Dear Fanwood Family and Friends,
Despite the unique times that we are all facing, it is with excitement that we welcome everyone to the 2020 - 2021 Academic year. As your Superintendent, I look forward to a year of safety, learning, exploration, and growth, in and out of the classroom.
Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff members, and the entire Fanwood Community is our number one priority. With this in mind, we have set forth two models for instruction for this year: Distance Learning, and a Hybrid Model (which is a combination of both).
NYSD has developed a strong reopening plan that speaks to NYSD's ongoing commitment to the educational success of the students, and our concern for their emotional and physical safety, as well as their overall well-being.
As we navigate this "new normal", which at times may be difficult, together we will work to ensure that students and staff members have the tools the need to adapt, become comfortable, and thrive in these ever-changing times.
Fanwood is a fantastic community. We have an excellent team of administrators, teachers, and staff who embrace the student first philosophy. It is vital that Fanwood continues to provide a Deaf Centric learning environment that revolves around learning and language. At the same time, we must provide assessments and expectations that include rigorous and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college, and career-ready standards that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school prepared for college and careers.
It will be our effort to foster relationships in order to ensure the feeling of value and support in order to reinforce our students' mental health, language growth, academic goals, and most importantly, to promote collaboration across all departments at NYSD. We are in this together, as a team, and the only way we can succeed is if we support each other.
Throughout the year, we will also continue to concentrate our efforts on our bilingual S.T.E.A.M program. Our goal is to ensure that our students receive the quality education they deserve. Students should have the opportunity to lead and be empowered to make choices when it comes to college, career, or life.
Together, we can work to inspire our students each and every day. Welcome back and have a great school year!