February, 14, 2020

What's Happening in Chappaqua's schools February 14, 2020

Dear Chappaqua School Community,

Please take a moment to view our brief slideshow that highlights some of the terrific work taking place throughout the District. It begins with a Reading Workshop, which includes daily mini-lessons, small-group instruction, word study, partner reading, and independent reading time. We also feature the new STEAM Center at Bell Middle School. Opened in October, the collaborative brainstorming areas, individual thinking spaces and gallery space incorporated into the STEAM Center enable students to develop ideas, experience the interactive CCSD Design Process and showcase their various projects. Finally, we conclude with a "tour" of the Upper L Building at Greeley. This 20,000+ square-foot progressive instructional space was teacher-developed to create learning communities that foster innovation, critical thinking, and collaboration among students, educators, and entire departments.

Please enjoy and have a wonderful February break,

Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools

Reading Workshop


Notice of Special Board of Education Meeting

Zauderer PropertyThe Board of Education will be holding a special meeting at 8:30 AM on Monday, February 24th in the Board Conference Room at the Education Center. 

The BOE will meet to discuss and address three contracts associated with engineering work related to the sale and subdivision of the Zauderer propertyPayments pursuant to these contracts have exceeded the initial amounts approved by the Board of Education as a result of additional requirements to obtain subdivision approval. 


Update on the Plant Sciences & Bioclimatic Research Center at Greeley

Plant Sciences Research CenterThe Plant Sciences & Bioclimatic Research Center (PSBRC) at Greeley is designed to be a state-of-the-art, free-standing, 2000 sq. ft, climate-controlled, multi-zoned, glass research laboratory.

The PSBRC will provide an environment for students to conduct biological and ecological research while expanding experiential learning. The structure would create opportunities for cross-curricular lessons, units, and elective courses. CCSD envisions the use of the PSBRC to be year-round and available to our entire student body. The potential usage of the PSBRC is far-reaching and includes the creation of various partnerships and connections with other schools in our district and the community.

The Chappaqua School Foundation & CCSD Innovation Committee is currently in the design phase with our architect. Last spring, committee members visited Brown University, Cornell University, Edward R. Murrow High School and the University of Arizona & Biosphere II. These visits provided important guidance to inform our work. The District has also engaged Rhoda Maurer - Cornell Plant Growth Facilities Manager - to assist our design team. We look forward to sharing progress updates as we continue to strive to advance and enhance our instructional program for students.


Greeley Single-Point-of-Entry Update

Front entrance of HGHSThe safety and security of our students, staff, and community continues to be one of our highest priorities. After an extensive process that included community surveys, site visits, expert analysis, and focus groups, the Greeley Safety Task Force has recommended that we move forward with a single point of entry system on Greeley’s campus. This centralized entrance will allow for accountability, safety and increased security for the Greeley community.

A request for proposal (RFP) was created to select an architect to design a new entrance for Greeley. The Board of Education will conduct interviews and select an architect this spring. Once selected, the architect will meet with a Single-Point-of-Entry Task Force, the Board of Education and other stakeholders to solicit feedback followed by a final design presentation at a Board of Education Meeting in June.

If the project is approved by the Board of Education, community outreach and a possible proposition vote will take place during the fall of 2020.


CCSD Looks to Further Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Rooftop Solar PanelsAs we continue to promote a more sustainable campus, CCSD recently invited submissions for proposals for a District-wide Solar Project. A Solar Project at CCSD will help promote a sustainable campus for our students, faculty, and staff. To prepare for this work, the Board of Education and administrators visited a solar farm at Swiss Re, as well as Fordham University, to get a sense of their rooftop and parking lot solar panels.


Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

Class of 2033District children who will be 5 years old by December 31st of this year are eligible to begin kindergarten in the Fall of 2020.

Registration packets will be mailed at the end of February to those households that may have an eligible child according to District records.

To ensure that you receive a packet, please take a moment to pre-register your child by contacting Mary Marchionno, the District Registrar, at MaMarchionno@ccsd.ws or 238-7200 ext. 1007.

If you are uncertain whether or not your child is pre-registered with the District Office, you can contact Mrs. Marchionno as well and she will confirm that information with you.

The District's three elementary schools will be holding kindergarten registration on March 16-20, 2020, at which time a completed packet can be returned directly to the appropriate school.


Advocating for All Students

Hilary Grasso, Victoria Tipp and Holly McCall in Albany.On February 9-10, Board of Education members Hilary Grasso, Victoria Tipp and Holly McCall were in Albany representing the District at the New York State School Boards Association's 2020 Capital Conference.

Agenda items for the 2-day gathering included New York State Interim Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe discussing key issues facing New York’s schoolchildren; Governor Cuomo's Deputy Secretary of Education, Daniel Fuller, reviewing the executive budget proposals and Senate Education Chair, Shelley Mayer, discussing legislative and budgetary priorities.

This was followed by a full day of meetings with elected representatives to advocate on behalf of the 3,900+ children of the Chappaqua Central School District.


Chappaqua TransportationParentally Placed Out-of-District Transportation Request Form

Section 3635 of the New York State Education Law requires that parents who seek transportation for their children to Non-Public Schools must present their request to the Board of Education.

To be eligible for transportation:

  • You must be a legal resident of the Chappaqua Central School District.
  • Requests must be made no later than April 1, 2020.
  • A separate request must be made for each student.
  • A child must be five (5) years of age by December 31, 2020.
  • A child must be attending grade K-12 in the 2020-21 school year.
  • You must live within 15 miles of destination.

If any of these requirements are not met the District has the right to refuse your request, regardless of any past approvals. (Grandfather Clauses are no longer allowed.)

Please click HERE for the 2020-2021 Parentally Placed Out-of-District Transportation Request Form.


New York is Counting on You

New York counts 2020April 1, 2020 is Census Day for the nation's once-per-decade constitutionally-mandated anonymous count of every person, regardless of their citizenship status.

New York State's fair share of the more than $800B in federal funds for programs essential to health care, housing, economic development, and transportation, as well as New York's congressional representation in Washington D.C., all depend on an accurate and fully-counted census response.

At the local level, the census count impacts the amount of federal dollars communities receive for school funding, special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.

The Chappaqua Central School District is just one of the many organizations seeking to raise awareness to have all of New York's residents counted in order to ensure adequate funding.

2020 Census Timeline​

  • March 12-20: Households begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. 
  • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
  • May-June: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
  • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
  • March 31, 2021: The Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

For more information, please visit New York State 2020 Census.



   Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 17-21:  Winter Recess - No School for Students
  • Feb. 22:  HG Spring Sports Registration Ends
  • Feb. 24:  BS/SB Modified Spring Sports Registration Begins
  • Feb. 24:  Board of Education Meeting, 8:30am (Ed. Center)
  • Feb. 25:  BS and SB Incoming Grade 5 Parent Orientations, 7pm
  • Feb. 26:  Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee Meeting, 7pm
  • Mar. 3:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm (HG Academic Commons)
  • Mar. 4:  HG Project SHARE Blood Drive, 7am-1:30pm (HG Academic Commons)
  • Mar. 5:  Class of 2021 Pasta Dinner, 5:30pm (Cafe)
  • Mar. 5-7:  HGHS Senior Musical - Disney's "High School Musical" (Tickets)
  • Mar. 6-7:  Bell Theater Company Presents "The Sound of Music" (at SB PAC) (Tickets)

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