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NYSED weekly 6/15/18

ACTION REQUIRED: Due July 15, 2018

Submittal of the Report of Incidents of Complaints About the Use of Corporal Punishment

Each BOCES, public school district, and charter school must submit the semi-annual report of Incidents of Complaints about the Use of Corporal Punishment electronically in the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System (SED Monitoring), which may be accessed at:
Designated personnel should log on to the NYSED Business Portal using their existing State Education Department Delegated Administrator Account System (SEDDAS) account and password. Once logged in, click on the link to the “SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System,” then click on “Student Support Services,” then click “Complaints of Corporal Punishment.”
Complete the survey as indicated, the report covers the six-month period of January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018.
If you have questions or problems accessing the business portal or the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System, contact the SEDDAS helpdesk at
Questions regarding the submission of the report can be directed to Joseph Leffler at (518) 486-6090 or


NYSED Data Reporting Requirements (see attached)

You are receiving this information to remind you to take action with your School/District Data Coordinator to ensure the reporting of your school/district’s data by the August 24, 2018 Reporting Deadline.
For detailed information regarding the August 24th, 2018 Data Reporting Deadline, additional tools, verification reports, and guidance for data quality and timely reporting, please refer to the May 1, 2018 memo, “NYSED SIRS Data Reporting Requirements” previously distributed via the P-12 weekly communications and available at SIRS Data Reporting Requirement.
Earlier reporting timelines will be required by your Level 1 data center. Please directly contact your L1 data center for earlier reporting deadlines.
Questions may be directed to the Office of Information and Reporting Services, at 518-474-7965, or


Expiring Initial and Professional Certificate Holders (see attached)

You are receiving this communication to provide you with the helpful information to ensure that certificate holders in your district act quickly so that their certificates do not expire.
District/School administrative personnel may contact the Office of Teaching Initiatives at or by phone at (518) 474-4661.
Please see the attached memo titled, “Expiring Initial and Professional Certificate Holders”.


NYSED Funding Opportunity: Learning Technology Grant

NYSED is extending the funding opportunity for the Learning Technology Grant Application for 2018–2021.
Grant announcement GC18-008 is posted on the NYSED P-12 Grants website.
Districts whose applications were postmarked by Friday, June 8, 2018 may revise their applications, if they so choose, but their current applications are still eligible for review.
All applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
Applications will be disqualified if they fail to provide all mandatory attachments by the extended application deadline. Mandatory attachments are listed on page 14 of the announcement of funding opportunity, under the heading Mandatory Application Requirements. All forms in the bulleted list must be submitted with all applications. Note that Attachment IV must be submitted with all applications, even if the applicant has obtained signatures of all religious and independent schools.
For additional information, please review the full Announcement of Funding Opportunity. Information available on this website includes program description and application materials, and guidance clarifying that the applicant must provide all religious and independent schools located within their district an opportunity to participate in order to comply with the grant application requirements.



Please congratulate senior, Chloe Spigner and junior, Max Gobin on earning the distinction of 2018 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Scholars. The winning Greenwich students were enrolled in Business Teacher, Christine Belden’s Business and Personal Financial Math Course during the 2018 Spring semester.  To be named a Financial Literacy Certification Scholar, students scored 95 percent or higher on the W!se Financial Literacy test. As well, this qualified the students to apply for the 2018 Financial Literacy Ambassador scholarship Award which is distributed to five students ($2,000 each) who earn at least 95% on our Financial Literacy Certification assessment (scholarship award winners to be announced in July).  

W!SE is an educational nonprofit that provides education support services nationwide to build financial literacy, foster business and social entrepreneurship and prepare students for college and the global workplace.

Greenwich 4th Graders have Track Meet

Time for the 4th graders to hit the field! Thank you Mr. Brophy, Mr. McGuirk and Mrs. Townsend for all the work that goes into this annual event!​

Flag Day Ceremony

Greenwich Elementary will host a Flag Day Ceremony tomorrow, June 14th, at 9 AM.

GCS FACS 8 Checkbook Challenge

GCS FACS 8 Checkbook Challenge

The Greenwich Central School eighth Grade FACS (Family and Consumer Science) classes have been learning about Financial Management which includes learning about budgeting, banking, credit, and balancing your checkbook.

