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Fall 2017 Superintendent's Letter

Dear Millbrook Central School District Residents:

I hope you have had an enjoyable summer!

On behalf of the Board of Education, Administrators, Faculty & Staff, I want to welcome
everyone back for the 2017-2018 school year.

It was a busy summer preparing for the 2017-2018 school year. We made improvements
to our facilities, hired new staff for positions vacated by retirements, and finalized other
preparations for the new school year.

We implemented many changes to support continuous school improvement for the new
school year. A few of these changes include the following: changes in student school
hours (start & end times), expansion of our school breakfast program, and the initiation
of the International Baccalaureate Programme in the High School. The foundation of the
International Baccalaureate Programme is an inquiry-based approach to learning. Our
District is committed to this educational model which will prepare students to have the
skills necessary to experience success in life.

We hope that all of our students are able to experience the three “A”s – Academics, the
Arts & Athletics – during their time in the Millbrook Central School District. We want our
students to enhance their education with a variety of activities, and we hope that they
take advantage of the many opportunities we offer, both in and out of the classroom.

Although we made many changes, one thing that is consistent and unchanging is the
dedication and commitment that our staff has for the students of our District. This
dedication & commitment will take our District to the top!

Sincerely,

 

Philip D. D’Angelo, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent - Fall 2014

December, 2014

 

To the Millbrook Central School community:

We had a great opening for the 2014-2015 school year. Our students and staff returned to school rejuvenated and ready for the school year.

Listed below are some of our focus items for the year:

• We have made some changes in the master schedules for each school to help create an environment conducive for learning and success.

• We are continuing to work on District Goals formerly identified and we have identified new goals as well. The goals are listed on the District’s web-site.

• We are continuing to work on enhancing communication between the school and community. This year we developed a hard copy calendar for all of the homes of our students. We are also continuing to work on making improvements to our District web-site. We added outdoor message boards at the Middle & High Schools (provided by a donation from the Millbrook Educational Foundation-MEF).

• We are employing a strategy of using data to help us make decisions about changes in our District. We want to review how our students are doing and use this information to make decisions about making changes to benefit, and enhance, the performance of all of our students. We want to support continuous school improvement for our District, and this approach should help us attain this goal.

Our buildings and grounds were in great shape for opening day. I want to thank all of our custodial and maintenance staff for their efforts in readying our facilities for the start of the new school year.

I want to thank our community for supporting the educational needs of all of our students. Our community’s reputation is well-known as advocating for providing a great education for our students. Thank you for your on-going and generous support.

We are looking forward to a great year! I know that our students will do their best to attain the level of success and accomplishment that each one of them deserves.

Sincerely,

Philip D. D’Angelo, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools

 

A Message From the Superintendent:

To the Millbrook Central School District community:

We had a great 2013-2014 school year. I appreciate the community’s support in working together as an effort for continuous school improvement at Millbrook. Listed below are a few of the many initiatives we will be working on in the 2014-2015 school year:

Budget

Budgeting continues to be an issue with the challenging economy and reduction in state aid. The Board of Education and Administration have been working to create a budget which balances fiscal responsibility and the ability to provide our students with an educational environment which is conducive to learning and foster achievement & excellence. We greatly appreciate the continued support the Millbrook community has provided for the educational needs of all the students in our District.

Communication

We continue to work on revamping and improving the district’s web-page. We want to continue to make it more user-friendly and provide current information about our students and the workings of our District. We now have five outdoor informational signs. One for each school building, for specific school information, and the original one located at the base of the Alden Place hill, for District information. The Millbrook Educational Foundation provided the funds to purchase the signs. We are also working on creating a hard-copy District Calendar to be mailed to the home of all students.

Professional Development

One of our goals for the 2014-2015 school year is to work with our faculty to select a Professional Development program that will enhance the educational process and provide all of our teachers with the “tools” necessary to differentiate instruction for the learning styles of all of our students. We want to make sure that all of our students are receiving instruction that will allow them to experience high levels of academic success and achievement.

School Safety

We have reviewed, revised, and distributed our District plan. We are in the process of changing the locksets on our classroom doors to ensure greater safety for our students and staff. We are also going to review building safety plans and procedures.

These items are just a few of the initiatives we are exploring. The Board of Education, administrators, faculty, and staff remain committed to continuous school improvement as a means to attain our mission of providing a quality education for all of the students in our District.

Working together we can accomplish great things. Thank you for the continued support of the Millbrook community for their partnership in the education of the students of the Millbrook Central School District.

Sincerely,

 

Philip D. D’Angelo, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

A Letter from the Superintendent

To the Millbrook Central School District community:

I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the educational needs of the students of the Millbrook Central School District. We are working on a variety of initiatives in order to support continuous school improvement at Millbrook. I will discuss some of the initiatives below:

APPR: The APPR is the Annual Professional Performance Review Plan. This has been a focus of Race to the Top. The APPR addresses the means by which principals and teachers are evaluated. The new guidelines, as per the APPR, utilize student test data as a component for the evaluation. This is a new element for principal and teacher evaluations.

Budget: The state and national economies have made this a very challenging financial time for school districts. We are looking at a various ways to reduce spending, while working to provide our students with an excellent learning experience. We are trying to “think out of the box” in order to develop a reasonable budget for our taxpayers. One option we are just beginning to explore is to have a single bus run for all students. This initiative would have students in Kindergarten to grade 12 ride the bus to and from school together. This change could save the district a considerable amount of money. Again, we are just beginning to explore this option and we will look for feedback from the community in order to help us make a decision.

Curriculum Mapping: The district is working with our teachers to develop curriculum maps. Curriculum maps address content, instructional methods, and assessments. Curriculum maps provide for consistency of instruction at grade levels and within departments. Curriculum maps also help to create a continuity of instruction from Kindergarten through grade 12.

District Web-page: We are working on revamping and improving the district’s web-page. We would like to make it more user-friendly and utilize it to share additional information with you. The use of the web-page is a “green initiative” since it is an alternate form of communication which can help us save paper.

Internships/Career Exploration: We would like to develop programs where students explore career options. This can be done via career fairs, job shadowing, and internships. We want our students to see a connection between classroom instruction and future job opportunities. We also want to develop a dialogue with our graduates about their experiences at Millbrook. We want them to tell us what we do well, as well as, what we could do better in order to prepare them for college, the military, and/or the work force.

Professional Development: Professional development is a necessary component for continuous school improvement. We need to provide our teachers with the skills necessary to address the learning styles of all of our students. We want to work with our teachers to select professional development programs that will enhance their teaching ability and enable students to achieve higher levels of academic success.

School Safety: We are reviewing our District and Building level safety plans. We are going to have law enforcement officials review our plans as well. We are going to participate in table-top activities with law enforcement officials to work through various emergency situations with our administrative team, and have law enforcement officials provide us with feedback about how we responded relative to our safety procedures and protocol.

The items listed above are a sampling of some of the initiatives that we are exploring. The Board of Education, administrators, faculty, and staff are committed to provide all of our students with a quality education. We are also committed to continuous school improvement as a means to attain our mission.

Working together we can accomplish great things. We need to keep our eye on our mission – addressing the educational needs of all of our students.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Philip D. D’Angelo, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

 

An Open Invitation

Please call my office at 845.677.4200 ext. 1100, or join us at a Board of Education meeting for information about our District.

Sincerely,

Mr. Philip D. D'Angelo
Superintendent of Schools

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