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In a continuing effort to help stem the community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Edgemont School District announced on March 16 that district buildings would remain closed to students and most of the staff through the end of March, and rolled out a comprehensive distance learning pr…

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After a Scarsdale Middle School faculty member tested positive for COVID-19, schools closed March 9 and classes ceased for a week. But Scarsdale schools officially launched e-learning — or distance learning — Monday, March 16, as the community stayed home to curb the spread of coronavirus by…

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After a middle school faculty member tested positive for COVID-19 and Scarsdale schools closed for eight days as a precautionary measure, students are processing how the days off will affect the future school year and the potential for lost educational opportunities.

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Scarsdale Public Schools announced Sunday, March 8, that all schools in the district would close March 9 through March 18 “in an abundance of caution” after school officials learned a middle school faculty member tested positive for COVID-19.

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Scarsdale Public Schools announced Sunday night, March 8, that all schools in the district will close March 9 through March 18 “in an abundance of caution” and “social distancing” after school officials learned a middle school faculty member tested positive for COVID-19.

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Scarsdale High School won the New York City National History Bowl tournament on Feb. 23 at Basis Independent High School in Brooklyn. Varsity team members Caroline Higgins, George Primoff and captain Andrew Morin beat 14 teams including Stuyvesant, Dalton, Darien and Great Neck. Morin also w…

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Edgemont High School’s Chamber Choir/Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kelley Morse, won first place in the large vocal ensemble category at the first annual National Jazz Festival in Philadelphia held Saturday, Feb. 15. Edgemont Vocal Jazz was defending an unprecedented six consec…

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Over the Presidents Day break this month, the Scarsdale Speech and Debate Team traveled to the 46th annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament, the largest invitational competition in the country. Scarsdale had not had a competitor advance to the final round of any category since 2016, but…

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In 1989, when Jeffrey Deskovic was only 16 years old, he was identified by police in Peekskill, New York, as a suspect in the case of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl from his school. According to Deskovic, he was “shy and didn’t fit in with his classmates,” and was emotional about …

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Director of curriculum Michael Curtin, social studies department chair Dan Schuchat and Greenville Elementary School principal Jennifer Allen presented the findings of the Tri-State Consortium social studies consultancy at the Edgemont Board of Education meeting on Feb. 11.

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Sam Feldman was a little nervous going to SUNY Rockland Community College Jan. 7. He and six others from Edgemont High School were joining more than 300 students from the metropolitan area to take part in the regional competition for DECA, a nonprofit student organization that prepares emerg…

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A cutting-edge fashion show is coming to the Scarsdale High School auditorium Jan. 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. But the teens strutting the catwalk won’t be modeling the types of ensembles our kids usually covet — say, the latest from a village boutique or something from the juniors’ department at Bl…

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Rebecca Alexander is a role model for resilience. An author, psychotherapist, fitness instructor, disability rights advocate and extreme athlete, she is also almost completely blind and deaf. When she was in college, Alexander discovered she had the rarest form of a genetic condition known a…

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School district officials presented a five-year capital facilities plan Jan. 14, which included an architectural firm’s three potential scenarios for additions, renovations and expansion of the school district’s infrastructure. To meet the need for expansion, the board is considering a poten…

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The 10 candidates elected Jan. 14 to join the School Board Nominating Committee are Cecilia Anon-Kowalski and Prem Itharat of Edgewood, Swapna Kanekar and Jonathan Lemle of Fox Meadow, Deborah Jeanne Skolnik and Cindy S. Yau of Greenacres, Curtis Parker and “Claire” Yin Yang of Heathcote, Su…

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The Scarsdale School board voted unanimously to adopt the 2019-20 budget plan in April and voters approved the plan in May. The $160,782,597 budget increased by $2.9 million, which is 1.86 percent more than the 2018-19 budget. The tax levy increased to $148.6 million versus the prior year’s …

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Jordan Copeland, chair of the Joint Committee of the School Board Nominating Committee, met with members of the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale Dec. 18 to address questions regarding the committee’s proposed 21 amendments to the SBNC resolution, which will be on the ballot Jan. 14 electi…

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The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election will take place Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 9 p.m. in the Scarsdale Middle School auditorium lobby at 134 Mamaroneck Road.

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The Edgemont Board of Education heard concerns Dec. 11 from Superintendent Victoria Kniewel on space issues in the district. Though discussions on maximizing the use of the existing space in the schools began in 2016, Kniewel said simply, “The district is running out of space and needs to do…

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During a school board presentation Nov. 18 on student engagement and assessment, Assistant Superintendent Edgar McIntosh said the district’s ultimate goal is to produce students who are “skillful, knowledgeable and possess the dispositions that position them to be informed, ethical, collabor…

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Scarsdale Superintendent of Schools Thomas Hagerman and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Edgar McIntosh expanded their discussion of the district’s ambitious 2019 to 2024 Strategic Plan at a school board meeting on Nov. 19. The presentation provided a deep…

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This year’s fall musical promises to bring enchantment to the entire family this year with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Originally adapted into a musical for the small screen by Hammerstein in 1957, the live adaptation first premiered on Broadway in 2013. It ran for 770 performanc…

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For Edgemont and other area districts, students with disabilities are reportedly excelling in school, as presented in a data profile to the Edgemont Board of Education and attending members of the public on Nov. 12. The state of special education at Edgemont schools as of the 2017-18 school …

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The Greenacres Neighborhood Association invited its members to Greenacres Elementary School on Oct. 30 to bring residents up to date on the Greenacres construction and renovation projects. The gathering also included a tour of new classrooms and discussions with faculty and staff.

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The Scarsdale Board of Education meeting on Nov. 4 addressed some concerns from citizens about security as well as updates on construction and other capital improvement projects. Thomas Smith, CPA, director of EFRP Group LLC External Audits, spoke in the pre-meeting business brief about comp…

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It was just before 9 a.m. and the seventh-grade class was slowly filtering into the dimly lit middle school auditorium. Almost all the seats were taken and, as you’d expect, the students were chatty. The kids slowly lowered their voices as Dr. Richard Stumacher, a pulmonologist from Northern…

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At the Edgemont Union Free School District Board of Education meeting Oct. 15, Director of Technology Paul Garofano presented his department’s vision for the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) initiatives, with a planned expansion of the curriculum into seventh an…

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Earlier this year, Pew Research Center conducted a survey that found 27% of U.S. adults haven’t read a book in the past year. More specifically, households with incomes under $30,000 a year are more likely to be nonbook readers (36%), while the same low-income communities were more likely to…

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Scarsdale High School senior Jacob Faierman set out two years ago to interview a number of undocumented immigrants, seeking to hear their stories of coming to America and to learn what their lives were like before moving. This past August, he transformed those interviews into a book of six s…

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At an Edgemont School Board meeting on Sept. 24, board members unanimously approved a contract award for district architectural and engineering services to Fuller & D’Angelo, an architectural firm based out of Elmsford, to update a room utilization study and find out what the district’s …