Bedford Central School District

Dr. Manno's E-Brief, November, 2018, Edition #5

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2018 - 2019 , Edition #5, November 2018

Inspiring and Challenging Our Students

The Bedford Central School District shall cultivate curiosity and a passion for learning by providing challenging educational opportunities for all students so they may achieve their full potential as productive and contributing members of society

A Message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools

Dear BCSD Families and Residents,

As we enter this holiday season, we hope and wish for joy, happiness, and peace for all. The holiday season, however, also brings added pressure and anxiety, and increased drug and alcohol use among teens. Parenting for Prevention, November 2018 asserts:

The holidays are another period that teens are at increased risk for the use of substances. The holiday season is considered to begin the night before Thanksgiving and goes to New Year’s Day. According to SAMSHA, on an average December day, more than 11,000 young people, aged 12 to 17, will use alcohol for the first time.

See this full edition of Parenting for Prevention for more detailed information.

We are all also very much aware of the dramatic increase in vaping among youth and teens. Researchers continue to uncover health risks associated with this behavior. See this article regarding the unprecedented rise in use and risks associated.

We encourage all sectors of our community to come together and reinforce the negative consequence and outcomes of substance use and abuse among children and teens. After the New Year, BCSD will be working with our partners to convene a broad group of stakeholders, including leaders from local government, law enforcement at multiple levels, fire and EMS, the medical and mental health communities, the drug prevention community, and others to engage in an Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit. This forum will promote the health and welfare of young people in the greater Bedford Central region. This group will work:

  • To build sustained relationships between and among organizations and agencies,

  • To increase the collaborative capacity in our region to combat opioid and substance abuse; and,

  • To identify collective and coordinated actions or initiatives which can positively impact this most significant problem.

What can you do as a parent to protect your children and keep them safe and healthy? Talk, talk, and then talk some more. Review these materials with your children. Look up articles together about the consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Modeling of responsible behavior by parents or guardians is also associated with reduced risk of substance abuse in children and teens.

We know we share a passion for promoting a healthy and safe lifestyle for our children. Let us do this together.


Colette Dow, President

Michelle Brooks, Vice President

Michael Bauscher

Bill Canavan

Pam Harney

Edward Reder

Beth Staropoli

Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools

BCSD Board of Education Considering Dual Language Bilingual Education (DLBE) School of Choice at Mount Kisco Elementary School (MKES)

During the 2017-18 school year, the Board of Education reviewed a detailed MKES DLBE program study. This year, the District and Board have continued to discuss during its public meetings how best to refine and improve the DLBE program to meet the needs of all MKES students and to provide access to the program for other students across the District. In essence, the DLBE School of Choice allows MKES students not participating in the DLBE program to attend another elementary school if there is only one class section per grade level. In addition, the program would allow students from other elementary schools the opportunity to participate in this unique and valuable program.

During this evening's Board of Education meeting, the Board will consider a policy developed by the administration and Board of Education Policy Subcommittee, Policy # 7150 MKES DLBE School of Choice. Information related to this discussion can be found in the November 28, 2018 Board of Education meeting agenda in BoardDocs. In BoardDocs, you will find the proposed policy, an annotated version of the policy with various notes, a Question and Answer document, and a tentative implementation timeline.

National Education Week: November 12 -16

Mon Nov. 12, 2018: Kickoff Day *** Tues Nov. 13, 2018: Parents Day *** Wed, Nov. 14, 2018: Education Support Professionals Day *** Thurs, Nov 15, 2018: Educator for a Day *** Fri, Nov 16, 2018: Substitute Educators Day

Please join in acknowledging and thanking everyone who works every day To Inspire and Challenge Our Students!

Be Smart on Social Media

Social media can be a great way to catch up and keep up with family and friends. However, if not used responsibly, it can also be a hurtful and dangerous tool. Here are some tips for students and adults alike.


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Student Achievements

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Congratulations to Science Research Students

On Wednesday, November 7th, twelve students in the Science Research class and club in 9th through 12th grade attended Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lecture. Students enjoyed complimentary drinks and pizza, and an hour and a half presentation by three leading scientists who discussed their groundbreaking work in cancer research.

Fox Lane High School Excels in the First New York Math League Contest of the Season

Fox Lane High School scored 27 out of 30 total points in the October New York Math League Contest which placed FL students #12 out of all teams that participated. Kenneth Poor had a perfect score!

Participants included: Mikel Carvajal, Val Donchev, Kenneth Poor, Ben McCormick, and David Sanders

Congratulations Math Team!

Building the Reading Stamina of All 6th Graders!

In 6th grade ELA, each student is challenged to read chapter books at his/her level independently, with a goal of reading a total of 10, 20, 30, or 40 books over the whole year. So far, FLMS 6th graders have logged over 694 books! That is over 189,000 pages of reading!

Pivotal for keeping students motivated toward their reading goals are Friday reading time in ELA class and classroom book chats.

World Cup Soccer Comes to Fox Lane!

In November, FLHS students participate in a World Cup Soccer Tournament. Over 80 FLHS students, including members of the boys and girls soccer teams, and staff members participated. This is a very competitive tournament with an exciting atmosphere. Everyone played hard and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and citizenship!

Important Information Links

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.

Emergency Closings, Delays, or Early Dismissals

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 dismissal bus runs for the high school/middle school begin at 10:20 a.m. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
  • If schools are closed, facilities are not available for after-school or evening activities by internal or external organizations; therefore, all after-school activities and meetings are cancelled, with the exception of after-care occurring in schools.

  • For "Early Dismissals," staff members are dismissed after students have left a 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.

What you need to know

Under the "About BCSD" 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 and updating the Policy Manual. School Board Policy establishes important rules, regulations, procedures and parameters 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."

Cultivating curiosity and passion for learning.

Providing challenging educational opportunities.

All students achieving their full potential.

Important Information Links

School Organization Websites

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