Princeton Plan Updates

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    July 15, 2022 Update

    As we prepare our schools for the 2022-23 school year, here is a brief update on our progress regarding the Princeton Plan:

    • Elementary school principals and main office staff have moved into their new buildings and are reachable via email and phone. Contact info can be found on the district website, on the individual school pages.
    • Earlier this week, the district’s maintenance staff finished moving all classroom supplies and furniture to their new locations for 2022-23.
    • Each day, several elementary classrooms are cleaned and prepped for teacher set-up. Once the classrooms are ready, the district’s technology team goes in to make any necessary infrastructure updates to accommodate the new grade configurations.
    • We remain on target to invite teachers in, starting the week of July 25, to begin setting up their classrooms. In fact, some teachers may even be able to come in earlier than that.
    • Transportation routes continue to be fine-tuned to be as efficient as possible. Final bus routes will be communicated to parents in mid-August. As always, feel free to contact Supervisor of Transportation Liz Gilleo at gilleo@henhudschools.org with any questions or concerns.

    The district has arranged for school counselors, social workers, and/or psychologists to be available for your child if the need arises during this transition.  Please feel free to reach out to any of the individuals below at the school your child will be attending:

    Frank G. Lindsey (Pre-k, Kindergarten and 1st Grade) – Principal Dr. Cindy Kramer (cynthia.kramer@henhudschools.org)

    Buchanan-Verplanck (2nd & 3rd Grade) – Principal Donna Torrisi (donna.torrisi@henhudschools.org)

    Furnace Woods (4th & 5th Grade) – Principal Joshua Cohen (joshua.cohen@henhudschools.org)

    If, at any time, you need further help or assistance, please contact your building administrator.


    June 22, 2022 Update

    A Princeton Plan Implementation Update was provided at the June 14 Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter presented implementation initiatives; a projected implementation timeline; an operations and maintenance/facilities timeline; and items coming up, such as class lists, additional principal meet-and-greets, and the facilitation of student playdates and meet-ups over the summer.  Throughout the summer months, the district will provide updates on all of these timelines and initiatives. Click here to watch a video of the Princeton Plan update at the June 14th Board of Education meeting. Click here to see the superintendent’s PowerPoint presentation.

    The presentation included some key dates:

    • June 27 – The district’s facilities team will begin moving teachers’ materials into their new classrooms.
    • July 25 to August 26 - Teachers can begin setting up their classrooms once cleaned and given approval by principal.
    • September 1 - Parents and students will be invited to visit their new classrooms.
    • September 6 - First Day of School!

    June 8, 2022 Update

    As the district prepares to implement the Princeton Plan in September, please note who your child’s principal is and how to contact them:


    May 5, 2022 Update

    Click on the following links to access presentations for parents by (2022-23) FGL Principal Dr. Cindy Kramer, Buchanan-Verplanck Principal Donna Torrisi, and Furnace Woods Principal Josh Cohen:


    May 2, 2022 Update

    The district’s elementary parents have the opportunity to meet their principals for next year, through both virtual and in-person meetings during the week of May 2.  In-person meeting dates and registration links are listed below, under the March 28, 2022 Update. Please note that due to capacity concerns and parking limitations, families must register in advance.

    The following are the links to the virtual Meet the Principal meetings:

    BV Meet the Principal
    Tuesday, May 3 · 9:00 – 10:00am
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/gau-ytrc-esp
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪870 599 960 9424‬#

    FW Meet the Principal
    Tuesday, May 3 · 10:00 – 11:00am
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/wmv-ogue-pbo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪975 523 430 8226‬#

    BV Meet the Principal

    Tuesday, May 3 · 12:30 – 1:30pmGoogle Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/sgz-ivjx-ktp
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪675 944 217 2937‬#

    FW Meet the Principal

    Tuesday, May 3 · 1:30 – 2:30pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/bsu-oymo-ofp
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪667 898 935 1381‬#

