Putting children and families first to ensure high academic achievement for all

    Important Updates:

    About Our School



      Principal: Denisca Thompson

      Assistant Principal: Jodi Hammond-Axberg


      Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!!

      IMPORTANT:  Students will be excluded from school starting September 21st if they do not have their NYS mandated vaccination shots.  Please call Nurse Wendy if you have any questions.



      Our school-wide fundraiser runs from 9/19-10/7.  Brochures and information have been sent home.  All proceeds will benefit our PBIS program and incentives.


      **Cell phones are NOT permitted during the school day.  Students must keep their phones OFF and AWAY during the day.   Students in grades 7 and 8 should have locks for their lockers, in order to keep their phone secured.  Everyone has the opportunity to turn their phone in each morning to their teacher, administration, or the Main Office.   If violations continue, a parent/guardian will be required to pick up the phone. 

      Thank you!   Ms. Thompson & Ms. Hammond


      Mandatory Uniform Policy: 
      • Burgundy shirt with the School #53 Logo
      • Pants, Skirt, or Jumper (Navy blue for Grades Pre-K to 8)
      • Black belt (plain, without ornaments or symbols)
      • Black shoes or sneakers

      All students are to be appropriately dressed for school each day.  Jackets or overcoats may not be worn during the school day.  Students may wear navy blue, tan, or white sweaters with their uniform shirt.  **Students are not allowed to wear hoods during the day!**

      The uniform order form can be found under quick links.  An order form was sent in our summer information package, and are available in our Main Office.


      Our Mission:
      • To ensure that every student will have the confidence, knowledge, thinking skills, character and hope to assume responsibility for her/his life and contribute to the lives of others; and…
      • We will champion excellence and innovative learning experiences in partnership with family and community; and…
      • We will hold ourselves accountable for educating our students and for working to energize all members of the community to actively participate in the accomplishment of our mission.



      Important Names to Know:

      Mrs. Tara McCann, School Clerk

      Mr. Thomas Pasternack & Ms. Allison Stoerr, School Counselors

      Ms. Tiffany Johnson & Ms. Jenna Cavallaro, Social Workers

      Ms. Elyse Mangano, School Psychologist

      Ms. Heather Smith, CSE Chairperson
      Ms. Karon Newbern, Transportation Coordinator   

      Please see the links below for our District Code of Conduct, the results of our Wellness survey, Youth-Risk Behavior Survey and our ED Climate Survey.  Thanks to all who participated!!

      2022-23 Code of Conduct

      Student & Family Handbook 2022-23

      School 53 School Climate Survey Results 2022


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      Thank You to Our Dedicated Juneteenth Committee:  Mrs. Crane, Ms. D. Fowler, Ms. K. Fowler, Mrs. Herdlein, Ms. Hill, Ms. Newbern, Mr. Schickling, Ms. Williams, Ms. Willis, and Mrs. Gratton & Ms. Hamilton from Best Self.

      Our Guests:   Mrs. Denise Acosta, Story-Teller and Dr. Virigina Batchelor, Author

      Our Performers and their Teacher-Leaders:

      Ms. Williams, Mrs. Willis & Mr. Schickling

      Poetry Readers:  Rishya Armstrong, Miandrae Banks, Aaliyah Mohamed, & Kiara Pagan

      Ms. Deanna Fowler

      Drill Team:  Rishya Armstrong, Miandrae Banks, Zahirah Fisher, Zamiyah Garrett, Brania Gibson, Jordyn Grinage, Ayesha Quick

      Ms. Reinhardt, Mrs. Kenna & Ms. Manna and our 3rd Grade Students

      Mrs. Kudel for her assistance with Technology!

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    In response to the current First Student bus driver shortage, the Buffalo City School District is proposing to launch the Buffalo Public Schools’ Parent Transportation Reimbursement Pilot Program. For details, click the Program Guidelines link below and thoroughly review its content. If you are interested, the Open Enrollment will be conducted Monday, October 3rd through Friday, October 14th. Questions? Attend a Zoom Informational Meeting.
    Click the links below for program details.