Buget Presentation at the LIBRARY
A Budget Presentation will be held at the Mahopac Library in the Community Room on the 3rd Floor on April 23rd at 7:00 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
Bowled over! Mahopac High School student Jessica Kasper was named the Journal News/lohud Westchester/Putnam Girls Bowler of the Year recently.
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!”
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.
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.”
In honor of Women’s History Month, Mahopac High School’s Gender Equality Club recognized 14 district personnel as Outstanding Women in Education at an event held in the school recently.
Student club leaders Stephany Solis, Olivia Meyer, Kassie McGough, and Veronica Polifemo presented the awards. “Our high school PTO also helped to sponsor this event through a grant,” said club coordinator and health teacher Val Nierman, who also serves as the district’s health coordinator.
“These women have had a profound impact on the lives of our members as well as our own and have given us all memorable and positive experiences,” said Solis. “Within their careers they've taken exemplary initiative to extend their impact further than what the role of being an educator allots for them. All the honorees share qualities of strength, big personalities, and empathy and have all made a great effort to connect with us at a personal level. This is why members of our club have chosen to nominate these women.”
The district staff who were honored are: Lynn Gilchrist, Karen Haitoff, Kerry Price, Elizabeth McKeon, Carla Mallen, Tricia Fuller-Johnson, Margaret Fox, Stacey Woodrow, Courtney Aponte, Carol Eberly, Anne Tuite, Beth Dore, Beth Ferrigno, and Kathy Uszak.
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.
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From Melody LaRocca
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.