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Community Update: 1/12/24

Community Update: 1/12/24


Dear RCSD Community,

Many of you know that I really enjoy being a mystery reader at the elementary schools. Yesterday, I visited Elly Short’s Kindergarten class at Osborn School to read Anything Is Possible. Afterward, I experienced a real Throwback Thursday moment as I ran into third-grade leave-replacement teacher Isabella Santelia in the hall. I was Principal at Roaring Brook School in Chappaqua in the early 2000s when she was an elementary school student there. Oh, how time flies!

Special Guest at Midland

Midland School had a special visitor on Tuesday. New York State Deputy Secretary for Education Maria Hernandez came to tour K-2 classes to learn about the District’s comprehensive literacy program on the recommendation of State Senator Shelley Mayer, who visited the school on November 6 with the same goal.  In April, Commissioner of Education Betty Rosa and Regent Fran Wills will be visiting. “Why the RCSD?” you might ask. The District’s phonics-based elementary reading program has attracted the State’s notice because it has been so effective, and childhood literacy was a focus of Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address earlier this week. Look for more information in the cover story in the January Superintendent’s Bulletin which comes out at the end of the month!

Winter Storm Finn

It feels like we got very lucky on Tuesday night. Winter Storm Finn resulted in no serious consequences for any of the school buildings. While the Brook was high and definitely overflowed its banks, the boiler room at the High School/Middle School remained dry. A big “thank you” to custodian Billy Disbrow who stayed at the building overnight to make sure all was well. We have another storm coming tonight, and yet another on the way for Tuesday night. Here’s hoping that the next two storms go our way as well.

RHS & RMS Parent Fundraiser

Next Friday, January 19, is the joint RMS & RHS fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Coveleigh Club, the only fundraiser for those two schools. The theme this year is Apres Ski, which is nice because there hasn’t been much skiing to go around so far this year - just ask the High School ski team. The fundraiser goes to support student scholarships, classroom and facility improvements, and teacher and staff appreciation events. Last year the event raised $160,000 and they are hoping to surpass that number this year. Tickets are available online or at the door. Learn more here:  I hope to see you there.

Have a terrific long weekend!

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools