Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting
A Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting will be held in the PD Room at the Falls School on Monday, June 25th at 6:30 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
Please click on the attached letter from Superintendent DiCarlo regarding important changes to the middle and high school schedules for the 2018-2019 school year.
After an extensive search, the Mahopac Central School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Harvey Sotland as the new Assistant Superintendent for Business, commencing July 24, 2018.
Mr. Sotland earned his Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting from Siena College. He went on to study at the State University of New Paltz, earning both a Master of Science in Educational Administration and later a Certificate of Advance Study in School Business Administration. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Sotland holds New York State Certifications as both a School Business Administrator and a School District Administrator.
Before entering public education, Mr. Sotland enjoyed a successful career in the private sector, working for such firms as Coopers & Lybrand, Rae & Sotland, CPAs and Alex Brown & Sons. He also served nine years as the Director of Finance for Horsesmouth, LLC.
In 2006, Mr. Sotland joined the Cornwall Central School District as their Assistant Superintendent for Business. In addition to financial planning and budgeting, Mr. Sotland expertly oversees the operations of Cornwall’s Facilities, Transportation and Food Services.
Mr. Sotland has a proven track record of fiscal stewardship. Through his leadership in a number of areas his current district has one of the lowest costs per pupil in the Mid-Hudson region while maintaining instructional programs and achieving top academic rankings. His expertise in budget development and management has yielded passing budgets year after year. When asked, Harvey’s current Superintendent summed him up by saying, “he’s just the best!”
The Mahopac Central School District’s Board of Education, along with Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo, is excited to welcome and introduce Mr. Harvey Sotland as their new Assistant Superintendent for Business at its June 14, 2018 meeting.
After an extensive search, the Mahopac Central School district is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Tromblee as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, commencing July 1, 2018.
Mr. Tromblee earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching Social Studies from Minnesota State University. He went on to study at the New York Institute of Technology, earning a Masters with distinction in Educational/Instructional Technology. He also holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.
After serving four years in the Airforce, Mr. Tromblee began his career in education in 2005 as a high school Social Studies Teacher for the Pelham Union Free School District where in 2011 he was appointed and successfully served as their Director of Technology. In March 2017, he joined the New Rochelle City School District where he currently serves as their Director of Technology. Along with his work in the K-12 setting, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum/Instruction Design and Educational Leadership for the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Tromblee has a proven track record of leadership in a number of areas serving students and educators including curriculum and professional development. His expertise in delivering instructional technology is well known throughout the region where he is a sought after speaker and advocate for integrating technology in the classroom.
The Mahopac School District is delighted to welcome such an outstanding and visionary educator.
There is no better way to learn about a career than by talking to someone working in the field. Students at Mahopac Middle School had that opportunity recently during Career Day, where more than 20 professionals from all walks of life set up booths in the school gym to discuss their careers.
“We have been doing this event for 18 years, and it has grown so much over the years,” said Mahopac Middle School’s Mary Thorne, who coordinates the event. A few of the professionals presenting were former Mahopac students, who returned to give something back to their school.
Representatives from the fields of medicine, law, computer design, engineering, architecture, education, law enforcement, and more, piqued students’ interest in a variety of career choices.
Chiropractor Dr. Chris Perrone has been coming to Career Day at MMS for 15 years. “I love working with students and having the opportunity to help guide them with career choices,” he said.
Student Alexis Leblanc said the day was both fun and informative. “We got to see the different types of work that people do, like psychiatrists and police officers,” she said.
Fellow student Ariana Canariato agreed. “I liked learning about all the jobs people do.”
Fulmar Road Principal Gary Chadwick kept his promise to sleep on the school roof if all of his students participated in the One School, One Book challenge and read the book “Clementine,” by Sara Pennypacker. The students complied—and Chadwick spent a somewhat rainy May evening on the school roof in a tent.
“I didn’t mind sleeping on the roof, and thankfully the thunder and lightning passed rather quickly,” said the intrepid principal. “ I really enjoyed talking with all of the students and families that came by throughout the evening. I can only imagine the ideas for next year’s One School, One Book reading challenge.”
The One School, One Book program is sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy.
When you combine reading with music, you end up with some happy, well-read children. That is the philosophy of author Eric Litwin, who wrote the first four “Pete the Cat” books. He shared his passion for reading and his music with young students at Fulmar Road during a recent visit sponsored by the school’s PTO.
Litwin, who lives in Washington, DC, and is a former teacher, is passionate about spreading the word about his fun way of getting children to read. “I travel to schools all over the country because I want to reach students and recruit teachers,” to this way of thinking, he said.
The author quickly engaged the students, having them join in the songs and fill in the blanks to rhyming lyrics, some of which were from his books. “Repetition, music and rhyming all aid in early literacy,” Litwin said. The students—all of whom were dancing in their seats—clearly agreed!