From the Office of the Superintendent:
Dear Members of the Croton-Harmon School Community,
Welcome to the 2016-17 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 “Illuminating the Future.” Representatives of the school community- educators, board of education members, parents, and students will help us craft a five year education plan that will illuminate the things we will do to increase student learning. The plan will be student-centered and will focus on assessing and supporting our progress in making the district’s mission and vision a reality:
“We are committed to challenging all students, community inclusion, and fostering respect. We will develop skills that enable students to become effective communicators, problem solvers, and researchers who are independent learners responsible for their own learning.”
We will keep you informed as our strategic coherence process unfolds.
This August our board of education approved a resolution which, upon voter approval, will authorize the district to make facility improvements that were determined after lengthy discussions with administrators and the district’s architects, site visits and garnering of community input and included in the district’s five-year capital facilities plan. These improvements include upgrades to HVAC (heating, ventilation, air condition) systems, exterior window/wall replacement at CET, creation of 21st century learning spaces, security measures, parking lots and pathways, septic system and other infrastructural needs. The school community will vote on the proposition in October 2016.
Over the summer months our teachers engaged in professional and curriculum development. Our teachers focused on assessment design and development. We continued our work in developing curriculum units using the LATIC model (Learner-Active Technology-Infused Classroom) so that all students remain at the center of our work. We continued our efforts to design quality rubrics to measure student learning and deepen ways to leverage technology to support student learning.
For the 2016-17 school year, here is some information related to each of our schools:
All schools: Visitors must enter through the front doors. A video intercom will be
used to allow visitors access to the building. All doors will be locked after morning arrival and will be locked all day.
At CET, school will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. 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. 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.
At PVC, the first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and the late bell rings at 8:00 a.m. School ends at 2:45 p.m. 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.
At CHHS, the warning bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and the first bell rings at 7:55 a.m.
Students who are dropped off in the morning must be dropped off at the back of the high school building by the cafeteria. Please do not drop students off on Old Post Road as this creates a hazardous situation. 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.
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. As we pursue “Illuminating the Future” we anticipate a school year filled with wonderment and excitement. There are fantastic new experiences around the corner!
Dr. Edward R. Fuhrman, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools