“Superintendent’s Message”

February 20, 2015

Dear Parents and Community Members,
Welcome to the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District (GNC UFSD) website.  The purpose of our District website is to keep our community informed of the programs, services, resources and supports provided by GNC UFSD.   The GNC UFSD community is vast and diversified. It consists of four Academies that educate students with disabilities in grades 7-12 and ages 12-21.  Our community is comprised of students, families, staff, administration, other local public school districts and surrounding villages and cities, which encompass our Academies: Greenburgh Academy (Yonkers), Kaplan Career Academy (Newburgh), Kenneth B. Clark Academy (Dobbs Ferry) and REACH Academy (West Harrison).  Parents, students and local school districts have options for students to either commute daily to one of the Academies or opt for a residential placement.
GNC UFSD is proud of our rich tradition of educating students with diverse backgrounds and various disabilities. Our students are provided a comprehensive educational program that is highly individualized.  The goal of each student’s educational program is to prepare him or her to successfully cross the “Bridge To Adulthood”.  Our educational programs are focused by enhancing the academic, social, vocational, physical and ethical skill sets of our students.  Educated by an outstanding staff and administration, we work in concert with families and local community organizations on behalf of students.
During these winter months, our staff and administration continue to focus on curriculum development to meet the challenges of the Common Core Learning Standards and other New York State Education Department Standards.  I am particularly excited about the work being done by staff and administration to identify materials that are increasingly more relevant to our student body and commensurate with their instructional levels yet meet the aforementioned educational standards.  Additionally, we are exploring new courses and improving current courses that prepare students for the “World of Work” and various careers.  Potential courses include but not limited to cosmetology, business, culinary arts, music and art.  Several of these courses will be offered this fall and an update will follow.
There are numerous events happening in our Academies this winter including Black History Month celebrations and Open House on March 19 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  I hope to see each of you at the Open Houses as it is an excellent opportunity to become further familiar with your child’s Academy.
As always, our staff and administration are available to help.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.  Finally, I encourage you to monitor the newly designed
I wish you the very best as we enthusiastically anticipate the coming of spring.

Sincerely,

Dr, Edward Placke

Superintendent of Schools

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