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Superintendent's Updates

Martin Luther King Day

Good evening Brentwood,

This is Mr. Loeschner calling everyone with a few brief announcements.  I hope everyone had a wonderful day off today to celebrate the birthday of one of the most influential Americans to ever live, Martin Luther King Junior. He dedicated his life to the Civil Rights Movement and his words and actions have been celebrated by people across the globe.  Martin Luther King Jr. had incredible wisdom and two of my favorite quotes are "We cannot walk alone," which is why in Brentwood our family and friends are so important and second "If I cannot do great things I can do small things in a great way." which means even small acts of kindness or service can have a profound impact.

Finally the BOE will have a meeting this Thursday at 8 pm.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning.

 

Letter Regarding Community Concerns

Dear Brentwood Community,

The purpose of this letter is to address two areas of concerns that I would like to bring to the parents, students, and staffs’ attention.

Last year, I wrote a letter to the community identifying a phone scam that was being used on many of our families. The same scam is again being used this year. It goes something like this: A parent receives a call from a stranger who says their child has been in an accident or their child has been kidnapped. The caller then asks for money to be paid immediately via a cash app such as VENMO or ZELLE. The perpetrators have been known to even put a child on the phone pretending to be the victim. These calls come in during the school day which is why I am urging parents to immediately do two things after hanging up the phone; call Suffolk County Police Department via 911 and then call your child’s school and verify they are present.

The second concern I have is regarding young adolescents obtaining THC through gummies or the vaping pens. I am urging every parent, or guardian to have a conversation with their children about the danger an underaged child may experience when ingesting marijuana. My biggest fear concerning the use of these drugs is the unknown; where did they come from? and is there a guarantee there isn’t another drug, potentially much more harmful, contained in the vape pen or gummy? Some of the side effects of ingesting THC via a gummy or vape pen can be anxiety, panic attacks, vomiting, paranoia and agitation and the effects can last from 12-24 hours. Of course, an inherent risk of ingesting any drug is the risk of addiction as well as learning and memory loss.

If you are concerned about your child for any reason, I encourage parents or guardians to call your son or daughter’s school and speak with the guidance counselor, social worker, or administration.

Thank you.

Richard Loeschner
Superintendent of Schools  

 Letter from Superintendent

Opening Day 2022-2023 Speech

Good evening Brentwood, it is my distinct honor to address each of you at the beginning of what I am certain is going to be one of the finest school years ever. The reason I am so certain we are going to have an outstanding year is because We Are a School District on The Move!

One of the reasons I am so excited about this upcoming school year is because we continued to do work on the exterior of the buildings to not only beautify the buildings but also to bring them up to 21st century standards. We have nearly completed one of the largest Solar installation projects on the East Coast and very shortly all our schools will be running on solar power. We are also big believers in curb appeal, and you will notice the new parking lots, cement curbs and sidewalks in many of our schools and they go nicely with the playgrounds or sensory playgrounds that have been built in each of our elementary schools which complement the American Ninja Courses installed in each of the Middle Schools and Freshman Center. And this Spring, we will be breaking ground on a turf field complex that will be a source of pride to this wonderful and deserving community. We will soon move to the interior of the schools and begin renovating science labs, cafeterias, auditoriums, and libraries. In fact, we just renovated the Ross Library, built a Business Room and Dance studio as well as a Cosmetology Room here at the High School which will give our high school kids an array of choices as they begin the school year with a nine-period school day. We Are A School District On The Move!

Although the modernization of the district is wonderful, what is going to benefit our students the most is what is going on inside the schools and classrooms and we added to that in a significant way this summer. From UPK (Universal Prekindergarten) to high school we have done tremendous work to bolster the academic outcomes for every student and every learning style. Many teachers spent the summer writing curriculum to meet the new standards as well as the new course offerings on the secondary level. We have a Technology Plan with obtainable benchmarks and combine that with the eleven new Library Media Specialists hired this year our kids will have the necessary digital fluency and computer science skills to be tremendously successful at the secondary level, college and as they go off and pursue careers. We also added two Academic Technology Facilitators and Communication Aides in every school to support teachers and students. Administrators and teachers worked this summer to develop a Multi-Tiered-System of Support that will identify struggling students early and provide them with academic and behavioral interventions. In the Middle Schools we have two Response to Intervention Specialists along with a Teacher Coach which I am certain will increase student outcomes. We Are a School District on The Move!

