Superintendent’s Corner
June 15, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and School Community Members:

I wanted to take a moment to share with you what your school district is doing in these difficult times. We recognize that recent events and systemic inequalities have affected our school community. We also recognize that many of our students and staff may be experiencing a variety of emotions during this time.

We have been meeting and planning to put together additional resources to support our students and staff as we are in the midst of a continuing pandemic. We are also in the midst of a call to action to console pain and suffering and to educate for justice and racial equality. One thing is very clear. We do not have all of the answers. But, what we will do is work with our students and staff to create and guide the direction we take moving from this point forward. We will do that by listening and learning.

To that end, we plan to start the process with a listening and learning tour. We will put together online meetings with small groups of students so that we can listen and use the concerns, ideas and suggestions that are shared with us to help guide our future planning. We will do the same with staff members in the weeks and months to come. We will listen and learn.

We don’t want this to be a listening tour that listens to one snapshot in time and then moves on from there. We would like to see the conversations be ongoing, looking at how we can improve as a school district to do a better job in educating our students while addressing the racial inequalities that exist.

Shortly we will be announcing listening and learning sessions that will be geared to our students in grades 4-12. These listening and learning tour sessions will be called Chatty Thursdays. These online chats will give students the opportunity to have a real voice to tell us what is on their minds and to let them know that what they have to say is important. These online listening and learning chats will be supported by district staff members. This will be a new opportunity for staff and students to work together.

This listening and learning tour will help to better inform the education plans we create and update and it will also help to guide our future choices for staff development.

Additionally, I also want to remind students that our guidance counselors, social workers and administrators are available in case they want to reach out at any point.

We look forward to being a continuing support for our students and staff. These listening and learning tours will be the foundation cement of Fallsburg’s forward movement.

Thank you.


Ivan J. Katz, Ed.D


Contact Information

Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent

Dr. Ivan Katz, Superintendent
845-434-6800 ext. 1215

Ms. Sarah Satz
Superintendent's Secretary & District Clerk
845-434-6800 ext. 1215
Fax: 845-434-8346

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