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CHUFSD – “Together We Can”

August 15, 2014
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Dear Members of the Croton-Harmon School Community,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year.  We look forward to new experiences and relationships for the children of our school district, our faculty and staff, and you the parents of our children.

The theme for this year is “Together We Can.”  When parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and the board of education all work together, we can help our students accomplish great things.  It is when we work together and support each other, being sure to keep our focus on the children, that we have the biggest impact on student achievement.

Here is some information related to each of our schools:

CET – School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. For security purposes the following procedures are in place:

  • All doors will be locked after morning arrival (8:20 a.m.) and remain locked all day.
  • Visitors must enter through the front doors.  A video intercom will be used to allow visitors access to the building.
  • Students who are dropped off in the morning before school must be dropped off at the back of the building between 8:00-8:20 a.m.  After 8:20 a.m. all students arriving must enter at the front of the building.
  • Students who are picked up at the end of the day will need to be signed out in the library.  Pick-ups are released at 2:25.

PVC – The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and the late bell rings at 8:00 a.m.  School ends at2:45 p.m.  For security purposes the following procedures are in place:

  • All doors will be locked after morning arrival (8:00 a.m.) and remain locked all day.
  • Visitors must enter through the front doors.  A video intercom will be used to allow visitors access to the building.
  • Students who are picked up at the end of the day will be picked up in the PVC lower parking lot.  Cars must line up and follow the directions of staff.  There is no pick up in the bus loop or the upper faculty parking lot.

CHHS – The warning bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and the first bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  For security purposes the following procedures are in place:

  • All doors will be locked after morning arrival (8:00 a.m.) and remain locked all day.
  • Visitors must enter through the front doors.  A video intercom will be used to allow visitors access to the building.
  • Students who are dropped off in the morning must be dropped off at the back of the high school building by the cafeteria.  These doors will lock at 8:00 a.m.

To enhance security in all our schools, we ask that whenever possible visitors should call and make an appointment prior to coming to the schools.

This summer a number of facilities improvements were made as part of the District’s ongoing capital maintenance plan. Work at all three schools included:

  • Miscellaneous paving and site work
  • New interior doors with intruder locks
  • Painting
  • Fence repairs and replacements
  • Purchase of additional two-way radios to be used in the case of emergency in place of cell phones
  • Completion of emergency measures such as strobe lights, pull stations, panic buttons and upgrades to public address systems

Work at the high school included completion of a new outdoor stairway and the CHHS auditorium HVAC.  At PVC Middle School, exterior work in the rear of PVC such as the retaining wall was completed.  Work at CET Elementary School included final configuration/improvement of the CET bus loop.  At our transportation facility construction of a building addition to accommodate the increase in the number of buses and staff members took place.  At Spencer Field sod was replaced in center of the field and at goal post areas.

As the 2014-15 school year begins, New York State continues its reform agenda related to the Common Core Standards.  In the midst of all these state-wide education reforms we must remember that a key part of the vision and mission of our school district is a commitment to “develop skills that enable students to become effective communicators, problem solvers, and researchers who are independent learners responsible for their own learning.”  These skills are the essence of the “Croton Core.”  To master the Croton Core, our students need learner-centered classrooms that infuse technology as a tool for learning.

Over the summer, 16 teachers took part in professional development centered on the “Learner-Centered Technology-Infused Classroom”.  This is our second year working to create lessons that empower students to take “charge” of their learning.    This is achieved by developing a “felt need” for building skills, using the tools before them and allowing them to play off their individual strengths while collaborating with their classmates.  Teachers connect the learning to life and students take greater ownership and responsibility for their learning.  We once again thank our Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) for helping us to fund this work.  We value our partnership.

When most people might think that summer is a quiet time in schools, Croton-Harmon is always busy.  This summer, our district offered over 43 opportunities for staff to continue working on curricula, engage in meaningful workshops, and collaborate on projects.  We continue to make meaning of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and adapt the Standards to our curricula.  We continue to stay true to our mission and vision as teachers spend hours dissecting the CCLS and incorporating the themes into our curriculum maps.  We also had two teams of teachers join our colleagues throughout the Putnam Northern Westchester area to develop regional curricula in math and social studies.  We thank our staff for dedicating so much time to this work.

These efforts are geared to support the District’s theme of quality.  We continue to focus on quality in three specific areas:  learner standards, systems, and learning by design.

Our school board and the administrative team are engaged in developing district goals for 2014-15 and beyond.  These goals will reflect our desire to pursue quality in our curriculum and instruction as well as ensuring financial stability.  Improving communications and advocacy remain areas of focus.  When finalized, these goals will be shared with all members of the school community.  District goals will also provide the context for building, grade level/department, and individual goals.

Please know that as a member of the school community, your input is valued.  Should you have a question or a problem, please follow the protocol of contacting the teacher first.  If the problem is not resolved, you can then contact the building principal or assistant principal for assistance.  In unusual cases, when a problem cannot be solved at the building level, please contact our assistant superintendent, Dr. Deborah O’Connell, or me.  We want to be respectful of everyone in the process.  Our experience has been that problems are best resolved when this protocol is followed.

All of us – parents, our board of education, teachers, and staff will continue to strive for excellence for our children.  We look forward to a school year filled with wonderment and excitement.  There are fantastic new experiences around the corner!

Sincerely,

 

 

Dr. Edward R. Fuhrman, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

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