    BV Meet the Principal
    Tuesday, May 3 · 6:00 – 7:00pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/cfu-rcav-dvh
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪207 714 322 8631‬#

    FW Meet the Principal
    Tuesday, May 3 · 7:00 – 8:00pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nbf-yvjf-fhg
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪621 104 341 8978‬#

    BV Meet the Principal
    Thursday, May 5 · 9:00 – 10:00am
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kon-uqkm-ofr
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪557 079 954 0897‬#

    FW Meet the Principal
    Thursday, May 5 · 10:00 – 11:00am
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/phg-ovav-ujx
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪188 362 095 7867‬#

    BV Meet the Principal
    Thursday, May 5 · 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jdz-tzcn-qdw
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪438 130 762 4786‬#

    FW Meet the Principal
    Thursday, May 5 · 1:30 – 2:30pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/dmn-pzxc-cvq
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444‬ PIN: ‪372 649 215 3527‬#


    March 28, 2022 Update

    Princeton Plan imageDuring the months of April and May, the district’s elementary parents have the opportunity to meet their principal for next year. Both virtual and in-person meetings have been scheduled to meet the needs of district families. These meetings are in addition to parent tours of next year’s schools and classrooms that will take place as we get closer to the opening of school.

    During these meetings, the district’s three elementary principals will present an overview of next year, including daily schedule, drop-off and pick-up times, lunch schedules and other important information. A majority of the time will be reserved for Q&A. 

    Anyone interested in attending an in-person meeting must register for the date they wish to attend. Due to capacity concerns and parking limitations, families must register in advance. Links to the virtual meetings will be emailed to all parents in advance of each date. We anticipate that all meetings will last approximately one hour.

    Frank G. Lindsey Elementary School with Dr. Cindy Kramer
    – For next year’s 1st grade parents only.
    – Kindergarten orientation is scheduled and communicated separately

    Please click HERE to register for an in-person meeting. 

      • Thursday, April 21 (in person) 6:00pm
      • Monday, May 2 (virtual) 9:00am; 6:30pm
      • Thursday, May 5 (in person) 5:00pm

    Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School with Mrs. Donna Torrisi
    – For next year’s 2nd and 3rd grade parents only

    Please click HERE to register for an in-person meeting

      • Wednesday, April 20 (in person) 9:45am; 5:30pm  
      • Tuesday, May 3 (virtual) 9:00am; 12:30pm; 6:00pm
      • Thursday, May 5 (virtual) 9:00am; 12:30pm
      • Thursday, May 5 (in person) 6:00pm
      • Friday, May 6 (in person) 5:00pm

    Furnace Woods Elementary School with Mr. Josh Cohen
    – For next year’s 4th and 5th grade parents only

    Please click HERE to register for an in-person meeting. 

      • Wednesday, April 20 (in-person) 8:30am; 4:00pm
      • Thursday, April 21 (in-person) 7:15pm
      • Tuesday, May 3 (virtual) 10:00am; 1:30pm; 7:00pm
      • Thursday May 5 (virtual) 10:00am; 1:30pm
      • Thursday May 5 (in-person) 7:00pm


    March 11, 2022 Update

    As previously shared, student visits to their prospective schools will take place throughout the rest of March. Parents will receive a communication from their current principals with dates, details and permission slips. These visits are critical transition activities to help students get acclimated to their prospective schools.

    Pen Pal ProjectDuring these visits, students will be able to tour the school, meet with their prospective principal, and meet some of the teachers in their new school. There will also be opportunities for students to provide principals with feedback regarding the transition process.

    At the March 16, 2022 Board of Education meeting, elementary school staff will provide an overview of program enhancements for elementary students next year and beyond. Our elementary school counselor will provide an update on how staff are supporting students during this transition period and how they will continue to provide support as our students adjust to a new environment next year at all three elementary schools. Members of the Library/STEM team will also share new and exciting STEM opportunities happening next year for all elementary students.

