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“Superintendent’s Corner”
August 26, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. I hope you enjoyed a rejuvenating summer even though many of you worked the summer session and had very little time off. During these two weeks prior to opening day on Tuesday, September 2nd, I hope you had an opportunity to spend time with your family and pursue personal projects and interests.

During the past year we have made strides in implementing the Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR), upgrading our technology, rolling out Career Development and Occupational Skills (CDOS) and balancing the District budget. The new school year brings with it many challenges and expectations. Whether you are teaching in a classroom, providing counseling, monitoring hallways, maintaining one of our four academies, working in an administrative function, supporting individual students, employed in Central Office or serving in any other capacity in the District, you are key to ensuring our academies are highly effective in regard to teaching and learning with the goal of assisting our students to prepare for the “Bridge to Adulthood”.

Quality instruction is of utmost importance to the success of our students. Thus, the priority for this school year is to improve the quality of instruction all students receive across curriculum areas. We will seek continued improvement in this area throughout our four academies. The emphasis will be on utilization of Learning Framework, regular use of Edivation and integration of the 7 Keys to Literacy in all lessons. Professional Development (PD) will center on our use of these three educational tools. The roll out of these three educational tools will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd and Wednesday, September 3rd at each academy for teachers and teaching assistants. Throughout the year there will be many PD opportunities at faculty meetings, in small groups and via feedback from your administration.

The following is the schedule for Teachers and Teaching Assistants:

September 2nd
Clark Academy AM – Learning Frameworks
Greenburgh Academy PM – Learning Frameworks
Kaplan Career Academy AM – Edivation
REACH Academy PM – Edivation

September 3rd
Clark Academy – Union Meeting 8:00a.m. – 8:45a.m.
Clark Academy AM – Edivation
Greenburgh Academy PM – Edivation
Kaplan Career Academy PM – Learning Frameworks
REACH Academy AM – Learning Frameworks

All workshops take place in their respective academies.


The following is the schedule for school monitors who will participate in “First Aide Mental Health Training”:

Tuesday, September 2nd
Clark Academy: 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at Clark Academy
Greenburgh Academy, REACH Academy and Kaplan Career Academy: 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at the Chapel, Dobbs Ferry Campus

Wednesday, September 3rd
Clark Academy: 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at Clark Academy
Greenburgh Academy, REACH Academy and Kaplan Career Academy: 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at the Chapel, Dobbs Ferry Campus

All school monitors will report back to their academy to review Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) with the school monitor supervisor and clinical staff.

On both days, social workers, school psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists will develop their schedules and review files. Additionally, they will meet with school monitors to review IEPs, FBAs and BIPs and address other assigned tasks.

Guidance counselors will continue to schedule students, review and edit the Guide to Program Planning and develop guidance related activities such as class presentations, topical groups and college/vocational training school visits.

All teacher aides will begin on Thursday, September 4th unless contacted by their respective principal.

I am thankful for the four academies and our many dedicated staff. Greenburgh North Castle UFSD has invaluable potential to change the lives of our students. I am confident we will continue to improve our students’ education and the support we provide to our students and their families even during these difficult fiscal times. I look forward to seeing you on September 2nd.

If you would like more information regarding GNC please visit our website ( For referral information please contact Dr. Robin Levine at 914-798-7200 ext.2232 regarding day placement and for residential placement please contact either Jill Bergner, Director of Intake, at 914-693-3030 ext. 2037 or Karen Safris, Supervisor of Intake, at 914-949-0665 ext. 2301.
Dr. Edward Placke
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