Supt's Scoop

Dr. Manno's BCSD Brief, Edition #18, 2016-17 School Year

May 2017

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A Message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools

Dear BCSD Families and Residents,

During our June 14th Board of Education meeting, we will enthusiastically unveil the culminating work of our 2016-17 Strategic Planning Committee. Please see the detailed information below.

We continue to work hard to constructively engage our community for the betterment of our schools and District. This month we conducted our final meeting of the 2016-17 First Responders Safety and Security Task Force. This is a group of first responders from all of our towns, including county, state and local police, school operational leaders, town leaders, and individuals from other regional emergency management departments. The Task Force comes together several times per year to ensure the safety, security, and emergency preparedness of our schools and school community. We wish to thank those community members who reached out to us to provide positive feedback on the traffic light changes at the entrance to Fox Lane campus, which was a topic addressed during our Task Force meetings.

Our Budget Advisory Committee will come together for the final wrap-up meeting of the school year to reflect on our process and to begin to plan for the future

We are always proud of the achievements of our students. In this Edition of the Superintendent's Scoop, you will find a listing of Fox Lane High School's recent inductees into the National Honor Society, FLHS Award and Senior Scholarship winners, as well as a listing of current colleges/universities to which Fox Lane students will matriculate in the fall.

We all enjoy this exciting time of year with so many student events, performances, activities, and awards celebrations. Please see our District calendar on our website for these enjoyable events.

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.


Colette Dow, President

Brian Sheerin, Vice President

Andrew Bracco

Michelle Brooks

Pam Harney

Edward Reder

Beth Staropoli

Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools

BCSD Strategic Planning

We are excited to unveil the final products of our 2016-17 BCSD Strategic Planning Committee. The 2016-17 Strategic Planning Committee consists of constituents from all segments of the school community, including high school students, staff, administrators, Board members, parent organization leaders and participants, and community leaders who came together to engage in a comprehensive Strategic Planning process for BCSD.

The Strategic Planning Committee functioned under the direction of Board of Education Committee Chair, President, Ms. Colette Dow and Committee facilitator, Dr. Christopher Manno, Superintendent of Schools. The overarching purposes of strategic planning were to:

  • Uncover shared values

  • Recommit to a refreshed Mission, or purpose, for why we exist as an educational institution

  • Clarify a Vision for the achievement of the Mission

  • Identify critical issues that must be addressed through near-term and long-term goals and objectives

This work will drive our District and building objectives for the coming 1-5 years. Objectives are identified under Four BIG Goals Areas:

  1. Improve Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Programs

  2. Improve Climate and Safety

  3. Improve Community Engagement, Communications, and Transparency

  4. Improve Fiscal, H.R., and Operational Oversight and Management

Committee Work Products

  1. Refreshed Overarching Philosophical Constructs - Core Values and Beliefs, Mission, and Vision
  2. A synthesis of objectives to be accomplished over near, mid, and long-range timeframes under FOUR BIG Goal Areas.
  3. The Pillar of our Strategic Planning Work: The BCSD Success Plan 2017 - a one-page document, which makes our direction and works transparent and accessible to all.

Our Strategic Planning products are a synthesis of the work of:

  • The BCSD 2016-17 Strategic Planning Committee

  • 2016-17 Budget Advisory Committee

  • 2016-17 Space and Enrollment Advisory Committee

  • 2016-17 Student Achievement Advisory Committee

  • 2017 Leadership Team Goals Convocation

The administration shall engage in the process of action planning to accomplish goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan.

NOTICE: Balloon Test

Sprint Wireless is proposing to build a new cell tower on the Fox Lane Campus next to the existing cell towers. The tower will also support the emergency services communications network for Westchester County. As part of the review of the project, we have requested Sprint to conduct a balloon test to show the height of the proposed tower. The balloon test will take place on Saturday, June 3 from 9 am to 5 pm (weather permitting). The balloon test will consist of flying one 3 ft. red weather balloon at a height of 99’ using a non-stretchable line to provide a location point and visual scale.

Celebrating Fox Lane High School's New National Honor Society Inductees

NHS Requirements:

Induction into the NHS is one of the highest honors bestowed on students at Fox Lane High School. Four pillars guide the selection of students for NHS:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Character
Congratulations to our 2017 FLHS NHS Inductees!

