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By Janice Llanes Fabry

Daniel Warren’s kindergarteners, first, and second graders will be meeting their new principal very soon. If they welcome Tara Goldberg with half the fondness she already has for them, the new school year will be off to a great start.

“I’ve always been connected to the vitality of early childhood,” said Goldberg. “I love their curiosity, playfulness, and natural wonder, whether they lose a tooth or learn something new.” She added, “It is important to seize children’s excitement, tap into their interests, and create opportunities for them to be highly engaged in what they’re learning.”

Come September, she will be introducing herself by visiting each classroom and reading “Ribbit,” a children’s book by Rodrigo Folgueira about making new friends. She plans to engage families by offering weekly Talks with Tara throughout the year.

“Parents can come in for a brief presentation and Q & A, so they can feel connected beyond newsletters and PTSA meetings,” she said. “I want to create opportunities for continuity and share all the exciting things happening here.”

Goldberg learned of the vacancy at the elementary school in the nick of time, two days before the application deadline. “I knew it would be a unique and special opportunity being that there are very few early childhood K through 2 schools,” she said referring to a student population with which she has extensive experience.

Since 2000, she has been educating K through 2 in one form or another — teacher, literacy coach, and administrator. For the last seven years, Goldberg served as a principal at Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School in Manhattan. Her move here is quite a departure from being one of over 40 principals in a district.

“Now, I am one of four and I am very excited to work in this committed, close, and collaborative team,” she said.

The new principal has already met Daniel Warren’s “extremely welcoming and supportive” faculty and staff. Moreover, she is well underway to familiarizing herself with the school community, so she can build upon its strengths.

One of the primary goals she is most passionate about is launching a new reading curriculum in K-5. The district wide initiative will introduce balanced literacy, which provides customized experiences to focus on discrete skills and then students using those skills in their own reading and writing. This differentiated approach includes reading aloud, as well as guided, shared, and interactive reading and writing.

“In addition to lessons for the whole class, balanced literacy focuses on individual and small group needs-based instruction and offers independent practice. There is more movement within the classroom. We will look at where students are and where they can grow,” explained Goldberg, who has been working with this program for 16 years. “We will also be offering students more choices with a richer library that has a broader range of topics and a combination of picture, chapter, narrative and informational books.”

Summertime, and the District was Busy

On July 1, the Rye City School District welcomed Superintendent Dr. Eric Byrne, who comes to Rye from Chappaqua, where he was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the past six years. Dr. Byrne presented his “entry plan” at the June 27 Board of Education meeting and has spent the summer meeting with District staff, community leaders, and parents, touring the school buildings, and generally getting to know Rye and its people.

The Technology Department has been hard at work preparing to launch the new version of www.ryeschools.org. Parents and community members should find the new site far easier to navigate. The website is now ADA-compliant. Look for a new, free app coming from the Technology Department in the fall.

The District has hired Fielding Nair International, a leading firm in education planning and architectural design, to evaluate facilities, make recommendations for more efficient and effective use of space, and develop plans for potential expansion if and when necessary, based on future enrollment. Fielding Nair experts spent a great deal of time in the District’s buildings over the summer and are planning to host some public “town hall” style meetings to garner feedback about how the District’s schools are used by students and the Rye community-at-large.

The Literacy Initiative, now in its fourth year, extends from reading to writing. Over the summer, elementary teachers worked with Shelly Klein, the District’s Literacy Consultant, and Sherri Goffman, the District’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, to develop new grammar, usage, and mechanics lessons that will be woven throughout the elementary writing curriculum. In addition, teachers developed writing benchmark assessments for each unit of writing.

In July, the District sent a cohort of elementary, middle and high school teachers for a three-day training session in the Writing Revolution method of instruction. More teachers will attend training sessions in the fall.

