BRANCHING OUT

Floral Park-Bellerose School District Newsletter

Superintendent's Message

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It's hard to believe that we are already a full month into the school year! The Fall season is all around us; it's getting chillier; the leaves are starting to change color; and pumpkin spice seems to be everywhere you turn. Our students and staff have gotten used to their schedules and have their routines down pat! Personally, Fall is my favorite time of the year. It’s filled with NEW—a new school year, new opportunities, new programs, new facilities, new teachers, new school shoes, and even a new newsletter!

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BRANCHING OUT!!!

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

CURRICULUM UPDATES

This month we had our first after-school professional development for all teaching staff. I had the opportunity to visit the groups as they worked alongside their colleagues. We are excited to share that we were able to differentiate our professional development for individual groups of teachers:


  • Our mental health team worked with behaviorist Kate Tuffy to develop their understanding of completing Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and creating Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs).
  • Our ENL (English as a New Language) teachers worked with a professional developer on a program called Imagine Learning. This program will be utilized with some of our students to focus on language and academic vocabulary. The program is adaptable and will differentiate according to students 'needs.
  • Our K-6 staff, which included all of our special education teachers, focused on our new social studies program. This was the first of 3 sessions. The focus for this session was introduction to the materials, platform and assessments, and showing teachers how to navigate the teacher’s manual, create groups and assign lessons.
  • Our Discovery Lab teachers worked with a professional developer from Model Schools (BOCES). The focus of their time was on production – how to video using a green screen and how to create podcasts.
  • Our speech therapists worked on a platform called the ASHA Learning Pass – they were able to choose webinars/workshops that were specific to their needs and their students.
  • Our specialty area teachers had the opportunity to take advantage of workshops specific to their area of expertise.
  • Our next after-school professional development day is today, October 20th, and we will follow the same format.
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Kids Corner

Business Office Updates

The 2020/21 school year has brought some changes in the Business Office. We said good-bye to some longtime staff members and we again send out Happy Retirement wishes to Millie DelGreco and Rosie Morris!!

This is a good time to introduce our new members and review everyone’s responsibilities. Congratulations and welcome to our new staff!

Lynne Barry is now the Assistant to the Superintendent. lbarry@fpbsd.org

Susan Clifford, formerly from FPBS, has joined us and is now the Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent for Business. sclifford@fpbsd.org

Diane Drakopoulos is new to the District and is our Personnel Clerk. ddrakopoulos@fpbsd.org

Arthur Kennedy is our Payroll Account Clerk and also manages the Take Action system. akennedy@fpbsd.org

Eric Johnson is our Payroll Supervisor and also handles Accounts Payable/Accounting. ejohnson@fpbsd.org

And Debbie Sawicki, is the Treasurer and Business Manager. dsawicki@fpbsd.org

The central office phone number is 516-434-2725. We can all be reached by calling the number and selecting from the prompts. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Calendar Events

JLCS Haunted Hallway and Halloween Parade: 10/29/21, FPBS Halloween Parade 10/29/21, FPBS PTA Halloween Party: 10/30/21


Board of Education Meetings: 10/25/21 - Workshop, 11/15/21- Regular Meeting


Election Day: 11/2/21, Remote Learning Day for all students


Veterans Day: 11/11/21, Schools Closed