The email came in from the Beacon City School District Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Landahl at 10:24pm, just hours after polling had closed and the votes were counted. He was announcing the passing of the Budget and additional buses for kids in the district. We asked him for his highlights of the budget, in a Cliffs Notes fashion. You can read the 2019/2020 budget presentation in full here.
Proposition 1 - The Budget
Beacon City School District 2019 Vote Results:
Proposition 1 Budget
Proposition 2 Buses
Proposition 3- Capital Transfer
Michael Rutkoske- 786
Antony Tseng- 678
Additional class size reduction teaching position at the elementary level. “We have added 7 of these positions the previous two years,” says the superintendent.
Music: Continuation of the currently grant-funded 4th grade instrumental music program with district funding of the band teacher position. A Little Beacon Blog wrote about that here when it started.
Business :Addition of Business teacher position at the high school to begin a Business education program for high school students
Art + Computers: Addition of a half-time Art teacher position at the high school to begin some digital design programming
Social Worker: Addition of a full-time Social Worker position at the high school to complement the social worker and psychologist already there. “We are hoping to hire someone with expertise in drug and alcohol counseling. The position would also work with middle school students,” says the superintendent.
Professional Development: Greatly expanded professional development for teachers
1:1 Chromebook Initiative at the High School for all students
Interactive Whiteboards in all High School classes
School Garden at Rombout Middle School.
Additional coursework at the high school which will not necessitate additional staff.
From the Budget Power Point, there will be additional High School programming in these areas:
Business Education Program - Planning year for internship model for 2020-2021
PLTW - Computer Science Program - Year 1 Computer Science Essentials
Art Coursework - Architecture Design, Interior Design, Sculpture
AP Language & Composition Course
Magic Realism in literature
Proposition 2 - The Buses
What does a vote of Yes mean? It grants Two 72 passenger buses and Four 20 passenger buses. Speaking of buses, the April deadline of getting in your request for your child to be bused has passed. So you better get on it if you need busing. This is for kids who live in the designated busing areas, or are bused to childcare locations.
Proposition 3 - Capital Transfer
When A Little Beacon Blog inquired as to the details of the Capital Transfer, the superintendent explained: “The Capital Transfer allows us to move money from a capital reserve to our capital project, namely to fund lights at the new turf field behind the high school being built this summer. Lights will help us use the field more often and also will allow the community to use the field more as well.”
In his email to Beacon families, and on the Beacon City School District website, Dr. Landahl concluded: “I want to give a huge thanks to the community for supporting our budget this year. We can't wait to start the new programs in this year's budget to help our students!”
Great turnout at Beacon High School Career Fair today! Plenty of interested students asking questions...and foraging for free cookies. A Little Beacon Blog bribed passerby's with stickers, and for the writers and bloggers in the house (they are usually very shy and quiet when approaching the table), we gave writers our tote bag.
Each year we are happy to engage with teens to show them the resources they didn’t know about yet, like our recent article about the (free) Dia Teens Art Program, and the Open Sketch session at the Beacon Library. One student who visited the table is about to be published in the Poughkeepsie Journal for an article she wrote!
Salon Dae (the salon near Dutchess Airport) was in attendance with opportunities for hair stylists, and did braiding on the spot. Next to Salon Dae was Twins Barber Shop from Beacon’s Main Street who was clipping. The Twins always draw the largest crowd!
Across the way were the 🔥 fighters who were giving demonstrations using a smoke machine. Antalek and Moore brought their corn hole and had quite the competitions going on. For the rest of us, it was hard to compete with all that action!
But the EMS Education table was in a good spot to reach interested first responders who need the education first to even get into the field. Other first responders included the Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corp and the Police.
A Little Beacon Blog’s table was in between Wyngate’s caregivers table for men and women wanting to go into nursing and caregiving, which we learned provides job security as there has been a shortage of nurses, we were told. Dutchess County Tourism was on our other side - where we learned all sorts of things like how they are organizing workshops for businesses to help educate about best practices, like ADA compliance for websites. Good stuff, those busy bees are doing over there!
If you’re a business who wants to represent at the Beacon Career Fair next year and reach the students, email the organizer and School counselor, Michele Polhamus at email@example.com. The notification about the Career Fair usually goes out in March-ish for this annual May event.
A message from the Beacon City School District:
If your child is going to a child care location for the 2019-2020 school year, and will need transportation to or from that site to their school, please submit a new transportation request form by April 1, 2019. By law, a new request is required each year by April 1st for the following year.
