Dr. Manno's E-Brief, Summer Edition #2, 2017-18 School Year
Summer 2017, Edition #2
A Message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools
Dear BCSD Families and Residents,
This is the second summer edition of The Superintendent's Scoop to share summer work and preparations in various operational areas.
We have been working hard this summer to begin the execution of our new Strategic Plan - The BCSD Success Plan 2021. This plan will drive our goals and objectives across the entire School District for the coming five plus years. Additionally, this is our BCSD Success Plan 2017-18 for this current school year. The 2017-18 version identifies the specific objectives we will work on this school year.
To keep informed, check out our District Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, and our school and parent association web pages/newsletters. Also, subscribe to our events calendar and athletics calendar. You may find Board meeting materials and subcommittee minutes in Board Docs.
Please accept our appreciation for your support for BCSD. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable remainder of the summer.
Brian Sheerin, President
Michelle Brooks, Vice President
Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools
As we look forward to the upcoming athletic season many of our twenty-three fall teams are in preparation for the beginning of what we hope to be a great experience for our athletes. Our football and cross country teams will start practice on August 14 and all remaining teams will start practices on August 21. Team schedules are posted on our athletics calendar at www.foxlaneathletics.org. Any game changes will be noted on this calendar immediately and this should be your first visit for any questions about our game schedules or weather related game cancellations.
As the athletic season approaches our amazing grounds department is working hard on getting our facilities ready for the fall. The grass fields have been rested and cared for all summer to make our facilities some of the best in our area. We are also looking forward to reopening the upper field at Fox Lane Middle School this fall after a year of renovations. Thanks to the generosity of the Fox Lane Sports Boosters Club this field was widened, leveled and had a sprinkler system installed. This field is of central importance to our middle physical education and modified sports programs.
Additionally, the Bedford Chowder and Marching Club and Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse have donated funds for the installation of a scoreboard making it one of the best-modified venues in our area.
Fox Lane Athletics in conjunction with the Fox Lane Sports Boosters Club will be hosting “Fox Night” on Friday, September 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Fox Lane High School Memorial Stadium. Fox Night is a community celebration for the Bedford Central School District to start the school year off right with enthusiasm, energy, and community spirit. There will be music, food trucks, fan t-shirts, fireworks and an introduction to our fall teams. We are hoping that all of our families from our elementary schools, middle school, and high school will come out and join the fun on September 15.
These are required notifications school districts must provide to families.
A community celebration for the Bedford Central School District to start the school year with enthusiasm, energy, and community spirit.
There will be music, food trucks, fan t-shirts, fireworks and an introduction to our fall teams.
We hope all of our families from our elementary schools, middle school, and high school, as well as community members, come out and join the fun on September 15th.
Meeting the Needs of All Students
The Special Education Department has been busy in ending one school year and planning for the next year. The Extended School Year program has been in full swing and many happy faces have been seen at the Bedford Village Elementary School. This program serves the needs of many students who require Special Education services year round.
The Special Education Department will be focusing on the following objectives during the coming year and beyond:
Ensure high-quality curriculum is available, revised, or developed for all special education classrooms, beginning with Reading and Language Arts Literacy.
Ensure special education curriculum is designed to serve the whole child and to maintain flexibility to meet the needs of individual students as determined by IEP’s.
Infuse special education into all areas of the District Curriculum Cycle.
Develop and expand programs which provide general education curriculum for students in inclusive settings as determined by IEP’s.
Promote inclusive practices in all programs.
As required by law, the Committee on Special Education and the Committee on Preschool Special Education continues to have meetings regularly as they are scheduled throughout the summer.
The Administrative team has been working with the Principals in each building on the placement of students and teacher assignments for September. Also, the department has been working closely with the High School Guidance Department in scheduling August Regents and placement changes for next year.
As we prepare for the opening of school, the department has been working closely with the transportation department to finalize buses schedules for all of the in-district and out-of-district placements for students under the CSE.
The Department is excited to work through the transition in welcoming the new Director of Special Education, Mr. Orville Ingram.
ESOL Summer Work
The ESOL Department takes advantage of summer months for instruction, curricular planning, professional development, and preparation for the upcoming academic year. In July, more than 60 students in grades 7-11 participate in ESOL Summer Academy, housed at Mount Kisco Elementary School. Students from the middle and high schools spend three hours daily for three weeks in English, math, or health classes.
At the elementary level, DLBE Spanish Zone teachers provide four Summer Family Workshops at the Mount Kisco Public Library for students to interact in Spanish with friends and family. Families of all backgrounds practice new vocabulary and language structures through dialogue and games. Grades 1 and 2 will focus on the community and community helpers. Grades 3 and 4 will create their own props and perform in Readers’ Theater. MKES teachers Leila Paz, Inginia Del Rosario, and Diana Barrios look forward to working with students and families this summer.
In addition to teaching and learning, the ESOL Department continues to engage in curricular planning and professional development. At MKES, DLBE teachers collaborated extensively to plan instruction and develop materials for grade 4In while refining units and updating materials in grades 1-3. late June, FLHS ESOL teacher Ada Belanger served as a presenter and consultant for iCivics, a developer of curriculum and technology for high-quality civics education. This professional development initiative was sponsored in part by the NYC Department of Public Education and recorded for public television broadcast. Ms. Belanger continues to serve as a consultant for the ELL version of iCivics’s signature digitally interactive game “Do I Have a Right?”. Director of ESOL Programs served as a panelist at the Fourth Annual Regional Leadership Institute in the session “Best Practices: Model ENL Programs.” Ms. Viscardi also met with the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES leadership to plan a five-day teacher leadership institute scheduled for 2017-18.
As the ESOL Department continues to prepare for the upcoming academic year, we look forward to welcoming new students and faculty to BCSD in September.
Maintaining and Improving our Facilities
The summer has been very busy for the building and grounds department. Generally, the summer custodial help began on or about July 1. This year, however, the district was able to arrange for an earlier start time which allowed for a one-week jump start on the deep cleaning and reorganization that happens throughout all of the facilities. The custodians are ahead of schedule in making sure that the students can return to safe and spotless buildings. In addition to this routine deep cleaning, the department has created some more ambitious goals and projects to be completed.
The grounds department spearheaded the complete removal and replacement of a failing 170 ln. ft. retaining wall on the Fox Lane Campus. The new interlocking wall is now complete. Trip hazards throughout the middle school have been assessed and addressed as needed. This was done with a combination of concrete replacement, paving, curbing as well as aluminum tread capping. The department has facilitated or completed many HVAC and dehumidification repairs and upgrades. These projects are difficult to complete while school is in session and have been happening district wide. The most ambitious of these projects are high-efficiency heat pumps in FLMS in order to solve a long standing lack of heating issues. These projects are all completed with BCSD staff.
In an effort to have all of our goals completed by the end of the summer there are many projects being run simultaneously. These are all on going and are coordinated in conjunction with multiple crews of vendors, contractors and of course BCSD staff. The list includes:
Fire panel replacement in FLMS, playground removal and site work at WPES, Stair case repairs at BHES, Fencing and Intercom upgrades at BVES and PRES. MKES flooring repairs, ice dam issues addressed prior to winter weather, painting of cafeterias and exterior bleachers at FLHS, increasing the Central Office efficiency through office movements and reconfiguration. This, of course, is all on top of all the necessary maintenance and attention that facilities always need. So it has been a busy summer and we look forward to keeping up the high pace!