Danielle Allen

Dillon Aryeh

Sonny Aryeh

Maggie Bannon

Sophie Barone

Samuel Barton

Matthew Bassett

Tiffany Batista Concepcion

Joanna Becerra

Emma Belfiglio

Colette Belhumeur

Ankita Bista

Nico Bittker

Benjamin Blakeway-Webb

Annabelle Brenza

Samuel Brotmann

Jessica Burg

Jean Cambareri

Kristian Camovic

Nathalie Campbell

Alexandra Cicchelli

Alexander Clinton

Christopher Clinton

Lucia Crerend

Elizabeth Cui

Sarah Davis

Devin Davis-Lorton

Shayla Dawkins-Rohan

Elizabeth De Palma

Jacob DiCarlo

Jaeger Dochtermann

Ryan Elliott

Benjamin Faintych

Angela Fasulo

Miranda Feinberg

Gregory Fleming Jr.

Charlotte Fleming

Katherine Freeman

Sachin Ganesh

Michael Gentile

Sophia Giannelli

Alexandria Glover

Javen Grier

Milo Gringlas

Benjamin Grummon

Corrine Halpin

Chelsea Hardy

Stephanie Harney

Hanna Harrington

Daniel Hughes

Ethan James

Caroline Jones

Isabella Jordan

Christine Justiniano

Wylie Kaplan

Joshua Karas

Jack Kelleher-Ferguson

Grace Kiernan

Charles Kimsal

Caroline Kintzer

Emma Kolsky

Tess Krensky

Cassidy Kurzer

Caitlin Lane

Max Lavinsky

Alexander Lee

Alexa Leiva

Sarah Lilian

Robert Long

Brian Longo

Davie Loria

John Loveless

Sabrina Lundy

Francesco Luppino

Sarina Matsil

Preston McKenney

Sinead McSpedon

Elizabeth Morales

Sabrina Morales

Ellen Murphy

Ricardo Najera Martinez

Gianna New

Sophia O'Connor

Christina Pansini

Michelle Paolicelli

Jeremy Parmet

Joely Pasetsky

Kathleen Patalino

Jacob Payson

Carson Peck

Simon Peck

Maria Perez Lopez

Noah Perl

Ezra Peterman

Jennifer Poon

Luke Powell

Lana Pucci

John Quinn

Julia Raboy

George Raxworthy

Justin Reeves

Daniel Rice

Lilia Robinowitz

Grayce Romeo

Robert Rossi

Nadia Rossy

Kyle Rowley

Tallulah Samberg

Andrew Santulli

Wynter Schnell

Jacquelin Sheerin-Weissenberg

Rachel Snadowsky

Melanie Solomon

Maxwell Sullivan

Matthew Tartas

Samantha Tilley

Amelia Tomson

Kathryn Tortorella

Stephanie Trejo

Liam Vallejo

Joseph Varamo

Lindsey Velez

Magnus Vogel

Michelle Washington

Max Wattenmaker

Emma Weise

George West

Abigail Wilson

Jake Witz

Owen Wolman

Callie Wortmann

Jenna Wyman

Marco Zanghi

Emily Zheng

Brandie Zucker

FLHS Award and Senior Scholarship Winners!

On Tuesday, May 16, Fox Lane HS held its Award Ceremony. The document here includes the names of all the award winners and their corresponding awards.

On Thursday, May 25, over 150 students received scholarships. Click here to download the list of scholarship winners.

Congratulations to Fox Lane Students: Current College Commitments

Amherst College

Auburn University

Barnard College

Berkeley College of White Plains

Berklee College of Music

Binghamton University

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the CUNY

Boston College

Boston University

Brandeis University

Bryant University

Bucknell University

California College of the Arts (San Francisco)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Carnegie Mellon University

Clarkson University

Clemson University

Colgate University

College of Charleston

College of Mount Saint Vincent

College of William and Mary

Colorado College

Columbia University

Cornell University

Cuyahoga Community College, Metropolitan Camp

Davidson College

Drew University

Drexel University

Duke University

Eastern Florida State College

Elon University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

Emerson College

Fairfield University

Florida State University

Fordham University

Frost School Of Music

Full Sail University

George Mason University

Georgetown University

Hamilton College - NY

Hampshire College

Hartwick College

Hofstra University

Indiana University at Bloomington

International Christian University

Iona College

Iowa State University

Ithaca College

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the CUNY

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson & Wales University (Providence)

