• Riverside School District Superintendent's Office

     Mr. Paul M. Brennan

    Mr. Paul M. Brennan, Superintendent of Schools
    300 Davis Street, Taylor, Pa  18517     570-562-2121 option 4

    Superintendent's Confidential Secretary, Ms. Reba DeStefano  

A message from Mr. Brennan....

  • Our Mission

    To think differently and collectively, in order to create a vehicle that will inspire a passion for learningcharacterinnovation, and social responsibility.


     Please Note:  PSSA scores will NOT be averaged into a student's grade point average for the 2017 - 2018 school year.


      Our Plan:   

    Superintendent's Proposal to the School Board (3/6/2017)

    Proposal  to the Board - Timeline


    Prior Movements:

    2016 - 2017 SY - We REDISTRICTED our two elementary schools with a goal of providing better collaboration for student achievement, a focused attention on school readiness and enhancing district unity by positioning our students so that they are together as a Viking from day one.

    2016 - 2017 SY - We took back an Autistic Support class (grades K-3) at Riverside Elementary WEST.  This allowed for our autistic students to be educated within the walls of our schools.  It eliminated wasted instructional time traveling and allowed for us to have our teachers instructing and assessing our kids.  It also was a cost savings to our district by keeping taxpayer dollars at home rather than paying high tuitions for our students to attend elsewhere.  It also allows for us to bring in outside students and charge tuition if we feel that they are a good fit for our classroom.


    Key Hirings and Replacements:

    08/12/2013  Derenick, Suzanne (Occ. Therapy) <shared w/ OFSD>

    08/12/2013  Winters, Natalie (Health / PE)

    12/05/2013  Cavanaugh, Ryan (Multiple Certs.)

    10/14/2016  Trescavage, Jessica (Spec. ED)

    10/14/2016  Vitale, Matthew (Sch. Psych.)

    08/10/2016  Krajewski, David (Mathematics)

    08/10/2016  Plisko, Jessica (Science)

    09/10/2015  Brunetti, Mallory (Mathematics)

    02/08/2016  Farina, Karla (PT - Health / PE)

    02/08/2016  Smith, Justine (Elem. ED)

    02/08/2016  Oustrich, Toni (Elem. ED)

    04/11/2016  Yarem, J.T.  (K-12 Crisis & Compliance Counseling)

    06/06/2016  Howey, Kristy (Spec. ED)

    10/11/2016  Hayden, Renea (Spec. ED)

    12/12/2016  O’Hora, Lindsey (ESL / Spanish)


    Recalled From Furlough:

    08/12/2013  McDonough, Lisa (Elem. ED)

    09/03/2013  Bennie, Andrew (Elem ED)

    09/02/2014  DeAngelo, Elizabeth  (Elem. ED)

    09/08/2015  Insalaca, Pam  (Mathematics / Tech. ED)


     Our Progress:

     1.)  What are we doing now?


    • 3/6/2017 (5:30 p.m - 8:45 p.m. - RHS Library - Public Session) Mr. Brennan rolled out a proposal to the school board to enhance student achievement that consisted of four (4) components.  The board provided feedback and approved the proposal and the four step proposal will begin the next day.  <see Board Proposal>  (attending:  Armstrong, Bieber, Brennan, Emiliani, Fedor, Joyce and McHugh).


    • 3/7/2017 - Mr. Brennan contacted the NEIU 19 to start working on Component 2 of the proposal (A District Needs Assessment).  The proposal calls for the outside eyes of trained curriculum experts to examine our data, programs and curriculum.  The proposal states that outside eyes are unbiased and an important factor in analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of our district.  Mr. Brennan estimated 20 - 40 days for the Needs Assessment to be completed.  The NEIU staff will bring the proposal to their staff for further discussion.   


    • 3/9/2017 (3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Administrative Office Conference Room)  Topic:  What Can We Do as a District to Enhance What We Offer to Our Students?  (attending:  Brennan, Chisdock, Moceyunas and Walsh)


    • 3/13/2017 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Superintendent’s Office) - The notes from our big board from the meeting on 3/9 were transferred to a document by Mr. Brennan.


    • 3/20/2017 (6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. - RHS Library)  Topic: STAFFING <see Retreat Notes>  Our building leaders presented and defended potential staffing for the 17-18 SY (attending:  Brennan, Chisdock, Cole, Moceyunas, Pentasuglio, VanLuvender,  and Walsh - also:  Bieber, Emiliani, Fedor, Joyce and McHugh).


    • 3/20/2017 - <refer to NEIU 19 Needs Assement - below> Mr. Brennan received notification that the NEIU 19 would be interested in completing the Needs Assessment.  They met with their staff and have recommended a seven day K-12 Needs Assessment blitz.  There will be a Science Curriculum expert, a Mathematics Curriculum expert and an English/Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum expert on the team.  One of the experts on the team is also an expert with the Pennsylvania Added Assessment System (PVAAS) - (www.education.pa.gov/PVAAS).  The K-12 Needs Assessment will encompass all phases of district curriculum, assessment and instruction components.  After thorough analysis, a Needs Assessment / Evaluation Report will be produced.


    • 3/23/2017 (9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - RHS Conference Room) Meeting to collaborate on planning a middle school concept (attending:  Brennan, Moceyunas and Walsh)


    • 3/23/2017 (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.- Superintendent’s Office)  Meeting to recap the academic portion of our Administrative Retreat (attending: Brennan and L. Joyce (Academic Chair).


    • 3/27/2017 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  - Superintendent’s Office).  A meeting to firm up the expectations in the proposal for the Needs Assessment.  The challenge will be getting everyone’s schedule together, but we are shooting for a mid April assessment.    (attending: Brennan and C. Mecca)


    • 3/28/2017 (12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. - Elementary East Conference Room) Meeting to review the NEIU 19 proposal (attending:  Brennan and C. Emiliani, District NEIU 19 Rep).


    • 4/6/2017 (3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Administrative Office Conference Room)  Meeting for student achievement and Thinking Outside the Box for grades 7 and 8.  (attending:  Brennan, Moceyunas, Walsh and Chisdock)


    •  4/7/2017 (12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - RHS Auditorium)  A meeting with the 7th and 8th grade faculty.   The focus was on the following goals:  
      • Brainstorm to receive faculty insight for strategic change
      • Identify key teachers /leaders who will become part of the reform process for moving forward

                   (attending:  Brennan, Byrne, Chisdock, Cicale, Cole, Davis, DiStasi, Fox, Geise, Gerlach, Haduck, Howey, Judge, LaCoe, Lindsay, Ludwikowski,

                     McGee,  Moceyunas, Radle, Solomon, Taylor, Walsh and Wasalinko)




    2.)  Needs Assessment:

    When?  April of 2017


    RSD requested a comprehensive needs assessment in the following areas:

     A full needs assessment K-12.

    • Analyze data, examine course offerings, programs, alignment suggestions, interviewing teachers, student surveys, etc.
    • Provide suggestions for a focus – (Ex. YEAR 1 – YEAR 2 – YEAR 3)
    • Examine current schedule and courses (5-8th grade ) and provide suggestions


    The Scope of the Work:   A CLEAR LENS....


    A visiting team from NEIU will conduct a seven-day needs assessment at Riverside School District including two days of administrative consultation, two days off-site for preparation and reporting, and three days on-site gathering data. The assessment will encompass the following curriculum, instruction, and assessment categories:

                       (1)   School-Community Vision for Learning

                       (2)   Curriculum Organization

                       (3)   Curriculum Development

                       (4)   Instructional Methodologies

                       (5)   Student Assessment Practices

                       (6)   Climate for Learning

                       (7)   Administration and Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

                       (8)   Teaching and Learning Resources




    4.)  A 3-Year Strategic Plan: