Finance Committee Meeting
A Finance Committee Meeting will be held at the District Office on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Dear Mahopac Families,
I am honored to be serving in a community in which I live and love. I am proud to be working with a dedicated faculty, staff and administration that are committed to providing the highest quality educational experiences for all of our students. The MCSD provides rich educational programs, extensive athletic and club programs while understanding the importance of social, emotional growth. We believe by allowing students to be innovative, creative and problem solvers they will be able to reach their full potential and ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
Our commitment to fostering growth of each student can only be accomplished by building strong community and home partnerships. Through these partnerships we can strengthen academic, social, emotional and physical health for all our students K-12.
Over the coming months, I will be working through my entry plan and gaining insights into the strengths, opportunities and needs of our school district. I invite you to share your thoughts by attending community and school forums over the next couple of months. Your input will be important as we develop a Strategic Road Map for the district that will guide our work into the future. I look forward to meeting you at school and community events as we create the “Mahopac Way”.
Superintendent of Schools
March Madness, hosted by the Mahopac Student Athletic Council, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Mahopac High School’s New Gym. This festive yearly event includes exciting games between students, teachers, and members of the police department. All fees collected at the door will go toward funding the elementary school physical education departments. All proceeds collected from candy and drink sales will go toward funding the Student Athletic Council and their Senior Citizen Prom event.
The Mahopac Central School District rolled out its initiative to provide students in grades five through twelve with their own Chromebook laptops this week. The initiative is in keeping with Mahopac’s commitment to provide students with cutting-edge technology to make them 21st century leaders. Students in the lower grades will share one Chromebook for every two students.
Training sessions were held recently for students, who were excited about using the laptops. John Resanovich, senior facilitator for instructional technology at Southern Westchester BOCES, was one of the experts on hand to help students in the middle school. His demonstration of how they could move apps and use Google Drive for sharing documents was met by cries of “wow” and “awesome” by students, who were fascinated with the technology.
The Chromebooks allow students to easily check homework assignments, film videos for projects, and share information with each other.
The district also hosted an informational evening for parents, to familiarize them with the technology.
“This initiative will really enable our students to be college and career ready,” said Mahopac Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo. “There has been a lot of time and energy put into professional development and technology training, and we are very fortunate to have the community’s support.”
Mahoapc Middle School recently held their Annual School STEAM Fair. The event showcased experiments, machines and displays focused around Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Hover boards, 3-D printers and chemical reactions were just a few of the things students explored at the fair, where creative innovation was in abundance.
“At Lakeview Elementary School we want all of our children to receive a solid education, but we also want them to grow up to be kind and caring citizens,” said first grade teacher Lisa Ettlinger, referring to the students’ recent field trip to St. John’s Food Pantry. Teachers and students collected upwards of 160 boxes of healthy breakfast foods to donate. “We wanted to show our first graders that it can be as rewarding to give as it is to receive.” The children also decorated hearts, which they attached to each cereal box. “Their theme was ‘A Smart Start Warms the Heart,’ said Ettlinger.
Lakeview Elementary School students and staff embraced the 2018 Great Kindness Challenge recently, when they joined thousands of schools across the country working to create a culture of kindness.
The week-long challenge was sponsored by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit organization. The idea was introduced in 2011 in California and has since spread to schools across the nation and to more than 90 countries.
Whether it was a kind word, a kind act, or a helpful gesture, the acts of kindness and generosity were apparent to students and staff alike at Lakeview.
Lakeview’s Positive Behavioral Incentive (PBIS) committee worked together in the weeks leading up to the challenge to create unique events that would take place each day. Assistant Principal Elizabeth Blessing spearheaded the event at the school with an explanatory video on the first day of the challenge, January 22.
“Students were challenged to perform as many acts of kindness as they could throughout the week,” said Blessing. The challenge was in keeping with the school’s PBIS initiative “Lakeview ROCKS,” an acronym for Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind and Safe.
Part of the week’s highlights included Wear Red Day, Crazy for Kindness Day and a Dream of Kindness Day, where the entire school wore their pajamas.
“Students embraced every aspect of this challenge and were eager to participate in the school-wide events and lessons throughout the week,” according to Blessing. At the end of the week Principal Jennifer Pontillo created a video thanking the students for their participation in what she said will be a yearly event for the school.
“Even though the Great Kindness Challenge week is over,” Pontillo said, “I know that you will continue to be kind every day because Lakeview ROCKS!”
“If something is considered trash, or unwanted, does that mean we can’t use it?” That was the question Catherine Leist, program assistant for the Center for Environmental Education at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, asked Fulmar Road Elementary School students when she visited their classrooms recently.
The students’ response: “No, we can recycle it!”
Leist visited the students to talk about reducing or eliminating trash in their lunches, in their classrooms—and in their lives. “The great thing about human beings is that they are really smart,” Leist told students. “So, although people created the problem of trash in our environment, people are also coming up with the solutions!”
Among the solutions Leist discussed with students — reusing and recycling.
“Each person creates about four pounds of trash every day,” Leist said. “And each classroom creates about 100 pounds a day.”
Though the figures are daunting, “If you just make some simple changes, you can make a whole world of difference,” Leist said.
“Instead of buying individual-sized snacks packs, like potato chips, you can by them in a big bag and put them into reusable individual containers,” Leist told students. She added that using a reusable water bottle instead of bottled water can have an incredible impact, as can using reusable lunch containers and bags instead of plastic or paper products.
“If you are excited to recycle and reuse, you will get other people excited,” Leist told students. “And a change in attitude can make a change in habits — and that can change the whole world!”