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RCSD Community Update: 9/23/22

Dear RCSD Community, 

As a reminder, all schools and offices are closed on Monday and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.  I wish those of you who celebrate “shana tova,” or “good year” for those who don’t speak Hebrew!

NWEA Universal Screener Administration

In an effort to inform classroom instruction and meet the individual needs of our students, we began giving the fall NWEA assessments this week to students in grades 1-8. Administration will continue until October 6. The data gathered from the NWEA is incredibly helpful in individualizing our literacy and math instruction. Your students may well not have told you that they took the assessments, but they are indeed happening. Shortly after October 6, you will receive a report with your child’s results. We are hosting a Parent University on Monday, October 24, to help you interpret the reports. To learn more about what the NWEA is and how we use it here at the RCSD, watch the explanatory video linked here.

Red Flag Laws

I spent Monday and Tuesday at the N.Y. State Council of School Superintendents fall meeting and it was a very informative experience. I met with State Education Department officials, State legislators, and superintendents from across New York. I focused much of my energy on developing a greater understanding of the educational issues that are expected to go before the next session of the legislature. One of those issues is the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation. While there was significant change to the ‘red flag laws’ very recently, it appears that the legislature will be considering school-specific red flag legislation in the upcoming session. ERPO or ‘red flag laws’ allow law enforcement agencies to petition the court to remove firearms or other weapons from a home. I will of course keep the community apprised of any new developments that affect our schools.

RCSD Videos

Speaking of videos, we have developed a series of short (3-5 minute) videos explaining some of the many acronyms here in the District: ICT, SEL, NWEA to name just a few. Although I jest, (school world is indeed full of acronyms) we create the videos to provide more information on particular programs, including new ones on Integrated Co-Teaching and Social & Emotional Learning. Older (but still relevant) videos include The Academy at Rye High School, our partnership with The Haskins Lab, the Math in Focus curriculum at use in the elementary schools, and more. You can find these videos linked to the RCSD website here. We are currently in the process of creating a new series of videos and will be pushing those out using our social media channels and posting them to the RCSD website.

Indoor Recess Before & After

In the spirit of the old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I’m sharing photos of indoor recess at Osborn School before and after the renovations to the auditorium. In years past, the fixed seating made it impossible for students at both Osborn and Midland Schools to do anything other than sit and watch. Now, students can run and play, spread out with board games or coloring, and take a much-needed physical and mental break. Enough said!

 Recess Before & After

Have a good long weekend, and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Wednesday!

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools