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RCSD Community Update: 11/4/22

Dear RCSD Community,

I hope everyone had a great Halloween on Monday. Fortunately, the sprinkles held off long enough for the elementary schools to hold their beloved annual parades. The senior class at RHS held a first-ever Halloween-themed field day in the gym, RMS engineering classes designed and built catapults to launch spooky objects, and robotics classes made Halloween-themed robotic pull toys, so the day was well-celebrated by all.

We have a somewhat sporadic week ahead of us next week. Students are off from school on Tuesday, November 8, for Election Day. Please be sure to vote! Faculty, staff, and administrators will be participating in the third Superintendent’s Conference Day of the school year. The focus of the day is on instilling critical thinking in the classroom. On Friday the 11th, all schools and offices are closed in honor of Veteran’s Day. The City of Rye is holding its annual observance at 10:30 a.m. at Town Hall; Rye American Legion Post 128 will be conducting the ceremony.

Dr. Denise Pope of Challenge Success,  Monday Night at 7 p.m.

Dr. Denise Pope, the founder and head of Challenge Success, is coming to speak about the college admissions process to high school and middle parents and high school students this coming Monday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the RHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). She’ll address many important questions that start bubbling up in middle school and percolating in high school: What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What makes a college/university a good “fit” and why does that matter? 

Dr. Pope last spoke to our parents in early May prioritizing wellness and engagement in learning and was really well-received. The RCSD has been a Challenge Success partner district since 2018. I hope you will be able to join us on Monday night. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to record the session. 

Second Half School Taxes

Benjamin Franklin memorably said, “in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” By now, you should have received your second half school tax bill in the mail -- the due date for this payment is November 30. As a reminder, you can always find your tax bill (and pay it!) on our website. From the home page, you go to Departments in the red bar, pull down to Business & Finance, and click on the School Taxes bullet in the gray box on the left. The direct link is here.  

Field Trips

In more pleasant news, I am happy to report that after three years of COVID-related restrictions, we are seeing the return of that most memorable of all kid school day events, the field trip. Close to home, students have visited the Rye Poetry Path in Rye Town Park, the Magic of Storybook Animals exhibit at the Rye Arts Center, the Nature Center, and the Rye Free Reading Room. More far-flung destinations have included Boundless Adventure in Purchase and The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT.

Rye Fund for Education November Appeal and Event

The newly re-invigorated Rye Fund for Education has launched a November appeal: “300 in 30.” You may have seen their eye-catching signs around town. Their goal is to to reach 300 donations (of any denomination) in 30 days. While the funds will be used for improvements to the schools, the real goal is participation. The RFE is also hosting a “Cocktails & Conversation” event at the Rye Grill & Bar on Wednesday, November 9, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for community members to learn more about the Fund, its goals, and past donations to the schools.  I hope to see you there!

Sophomore Class Pickleball Tournament

The RHS 10th graders recently held a four-day long pickleball tournament fundraiser to benefit the class activities fund and Meals on Main Street. 52 teams of students, faculty, and staff participated in matches held during community lunch raising close to $600. If you had any doubt as to the popularity of pickleball, this should quell it! 

Enjoy the weekend.

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools