Superintendent's Report – February 11, 2020 BOE Meeting and District Happenings Directly Related to Our Goals!
From RoseAnn Mercado, Family Resource Center Director:
- The Pre-K made valentine cards for the veterans to tell them how much their service is appreciated and to wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day!
From Maryellen Griffin, Miller Principal:
- Our classes spent time making Valentines for Veterans and we dropped them for delivery to the Veterans office in New City.
- On Monday Mrs. Heim and Mrs. Stefanoff brought 7th graders from Barr came to visit our 1st graders and read to them about kindness. They also bring little gifts for each student. The first graders enjoyed listening and visiting with the students.
From Nancy Bonner, Highview Principal:
- This month’s Social Emotional Learning Assemblies for both grades focused on responsible decision making, one of the five SEL Competencies. Students learned about the difference between routine, everyday decisions and bigger more important decisions. Mrs. Lipson discussed how the Bus Safety Program, Eat & Play Program and Kelso’s Choices are all designed to help students make good choices throughout the day.
- We have completed aimsweb Winter testing and are in the process of administering the DRA to all students. These highly valued flagship assessments are used to analyze student progress. This data is also used in our upcoming discussions with families at parent-teacher conferences.
From Anne Chen, Academy 5-6 Principal:
- The fifth grade has been preparing for Rare Disease Day 2020 by kicking off kindness calendars. The goal of the kindness calendar is to make being kind a habit and to show students how simple gestures can make huge impacts on the lives of others.
- 6th grade: On February 14th the foreign language department will do a presentation to the 6th grade students to help them decide which language they want to sign up to take next year. This presentation allows foreign language teachers and current students to share their experiences in each of the available courses. Sixth grade students are then better able to make their selections for 7th grade.
- Clarkstown Police Officer Norm Peters hosted “A Cyber Safety Presentation For Parents/Guardians Of Grades 5 – 8” last night at Barr. The program discussed:
- Safe and appropriate setting up and maintaining of accounts on popular apps
- Safe and appropriate use of social media and accountability for own activity
- Supervising and supporting children in their use of on-line tools and resources
- Safe and appropriate use of school supported sites.
Thank you Officer Norm and the Clarkstown Police Department!
From Roger Guccione, Barr 7-8 Principal:
- On Monday, February 10, 14 of our 7th grade students visited Miller to read a Valentine’s Day Book, ask riddles and give each 1st grade student a goodie bag. This visit is part of the middle school’s Little Knights program fostering school community collaboration.
From Mrs. Chen, Mr. Guccione, and Mike Mahoney, HS Principal:
- SUNY Rockland Community College hosted the 2020 Black Achievement Awards ceremony on February 6th. Students recognized needed to maintain at least a 90 average and be involved in the co-curricular program in their respective school. Award recipients from NUFSD were:
- 6th Grade: TarynMarie Beaubrun, Verony Gyimah, Cameron Leon, Alicia McGregor, Alexis McKoy, Benjamin Montgomery, Olivia Pappalardi, and Kyle Pettway
- 8th Grade: Sidney Agyiri and Cadence Mullings
- High School (must be in grade 10 or 12): Taylor Dudley (10th Grade); Gabrilee Faulcon, Kendra Faulcon, Ralph Graham, Yaire Rodriguez (12th Grade)
Congrats to all students for proudly representing the District!
Also from Mr. Mahoney:
- Senior Alexander Nikac has been named a finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program! Congratulations to Alexander on attaining this high honor!