From the Superintendent

Anthony DiCarloDear 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”.

 

Sincerely,

Anthony DiCarlo

Superintendent of Schools

News & Headlines

  • Lakeview Students Are on the Same Page

    Every student and staff member at Lakeview Elementary School has something in common — they all recently read the same book.  The school took part in the One Book, One School program sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy.

     

    “We chose the book ‘Only One You,’ by Linda Kranz,” said Leigh Galione, building coordinator at Lakeview. The book, with vibrant, colorful illustrations, appeals to children (and adults) of all ages and relays the message to be yourself and help make the world a better place.

     

    “The overarching theme is individual uniqueness,” said Galione. “Our mascot, Paws the bulldog, delivered a book to each classroom, and classes had access to a Google Choice Board, which has a variety of book-themed activities to choose from that classes explored throughout the month.”

     

    The book, in which two fish parents tell their child life lessons, teaches children to value individuality and look for beauty in everyday moments of life. Lakeview students made “rock fish” (painted rocks) in art class that they will place in a “dry rock stream” outside of the school. Other activities included mindful coloring; poetry reading; and making Flipgrids, where students created short videos to share with each other.

     

    “There was also an anti-bullying component to this event,” said Galione. The PTO sponsored a Power of One anti-bullying assembly, and students were encouraged to write kind notes to each other and make new friends.

     

    Students and staff alike were enthusiastic about the event. “The entire school bonded as part of this fabulous initiative,” said Galione, “and we are looking forward to continuing this wonderful school tradition each year!”

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  • Mahopac School District Award Is Music to the Ears

    The Mahopac Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Long known in the community for its dedication to musical excellence, with stellar concerts, musicals and performances throughout the year, Mahopac is being recognized as one of the most outstanding districts in the country for its musical education programs.

     

    The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported by the National Association of Music Merchants.

     

    “I would like to express my thanks to our music staff and administration for developing the culture of music here in Mahopac that allows our students to flourish in the performing arts,” said Mahopac’s music-department chair, Stas Przymylski.

     

    Przymylski had to submit an extensive application touching on all levels of music instruction, including detailed questions about funding, music class instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, according to NAMM’s website.

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  • MHS' Jessica Kasper Named Journal News' "Bowler of the Year"

    Bowled over! Mahopac High School student Jessica Kasper was named the Journal News/lohud Westchester/Putnam Girls Bowler of the Year recently.

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  • Mahopac Student Awarded Trip to Germany

    Study hard, and it could lead to… a free trip abroad! At least that is what happened for Mahopac High School senior Garrett Zeiss, who was awarded an all‐expenses‐paid month-long summer-study trip to Germany. Zeiss was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 95th percentile on the Level 3 2018 National German Exam for High School Students, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

     

    Zeiss is one of only 44 outstanding German students selected from across the US to receive the award. The study trip includes round‐trip airfare to Germany from New York, a homestay with a host family, and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. The study trip, now in its 58th year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

     

    “This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the US,” said Keith Cothrun, executive director of the AATG, in a press release. “The prize is a great reward for excellence in learning German—and the best way to better get to know a fascinating language and culture through firsthand experiences living with a German family and attending school.”

     

    Zeiss, a student of Mahopac High School teacher Katrina Bauerlein’s, is excited about going abroad this summer.

     

    “I have never been abroad, and I am really looking forward to it,” Zeiss said. “Language is my thing—this is a great opportunity!”

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  • Mahopac Jazz Band Awarded at Local Festival

    Mahopac High School’s jazz band and jazz combo demonstrated their superior music IQ during the Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival held on March 9 in Sleepy Hollow.  MHS’s jazz band was awarded best Latin selection, and senior Ben Haight was awarded best soloist for his performance on the alto saxophone.

     

    The concert showcased some of the most talented high school jazz musicians, including bands and ensembles from Mamaroneck, Lakeland, Croton, Ardsley, Woodlands, and Port Chester high schools. A celebration of jazz education in schools, the festival also featured guest artists Dave Pietro on sax, Chris Smith on drums and Scott Wendholt on trumpet. Students were treated to a hands-on music clinic as well.

     

    “Throughout the day many high school jazz big bands and combos from Westchester and Putnam counties performed for a panel of professional jazz musicians and educators,” said MHS jazz band director Rich Williams. “Several schools were selected to perform at an evening concert open to the public. Mahopac High School jazz band closed the evening concert featuring NYC drummer Chris Smith as a special guest.”

     

    The jazz band students include Paul Barthelmes, Dhiannie Brito, Ryan Butler, Richard Contreras, Peter Dorovitsine, Mark Dusovic, Grace Goodman, Benjamin Haight, David Kaprielian, Jacob Kayler, Mia Kilker, Aidan Madden, Willow Marshall, Matthew Martirano, Cole McCracken, Kelli Murphy, Alexa O’Leary, Christopher Perrone, Benjamin Pinello, Christopher Polloni, Sophia Romero, Jillian Sedran, Joseph Siclari, and Melanie Winuk.

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  • Mahopac Students Take Home Awards at WESEF Competition

    Their years of research have paid off. Mahopac High School’s science research students took home impressive awards at the 2018 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF), which took place on March 17 in Sleepy Hollow.

     

    Jessica Finkler won first place in the cellular and molecular biology category. She also earned the honor to compete in the prestigious Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) in Pittsburgh in May. She was invited to a roundtable discussion at Yorktown High School on the finalists’ accomplishments and STEM education with Congresswoman Lowey and Lieutenant Governor Hochul. 

     

    Finkler’s project is titled The Role of Notch Signaling in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She participated in the Regeneron High School Mentorship program, working with one of their research scientists as her mentor. Finkler studied the downstream patterns of the notch signaling pathway, which is highly involved in a variety of diseases, including T-cell leukemia, pancreatic cancer, and ovarian cancer.

     

    Alyssa White won the Think STEAM award for her project titled, The Effects of Music Tempo on Heart Rate of Domestic Horses. She tested the effects of slow and fast tempos of music to see if it would correlate to the heart rates of the horses, which could be helpful in calming them.

     

    Natalie Scanlon, who worked with Putnam Valley student Kaitlin Cohen, won the US Metric Association award for their work titled CRISPR Knockout of E-cadherin to Inhibit the Adhesive Properties of HEK293 cells. They also won a spot to compete at the Genius Olympiad at SUNY Oswego in June.

     

    Alexandrine Gaspar won fourth place in the competition for her research entitled Testing the Effectiveness of the Drug Epiandrosterone on Tuleremia Caused by Francisella tularensis. She tested a non-antibiotic drug to see if it was effective in killing the bacteria in the life-threatening disease tularemia.

     

    Mahopac High School science research teachers Elizabeth Stephens, who heads the science department, and Dennis Quackenbush, are proud of—but not surprised by—their students’ accomplishments.

     

    “Just to get through this course you need so much independence and so much maturity and skill because of the workload,” said Quackenbush.

     

    Said Stephens, “The type of work these students did isn’t usually accomplished until graduate school.”

     

     

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Spotlight & Events

2018-2019 School Board Election

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From Melody LaRocca

District Clerk

The 2018-2019 Annual School Board Member Election Vote will be held on May 15, 2018 at Mahopac High School from 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.  Prospective Candidates, see the following:

There are three (3) vacancies. Petitions are available at the District Office and must be filed no later than Monday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. If you are not a registered voter, you may register to vote at District Office from 8:30-3:30 p.m.  For your convenience, on May 10th the District Office will be open until 9:00 p.m.  If further information is needed, kindly contact me at laroccam@Mahopac.k12.ny.us.

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