School Reconfiguration

  • Nearly two years ago, our community voted overwhelmingly to approve the Rush-Henrietta Board of Education’s Full-Day Kindergarten and Enrollment Management proposal. This plan was approved by 75 percent of voters. As we expected, restructuring the school district has been a complex task. Hundreds of people have been working for many months to make this change work well for our students, staff members, and community. For the past two years, we have been updating you regarding our progress. With school reconfiguration right around the corner, we are sending you this letter to provide you with the information that you should know as we prepare for next school year.

    Rationale for School Reconfiguration

    By reconfiguring our schools, Rush-Henrietta will have the classroom space required to be able to offer full-day kindergarten beginning in September 2017. This is a significant milestone because we are one of less than 20 school districts in New York that do not offer full-day kindergarten. We look forward to offering a full day of learning to our youngest students next year!

    In addition, reconfiguring our schools allows us to improve our school district in many other ways. For example, we will be able to better manage future student enrollment, preserve our successful small-class-size initiative, balance the size of schools, provide wrap-around care service for students in grades K-6, create an enrichment period for students in grades 4-6, give fourth graders the opportunity to take chorus and band, expand counseling services for younger students, offer more elective course choice for students in grades 8 and 9, and much more.

    School Structure for 2017-2017

    To make school reconfiguration possible, building renovations at Sherman, Vollmer, and Burger are underway. As a reminder, our school structure in September 2017 will be as follows:

    • Primary schools (K-3): Crane, Fyle, Leary, Winslow
    • Intermediate schools (4-6): Sherman and Vollmer (Learn more about the NEW Grade 6 Experience by clicking here.)
    • Junior high schools (7-9): Burger and Roth
    • Senior high school (10-12): Senior High School
    The goal in creating these new grade-level schools was to create better environments — academically, socially, and emotionally — for students to learn and grow.

    April 2017 School Reconfiguration Report
    • Student Assigments: This winter, each student who is registered with the district for the 2017-2018 school year received a letter in the mail from their principal outlining which school they will attend next September, as well as additional information to help make this as smooth a transition as possible. School start and end times were shared once again
    • Student Transportation: Bus routes for September 2017 have been established. Bus drivers began testing new routes for next year during April recess and will do so again after the school year concludes in June. An additional workday in August has been added so drivers can have another day to practice new routes.
    • Facility Renovations: Building renovations are progressing. Renovations at Vollmer and Burger will be completed by July 2017. Renovations at Sherman will be completed by August 2017, except for one music room that will be completed the following month.
    • Wrap-Around Care: Registration materials and responses to frequently asked questions about the district’s before-and-after-school child care program (Cub Care Zone) are posted on here. The first round of registration was completed during February and March. More than 350 students have been registered. Registration is open again through May 31, 2017. For information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 359-7805.
    • Program Advisory Teams: Primary, Intermediate, Junior High, and Senior High Program Advisory Teams, consisting of teachers, school administrators, and employee association leaders have completed their work. Program Advisory Teams reviewed and offered recommendations for administrative guidelines that will be used to organize and manage the schools. These administrative guidelines, which have been reviewed and endorsed by the Board of Education, will be posted on the district website this spring.
    • Curriculum Development: At grades K-6, integrated curriculum maps have been developed to streamline core content instruction aligned with literacy instruction. Performance-based tasks for assessing ELA and content skills with one task are being developed. In addition, the curriculum for full-day kindergarten has been developed and ReadyGen, a comprehensive resource for ELA instruction, has been selected by teachers for use in grades 4-6 during the upcoming school year. At grades 7-9, curriculum maps are being revised to guide daily core content instruction and new elective courses are being developed.
    • Staff transition: Elementary and junior high school staff members received their teaching assignments for September 2017. Senior High School staff members will receive their teaching assignments this spring. Two days to prepare for transition have been scheduled for June. One of these days replaces the April 3 conference day that had to be used as a school make-up day.
    • Professional Development: Professional development for full-day kindergarten teachers is in progress. Best instructional practices for the full-day experience, including more in-depth ELA and math instruction, are being emphasized. For teachers transitioning to new grade levels and courses, guidance and support in using the new curriculum and resources is being embedded within department meetings, grade-level meetings, and conference periods. Additional training is being provided to individual teachers and teacher teams upon teacher request.

    • PTO Transition: Last year, parent group leaders agreed on a plan for disbursing year-end fund balances from current to new parent-teacher organizations based on weighted student transition. In January, parent group leaders met with the superintendent to plan parent group reorganization. For information about next year's parent groups, please click here.
    School Schedules for 2017-2018

    Primary Schools
    School Day: 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Work Day: 7:35 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    Conference Period: 2:05 to 2:35 p.m.
    Faculty Meeting: 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. (alternating Wednesdays)

    Intermediate Schools
    Music Ensembles: 8:10 to 9:10 a.m.
    Conference Period: 8:40 to 9:10 a.m.
    School Day: 9:20 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
    Work Day: 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
    Activity Period: 3:40 to 4:20 p.m.
    Faculty Meeting: 7:40 to 8:40 a.m. (alternating Wednesdays)

    Junior High Schools
    School Day: 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Work Day: 7:05 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
    Activity Period: 2:40 to 3:30 p.m.
    Faculty Meeting: 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. (alternating Wednesdays)

    Senior High Schools
    School Day: 7:35 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    Work Day: 7:25 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
    Activity Period: 3 to 3:50 p.m.
    Faculty Meeting: 3 to 4 p.m. (alternating Thursdays)

    School Names

    School names beginning in September 2017 will be:

    Crane Elementary School (K-3)
    Fyle Elementary School (K-3)
    Leary Elementary School (K-3)
    Winslow Elementary School (K-3)
    Sherman Elementary School (4-6)
    Vollmer Elementary School (4-6)
    Burger Junior High School (7-9)
    Roth Junior High School (7-9)
    Senior High School (10-12)

    Attendance-Area Map for School Reconfiguration

    This is the attendance-area map for the Rush-Henrietta Central School District. You can use this map to look up your child's attendance area.

    If your K-3 attendance area is Crane, you will attend Sherman (4-6) and Roth (7-9).
    If your K-3 attendance area is Fyle, you will attend Vollmer (4-6) and Burger (7-9).
    If your K-3 attendance area is Leary, you will attend Vollmer (4-6) and Burger (7-9).
    If your K-3 attendance area is Winslow, you will attend Sherman (4-6) and Roth (7-9).

    pdf Attendance Area Map

    We hope this page has addressed any questions you might have regarding school reconfiguration. If there is anything we have not answered that you would like more information about, please contact us here.

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for full-day kindergarten and school reconfiguration. We are excited about the opportunities that await our students!


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