GARDEN CITY, NY — The Garden City School District welcomed the newest members of its instructional team for a three-day orientation prior to the start of the school year. From Aug. 25 through 27, the new staff members participated in training sessions as they got to know the district and became familiar with procedures.
The first day was held in-person in the Garden City High School Auditorium. Seated six feet apart and wearing masks, the attendees were welcomed by members of the Board of Education, administration, PTA and SEPTA. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kusum Sinha shared the district’s mission, vision and goals, Director of Technology Dr. Rita Melikian reviewed technology practices and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership Development Nanine McLaughlin outlined important policies, supervision and evaluation. The new staff members then spent the afternoon at their respective schools, where they met with principals and coordinators.
The remainder of the program was conducted remotely and focused on active learning and lesson planning, special education, business office procedures, athletics and Google Classroom basics, among other workshop topics. Teachers were introduced to their mentors and established strong connections with colleagues in preparation for the school year ahead.