Dear CCSD Family,
I hope that you and your family are enjoying the final weeks of summer! I am writing to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. Though we still have some time before getting back to school, the first day back always seems to come quite quickly during these last few weeks.
I am honored to serve the CCSD community as your new Superintendent of Schools. I cannot express how excited I am to be part of the amazing work being done in Clarkstown, and I look forward to partnering with you as we continue to provide the best education for our students. To give you an idea of how I lead and where I see us going as a district over the next year, my team and I have put together the short introduction video above.
During the past month, I had the good fortune of meeting so many of our dedicated staff members as we prepared for opening day. Our Board of Education has committed significant time throughout the summer to chart the District’s course for continuous improvement. It has already been quite rewarding to work alongside so many of our dedicated teachers, staff and administrators who have provided enrichment and focused learning opportunities for our students all summer. Our facilities team has been working hard preparing our buildings and classrooms, and as part of a capital improvement project, finishing all of our brand new elementary school playgrounds — which I am certain our students will enjoy for many years to come.
While it is important to provide a vision for the future, I would be remiss if I did not celebrate the achievements of the past. As I transitioned into this new position, I had the good fortune of learning about the many nuances of our district and school community. In the past year, our students made great achievements — as reflected in their academic progress, school experiences, graduation rates and the colleges/universities our graduates will be attending this fall.
Our Board of Education is also dedicated to providing a competitive, welcoming and affirming learning environment. To that end, we will continue to provide our educators with cutting-edge strategies to recognize and improve the social and emotional well-being of their students. Our amazing teachers and support staff will continue working hard on curriculum development, challenging learning experiences and creating a more welcoming environment for all learners. Realizing big ideas, inspiring and nurturing our students, providing equitable education opportunities and supports for all and developing lifelong learners; that’s the story of the Clarkstown Central School District, and I’m so glad to be part of it.
You may expect that throughout the year and moving forward, we will be focused on enhancing communication and celebrating the amazing happenings in the CCSD. Our district's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds will all continue to highlight the top-of-the-line education going on within our classrooms. You can expect to receive the print version of the CCSD calendar in the coming weeks, but you can already find the digital version posted on our district website. Although this will include all events for the 2022-2023 school year, as a gentle reminder, our first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 6. Until then, you can visit our Back to School page for supply lists, key dates and answers to all of your back-to-school questions.
I am committed to our partnership and the work ahead, which I believe will result in a district of continued world-class distinction for our students. I hope you enjoy the final days of summer and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school soon!
Marc P. Baiocco, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools