Welcome Back to the New School Year
Allison Brown, Superintendent of Schools
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to the start of the 2017-18 school year. It is always remarkable to me, as I visit the schools during the first few days of the year, how quickly it looks as if summer vacation hadn't happened at all. Everyone gets right down to business, which is a tribute both to the enthusiasm of our students and the professionalism of our staff.
Of course, a lot of careful planning and preparation goes into a smooth opening of school. As you know, the district's capital program was in high gear this summer, with extensive work at Roslyn High School and Harbor Hill School. I am pleased to report that all of our buildings were clean and ready for the arrival of students on day one, thanks to the exceptional efforts of our custodial and maintenance staff, as well as the contractors who met some very aggressive deadlines. We're not done by any means; the summer months are not long enough to complete all of the construction in the district's capital plan. But as some work continues during the school year, our highest priority is to ensure that the remaining projects will have no impact on teaching and learning.
During the week before school, we held an intensive four-day orientation program for our new teachers, and were pleased to introduce them all at the Board of Education's meeting on September 7. We also welcomed two new members of our administrative team: Greg Wasserman, our new Director of Guidance, and Michelle Hazen, a veteran of our faculty who is now Assistant Principal at Heights School. As always, many of our returning professional staff prepared for the new year by writing new curriculum, attending conferences and workshops, or working in the Roslyn Summer Academy. Our goal as educators is to be always learning and always better prepared when students return to school.
Thank you to parents for your cooperation in dealing with the inconveniences of the construction around our buildings. We realize that it's not always pleasant to put up with it, and we do appreciate how everyone has worked with us toward our common goal of upgrading and modernizing our facilities. Investments in our buildings and grounds are investments in our children's future.
I wish every member of our school community a wonderful school year, and I look forward to seeing you in the days and weeks ahead.
Contact the Superintendent of Schools:
Mail: Roslyn Public Schools
Roslyn, NY 11576
Photo: Superintendent Allison Brown with former East Hills School students
at the first ever Senior Walk on June 22, 2017.