During the last week of June, the District hosted the second annual Rye Summer Literacy Institute at Milton School, orchestrated by Osborn School Assistant Principal Tory Walley and Sherri Goffman. Eighty-five teachers and administrators from four school districts attended workshops and hands-on training led by Shelly Klein and other facilitators. Attendees enjoyed keynote speeches by three Rye authors: Annabel Monaghan, a Rye Record columnist and author of two young adult novels and a collection of essays, “Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?”; Sam Weinman, author of “Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains” and digital editor for Golf Digest; and graphic artist Anne Mottola, author of “What Grows in the Garden?”

Rye High School has joined the College Advantage program with St. John’s University. As a result, students enrolled in some Rye High courses will earn college credit from St. John’s, which may be eligible for credit at the eventual college of their choice.

The curriculum for Spanish V Advanced and Advanced Honors has been revised to meet the higher skill level of students who have taken Spanish beginning in elementary school. A new class, American Sign Language 2, is available for students who have completed ASL 1, and will allow students to fulfill the two-year sequence in a foreign language that colleges typically require.

Two new laptop carts, each containing 25 Chromebooks, have arrived, courtesy of the Parent Organization, and are destined for the Math and Social Studies departments.

Rye Middle School is adding a new World War II humanities unit for eighth graders, which combines instruction from the Social Studies and English departments. The interdisciplinary course is designed to promote critical thinking and close reading, while allowing students to create their own text on a specific topic and theme related to World War II. Also new this year is a Digital Art and Animation elective for eighth graders. Students will use iPads and apps to build digital animation projects.

A new sixth-grade elective, Keys, Pens and Brushes, examines different forms of written communication, from brushwork to cursive, calligraphy and keyboarding, and looks at ancient written languages such as hieroglyphics and cuneiform.

The RMS Multipurpose Room and hallway received a lot of attention over the summer with all-new flooring, ceiling, and lighting. A number of technological improvements were made, including new speakers, a new projector and screen and an additional Wi-Fi access point for more wireless coverage. A portion of the Media Center has been converted into a quiet working area specifically for Middle School students. The school’s Faculty Room has been refreshed with new flooring and walls; the room’s design and furniture come courtesy of the school’s Parent Organization. Two new laptop carts, containing 25 Chromebooks each, are ready for classroom use thanks to the PO.

Midland School’s former computer lab has been transformed into an active learning space. New flooring, upgraded wiring, and furniture on wheels allow teachers to configure the room for different types of learning. Teachers begin training in active learning teaching methods in September. The south playground was re-seeded over the summer and is ready for fun and games. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts are ready for fourth and fifth grader’s use.

When Milton School students return, they’ll find a brand new outdoor blacktop area in which to enjoy recess games, and a new patio that will function as an outdoor classroom. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts were added for fourth and fifth grade use.

Osborn School’s computer lab will be transitioned into an active learning space with 25 Lenovo ThinkPads replacing traditional desktop computers. Twenty-five new Chromebooks and two carts are in place for fourth and fifth graders to use.

Over the summer, a group of elementary teachers completed the revision of the District’s health curriculum for grades K-5. The curriculum is now aligned to New York State standards, and the changes will be reflected in this year’s elementary health classes.

DANIEL WARREN ELEMENTARY

1310 Harrison Avenue, Mamaroneck

777-4200

Principal: Tara Goldberg

Grades K-2

Enrollment: 335

F.E. BELLOWS ELEMENTARY

200 Carroll Avenue, Mamaroneck

777-4602

Principal: Michael Scarantino

Grades 3-5

Enrollment: 379

RYE NECK MIDDLE SCHOOL

300 Hornidge Road, Mamaroneck

777-4702

Principal: Eric Lutinski

Enrollment: 406

RYE NECK HIGH SCHOOL

300 Hornidge Road, Mamaroneck

777-4800

Principal: Tina Wilson

Enrollment: 455

Rye Neck Enrollment by school  - August 15, 2017

      School                 Grade Level       Enrollment

  • Daniel Warren      K, 1,2                335
  • FE Bellows           3, 4, 5                379
  • Middle School      6, 7, 8                406
  • High School         9, 10, 11, 12      455

