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Today, 8/27/2015
High: 80 Low: 59
Partly sunny
6% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/28/2015
High: 80 Low: 61
Mostly sunny
4% chance of precipitation.

School Snapshot...


Summer vacation is a great time for hanging around and being with friends! To our Dobbs Ferry students, staff, faculty and families... Have a wonderful summer and see you in September!

Spotlight

Dobbs Ferry Transportation Assignment Instructions

New School Start Times Beginning September, 2015... Read Superintendent Dr. Lisa Brady's Letter to learn more.


Governor's Reform Agenda Changes


"Inside Edition" on Education... Learn the "Top 10" things that make Dobbs Ferry Schools Education Priceless...

Parents' Bill of Rights for Data Privacy & Security  The State Education Dept has created a Data Security Bill of Rights, in order to comply with a July 29, 2014 deadline imposed by the Legislature.

Update on IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

Message From the Superintendent

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome back to the Dobbs Ferry Schools!
 
It has been an exciting summer, although a seemingly short one. As we get ready for the first day of school, Wednesday, September 2nd, please remember that we are starting before Labor Day.  This is a change from the past and is a result of scheduling challenges for the 2015-2016 school year. You can find the school calendar on our website at www.dfsd.org (click on District Info tab at the top) so that you can plan accordingly for the year ahead. Please note that we also have an unusual spring recess in March/April due to the timing of the winter recess and the spring standardized testing schedule.
 
In May, the Board of Education approved a later start time for middle and high school students, which begins the first day of school.  You will be receiving specific communications from each school explaining the bell schedules for the later start. The Middle School/High School Commons will be open every day at 7:30 a.m. for students who would like to have breakfast and do some homework prior to the start of school at 8:12 a.m.
 
Another upcoming change involves our new Visitor Management System (VMS) as part of our continuing efforts to improve school security for Dobbs Ferry students and staff. All visitors entering any of the three school buildings will be required to provide a drivers license or other photo identification that will be scanned for the creation of a temporary visitor identification badge. The new system will allow us to quickly determine whether students are being released to an appropriate adult. It also instantly verifies that a visitor is not listed on any criminal registry that would prevent them from being around children. Visitors will be required to both sign in and out of the buildings. Additionally, as part of our commitment to safety and security, the District will have a security reception desk stationed at the entrances to all three buildings that will be staffed with one of our four security aides.
 
Parents are encouraged to access the following link http://www.dfsd.org/www/dfsd/site/hosting/Parents/AnnualNotification-DistrictPoliciesProcedures.pdf for the Annual Notification of District Policies and Procedures. It is important that everyone take a few minutes to become familiar with these notifications and policies that may relate to their children.
 
The beginning of the school year should get off to a great start as many of our teachers participated in numerous professional development programs over the summer months. We have a number of teachers in all three schools that are now Google Certified educators. Others have been working on curriculum redesign and lessons aligned to the IB Middle Years framework and the Common Core Learning Standards. We appreciate this dedication to their instructional practice and know that our students will reap the benefits of this high-quality, professional learning and growth.
 
The countdown has begun and we are readying our classrooms for the start of school. We are anxiously looking forward to our students return. On behalf of the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education and all of us in the Dobbs Ferry School District, we are anticipating a terrific year ahead as we welcome everyone back-to-school for the 2015-2016 academic year.
 
Sincerely,

Lisa  Brady, Ed.D.
Superintendent

District Calendar

Thursday, August 27
BOE Tour of Bldgs & Board Meeting
4:00 PM
Begins at Springhurst
6:30 PM
Board Meeting - Board Room
Wednesday, September 2
First Day of School
"A Day"
Early Dismissal
One Hour for Professional Development
Thursday, September 3
"B Day"
Friday, September 4
Labor Day Recess
Schools Closed
Monday, September 7
Labor Day Recess
Schools Closed
Tuesday, September 8
"C Day"
Schools Back in Session
Wednesday, September 9
"D Day"
Early Dismissal
One Hour for Professional Development
High School Back to School Night
7:00 pm

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