    We anticipate sharing draft bus routes with parents later this month. Our transportation team is working diligently, evaluating all bus stops and routes to ensure safety and efficiency.Pen Pal Project

    In case you missed it, please click HERE to read about two exciting transition activities that recently took place at our elementary schools: a pen pal project that connects students across the grades and principal visits to their prospective schools, to introduce themselves to next year’s students.

    Principal Visit

    Dr. Kramer Visits Classroom


    February 15, 2022 Update

    The district has planned transitional activities for students and parents in preparation for the implementation of the Princeton Plan for grades K-5.

    These activities will include opportunities for our principals to meet their new students, students to tour their new schools, and for parents to meet their principals for next year.

    Here are target dates:

    February: Principals are conducting meet-and-greets with prospective students in their existing schools. These discussions are being held in classrooms and in smaller assembly-type environments, allowing the principals to introduce themselves and engage in Q and A with students. These meet-and-greet sessions are being facilitated by classroom teachers.

    March: Students will visit and tour their prospective schools and meet with next year’s principals and school staff.

    April and May: Parents will have an opportunity to tour their children’s prospective schools, attend orientations, and meet principals and school staff.

    June: Engaging team-building activities will bring together next year's students at their prospective schools. Plans are being developed in collaboration with school PTAs.

    Principals will communicate specific details on transition activity dates and times with parents once they are scheduled.


    January 31, 2022 Update

    At the January 19, 2022 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter provided an update on the Princeton Plan. Please click here to watch the video recording of the presentation and here to see the PowerPoint that was shared.

    During the presentation, the superintendent went over responses to a parent survey administered through the elementary school PTAs. Topics covered included transportation, curriculum, special education and transition activities.

    Themes from the survey and open-ended questions from respondents, will help the district generate various FAQs for families to reference. FAQ topics will include transportation, special education, curriculum and instruction, and other areas of interest. These FAQs will be posted on the website and regularly updated.


    December 16, 2021 Update

    At the December 15th Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter provided a status update regarding the district's transition to the Princeton Plan. The presentation included updates on how teachers are preparing to move, staffing and assignments, transportation, and parent outreach and support. Plans to celebrate the three existing elementary schools prior to the transition were also discussed.

    Click here to watch a video of the update and subsequent conversation with Board of Education members.

    Below is the PowerPoint presentation that was shared:


    October 26, 2021 Update

    Teachers at Princeton Plan meetingTeachers at Princeton Plan meetingFollowing the district’s Early Release Day on Monday, October 25, teaching staff from all three elementary schools gathered together for the first time at the schools where they will be located starting next year.  During the meeting, principals and teachers shared ideas on fostering new connections among students and families and creating caring, inclusive school communities. Topics included spirit week activities, icebreakers, technology needs, safety protocols, and much more. Staff also had the opportunity to tour the school buildings.

    Teachers at Princeton Plan meeting

     


    October 22, 2021 Update:

    At the October 20, 2021 Board of Education meeting, the following updates regarding the Princeton Plan were presented:

    Staffing - The district has identified which staff members will be working in each school. Early Release Days will be utilized for faculty to come together at their new schools, get to know one another, meet with their new principals, begin to make organizational decisions regarding where classrooms and programs will be located, discuss building processes and protocols, and identify teaching and learning initiatives. These days will also provide time for faculty to identify transition activities, such as having students visit their new schools, meeting their new principals, etc. They will continue to use Early Release Days throughout the year, as well as other opportunities, to continue this work in preparation of the 2022-2023 school year.

    Our principals have toured their newly assigned schools and will continue to acclimate themselves to their new schools. This includes meeting with custodial staff, reviewing safety plans and other school-specific matters and facility considerations.

    Special Education Programs and Services – The full continuum of special education programs and services will be in place at all three schools, including the district’s co-teaching model, ABC programs, special programs and all related services. The PPS department, in conjunction with these staff members, will continue to identify classroom space for these programs and services to continue seamlessly.

