• Chester Academy
    Back to School Message
    August 1, 2023

    Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year. My hope is that everyone is enjoying a wonderful summer, and are relaxed and recharged, ready to start a new school year starting September 5th. I am looking forward to a great school year here at Chester Academy.

    Last year, one-hundred students graduated from the Chester Academy. This year, I am excited for the approximately ninety-five members of the senior class, as they work toward their graduation and the next stages of life. Our projected Academy enrollment for this coming school year is approximately five hundred and thirty students, allowing for a small school learning environment with personalized attention paid to the individual student, yet large enough to provide a competitive academic program with a vast offering of athletics and extracurricular opportunities. 

    Please note the following information for the upcoming school year:

    Athletics Information: Fall Sports
    The fall season is fast approaching and sign-ups are taking place online using Family ID. Please go to http://www.familyid.com/chester-ufsd-athletics.

    Start dates:
    Varsity Football: August 19
    Varsity/JV Boys & Girls Soccer: August 21
    Varsity/JV Girls Volleyball: August 21
    Varsity Cross Country: August 21 (*** in conjunction with SS Seward at Florida)
    Modified Sports (Football, Soccer, and Volleyball): September 6
    More information on specific tryout times and locations will be sent out as we approach the dates.

    Transportation
    Students will be notified of their bus route via a postcard sent directly by our new transportation company, Student Bus Services.  For questions regarding transportation, please contact Chester Academy at 845.469.2231 extension 3312.  Busing for Greenwood Lake students is coordinated by the Greenwood Lake Transportation Department.   Any matters concerning transportation of Greenwood Lake students should be directed to the Greenwood Lake Transportation Department 845.477.2411 extension 54300. 

    Chromebook Distribution
    All students in grades 6 to 12 at Chester Academy are provided with a Chromebook. Current students were allowed to keep their Chromebook over the summer.  Chromebook distribution for sixth grade and new students will take place in the teacher parking lot (by the gymnasium) of Chester Academy between August 21 & 25, from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M.  Please drive around the side of the building and someone will come out to your car to provide you with your child’s Chromebook. Students who are unable to pick up their Chromebook on these dates can receive their Chromebook after returning a signed Acceptable Use Policy and Code of Conduct Acknowledgment (AUP/COC) form and their personalized Chromebook form that will be provided to them.

    School Forms
    Chester Academy provides parents/guardians with required forms and mandatory notices in a series of emails during the month of August. These forms are also available on the district website at www.chesterufsd.org.  The two most important forms are the Emergency Contact Form, which provides the school with ways to contact parents/guardians in the event of an emergency, and the Acceptable Use Policy and Code of Conduct Acknowledgment (AUP/COC) form.  Please note that both of these forms are mandatory.  Also, please note that students will not be able to access the computer network at school or receive their Chromebook without a signed (AUP/COC) form on file.

    Sixth Grade Orientation:
    A Sixth Grade Orientation is scheduled for 9 A.M. on Monday, August 28.  This orientation is for all incoming Sixth Grade students. Students attending this orientation will receive their class schedule, locker assignment, a building tour and will be given an overview of the academic programs and other important information pertaining to Chester Academy.  This orientation program will last approximately 90 minutes and snacks will be provided for students. 

    New Student Orientation
    A New Student Orientation for students who are new to Chester Academy is scheduled for 12 PM on Monday, August 28.  This orientation is for any transfer students, including all new incoming Greenwood Lake students. Please RSVP for this meeting by contacting Mrs. Battiato in the main office at 845.469.2231 extension 3329.  Students attending this orientation will receive their class schedule, locker assignment, a building tour and will be given an overview of the academic programs and other important information pertaining to Chester Academy.  This orientation program will last approximately 90 minutes and snacks will be provided for students.  Transportation for Greenwood Lake students will be provided. If you use Greenwood Lake transportation please contact the bus garage for more information.

    Student Schedules
    We will send you a separate email to inform you when schedules will be available in Parent Portal. This generally is available towards the end of August. For information about Parent Portal, please contact the main office at 845.469.2231.

    Best wishes for the remainder of the summer season.  See you in September!

    Sincerely,

    John Flanagan
    Principal
    Chester Academy