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Principal's Desk and Message

Dear Sachem East Parents and Students,

I hope that all of our students and families had an enjoyable summer spending time with family and friends.  As we begin another school year I ask that we all approach it with a sense of optimism and positivity.  Remember that each morning we wake up we have a choice to be positive or negative.  How we approach each day will determine our reaction to challenges, should they arise.  

We have great people working within the walls of our building.  Being that East is only twelve years young, we have an opportunity to further establish a tradition and culture that will forever be a part of those who work and learn here.  It is amazing to see the many accomplishments we have achieved as a group and we hope to build upon the camaraderie that already exists.  

As a school we want to build a culture of trust and positivity alongside people who deserve it.  At East we want to promote a tradition of excellence for years to come.  Many people ask me how it feels to be empowered in my position as principal.  I do not consider myself anyone’s superior, we are all members of a team and must help each other accomplish the goals we envision.  The empowering part of my job is being able to work with a first class group of students and professionals on a daily basis who understand the true meaning of effective teaching & learning.  The type of education we are trying to promote extends far beyond the classroom walls and hopefully will prepare our students to be successful, productive members of society.   
One thing I want to express to our students is that they all have the same thing in common, and that one thing is “last year.”  What happened last year remains in the past.  This school year provides you with a clean slate, so any regrets or mistakes that you made last year can be corrected and learned from.  As I speak with students who enter the building during the summer I encourage them to be leaders amongst their peers and classmates.  As students you must understand that things will not always go your way while remembering that giving your best effort is all we can ask of you.  It is how you react to adversity and tough times that will define who you are.  Remember to act as if your parents will witness everything that you do.  It is important for you to realize that a person’s character is determined by what they do when nobody is watching.  
Being that you only get one shot at high school, it is vital for you to understand that you are creating your future with your present attitude.  A person’s character follows them wherever they go and I have never met someone who was able to buy back their reputation.  The electricity that students bring to a school is amazing and we hope to keep the positive vibe going throughout the school year.  It is very easy to get wrapped up in the negativity of the world and that’s why all teachers and students are asked to leave their Negativity, Impatience, Complaints and Ego at the door in order for them to have a N.I.C.E. day every time they enter the doors of East!


Mr. Antonetti