Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week Mr. Rizzo talks about:
- Summer RAMS Program
- 2021-2022 School Year Update
- Updated CDC Guidelines
- And More
SFASD Superintendent Search Update
On Monday, April 26, 2021 the Spring-Ford Area School District Board of Directors voted to proceed forward in moving Mr. Rizzo from the Acting Superintendent to the Superintendent role. Under this vote, the district's solicitor, Fox Rothschild, LLP, is authorized to begin the necessary steps to act upon the appointment of Mr. Rizzo to become the next superintendent of schools. Official board approval on his employment would occur at a subsequent board meeting.
Mr. Rizzo began his career as a Band Director in the East Allegheny School District in 1993. Since that time, he has served as a Band Director for Penn Hills School District and Indiana Area School District, as well as an Assistant Principal at Indiana Area Senior High School, Principal at Ben Franklin Elementary School, Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Indiana Area School District, and Assistant Superintendent of the Indiana Area School District. Mr. Rizzo is currently pursuing his Doctor of Educational Leadership: Instructional Technology through Wilkes University. He earned his Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility in 2015 from California University of Pennsylvania, his Principal Certification and Master of Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a proud graduate of Penn State University. Mr. Rizzo joined the Spring-Ford family in June 2019 as Assistant Superintendent and has filled the role of Acting Superintendent since February 2021.
The next School Board Work Session meeting will be Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
2021-2022 School Year
Next school year, traditional in-person, five-day learning will be the default option for all students, with an opportunity to enroll in Spring-Ford Cyber Learning if they wish to continue learning from home. Spring-Ford will continue to follow local and state guidance and recommendations related to mask-wearing, social distancing, contact tracing, cleaning practices, and possible exclusion from school. As always, hygiene practices like handwashing and hand sanitizer will be encouraged regularly throughout the day. Those who are ready to enroll in Spring-Ford Cyber Learning for the 2021-2022 school year can click here.
Click here for the 2021-2022 School Calendar.
Summer RAMS Program
Dr. Kelly Murray, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, provided an update on the Summer RAMS Program. This new summer program will provide instructional interventions for students in grades K-8 who may have experienced learning loss or learning gaps due to the educational disruptions because of the pandemic. The program will consist of three sessions that include a 2-week program for both Math and English Language Arts (ELA) at no cost to families. Families will have the option to select an in-person or virtual session. In addition to in-person and virtual options, all students K-8 will have access to a personalized learning plan that includes both instruction and practice on reading and math skills. The personalized learning path is an asynchronous option for families that will be available to all students throughout the summer.
More information will be sent in future Weekly Updates. The Summer RAMS program will replace Cool School, which will not run this summer.
Calendar of Observances: May 2021
SFASD is a community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that the responsibility for diversity and inclusion lies with all of us at SFASD: leadership, administration, faculty, staff, and students. In an effort to promote an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity within our school community, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has compiled a Calendar of Observances to use as a tool to increase awareness of and respect for observations, ethnic and cultural festivities, and other important dates that may affect students, employees, and neighbors in our community. This month includes:
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Jewish American Heritage Month
- Teacher Appreciation Week
- National Teacher’s Day
- World Day for Cultural Diversity
Committee members referenced the Nationals School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) 2020-2021 School Calendar Guide and the 2020 Anti-Defamation League Calendar of Observances Guide to compile the list below. Click here to learn more.
Vaccination Update: Local Pop-Up Site
Registration for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic here in Royersford is now OPEN for anyone 16 years of age or over! Mayor of Royersford, Jenna Antoniewicz, has connected with the Montgomery County Immunization Coalition and GIANT Pharmacy to bring a vaccine clinic to Royersford Borough on Friday, May 7 and Friday, May 28 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Royersford Fire Department, 299 Walnut Street, Royersford, PA.
TO REGISTER: Click here to pre-register. To find the clinic information, enter the zip code of 19468. Next, advance the calendar from April to May. The clinic will be on Friday, 5/7 from 12 pm until 6 pm at the Royersford Fire Department, located on 299 Walnut Street. The second dose will also be at the Royersford Fire Department on 5/28 from 12 p.m. until 6 pm. Appointment times will be scheduled when folks arrive for their first dose.
If you are interested in volunteering in some way for either clinic day (administering vaccines or assisting with check-in) or have questions, please contact Mayor Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well, the Medicine Shoppe of Boyertown does have vaccine appointments available at their Boyertown site. Click here to learn more.
Spring Play: Clue
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by the Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
WHEN: Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Spring-Ford Area High School
TICKETS: Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are limited, click here to preorder.
Online Program: Parenting On Your Feet + Mock Teen Bedroom
What are the challenges you are facing as Montgomery County parents, caregivers and educators? Presenters will address the potency of today’s cannabis, other substances, impaired driving, and more, with a special focus on teens and emerging adults. The session will also provide a tour of our Mock Teen Bedroom, which helps adults to identify signs of substance use, and trends that put kids at risk, such as cannabis, vaping and alcohol. This opportunity is presented in partnership with the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol
WHEN: May 20, 2021 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Online, click here to register
Montgomery County Testing Sites
Montgomery County COVID testing sites are open and have appointments each day. Appointments must be may each morning for same-day testing. Test results are being sent within 48 hours. The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are by appointment only and are self-administered tests. These sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to bad weather. Only same-day appointments are available.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends: Montgomery and Chester County officials are committed to the health and safety of all of the county residents. The Counties have compiled data pertaining to COVID-19 into easy to use dashboards. On these dashboards, you can explore a collection of maps, data and charts that show the number of cases related to COVID-19. There is also information on age, gender and race. The information only pertains to those individuals that have been verified as county residents and received a positive test.