Interim Superintendent Dr. Raymond Colucciello
Greater Amsterdam School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Raymond Colucciello, who stepped in to fill a 15-month term while a comprehensive search for a new superintendent is carried out, began at the district April 1, 2019.
A Message from Dr. Raymond Colucciello
It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year. I look forward to an exciting year ahead and working alongside our staff to make a lasting impact on the thousands of students who fill the halls of our schools each day.
This year we welcome 76 new staff members to our team. This means that we have 76 new voices of encouragement for our students, in addition to the already dedicated team of employees that work for our district.
In response to the recent results of the 2019 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics test results from the New York State Department of Education, I am pleased to report that the district saw an increase in achievement for most subgroups and district-wide on the mathematics exams. These results can be contributed to the investment made in new math curriculum for grades K-8, instructional coaches and standards-based teaching practices aligned with the NYS math modules and National Council of Teachers and Mathematics.
While the percentage of students achieving proficiency in ELA tests district-wide stayed generally unchanged overall from 2018 to 2019, the district is working to achieve proficiency in ELA through improvement plans that address instructional areas for school improvement. Additionally, we have invested in a new ELA curriculum for grades K-5 and a new ELA curriculum for grade 6. The district is also offering professional development opportunities and additional support from instructional coaches for staff.
We will continue to work towards increasing student success by focusing our efforts on attendance improvement, parent engagement, increased resources, and maintaining a focus on the whole student. I want to encourage parents to join us in providing a positive learning experience for your child(ren) through participation in parent-teacher conferences, PTA, and other district events.
I look forward to a great year. My door is always open, reach out to me – call, email or even stop by.
Dr. Raymond Colucciello.