March 25, 2021
Dear Hurricane Nation,
As we approach Spring Break, I am reminded that this portion of the school year is about the growth of all of our students. This school year has been like no other year and I am continuously reminded why our Hurricane Nation continues to stand out among other school districts in Northeast Ohio. As expected, we experienced moments of uncertainty and struggle, but we relied on one another to develop a comprehensive and well-thought-out plan to educate our children. I want to thank all of our students, staff, and families for their continued support!
As we enter the final grading period of the school year, the Brooklyn City Schools will remain in the current “All-In” Learning Schedule with in-person students attending school 5 days/week. Each school’s start and end times will remain the same as they are now. In an effort to address the specific enrichment and remediation learning needs that have arisen during this pandemic, starting on Monday, April 12th, each school building will offer an Extended Learning Day Option for select remote and in-person students from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Schedules will vary by grade-level and content area, and within the next few weeks, building principals will send out information to families regarding the specific details of the Extended Learning Day Option for our students. Specific questions regarding this Extended Learning Day Option should be directed to each building principal.
Additionally, the Brooklyn City Schools will continue to provide a remote learning option for interested families during the remainder of the 4th quarter. Students that have selected the remote option will continue to receive instruction in this manner for the remainder of this school year only. I would encourage all parents and families to contact your building principal should you wish to begin to transition your student back from remote learning.
Safety Forces Training On-Campus this Spring
As part of ongoing training efforts, the Brooklyn Police Department will once again be using the Brooklyn City Schools’ Main Campus for active threat/rapid response training. These trainings are scheduled to take place on campus on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and Thursday, April 8, 2021, both dates coinciding with Spring Break week. The selected dates will allow the officers to attend one four-hour block, with training to include both in-class information and practical scenarios. Part of this training includes a number of “role-players” to assist during the scenario portion of the program. During the training, large “Police Training in Progress” signs will be placed around campus, so the public is aware of what is occurring, and to avoid creating any unwarranted concern. In addition, training information will be published via various social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter in the days prior to the training.
Update on Administrative Staffing Changes
I am happy to announce that Mrs. Cicco, Brooklyn School (PK-7) Principal, will be moving into a Central Office position within the district for next school year. Additionally, our current Athletic Director, Mr. Jim Verba, is transitioning back to the classroom at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. I want to thank both individuals for their sacrifice and dedication to the students and staff of Brooklyn. We have currently started the process to replace Mrs. Cicco and are hopeful to complete this hiring process by May. I am excited to formally announce that Mr. Michael Becker will take on the role of Director of Alternative Education and Athletics starting next school year. In the coming weeks, the district plans to hold a “Virtual Community Meet-and- Greet” to welcome our new administrators to the Hurricane Family!
I hope that you find some time to enjoy family and friends over spring break! If you have any questions, please contact me directly at email@example.com.
Dr. Theodore Caleris
Brooklyn City Schools