• Mrs. Laura Dobson


     Welcome to Lime Kiln Intermediate School! 


    Dear Lime Kiln Parents and Students:

     Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I hope you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with fun and exciting memories with your loved ones. We are thrilled to welcome all of you back to a new school year of learning and growing.

    I am grateful and elated to continue this journey with you as your Interim Principal. Over the past year, I have had a chance to meet many of you and your children, and look forward to continue building strong relationships with all of you in the upcoming year. As we enter this new school year, I want to let you know that our staff will continue to  support students’ in developing a growth mindset. We believe that every person in this building should always be growing and learning. Despite obstacles that may arise, we must always believe in our ability to rise above challenges and let our strong side take over.

    Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to develop strong relationships with parents, students and community partners. This year we will focus on standards’ based skills, the use of data to drive instruction, social and emotional learning with the development of a school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions System.  This work will provide all students at Lime Kiln with a rigorous curriculum and supports for their emotional growth.  

     Additionally, Maria Petrella will continue as the Lime Kiln Academic Standards Facilitator. Ms. Petrella is developing a digital data site, where each student will begin their own digital portfolio that will follow them through the years.  Ms. Petrella will work alongside teachers to ensure every child is working towards the goals and standards set forth by the New York State Department of Education.

     Students are expected to attend school regularly, actively participate in the lesson, and maintain a positive growth mindset.   Learning and maintaining a growth mindset will allow your child to be successful for years to come.  You will hear your child say, “Smart is not something you are; smart is something you get.” and  “Let your strong side take over.” These statements promote positive thinking and will help your child believe they can achieve their academic goals.  

     Back to School Night is a great time for you to learn more about your child’s learning environment and meet our fabulous staff, so please plan on joining us.  Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 7-8 p.m.  During this time you will receive important information regarding our school and your child.  I will have the opportunity to formally introduce myself, you will meet your child’s teachers and the PTA will share the events they have planned for families for this upcoming school year. Please mark the date on your calendar so that can ensure you are able to join us for this very important event.       

     We are very excited to have a strong PTA here at Lime Kiln.  The President of the PTA, Priya Varughese, and I have great plans for the year and will continue to work together on behalf of all families. The PTA will welcome all families on Wednesday, September 25th at the Back to School Night.  It is our hope that all families join the PTA this year.  

     The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 5, 2019.  In our efforts to show our children the importance of working together as a community, we invite all parents to please join us at the entrance of Lime Kiln Intermediate School at 7:45 a.m. at Lime Kiln Intermediate School to cheer for students as they enter the building to begin the new school year.  You are welcome to park your car in the front parking lot and join us at the main entrance.  We would like the school year to show students that we stand as a unified community who are committed to providing a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging, and challenging learning environment. 

      As your Interim Principal, it is important that everyone who steps through our doors are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year.  I can also be contacted through the Class Dojo App, more information about Class Dojo access will be sent home by classroom teachers.

     You are invited to be an active participant at Lime Kiln Intermediate School.  Whether you are a classroom volunteer, a member of the PTA, special event participation, or member of one of our school communities, you are encouraged to be involved!  Research on schools clearly demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. 


    I am sincerely looking forward to an engaging and enriching school year! 


    Warm regards,

     Laura Dobson 

    Interim Principal

    Lime Kiln Intermediate School  



     Efficacy Principles


    Smart is not something you are. Smart is something you get.


    Thoughts determine your actions.


    Think You Can * Work Hard *Get Smart.


    The Learning Zone is where you get smart.


    In everything you do, “Find Out How Great You Can Be” (FOHGYCB).


    Feedback tells you where your Learning Zone is and how hard you have to work.


    The Step-by-Step Method is a way of working hard to get better.


    Use Feedback!  Think You Can!  Keep Moving Out!


    Overcome Internal and External obstacles.


     Listen to your Strong Side and make it powerful.


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