- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Superintendent's Update: April 21, 2023
April 21, 2023
Dear TUFSD Community and Staff:
Last week I shared that the administrative team was finalizing the district's 2023-24 school year budget to present to the Board of Education at the April 18th meeting. I’m pleased to share that the Board adopted the proposed budget, which stays within the tax cap and provides the resources to maintain all curricular and extracurricular programs. What’s more, it provides funds to innovate curriculum, enhance social emotional and ELL programs, and maintain our historic buildings. I encourage you to review the presentation that was shared and to mark your calendars for the budget vote and trustee election on Tuesday, May 16th.
I want to thank the community members, along with our District Equity Team, who participated in the recent meeting with our partners at the Equity Literacy Institute to learn about our progress and how our ongoing work will positively impact our students and community. Please visit our website to learn more about this partnership and the work being done to promote equity in our schools.
Following are several important updates and information about the coming weeks:
SHMS Drama Production: Sleepy Hollow Middle School is proud to present its spring drama production. This year, the cast and crew will be performing two short plays, Ariadne’s Thread and Pandora’s Fire based on Greek mythology. The performances will be on Friday, April 28th at 7:00PM and Saturday, April 29th at 11:00AM. All shows will be performed at the theater of Sleepy Hollow Middle/High School. Break a leg!
Community Wardrobe Shopping Days: Community Wardrobe is a committee of the Horsemen PTA that offers quality clothing, footwear, and accessories for free to our TUFSD families and other neighbors in a dignified, boutique-like setting. "Shopping" days (no money required) are coming soon to their brand new home at 222 North Washington Street on April 27, 28, 29, and 30th. Families must sign up here to make an appointment. (unembedded link: https://signup.com/go/mrtWWWA)
PTA Horsemen Earth Day Event This Saturday: The PTA Horseman Earth Day event is back! We are teaming up with the TarrytownEnvironmental Advisory Council to clean up the pollinator garden behind the Sleepy HollowHigh School this Saturday 4/22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. TUFSD students and families are encouraged to volunteer. See attached (English) (Spanish) for more information. Click here to sign up.
Peabody Preserve Spring Programs: Peabody Preserve Spring Programs: The Friends of Peabody are pleased to offer the Spring Programs in the district’s outdoor classroom. Please use this link (English) (Spanish) to see all of the offerings coming your way, from learning from talented 8th graders how to make seed bombs to performing in a production in the woods of Alice in Wonderland! We are also looking for volunteers to assist with our Community Work Day. SHHS students can get community service hours. See these links (English) (Spanish) for further details.
COVID+ Reporting: Please report any COVID positive cases to your building principal and school nurse.
Rapid COVID Tests: If you are in need of additional tests for your child, please complete the following Google Form and we will be able to provide you with additional tests.
In closing, I want to recognize the many high school students who were inducted into honor societies this past week and will be in the near future. In addition to recognizing students’ academic success, these honor societies - ranging from the arts, to social studies to English - help celebrate our students’ passions. Congratulations to all. For those of you who celebrated Eid-al-Fitr this week, marking the end of Ramadan, we hope you enjoyed this holiday season.
Superintendent of Schools