Office of the Superintendent

  • Superintendent Anthony PanellaWelcome to the Superintendent's Office 

    Anthony J. Panella
    Superintendent
    Email: apanella@amherstschools.org
    Phone: 716-362-3051
     
    Debbie Custodi
    Secretary to the Superintendent and District Clerk
    Email: dcustodi@amherstschools.org
    Phone: 716-362-3051
    Fax: 716-362-3022 


    May 2021

    May and June are filled with important milestone events for students, particularly for the graduating seniors at Amherst Central High School. Thanks to the hard work of many teachers, counselors and administrators at the high school, we are giving our Class of 2021 some wonderful events that will build lasting memories.

    Recognizing the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 is becoming more and more visible in our community. If you have driven by the high school recently, you may have seen senior photos on the digital sign along Main Street. Lawn signs started appearing in early May at the homes of our seniors. If you follow the high school’s social media accounts, you will see photos of staff with students as the signs are delivered and “planted” in front yards. 

    Each day during Senior Week from June 7 -11 there will be activities for students. One day features a service activity where students will be armed with gloves and bags to pick up debris in the community. Other activities during the week are a lip synch contest, a single elimination kick ball game and a lawn fete competition with backyard games and carnival snacks. 

    Senior Week ends with Friday night’s Senior Sunset, a culminating event where students will enjoy a barbecue dinner, receive their Senior Goodbye Booklet of student messages and once the sun sets, they will watch the senior slideshow. I’m certain there will be lots of smiles and tears as they reminisce seeing photos of themselves and friends from the time they were in kindergarten through high school.

    Senior athletes will be honored at the Tiger Tailgate to celebrate their accomplishments in the Amherst Athletic program. The June 12 event will offer catered food as well as mini-tournaments of typical tailgate games. A presentation of senior athlete highlights such as team and individual awards, individual career accomplishments, senior athletes continuing their careers in college and a tribute slideshow will round out the day. 

    On June 17, the Parade of Graduates will take place in a modified format. The seniors will take a trip back to Smallwood Drive and Windermere Boulevard to wave a final farewell to their elementary teachers. They’ll be wearing signs that say “Do You Remember Me?” 

    The planning is ongoing for prom and graduation in accordance with NYSDOH guidelines. Prom will look a bit different than previous years; however we are able to keep many of our traditional elements in place including dinner, music and dancing. The prom on June 22 at the Statler City allows us to have all seniors attend with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test results. For graduation, our goal is to offer one in-person ceremony for all graduates with two guests.

    I am thrilled that these events will allow our students to connect with classmates and continue to build memories of the senior year that they will cherish for a lifetime.