June 24, 2022
Dear Chappaqua Central School District Community,
I would like to begin by extending my heartfelt gratitude for you, our students and our staff. We have worked in partnership to support our children both academically and socially throughout the school year and for that I am thankful.
We will be busy during these next two months preparing for your children’s return and look forward to an exciting 2022-23 school year! So much so that we have started to populate our online calendars with performances, orientations and Back-to-School nights.
On behalf of the Chappaqua Central School District staff, I wish you and your families a healthy and relaxing summer.
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Strategic Coherence Plan ~ Final Presentation
In November 2017, the District embarked on a Strategic Coherence Planning process designed to identify target areas for focus and improvement. Using feedback from parents, staff and students, a steering committee identified priorities for our work that focused on curriculum alignment, social emotional learning, technology integration, assessment, the learning environment, and equity. To see an overview of District accomplishments over the life of the plan, please review highlights shared at a recent Board of Education meeting HERE.
The CCSD is scheduled to create a new strategic plan during the next school year, and we are looking forward to hearing from you about areas you would like us to prioritize moving forward.
Horace Greeley High School Class of 2022
Saturday, June 18th, marked the 91st Annual Graduation of Horace Greeley High School.
Our event celebrated the Class of 2022 as 295 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Congratulations Class of 2022
Special Education Strategic Plan Update
The Special Education Strategic Planning Team reviewed the Public Consulting Group’s special education report to analyze and prioritize recommendations shared with the Board of Education in December 2021.
Jonathan Costa of EdAdvance, facilitated this process for the District. After meeting with faculty, administrators and parent representatives, target areas were identified and presented to the Board of Education.
You may review the full presentation from the June 8, 2022 Board of Education meeting including recommendations, action items and next steps HERE.
THANK YOU Alyson Gardner
At the June 22nd Board of Education Meeting, The Board and Administration recognized and thanked Alyson Gardner for her service to the District and the community as an interim member of the Board. Ms. Gardner was appointed at the January 12, 2022 meeting to fulfill the remainder of Victoria Bayard Tipp’s term. Ms. Tipp resigned in December in order to focus on her new role as a Council Member on the New Castle Town Board.
Dr. Ackerman thanked Ms. Gardner on behalf of the administrative team for adding a level of expertise and stability during this time of transition. President Hilary Grasso, along with fellow Board members, expressed gratitude to Ms. Gardner for her dedicated service. “Thank you. You have stepped up, and you stepped in. We are so appreciative of your hard work and commitment to the District and it has been a pleasure working with you.”
Ms. Gardner then thanked the Board of Education, Administration and community for their support and partnership and expressed her gratitude for, once again, having the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education.
2022 Moving Up Ceremonies
On June 22nd, our elementary and middle schools held Moving Up ceremonies for grades 4 and 8 under the tent at Horace Greeley High School.
Please use the links below to view your child’s ceremony.
HGHS Principal Search Update
After the announcement of Mr. Andrew Corsilia’s appointment as the District’s next Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership Development, the principal position at Horace Greeley High School Principal was posted.
The job posting for this position has been shared on a national level as it was advertised in EdWeek, which reaches over 300,000 educators, The New York Times, Indeed and various other sites. Since the posting of this vacancy, over 80 applications have been received.
The District leadership team is currently in the resume review stage of the process and, as strong candidates are identified, screening interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. We anticipate identifying a slate of candidates by early July and will go through a rigorous interview process that will involve parents, students and staff.
Summer Office Hours
District offices will have summer hours in effect from Monday, June 27th through Friday, September 2nd.
During this time, our administrative and school building offices will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and closed on Fridays.
This will enable us to have a consistent summer operations schedule across the District and at the same time allow our custodians to prepare our buildings in a more efficient manner for when students return on September 6th.
Please note that these new summer office hours will not affect any summer camps and Town recreational programs that use District facilities.