    Transportation – The transportation team will continue to utilize routing software to build efficient bus routes that will be announced later in the spring. The district’s priority is to ensure students aren’t on a school bus for more than 40 minutes. All students attending Furnace Woods (4th and 5th grade) will be transported separately. Students attending FGL (K and 1st grade) and B-V (2nd and 3rd grade) will be transported together. This will help shorten bus rides as well as provide fewer pick-up and drop-off times for families with students in more than one school.

    Parent Outreach and Involvement – The elementary school PTAs will work closely with parents to identify any questions they have regarding the transition and will provide opportunities for parents to network with similar grade-banded schools throughout our region. The PTA will facilitate these opportunities and communicate directly with all families. We believe it’s important for our parents to have a direct dialogue with parents in similarly organized school districts to have their questions answered and better understand the Princeton Plan’s educational experience, from both parent and student perspectives.

    Celebrating Current Schools – As we transition to our new model, it is important that families have an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the unique character and culture of Buchanan-Verplanck, Frank G. Lindsey and Furnace Woods elementary schools. To that end, each principal is currently working closely with their school’s PTA and faculty to plan meaningful celebrations.


    June 1, 2021 Update:

    During the 2022-23 school year, elementary students in the Hendrick Hudson School District will be assigned to schools by grade. This reorganization, otherwise known as the Princeton Plan, sustainably addresses variable student enrollment in each grade level, ensures equal class sizes and more balanced class composition, and yields significant cost savings, upwards of $2 million per year.

    Kindergarten and first-grade students will be located at the district’s most central school building, Frank G. Lindsey Elementary School, minimizing bus ride lengths for the youngest students. FGL is also the largest of the elementary school buildings, with the most classrooms, providing ample space, should the district reduce the caps on class size in the future. The building provides plenty of space to grow and adjust, enabling the district to respond to enrollment growth or the need for extra class sections.

    Additionally, the school’s proximity to the high school will allow Hendrick Hudson High School students to continue to partner with FGL. Throughout the school year, high school students visit FGL to interact and play with the younger students. Most often, these interactions are with the youngest children in the school; this reorganization will allow those relationships to continue, something both age groups have greatly benefited from. 

    Finally, there are potential short- and long-range opportunities to provide pre-K classes in the building, either directly through the district or in partnership with an outside pre-K provider.

    Second and third graders will be located at Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School, where upgrades and renovations have recently been made to the school’s playground equipment and main office area.  B-V has a longstanding and unique relationship with the village of Buchanan, in which the school routinely enjoys the use of village parks and facilities, including the nearby pavilion, which can accommodate large groups and school wide activities.  B-V also enjoys easy access to hiking trails, providing students with opportunities for both outdoor exercise and nature exploration.

    The decision to locate the district’s fourth and fifth grade students at Furnace Woods Elementary School was largely based on its proximity to Blue Mountain Middle School. By creating strong connections between these two schools, some of the anxiety students and parents often feel around the transition from elementary to middle school may be mitigated.

    With the new configuration, FWS students will have access to middle school facilities and activities, including shared outdoor spaces, such as playing fields and the Project Adventure course. Students will also have access to the renovated auditorium for large group presentations and performances. The proximity of the two schools will create a natural bridge, providing new opportunities for social-emotional curriculum and positive transition activities, including the potential to partner together through after-school clubs and activities. 

    School Grades and Principals

    The following is the school reorganization plan, along with an introduction to the principal assigned to each building.

    Frank G. Lindsey Elementary School
    Grades: Kindergarten and First Grade
    Principal: Dr. Cynthia Kramer

    Meet Principal Cindy Kramer

    Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
    Grades: Second and Third Grade
    Principal: Donna Torrisi

    Meet Principal Donna Torrisi

    Furnace Woods Elementary School
    Grades: Fourth and Fifth Grade
    Principal: Joshua Cohen

    Meet Principal Josh Cohen

    Transportation

    The district’s transportation team will continue to prepare draft bus routes to ensure the most efficient and effective way to safely transport our students.  All fourth and fifth grade students, attending FWS, will have their own bus run in the morning and afternoon. FWS’s bell schedule will remain 8:20 am to 2:25 pm. 

