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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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Preparation, flexibility and feedback were the themes running throughout the second set of Edgemont parent forums held virtually Monday, Aug. 3. The sessions reviewed the proposed hybrid schedule for reconvening instruction at the Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School and Greenville and Seely Place s…

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After abruptly canceling in-person graduation on July 23 when district officials reported that a group of seniors may have been exposed to COVID-19, administrators organized and released a celebratory graduation video with speeches by students, administrators and teachers, as well as video a…

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In two virtual forums held Wednesday, July 29, Edgemont school administrators presented proposed hybrid schedules — a combination of in-person and distance learning — for the elementary and junior/senior high schools as they resume instruction in September.

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After months of planning, discussing and preparing for an in-person graduation for Edgemont’s class of 2020, school administrators announced on July 23 that they planned to cancel the in-person celebration after learning that a group of senior students may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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With New York State’s coronavirus infection rate decelerating, parents and caregivers of Edgemont students tuned in via Google Meetup for a pair of informative question-and-answer sessions July 7 and 8, focusing on options and all the multiple moving parts for reopening schools in September.

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With COVID-19 still an ever-present threat in the United States, school districts across New York State have been grappling with a strategy to prepare teachers, administrators, students and parents for a potential fall reopening of schools.

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In her health and safety update during a livestream school board meeting June 23, Superintendent Victoria Kniewel gave a brief overview of the district’s tentative plans for phase 4 reopening based on criteria and guidelines to be addressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 8. Until then, the dis…

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Susan Shirken, who served as assistant superintendent of Edgemont Schools for almost 15 years, will retire on June 30. In a letter sent May 18 to the Edgemont community, Superintendent Victoria Kniewel announced that Shirken will continue to work on a part-time, interim basis, assisting with…

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Amid concerns over the strained resources of some Edgemont taxpayers who may have experienced salary cuts or layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of the district’s board of education adopted a budget of $63,677,081 for the 2020-21 school year during a videoconference meeting on M…

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The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis led state officials last month to postpone beyond June 1 all school board and budget votes in New York, which had been slated for May 19, and it’s not clear when school elections will take place.

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Three weeks into some of the most challenging academic circumstances ever experienced by the Edgemont school community, the board of education on Tuesday, April 14, presented updates on the logistical challenges of distance learning as well as fiscal repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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While still in its formative stages, a proposed schedule for several potential Edgemont School District bond projects — part of a five-year capital facilities plan — was presented at an Edgemont Board of Education meeting conducted by remote access on March 24.

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The Edgemont School District and members of the community participated in its first-ever remote access meeting of the board of education on Tuesday, March 24, to discuss current and future distance learning initiatives made necessary by school closures mandated to prevent the spread of the c…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 …

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Greenville Elementary School opened its doors to students on Sept. 4 to a nearly complete renovated library, which included new paint, carpet and movable seating and bookshelves. The renovation was funded from a $164,000 grant from the Edgemont School Foundation, which will also cover a libr…

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Principals took to the microphone at the Edgemont School District’s first board meeting Sept. 10 to review unofficial enrollment numbers, back-to-school preparations completed over the summer and their first-day experiences.

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The New York State Education Department test results released Aug. 22 showed 79% of Edgemont School District students in grades 3 through 8 scored proficient on the English Language Arts exams and 85% scored proficient on the math exams.

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Victoria Kniewel waited at 7 a.m. Sept. 4 in the entryway at Edgemont Junior/Senior High School to greet faculty and staff for their first day of school. Students arrived a little before 8 a.m. and Kniewel, Edgemont’s superintendent of schools, was there to greet them along with the principa…

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Edgemont Board of Education appointed Julia Huang as assistant principal for Seely Place Elementary School June 25. Huang will officially begin serving in the newly created role on July 1, the second addition of this kind in Edgemont after Marissa Ferrara took on the same role at Greenville …

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Bryan Paul grew up in a household of educators. His mother was an English teacher and department head for more than 30 years and his father was a physical education teacher, coaching every sport Paul and his brother played growing up.

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Eve Feuerstein, the previous Edgemont Junior/Senior High School assistant principal who became interim principal at Seely Place Elementary School in August, is now a probationary principal at the school.

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Edgemont Schools Superintendent Victoria Kniewel and her staff presented a preliminary look at 2019-20 school budget Feb. 26, a budget that features a $1.8 million rise in the tax levy from $51.9 million this year to $53.7 million next year.

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Edgemont High School continues to churn out some of the top performing students in the state, an achievement further evidenced by senior Angie Jang’s trip to the semifinals of the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

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Dr. Joe Schippa and Ed Stickles, director and assistant director of the Pupil Personnel Services department for Edgemont Schools, previewed the district’s plans for its special education program for the 2019-20 school year at the board of education meeting Feb. 4.

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Edgemont Junior/Senior High School teacher John Catoliato called Measure 99 of “Armando’s Rhumba” “everyone’s nemesis.” The up-tempo composition, released in 1976 by jazz pianist Armando “Chick” Corea, was originally written for three parts — rhythmic handclaps, violin and piano. In the year…

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Edgemont Schools technology director Paul Garofano presented his technology budget proposal for the 2019-20 fiscal year at the board of education meeting Jan. 22, a proposal highlighted by a $70,000 increase in expenditures.