It is with great pleasure that I welcome back our students, teachers, and staff to the 2019-2020 school year – a year filled with promise and achievement!
As Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham UFSD, it is my mission to ensure that our students receive the education and services necessary for them to advance into society as adults with a clear focus, a sense of confidence to pursue their dreams and a purpose that will continue to cultivate as they advance in life and on to their future careers. I am amazed every day as I watch our students grow academically and socially, as I listen to their success stories and how hard they strive to make today just a little bit better than yesterday. Struggles are a part of our everyday lives, and we encourage our students to embrace these obstacles by giving them the tools they need to manage stressful situations. We have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of our students every day. It is up to us to use this influence to remove barriers, support students in their challenges, and give them access to the knowledge and information that will enable them to reach their full potential.
Our teachers, staff, and administrators have been working diligently in preparation for the new school year to ensure that we meet the developmental needs of our students in order for them to begin to form the basis of ideas and actions; giving them the opportunity to be an integral part of our society. The integration of the Wilson Reading Program over the past 2-years has proven extremely effective as evidenced by the increase in students' ELA scores. The District utilizes the I-Ready assessment tool for intervention in math and reading and this year we launched Mastery Connect. This online assessment is an advanced academic evaluation program that directly targets the students' level of achievement and provides parents/guardians with a "real-time" snapshot of students' academic progress. The District has an ongoing partnership with Hewlett Packard to advance our District’s technology initiatives, offer Adobe certification for our high school students and enhance our instructional program to ensure college and career technology-readiness for our students. This school-year we launched the Culinary Cafe along with the Greenhouse program giving all of our students, from kindergarten through high school, the opportunity to understand the importance of nutrition and the positive effects it has on our bodies and our minds. In addition, these programs give our high school students the opportunity to pursue culinary and horticultural trades and begin acquiring the certifications necessary to begin their careers in these domains. The District continues to partner with Southern Westchester BOCES which offers our high school students a variety of trades in their fields of interest.
Our "Every Student Every Day" program emphasizes the benefits of students attending school every day. This program underscores the importance of student attendance and provides parents and guardians the support they need to ensure that their child/children benefit daily from a curriculum that is designed to enhance their academic, social and emotional achievements.
I truly believe the collaborative efforts of our teachers, staff, and parents/guardians along with the partnerships we have forged with our community will give our children the tools they need to reach their full potential.
On behalf of the School Board, we wish the entire Greenburgh Graham family an exciting and successful school year.
Oliver B. Levy
District Vision Statement
While we may see Greenburgh Graham as an oasis for our students and families, many of them initially, and currently, see us as a sub-system of a larger system that has failed them. A system that does not believe in their abilities, respect their differences and effectively address their challenges. More importantly, a system that does not adequately prepare them for the future because, whether consciously or unconsciously, they are not seen as future contributors to society.
Many of our students come to us believing that they have already failed. Hope is not a driving force in their lives. The goal is not to make them believe in what we are now. It is to become a place they can believe in. To become a place that addresses their most basic needs, their psychological needs, and their self-fulfillment needs. Students will not reach the stage of self-actualization upon graduation; however, we must see it as our mission to instill in every student he belief in his or her potential. We have a responsibility to prepare them for the world in its totality, not just reading, writing and arithmetic. We must prepare our students to be life-long learners, give them marketable skills for the workforce, and the ability and confidence to successfully navigate adulthood. This will not be achievable if we do not address the whole student.
Every decision we make must address at least one of these five specific needs and have concise and quantifiable outcomes:
Belongingness and Love Needs
Mama Cole's Cafe
We are very proud to announce the grand opening of:
MAMA COLE'S CAFE
Located on the 1st floor of the Ziccolella Building
The District has worked effortlessly to provide our students with a modern, upscale culinary cafe. The cafe was named in memory of Cynthia Cole who gave 35 years of service to the students of our district. Ms. Cole's unwavering commitment to the education and wellbeing of our students has made a life-long imprint in the lives of our students as well as staff.
The cafe will also serve as a trade outlet for our high school students pursuing a career in the field of Culinary Arts. Students will have the opportunity to earn a ServSafe Certificate which is the first step required in the culinary degree process.
Dear Greenburgh Graham Schools Community,
As school officials from across Westchester County continue to monitor developments concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), we realize the importance of communication as we work to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. At the time of this writing (March 5, 2020), the Westchester County Department of Health and the New York State Health Department have 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Westchester County District. Greenburgh Graham School administrators are meeting regularly to review new and timely information regarding COVID-19 and, if necessary, adjust our actions. It is important to note that our parents, guardians, students, and staff are integral partners in our COVID-19 planning and response as we move forward.
Please read and understand the following guidance:
- Keep an ill student home, or make arrangements with a caregiver, when signs or symptoms of illness are present.
- Students with symptoms of illness at school MUST be picked up promptly.
- In the event that a parent or guardian cannot pick up a student exhibiting signs of an illness, ambulance transportation will be obtained.
- Please notify us if your student has a contagious illness. An exposure may be life-threatening for others with fragile immune systems or certain medical conditions.
- Depending on the particular situation, a student MAY NOT return to school without a doctor's note stating that he/she no longer presents a health risk to himself/herself or others.
Students (and adults) must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school - without fever-reducing medication. Giving a fever-reducing medication just before returning to school does not make a student well. It may only mask the fever until the medication wears off. In this situation, a student must be home, so others are not exposed to illness.
Our school district is planning normal operations next week, with the precautions provided by state and local health officials. It is understood that this could change at any moment, and, as an agency, we are prepared to make that decision should it become necessary.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of remaining calm, being prepared and informed. The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of this virus.
Thank you for your continued support.
Oliver B. Levy