At the beginning of each 20-week class, the students receive a checkbook and are required to record their transactions in their checkbook register.  They earn FACS cash–receiving a weekly direct deposit paycheck just by punching a time card at the beginning of each class period and also by signing up for odd jobs.  Students who sign up for the additional jobs are required to submit a letter of interest and interview for the position.  Students also incur expenses, receive invoices/bills and are required to make payment by writing a check from their checkbook for things such as borrowing/renting or purchase a writing utensil, losing an assignment worksheet, or forgetting to push in their chairs at the end of class.  Late payment fees are charged for students not making timely payments.  Every five weeks they then reconcile their accounts with “the bank”–a/k/a Ms. Saunders.  The grade they earn is based on how accurately they maintain their checkbook register.  As an added incentive two students from each class were recognized as either having maintained the most accurate register or accumulating the highest balance.

The second semester “Checkbook Challenge” winners were Lauren Chuhta, Shea Fortier, McKayla Gutasy, Caitlyn McClay and Jordyn Perry.  A special thank you to Glens Falls National Bank, TD Bank, Trustco Bank, and TCT Federal Credit Union for providing the prizes.



Pictured above are Checkbook Challenge winners:

Jordyn Perry, Shea Fortier, Lauren Chuhta,  Caitlyn McClay and McKayla Gutasy.

Thank you Mrs. Miller

Greenwich Board of Education President Annie Miller was awarded a service plaque recognizing her five years of service to the school community by Greenwich Superintendent Mark Fish.  Thank you Mrs. Miller.


Witches Soar at States

Witches Soar at States

Cicero North Syracuse High School, June 8-9: Greenwich Central track and field stars competed at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships and

State meet athletes competed in either Division I (large schools) or Division II (small schools).  Medals were awarded to the top six finishers. The top eight performers from all groups combined (Division I, II and the non-public schools) competed in the Federation, in which all received medals.

Michael Gabriel won the Division II State Championship in the discus and was fourth in the shot put. He was one of only two athletes in the State to earn a berth in both the shot put and discus Federation finals, in which he placed 5th and 8th, respectively.  His best marks of the weekend were: shot put- 54′ 9 1/2” and discus- 150′ 10”.  He will next compete in the hammer throw at the New Balance Nationals, in North Carolina, on Friday, on June 15th.

Brynne Wright had an outstanding, gritty double, placing 6th in the 3000M (10:28.34) on Friday night and coming back on Saturday morning to finish 8th in the 2000M Steeplechase. She broke her own school record in the event with a time of 7:10.88.

Lucia D’ Acchille set a personal record (PR) in the semifinal of the 100M hurdles (15.62) and ran another gem in the finals to place 4th.

Peyton Howard ran a PR in the 1600M race, placing 9th. His closing 400M kick of 63.28

suggests much faster times to come for the junior.

The final event of the meet for Greenwich was the girls 4x800M relay. It proved to be great one, as the team of Nina Sgambelluri, Emily Skiff, Emma Cronin and Quinn Collins took an incredible 12 seconds off their qualifying mark, to break the school record and finish 5th in 9:27.33.

Girls team coach Steve Patrick noted “The enthusiasm and effort of this year’s State Meet group was really special, as good as we’ve ever had.”

Greenwich photo journalists

Our Sixth Grade Track Meet is underway and the Tech Room Photographers are on the job..


Greenwich Central School Juniors Offered College/University Scholarships & Awards

Greenwich Central School Juniors Offered College/University Scholarships & Awards


Row 1 (bottom steps)

Annabel Gregg, Madison Loveland, Olivia Snell

Row 2

Lucia D’Acchille, Emily Reiszel, Penelope Crawford, Eliza Jordan

Row 3

Liam Kelleher, Ashley Gwin, Georgiana Douglas

Row 4

Nick Pett, Peyton Howard, Reed Boduch, Evan Carpenter

Missing from photo:

Christian Bittel & Maggie O’Connor



Christian Bittel & Maggie O’Connor –

Wells College Leadership Award – This award is presented in

recognition of demonstrated academic performance, extracurricular

activities and community service. It is valued at $40,000 over four years of study at Wells College.


Liam Kelleher – The Federick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award– Given by the

 University of Rochester to a qualified junior who has outstanding

  academic achievement in the humanities and/or social sciences.

  This scholarship is worth at least $40,000 over 4 years if he attends  

  the University.


