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Lead Testing Update

Dear School Community Member:

The purpose of this update is to follow-up on the letter that I posted on June 2nd, regarding lead testing that the District has been conducting. As you know, the District decided to proactively pursue testing for lead in the water.

Water sources were tested in both buildings in the district. Generally, the results for the JSHS were good. The water fountains and kitchen sinks were all below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard of 15 parts per billion. There were five rooms that were slightly higher than the 15 parts per billion when they were first tested but then were all well under that standard when they were tested a second time.

The results for BCES, that we have just received, indicate that all water sources there were under the EPA standard of 15 parts per billion.

Now that we have received the testing results of all water sources district-wide, we are prepared to move forward with our plan to resolve the issue of higher than acceptable lead levels in the five rooms identified at the junior-senior high school. This plan includes retesting and then replacing faucets and fixtures with lead-free materials in those areas that have higher than 15 parts of lead per billion. We will also flush these outlets on a regular basis and we will retest the water after the fixtures have been replaced.

I would like to thank the school community for being patient as we awaited the results of this testing. Thankfully our lead issues are minimal and will be addressed over the summer months.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Fallsburg Holds Tenth Annual Pre-K Graduation

June 17 was graduation day at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School for the tenth group of pre-K students. Ms. Irene Calabrese has been teaching the youngsters since that very first group of children came through the school house doors. Assisting Ms. Calabrese with the graduation were her Assistant Teacher Ms. Jennifer Varner, Ms. Martha Zalkin, Ms. Jessie Lippen, Ms. Darcy Spinelli, Ms. Debbie Jacobsen, and Ms. Cindy Swinden.

The ceremonies began with the class singing the traditional “Kindergarten Here We Come” under the direction of Ms. Calabrese to the great delight of the audience.  Next Principal Mary Kate Stinehour presented certificates to the graduates.  Camera flashes abounded as parents wanted to capture the moment.  Ever since the very first graduation class in 2007 Ms. Calabrese has made beautiful framed photographs of each child wearing a bright mortarboard cap and holding a diploma for the parents to take home with them.  On the frame is inscribed the words, “The future is yours.”

Another part of this annual tradition is a framed statement of thanks to the parents signed by the Pre-K teaching staff that reads as follows: “Each and every child is a gift, each one unique in his or her own way.  Thank you for the opportunity of allowing us to be part of your child’s first school experience.  It has been wonderful watching as each one of your gifts unfolded.  We hope you enjoy this picture although it only captures a fragment of the beauty of your child.” 

Pre-K Graduation  
Vision Statement
Dear School Community Member:

It is my honor to present to you the vision statement for the Fallsburg Central school district:
Vision Statement

This statement was months in the making. Various members of the school community worked with me and submitted drafts that would ultimately be considered by the district visioning committee. In particular I would like to thank all of the school groups that spent time working on previous drafts of the vision statement and let the creative juices flow in our group work activities.

The following 12 committees met with me in the months of March, April, May and June to create their vision statement submissions:

  • Superintendent’s Round Table
  • BOE/Student Round Table
  • Administrative Council
  • JSHS Department Chairs
  • District-wide DCIP Committee
  • District-wide Professional Development Committee
  • English Language Learners Leadership Team
  • Wellness Committee
  • Board of Education (at a retreat)
  • Technology Committee
  • BCES Building Leadership Team
  • District-Wide Visioning Committee (met 2x)

Following the first meeting of the district visioning committee, we had a two-week comment period for members of our school community to review and comment on the vision statement draft. The visioning committee then met a second time, following the comment period, to finalize the vision statement while considering the feedback garnered from the comment period.

This vision statement will guide the creation of future district goals and we will proudly display it around the buildings in our district.

Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools 

Fallsburg Celebrates DARE Graduates

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in two separate ceremonies, fifth and sixth grade students at Fallsburg’s Benjamin Cosor Elementary School received certificates from School Resource Officer Sergeant Michael Summa for successful completion of the year-long DARE Program. Superintendent of Fallsburg Central School District (FCSD) Dr. Ivan Katz, BCES Principal Mary Kate Stinehour and Assistant Principal David Viglione were present to congratulate the students and help with presenting the certificates.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program was first launched nationally in 1983. Its mission is to teach students good decision-making skills and to help them lead safe and healthy lives. FCSD has been involved with DARE since the 1980’s. The program has expanded beyond the original focus on drug abuse resistance to address issues of violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances that too often impact the lives of young people in our society.

Dare Graduation  
Academic Achievement Dinner
In the attached photo are left to right Fallsburg Central School District Superintendent Dr. Ivan Katz, Graduating Seniors Bijal, Joshua, and Katherine, and High School Principal Michael Williams. The students were recognized at the annual Academic Achievement Dinner held at Rockland House in Roscoe, NY on June 6, 2016. This event sponsored by the Times Herald-Record and Sullivan County BOCES honors the top 4% in each senior class in Sullivan County.
Fallsburg Seniors Receive Award
Fallsburg Teachers Association Honors Retirees
Fallsburg Teachers Association honored seven of its members for distinguished service at a Retirement Dinner held at The Sullivan in Rock Hill, NY on June 12, 2016. Over 180 colleagues, staff, family and friends thanked Ms. Anna Baron, Ms. Karen Billig, Ms. Michele Denenberg, Ms. Ellyn Levy, Ms. Ellen Pavloff, Ms. Maura Pellegrino, and Ms. Cathy Scheirer for the many years of teaching thousands of students in Benjamin Cosor Elementary and Fallsburg Junior/Senior High School. Also honored for more than twenty years of service were Ms. Michelle Edwards, Ms. Penny Esposito, Mr. Jonathan Gose, Mr. Joe Levner, and Ms. Luisa Fernandes.
Alumni Luncheon
The Fallsburg Alumni Association Luncheon will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Woodridge Municipal Hall from 11:00am to 2:00pm. We will be honoring Connie Stangel and Simmie Williams along with some yet-to-be-named seniors.

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Fallsburg, NY 12733
Phone: 845-434-6800
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Fallsburg, NY 12733
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Fallsburg, NY 12733
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