall,” said Principal Vittoria, “Our new facility will be located on South Ogden and Mineral Springs Rd. An open house will be scheduled after the building is completed.”
Presently located in the Buffalo Public School No. 29 building, built in 1906, the new SBCS venue is expected to bring with it new experiences for the students and a more efficient work environment for the teachers and staff. Presently home to over 600 students with a student waiting list in most grade levels, the expansion of the SBCS in fall 2014 is eagerly anticipated and with good reason. Both staff and students sing the school’s praises and are looking forward to its expansion.
“I love teaching at the South Buffalo Charter School,” stated Jeff Reinhardt, a Grade 8 math teacher who is teaching for his first year at SBCS after teaching fourteen years in other districts. “The behavior management program here is wonderful. There are great clubs for the kids to join, they have wonderful hands-on technology programs and the students are fantastic. I live in the local community and love teaching in it.”
“The community is great. It’s a great place to live and work,” stated Diina Sciortino, a math intervention teacher for grades K-8, “my kids go to the SBCS and they love it.”
Past SBCS students assisted in chaperoning the school dance. They too spoke wonderfully about their experiences at the Charter School.
“I liked everything about the South Buffalo Charter School,” said former student Michael Cortes, now a freshman at Bishop Timon High School, “The teachers at the Charter School help you with whatever you need. It was an easy transition for me into high school.”
Eric McConnachie, now an Oracle Charter High School student, attended South Buffalo Charter School from K-8 grade, and also had great things to say about his time at SBCS.
“I thought it was a great school. I had fun but the teachers also taught me when I should buckle down. They helped prepare me for the road ahead,” stated McConnachie.
The recent Halloween dance had the teachers getting into the fun as well as the students. The energy of the group of students and teachers was positive and contagious. This may have been the last Halloween dance to be held in these hallowed halls, but it won’t be the end of the fun for this tight knit group.
Those interested in learning more about the South Buffalo Charter School and the educational opportunities available at their facility can find out more at www.southbuffalocs.org. Students interested in joining the school can find the application on line on the school’s website in the beginning of the year.