District 19 Newsletter
Message from Superintendent
Dr. Thomas McBryde Jr.
Message from Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Tamra S. Collins
District 19 GEM
As we come to the end of 2020, TDEC Steven Surujbali centered the D19 Teacher Leader Conference on mindfulness, and acknowledging present feelings and thoughts as TLs reflected on the “ornaments” of Teacher Leadership that are hanging on their tree this year. It was a time to stop, reflect, and celebrate the community, trust, and joy that we have built together as a district. We highlighted our Year 2 priorities of customization within our shared Great Minds’ curricula, specifically as it pertains to the Priority Learning Standards, and our District Roadmap and Overview documents. Ashley Cook from Great Minds - Wit & Wisdom shared strategies for lifting and highlighting the SEL and CRS-E components of the curriculum with the ELA TLs. Mr. Surujbali led the Math TLs through a Lesson Planning Protocol, where TLs were able to bring all their learning on lesson customization this year together and Discern the Plot, Find the Ladder, and Hone the Lesson in groups. The TLs shared such deep, rich mathematical conversation around customizing the lesson to meet the needs of all of their students, while maintaining the rigor, integrity, cultural responsiveness, and routines of Eureka Math. We brought out our competitive spirits and had a lot of Holiday fun as we continue to build strong relationships between teachers across all 35 schools in D19! As we move into the New Year, our Teacher Leaders will be sure to use their “ornaments”, whether it be listening, leading discussions, identifying needs, etc., and leverage those strengths to write the next chapter in our work together in 2021!
District 19 Guidance Counselors met for their final farewell to 2020. During the meeting they actively engaged in a competitive holiday scavenger hunt before sharing the creative activities each school has hosted to promote the social and emotional well-being of our students during this difficult holiday period. The activities included an emphasis on mindfulness techniques, exercise classes, healthy coping skills workshops, Bitmoji self-regulation read-alouds, extracurricular clubs such as video game and Martial Arts, bereavement groups, Mentor/Mentee check-ins, school spirit weeks with fun activities and themes, community coat and food drives with lots of giveaways, as well as exciting school performances such as talent shows and Broadway plays! The next issue of our newsletter will include the wonderful pictures from these events!
PRINCIPAL CHRISTOPHER GUIDARELLILegacy School of the Arts
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CHRISTIAN PIERREP.S. 224K
PARENT COORDINATOR FINOLA COLONEast New York Elementary School of Excellence
CO-TEACHERS TINA NITTOLI & ROXANNE KNIGHTSP.S. 345K
December 24 - January 1 - Winter Break (No School)
January 5 - CEC Meeting
January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
January 27 - Community Wellness Check-In
January 29 - MBK & GEM Convenings