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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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The Scarsdale Board of Education heard a budget presentation Jan. 11 that focused on staffing recommendations and projected enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.

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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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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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Teaching the history of inequality and injustice in America and having students “really engage with the lived experience of people who aren’t white, who aren’t male, who aren’t straight” are essential, said Karine Schaeffer, Scarsdale High School’s English department chair, describing the th…

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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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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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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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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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Earlier this month, a three-minute time limit was established for public comments at school board meetings, but Scarsdale’s Board of Education will consider responding to speakers in real time.

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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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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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After conducting 39 virtual focus groups on Zoom with some 400 students, parents, teachers and administrators over a week beginning Oct. 19, the Tri-State Consortium compiled feedback and released a report Nov. 2, which spelled out the consortium’s findings on the district’s communication an…

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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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This interview conducted on Oct. 1, the first in a series to focus on student mental health and well-being, featured a conversation with Scarsdale Middle School psychologists Dr. Elliot Cohen and Dr. Merav Hasler. The interview was conducted and condensed by PTA wellness representatives Wend…

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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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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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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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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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For parents of students in the special education program, the anxiety of going back to school presents a new set of challenges during the ongoing COVD-19 pandemic.