Welcome to the 2019-2010 school year!

Brisbane School District Community,

Welcome to the 2019-2010 school year!

I often tell people that the first day of school is by far my favorite school day. The

energy level of the students and staff is always very high as the excitement of a new

beginning is upon us. The key is finding ways to keep that enthusiasm and energy up

throughout the school year. I suggest staying in contact with your child’s teacher,

participating in school activities, and taking an active role in your child’s education.

The site administrators as well as myself are here to assist whenever possible.

We have some changes this year in the Brisbane School District that I would like to

share with you. Due to enrollment being up at both Panorama Elementary School

and Brisbane Elementary School, we welcome two new teachers. Jamie Lerner at

BES and Katherine Tang at Panorama. Both will be teaching 3 rd grade at their

respective schools. With the increase in school populations, we found it necessary to

hire additional staff to keep our class sizes at manageable numbers. Ms. Heather

Carr relocated out of the area this summer, and we were fortunate to hire Dina

Warren just prior to the start of the school year. Panorama also has a new Special

Education resource teacher, Wendy Ferrigno, who filled the vacancy left by Miranda

Calkins. Jennifer Roberts returns to BSD to serve as our School Psychologist. We are

all very happy to have her back in the District. I am also proud to introduce two new

paraprofessionals to our District. Both are new as employees, however, not new to

our community. Amanda Foulds will serve as a paraprofessional at BES and James

Fletcher has been assigned to Lipman Middle School.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Andrea Katotokis for her

many years of service in the District as well as welcome Traci Storer to her new

position in the District as the Principal of BES. Ms. Storer’s departure from Lipman

left the District searching for a new 8 th grade teacher. Dan Herve was hired this

summer as the newest member of the Lipman family.

We were fortunate to purchase a new school bus this summer, and we can’t wait for

the children to use it for field trips as BSD strongly supports “being there”

experiences for our students. As with all new school busses, our new bus is fully

equipped with seat belts. Our very own Martin Gonzalez is will be finishing up his

school bus driver requirements and will have the bus on the road early this Fall.

Our staff is very dedicated to always improving their trade and becoming students

themselves. This year our District will continue our pursuit of educating ourselves

and our students on the very important concept of equity and anti-bias teaching.

Anti-bias Teaching: What does it mean to be a social justice educator? This

interactive professional development will stretch our understanding and

application of the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Through

independent, partner and small group work, we’ll explore what social justice

educators do—the big areas of our work and the practices that accompany them.

We’ll also investigate how beliefs and ideology are the single most important factor

to successfully reaching and teaching all students, and we’ll consider our individual,

ongoing professional and personal learning goals. Time will be spent lesson

planning through exploration of the lesson plans, learning plans, student facing texts

and instructional strategies found on tolerance.org .

Another key professional development topic for this school year is science. The Next

Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards.

Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do.

The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning

experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for

college, careers, and citizenship. You can find more information on these standards

at https://www.nextgenscience.org.

Our custodian and groundskeeper crew have been working hard all summer to

prepare our facilities for our students and staff. I appreciate the hard work and long

hours they put in all summer long to make repairs and create a clean and welcome


I look forward to seeing many of you through the school year and please do not

hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. rcollver@brisbanesd.org

Thank you,

Ronan Collver



Brisbane School District