From the Superintendent's Desk

Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD

Dear Waterford-Halfmoon Community,   

As Superintendent of Schools of Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD, I have announced my intent to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  I have included below my letter to the staff of Waterford-Halfmoon announcing my intent to retire.  It has been a terrific eight years for me here and I have been truly blessed to be a part of this school and community. Thank you.  

Dear Waterford-Halfmoon School District,   

This letter is to inform every one of my intent to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  It has been an honor to serve the students, staff, and community over the last eight years.  I was extremely fortunate to be hired at Waterford-Halfmoon eight years ago.  It had all the right ingredients for a successful superintendency. It had a great staff, fantastic students, a supportive Board of Education, a solid financial standing to support education, and a warm and welcoming community. As I reflect on all these attributes, I realize they are still true to this day.     

We have accomplished so much in my time here at Waterford-Halfmoon.  I use the word "we" intentionally.  Nothing that was accomplished was done in isolation.  It was done with the support of faculty and staff, administration, the Board of Education and the community.  In our time here together, we have successfully completed no less than three Capital Project phases and we are currently involved in a fourth project that will bring pride to our school and community.  We have been able to put a Chromebook in the hands of every student from third grade to twelfth with additional computer carts for our students in the primary grades.  Little did we know at the time that this mobile device initiative would pave the way to help support our students in the world of virtual learning over the last year and a half.  I am proud of the challenges we have faced together.  As we still face the day to day challenges of COVID-19, I see a school dedicated to educating our students.  We have accepted the rigors of in-person learning while still battling the coronavirus and we are still finding ways to keep going each and every day. We should be proud of our move to the Wasaren League.  We went from being a "big fish" in a little pond as a member of the CHVL to a "little fish" in a bigger pond in the Wasaren League. Our student athletes that were supported by our athletic department and community have grown immensely and we are now seeing the fruits of our labor as our teams' winning records are increasing and we go deeper into Sectional play each season.  Academically we continue to move forward. Prior to the pandemic our percentage of students reading on grade level continued to rise. At one point our graduation rate climbed to 92%.  We constantly strive for excellence.    

There is so much to be proud of here at Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District.  As I reflect on my 38 years in education, I am honored to be able to end my career as a superintendent among all of you.  Please know that I will continue to work hard each and every day until my last day here on campus.  Waterford-Halfmoon is a special place because of the people that show up here every day to do the most important work of all, educating our future generations.  Thank you. 


Patrick Pomerville
Superintendent of Schools