If your child will attend a non-public school for the 2019-2020 school year, and will need transportation, NYS law requires a written request each year. Please submit this request to the school district registrar's office before April 1st. Transportation to non-public schools may be provided by law for a distance of 15 miles.
Forms are available here on the district website or from the registrar's office at 10 Education Drive, Beacon, New York.
High school students are able to enroll in the newest year of the Dia Teens Art Program (online application is here), a free program for all participants, that includes lunches, snacks, materials, and in-program transportation. Dia Teens is a program that offers young people the space, freedom, and support to make their ideas real. The deadline is May 26, 2019.
Teens collaborate with others, including an appointed artist in resident “artist ally,” to work in original, self-directed projects. In addition to art-making, they learn and practice skills related to critical thinking and self-expression. They will identify, question and challenge ideas related to contemporary art.
“Some make art, some channel their creativity in other ways,” according to the online application at Dia Beacon. Fifteen high school students from across the Hudson Valley will be selected. Visiting artists facilitate workshops, participate in discussions, host teens in their studio and gallery spaces, lead critiques, and invite teens to participate in their own projects. Past guest artists include artists Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Mary Mattingly, Sal Randolph, as well as teens from the Studio Museum in Harlem, New Museum, and Park Avenue Armory.
The Dia Teens art program lasts all year, with a Summer Intensive from July 8 - August 8 2019, and picks up again in October 2019 for the entire school year.
Dia Teens is at based at Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Street Beacon New York 12508. The museum and parking lot overlook the Hudson River. If you haven’t been down there yet, do go. The scenery is incredible.
To apply to Dia Teens: visit this link. Students must be enrolled in high school.
Deadline: May 26, 2019.
With recycling markets tanking everywhere (see New York Times article “As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling”) now that China is not buying most of the recycling it used to - especially from the United States - it’s clear that it’s becoming harder to recycle, and waste has been building up more than we realized.
Crayola Launches Fun Marker Collection Recycling Bins
What is catching on, therefore, is increased awareness of where people can tweak the small stuff in their lives to get rid of stuff without throwing it into the trash. Crayola offers this initiative for schools looking to reduce waste. It’s called ColorCycle, and information can be found here. Says South Avenue’s Principal Laura Cahill: “The South Avenue PTA started the color box in conjunction with Crayola ColorCycle, and we are encouraging families to send in their old markers throughout the year. We also put markers in here at school as they get used up during class.”
Says Ryan Green, Vice President of South Avenue’s PTA: “Any kind of marker can be collected from any brand. Dry-erase, permanent, doesn't matter. You can send them to school with your kids, and teachers send the little messengers to dump the markers into the tube.”
How To Contain The Dead Markers Before Depositing Into Marker Collection Box
If you’re in a house that is has a high marker-loss count, where tops and dried-out bodies are found scattered on the floor and in the couch, they now have a place to rest and find a second life. If you don’t have a kid at South Avenue, consider setting aside your markers for a friend who does.
To get into the habit of keeping trashed markers out of the regular trash can, simply designate a pretty box or container in your home, and collect the markers over time. I just stepped on a dead blue dry-erase marker last night. Top on the floor, body on the desk. Dried out and done.
Also, Bottles and Cans Collections For Recycling And Fundraising
The South Avenue PTA, and several other PTA/Os at other schools, also have Bottle and Can Collection points where you can give them your bottles and cans instead of putting them into your big orange top recycling bin. It has been announced by recycling professionals at Beacon City Council meetings that glass collection is becoming difficult to sort through. Broken glass contaminates the recycling collection at large, and can make it so that big batches of waste (aka recycling materials) are no longer eligible to be recycled.
Beacon Open Studios-
Days: Sat, May 18th & Sun, May 19th 2019
Time: 12pm- 6pm
Location: City wide in Beacon NY!
Get the map online or find their brochure in stores!
Sunday is your last day to visit the studios of artists in Beacon Open Studios 2019. For some artists, this could be the only chance you can see their art up close and in person. There are so many artists involved - check them out here! And find them by address here.
Some you have been following on Instagram, others you have seen in galleries or spotted in magazines. Take this Sunday to get out there on foot, bike or car to explore the creatives around you.
When you see the red Beacon Open Studios dot outside of a home or building, pull over! A few artists we have spotted in Instagram: