Principal's Message


     June 17th, 2020



    Dear 8th Grade Graduates of School 81,



    The 2019-2020 school year has truly been unprecedented as across the country school closures began in mid-March due to the novel coronavirus and did not allow for school communities to properly say their goodbyes, congratulate students in person or hold end of year celebrations. 


    One thing is certain however, everyone will remember the Class of 2020. Please know while we cannot be together; we are so proud of you.  We are currently living through a very unique time not only in U.S. History; but World History with the Covid-19 pandemic & nation/ world-wide protests for equal justice.  While this is certainly a valley; a tumultuous time in our history, our hope is that we can overcome this adversity and reach that mountain top together, creating a more just and equal world for all. 


    We will know that we are past this difficult time when you come back and visit us at School 81 and share all of the great things you are doing in high school.  We hope you will come back and share your educational and life pursuits with us.  We know you will go on and make us proud at School 81 as you are part of a great tradition of academic excellence at Buffalo Public School 81. 


    We congratulate you on reaching this milestone in your life and more importantly the hard work, determination and focus that led to this achievement.  The 8th grade graduation truly marks the end of your time as an elementary student; we know you are ready. 


    Part of our speech annually is the following: “The adversity and challenges in our lives; you cannot allow them to become roadblocks, you must work through them and overcome them.”  We do not think this can be more true under our current circumstances. What encourages us is the great resolve, sacrifice and enthusiasm of our 8th grade graduates that will take this time in our lives to find their way to be productive citizens and contribute to our communities, now and in the years ahead. 


    Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2020!



    Nicholas Klaich                                  Denise Cobbs                                      Ryan Shepherd

    June 20th, 2019



    Dear Parents/ Guardians,


    As we approach summer vacation, there is much to be proud of at School 81.


          School 81 Middle School increased 16 spots and School 81 Elementary School increased 9 spots in Buffalo Business First Rankings.  This ranking is based on our NYS assessment scores in 2017-18 and the past 4 years.  


    --   School 81 Elementary & Middle School continues to be a top 10 choice among Buffalo public, charter and private schools in the City of Buffalo according to Buffalo Business First Rankings.  


    -       Our attendance record continues to be 93% or above.  Thank you for supporting School 81 and sending your child to school each day.


    -       School 81 continues to be a school in good standing for the 2019-20 school year. 


    Over the summer, please be reminded that students have access to MYON, an online Library of books.  


    Finally check out to see numerous safety tips for kids over summer vacation.  




    Have a safe and happy summer, 


    Mr. Klaich                              Ms. Cobbs                                  Mr. Shepherd

    Principal                                 Assistant Principal                     Assistant Principal




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