District News

  • Race Inclusivity and Community Task Force Update: 5/12/21

    At the May 4th Board of Education meeting, we heard clear consensus from all who spoke about both the need for the Race, Inclusivity and Community Task Force and the desire to have a stronger sense of inclusion in our schools for all students. Still, there is some lingering misinformation being perpetuated about the work and the Task Force. We are writing to correct these inaccuracies and provide the facts.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 5/7/21

    This Friday, I have some exciting news to share with you. The RCSD has been chosen by White Plains Hospital to serve as a pop-up clinic site to administer the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to our students on Friday, May 21, during the school day, with the second dose to follow on Friday, June 11. The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for children ages 16+, but there is the distinct possibility it will be approved for use in ages 12-15 by May 21. White Plains Hospital has asked us to gauge parent interest in students receiving the vaccine. If you are interested in having your RHS, RMS, and/or 5th-grade student (age 12 or above) vaccinated on May 21/June 11, please complete the Google form linked below. Please complete a separate form for each of your children.

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  • Focus on Excellence Budget Newsletter

    Coming soon to mailboxes around Rye. Read the RCSD Focus on Excellence Budget Newsletter here first.

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  • 2021-22 School District Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Information

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  • Watch the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum

    Watch the YouTube video of the League of Women Voters RSCD BOE Candidates Forum here.

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  • Learn More About the BOE Candidates

    On May 18, the community will vote on the school district’s annual budget for the 2021-22 school year. It will also vote to elect Board of Education members. Three seats are up for election this year. Current Board members Callie Erickson and Chris Repetto have announced they will seek reelection; Kelly Smith-Powers will not. There are eight candidates on the ballot:

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/30/21

    To use a Derby metaphor, we are in the final stretch of the school year. Less than two months are remaining, but those will be busy days indeed. I am hoping they are happy and healthy days for you and your families.

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  • RCSD April Superintendent's Bulletin

    Dear RCSD Community Member, Please click here to read the April Superintendent's Bulletin from the RCSD website. Enjoy the weekend!

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/23/21

    On April 12, the NYSED Board of Regents (the governing board of NYS schools), launched an initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across all NYS schools. They created a draft framework of guidance for all schools to work towards called The NYS Board of Regents Framework on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in New York. The guidance recognizes that there is no single answer that will solve society’s pervasive problems. It further explains that NYSED and NYS Schools will be part of a holistic and inclusive solution to racism and bigotry. With an expectation and charge that local school districts will begin the important work of creating sustainable change that will create learning communities that are more diverse, equitable and inclusive, this is the strongest challenge yet that the Board of Regents has given to schools.

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  • Letter to the community about the District’s Race, Inclusivity and Community Task Force: 4/23/21

    In recent weeks, the Board of Education has received several comments (via email and at our public Board Meetings) about the Race, Inclusivity and Community Taskforce. We are writing this letter in response to those inquiries and to provide more detail about the formation of the task force.

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  • Increased Mental Health Supports for RCSD Students, Families, and Faculty/Staff

    As part of the District’s COVID Recovery Plan, we are committed to providing increased mental health support in our schools. As discussed at the April 6 Board of Education meeting, we are partnering with Effective School Solutions (ESS) in this important work.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/16/21

    Things are feeling a lot more “business as usual” over at the High School these days. This week, RHS students and faculty participated in the traditional spirit week activities in preparation for tomorrow’s 3:00 p.m. Rye Harrison football game. Students, faculty, and staff dressed in red, white, and blue, beach attire, and even robes and pajamas. An after-school pep rally is planned for high school students (only) today to pump everyone up for The Game. Unfortunately, New York State Department of Health regulations prevent fans from gathering in Nugent Stadium, but players are allowed to invite two spectators each so there won’t be a shortage of socially distanced cheers on Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on the LocalLive free streaming service for the wider Rye and Harrison communities to watch: https://events.locallive.tv/school/rye-hs

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  • International Travel Quarantine Update

    I am writing to provide an update regarding international travel quarantine requirements. As of this morning, the New York State Department of Health and Westchester County have updated their quarantine requirements to more closely reflect CDC guidance. As a result, asymptomatic people are no longer required to quarantine or test for COVID-19 after international travel.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 4/9/21

    I hope you and your families had a terrific spring break. This week, we welcomed back to full-time, in-person school our 11th and 12th graders. We are thrilled to have every student who wants to be back in the schools, and the kids seem so happy to be back together with their classmates. Things are feeling quite pre-COVID, with the exception of masks, desk shields, and social distancing, of course.

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  • Please Welcome Dr. Patricia Murray, RCSD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

    As many of you know, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Sherri Goffman, is retiring at the end of the school year after five years of service to the District. Sherri first came to Rye as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in 2016. She has greatly expanded the District’s professional learning efforts and curriculum development and will be greatly missed, but we wish her all the very best as she heads off to enjoy retirement.

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  • RCSD March Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please read the March Superintendent's Bulletin. Enjoy the break!

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  • RCSD Community Update: 3/26/21

    This week, we welcomed back to full-time, in-person school our 9th and 10th graders. We are thrilled to have them back in the building. As many of you recall from pre-COVID days, dismissal time can be fairly wild with both RMS and RHS students flowing out of the buildings simultaneously. On Wednesday afternoon, things got a little hairier (pun intended) when a groundhog inserted himself into the process. I’m told that said groundhog lodged himself under a parent’s car on Parsons Street during dismissal and refused to budge. Fortunately, a member of the Rye Police Department was on hand for traffic control and was able to remove the groundhog. I am confident this will make it to the Police Blotter next week. Wednesday evening, Evans Anderson, a sixth grade student at RMS sent me a blow-by-blow account of ‘Groundhog Gate’ as he called it. Evans shared, “The adult told us to back up from the groundhog. Even more adults started arriving, turning into a full blown traffic jam.” The perfect combination for a little bit of chaos, a stubborn groundhog, lots of cars and several hundred middle school students!

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  • Rye High School Update: 3/25/21

    Dr. Derek Schuelein recently advised the District that he intends to resign his position as Principal of Rye High School at the end of the school year to pursue other professional opportunities.

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  • New York State Travel/Quarantine Guidelines: 3/25/21

    A number of community members have been asking about travel and quarantine in light of the upcoming spring break.

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  • Update on New York State Testing in ELA, Math, and Science: 3/25/21

    I hope this letter finds you and your families well. Traditionally, during this time of year, we are preparing our students for the spring New York State grades 3-8 testing in ELA and mathematics, and grades 4 & 8 science exams. Last week, we received guidance from the New York State Education Department regarding the grades 3-8 exams and High School Regents exams. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the NYS Department of Education (NYSED) Commissioner Betty A. Rosa and the NYS Board of Regents for seeking a federal waiver to forgo mandated testing for 2020-21. Although we are disappointed in the U.S. Secretary of Education’s announcement that he will deny all such waiver requests, we want to share with you changes in testing requirements made by the NYS Education Department, and what that means for us in the Rye City School District.

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