Lafayette College

Le Moyne College

Loyola University Maryland

Manhattan College

Manhattan School of Music

Manhattanville College

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mercy College

Miami University, Oxford

Middlebury College

Misericordia University

Mount Mercy University

New York University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Pace University, New York City

Pace University, Westchester Campus

Plymouth State University

Pomona College

Princeton University

Providence College

Purchase College State University of New York

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Rowan University

Sacred Heart University

Skidmore College

St. Lawrence University

Stanford University

State University of New York - Plattsburgh

State University of New York at Albany

State University of New York at New Paltz

Stevens Institute of Technology

SUNY Alfred State College

SUNY College at Brockport

SUNY College at Cortland

SUNY College at Geneseo

SUNY College at Oneonta

SUNY Delhi

SUNY Morrisville State College

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Syracuse University

The George Washington University

The New School - All Divisions

The University of Alabama

The University of Arizona

The University of Iowa

The University of Montana, Missoula

The University of Tampa

The University of the Arts

Tufts University

Tulane University

University at Buffalo The State University of New York

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Denver

University of Kentucky

University of Louisville

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of New Hampshire at Durham

University of New Haven

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rhode Island

University of South Carolina

University of Southern California

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Villanova University

Wake Forest University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wesleyan University

West Virginia University

Westchester Community College

Leadership Position Round-Up

BCSD started the 2016-17 school year in a period of leadership transition. We have worked to permanently fill positions to ensure leadership stability. Positions which have been filled include:
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
  • Director of Human Resources and Development
  • Assistant Superintendent for Business and Administrative Services
  • Director of Health, Athletics and P.E.
  • Fox Lane Middle School Principal
  • Fox Lane High School Principal

We are in the final stages of concluding several other selection processes:
  • Semi-finalists have been identified and interviewed for the BVES Principal position and we are in the final decision-making stages.
  • We have advertised, engaged the school community, and are in process of interviewing and selecting finalists for the MKES Principal position.
  • We have advertised regionally and Nationally for the for Director of Special Education position.

Other positions that will need to be addressed as a result of these decisions include MKES Assistant Principal and K-12 Supervisor of Special Education. We are also in the process of filling multiple Curriculum Coordinator positions. We anticipate starting the 2017-18 school year with a strong and stable team of District, school and teacher leaders in place and ready to move our Strategic Plan into the future.

Future Leaders!

Commendations to Mary Harrison and Jason Spector on their graduation (Masters of Arts) from Bank Street College. Mary and Jason participated in the Future School Leaders Academy (FSLA) through Bank Street College and Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES. Mary and Jason are now certified to serve as building-level and district-level school leaders. BCSD has participated in the FSLA program for many years and Mary and Jason are our latest two graduates. They were mentored by administrators in our district, and completed internships at the building and district level.

Congratulations, Mary and Jason!

Year-End Board Meeting Round-Up

May 31st
  • Performance by FLHS Jazz Ensemble
  • Recognition of state and national student musicians
  • Recognition of FLHS Science Students who participated in Environthon
  • Presentation by the District Financial Advisor, Capital Markets, Inc.
  • BoE Policy Reading on Pupil Representation on the Board of Education as first presented by FLHS Public Policy students

June 14th
  • Strategic Planning Committee to present the BCSD Success Plan 2017
  • Presentation on FLHS grade distribution and student profile

June 21st

  • Recognition of outgoing BoE Member
  • Recognition of BCSD Retirees

Parent Resource on the BCSD Website - Parenting for Prevention

Under the "Parents and Community Tab" on the BCSD Website, you will now find Parenting for Prevention newsletters with valuable information to consider as you experience the challenge and journey of raising children in the 21st Century. Here is the link to the latest May newsletter.

What you need to know

Under the "Parents and Community Tab" on the BCSD Website, you will also now find our What you need to know E-District Portfolio with in-depth information about BCSD, including contact information for key administrators and coordinators.

New and Revised Board of Education Policies

BCSD has committed to revamping a dated Policy Manual. School Board Policy establishes important rules, regulations, procedures and parameter within which our school administrators and staff can effectively operate the district, ultimately for the betterment of our students and education. We have adopted the BOCES comprehensive policy services to assist us in this venture. On the Policy Section of our website under the Board of Education tab you will find our "old" policies and "new policies."

Our BCSD Mission

Cultivating curiosity and passion for learning.

Providing challenging educational opportunities.

All students achieving their full potential.

Our BCSD Vision

Challenging and Inspiring Our Students
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