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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

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    ROC2Change Student Summit

    Sixteen students from Pittsford Mendon and Sutherland High Schools recently participated in the 14th Annual ROC2Change Student Summit on Race hosted at Gates-Chili Central School District (CSD. The summit focused on the theme of “Deconstructing Tolerance and Rebuilding Understanding” and brought together high school students from over 41 schools across Monroe County...

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    Author Andrea Wang visits PCSD

    Acclaimed children’s book author, Andrea Wang, visited kindergarten through third-grade classes at Mendon Center Elementary on March 16 to discuss her path to becoming an author and how students can use their experiences to inspire their writing...

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    Students Collaborate with Tom Wahl’s to Enrich Dining Experience 

    It’s not just the burger and fries at Tom Wahl’s that makes the experience great for local residents. It is the walk down memory lane provided by old yearbook photos that adds to the flavor of the meal. So, when Tom Wahl’s VP Paul Nagel invited Pittsford students and Coordinator of Equity and Inclusivity Vincent French to add to..

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    International Day Returns to Mendon Center Elementary

    Mendon Center Elementary School hosted International Day on March 3 as staff, students, families, and volunteers shared an array of cultural & ethnic traditions each representing the Mendon Center Elementary families and their ancestries...

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    Mendon High School Students Host Heritage Day

    As a way to honor and raise awareness of Pittsford’s diverse student body, Mendon High School students organized a Heritage Day event on February 9, 2023. In what they hope to be the start of an annual tradition...

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    PCSD Celebrates Black History Month

    Throughout the month of February, Pittsford Schools celebrated Black History Month to recognize the achievements of Black Americans and their central role in U.S. history by participating in curriculum-connected activities and events as a way of sharing and understanding Black heritage and culture...

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  • 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 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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  • 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.