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Thursday, October 22, 2009

10/22/09 HAS Interim Principal Appointment

Dr. Freund has announced the appointment of Barbara Riccio as Interim
Principal at Ham Ave effective Jan. 1, 2010. See attached for more

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Board of Education
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
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Search Re-opened for Permanent Principal

(For immediate release: Greenwich, CT – Thursday, October 22, 2009)

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sidney A. Freund, announced today the appointment of Barbara Riccio as the Interim Principal for Hamilton Avenue School (HAS), effective January 1, 2010.

Ms. Riccio is currently the Assistant Principal at Parkway School. An experienced teacher and administrator in preschool, elementary and special education since 1973, she has worked for the Greenwich Public Schools for more than thirteen years. She has a strong background in research based instructional practices and staff development and is a valued member of the Greenwich District Data Team, the school system’s strategic improvement planning team.

The current Interim Principal at Hamilton Avenue, Nancy Carbone, had agreed to serve in this position until the end of this calendar year. A search for a permanent principal was conducted, however, the interview committee - made up of HAS teachers and parents, District administrators and GOSA, GEA and PTAC representatives - was unable to reach consensus on candidates to move forward in the process for the Superintendent’s consideration and ultimate selection.

The District will re-open the search for Principal of Hamilton Avenue School after the new calendar year and expects to announce the appointment prior to the start of the 2010-11 school year. Dr. Freund said, “We offer our sincerest appreciation to Nancy Carbone for her leadership in getting Hamilton Avenue School off to a great start this school year. I have confidence in Barbara Riccio to provide effective, high-quality leadership for Hamilton Avenue through this transition.”

The Superintendent expects to appoint an Interim Assistant Principal for Parkway School by January 1, 2010.

Bio Brief: Barbara Riccio

Barbara Riccio was appointed to her current position as Assistant Principal for Parkway School in 2008. In addition to her building leadership responsibilities, Ms. Riccio has been instrumental in planning for and implementing the District’s key strategic improvement initiative – Data Teams. She has been through extensive training and is a leader in implementing this initiative at Parkway School, and also as a member of the District Data Team, preparing for a system-wide adoption of this framework.

Ms. Riccio began her career in education as a Speech Therapist for the Berkshire Hills Regional School System in Stockbridge, MA (1973-1974), and then for the New York City Public Schools, District 25 in Queens, NY (1974-1976).

After a ten-year period as a small business owner, she returned to education in 1987 as a Director of the Children’s Program for the Mother and Child Center in New Rochelle, NY. In 1990, she became Director of the Parenting Programs for the Mother and Child Center, supervising parent discussion groups, cultural classes, children’s play programs, and workshop series

In 1994, she began working for the Greenwich Public Schools as a teacher in the Community Preschool Program, and as Team Leader coordinated implementation and follow up of Individual Education Plans (IEP). From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Riccio served in a consultative position, planning, evaluating and designing programs for students with severe disabilities for inclusion in the general education setting.

After two years with the New Rochelle City School District as Assistant Chair on the Committee on Special Education, she returned to the Greenwich Public Schools as a Preschool Evaluator and Staff Development Coach. In this role she provided support for staff with early intervention strategies, conducted evaluations, and was responsible for reports and record keeping.

During the 2005-06 school year, Ms. Riccio served as acting Assistant Principal for North Street School, assisting the Principals with the daily operation of the school.

Ms. Riccio received her B.S. in Speech/Language from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY in 1973, graduating Magna Cum Laude; an M.S. in Special Education from Queens College of the City University of New York in Flushing, NY in 1976, graduating Summa Cum Laude; and a second M.S. in Educational Leadership from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude.


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10/22/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Evening Edition

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10/22/09 R.A.M.P. Collecting Funds for Heaters & Winter Coat Drive for November KY Visit

Many of you know Amy Guerrieri as the owner of the Upper Crust Bagel Company in Old Greenwich. You may not know some of the extraordinary things she has been up to the past year - such as helping children and families in the poorest part of the United States, the Appalachian Mountains - and launching a new children's beverage, ROCKIN' WATER™.

ROCKIN' WATER is the first beverage with a nutritional combination developed especially for kids. It has 11 essential vitamins and minerals, 3 grams of fiber, plus the antioxidant level equal to a serving of fruit, reaching 500 on the ORAC antioxidant scale. ROCKIN' WATER is all natural with no artificial flavoring, coloring or preservatives and comes in four fabulous flavors - Apple, Orange, Grape and Cherry. It's made by "Mom's who love their kids!" You can learn more at www.rockinwater.com.

ROCKIN' WATER also wants to make a difference in kids' lives. For every bottle of ROCKIN' WATER sold, ROCKIN' WATER will donate 2 cents to R.A.M.P. - The Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project. R.A.M.P. works to help poverty stricken kids in the Appalachian region of the U.S.
(www.rampamerica.org), and is a non-profit organization that Amy Guerrieri founded after seeing the plight of Appalachian children and their need for better nutrition. Last spring Amy was moved by a segment she saw on television where they reported on the people of Appalachia and the many struggles the families faced.

Amy jumped into action. Since the spring, Amy has been to Kentucky three times bringing thousands of bottles of ROCKIN' WATER, three full truckloads of donated items (including backpacks filled with supplies, diapers, children's and adult clothing, furniture, beds and anything else that is needed). Amy has also been mentoring Moms in Martin County, Kentucky, the poorest county in the U.S., to help them with nutritional needs of their children, financial resources, and has secured, cleaned and repaired one family's home that was in dire need of repairs so that it is now livable and safe for their children.

In mid-November, Amy is planning another trip brining medical supplies and items to help the families get through the long winter ahead.

* To give you some background on RAMP, visit www.rampamerica.org * To read a blog that describes Amy's first visit to Kentucky, click here

* Watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams story that aired in March after Amy's first trip to Kentucky, click here

R.A.M.P.'s Goals:

Improve the nutritional well being of the children of Appalachia Promote the dignity and self-worth of the Moms of Appalachia by promoting self-help and mentoring them Provide resources for enrichment of both Mothers and their children - nutritionally, emotionally and financially Ensure the recipients of R.A.M.P.'s work "pay it forward" by helping other Moms of AppalachiaWork community-to-community, family-to-family, Mom-to-Mom and Kid-to-kid
How Can You Help?

R.A.M.P. is currently fundraising to raise money to purchase 150 heaters for this winter (heaters approx $150 each, including Kerosene for the winter). To help, send a check made out to R.A.M.P. to address below. R.A.M.P. is also holding a winter clothing drive. If you have any gently used or new winter coats, gloves, hats, boots, etc., please bring them to

ROCKIN' WATER's office at the address below or contact R.A.M.P. at 203-990-0000

R.A.M.P.187 Sound Beach AvenueOld Greenwich, CT 06870


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10/22/09 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: Afternoon Edition

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By Staff
If that's the case, it should all come down to this: If Greenwich can get past New Canaan two weeks from now, and if Staples beats Trumbull in Week 9, we're looking at a third-straight FCIAC championship game on Thanksgiving Day. ...
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