Mon, Apr 14 - Mon, Apr 21
SPRING RECESS-Schools Closed
Thursday, April 17
Friday, April 18
Sunday, April 20
Monday, April 21
SPRING RECESS - Schools Closed
Tuesday, April 22
Board of Education Special Meeting
for CSDNR Board Docs.
Tuesday, April 29
Board of Education Meeting - C.O.W.
Trinity Elementary School
for CSDNR Board Docs.
Davis PTA 6:30pm
100% chance of precipitation.
0% chance of precipitation.
One more day for Davis School Initial Kindergarten Registration -- April 24th. Please call the main office to schedule an appointment!
Tomorrow is the first day of New York State testing for the 2013-2014 school year. State-wide, students in grades 3-8 will open up assessments that are intended to measure their proficiency as readers and writers (ELA) against very challenging state and national standards that New York adopted two years ago (Common Core State Standards, CCSS). Like you will, I’ll send my son off to school tomorrow morning with sharpened pencils and words of advice that I hope will help him perform well and stay calm all at once. I have no magic as a parent or a teacher or a principal that I can be sure will accomplish either. Read more...
Across New York, educators and parents have raised thoughtful concerns and critiques regarding these assessments and the timeline in which CCSS have been rolled out, combined with the high-stakes testing right away.
The standards are rigorous; these assessments are difficult. However, at some level, if we believe the standards matter and do provide important year-end benchmarks for teachers and for children, it is also important that we measure our work year to year.
The ELA exam requires that students read CLOSELY and analyze a variety of text—stories, articles, poems, informational pieces—with great sophistication. Students are expected to read and re-read passages and pay great attention to the QUESTIONS/TASKS themselves. Meaning—it is critical that kids spend a great deal of time reading and thinking about the questions they are asked. Our assessments place a great deal of emphasis on students’ ability to understand tasks (questions), return to texts they have read, and write crisp, precise short- and extended-responses just about the specific questions. They can picture themselves as literary detectives searching for evidence that will support their writing. Please speak about this at home—children should be reminded to read the questions with great care, and really settle themselves before planning their writing.
The mission of the Davis Elementary School is to provide the highest quality of education by consistently improving upon and embracing instruction in all curriculum areas. We will provide relevant staff development, relevant enrichment programs for all students and ensure a positive school climate. Our goals and objectives reflect the collaborative efforts of our entire staff, representatives of our PTA, students, parents and members of our Davis community.
Join Us for a Tuesday, April 22 Public School Funding Forum:
Features Distinguished Panel of New Rochelle's NY State Legislators
The Board of Education will host a Community Forum, "Public School Funding", in the New Rochelle High School Library, 7 p.m. Guest panelists will be New York State Senator George Latimer, New York State Senator Andrea Stewart- Cousins, New York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and New York Assemblyman Steven Otis, who will address the important issue of educational funding and explain their own efforts to secure additional funding for our School District. This forum will be broadcast live on Cablevision (Channel 77) and Verizon (Channel 30). The streaming webcast link will also be posted on www.nred.org
THIS WEEK IN THE NEW ROCHELLE SCHOOLS E-Newsletter
Special Edition: April 7- April 25
The City School District of New Rochelle is excited to bring you the April 7- 25 special edition, in both English and Spanish, of our This Week in the New Rochelle Schools e-newsletter. It contains both districtwide and school-by-school news. We hope you find it helpful as you plan during April!
Click here for English version
Click here for Spanish version
New Rochelle SEPTA Announces 2014
We Are One and Bridges Awards!
The We Are One award honors CSDNR teachers, administrators and staff members who make a difference in the lives of our children with special needs. The Bridges award honors members of the greater community who foster inclusiveness and understanding through their programs and businesses. Recipients will be celebrated at the 17th annual We Are One dinner at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle on April 24, 2014. Recipients are below - congratulations!
2014 We Are One Awards
Albert Leonard Middle School: Barbara Clark
Barnard Early Childhood Center: Jeanne Jacobsen
Columbus Elementary School: Otilia Tanner
George M. Davis, Jr. Elementary School: Ricky Marchione
Isaac E. Young Middle School: John Fullerton
Jefferson Elementary School: Bill Murphy and Eddie Ortiz
New Rochelle High School: Amy Cermele
Trinity Elementary School: Denise Campbell
William B. Ward Elementary School: Lisa Leventhal
Daniel Webster Magnet School: Susan Muller
District-Wide: Edie Barasch
2014 Bridges Award ~ Conroy’s Basketball: Frank Conroy
2014 Bridges Business Award ~ Modern Restaurant:
Sebastian Aliberti and Anthony Russo
To purchase tickets to the We Are One dinner, please visit http://newrochellesepta.org/ or contact Mary Jo Jacobs, 917-432-8509, or Julia Muggia Ochs, 917-991-6150.
NEW ROCHELLE RECEIVES MAJOR EDUCATION GRANT
Thrilling! The City School District of New Rochelle, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES and the Port Chester Public Schools, has been awarded the New York State Education Department’s Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Grant totaling $1,844,500. Read more...
MORE GREAT NEWS:
The City School District of New Rochelle's Samantha Guillen is being honored by Girls Inc. as a National Scholar! According to the organization, National Scholars "demonstrate a commitment to achieving excellence" and they have "overcome extraordinary obstacles and challenges, and often times risen above stereotypes, to become role models for their peers, examples of success for their communities, and the leaders of tomorrow." Congratulations, Samantha!
INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT'S BUDGET MESSAGE
For the past five years, the City School District of New Rochelle, like so many local school districts in New York State, has endured the damaging effects of a weakened national economy. Over 200 positions have been lost and valuable educational programs and services have been either reduced or eliminated. Each year, it seemed as if the Board of Education and district and school administrators were faced with a Morton’s Fork where there were only undesirable options. Foundation aid from the state was essentially frozen, mandated costs continued to increase, and a 2% tax levy spending cap was imposed. Faced with these challenges, our District was required to determine which positions, programs and services could be targeted without compromising the quality of core activities associated with our central mission-- the advancement of teaching and learning. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING Budget Message 2014.pdf
CLICK HERE to access 2014-2015 Superintendent's Preliminary Budget
GETTING INTO COLLEGE: A spotlight on five New Rochelle High School seniors on their journey to college. Below is a link to the third article in a Christian Science Monitor/Hechinger Report series following the five NRHS seniors on their quest for college financial aid.
Click here to view article
UPDATE on CSDNR SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH
At the Wednesday evening, February 26th, public presentation to the Board of Education and community, the district's professional consultants reported on the search status for our next permanent CSDNR Superintendent of Schools. At the conclusion of an extensive, ultimately six-month national search, including a strong component of community engagement, the Board of Education expects that a new Superintendent will be hired in May.
The documents found at the links below outline the Superintendent search thus far in greater detail, including: 1) hiring/search process timeline and details; 2) a summary of the community's input regarding our district's strengths and challenges; and 3) a draft of the community's identified criteria for desired candidate background, experience and skills.
Hazard Young PowerPoint Presentation
LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING BUDGET DISCUSSIONS
Please click here for important information on 2014-2015 budget discussions.
schools closed April 14 - April 21
FOR CSDNR PARENTS & GUARDIANS
REQUESTS FOR APPR SCORES AND RATINGS OF
TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS
Consistent with Education Law §3012-c(10)(b), parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in the New Rochelle Public Schools will be able to receive the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for their child(ren)’s present teachers and building principal. This information will be available beginning on Monday, December 2, 2013. Read more...