July 7, 2020
Dear Chappaqua Central School District Community,
I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy during the first few days of summer. I am also hopeful that you have been able to take a collective breath as a family and spend some relaxing time together now that our school year has concluded.
As I look back on the last few months, I continue to be amazed and inspired by our students. Our highlight video below spotlights wonderful moments over the last few months. Moments in which students, parents, and teachers worked in concert to keep learning alive and well in our community. Together, we met this new challenge of iLearning head-on and, although not under the most ideal conditions, students were still able to engage in learning. Our students conducted science experiments, created art and made music, solved complex math problems, conversed in different languages, designed prototypes and discussed literature. We also kept connected, raised money for charity, participated in ongoing professional development, stayed active with daily physical education challenges, and remained grounded with mindful movements. These are just some of the learning experiences that make us uniquely Chappaqua.
During July and August, we will be busier than ever, engaging in professional learning experiences, curriculum writing, hiring new faculty and staff, completing construction projects, and sprucing up our buildings and grounds. . .all in preparation for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Until then, I hope you and your family have a terrific summer!
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Celebrating The Class Of 2020
District faculty, staff, and administration are incredibly proud of the Class of 2020. Their unconventional ending of high school required students to reinvent and redefine their senior experience. Below we are pleased to share how senior year was reimagined and we wish the Class of 2020 well as they transition to life beyond Chappaqua.
Congratulations to the 336 members of the HGHS Class of 2020!
Senior Spotlight: Mr. William Wright Appointed To The USNA
At a ceremony on June 26th, William Wright formally accepted his Offer of Appointment to the USNA Class of 2024. "My interest in the Naval Academy was sparked from the idea of wanting to do more with my life in the future," William said.
All students who attend the Naval Academy do so on a full scholarship and admission is based on SAT/ACT scores, class rank, physical aptitude scores, extracurricular activities, athletic abilities, and medical examinations. Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s "plebe" or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer.
While at Greeley, William was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club and the Student, Teacher & Admin Council, with the majority of his time away from school consumed by rowing at Greenwich Crew in Connecticut.
In addition to beginning his studies as a Midshipman, William will be rowing for the Men’s Heavyweight Team.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.
Summer Planning For The 2020-2021 School Year
Logistical planning for September will begin on July 15th, immediately following the NYS Board of Regents meeting where they will issue the requirements under which public schools may open this fall.
All public school districts are required to have a team to guide the reopening process that includes administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and experts. We will work together to analyze Thoughtexchange data and determine the impact of NYS requirements on our operations to develop the re-entry plan for our District.
Rest assured, the Chappaqua Central School District will be well-prepared for September and we look forward to sharing our plans with the community in the near future. You can expect an update from the District on or before July 15, 2020.
Regional Re-Entry Plan Thoughtexchange Invitation
As school districts in our region collectively prepare to continue to plan for re-entry in some capacity in Fall 2020, twelve districts within the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES region are interested in learning what you believe is most important to consider for re-entry.
Using the Thoughtexchange tool, one goal is to capture a broad range of perspectives and to gain a better understanding of what is important to those in our school communities and throughout our region about re-entry.
After entering the Thoughtexchange, click the participate button to share your thoughts and then rate at least 20-30 of the thoughts shared by others.
When participating, please keep the following in mind:
Please feel free to revisit the Thoughtexchange site often to rate new ideas until it closes at midnight on Monday, July 13, 2020. (If you need technical assistance, please call Thoughtexchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Thank you for participating and sharing your thoughts to help our school communities and our region best plan for a smooth and successful re-entry.
Participating school districts include:
For more general information about Thoughtexchange, please visit www.thoughtexchange.com.
Anti-Racism And Social Justice Education In Our School Community
The Chappaqua Central School District is a community of learners who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for continual growth in all aspects of education. Our community values equity, celebrates inclusivity and promotes social justice.
Recognizing that the Chappaqua Central School District must close the gap between our espoused values and current reality, administrators articulated a pathway to move the District forward at the June 23rd Board of Education Meeting.
The Chappaqua Equity presentation highlighted past work in this regard as well as introduced plans for the immediate future and beyond:
A comprehensive community update is scheduled for September 2020 and will include, but will not be limited to: a revised student code of conduct, the diversification of learning experiences (BIPOC perspectives, voices, and authors), the establishment of a student mentoring program, a hiring analysis/recruitment process overview, and the creation of a Board of Education advisory committee.
2020 Summer Construction Update
Our Building and Grounds crew will be hard at work this summer completing projects that will result in school buildings that will be more energy-efficient, secure, and aesthetically pleasing.
In addition to routine maintenance and repairs such as shampooing of carpets, waxing of floors and painting of hallways, and classrooms, summertime improvements will range from classroom and bathroom renovations to the installation of various COVID-related protective measures and security cameras.
Scheduled summer projects include:
Coming Soon. . .
Wishing Our Retirees A Fond Farewell
Our faculty and staff are the heart and soul of the District. We could not do this important work without the dedicated professionals who give their time and energy each and every day. From the team who keeps our facilities clean to our administrative assistants who keep us organized and do so much behind the scenes to our teachers who adapt to an ever-changing landscape in education – these dedicated professionals were always there to support our students, both academically and emotionally.
At the June 3rd Board of Education Meeting, the District paid homage to this year's retiring staff members. As our superintendent stated, “This is by far one of the most important Board of Education Meetings.” Our retiring staff represents a collective 600 years of unwavering service to the children of the Chappaqua Central School District. Their commitment and dedication will surely be missed. Please join us in wishing our retirees well in this new chapter of their lives!