|Message from the Superintendent|
I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to the 2013-2014 school year with excitement. Our team has been busy attending to the details and establishing common goals and expectations across all schools.
The Common Core Learning Standards continue to frame our discussions. We are aligning curriculum to the shifts in instruction and assisting teachers with creating classrooms that focus on higher order thinking skills for all students. More specifically, common literacy approaches and expectations will guide the work of primary teachers. Science 21, a curriculum aligned to the new science standards, will be implemented in grades 1 through 5. While at the middle and high school levels, a number of new electives will be introduced.
Safety continues to be an utmost priority. Schools will continue to perform emergency management drills with the assistance of our local law enforcement officials and StoneGate Associates, the District’s consultants. Parents will receive (within the first week of school) a credit card size printout with contact information in the event of an emergency. Please make sure to keep this information in your wallet or in an easily accessible place.
Work on the addition of a new science wing at Rye High School began this summer. We anticipate some inconveniences in the year ahead and ask for your patience. We will certainly do whatever we can to minimize disruption to the instructional process. Drop-off and pick-up may be a challenge. Please reference our earlier correspondence which provides details and suggestions with regard to this matter.
Our enrollment continues to climb. This year we welcome approximately 254 kindergarten students. Our total student population is currently at 3,314 students.
Joining us to help attain our goals are Dr. Betty Ann Wyks, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Ms. Joanna Napolitano, Midland Assistant Principal; Mr. Torrance Walley, Osborn Assistant Principal; and Mr. Robert Zegarelli, RHS Assistant Principal. I also ask you to extend your best wishes to Ms. Gabriella O’Connor, Assistant Superintendent for Business; Ms. Julia Chung, Assistant Director for Special Education; and to Mrs. Ellen McDonnell who transitions full time to RHS Assistant Principal. Additionally, we are welcoming approximately 30 new faculty and staff members to the Rye school community.
Please visit our website, www.ryeschools.org, for news and events. You can also follow me on Twitter @DrFrankAlvarez.
I look forward to a successful and productive year.