BCSD Superintendent Updates

  • Superintendent Update - June 28, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 7/1/2024

    Superintendent Weekly Update June 28, 2024

    I want to thank everyone for a fantastic school year and I hope everyone can find time to spend with family and friends this summer.  We have a busy summer ahead in the BCSD and I am highlighting a few of the projects below.  I will keep you updated throughout the summer on our work.

    Capital Project Work this Summer

    The 2021 capital project will be impacting all of our schools this summer.  Our school offices will be relocated to Beacon High School this summer.  Attached to this email is a list of the work happening this summer.  Some of the bids we received last winter for this summer’s work came in much higher than expected and we had to scale back different aspects of the project to keep it under budget.  That said, we are very excited about this work impacting all of our schools and I will keep you updated throughout the summer on our progress.  I am also very grateful for the community support of the 2024 capital project and we will begin developing the plans for that as well. The work from that project will take place over the summer of 2026,2027, and 2028 and the planning for the project begins this summer.

    Summer Instructional Work:

    Many of our teachers are also working on projects this summer.  Elementary teachers will be working on developing curriculum maps and aligning resources for our reading program.  Some secondary teachers will be developing curricula for new courses.  We are grateful for their work this summer.

    Cell Phones in Our Schools

    We have spent the last few months reviewing policies and procedures for student use of cell phones in schools.  We are moving toward a more restrictive student cell phone policy.  There are many details with our code of conduct and our schools we are still working out and I will share the results of this work by late July.  One of the issues we want to focus on next year is student use of social media.  We are also working on having resources available to parents through materials or workshops on finding ways to monitor or limit our children’s use of social media.  I will keep you posted.

    Have a great summer!


    Matt Landahl

     Capital_Work_Summer_2024.docx_%281%29.pdf (53.1 KB)

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  • Superintendent Update - June 23, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 6/24/2024

    Superintendent Weekly Update June 23, 2024


    Thank you to our staff for dealing with the heat last week and our families for being flexible with the schedule.  Thanks to our transportation department for the flexibility in pulling it all for our Class of 2024 on Thursday!  Thanks to all involved for an amazing graduation ceremony for our seniors!

    Half-Day Schedules this Week- Monday and Tuesday

    Rombout Middle School-11:15

    Elementary Schools-12:10

    Community Lifeguard Certification Class- Our community needs lifeguards!

    The City of Beacon Recreation Department is offering a lifeguard certification course the first week of July. Participants must be 15 years old. The class is $250 with the possibility of partial tuition reimbursement for eligible participants. For more details or to register, please click the link. Questions, contact Nate Smith at nsmith@beaconny.gov


    Virtual Information Session on the Service Academies

    Senator Gillibrand will host a virtual information session about the Service Academies on Thursday, June 27th.  You will need to RSVP for the session and the information is attached.  

    Have a great day and stay cool!

    Matt Landahl

     2024_Flyer_-_Virtual_Service_Academy_Info_Night.pdf (748.1 KB)

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  • Superintendent Update - June 14, 2024

    Posted by Victoria Jackson on 6/14/2024

    Our Spring Music Concerts are on YouTube:

    All of our six schools held concerts this spring and you can check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd6CD15O7EHT8-sC5RPCEAA

    Commendations Ceremony June 17, 2024

    The District Commendations Ceremony was changed to 6:00 on Monday, June 17 at 6:00 at Beacon High School.  Last week we informed people receiving a commendation and we welcome all to attend to honor students, staff and community members who will be recognized on Monday.

    Retirement and Tenure Recognition Ceremony June 17, 2024

    At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 we will honor our retiring staff this year and our teachers receiving tenure this year.  

    Pride Month Community Event!

    There is a free community Family Pride event here in Beacon on Saturday, June 15 at The Yard 4 Hanna Ln, Beacon NY from 1-5.

    Juneteenth- Wednesday, June 19- Schools are Closed- Check out the Community Juneteenth Event

    From 11-5 on Wednesday at Riverfront Park in Beacon, consider joining community members at the Beacon Juneteenth Riverfront Celebration to celebrate the holiday!

    As our amazing class of 2024 gets ready to graduate next week, we wanted to share some of the places they will be attending next year.

    Class of 2024 – Future Plans

    Alfred State College

    Bard College-Berlin

    Binghamton University

    Bowie State University

    Bridgewater State University

    Broward College

    Clemson University

    Cornell University

    Dean College

    Dutchess Community College

    High Point University

    Johnson & Wales University

    LIU Brooklyn

    Manhattan School of Music

    Manhattanville University

    Marist College

    Marywood University

    Massachusetts School of Art and Design

    Mercy University

    Mount Saint Mary College

    Northeastern University

    Orange Community College

    Pratt Institute

    Rockland Community College

    Sienna College

    Simmons University

    Southeastern University

    St. John’s University

    Stony Brook University



    SUNY Canton

    SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry


    SUNY-Delhi-College of Technology


    SUNY- Oneonta

    SUNY-New Paltz

    Syracuse University

    The Cooper Union

    Tufts University

    United States Air Force

    United States Space Force

    University at Albany

    University of Connecticut

    University of Charleston

    University of Delaware

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    University of Rochester

    University of Vermont

    Villanova University

    Wagner College

    Wesleyan University

    Williams College

    Several of our students have successfully obtained employment in their specific fields, and will begin working full-time after Graduation.

    Have a great weekend!

    Matt Landahl

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