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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.

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A report by the Scarsdale Forum Education Committee released Oct. 8 recommends the school board and administration create a “new paradigm” to bolster communication with stakeholders and provide avenues for wider community participation in decision-making for the schools.

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Quaker Ridge Elementary School switched to fully remote learning Thursday, Oct. 15, as school district officials awaited rapid COVID-19 test results of two previously quarantined students who began showing symptoms. The school will reopen for hybrid learning on Friday as both tests came back…

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Ann Marie Nee wrapped up her final Scarsdale Teachers Institute course of the 2019-20 school year — the milestone 50th year for the STI — on Saturday, March 7. Exhausted, she left everything at school, planning to clean up Monday morning, March 9. She and everyone else learned Sunday night t…

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Learning pods are the newest trend in pandemic education. Small groups of mask-wearing students learning together with a tutor, teacher or parent supplement their regular asynchronous and synchronous learning experience at school.

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With all the challenges teachers are facing in 2020 — due to ending last school year with remote learning from March through June and starting this school year in a hybrid model — Scarsdale’s faculty remained generally upbeat during a public Zoom meeting Oct. 5 between representatives of the…

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It is one of the most coveted awards a school can receive, and this year when the winners were announced by the U.S. Department of Education on Sept. 24, Scarsdale’s own Heathcote Elementary School was on the list of 367 schools nationwide to be named as a Blue Ribbon School for 2020.

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After results Sept. 15 for each school’s water test showed low to moderate levels of Legionella bacteria in the water at Quaker Ridge School and Scarsdale Middle School, the district covered all non-UV filtrated bottle filling stations on the same day, and installed all new UV filtrated bott…

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Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Plan (STEP) welcomed its 2020-22 scholarship student, James Kakaire, at a small outdoor gathering Sept. 16. Kakaire arrived from North Carolina last month and quarantined for two weeks before starting classes at Scarsdale High School Sept 10. A junior fro…

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Of the nine public commenters at the Scarsdale Board of Education’s first in-person meeting since March 2, six came to talk about the high school schedule, one about the high and middle school schedules, one about the middle and elementary school schedules, another mostly about tennis.

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Tashia Brown’s face hurt from smiling so much Monday, Sept. 14. For the first time since March 6, the doors to Scarsdale’s middle and five elementary schools opened for students. Little did anyone know they would not return to school on March 9 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The day was overcast and the outdoor campus at Edgemont Junior/Senior High School was quiet. As the clock struck 8 a.m. a few cars began to flow into the traffic circle in front of the school where the notice board outside the gym sported a warm “Welcome back” message.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman alerted the community to the presence of “low-to-moderate levels” of Legionella bacteria in the water supplies at Quaker Ridge Elementary School and Scarsdale Middle School. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Hagerman reported t…

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David Glantz’s first day of college was not at all what he envisioned it would be when Cornell University sent him his acceptance letter in December 2019. Sitting in his double on North Campus nine months later, Glantz signed into his first college lecture via Zoom. As an engineering student…

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Victoria (“Vicki”) Free Presser, who retired as public information officer for the Scarsdale schools on Aug. 28, took the position in April 2002, a time when the nation was still reeling in the wake of 9/11. Responding to a deeply felt need from the community for both solace and strength, Pr…

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Though there is still no guarantee Scarsdale schools will reopen with a proposed hybrid system, the district remains committed to aiming for that level of in-person education after Labor Day, while also focusing on remote learning for the roughly 11 percent of students who have chosen that o…

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By offering extended in-person hours and a full remote option for reopening Scarsdale schools this fall, parents in the community were getting closer to being satisfied, though many still wanted a clearer roadmap for exactly how things would look and feel online and in-person educationally a…