District News

  • Calling All Candidates for the RCSD Board of Education

    Any Rye resident interested in being a candidate for election to the Rye City School District Board of Education may pick up a candidate's packet at the District's Central Administration Offices, 555 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Suite B-101, school days between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. beginning March 22, 2021. Eligible school board candidates must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, qualified voters in the school district and able to read and write. They must be residents of their districts continuously for one year before the election May 18, 2021. They cannot be employed by the board on which they will serve or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.

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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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  • Reminder Regarding New York State Testing in ELA, Math, and Science

    I hope you and your families had a wonderful spring break. As you may recall from my email on March 24, the RCSD will be administering grades 3-8 ELA and mathematics exams and science exams for grades 4 & 8 on an opt-in basis this year. The deadline to opt-in for the exams is this Friday, April 9th.

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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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  • RCSD Community Update: 3/19/21

    This was a big week for the RCSD as we welcomed back to full-time, in-person learning our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students on Monday, followed by our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders on Wednesday. On Monday the 22nd, we look forward to seeing our 9th and 10th graders smiling behind their masks.

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  • RCSD Support and Resources to Counter Anti-Asian Bias

    Like so many in our community, we are horrified by the violence that occurred in Atlanta, Georgia this week. We are writing to share our sorrow for those affected and our solidarity with the Asian, Asian-American, & Pacific Islander community who have been increasingly targeted by discrimination, hate, and violence in our country.

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  • Please Welcome Dr. Brian Alm, RCSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership

    As many of you know, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Elaine Cuglietto, is retiring in early April after 25 years of service to the District. She is a veritable font of information and will be greatly missed, but we wish her all the very best as she moves on to enjoy time with family and friends.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 3/12/21

    The most exciting news this week was the return to full-time, in-person school for our kindergarten and first-grade students or, as I call it, “the second first day of school.” I had a chance to visit all three of the elementary schools during morning drop-off, and again during the school day, and words cannot express how wonderful it is to see children back in the classrooms, on the playground, and in the cafeteria. Sure, things aren’t entirely what they once were -- there’s plexiglass everywhere you look, but still, we will take it! The kids were absolutely overjoyed to be together with their classmates, and for our youngest, to experience the excitement of recess and in-school lunch (no sarcasm here -- they actually were thrilled). I am guessing there were some tired little ones at the end of the school day this week. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality at long last.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 3/5/21

    The District begins Phase I of its full reopening next week. Our school buildings are completing final preparations in anticipation of welcoming back students for full-time, in-person learning. We are very excited to once again have classrooms and halls resonating with the energy that only students can bring. I want to remind the community that although we have planned carefully, there may well be adjustments to make along the way. Please be patient as we smooth out the inevitable bumps and continue to provide feedback to school principals and/or the District. Email me at byrne.eric@ryeschools.org or use the feedback line at feedback@ryeschools.org.

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  • RCSD February Superintendent's Bulletin

    Please click here to read the February Superintendent's Bulletin from the RCSD website.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 2/26/21

    I hope everyone enjoyed a restful, regenerative mid-winter recess given that we are preparing to kick into high gear as we move forward with the District’s reopening plan. Beginning with our youngest learners, students will be returning to full-time, in-person learning starting on March 10. Please see the return timeline from my February 22 reopening communication. Fully-remote learning will still be available for those families who chose it for health or other reasons, but we are transitioning out of the hybrid model. Principals will be holding a series of virtual coffees (alas, you must bring your own java) to answer any questions parents/guardians may have.

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  • RCSD Full Reopening Update: 2/22/21

    I hope you had a good mid-winter break and found ways to have fun, rest, and recharge. There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks in our schools.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 2/12/21

    At most school breaks, we are all usually exhausted and ready for some downtime. I am not sure how to elucidate the feeling that many of us have today as we head off for mid-winter break; COVID-fatigued, screen glazed, or just plain done with all the extraordinary challenges we have been facing for nearly a year. In my community forums this week, I have spoken of the herculean efforts that our faculty, staff, and administration have made over these past months attempting to recreate education, engage children, and deliver the best possible educational program in incredibly challenging circumstances. I am grateful for all that our team has done in the face of such adversity.

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  • Rye High School Students Step Up to Help Rye Residents Make Vaccine Appointments

    An enthusiastic corps of Rye High School students are stepping up to help Rye seniors and other community members who are in need of assistance make online COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Beginning Monday, February 8, a barrage of tech-savvy student volunteers will man an RHS Vaccine Appointment hotline every Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The number to call is 914-967-6100, ext. 6204. Callers should have their health insurance and all contact information at the ready.

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  • RCSD Community Update: 2/5/21

    At a White House briefing today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced that the CDC will release guidance on school reopenings in the coming week. I will share this information with the community as soon as it is available.

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