Superintendent Message

Superintendent Message

Superintendent

Mr. Timothy R. Ryan
Timothy R. Ryan
BGCSD
18 Juliand Street
Bainbridge, NY 13733
607-967-6321
 

December/January Message

     Time flies when you are having fun….What an outstanding first 10 weeks we have had here at B-G!  The students are off to a great start this year.  Our sports teams have enjoyed great success and all of our buildings have had facelifts to shine again for the future.  A special congratulations to our Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team on capturing their second straight New York State Championship.  An outstanding group of young ladies, on and off the court.
      With phase one of the Capital Project wrapping it, we shift our focus to the beginning of phase two.  Starting in late spring work will begin on exterior and interior door replacement, new boilers, upgrades to the temperature control systems, locker room renovations and new student lockers at the Jr.-Sr. HS, and a state of the art fitness center.
      Please notice in the spring we will begin the process of putting back the landscaping around all three buildings.  The students from our FFA/Ag club will be assisting with this process.  
      We have begun the process of hiring a School Resource Officer for the district.  Interviews will hopefully wrap up before the holidays and our newly appointed officer can start shortly into the new year.   This has been an extensive process with a committee made up of staff, students and community members.  We want to ensure the person hired for this positon is the best fit to work with our staff and students.
      In keeping with this year’s district focus on mental health, the district continues to prepare for the arrival of Chenango County Mental Health services to our campus.  The county will have space in each of our three buildings, and will be available to work with students and families. 
      The staff continues to work hard as BG becomes a “trauma ready” school.  Through continued professional development and trainings, we will be able to offer our students additional levels of support if they experience traumas in their lives.  
      Hopefully this issue of the Blue and White finds all of our families and community members gearing up for a safe and happy holiday season.  Please continue to reach out with your questions and suggestions as we work together to make the B-G schools the best place for your children.  My email is tryan@bgcsd.org and my office phone number is 967-6321.

Sincerely yours,

Timothy R. Ryan

Superintendent of Schools

 
October 2018
Welcome fall! It seems the warm summer days have given way to chilly evenings and foggy mornings.  Our school year is off and running! What a tremendous opening we had this year.  Our sports teams are enjoying much success on the field and in the gymnasium, and the classrooms are buzzing with teaching, questions and the excitement of a new school year. 

Perhaps the biggest change to the BG District is our ongoing Capital Project.  Work over the summer included new roofing on all three school buildings, new drainage, walkways, handicap accessibility, parking and new playgrounds at both of the elementary buildings. Students, staff and community members seemed most impressed with the speed at which the grass was put down in front of the buildings.  Work will be ongoing until the fall of 2020.  Look for future updates in upcoming issues of the Blue and White.

This year’s theme for the district is “Mental Health, Social/Emotional Wellness and establishing strong relationships to combat ACES.”  What are ACES?  ACES stands for “adverse childhood experiences.”  Some of our students have experienced situations that could be viewed as traumatic.  Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health. As such, early experiences are an important issue.  Surveys show that most people in the U.S. have at least one ACE, and that people with four ACEs— including living with an alcoholic parent, racism, bullying, witnessing violence outside the home, physical abuse, and losing a parent to divorce — have a huge risk of adult onset of chronic health problems.  Toxic stress caused by ACEs damages the function and structure of kids’ developing brains, which in effect, then changes a student’s ability to cope, learn and function in life and in a school setting.  ACEs are common…nearly two-thirds (64%) of adults have at least one.  People have an ACE score of 0 to 10. Each type of trauma counts as one, no matter how many times it occurs.  All staff members will be trained to recognize those students that might be struggling and lacking the necessary coping strategies to navigate through this stress.  Continued information on ACES will occur in upcoming newsletters.

Part of the district’s focus on Mental Health will be our new relationship with Chenango County Mental Health.  We will be able to offer students and families services 4 days a week.  BG will continue working with Lourdes Hospital Mental Health for a second year.
 
Calling all Veterans….  Our third annual Veterans Day breakfast will be Friday, November 9th at 8:00 a.m. in the Greenlawn Elementary School cafeteria.  Last year we were proud to serve over 50 veterans and hope to increase that number this year.  Please invite all veterans and have them RSVP Sue Weibel at 967-6321. 
 
I would like to invite all of you to email, stop in or call me during the year.  I welcome your ideas, questions and concerns.  We truly are a school community that thrives on the investment of all.  Have an outstanding school year!
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Ryan is on TWITTER!

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His account is @BGsuperint. Follow his TWEETS as he travels the district visiting classrooms and events!

Join Superintendent Tim Ryan for Coffee!

Community members are invited to join Mr. Ryan on the following dates for coffee to share thoughts and ideas about the B-G School District. 
 
September 14
High School at 8:00 AM
 
November 30 (CHANGED from Nov 16)
Guilford at 9:00 AM
 
January 15
High School at 6:00 PM
 
March 15
Guilford at 9:00 AM
 
May 9
High School at 6:00 PM
May 10
Guilford at 9:00 AM 
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