Olivia Snell – Clarkson University Leadership Award – Given by Clarkson    

University to a qualified junior in recognition of outstanding

leadership qualities and academic promise. This award is one of the

highest honors at the University and includes a scholarship of $60,000 over four years.    


Annabel Gregg & Peyton Howard-

St. Michael’s College Book Award – This award recognizes the

outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and leadership in their community service endeavors.

Recipients must be inductees of the National Honor Society and must demonstrate concern for social justice issues. They may also be considered for scholarship at St, Michael’s College ranging in amounts from $12,000 to full tuition if they attend St. Michael’s.


Evan Carpenter – RPI Medalist Award – Given by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This

award is given to a promising junior who has distinguished himself

in mathematics and science. This minimum $25,000 per year merit scholarship is guaranteed for four years if he attends RPI.


Reed Boduch – George Eastman Young Leaders Award – Given by the University of

Rochester to a qualified junior who has outstanding academic

achievement and leadership. This scholarship is worth at least

$40,000 over four years if he attends the University of Rochester.


Eliza Jordan – Clarkson University Achievement Award – Given by Clarkson

University to a qualified junior in recognition of outstanding

leadership qualities and academic promise. This is a scholarship of $48,000 over four years.


Lucia D’Acchille & Madison Loveland

Augsbury/North Country Scholarship – Given by St. Lawrence

University to a junior who demonstrates academic leadership and community service . This scholarship includes a $27,000 annual merit scholarship if they attend the University.


Evan Carpenter – Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology – Given by

The University of Rochester to a qualified junior for outstanding

achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an

appreciation for the possibilities of technology . This scholarship is worth at least $40,000 over four years if he attends the University of Rochester.


Eliza Jordan – Bausch & Lomb Science Award – Given by the University of

Rochester a medal is awarded by the Bausch & Lomb Company to a

junior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and

superior intellectual promise in the field of science. This scholarship

is worth at least $40,000 over four years if she attends the University

                                  Of Rochester.


Penelope Crawford, Ashley Gwin,

Georgiana Douglas & Emily Reiszel

Sage Award – Sage College honors these students who have the

characteristics of academic excellence, student leadership and

community involvement.  This scholarship guarantees a scholarship

of at least $10,000 per year, a minimum total of $40,000 over four

years if they attend Sage College.


Nicholas Pett – Chatham University

Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award and Scholarship – This award is given each year to one deserving student who shares Carson’s commitment and passion to improving the environment and their community and sustainability. Winners receive a special edition of “Silent Spring”, an invitation to Chatham’s summer sustainability leadership academy, a $5000 scholarship (renewed annually) and preferred consideration for a competitive full tuition scholarship if he attends Chatham University.


Reed Boduch represents Greenwich Central School in the NYSPHSAA Golf Tournament

As the first golfer in 19 years to represent Greenwich Central School in the NYSPHSAA Golf Tournament, Reed competed valiantly.  Despite a difficult start on the first couple of holes, Reed managed 6 pars on day one for a round of 90. The windy conditions at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University produced some higher scores than expected.  On day two he fared better shooting a score of 84 with 7 pars and one birdie, which was 66th best on the day. Reed played the front side of the course in 41 and 40, which was very comparable to the top players in the field. However the back side, especially holes 10, 11 and 12 presented some challenges, which resulted in scores of 49 and 44, on that side. This led to him finishing deeper in the field than his ability would otherwise suggest.  Reed gained valuable experience from being in the New York State Tournament for the first time as one of ninety-nine competitors, which in itself is an impressive accomplishment. Many of the other players had been in the NYS tournament, and played this course, in previous years. Fifteen of the players had been there three or more years, with one player playing in his fifth NYS Tournament. Upon completion of his round Reed made it clear he is excited about the opportunity to make it back to the tournament next year and this years experience will only benefit him.


Section 2 golfers, as a team, placed ninth out of the eleven sections in the competition.  Austin Fox of Bethlehem, playing in his third year at Cornell, led the nine Section 2 golfers finishing in 10th place overall with scores of 79 and 73.  Another Wasaren League competitor, Ryan Bloomer shot 79 and 82 finishing tied for 39th place overall.


The individual and team results can be found on the NYSPHSAA boys golf website.


