Green Meadow Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

Green Meadow Elementary School was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday morning. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance. Green Meadow is one of only 325 schools in the country, including one of 19 schools in New York to receive the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award. Congratulations to Green Meadow students, teachers, staff and families!

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School Opening Plan

2021-22 Opening Plans and Information

The East Greenbush Central School District has developed a preliminary opening plan for 2021-22 based on guidance from the CDC and NYS Education Department in coordination with Questar III BOCES and other regional school districts. The plan prioritizes the return of all K-12 students to full time in-person learning while maintaining the health and safety of all students, staff and families.

Community Meetings (2021-22)

The district will be sharing the school opening plans at the following events:

Updates

Guidance

Flowchart for COVID-19 Diagnosis


2020-21 Reopening Plans and Information

Reopening Community Meetings
The East Greenbush Central School District asked the school community for input in developing our reopening plans.

Community Forums
The district has hosted virtual community forums, in addition to regular Board of Education meetings, throughout the school year to check-in with the school community and discuss the impact of COVID-19.

Enhancements to Hybrid Model
While the district is operating a Hybrid Model, it has maintained a commitment to bring back as many students for in-person learning as possible.

  • Students enrolled in the following programs have been identified as high-needs and attend in-person learning four days a week:
    • Full Day Special Education
    • Integrated Co-Teaching Special Education
    • Operation Graduation
    • CTAEP
    • Jump Start
    • Columbia Alternative Program
    • Middle School Alternative Program
    • English as a New Language
  • Kindergarten (March 1), Grade 1 (March 29), Grade 2 (April 13) and Grades 3-5 (April 26) have all returned to full time in-person learning.
  • Grade 6 returned to four days of in-person learning starting May 10.
  • Operation Launchpad at Columbia – students come into school on Live Virtual Wednesdays to work with teaching assistants to get caught up on work
  • Academic Remediation for Goff students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Academic Support Services
East Greenbush schools are providing academic and social emotional supports to students in grades K-12:

  • K-12 Academic Intervention Services
  • K-12 Tutoring
  • Learning Resource Center at Columbia
  • Operation Launchpad at Columbia – students come into school on Live Virtual Wednesdays to work with teaching assistants to get caught up on work
  • Academic Remediation for Goff students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Counseling Services
  • Social Work Services

If your child is in need of additional support, please contact your teacher or school principal.

Updates/Resources

Surveys

School Opening Task Force Committee
Our Task Force was represented by a large number of stakeholders including teachers, staff, students, parents, Board of Education members and medical professionals, including our school physician.

  • Health and Safety
    • Ekansh Agrawal – CHS Student
    • Kevin Albert, MD – District Medical Director
    • Sam Beardsley – Health & Safety Specialist
    • Paul Bickel – Director of Facilities
    • Betsy Cohoon, RN – School Nurse
    • Margaret Condo, RN – School Nurse
    • Tammy Cosgrove, RN – School Nurse
    • Doug Hadley – Teaching Assistant
    • Michael Harkin (Chair) – Principal
    • Michael Leonard – Athletic Director
    • Ernestine Mann – Monitor
    • Mark Mann – Board of Education Member
    • Andrea Neiman – Teacher
    • Kathleen O’Leary – Monitor
    • Adrienne Rudat – Teaching Assistant
    • Jude Shufelt – Secretary
    • Sarah Tacy, RN – School Nurse
    • Jeff Tooker (Chair) – Teacher/District Safety Coordinator
    • James VanBuren – Head Custodian
  • Transportation/Facilities/Nutrition
    • Frank Asenbauer – Head Groundskeeper
    • Sam Beardsley – Health & Safety Specialist
    • Paul Bickel (Chair) – Director of Facilities
    • Jill Bonesteel – School Bus Driver
    • Steve Howland – Custodian
    • Greg Jette – Teacher
    • Kevin Kelley – Custodian/CSEA Union President
    • Maryanne`Lindemann – Cook
    • Mark Noeth (Chair) – Transportation Supervisor
    • Phyllis Sanford-Krug (Chair) – Food Service Manager
    • Jeff Smith – School Bus Driver
    • James VanBuren – Custodian
  • Teaching and Learning
    • Meagan Asenbauer – Teacher/Parent
    • David Bresnahan – Teacher
    • Susan D’Amico – Teacher
    • Frank DiDonato – Teacher
    • Melissa Dupont – Teacher
    • Patricia Farnan – Assistant Principal
    • Natalie Fiacco – CHS Student
    • Dan Garab (Chair) – Principal
    • Peter Goodwin – Director of Technology
    • Scott Halliday – Teacher
    • Julie Hammill – Teacher
    • Alison Hosier – Teacher
    • Sue Livingston – Parent
    • Jim McHugh (Chair) – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Donnamarie Vlieg – Teacher
  • Digital Equity and Access
    • Jack Alvey – Principal
    • LaLena DeMarco – Teacher
    • Sarah Garno – Library Media Specialist
    • Peter Goodwin (Chair) – Director of Technology
    • Stephanie Jorgensen – Secretary
    • Linda Wager – District Treasurer
  • Budget and Fiscal
    • Kim Berben – Director of Greenbush Child Care (GCC)
    • Larry Edson – Assistant Superintendent of School Business Finance
    • Drew Romanowski – Teacher/EGTA President
    • Helen Squillace – Principal
    • Linda Wager (Chair) – District Treasurer
  • Social and Emotional Needs
    • Jill Barker (Chair) – Principal
    • Kathryn Biel – Physical Therapist
    • James Eggleston – School Social Worker
    • Jaclyn Gleason – School Counselor
    • Maureen Janowski – Teaching Assistant
    • Allison Milazzo – School Counselor
    • Shannon Romanowski – Executive Director of Greenbush YMCA
    • Karen Sheridan – School Social Worker
    • Jennifer Sorensen-Chase – School Psychologist
    • Helen Squillace (Chair) – Principal
  • Special Education
    • Andrea Baird – Teaching Assistant
    • Nicole Barmen – Occupational Therapist
    • Lalena DeMarco – Teacher
    • Audry June – Speech/Language Pathologist
    • Margaret LaHera – Speech/Language Pathologist
    • Marty Mahar (Chair) – Principal
    • Molly McGrath (Chair) – Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    • Adrienne Rudat – Teaching Assistant
    • Nancy Verdile – Teaching Assistant
  • Bilingual Education/MLL/ELL
    • David Adadjo – CHS Student
    • Jennifer Carraher – ENL Teacher
    • Wayne Grignon (Chair) – Principal
    • Michelle Hall – ENL Teacher
    • Ida-Marie Lindberg – ENL Teacher
    • Jim McHugh (Chair) – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Sabine Murphy – ENL Teacher
    • Alexandra Omecinsky – ENL Teacher
    • Jennifer Quail – Literacy Specialist/Parent
  • Staffing/Human Resources
    • Angela Adams – Secretary
    • Marissa Cannon (Chair) – Director of Human Resources
    • Patty Farnan (Chair) – Assistant Principal
    • Shannon MacFarland – Secretary
    • Michael Neumann (Chair) – Assistant Principal
    • Katie Snedaker – Secretary
  • At-Large Members
    • Jennifer Acker – Parent
    • Karen Lorette – Teaching Assistant
    • Susan Pagones – Teacher
    • Nathan Sanford – Head Mechanic