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Dr. Manno's BCSD Brief, Edition #15, 2016-17 School Year

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

A Message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools

Dear BCSD Families and Residents,


Last night during the February 28th Board of Education Business Meeting, we presented the 2017-18 BCSD Proposed "Superintendent's Budget" to the Board and Community. This begins the Board of Education budget deliberation and public input phase. Dr. Manno and Mr. Rubbo will be visiting each school to present to staff and parent associations, as well as presenting in various other venues throughout our school community.


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 new athletics calendar. At this time all Board subcommittees are active and engaged in important district business. You may find Board meeting materials and subcommittee minutes in Board Docs.


Please accept our appreciation for your support for BCSD.


Sincerely,


Colette Dow, President

Brian Sheerin, Vice President

Andrew Bracco

Michelle Brooks

Pam Harney

Edward Reder

Beth Staropoli

Dr. Christopher Manno, Superintendent of Schools

BCSD Advocacy

2016-17 Strategic Planning

The 2016-17 Strategic Planning Committee consists of 28 teachers/staff members, parents/guardians and community members, and students. The Committee has been meeting since the early fall and has reflected upon and refreshed our District Core Values and Beliefs, District Mission, and District Vision. The next step in their process will be to identify short- and long-range issues, objectives, or initiatives in the BIG GOAL areas of continuously improving:


  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Program
  • Climate and Safety
  • Community Engagement and Communications
  • Fiscal Oversight and Operations Management

Board of Education Policy Work

Establishing policies by which a school district operates is among the most important charges of a Board of Education. This year our Board of Education Policy Committee, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Brian Sheerin, BoE Vice President, has been very active, hard at work reviewing, updating, and revising Board Policies. The Committee this year authorized BOCES policy services to assist in a complete overhaul of our policy manual. These services will include a new and enhanced online policy portal, once the manual is complete.


Here are policies that have been approved by the BoE since July 1st.


New Series 1000 - Bylaws

1410 Bylaws, Policy and Administrative Regulations

1120 Board of Education Qualifications, Numbers and Terms of Office

1210 Board Members: Nomination and Election


New Series 5000 - Operations

5280 Athletic Participation and Competition

5684 Use of Surveillance Cameras in the District and on School Buses


New Series 7000 - Students

7120 Age of Entrance

7130 Entitlement to Attend - Age and Residency

Critical Safety Tool Coming Soon - Anonymous Alerts!

It continues to be our top priority to maintain the safety and security of our students. On March 27th, 2017 the Bedford Central School District is launching a system for sending private, anonymous messages on urgent or sensitive matters. The system, called Anonymous Alerts, allows students, parents and staff to confidentially report bullying, cyber-bullying, safety concerns or issues, and other sensitive topics through private messages. All messages are secure, encrypted, and remain completely anonymous. Submitters do, however, have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion. Parents and Guardians should watch for an email to be sent out on March 17th with more information.

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Opportunity for Public Input on the Every Student Succeeds Act, NYS Implementation - March 8, 2017 from 7PM – 9PM and on March 9, from 9AM – 11AM in the School Services Building on the PNW BOCES Yorktown Heights campus

Last fall, the PNW BOCES conducted a Regional State Plan Development Meeting on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), to gather feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders The feedback collected at the Regional State Plan Development Meeting was compiled and sent to NYSED.


ESSA retains many of the core provisions of No Child Left Behind (the previous reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or ESEA) related to standards, assessment, accountability, and use of Federal funds. However, ESSA does provide states much greater flexibility in many areas, including the methodologies for differentiating the performance of schools and the supports and interventions to provide when schools are in need of improvement.


To meet the requirements of ESSA, New York is required to submit a new state plan to the United States Department of Education for access to a wide array of Federal education grant programs.


As part of the development of the State Plan, all BOCES will be hosting another opportunity to provide feedback on the state’s ESSA Plan. The forums for the PNW BOCES region will take place on March 8, 2017 from 7PM – 9PM and on March 9, from 9AM – 11AM in the School Services Building on the PNW BOCES Yorktown Heights campus.


The objective of these forums will be:


  • To engage the public in a discussion on a series of questions the Department needs to answer in order to develop the draft plan.
  • To provide a forum for collecting stakeholder feedback prior to the Department seeking Board of Regents approval to issue a formal draft plan for public comment.

These forums are open to the public and we would appreciate your help in getting the word out by sharing this invitation. All those who wish to participate in either of the forums, should RSVP by emailing Jennifer DelVecchio (jdelvecchio@pnwboces.org) no later than Wednesday, March 1st.


If you have any questions regarding the ESSA Regional State Plan Development Meeting, please contact Jennifer DelVecchio at jdelvecchio@pnwboces.org or 914.248.2330.

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Bedford Teachers' Association Food Drive, February 27 - March 22, 2017

This year, the Bedford Teachers’ Association is once again participating in NYSUT's Annual Food Drive. The BTA is raising money and collecting food donations for the Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry. The following non-perishables food items are being collected; 1 lb. bags of brown or white rice, pasta, cereal and canned or dry black beans.

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry buys most of its groceries from the Food Bank of Westchester, where they have enhanced purchasing power through discounts and government lines of credit. Every $1 provides $4 of emergency food.

The food drive will run from February 27 - March 22, 2017.

Food Drive Coordinators this year are: Alexis Martin and Dara Getler from BHES, John DelFavero from MKES, Karen Landers from WPES, Kristin Cacciapaglia from BVES, Allison Delesia and Susanne Cusato from PRES, Lauren Benjamin from FLMS, and Lindsay Lappin-Burke from FLHS.


Please consider sending a donation to your school's coordinator or to the district food drive coordinator, Kathleen Crohn at Pound Ridge Elementary School.

The Bedford Teachers' Association would like to thank the community for supporting our efforts to help ease the pain of hunger in our own backyards.

Emergency Closing/Delayed Opening Procedures

In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that would cause the closing of schools, a delayed opening, or an early school closing, communication with staff and families occurs in multiple and redundant ways.


Families and staff members will get notified via phone, email, and text using our School Messenger system. Please make sure your school has up-to-date contact information .

The District also posts delay, early dismissal, or closing information on the District Website, BCSDTV, and uses WHUD, News 12, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, FOX 5, and ABC-TV to broadcast school closings, late arrivals, and early dismissals.


On days when inclement weather is predicted, the decision to close school could be made the evening prior. If not, the decision-making process begins at 3:30 a.m. and includes research on weather conditions, assessment of site conditions for our schools, consultation with the highway departments of our towns, and a conference call with regional superintendents of schools. A decision will be made by approximately 5 a.m. and the communication process will be initiated.

Some important information:


  • A "Delay" means a 2-hour delay for students and staff. Students report to their bus stops or arrive at school 2 hours after normal time.
  • When a "Delay" is called, please continue to be alert for communications, as a "Delay" can become a "School Closing."
  • For "Early Dismissals," the earliest bus runs for the high school/middle school would begin at 10:20 a.m. Elementary students would be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
  • If schools are closed, facilities are not available for use for after-school or evening activities by internal or external organizations; therefore, all after-school activities are canceled, with the exception of after-care occurring in schools.
  • For "Early Dismissals," staff members are dismissed after students have left the campus.
  • If schools are closed or there is an early dismissal on a Friday, please check the District website for the status of weekend activities.