NYSED Weekly 6/6/18


Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) – Immediate Protections Safety Assessment (6 attachments, each in both Word and PDF – Immediate Protections Safety Memo, Immediate Protections Safety Assessment Template, and Residential School Contact Information)

  • New Guidance – Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”) – Immediate Protections Safety Assessment.  The purpose of this memorandum is to outline expectations relating to the performance of an immediate protections safety assessment and inform residential schools of a revised immediate protections safety assessment template that will be utilized by the Office of Special Education’s Incident Management Unit.  Each residential school must also provide the Incident Management Unit with emergency contact information for school administrators during both official school and after-school hours.  Please complete the attached emergency contact form and return as soon as possible, but not later than June 15, 2018.
  • For more information, contact the Incident Management Unit at (518) 473-1185.



Placements of Students with Disabilities in Approved Out-of-State Residential Schools (see 4 attachments—Placement Memo and Application for Use for 2018)

  • You are receiving this memorandum and application to provide school district committees on special education (CSEs) with procedures, forms and policy for submitting timely and complete applications seeking State reimbursement of tuition costs for a student in an approved out of-State residential school.
  • The CSE must submit an application for State reimbursement for initial placement in an approved out-of-State residential school within six business days of the date the student enrolled in the school.
  • The CSE can submit a reapplication for State reimbursement anytime following a student’s annual review.  Although reapplications are typically due prior to June 1, 2018, NYSED will accept 2018-19 school year reapplications submitted after June 1, 2018 due to release date of this memorandum.
  • Questions regarding this process should be submitted to  The application is available at:



2018-19 Online Consolidated Application for ESSA-Funded Programs Now Available

  • You are receiving this communication as a notice that the 2018-19 Consolidated Application for ESSA-Funded Programs is now available for LEAs to access and complete online.
  • The application may be accessed using the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System available in the NYSED Business Portal at Additional resources are available on the Department’s Consolidated Application website. Submissions are due on Friday, August 31, 2018.
  • Questions or concerns regarding the content of the application may be directed to the Title I School and Community Services Office at 518-473-0295 or via email at



SEDREF Summer Update (see attachment SEDREF Summer Update Memo)

  • You are receiving this communication to advise that the annual SEDREF Summer Update (School Administrator’s Listing) will be posted to the IRSP on June 1st.  The SEDREF Summer Update applies to all except for New York City public schools.
  • Districts, Charter Schools, Nonpublic Schools and BOCES can download the listings for review and update.
  • Updates for the 2018-19 School Year are due to the Department by July 11th.
  • If you have questions, please contact the Office of Information and Reporting Services at 518-474-7965 or



Next Generation Learning Standards Conference Resources Available



Libraries Rock” with Summer Reading and myON’s Digital Library!

  • You are receiving this communication to update you about the 2018 partnership initiative between the State Education Department’s Summer Reading at New York Libraries program and myON.
  • Young readers across the State will have unlimited free 24/7 access to more than 6,000 fiction and nonfiction e-books through September 30, 2018.
  • Do your students and teachers have the generic myON log-in for your school district yet?
    • Generic myOn log-ins are now available for students statewide through their school districts and public libraries. School districts that have not yet received their myON log-in information should contact their School Library System directly.
    • Families with young children, home-schooled students, charter school students, nonpublic school students, caregivers and others will use their public library login to access the myON collection. Charter and nonpublic schools may obtain the public library login either from the School Library System, from the public library system or from their local public library.
  • This initiative aims to keep children from birth through 8th grade and their families reading through the summer by providing them with reading material through the myON Digital Library, in addition to encouraging students and families to visit and use their local libraries for a wide variety of book selections and engaging programs.
  • In addition to unlimited web access, families can use the myON app to download up to twenty books at a time for reading offline. Many titles from the myOn collection, including books in Spanish, have recorded audio, text highlighting and other features to help strengthen reading skills and help prevent summer slide.
  • For more information, please see the attachment titled Summer Reading at New York Libraries: New York’s Libraries Rock in Summer 2018 with myON’s Digital Library! For information about Summer Reading at New York Libraries, along with helpful educator resources, visit Summer Reading at New York Libraries. For more information on the statewide myON partnership initiative, please see New York Reads with myON.
  • Questions about Summer Reading at New York Libraries or the 2018 myON partnership initiative may be directed to Sharon Phillips, Summer Reading Program Coordinator, New York State Library, at 518-486-4863 or

Dear Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, High School Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Leaders, and Guidance Counselors

The College Board is proud to be offering Opportunity Leaders, a half-day professional development training for school leaders on how to use information from the Advanced Placement® (AP®) program, and the SAT® Suite of Assessments to help prepare students for college and career. These trainings are being offered in every region of the state between June and August 2018.


