Dear Parents and Community
The 2015-2016 school year has been a time of
growth and change for students and staff in the Dobbs Ferry
schools. We are in the final preparation for our October visit by
the International Baccalaureate (IB) as we close in on receiving
full accreditation next year for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP).
The curriculum design work and collaborative process with our
Middle School and High School teachers have forever changed
teaching and learning in grades 6 through 10. MYP is an
extraordinary accomplishment for our District and provides the
strong link to the High Schools IB Diploma Program
(11th-12th grades) that we have long needed.
This year, our 10th grade students will be the first
class to complete the MYP Personal Project. We cant wait to see
what they will do with this exciting opportunity.
As the summer begins, so does the first phase
of the Districts Capital Projects. Approved by voters in
October 2015, the most visible work will be replacing the High
School slate roof and installing new artificial turf fields at both
the Middle School/High School complex and Springhurst. Tennis
courts will also be constructed on the Springhurst campus and are
scheduled for completion in October, along with the new field. HVAC
systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and many
additional projects, such as the redesign of the Middle School/High
School Library will continue, to the degree possible, over the
course of the school year with the bulk of the work to be finished
by the end of next summer.
The summer months are always busy in the Dobbs
Ferry schools. Various day camps, Extended School Year programs,
teacher professional development and technology initiatives keep
things humming right up to the start of the new 2016-2017 academic
year. Teachers will return on August 31st for a Superintendent's
Conference Day, and students will be back to school on Tuesday,
On behalf of the Dobbs Ferry Board of
Education, best wishes for a happy, healthy and restful summer!