District News

  • RCSD Community Update: 12/3/21

    I believe I might have experienced a Hanukkah miracle. As you may know, the New York State Department of Health has a new Commissioner. Dr. Howard Zucker resigned a few months ago and Dr. Mary Bassett took the reins of the department just this Wednesday. I managed to wait until Thursday to send an email introducing myself and sharing some opinions about where we need to head in terms of navigating COVID in the schools across the State. The miracle occurred last night when I received an actual response from Dr. Bassett -- something I had never experienced in my previous attempts of engaging with the NYS DOH Commissioner. This causes me to be cautiously optimistic that we may be able to exert some practical influence on future decision-making from the NYS DOH. Fingers crossed!

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  • RCSD November Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the November Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • Service Details and Counseling Resources: 11/22/21

    As we navigate a tragic loss, it is important to share that we are continuing to provide resources and support for students and teachers. Mental health professionals are onsite at RHS for students and staff all day today in the Library Media Center, Counseling Suite, and Conference Room A. We continue to receive counseling assistance from the Middle School and Elementary School Counselors and Clinicians as well as neighboring school districts and community organizations. The BluePath Service dogs are also back to provide support and comfort during community lunch. These supports will continue to be available for the remainder of the school week.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 11/19/21

    It has been a very difficult day at Rye High School. Morgan was a wonderful person. Anyone who knew him even a little was treated to his bubbly personality, his quick wit, and his unfailing kindness. He will be very much missed. Students and teachers were deeply impacted by the loss of one of their own. Our counselors, faculty, and staff have been incredible in providing support. We are truly grateful for the assistance of the Rye Youth Council and the Harrison and Pleasantville schools, all of whom have provided counseling support, and for the Rye Police Department for bringing four BluePath service dogs to the school to provide canine comfort. Support is available over the weekend and in the days to come. Please see the earlier email from RCSD Communications with contact information and bereavement resources.

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  • Counseling Resources Available Today/This Weekend: 11/19/21

    In the wake of the tragic loss of one of our students, we recognize that there may be a number of students, families, faculty, and staff who are in need of grief counseling and/or support over the weekend. Counselors and psychologists will be available to meet in person at Rye High School tonight (Friday) until 7:00 p.m. Please use the main entrance after school hours. Should you prefer to speak to a counselor over the phone, please call 914-967-6100, ext. 6000. All interactions with counselors will be kept private and confidential.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 11/12/21

    I hope everyone had a meaningful Veterans’ Day holiday yesterday. Midland School students had a chance to watch a terrific video of active and retired members of the United States Military sharing their thoughts and hopes on Veterans Day put together by Midland PTO members Kristan Watson and Paige McCarthy. The veterans' inspiring words (and their close ties to the Midland School family) make this a moving tribute to our country's brave men and women in uniform.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 11/5/21

    On Tuesday evening, the Director of the CDC approved a CDC panel recommendation that the Pfizer vaccine be approved for emergency use in children ages 5-11. This allows for vaccinations for this group to begin immediately. We hope that the school district will be authorized to become a vaccine site, however, we are still waiting on County and Department of Health approval. I will of course reach out to our elementary school parents if we are granted permission, but in the meantime, I understand that local pharmacies and pediatricians’ offices are vaccinating. I have also been in touch with Greenwich Hospital and they will vaccinate New York residents. Although they have no appointments currently available, they recommend checking back here as they will release additional slots:

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  • Fall Elementary P/T Conferences

    Fall Elementary Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 17th, from 11:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Parents will be provided with the option to attend the conference in-person or virtually via Google Meet. PTC Wizard will open for you to schedule your fall Parent-Teacher conference(s) on Monday, November 1st, at 9:00 a.m.

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  • RCSD October Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the October Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 10/29/21

    It was great fun to visit the schools today and see students in costumes participating in outdoor parades and generally having a wonderful time celebrating the lead-up to one of the all-time favorite kid holidays. Mother Nature, which left us fairly unscathed with this week’s nor'easter, is bringing some more unsettled weather to town on Saturday, causing the Osborn Scare Fair to be rescheduled from Saturday to Tuesday, November 2. Children will be off from school for Election Day, so come on down to Osborn School from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 10/22/21

    This week provided us with the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I am not sure of the scientific reason for these intense skies, but I hope you’ve had a chance to see both the amazing colors and the size of the moon.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 10/15/21

    Next week (October 18-22) marks New York State Board of Education Recognition Week. The seven members of the RCSD Board of Education work tirelessly on behalf of the students, families, faculty, and staff of the Rye City schools. We are fortunate to have such a hardworking and dedicated group of volunteers serving on our Board of Education. Please take a moment to thank a school board member for all they give to the community of Rye, this coming week and every week.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 10/8/21

    A few parents have asked me if we will have to make up for those two days our schools were closed after Ida. The short answer is “no.” Because the Governor declared a State of Emergency, those days are not counted against us. I have also confirmed this is the case with the State Education Department. Our three snow/emergency days remain unused.

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  • Community Members Needed for District Committees

    The Rye City School District is in need of community volunteers to serve on three District committees: Audit, Facilities, and Technology. The District’s working committees offer thoughtful and critical recommendations for the effective and efficient operation of the schools. They focus on specific, annual charges and report progress at Board of Education meetings periodically throughout the year.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 10/1/21

    Happy October! We have a lot to celebrate this month. Tomorrow, October 2, is National Custodial Workers Day. The District’s custodial staff has been absolutely incredible this year, keeping our schools spotless in the wake of Ida, the resulting remediation, and ongoing construction. I wrote about their dedication in my letter in September’s Superintendent’s Bulletin. I know our parent organizations have some special things planned for our custodians to thank them, but if you see one of these wonderful gentlemen around the schools, please add your thanks. October is also National Principals Month. Please take a moment to acknowledge your school principal(s) for their contribution to student - and teacher - success.

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  • RCSD September Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the September Superintendent's Bulletin here.

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  • 2021 Rye Harrison Football Game Saturday, October 2, at 3:30 p.m.

    It is with pleasure that I invite you to watch the 2021 Rye Harrison Football game on Saturday, October 2, at 3:30 PM, at Harrison High School’s McGillicuddy Stadium.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 9/24/21

    Our first full week of school is behind us! Students and teachers alike are settling nicely into their daily routines and enjoying being back together in our schools. I have a few updates to share with you this week:

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  • RCSD Community Update: 9/17/21

    Week one is in the books. Thank you to everyone who helped make the start to school so smooth this year. I think it is in no small part due to the tremendously positive attitude of our students, faculty, and staff. We truly are Garnet Strong!

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  • RCSD Third-Day Message: 9/15/21

    Three days in! It has been a terrific start to school this year. Students and faculty alike are thrilled to be back together in what feels like a more typical September.

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