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From the Superintendent

Dear Mahopac Parents and Guardians,

We are very fortunate to have high achieving schools that are staffed with exceptional professionals. At every level of our District, we have dedicated staffs who strive to meet the individual needs of your children. Everyone works to ensure that each student achieves his or her fullest potential.

This year we will expand our goal of integrating instructional technology at all levels. We will begin to have Chrome Books available in our schools so that students can explore the internet under the guidance of their teachers.

As we integrate educational technology into our core academic programs, care will be taken to ensure that our students understand their digital citizenship responsibilities. Thus, we will educate our students on the many benefits and dangers found on the internet.

Thank you for your support of our schools and for your active partnership in the education of your children. Together we build the future of Mahopac and our nation.

Sincerely yours,

Dennis W. Creedon, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



News & Headlines

  • Mahopac Students Explore the Hudson

    Why contain science learning to a classroom when students can experience it firsthand outdoors? That’s what Mahopac High School students did this week during A Day in the Life of the Hudson River, where Chemistry and Living Environment classes explored the Hudson at the Steamboat Dock in Verplanck.

    MHS science teacher Bob Connick, who has been teaching for 40 years and will retire at the end of this year, said this trip has been a highlight for him and his students since the program was in its infancy.

    “You just can’t get this experience in a classroom,” Connick said. “The students are so involved!”

    The Mahopac students were among 4,500 studying the Hudson this week, from New York City to Albany. Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, A Day in the Life of the Hudson boasts students from 98 schools.

    Activities include testing samples of the river’s pH, salinity, conductivity and water temperature as well as identifying fish and aquatic wildlife species. Students also studied the physical shoreline of the river. Participants from all 98 schools will enter and pool their information on the DEC’s website.

    “It is wonderful to have this age group active in learning about and appreciating the Hudson,” said the DEC’s Heather Gierloff, who accompanied the Mahopac students.

    MHS science teachers Scott Rizzo and Tricia Johnson also accompanied students on the trip. “It’s a great experience, because students can apply what they studied in class in a hands-on way,” Johnson said.

    Sophomore Kiley Hoyt said she enjoyed the real-world approach to learning as well. “We were really able to look at fish up close and personal, and not just in a book,” she said.

    Connick said he knows his fellow MHS science teachers will carry on this tradition long after he retires. “The students are in great hands,” he said.

    Still, Rizzo said Connick will be sorely missed. “He is a teacher of teachers,” he said. “His infectious energy is amazing!”

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  • Mahopac Firefighters Teach Safety and Prevention at Fulmar Road

    It’s never too early to learn about fire prevention and safety. Which is why Mahopac firefighters presented a hands-on fire-safety demonstration to kindergartners at Fulmar Road this week.

    If there is ever a fire, firefighter Jim Stasiak told students, “stay low and go. Go outside to a designated meeting place.”

    Firefighters also demonstrated their protective gear, including helmets and self-contained breathing masks.

    But the best part for many students may have been when they got to see a fire truck firsthand. As one student shouted when he saw the truck, “This is so cool!”



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  • Fulmar Students Learn How Beavers Helped Build The Hudson Valley

    “The fur trade made people want to live in the Hudson Valley,” Colin Remick, a naturalist from the Madden Outdoor Education Center at PNW BOCES, told Fulmar Road Elementary School students during a recent presentation at the school. Speaking on the importance of beavers for trade and commerce among early settlers and Native Americans, Remick also engaged students with hands-on activities and a slide presentation.

    “Beaver skins were used by the Native Americans to insulate wigwams because the waxy skin helped to keep the rain out,” Remick told students. “They even used it to line their canoes.”

    Native Americans also used the highly sought-after beaver skins to trade with European settlers. “They didn’t need to understand each other’s languages to trade,” Remick said, “they would just set up a blanket and put items on it to be bartered or traded. 

    Remick set up a “trading blanket” and gave students the chance to “barter” for goods such as skunk pelts, corn, soap a candle mold and a horseshoe. When asked to trade his skunk pelt for soap, one fourth grader wouldn’t agree until the other placed a horseshoe on the blanket. “I’ll take that,” he said, and a mutual fair trade took place.

    “Everyone has soap today,” Remick said, “but back then it was a commodity.”

    Students were excited by the hands-on learning of early American history. “This visit really ties in well with our unit on New York State history,” said Fulmar Road fourth grade teacher Maria Natiello. “It also fits in well with our review of animal adaptation in science.”

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  • Mahopac Senior Named Commended Student

    The National Merit Scholarship Program has named Mahopac High School senior Angelina Higgins a 2017 Commended student. Commended students place in the top 5 percent of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 PSAT.


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  • Mahopac Student Receives Award of Excellence in Science

    Mahopac High School senior Courtney Spaeth received an Award of Excellence for her participation in the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston. Spaeth, who attended the conference last summer, said it was a life-changing event.

    “It was amazing. We learned about advancements in technology in artificial intelligence, heard speeches from scientists from all over the world, and learned about forensic science from a leader in the FBI.”

    Spaeth, who spends her free time teaching tae kwon do to elementary school students, plans to major in mechanical engineering in college.

    The conference presenters included Nobel Prize- and National Medal of Science-winning scientists, leaders in the IT field, and pioneers in medicine.

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  • Mahopac High School Student Named Heart of a Giant Finalist

    Commitment. Teamwork. Will. Character. Dedication. These are the character traits needed for the Heart of a Giant award—qualities Mahopac High School senior Charlie Burt has in spades. Burt was nominated for the award, sponsored by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants, because of his hard work, dedication and teamwork both on the field and off.

    “Charlie inspires me as a coach,” said MHS Head Football Coach Mark Langella. “He has overcome so many obstacles in his life, but he never let it interfere with his success. 

    Burt, who was born without his left hand, said that he never let this get in his way. “My father had a football in my hand since I was four,” he said, “and I’ve always worked hard and loved the game.”

    In addition to his hard work on the field and in the classroom, Burt, who plans to study chemical engineering and business in college, also finds time to do volunteer work. Aside from volunteering for Relay for Life, he organizes a baseball game each year, along with his mother, for special-needs children. “We always end with a barbecue afterward. It’s a great experience, and it feels good to give back,” he said.

    As one of six finalists for the Heart of the Giant award, Burt has already earned a $1,500 equipment grant for his team. The grand-prize winner will receive an additional $3,500 equipment grant for his school and a trophy presented during the New York Giants home game on December 18.

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Using Technology in Mahopac Classrooms