Dear Parents and Community Members,
Welcome back to an exciting school year in Dobbs Ferry!
The winter holiday concerts were a wonderful success. We received many accolades from community members who were able to join us for special events including the Thanksgiving senior citizens luncheon, IB Art gingerbread house contest, the Middle School musical and concerts in all three schools. Our students showcased their talents and evidence tremendous progress within our curricular programs.
During these winter months, our teachers continue to focus on curriculum development as we address the new Common Core Learning Standards across all grades. We are especially excited about the work being done by teachers to develop high-quality curriculum units of study and performance-based assessments. Teachers in all three schools are involved with this effort in conjunction with their colleagues at other high performing school districts in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Through this collaboration, teachers have meaningful opportunities to consider how national, state and district standards can shape what they teach, how they teach and the ways they evaluate students’ progress.
In the Middle School and High School, this job is greatly influenced by our on-going curriculum redesign as part of the Middle Years Program (MYP) candidacy phase. We are very much on track to submit completed units of study to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program for review.
In the months ahead, the Superintendent’s proposed budget for the next school year will be presented. It is always a challenge financially to balance the academic program needs for all students, the extracurricular and athletic programs and the expanding professional development experiences that our teachers require to meet new curricular demands. We are extremely thankful to our parent partners in the PTSA, our community partners in the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation and the athletic booster clubs who provide unending support. We hope that all parents will consider being involved with these worthwhile organizations as a way of deepening their connection to our schools.
There are a myriad of exciting events happening in our schools despite the winter chill. We encourage you to monitor the District and school websites and Facebook pages to stay tuned to the things you need to know.
As always, we are here to help and hope that you reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Best wishes for the New Year!
Lisa Brady, Ed.D