June 15, 2012 -- Letter from Dr. Mustich
June 15, 2012
As we begin to wind down to the end of a terrifically successful school
year, I want to share some exciting news from our elementary schools.
Last month we announced that Joan Babcock, Daniel Warren principal, is
retiring as of June 30th after fourteen years in Rye Neck. The Board of
Education has officially appointed an interim principal, Jane
Scheinman, for the 2012-13 school year. Ms. Scheinman comes to Rye Neck
with rich and vast experiences as a local school administrator. She has
already had the opportunity to meet and talk with the Daniel Warren
staff. In addition, Ms. Scheinman and Mrs. Babcock have been
communicating with one another as they put plans in place for the new
school year. Mrs. Babcock is working diligently to ensure that
everything is left in perfect order to ensure a smooth transition. Ms.
Scheinman will be working with the administrative team during the summer
on our own professional development as well as putting the final pieces
in place for the September 2012 opening of school.
During the budget hearings, I mentioned that I have been meeting with
the Kindergarten teachers, on a regular basis, to develop a new master
schedule that will increase students’ instructional time. We have also
been discussing how to best utilize parent volunteers for some of the
tasks currently handled by the Kindergarten assistants. As a result of
some teaching assistant retirements, we have been able to retain the
teaching assistants who were scheduled to be excessed. Those assistants
have been reassigned as we matched skill set with student needs.
With the new state mandated APPR (Annual Professional Performance
Review) requirements, we have been discussing how to maximize our
personnel resources to ensure that our teacher teams are well balanced,
utilizing each staff member’s strengths to meet the needs of our
students. Based on these discussions, we are reassigning some elementary
staff to different grade levels. Attached is a list of elementary
classroom teachers and their September 2012 assignments, as of today. In
addition, Daniel Warren and Bellows’ staff have been working on class
placements for next year, focusing on balancing classes by carefully
analyzing data and their knowledge of the individual students.
The Bellows’ and Middle School’s Moving Up ceremonies are right around
the corner, leading up to the high school graduation which is scheduled
for Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m. on the HS football field, weather
permitting. This will be our 117th graduation and it speaks to the long
tradition of excellence our school has enjoyed. It is always such a
special night, and I invite you all to come, see the ceremony and share
in the excitement.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful summer.
Peter J. Mustich, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Proposed Staff Roster
Kindergarten - Blaney, D'Alesandro, Levin, Santoro, Welsh, TBA
1st Grade - Beigen, Drace, O'Shea, Wagner, Kelemen, Schumer
2nd Grade - Cortese, Golio, Lenehan, Lewis, Oakes, TBA
3rd Grade - Cullagh, Bonitatibus, Kessler, Aronson, Losito, Russo
4th Grade - Spedafino, DeLucia, Burnstein, Speros, Tosi, Wooten
5th Grade - Pezzola, Kubaska, Combs, Wolman, Offner