Award Year: 2022

Elsmere Elementary School

247 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY, 12054-1499

(518) 439-4996

Ms. Katherine Kloss, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Bethlehem Central School District

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Our mission at Elsmere Elementary is to be a community of lifelong learners who nurture and inspire the highest standards in academics, accountability and character to contribute to an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Literally and figuratively, Elsmere students look through different lenses.

Literally and figuratively, Elsmere students look through different lenses.

Nearly a century ago, the doors of Elsmere Elementary School opened to students and staff, eager to embark on a journey of learning and growing together. Much has changed since then, yet so much has remained the same. While new instructional materials and recommended strategies have come in and out of vogue, one thing has remained consistent. Throughout the decades Elsmere has been an oasis for children to grow in understanding, work collaboratively, pursue interests and feel safe. Never was this truer than in recent years. Although the pandemic put the world into chaos, the learning atmosphere at Elsmere has remained joyful and meaningful.

Like all high quality schools, our mission unites students, staff and families in setting and reaching challenging group and individual goals which guide us to strive for personal growth, gain the skills for life-long learning and celebrate positive contributions. Our PRIDE motto is woven into all we do, promoting Personal Best, Respect and Responsibility, Integrity, Determination and Enthusiasm.

Unique to Elsmere is our good fortune of being home to the district's Elementary Intensive Skills program. This program provides our students with the gift of daily interaction with differently-abled children. Children grow up recognizing the special contributions and needs of themselves and others. With this rooted understanding of oneself as a part of an interrelated community of unique individuals, Elsmere students and staff develop a true appreciation of their important roles in contributing positively to the lives of others, their school and their world.