Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45  
    Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45
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    Principal: Sylvia Cooksey | Sylvia.Cooksey@rcsdk12.org
    Assistant Principal: Patricia Brockler | Patricia.Brockler@rcsdk12.org
    Assistant Principal: Lia Festenstein | lia.festenstein@rcsdk12.org
    Parent Contact: Patty Engert |Patricia.Engert@rcsdk12.org
    Parent Contact: Leslie Hunter | leslie.hunter@rcsdk12.org
    Board Liaison: Willa Powell | Willa.Powell@rcsdk12.org
    School Chief: Sheela Webster | sheelarani.webster@rcsdk12.org
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    This school is currently in Receivership status by the New York State Education Department. For more information about Receivership or to view the school’s improvement measures, please visit https://www.rcsdk12.org/receivership.
    Program Information
    Start Time: 7:30 a.m.
    Dismissal Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Grade Level: PreK-8
    Uniforms Required: No
    Busing: School Buses

    Student Enrollment: 600
    Foreign Languages: Spanish
    English Language Learners: Yes
    Honors/Enrichment Classes: Yes
    Early Literacy Program: Yes
    Chorus: Yes
    Band/Orchestra: Yes
    Instrumental Music Lessons: Yes
    Sports: Yes
    Step Teams: Yes
    Extended/Expanded Day: Yes
    Saturday School: No
    On-Site After-School Care: Yes
    Summer Programs: Yes
    Health/Wellness Center: No
    Business/College/Faith Partnerships: Center for Youth, Boys and Girls Club, G2, Memorial Art Gallery, BlackFem, Inc., Genesee Mental Health

    Student-Parent School Compact Agreement required: No

    • Expanded Learning School with a 7.5-hour day: students receive more than 200 extra hours each year of academic, social-emotional, and recreational opportunities beyond those offered during a traditional school day.
    • Free after-school programming at the Boys and Girls Club onsite.
    • Daily Leadership block in grades K-6 and Advisory block in grades 7-8.
    • Additional ELA and math support provided in grades K-8.
    • Leadership hour in every grade.
    • Leader in Me schoolwide programming promoting The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Children.
    • Individualized student goal setting.
    • Student-led conferencing.
    • Mediation provided to solve problems.
    • Daily advisory and individualized support team time every other day in grades 7-8.