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East Ramapo May Roundup

June 3, 2022


In the May Roundup from East Ramapo Central School District, Superintendent Dr. Clarence Ellis gives an update on the district's three commitments - Academics, Social-Emotional Learning, and Operations.


East Ramapo is committed to ensuring that our students have access to the academic opportunities they have earned, and this month's Academics pillar focuses on these courses. Dr. Augustina West, Executive Director of Secondary Education, talks about the advanced level classes offered in the district for exceptional students, such as Smart Scholars, Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level classes. Hope Savich, Academics Standards Facilitator at Spring Valley High School, and Karissa Sullivan, Academics Standards Facilitator at Ramapo High School share more details on the rigorous academic programs at East Ramapo high schools. Smart Scholars, a grant-funded program, provides East Ramapo students with the ability to earn college credits while obtaining their high school degree. They can receive up to 40 college credits through participation in classes offered during the regular school year. The AP program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit and advanced placement, free of charge!


Under the Social-Emotional Learning pillar, we zone in on East Ramapo Athletics. Joe Toombs, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics, talks about how students who are physically active tend to have better grades, school attendance, cognitive performance, and classroom behaviors. He, along with coaches and guidance counselors across the district, makes the connection between sports/athletics to social-emotional learning. Almost any form of exercise or movement can increase one's fitness level while decreasing stress. Regular physical activity is also good for anxiety and depression and helps to improve one's mood and self-esteem. "East Ramapo offers sports three seasons out of the year, fall, winter and spring, with 70 programs offered to our student-athletes," explains Toombs.


This summer, East Ramapo will be engaging in major facilities upgrades at Ramapo & Spring Valley High Schools, Kakiat S.T.E.A.M. Academy, ECC, Elmwood and Margetts Elementary. "We are excited about the American Rescue Plan and the $150 Million that was allocated to the East Ramapo school district!" says Linda Macias, Assistant Superintendent of Business. "The goal is to create safe and healthy learning environments for all students."


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