    K-1st grade students attending FGL and 2nd and 3rd grade students attending B-V will ride the bus together in the morning. For families with students attending both schools, their children will ride the bus together. This will help alleviate concerns parents shared regarding multiple morning pick up times for children in these two school buildings. We will continue to review afternoon bus routes. Both FGL and B-V will operate the same bell schedule as they do currently: 9 am to 3:05 pm.

    Prior to the development of specific routes, families will be asked to provide information about any before-school or after-school care arrangements. Students will be transported from/to any other of the schools for before/aftercare. This allows families flexibility of location.

    Coordination with before-school and after-school care providers will begin well in advance of September 2022. This will allow the providers to make adjustments to their programs to prepare for any additional children.

    Why Plan Now for 2022-23?

    Planning now for the 2022-23 school year, gives the district the next 15 months to make the district’s reorganization as seamless as possible. This time will be used to: 

    • Allow the elementary principals to get acclimated to their new school buildings and facilities.
    • Enable principals and staff to network with their counterparts in other districts organized in a similar fashion and share best practices.
    • Begin community outreach to families regarding processes and programs specific to each school.


    April 23, 2021 Update:

    At the April 20, 2021 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter presented a brief update on the Princeton Plan implementation plan. The superintendent described how the planning process will unfold regarding the placement of school staff among the three elementary schools. The district’s goal is that by June 1, 2021, all district staff will know where they will be located for the 2022-23 school year – having these details in place will allow for planning during the 2021-22 school year. A brief Q/A following the presentation included questions on bus route planning related to the elementary school reorganization. Click here to watch the presentation.


    April 12, 2021 Update:

    At the April 7, 2021 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted in favor of moving forward with the reorganization of the district’s three elementary schools, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. The reorganization will involve “grade banding,” meaning students in the same grade will attend school in the same building. This is a version of what is commonly called the Princeton Plan. The district will still have three elementary schools, but they will be organized as K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 school buildings rather than the current K-5 arrangement.

    This new alignment will sustainably address variable student enrollment in each grade level across the district. It will also afford greater flexibility and specificity of educational experiences for all of our students, whether they are general education students, special education students, or advanced learners.

    The board’s decision is the culmination of four years of work in response to the loss of revenue from Indian Point’s closure. This work was multifaceted and included advocacy efforts, as well as a thorough examination of our district operations in order to find potential savings. The grade-banding configuration of our elementary schools was shown to offer taxpayers measurable tax avoidance without reducing any of the educational services our schools already provide.

    This spring, the district will be working to establish a timeline for the plan and will update the community as soon as that information becomes available.


    March 11, 2021 Update:

    The Princeton Plan Stakeholder Committee met on March 8 and presented an update at the March 10 Board of Education meeting. Click here to watch a video of the presentation; scroll down to “Communications Archive” below to see the PowerPoint presentation, under "Princeton Plan Stakeholder Committee Update: 03-10-21."

    Throughout the month of March, Superintendent Joseph Hochrieter, along with the district’s administrative team, will host a number of community forums on the topic of the Princeton Plan. Click here for forum dates and times. Meeting links will be posted ahead of each forum. These dates are in addition to upcoming PTA meetings, during which the Princeton Plan will be discussed.

    Questions can be submitted ahead of each forum at the following link: Princeton Plan - Question Submission Form. Please note that all questions must be submitted in advance. Every effort will be made to incorporate answers to these questions during the forums.

    Each presentation will begin with an overview of the Princeton Plan, as well as the input from the Stakeholder Committee presented at the March 10 Board of Education meeting. Topics will include, but are not limited to, special education, transportation, budget/finance, instruction, and implementation timeline.

     

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