New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan includes a new measure of college, career, and civic readiness as one indicator of school quality. Schools can earn extra credit for students whose high school credits include participation in AP and receive even more credits for students who earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.

In alignment with new school-level measures and in recognition of the role of school leaders in expanding access to advanced coursework, the College Board is pleased to offer this workshop to all school leaders in New York State.

During the training, administrators at all levels will:

  • Examine the relationship between AP and success in college and career
  • Explore how data from the SAT Suite of Assessments can inform schools’ academic

offerings, including AP

  • Practice identifying students with potential for success in AP classes
  • Develop strategies to manage schedules, staffing, and budget in order to expand AP

classes and course offerings

  • Engage teachers, families, and students in using and benefitting from the SAT Suite

and AP courses

  • Preview new AP supports for schools that will launch in 2019


Additionally, all attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion from the College Board.


Registration is requested ASAP. Please reach out to your local BOCES or Big 4 school district professional development contact with questions about training dates and registration, or Matthew Zarro, Senior Director, New York State at

We hope to see you this summer at Opportunity Leaders!

Training Date Location Site
6/7/2018 Olean Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
6/18/2018 Hudson River Valley Rockland County BOCES
7/9/2018 Long Island Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Nassau BOCES, Western Suffolk BOCES
7/10/2018 Syracuse OCM BOCES
7/10/2018 Castleton Questar III BOCES
7/11/2018 Lake Placid St Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, CVES BOCES, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
7/16/2018 Rye Southern Westchester BOCES
7/23/2018 Binghamton Broome-Tioga BOCES
7/18/2018 Saratoga Springs ONC BOCES
7/19/2018 Saratoga Springs WSWHE BOCES
7/19/2018 Central New York Herkimer BOCES, Oneida BOCES, Madison-Oneida BOCES
7/24/2018 Hudson River Valley – Ulster BOCES, PNC BOCES, Dutchess BOCES, Orange-Ulster BOCES, Sullivan County BOCES
7/24/2018 Albany Capital Region BOCES
7/24/2018 Norwich DCMO BOCES
7/26/2018 Painted Post Greater Southern Tier BOCES
8/2/2018 Syracuse Syracuse City School District
8/3/2018 Johnstown HFM BOCES
8/7/2018 Rochester Monroe 1 BOCES, Monroe 2 BOCES, Wayne-Finger Lake BOCES, GVEP BOCES
8/14/2018 Rochester City School District Rochester City
8/15/2018 Buffalo Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 BOCES, Orleans-Niagara BOCES

Congratulations Lipsha!

On Wednesday, June 6th, 6th grade student Lipsha Stark represented Greenwich Central School in the 40th annual WSWHE BOCES Regional Spelling Bee.  Lipsha earned this honor by winning the Grades 4-6 Spelling Bee held in April.  Lipsha competed against 31 other 4-8th graders and spelled her way into the top 15 spellers, making it to the seventh round before being eliminated.

Do you have an instrument sitting in the closet longing to be played?

Do you have an instrument sitting in the closet longing to be played? Unfortunately, some families can not cover the cost of renting an instrument and are unable to participate in the band program. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to our school by donating your gently used band instruments to the music department. While we graciously accept your donations, instruments must be in good working order for us to make them a part of our program. Questions? Please contact Kristin Reinhart, Elementary Band Director

Greenwich 6th Graders to the HOF

The 6th graders spent the day in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They learned about science, math and history through the game of baseball.

Greenwich 5th Graders to Rough and Ready Engine House

5th grade was invited to tour the Rough and Ready  Engine House.  Students were greeted by Kevin Shepherd, Gary St. Mary, Don Blair, Faith Alheim, and Brian Buell. Students saw the fire engines, history of the building and learned how fire companies worked in the 1800’s.






The August 6 – 17 Learning Is Fun This Summer program still has a few openings left with applications available in the elementary and middle grade schools or on line from 518 692-9559 for more information.

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