Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scientists visit Gasport

Gasport continues to be a hotbed of scientific study. Today, I took a team of scientists from Canada and France -- led by a University of Toronto professor -- to the bubbling gas that gave Gasport its name. They are trying to determine the origin of the random gas seeps in the region and will be investigating the Eternal Flame and Amherst gas seep in Erie County today, too. Last year, we were visited by professors from Indiana and the UK. It's pretty cool to have a geological oddity that interests scientists from all over the world.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

Roy-Hart's ranking among WNY schools

Buffalo Business First's annual rankings of WNY school districts arrived in today's mail.

Royalton-Hartland comes in ranked 58 of 104 public school districts and private schools, up 7 places from 65th last year.

Roy-Hart outperformed 31% of WNY school districts in English, 44% in math, 30% in science, and 24% in social studies.

The school's achievement index (which measures students' outcomes as a result of or versus socioeconomic issues) was 92nd in the region, painting Roy-Hart as an underachieving district.

Cost effectiveness (posting strong academic results despite low spending) had the district as 10th best in WNY.

Administrative efficiency (ranking schools with tight budgets and lean staffs) had Roy-Hart as 14th best in WNY.

The socioeconomic climate placed 28th best.

Teacher experience came in at 44th out of 102.

Roy-Hart's overall ranking of 58 might make some people cringe, but we went up 7 places in one year and we were as low as 79th place in recent years. So, the trend is in the right direction.

Plus, never believe that Roy-Hart isn't an excellent district for your family. The quality of life is good, the administrators are accessible, and the teachers care and can teach.

Two years ago, I gave the commencement speech at Roy-Hart's graduation and focused on the super powers our students gain by being educated in a small school and being raised in a small town. Those words still ring true....

Roy-Hart's Flag Day

The Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports on the always awesome Flag day events at Roy-Hart Elementary:

Roy-Hart seniors secure scholarships

Congrats to Madeline Keyes and Delaney Draper on securing scholarships from the FFA and Ford:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Road closure

Starting June 14, 2018 Ertman Rd in the Town of Royalton will be closed to traffic until further notice due to creek bank erosion between addresses 8545 & 8552. Only residents will be allowed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A busy afternoon in Royalton

There was a lot happening in Royalton yesterday afternoon: an accident at Hartland and Slayton Settlement; a 10-wheeler rollover in the hamlet; and this -- a men who led police on a chase and was disposing of bogus bills in the process...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Roy-Hart 2018-2019 calendar

The Roy-Hart 2018-2019 calendar is now available online.

Some things of note:

The school year begins on Wednesday, September 5th

The week of February 17th is mid-winter recess

Easter break runs from Friday, April 19th through Monday April 29th

Memorial Day weekend will be four days next year with the addition of Friday as a day off

Friday, May 25, 2018

FMC Military Appreciation

FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions Plant in Middleport hosts a special luncheon to observe National Military Appreciation Month by honoring FMC employees, contractors and community first responders who served or have family members who served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Among those representing service in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines (first row, left to right) are: Bonnie Difino, Lori Porter, Juan Carmona, and Ed Dunn; second row: Kevin Little, Dwight Wadsworth, Roland Johnson of the Middleport Police Department, FMC Plant Manager Roberta Kloda, and Mark Wolcott.

Salt & Light Festival 2018

Roy-Hart baseball wins!

Congrats to Roy-Hart baseball on winning the B2 championship! The Orleans Hub reports:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

New community garden in Gasport

Today, Hartland Bible Church announced that they have officially have forged a great community partnership with Gasport Elementary PTA and others. Across the road from the church, their vacant lot is being transformed into a community garden. HBC is very excited about this opportunity to not just create partnerships but to invest into our community. This afternoon, students from Gasport Elementary came over to the HBC's property to plant some of the plants they have been growing in their classrooms. Big thank you goes out to Principal VanSlyke, Dr. Stopinski and Casey Eldridge.

Superintendent letter about secrurity and preparedness

Dear Resident,

Over the past several months, our schools have been working with our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies in a comprehensive review of our school safety plan and procedures. Our students have routinely completed mandated fire drills, lockdown, lockout, shelter in place and evacuation drills as outlined in our school’s plans. Throughout my time at the school, I have been impressed at the level of attention that our safety team and staff pay to these drills. The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has the most comprehensive plan and implementation of school safety of any school I have seen in my 30 years in education.

This past week, we instituted our next phase of school security and have installed a school registration system for all guests in our school. The system will require all visitors to share their license which will be scanned into our system prior to entering the school. The system will allow our Principals another level of security knowing that the visitor is appropriate for the school, and when needed, a child is released to a person who has the appropriate permissions in our student management system. The change in process may create some brief delays at our front desk and I ask that you please be patient as we roll out the system.

Our school’s safety team, administration and staff continually look to ways to improve our systems and ultimately the safety of our students and staff. I am grateful for all those within our community who continue to support our efforts and encourage everyone to continue their efforts.

As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and visit when you see me around the schools and town.

Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools

Gasport Lions comedy night

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Roy-Hart color run

The Roy-Hart color run is a high energy, fun-packed family friendly 5K event. It will be held on Saturday, June 9th at Royalton Ravine Park. Color packet and t-shirt (t-shirt guarantee only when registered by 5/18) included in registration. Registration day of event starts at 8:15 and ends at 8:50. You may register at now.

The PTSA will be holding in person registration for the color run in the middle school this Monday the 21st during lunch time 10:30-1 for anyone who would like to sign up. Cash,credit and check are all accepted. Any questions the student have can also be answered. Any questions parents can contact Casey Pearl @ 716-446-3633 or

The Facebook event page for the color run is: