Dear Isaac Families,

The start of the 2022-2023 school year is here! We are excited that you are a part of our school community, and we are thrilled to welcome our students, families, and staff back to school. It has been a busy summer at the Castle. Students attended our Summer Stars learning program where they continued to develop their literacy and math skills, make new friends, and hopefully had fun. Our administrative team, support staff, and teachers were busy preparing for the school year. Our custodial staff continues to work long hours to ensure our building is clean and ready for opening day. We hope that you were able to relax and create special memories with your friends and families. A special welcome to all our families and students who are new to the City School District of New Rochelle and new to Isaac E. Young Middle School.

We understand that the start of the school year brings a mix of emotions for students and families. Please know that our amazing staff is prepared to assist all children with the transition back to school. This year, we will continue to place a strong emphasis on supporting students as they continue to develop socially, emotionally, and academically. One of our highest priorities is to strengthen the reading and writing habits and practices of students.  Teaching and learning will be anchored in the New York State Learning Standards and best practices. Staff will use a variety of instructional methodologies to build students’ knowledge, push their learning forward, and develop a range of high school, college, and career readiness skills.

Students who present with challenges in reading and math will be offered additional support classes either during or after school. We will continue to offer opportunities for acceleration to those students who have consistently demonstrated academic excellence. Students will complete interdisciplinary projects and experimental challenges designed to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and inquiry. Students may also participate in a variety of learning experiences unique to each grade including dance, theater, science research, technology, engineering, music, the arts, and world languages.

We will offer a wide variety of after-school activities, clubs, sports, and special activities. We encourage students to take advantage of these offerings as it allows our scholars to expand their thinking and explore their interests. This year, we plan to offer a variety of specialty clubs including Knights for Human Rights, a social action advocacy club, the award-winning Isaac Debate Team will continue their goal to qualify for state and national competitions, and an Architecture Club where students will learn about and use the principles of design, architecture, engineering, and math to explore and replicate modern-day structures. We will offer opportunities for mentoring and leadership development through our Castle Ambassadors program, Student Government, and our mentoring partnerships.

Isaac E. Young Middle School is such a special place to learn and grow. We are proud of our beautiful school and have high expectations for every student. Partnering with you, our dedicated staff will strive to create a learning environment where students feel connected, valued, accepted, and have fun. Our IEY motto of Growing Minds of All Kinds will continue to guide our mission to provide a rigorous, joyful, and inclusive school environment. Here is to a phenomenal school year!

Dr. Robinson