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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.

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In delivering the most recent Scarsdale High School restart plan via Zoom on Aug. 20, Principal Ken Bonamo was matter-of-fact in explaining the “challenging and daunting” restart process, and supporting both teacher and student viewpoints, while remaining his usual soft-spoken, calm self.

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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…

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Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman called it “a turbulent and chaotic week coming off a turbulent and chaotic series of months in which we’ve been all engaged in coping with a worldwide pandemic” as the Restart Committee and district administration pivoted on several fronts — based upon crit…

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The Scarsdale Restart Committee continues to listen to parent feedback. Less than 48 hours after the district released the plan to the public for the first time Monday night, new changes were made to the elementary school and high school hybrid schedules today.

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Monday evening, Aug. 3, the Scarsdale community finally got a look at the school district’s reopening plan, an 84-page document that will likely go through more changes before and after being sent to New York State for review on Friday, Aug. 7.

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When it leaked and spread on Facebook that the Scarsdale Restart Committee was rumored to be considering having high school students in a full e-learning setting beginning in September in order to better serve the district’s younger students in person and be able to offer more elective optio…

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After years of debate and planning, the two-phase $28.4 million Greenacres Elementary School construction project, which included a four-classroom addition on Huntington Avenue, reconfiguration of existing interior spaces and the renovation of 11 classrooms, is on target for a September finish.

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The Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Plan (STEP) Board announced July 1 that James Kakaire, a rising junior from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, has been selected to join the Scarsdale High School class of 2022 this coming fall.  

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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.