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RCSD Community Update: 6/17/22

Dear RCSD Community,

This will be my last Friday Community Update for the 2021-2022 school year. From what I’ve heard, many parents, faculty, and staff find the weekly updates frequently helpful and occasionally entertaining, so it’s my intention to continue them next year. 

Juneteenth Holiday

This coming Monday, June 20, schools and offices will be closed for the Juneteenth holiday. Juneteenth is a newly-recognized federal holiday that celebrates the end of slavery and African American achievements and culture. The Town of Rye is planning a commemoration event and a day of service beautifying the African American cemetery at Greenwood Union to recognize the day. For more information, visit the Town website here.

RHS Graduation

It looks like the weather will hold for the 91st annual Rye High School graduation ceremony tonight at 6 p.m. in Nugent Stadium. Somehow, today is the hottest day this week. Still, it is our hope that an evening ceremony will be far more comfortable than the former 10 a.m. hour, which resulted in temperatures of 130 degrees on the turf field last year. Should you wish to watch the graduation ceremony live from the comfort of your home, the link is here: https://events.locallive.tv/events/81747

Safety & Security

On Wednesday, District administrators met with Rye City Public Safety Commissioner Kopy, Lieutenant Hein, and Detective Caputo of the Rye Police Department to plan for collaborative summer training. We look forward to working together over the summer to enhance our joint safety and security practices and strengthen the police department’s familiarity with our buildings. We are so fortunate to have a police department that is committed to a strong relationship to help keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. 

End-of-Year Calendar Links

Next week is the last week of the school year. And, because things are about to get really squirrely, here are the end-of-year calendars for the schools once more: Elementary Schools, RMS, and RHS. The elementary schools will have early dismissal (11 a.m.) all next week. The Middle School has a half-day on Tuesday, followed by Obligation Days Wednesday-Friday for students to schedule appointments with teachers and return any school materials -- they are not required to attend school on those days. High Schoolers will be finishing up exams on Tuesday, attending a (required) spirit day on Wednesday, and enjoying padlet activities and returning school materials on Thursday. For those planners among you, next year’s calendar is available here.

Summer Reading Lists

Our wonderful media specialists (known as librarians back in the stone age when I went to school) have created summer reading lists for all levels of students.  They can be found on the Library Media Center Pages of the school websites linked below:

Midland, Milton, and Osborn Schools

RHS and RMS

COVID-19 Cases

We are no longer reporting case numbers on a weekly basis. Below, please find the New York State Dashboard where you may check school case numbers whenever you like -- we continue to report case counts to the state on a daily basis. The link is: https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/searchResults

Please join me in congratulating the Rye High School class of 2022 - Go Garnets!

Sincerely,

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools