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Equity and Inclusivity

  • Inclusivity (Inclusion + Diversity) is taking diversity and inclusion and turning this into action by creating a school environment of engagement, respect and connection - where ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are tied together in a caring environment.

    Diversity means all the ways we differ. Anything that makes us unique is part of this definition of diversity.

    Inclusion means bringing together; making someone a part of something bigger and embracing diversity in a beneficial way.

Equity Goals

Equity and Inclusivity at PCSD

  • MHS Students to “Pause Before you Post” on Social Media

    Scott Fitch can still recall the moment about eight years ago when a college basketball recruiter told him he was not going to continue recruiting one of his star athletes at a local high school where Fitch was the head boys’ basketball. Fitch was puzzled. This student was a great basketball player and got good grades...

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    Pittsford Schools Host Visiting Educators from Modi’in

    A group of sixth graders gathers behind Elad Shlomo excitedly as he takes a selfie at an assembly at Calkins Road Middle School after his presentation discussing life and school in Israel. He is just one visiting educator from a group from Modi’in, Israel who traveled to Pittsford last month...

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    Hear from Our Students in New Video about Inclusivity

    “I am Pittsford Schools” is the theme of a new video that highlights the diversity of backgrounds and unique stories that make up the student body of Pittsford Schools. By interviewing students of different ages, abilities, gender identities and backgrounds, the video shares, through student voices...

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    On November 22, students from Pittsford Schools joined more than 100 other students across the Monroe county region in attending the ROC2Change Student Summit on Race at St. John Fisher University. The event, that takes place twice a year, was hosted by Webster Central School District and Edison High School (RCSD)...

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  • Young Adults from Israel Visit PCSD Classrooms

    Young Adults from Israel Visit PCSD Classrooms in Cross-Cultural Program

    Pittsford CSD is excited to welcome Amit Mazover, Shai Paz, and Sheleg Rodnitzki who are part of Israel’s ShinShinim, a program for Israeli high school graduates who have deferred their military service for one year to volunteer in communities around the world and bring Israeli culture to life. ShinShinim is a Hebrew acronym for Shnat Sherut or “year of service.”...

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  • Best Buddies

    First District in New York State to Offer Best Buddies in All Schools

    Pittsford Central School Districts has been participating in Best Buddies since 2016. Now, it is the first school district in New York State to offer this student activity in every single one of our schools...

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  • School Safety and Mental Health Power Hour - October 24, 2022

    School Safety and Mental Health Power Hour - October 24, 2022

    School Safety and Mental Health Power Hour - October 24, 2022

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  •  Students at the Summit

    Students Participate in Rochester’s 3rd Annual Summit to End Hate

    Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council attended “Brave Spaces 2022: Rochester’s Third Annual Summit to End Hate” on Friday, October 21...

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  • Religious Observances

    Differences in culture, gender, generations, backgrounds, and religion shape who we are as a school community. Our community becomes more diverse every year, increasing the importance of sensitivity to families and students from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. Respect and acceptance...

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  •  Superintendent Mike Pero meets with Urban-Suburban family

    Welcoming Urban-Suburban students to PCSD

    As one of the first school districts to establish an Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program, PCSD has welcomed Urban-Suburban students to its schools for over 50 years...

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  • Working Together to Combat Racism, Bullying and Discrimination

    The District has learned that News 13 WHAM ran another story about racism in Pittsford Schools today, July 14. When stories like this run, it highlights the reality that more work needs to be done to combat racism in our schools and communities; however it does not tell the complexity behind each individual story or the level of commitment...

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  • Pittsford CSD Introduces District Equity Training Series for Staff

    Beginning this summer, and ongoing, Pittsford Schools will offer a new Equity Series of training for Certified Staff and School Related Professionals (SRPs)...

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    Pittsford Power Hour Shines Light On Restorative Practices

    At the June 14 Pittsford Power Hour, a panel of Calkins Road Middle School students shared their experiences with Restorative Practices, what they are, what they are not, and what Restorative Practices look like...

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  •  Juneteenth image

    Commemorating Juneteenth

    Pittsford Schools is proud to observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 20, and will be closed in honor of the holiday.  June 19 is known as “Juneteenth” or “Emancipation Day” and is a historic day marking the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended...

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  •  Club Photo

    Interact Club Students Make a Difference in our Schools and Community

    Over the past 20 years, Interact Club students have volunteered more than 22,000 hours of community service! 2021-2022 activities included Spread the Word Inclusion Campaign, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk, Foodlink Work Day, Special Olympics Polar Plunge and more...

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  • Israeli student writing to Pittsford student Cross Cultural Program

    Pittsford and Israeli students write messages to each other as part of a cross cultural program.

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  • Families at the English Language Learners’ Family Welcome Night Family Welcome Events

    Families of students who are English language learners have the opportunity to meet each other and learn about some of the resources available to them in the PCSD schools and community.

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  • Link Crew activity One and All Link Crew

    Link Crew Leaders teach two classroom lessons to all English 9 classes. The first lesson is called "Why Limit Yourself" and focuses on the importance of seeking excellence and being open to new ideas and approaches. The second lesson is based around the theme of "Creating Community" by building strong relationships.

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  • Students in Roc 2 Change Activity


    PCSD students join other schools in Monroe County schools, both public and private, to engage in facilitated dialogue with peers related to race, racism, privilege, internalized racism, non-racist, and anti-racist. They are working together to develop plans to be the change.

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  • Students participating in ROC kids connect ROCKids Connect

    ROCKids Connect is a program initiated by a PCSD parent that aims to enrich the lives of city and suburban youth through a student exchange program. Students from both communities meet, learn from, and play with each other. 

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  • TIES student smiling TIES

    Together Including Every Student (TIES) is a Pittsford Central School District program that promotes belonging and participation for young people with special needs in extracurricular and community activities. Trained high school and middle school student volunteers provide the individualized support needed by TIES participants in a spirit of fun and learning. TIES Best Buddies program is dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual or development disabilities (IDD).

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  • Unified Basketball Players High Five Unified Sports

    Unified Sports is an initiative that brings students with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Pittsford Schools is one of the first in New York State to offer Unified Sports. Basketball was selected to start the program.

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  • Cover of book Wonder Students Read Wonder

    All Barker Road students read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio about a 10 year old boy with facial anomalies and how his shift from home schooling to public school change him and those around him.

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Inclusivity in Pittsford Schools Videos

Dimensions of Diversity

Dimensions of Diversity

Monroe County Council of School Superintendents Stand Against Racism

  • June 9, 2020

Inclusivity Advisory Committee

ROC2Change Keynote Presentation – Fall 2019

ROC2Change Student Summit on Race Keynote Presentation featuring Serve2Unite Co-Founders Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis.