January 23, 2015
Good Day, Black History Month begins February 1st and ends February 28th. During the month, each of the Academies are encouraged to plan events based on the national theme of honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. More specifically, the national theme for 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” Black History Month began in 1926 through the work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson a writer and teacher. Originally, it was a weeklong celebration that occurred the second week of February between the birthdays of Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. Since 1976, every president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. The challenge for students or groups of students is to submit an essay, a video, a piece of art, an original music composition, photos, etc. that portrays an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their life. Our website lists two links on the homepage for Black History Month (MLK Resources and Black History Resources) that are recommended for student use. All student work will be posted on each Academy webpage to be used as a resource for current and future students to remind them of the impact African Americans have made in our country. All student work is to be submitted to teachers no later than February 28th to be reviewed and placed on the District website. In lieu of the Edivation video for next week, I am recommending that you review the two homepage links referenced above. Next month, a series of videos will be placed on Edivation that address students on the spectrum and a variety of key concepts applicable to many of our students across the four Academies. Attached is the Winter Edition of the Parent Newsletter detailing current events of Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District. Please enjoy the weekend.
Ed Placke, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools