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Thomas O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools
Thomas O'Brien - Superintendent of Schools
607-326-4151 , ext. 15
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November Newsletter

The wonderful thing is that it’s so incredibly easy to be kind.

Ingrid Newkirk



As the school year moves into the deep fall and mid-winter season, the district continues to examine and explore issues to help make RCS the best it can be. Four important initiatives that are showing significant benefit so far are our Social Responsibility Model; an exploration into our performance data and the way we deliver instruction (particularly remediation and academic skills; our take-home Chromebook initiative; and our continued effort to involve our students in the development of a more positive and collaborative school culture. An important meeting has been set, one here at RCS and the other at the Grand Gorge Fire Department on November 1st to initiate the Chromebook take-home program. Also please pay attention to the development of our “Hot Topics” programs as they are being formulated.

At the end of this week, Ms. Ten Eyck and I shall be meeting with our Student Council as a check-in and to explore ways that we can collaborate more. I complement our Student Council for their initiative in helping with our Open House and the delivery of a student driven assembly entitled: “The Sandy Hook Promise: See Something, Say Something.” Student leadership and positive peer interactions are important aspects of cultivating a culture of caring and kindness and I am proud of the school-wide response we are seeing.

Our school has many challenges as we move into the future as it is being significantly affected by the same struggles our region and all of Upstate New York is experiencing. With declining enrollment and an uncertain future economically, we as a community need to examine our sustainability and delivery of programs. Through a collaborative effort, I am developing a “Long Term Financial and Educational Plans” for the district. These plans shall make certain assumptions and present certain scenarios for our community to examine and ponder and I will need your assistance as these plans progress. This is “our school” and its future is in all of our hands. I thank you for your attention and continued input.

Have a Great Fall!

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