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Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent Announces Changes For School Year

Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent Lisa Brady
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DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry Schools Superintendent Lisa Brady promises new and exciting changes to the 2014-15 school year. 

For the coming school year, the schools have expanded the Chromebook program to all students in Grades 5 through 10. 

Perhaps the most important and significant direction in the new school year is the transitioning into the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), which encompasses grades 6-10. The teachers at Dobbs Ferry High School have been working diligently to design “pre IB” experiences for students in grades 9-10. 

Dobbs Ferry schools will also be increasing work in the area of digital citizenship in conjunction with the Districtwide Dignity for All Students (DASA) Committee. 

Springhurst is entering the second year of its foundations rollout, and expanding the phonics and spelling program to include Kindergarten, first and second grade. Springhurst’s prestigious primary mathematics program (aka Singapore Math) is also being revamped. In 2014-15, Dobbs Ferry High School will offer several new courses, including IB English SL, algebra 2/trigonometry honors and non-Regents, English 9 & 10 honors, high school yearbook, SAT math, SAT critical reading, AP world history, and an expansion of the existing online OC 21 elective program (online courses).  Two teachers were hired to replace two retiring Springhurst faculty members in English language learners and music.

The Board of Education, along with the District’s Facilities, Finance and Athletics Advisory Committees, worked over many months to formulate recommendations for Capital Projects that will update and improve school district facilities.

At the June 19 Board of Education meeting, the board voted to move ahead with these projects and seek voter approval to issue a bond to cover most of the cost. A special community vote on the bond will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21.   

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