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RCSD Community Update: 6/4/21

June 4, 2021

RCSD Community Update

Dear RCSD Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  As the school year begins to wind down, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for.

Senior Prom/Graduation/Parade

The long-awaited Senior Prom is taking place tonight at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle. We hope our seniors have a terrific, memorable evening! Graduation is planned for Saturday, June 19, in Nugent Stadium, with a rain date of Sunday, June 20. So well-received was last year's car caravan for the graduating class of 2020 that we have planned a similar event for the class of 2021. To address some safety and congestion concerns raised by the Police Department, especially with the return of normal traffic in town, the caravan will be slightly different this year. Instead of parents driving cars, the District has hired floats to ferry seniors on a celebratory ride through town. The floats will load at Rye Train Station and will travel through the town along Purchase Street, ending up at the High School. The parade is planned for Sunday, June 13, beginning at 11:00 a.m. We hope the whole community will come out to celebrate our seniors.

Summer Learning Programs

As part of our COVID Recovery Plan, we have been hard at work preparing the District’s summer programming. At the elementary level, we have 95 students signed up for one of two, two-week sessions of English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and social-emotional learning (SEL). There will also be time for outdoor activities to burn off some of that excess summer energy. The sessions will take place at the Rye Presbyterian Nursery School due to construction taking place at the school buildings. 

At the Middle School level, we have 22 students across 6th, 7th, and 8th grades signed up for one three-hour daily, three-week session. In addition, we will be adding an SEL component to the program. Students will receive instruction in ELA and Math and special education teachers will provide support at each level. Students and faculty will be working in classrooms on the top floor of the Science Wing at the High School. 

At the High School level, we have 54 students invited to participate in an interdisciplinary summer program with courses in ELA/social studies and math/science for four hours per day over the course of three weeks. Courses will run in combined 9/10th-grade and 11/12th-grade sections. The students and faculty will be working down at the Wainwright House.

Tenure Awards

At Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, 20 of the District’s teachers, staff, and administrators were awarded tenure. Please join me in congratulating the following on this accomplishment:

Luisa Batista-Gallo (foreign language, RMS)

Tara Bauer (elementary education, District-wide)

Ashley Blanch (mathematics, RHS)

Katy Buderman (special education, Osborn)

Corie Buonanno (elementary education, Osborn)

Samantha Cullen (speech pathologist, Osborn)

Dr. Erin Hyle (psychology, RMS)

Marisa Kroger (science, RHS)

Erin McArdle (elementary education, Midland)

Barbara Mehlman (school media specialist, Milton)

Claudine Minella (elementary education, Osborn)

Jennifer Montesano (occupational therapy, Midland)

Cristina O’Connor (school counselor, RHS)

Wendy Robins (English as a new language, RMS)

Jonathan Sable (social studies and special education, RHS)

Allison Schoenfeld (special education, RMS)

Jeffrey Shannon (mathematics, RHS)

Caitlyn Stein (mathematics, RMS) (tenure awarded November 2020)

Melissa Widrick (foreign language, Midland)

Dr. Kaitlyn Sassone (Director of Technology, District-wide) (tenure awarded October 2020)


Case Update

Since my last community update on May 21, we have had no new cases of COVID-19 in the schools. A reason for tremendous optimism if ever I saw one!

Have a terrific weekend.


Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools