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Basking in the morning sun on Scout Field Friday, June 26, graduates of the Scarsdale Alternative School and their families sat patiently in their lawn chairs, waiting for graduation ceremonies to begin. With families socially distanced from one another in separate areas marked off by lines …

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As March wore into April and April into late spring, families everywhere wondered what the summer of 2020 would look like as it became clear the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t going away. With many vacations canceled, summer recreation activities nixed and jobs and internships drying up, a little …

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The Scarsdale School District and its teachers have inked a new one-year agreement that increased the salary schedule for teachers on all steps by $750. Teachers would also receive a nonrecurring supplement of $750 for 2020-21.

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A restart planning steering committee, tasked with strategizing around three potential scenarios for schools reopening in the fall, is set to convene next month, according to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Edgar McIntosh and Director of Special Education …

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More than 120 viewers tuned in to the school board’s virtual special meeting on June 17 to hear results of the 2020 school election. With an unprecedented 4,161 absentee ballots submitted, it was the largest turnout since 2013 when more than 3,200 went to the polls and 56% voted against the …

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On Wednesday, June 3, Scarsdale High School held its annual ceremony to honor the recipients of numerous academic and community service awards. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic having closed schools since mid-March, this year’s program was conducted by videoconferencing.

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For three months, Amedee Williams faced the biggest challenge of his career as a music teacher as he had 140 Scarsdale High School orchestra students learning distantly from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For their hard work and dedication during a difficult time, Williams is rewa…

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On the eve of the school board election held by mail-in ballot only through June 9, the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale on May 31 hosted a virtual forum for three candidates running to fill two open seats on the Scarsdale Board of Education. Each candidate delivered opening and closing s…

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Scarsdale’s Alternative School classes are not all that different from regular classes at the high school. Students learn just about the same material and get graded on their performance.

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The class of 2020 high school seniors can expect very different commencement ceremonies this year as Scarsdale and Edgemont schools announced plans for modified graduation ceremonies.

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Education was always important to Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez. Her own parents never finished elementary school and Kirkendall-Rodríguez was determined to make a name for herself. Against all odds, she went to Harvard, won a fellowship at Hebrew University in Israel, studied at The Lauder Ins…

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Before Amber Yusuf and her husband moved from Brooklyn to Scarsdale in 2009, the pair toured the quaint village to see what all the hubbub was about. Like many residents, Yusuf and her husband were drawn to Scarsdale because of the schools’ highly regarded reputation and with two young boys,…

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Scarsdale High School Alumni Association president Zach Harrison believes those from his alma mater are “leaders in their careers, leaders in their fields and leaders in their communities,” and used the words “curious, smart, civic-minded, entrepreneurial, hard-working” to describe them. Wit…

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With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order extending school closures and online learning into the end of the school year, the Scarsdale School District continued to grapple with and evolve the new frontier of online instruction, and has set up essential questions for educators in order to impr…

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Like many students at Scarsdale High School, Grant Schechtman cares about his grades. He and his classmates have an innate desire to perform well academically. They stay up late reading, studying and finishing essays, constantly challenging themselves and their minds, staying motivated throu…

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The Scarsdale Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the proposed 2020-21 budget May 11 after multiple reiterations of cost-cutting efforts in response to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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For most teachers, e-learning is uncharted waters. After stay-at-home directives came in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with minimal training teachers across the country suddenly faced the call to teach millions of kids online. Pivoting to remote learning also sent many districts scrambl…

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The 2020 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) announced March 30 that it selected Amber Yusuf and Robert Klein as its 2020 nominees to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May election has been postponed to June, with a date to be determined.

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For some parents of children in the Scarsdale’s elementary schools, students’ e-learning progress when it comes to balancing synchronous (teacher-led in a group setting) and asynchronous (independent) during the COVID-19 pandemic era isn’t up to par. That message was made clear during the pu…

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Renovations for the Scarsdale High School auditorium and about three dozen other expenditures totaling $3.4 million will likely be deferred or cut, due to an urgent need to trim expenses from the proposed 2020-21 school budget. The budget revamp comes in response to the COVID-19 health crisi…

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The Scarsdale Board of Education held a virtual public meeting March 18 to discuss a revised plan for the $166 million 2020-21 school budget, which showed a slight decrease from previous estimates.

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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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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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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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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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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.