Total Enrollment                            1575

RYE HIGH SCHOOL

1 Parsons Street

967-6100, ext. 1901

Principal: Patricia Taylor

Grades: 9-12

Enrollment: 1,016

RYE MIDDLE SCHOOL

3 Parsons Street

967-6100, ext. 2901

Principal: Dr. Ann Edwards

Enrollment: 815

MIDLAND SCHOOL

312 Midland Avenue

967-6100, ext. 4901

Principal: Jim Boylan

Enrollment: 540

MILTON SCHOOL

967-6100 Ext. 3901

Principal: Dr. JoAnne Nardone

Enrollment: 398

OSBORN SCHOOL

10 Osborn Road

967-6100, ext. 5901

Principal: Angela Garcia

Enrollment: 580

Rye Neck High School Principal Tina Wilson

New Principal Tina Wilson Fits Right Into the Rye Neck Equation

By Janice Llanes Fabry

Tina Wilson officially walked through the corridors of Rye Neck High School as the new principal on July 5, and has already been swept up in “Rye Neck’s tremendous amount of pride.”

“I was very purposeful when I applied here,” she said. “Rye Neck is a well-performing district that promotes leadership, achievement, and learning — three goals I believe in. I also know the strong sense of community that exists here.”

An educator for 18 years, Wilson’s last ten were spent as an administrator, most recently as an assistant principal at Hendrick Hudson High School. She is well versed in the supervision of curriculum and instruction, the development of professional learning communities, and the expansion of programs to meet the many academic and enrichment needs of students.

“I want high school to be the positive experience it is supposed to be,” she stressed. “I want the students to feel nurtured, yet challenged.”

The new principal’s immediate goal at Rye Neck is meeting with the teachers. “They have already been tremendously helpful in identifying the school’s strengths and in helping me learn the district’s history and traditions,” she remarked. “As more faculty and staff members trickle in, I will be observing, listening, and learning to determine next steps.”

Grateful for former longtime principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro’s presence on campus, Wilson noted, “She knows the community, the teachers, the families, and individual students. She built a tremendous school here and to follow in her footsteps is an honor.”

Wilson also plans to acquire the students’ input. “I ask a lot of questions and I will get an idea of the courses they want and those we might not have. I will determine where there are opportunities for growth, including AP courses and STEAM electives.”

Before becoming an administrator, Wilson was a tenured science and mathematics teacher. Except for her nascent year teaching at a middle school, she has predominantly worked at the high school level.

“I enjoy working with high school students. This is an important time in their lives. High school offers students a safe environment in which to explore their passions and to figure out what motivates them,” she explained. “It is the place for students to set goals, gain confidence through challenging coursework and extracurricular activities, and to become leaders, be it in service programs, school clubs, and sports, or student government.”

Ninety-nine years after opening, Rippowam Cisqua School (RCS) continues to provide a top-notch private school education for boys and girls from Pre-K through Grade 9. True to its philosophy, RCS is “a school of joyous and enlightened learning; a place where children come and not where they are sent.”

The school provides each student with the opportunity to demonstrate they understand the material they are learning and, more importantly, can apply that knowledge in meaningful ways. As secondary schools are evolving to meet the changing demands of colleges and universities, RCS continues the long tradition of graduating students who excel and lead at the next stage of their academic lives.

Over the last six years, RCS’s Master Plan has been the driving force behind the Meyers Fields expansion, the new entrance to the Lower Campus, and the renovated fifth and sixth grade wing. As the school approaches its 100th year, the renovation of the Upper Campus marks the final phase – a comprehensive and exciting project that includes a new Library and Media Center, a new Dining Hall, an Innovation Center, a Courtyard Amphitheater, new art studios, and new science labs.

Rippowam Cisqua

Lower Campus: (Pre-K-Grade 4)

325 West Patent Road

Mount Kisco
244-1200
Upper Campus: (Grades 5-9)

439 Cantitoe Street

Bedford
244-1250

rcsny.org

Year founded: 1917

Head of School: Colm MacMahon

Enrollment: 440

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Average Class Size: 16

Tuition: $22,800-$39,800

Open Houses:

October 21, Lower Campus 9-11, Upper Campus 1-3