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Four candidates vying for two seats on the Scarsdale School Board had an opportunity to make their case to voters May 2 at a virtual candidates’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale, which can be viewed here.

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SHS PTA Scholarship Fund chair Dana Matsushita, center, with Debbie Skolnik and Diane Gurden — all parents of current Scarsdale High School seniors — joined about 40 participants for a walkathon that took place Saturday, April 24, at Butler Field track at SHS. Many other generous donors cont…

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SMS Popham House eighth grader Isabelle “Izzy” Zhu
 of Ridgedale Road earned a silver medal for exceptional work in digital arts in the 2021 Scholastic Awards national arts and writing competition.

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Jessica Resnick-Ault sees herself as a journalism expert — a reporter who is capable of debriefing and synthesizing some of the most difficult situations to figure out what went wrong — and she’s hoping to bring those skills to work on the Scarsdale Board of Education.

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While poetry is taught year-round and districtwide in Scarsdale Schools, National Poetry Month certainly puts the genre in the spotlight in April. Scarsdale Public Information Office Michelle Verna spent the month sharing student and staff work on social media.

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Quaker Ridge resident Irin Israel announced April 19 he would run for the Scarsdale Board of Education as an independent candidate in the election scheduled on May 18. He is the fourth candidate to enter the race, and the second independent challenger to the Scarsdale School Board Nominating…

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Mia Wilson, a fifth grader at Heathcote Elementary, was a finalist in the virtual STEM Science Fair sponsored by the National Hockey League, finishing third among hundreds of entrants across the U.S. and Canada.

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The Scarsdale High School (SHS) Women for Women Club (WFW) hosted a    videoconference April 14 featuring former Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Kathy Boockvar to raise awareness of the club and to support the work of WFWI.

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The physical education class exemption that Scarsdale High School sophomores, juniors and seniors who join an interscholastic athletic team are eligible for will return next week. Physical education coordinator Ray Pappalardi said the testing requirement has been waived for the fourth quarte…

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After a rollercoaster year of remote and hybrid schooling, intensive cleaning protocols and ever-changing state and federal guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, members of the Scarsdale School Board voted unanimously April 12 to adopt the district’s $166,862,755  budget for the 2021-2…

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Asking “What is the likelihood you’d drive a complete stranger to the airport at 4 a.m. versus a relative or friend?” and then garnering the expected response that very few people would consider driving the stranger, the Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks Sr., a diversity and implicit bias expert, con…

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Scarsdale’s board of education convened on Monday, April 12 to discuss a variety of changes being implemented with regard to both policy and curriculum. A large part of the discussion centered on the board’s implementation of a Scarsdale-specific iteration of the New York State School Boards…

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The Scarsdale School Board and Village Board of Trustees met March 22 to review a number of common concerns and projects. Among the boards’ immediate concerns are the need to recruit and hire a new village manager, to iron out the process for the collection of school and village tax receipts…

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On Friday, March 26, Scarsdale Schools sent an email blast to Scarsdale families about a “bank fraud” guilty plea by former Sovereign Health Chief Investment Officer Barton Schack. Last year, despite the objection of several Scarsdale parents who are in the medical field, the district contra…

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A cause for celebration for many administrators in the district, grades 3-5 joined K-2 in moving to full-time, in-person instruction on March 22, a little over a year since the coronavirus pandemic derailed schools, forcing districts to redefine how to teach and instruct students safely and …

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Hours after the 2021 Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) March 23 named its two school board candidates — Jessica Resnick-Ault, a journalist, and Jim Dugan, an attorney — Alison Tepper Singer, current board of education vice president, announced she is planning an independent …

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With COVID-19 cases declining in Westchester and a return to full-time in-person elementary education slated for later this month, the Scarsdale School District announced plans this week to reopen all school buildings to full-time, in-person instruction by April 19.

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At a school budget study session March 1 — the second of three planned sessions — Scarsdale School District administrators reviewed the preliminary budget for the 2021-22 school year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting many unknowns lie ahead.

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Scarsdale may add a summer enrichment program for elementary school students if there is enough interest from parents. The program, budgeted at a cost of $250,000, would be funded against tax revenues or from the district’s assigned fund balance, Assistant Superintendent for Business Stuart …

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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…