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Today, 4/17/2014
High: 50 Low: 29
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/18/2014
High: 53 Low: 32
Partly cloudy
1% chance of precipitation.

School Snapshot...


EXCITING "DI" NEWS
Exciting News! All three Dobbs Ferry Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams are going to the Global Finals in Tennessee in May! The teams competed in the DI NY State Championship in Binghamton and each took second place in their division/category. Congratulations to DI members of Springhurst- There's no Eye in DI/Pandemonium Challenge; High School - Moby DIck/Pandemonium Challenge; High School - I've Got The Edvard Munchies/Laught Art Loud Challenge.
Click to View Archived Snapshots

Spotlight

2014/2015 Proposed Budget Presentation... presented to the Board of Education on February 6, 2014.

Update on IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

Board of Education urges residents to help eliminate GEA & Restore State Aid...
click to send an electronic letter to state legislators.

Voice Your Concerns... re Standardized Testing, Common Core, and Privacy of Student Data. Click for details.

Message From the Superintendent


Dear Parents and Community Members, 
 
Over the past year and a half, the District has been exploring the possibility of bringing the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) to our schools. During that time, we have examined the extensive written materials about MYP that the International Baccalaureate organization provides, we have visited other schools that have implemented MYP, we have attended the IB Conference of the Americas 2013, and we have retained the services of an educational advisor who is a recognized expert in all aspects of IB programs. We have also held meetings with parents, teachers, administrators and community groups to hear their perspectives on MYP. Now that the due diligence process is completed, I believe that we are ready to make a definitive decision. 
 
During this extensive investigation, the following questions drove our evaluation process: 
  • Does MYP align with our new Strategic Plan, as expressed in our Vision Statement and Mission Statement? 
  • Would MYP provide a benefit to every child in grades 6-10? 
  • Can the costs of MYP be absorbed into our budget given the fiscal constraints that we face? 
Our research has confirmed a remarkable synergy between the guiding principles of MYP and those of our new five-year Strategic Plan. Both the District’s Vision and Mission Statements also align with the MYP framework, which supports our instructional practices. MYP encompasses the District’s inclusive philosophy to benefit ALL students and in fact, enhances instruction making it more robust for teachers and students. MYP creates a balanced approach to the school’s own curriculum based on concepts-driven, not content-driven instruction. 

MYP focuses on inquiry-based learning, encourages deeper understanding over rote memorization and values diversity and different learning styles, helping every student develop the 21st Century skills that they will need to further their education. Students will be engaged in classes with more interdisciplinary connections and opportunities to demonstrate evidence of their learning in multiple ways. 
 
In my February 6th presentation to the Board, I highlighted a potential roll-out timeline for MYP as well as estimated projected costs for implementation. The District would assume all upfront program expenses, such as the MYP coordinator stipend, one-time application fee, annual fees and professional development costs. As we have done in the past, the District would also continue to pursue outside funding support for further teacher professional development. None of these expenditures will significantly impact the overall District budget. I encourage you to visit the District website (www.dfsd.org) and click on the MYP link in the Spotlight section for more detailed information. 
 
Based on all of these considerations, I plan to recommend that the Board of Education authorize the District to apply for MYP candidacy status and submit an application by the April 1, 2014 deadline. I am confident that our teachers in grades 6-10 are ready for this exciting challenge and will embrace the opportunities that MYP offers. 
 
I truly believe that MYP is the right choice for Dobbs Ferry and I am thrilled to embark- together with our students, teachers, administrators and parents- on this exciting new journey for our schools. 

Sincerely,
 
Lisa Brady, Ed.D
Superintendent

District Calendar

Thursday, April 17
Spring Recess - Schools Closed
Friday, April 18
Spring Recess - Schools Closed
Good Friday
Monday, April 21
Schools Reopen
Make-up Days
If we have 2 emergency school closings, school will be open on 4/21 & 5/23.
Tuesday, April 22
Board of Education - Special Meeting
8:00am-Board Room
BOCES Vote
Springhurst Hat Day
Wednesday, April 23
Early Dismissal (Professional Development)
K-2  @ 1:40pm
3-5  @ 2:00pm
6-12 @ 2:05pm
Thursday, April 24
Finance Advisory Committee Meeting
6:30pm - Board Room
Friday, April 25
High School Drama - "Our Town"
7:00pm - HS Auditorium
Sat, Apr 26 - Sun, Apr 27
SAT Boot Camp
9:00am-1:00pm
Tuesday, April 29
Special Education Forum
Entering  Middle School with an IEP or 504
7:00pm - HS/MS Library

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