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Superintendent’s Message”
Sept 1, 2015

Dr. Edward Placke

I hope you are enjoying the remainder of the summer. There are many reasons to celebrate as the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District closed out the 2014-2015 school year. Together we have accomplished a great deal on behalf of our students across the four Academies this past school year. Some of these accomplishments include but not limited to the following:

-          Successful development and launching of the Andrus Training Program at Andrus Nursing Home in Hastings

-          Awarding of the District’s first Career Development and Occupational Skills (CDOS) credentials

-          Earning the District’s fifth boy’s basketball Section 1 Championship

-          Awarded and implemented the prestigious federal PEP Grant to increase student wellness

-          Students earned college credits via the Tompkins Cortland Community College online program

-          Introduction of the first Districtwide Professional Development system - Edivation/PD360 

The State Education Department approved a Variance by Notification to increase our student census in each Academy this past school year. The additional revenue that amounts to approximately 1 million dollars was used to continue to reduce the District’s structural deficit. It is anticipated another Variance by Notification will be requested in September. A special thank you to all administration, faculty and staff for your generous effort to support this measure that ensures our sustainability. 

I am extremely optimistic as we begin another fall season in the Hudson Valley. There are several key initiatives that will be implemented this school year that will enhance our students’ education in each of the four Academies. These key initiatives are as follows:

-          All students will be assessed with “i-Ready”, a highly reliable assessment system for Math and ELA that generates remedial modules

-          Core content area teachers will all use “Boardworks”,  which is a curricula consistent with the Common Core Standards and New York State Education Department Standards

-          The District has combined with the Hastings-on-Hudson School District to offer Varsity football to our students; the combining of athletics between a Community School District and a Special Act School District is a first in our State

-          The District website will be updated to focus on each Academy and enable teachers to develop web pages

-          An Advanced Placement (AP) class (Art) will be offered for the first time

-          The PEP Grant will be further enhanced with equipment and training to improve the wellness of our students

-          All classrooms will have Smartboards or ActivBoards by mid-September to implement Boardworks and other online resources

-          Implementation of a freshemn college program for seniors at Mercy College 

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome the following faculty to the District:

-          George Robles – Kenneth Clark Academy, Math Teacher

-          Paul Behana – Kenneth Clark Academy, Math Teacher

-          Katerina Sarris – Kenneth Clark Academy, Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

-          Alexandria Fulgenzi – REACH Academy, Speech and Language Therapist

-          Catherine Alexander – REACH Academy, Math Teacher

-          Catherine Pascucci – REACH Academy, Special Education Teacher (maternity leave replacement)

-          David Wilke – Greenburgh Academy, Science Teacher

-          **OPEN POSITION** – Greenburgh Academy, Reading Teacher 

Amanda Keenan (Social Studies Teacher) and Elva Grosman (Math Teacher) have transitioned at Greenburgh Academy from part-time to full-time. Additionally, Ryan Crews, former Teaching Assistant at Kenneth Clark Academy, will be a Social Studies Teacher at Greenburgh Academy. Michael Reilly and Sean Coffey have transferred to REACH Academy and both will teach students who are alternately assessed. Jennifer Vasquez, Teaching Assistant at Greenburgh Academy, will be a Teaching Assistant at Kenneth Clark Academy and Terrel Stowers is returning as a teaching assistant at Greenburgh Academy. I have high expectations for each of the above faculty and staff and I am confident they will be successful in their new assignments.

Our success is a result of the work you do with our students. A special thanks to those faculty and staff who consistently provide support to our students and their families both before and after the school day. The additional time you dedicate to our students truly enhances their lives. As we go forward I encourage each of you to give your time and talents to our students beyond the school day. The Superintendent’s Conference Day will be held in your assigned Academy beginning at 8:00AM on Tuesday, September 8th. The first day for students is Wednesday, September 9th. It is my honor to serve as the Superintendent of Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District and I thank you for supporting the District.

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District Description

The Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District (GNC UFSD) is an approved New York State public school district. GNC UFSD is comprised of four alternative junior/high schools educating students in grades 7-12 and ages 12-21. The following are the schools and their locations: Greenburgh Academy (Yonkers), Kenneth B. Clark Academy (Dobbs Ferry), Kaplan Career Academy (New Windsor) and REACH Academy (West Harrison).

GNC UFSD educates students who have found little success in their school districts, BOCES and/or private schools. The focus of each Academy is to provide a highly individualized education that prepares students for the next best opportunity; may it be return to their home school district or graduation from one of the Academies, including transition to college, career and technical school, the military, supportive employment and/or competitive employment. 

REACH Academy provides state-of-the-art education to students on the spectrum, as well as students who are dually diagnosed. Whereas Greenburgh Academy, Kaplan Career Academy and Kenneth B. Clark Academy educate students who have learning and behavioral challenges. All four Academies offer IEP based related services that include speech, counseling, occupational therapy and specialized reading support. Additionally, interscholastic athletics, intramural athletics and clubs are offered in each Academy. 

Greenburgh Academy only enrolls students who commute daily whereas the other three Academies enroll students who commute and/or board. St. Christopher’s Inc. provides the residential programming for each of the three aforementioned Academies.  The education program for each student is well integrated with the residential program. For more information regarding St. Christopher's, Inc. and the residential program please see their website (http://stchristophersinc.org/).

GNC UFSD has documented an 80% graduation rate over the past four years with over 40% of our graduates attending college.  The key to our students' success has been an integrative approach to education that emphasizes academics, social skills, ethics and careers.  As of the 2015-16 school year the four Academies will place a greater focus on Career Development and Occupational Skills (CDOS). The following career areas are being considered and expanded: culinary arts, cosmetology, business, driver's education, art and music. 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.





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