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SAFETY EFFORTS EARN GREENWICH CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
UTICA NATIONAL’S SCHOOL SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD

March 26, 2019 Saratoga, New York – Greenwich Central School District is one of 156 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2019 at the Titanium with Honors level.

The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.  Greenwich Central School District received its award at Utica National’s 39th annual school safety seminar at the Saratoga Hilton/City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY one of seven such seminars the company hosts in the state.  For over 40 years Utica National has kept kids and school staff safe and currently insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York alone.

Greenwich Central School District Officials accepted a certificate to commemorate the district’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts from Utica National representatives.

Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum, and gold – in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety.  Through the program, schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation, and BOCES are evaluated.  Categories covered include bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific quantifiable surveys.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Brian Saville, Resident Senior Vice President in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit.  “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Greenwich Central School District among them.”

Mr. Saville noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety.  “The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward.”


School Board Recognition Week

To celebrate New York State’s annual School Board Recognition Week, October 22 nd – October 26 th , students, staff and community members joined in recognition at the Board of Education meeting Monday night. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members. Greenwich Central School District honors there board members for their commitment to Greenwich and its children.

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Superintendent Fish said. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

Fish said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:


 Creating a shared vision for the future of education
———- Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance
———- Providing accountability for student achievement results
———- Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement
———- Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn
———- And much more!

The members serving our district are as follows: President Michael Conlin, Vice-President James Nolan, Jill Autiello, Erin Boivin and Laura Hall.

The recognition featured a presentation of books and STEM materials donated in the name of each board member to be placed in the Elementary Library Learning Lab and the 7-12 Library Media Center.

Greenwich students Lilly Smith and Rory Bain presented the books and STEM materials.

Front: James Nolan, Board of Education Vice President Back: Board Member Jill Autiello, Students: Rory Bain & Lilly Smith, Board Member Laura Hall Missing: Board President Michael Conlin & Board Member Erin Boivin


Greenwich Central School District Launches Mobile App
to Keep Community Informed and Involved

Greenwich Central School District today launched an official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, students and the broader community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information and activities underway within the school community. The free app, which proudly displays the school’s logo, colors and content, can be downloaded for Apple iOS and Android via their respective app stores.
Developed in partnership with SchoolMessenger, the leading provider of communication solutions for education, the new app will provide families with 24/7/365 access to calendars, lunch menus, directories, events, sports schedules and more. New information feeds will continue to be made available in the app over the coming school year.
“Our new, official mobile app empowers everyone in the community to stay connected and up-to-date on the information that they want and need directly from their mobile device,” said Greenwich Central School District Superintendent Mark Fish. “It’s another great example of our commitment to communication, as we know that in order for families to get involved in school activities and functions they must first be informed of them. We are excited about how our new app will help us communicate more effectively, and hope it leads to a stronger, more connected school community overall.”
Highly secure and flexible, the school’s new app is built on a communication platform that permits the district to manage and share content easily. Key features include:
Lunch menus and payments
Sports schedules
Staff Directory
District Calendar and Upcoming Events
SchoolTool Parent Portal
Superintendent’s Blog
Just go to your phone’s app store and search for Greenwich CSD.
With budget limitations a reality for schools throughout the nation, SchoolMessenger was able to partner with the district to deliver this affordable new communication channel. In addition, the company will manage hosting and technical updates and provide 24/7 support.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Greenwich Central School District to help reach its goals for effective and accessible communications throughout the entire school community,” said Nate Brogan, vice president of Marketing, SchoolMessenger. “Parents today are busier than ever and rely on their mobile devices to connect them to the information that matters most. SchoolMessenger allows schools and community members to stay connected through a robust mobile platform that will continue to evolve based on their needs.”
About SchoolMessenger

SchoolMessenger is the leading provider of communication solutions for education. Thousands of school districts, public schools, colleges, universities, private schools and other educational facilities in all 50 states depend on the company’s innovative solutions, including the SchoolMessenger notification service and Talk About It anonymous communication service. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. For information, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.


Flu Guidelines from the Center For Disease Control and Prevention

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
has released the following informational brochures regarding the flu and 2009 H1N1 strain.
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