I would be remiss if I did not spend a few minutes to thank and recognize some incredibly special people. I am so excited to be working with this Board of Education. They are kind, caring and extremely enthusiastic about improving every aspect of the district so our teachers and staff have the necessary tools to ensure successful outcomes for every student. I have learned over the past two months the Board President, Ms. Eileen Felix, along with the Vice Presidents and Trustees are intense and ardent advocates for the employees and students of this great district. I also would like to thank and recognize the best Cabinet a Superintendent could hope for, Stacy O’Connor, Ann Palmer, Rhonda Young and Wanda Ortiz. I am convinced they spend every waking moment thinking of ways to improve their respective areas. I also want to thank the Brentwood Principals and Supervisors Organization led by Dr. Jackson for their unparalleled leadership abilities, they are a huge part of why we are successful! Thanks also to the Brentwood Teachers Association shepherded by Kevin Coyne. Recently teacher unions have received some bad press, but I can honestly say without hesitation the BTA’s primary concern is about the kids in their care. Thanks also to 237 and Scott Dimperio and Ben Carenza for keeping our schools and grounds clean and beautiful. Thanks also to our Teacher Assistants and Monitors represented by Carmen Oyola for their assistance in the classrooms and shared areas. We all owe a debt of gratitude to our School Nurses, under Jessica Wood, Susan Simpson and Consuelo Cannon who closely cared for us during a very trying time. And finally, we must recognize the people who keep our schools running smoothly, the clerical association led by Brianne Talley. We Are a School District On The Move!

I do have a challenge for each of you here today, if we are truly going to be a district on the move, each of us must do his or her part. I am going to mention some athletes who were or continue to be exceptional in their sports, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Aaron Judge or each of you think of a Doctor you know who has given you outstanding care, or a painter who has come to your home and spent hours preparing the rooms before he or she paints or a carpenter who carefully read your blue prints before finishing your kitchen or bath.  You see each of them spent countless hours preparing before actually doing the job. You may say but each of them had a special talent or gift and you would be right, but you see I believe everyone in this room has also been given a special talent and each of you have been given a unique gift, and that gift is to mold, to model for, to care for, and to teach our kids. So you see my challenge is this, like the best athlete, the best doctor, the best carpenter or painter each of us has the ability to be the best educator this year and I am so looking forward to being part of a year that I am convinced is going to be one of the best ever.  

It is my sincere wish that each of you have a joyful and fulfilling school year and have a great opening day tomorrow!

Richard Loeschner
Superintendent of Schools

NYSESLAT Exams

As we approach the end of the 2021-2022 school year, teachers and students are gearing up for classroom finals and NYS assessments. On May 9, 10 and 11, in accordance with the Commissioner’s Regulations CR-Part 154-2, all English Language Learners in the state of New York will be required to take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT).

This exam will impact a significant number of students at the Freshman Center and the High School. The Freshman Center and the High School will be responsible for administering NYSESLAT to a large number of their students over the three days. As a result, the Freshman Center and the High School will shift to full remote instruction during the three-day testing window. All students who do not have the ELL (English Language Learner) designation must log in to their scheduled classes remotely. The BTA and the district have agreed for teachers to provide students with synchronous and asynchronous lessons and check-ins during the three testing days. The Freshman Center and the High School will follow the regular bell schedule during this time. All high school BOCES students should report to the building as per usual.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact your building principal.

Thank you.
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Mr. Loeschner
Superintendent of Schools

NYSED Digital Equity Survey and Contact Verification

To:                     Brentwood School Parents or Guardians

From:                Richard Loeschner, Superintendent of Schools

Ref:                   NYSED Digital Equity Survey and Contact Verification

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is conducting a Digital Equity Survey for all public-school districts, charter schools, and BOCES across the state. The purpose of this survey is to understand and promote educational equity, including digital equity for all students in New York State. To accomplish this, NYSED is asking parents or guardians to complete a Digital Equity survey for each K-12 student enrolled in the district. This survey will provide information on student access to devices and internet access in their places of residence. The data collected will also help support our students and families within our district.

The survey consists of nine questions created by NYSED. One survey is to be filled out for each K-12 student you have enrolled in the district. Please note that All questions must be answered for a completed survey.

Families can access the Digital Equity Survey from Thursday, December 23, 2021, to Thursday, January 6, 2022 by

  • Login to each student Parent Portal to complete the survey. For questions to access the Parent Portal, please review the provided Parent Portal documents or e-mail parentportal@bufsd.org.  A bilingual representative will also be available Monday to Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM by calling the Bilingual Hotline at 631-972-1375.
  • After completing the survey, please update each child’s Contact Verification form.

Included is a survey guidance document (in English and Spanish) created by NYSED to assist parents/guardians with their responses.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Digital Equity Survey. 

Included Documents:  

English Spanish
Digital Equity Survey in Parent Portal Encuesta de Equidad Eigital en el Portal para Padres
NYSED Parent Guidance Document for the Digital Equity Survey Documento de Orientación para Padres de NYSED para la Encuesta de Equidad Digital
Parent Portal Account Information Información de la Cuenta del Portal para Padres
Updating Student Contact Verification Information Verificación de Contacto del Estudiante en el Portal para Padres