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In an email on Friday, Feb. 5, Scarsdale schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community about “another important step towards a more normalized school experience for our students” with increases in in-person learning for grades 3-12. Grades K-2 have been back full time sinc…

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From cameras to Chromebooks, infrastructure to interactive panels, Paul Garofano, Edgemont’s director of technology and information, reviewed the district’s remote and hybrid instruction, which he said have led to an increased dependence on technology over the last year and are impacting the…

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New York State Assemblymember Amy Paulin presented a proclamation to Heathcote Elementary School Jan. 15 for its designation as a 2020 Blue Ribbon School. Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education announced Heathcote was on the short list for 2020, and after completing a comprehensive appl…

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In the first week of the new year, the Scarsdale School District was hit with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and Friday, Jan. 8. According to an email to the community that Friday from Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, classes and district operations were …

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Edgemont School administrators presented site plans for several proposed essential interior and exterior improvements at Greenville, Seely Place, and Edgemont Jr/Sr High schools. The site plans include new roads for improved traffic flow and emergency access, added parking spaces, and cafete…

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The results are mixed when it comes to securing appointments for the COVID-19 vaccines, but the education community had an overall sense of joy when unexpectedly being added to New York State’s list of eligible groups on Friday, Jan. 8.

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The 2021-22 budget process began in earnest on Dec. 21 with a preliminary report by Scarsdale Schools Assistant Superintendent Stuart Mattey highlighting year-end and long-term financial projections and 2021-22 budget assumptions.

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The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) election will take place Tuesday, Jan. 12, and this year, due to safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, the election will take place by mail-in ballot only. Eligible voters can download ballots from the SBNC website, scarsdalesbnc.com, or p…

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Every year thousands of music students across the state participate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival. Each student performs rudiments and a solo piece in a stressful audition, a one-shot chance to earn the honor of being named one of the best musicians in the …

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To gain insights into what academic life has been like for students during the first half of the 2020-21 school year, the Scarsdale Board of Education met with a group of Scarsdale High School students via Zoom conferencing Monday, Dec. 7. The special meeting comprised school board members, …

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In an effort to accommodate students in Greenville and Seely Place schools with learning differences, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Joseph Schippa outlined a plan to transition qualifying special ed students from a hybrid schedule to full day, in-person instruction beginning in January.

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For more than a quarter-century, the Scarsdale Young Writers’ Workshop (YWW) has inspired and encouraged local third through fifth graders, among whom there could very well be a pint-sized Proust or mini Maya Angelou. In that sense, this year’s event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 21, was …

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Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman gave an update about the district’s plan should New York State designate Scarsdale as a micro-cluster in a yellow, orange or red zone in an email to the community Friday, Nov. 20.

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Responding to mandated testing procedures that school officials said would be “unsustainable,” the Westchester Putnam School Board Association (WPSBA) called on New York State legislators on Nov. 18 to give public schools in designated “yellow zones” the logistical and financial support to c…

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School board members showed dismay at the board of education meeting Monday, Nov. 16, when district architect Kevin Walsh projected a September 2022 end date for when portable classrooms could be occupied on school grounds.

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The Restart Steering Committee, the group tasked with analyzing the school district’s reopening protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic, reaffirmed the district’s commitment to 6 feet of physical distancing after a contingent of elementary school parents suggested the district decrease dista…

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In a presentation emphasizing collaboration, fiscal responsibility and a focus on excellence, Superintendent Victoria Kniewel and Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration Bryan Paul updated the community on the district’s plan for remedying its aging and inadequate infrastructure a…

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Addressing six pre-determined topics and answering nearly 50 questions from the chat function of Zoom, Scarsdale School District cabinet members spent 90 minutes Thursday, Oct. 29, updating the community as it moves forward following two weeks of online surveys and focus groups.

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With data-driven feedback collected from parents, caregivers and teachers, Edgemont school administrators recommended the district hold off on providing full-day classes for students in grades K-2, a cohort that has proven the most challenging to teach at home and is currently in the hybrid …

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At the request of Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman, the Tri-State Consortium conducted 39 focus groups over Zoom representing close to 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators for a week, beginning on Oct. 19, as part of assessing the school’s reopening plan. Mu…

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Between Thursday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Scarsdale School District confirmed four more positive COVID-19 cases among the school community. The first and fourth both led to a cancellation of that afternoon’s after-school activities (athletics) and a switch to remote learning the f…

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Assistant Superintendent Drew Patrick announced at the board of education meeting Oct. 19 that Michelle (Carter) Verna will serve as Scarsdale School District press officer, replacing Victoria Free Presser who retired in August.