Superintendent Messages

Dr. Phyllis HarringtonPhyllis Harrington, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
pharrington@oceansideschools.org

Dear Oceanside Families and Community Members,

I am excited, as always, to welcome you and your children to a new school year! The 2017-18 year promises many new opportunities for students in literacy, number sense, computer technology, coding, business and career studies, STEM, history, community service, and citizenship to name a few of our upcoming initiatives. I hope you will take a look at the Goals and Objectives we have established for the coming year to learn more. They can be found on our website, oceansideschools.org.

We are rolling out a newly redesigned website to enhance our communication with you and strengthen the partnership between home and school. Our goal is to provide a more current, user-friendly site for our school district families. Please visit and share your feedback with us.

 This coming year, we’ve chosen the following theme to focus our teaching and learning goals:

 Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

 This statement reminds us that every effort is meaningful when it is made with sincere desire for the best outcome. Whether it is our students striving to reach their fullest potential, our staff working hard to help every child succeed, our families supporting their children’s personal and intellectual growth, or our entire community, banding together to give back in ways that strengthen ties and help our neighbors, every single drop adds up to a powerful and beautiful ocean.

 In keeping with that ideal, we hope that you will participate in the some of the many events and activities that take place all year. Revel in your child’s accomplishments, enjoy bonding time with your child and other families, and become informed and active via our Board of Education meetings, PTA, PASS seminars, DAWC events and much more.

Please join me in looking forward to a wonderful, fulfilling school year. Together we can be a mighty ocean, full of depth, strength and immeasurable beauty.

Sincerely,

Phyllis Harrington, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


diane-provvido-asst-supt-2016-headshotMrs. Diane Provvido
Assistant Superintendent for
Curriculum, Instruction & Research                                 dprovvido@oceansideschools.org

Dear Oceanside Families and Community Members,

It is my great pleasure to greet our returning students and their families as we begin a new school year, and to issue a warm welcome to all Oceanside School District newcomers. I look forward to another year of working with our exceptional staff to bring innovative new opportunities to our schools and ensure that our curriculum is rich and inviting for our students.

I am very excited to highlight some of our new initiatives for the coming school year:

  • Establishing the Makerspace curriculum in grades 2 and three. Students will participate in science and engineering practices that are aligned to the new Next Generation Science Standards. This exciting curriculum makes science tangible for young learners and fosters problem-solving, creativity, inquiry, communication, and collaboration, among other valuable skills.
  • Preparing our staff to align our curriculum with the state’s new Next Generation Science Standards for students in grades K-12.
  • Launching the first phase of our Chrome Books initiative at the high school level by offering Chrome Books and Chrome Book equipped carts to teachers for use in the classroom. Workshops will further familiarize students and parents with the Chromebook as a teaching and learning tool.
  • Providing professional development opportunities for staff in The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model to support the design, development and infusion of digital learning experiences that increase student engagement. The SAMR model shows how technology changes learning as teachers and students move through the continuum of technology use in the classroom. This SAMR chart explains how, at the furthest end of the technology spectrum, the learning experiences for students would not be possible without the use of technology.
  • To design a Saturday Parent University as part of our Parent and Student Seminars (PASS) offerings, based on feedback from a community survey. The date for this event is in April and we will share more details as they are finalized but we are very excited with how this is taking shape

These are just a few of the exciting changes we have planned for the coming school year. In addition, we will be continuing with our immensely popular community reading campaign, OSD Go Read. Be sure top look out for news on yearlong events and follow us twitter @OSDGoRead.

I hope that you will take a look at the entire Goals and Objectives section of our website to learn more.

I look forward to seeing your children on September 5 and until then, I hope that you enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Warm regards,

Diane Provvido
Assistant Superintendent for
Curriculum, Instruction & Research            



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Dr. Jill DeRosa
Assistant Superintendent for
Human Resources, Student Services
and Community Activities
jderosa@oceansideschools.org

Dear Families and Community Members,

A great school district can only be built on a strong foundation. In Oceanside, we are fortunate to have a community that values education and a staff that is second to none. The way we look at it, student learning and well-being is everybody’s job, not just the classroom teacher’s.

The Oceanside School District is a forerunner in encouraging teachers to pursue National Board Certification, the teaching profession’s gold standard. As a result, we have one of the highest numbers of NBCTs on Long Island. Many of our teachers and administrators are sought-after experts in their fields and have led our district to win numerous accolades.  For example, Oceanside Middle School principal Dr. Allison Glickman-Rogers was a recipient of the Association for Middle Education 2014 Distinguished Educator Award. Recently, Debra Kienke, our Executive Director of Special Education, was named NYS Special Education Administrator of the Year.

Behind the scenes, the unsung heroes are our clerical staff, our buildings and grounds crew, our security monitors, food service workers and more.  They keep our schools running and make sure they are clean, well-maintained and orderly.

Our stringent hiring standards have helped us to build a top-notch staff and some of our best people support the operations of our Department of Community Activities. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of what DOCA has to offer, I encourage you to visit the Community Activities page on our website and download the activities brochure. There are many programs for children and adults of all ages. DOCA also offers the summer playground program as well as holiday themed events throughout the year.

Our staff, our students and our families make Oceanside a wonderful place to live and work. I wish your children a terrific school year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jill DeRosa
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Student Services and Community Activities


Chris Van Cott

Mr. Christopher A. Van Cott
Assistant Superintendent, Business
cvancott@oceansideschools.org

I am very excited to welcome all students, teachers, staff and community members back to what I know will be a very rewarding and productive school year.

I am honored to serve as your Assistant Superintendent for Business and it is my privilege to lead of team of people who administer diverse operations within the District. These important functions include budget development and management, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing, transportation, food service and facilities. In performing the services above, our goal will be to support the needs of all students in the most cost-effective and transparent manner.

As always, I invite you to contact my office with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher A. Van Cott
Assistant Superintendent, Business