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Superintendent's Updates

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

 

School Lunch Changes

Dear Brentwood Community,

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing a nationwide disruption to manufacturing supply and distribution channels. You may have experienced this yourself when you have tried to order something online or buying something in the store and what you are looking for is not available. Just this week, Costco and Walmart announced they were limiting the number of certain paper products to one per customer.

What does this mean for schools? In short, it means we are having trouble getting certain foods and supplies. Your child may notice we are serving different items than we have served in the past and we may also be forced to serve different items than were listed on the menu.
This situation is out of our control and something school districts across the country are experiencing. We are doing our best, everyday to come up with solutions to these challenges.

Despite the obstacles we are committed to serving our students a variety of nutritious foods. While there may be some menu changes, please know everything we serve will continue to meet nutrition guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). All schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program must follow these guidelines. We will also continue to accommodate students with special diets and allergies.

We remain committed to providing our students with the nutritious meals they need to grow and learn. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

As a reminder school meals (breakfast and lunch) are free for all students again this school year.

 

Richard Loeschner
Superintendent of Schools

Letter Regarding Tik Tok Challenges

Dear School Community,


I am writing this letter to the Brentwood Community out of a great deal of concern about the recent school challenges posted on Tik Tok.


I am concerned for several reasons. It encourages kids to vandalize their school. Across the country kids are destroying school property and posting the results on Tik Tok. We have had a few isolated incidents around the district where students are damaging soap dispensers in bathrooms. Their actions have resulted in some schools temporarily restricting access to student bathrooms. My biggest concern, however, is how this challenge encourages lewd, inappropriate and disrespectful conduct. It objectifies young ladies and dares young men to be indecent. This destructive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disciplinary actions.


Together as a school community we should use this deplorable challenge as an opportunity to speak with our kids about the cost and impact of vandalism on any property. Also, willfully disrespecting another person may cause that person emotional distress for the short or even long term. It’s also a great chance for us to reinforce the need to supervise and even limit what our kids are looking at on the internet.


Brentwood kids are kind, compassionate and have a great respect for one another, which is why I am certain this challenge will not take root in our wonderful community. However, we must always be vigilant and never hesitate when addressing a wrong.


Thank you,
Mr. Richard Loeschner,
Superintendent of Schools