Building and Grounds Committee Meeting Nov. 20, 2017
The Building and Grounds Committee of the Mahopac Board of Education will meet Monday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls Building.
American systems of government were never rendered more exciting than when Mahopac High School students visited Austin Road third graders recently, bringing lessons they designed themselves for the younger students to view on their Chromebook laptop computers.
“I think it is a great idea to have our students serve as role models,” said Mahopac High School social studies teacher Michael Hunt, who in prior years has taught American History lessons to Austin Road students himself. “The Mahopac district commitment to technology really allows us to bring this all together.”
Each high school student visitor prepared a lesson on Google Slides for the third graders, complete with photos, songs and vibrant content.
“This really is a unique opportunity for our third graders to learn from the high school students,” said Austin Road Principal Jim Gardineer. “It is a very special event for us.”
The high school students agreed. “I think this is a good way for kids to learn—especially with the songs and graphics,” said Mahopac High School junior Sam Colatruglio.
Senior Jillian Sedran echoed that sentiment. “This is going to help the children be better prepared for the future and will help them get ready for high school.”
The Austin Road students will continue to keep in touch with their high school visitors through the use of technology. “The third graders will send the high school students thank you notes through Google docs, so they will be like virtual pen pals,” said third grade teacher Marisa Horvath. They can also use Google Hangout to message each other about the lessons.
The third grade teachers were impressed with the high schoolers’ teaching abilities. Said third grade teacher Kerri Bilyeu, “Some of the high school students teaching today used to be in our third grade class!”
Cosmetology students from The Tech Center shaved Batman, monkey-tails, and other designs into the beards of 25 Mahopac Middle School teachers this week, a stylish ending to the school’s cancer fundraiser. No-Shave November is a month-long event that encourages people to refrain from shaving for the month to raise cancer awareness, since many cancer patients lose their hair.
Middle School students got to vote on four designs to shave into the beards of the participating teachers and administrators, in exchange for a donation. Cosmetology students from The Tech Center at PNW BOCES provided the shaves. “I thought it was a great thing for my students to be able to do for a good cause,” said Tech Center teacher Debbie Busatti, adding that she encourages students to be creative with their designs when she teaches shaving techniques.
Mahopac Middle School Assistant Principal Starla Ciarelli and teacher Richard Kozera spearheaded the event, and Principal Tom Cozzocrea and Assistant Principal Alex Levine were among the faculty who grew—and shaved—their beards. “It was a little itchy,” said Cozzocrea, of growing the beard, “but it was worth it to see the students so amused by our staff.”
Cosmetology student Brianna Davis, from Mahopac High School, said she and fellow students had shaved designs on bearded mannequins prior to this event. “It was cool to be able to do something like this for a good cause,” she said.
Cosmo student Alexa Byrnes, from Brewster, shaved a Batman design into Assistant Principal Levine’s beard. “It was fun to do,” she said, “and I was happy to be able to do something for such a good cause.”
To compete in Fulmar Road’s Turkey Bowl, held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, students had to be not only athletic, but smart too. Each team had to prove their math-fact knowledge in drills held before the start of the game. The more facts mastered, the more advantage the teams had, resulting in an exciting competition of wit and skill.
Falcons hunt high up in the open sky, but Mahopac Middle School sixth graders didn’t have to take anyone’s word for that. They saw it for themselves when Brian Bradley released a falcon on the field outside the school and watched as it soared up high beyond view in search of food.
“Unlike owls, who fly low, silently and hunt in the dark, falcons need a wide open space and fly high above other birds, which are their prey,” Bradley, of Skyhunters in Flight in Ulster Park, NY, told students.
Earlier Bradley explained the differences between hawks, which have excellent vision, and owls, which rely on their hearing more than their vision for hunting. Bradley brought a barn owl, spectacled owl, red-tailed hawk and a Harris’s hawk, among other birds, to show the sixth graders.
But it was the falcon, with its fierce velocity, that got to demonstrate the breadth of its flight outdoors. “Falcons continuously flap their wings in order to fly and don’t ever coast the way other birds do,” Bradley said. “This field may seem huge, but to a falcon, with its incredible speed, it is tiny.”
Four Mahopac High School seniors have been named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT), which they took last year.
Ryan Butler, Hannah Teligades, Sydney Hughes, and Joseph Cox were among the top 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million students who took the 2016 PSAT.
New Visions Engineering students in Robert Stanford’s physics class learned more than just a lesson in physics during a recent class at The Tech Center at PNW BOCES. “The students are using their newly obtained calculus skills to analyze the motion of objects in one dimension,” said Stanford.
To a layman, that translates into students positioning a ball bearing on a plank, releasing the ball, and having another member of their group film the results, both with the plank lying flat and at a slant. Students then analyze what they filmed.
“These types of activities, combining calculus and physics, really help the students better prepare for engineering,” Stanford said.
His students agree. Alex Gaspar, from Mahopac, said the hands-on activities in this class help them understand the rigors of engineering. “I love this class,” she said. “The small class size and the one-on-one learning and activities are really incredible.”
“These types of activities really help with calculus,” echoed Michal Baran from Mahopac.
Fellow student Carla Vera, from Ossining, agrees. “They give us real-life examples, which really help in understanding engineering concepts.”
New Visions Engineering students at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES explore the world of engineering through hands-on projects that integrate academics and engineering concepts. Students have job shadowing, internship, and site-visit opportunities coordinated throughout the school year, enabling them to see first-hand the activities and responsibilities related to various engineering disciplines.
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