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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 Athletic Trainer Gives Sports Medicine Students a Glimpse of the Work World

    Mahopac School District Athletic Trainer Brenna Lape gave Sports Medicine students at The Tech Center a glimpse of what it is like to work in the field, when she visited their class recently on the campus of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. Lape discussed not only her job as athletic trainer, but the many other opportunities available in the burgeoning sports medicine field.

    “My students learned so much about career opportunities from her,” said Tech Center Sports Medicine teacher Will Brightman. “She talked about the educational requirements, board certifications, opportunities in high school and college settings, as well as clinical settings including hospitals.”

    The hands-on Sports Medicine class at The Tech Center gives students interested in the sports medicine field a head start in their career before they even get to college.

    In keeping with the hands-on nature of the class, Lape also gave a demonstration of how to assess and manage an ankle sprain after her lecture.

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  • Mahopac Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving by Giving

    Thanksgiving is about tradition, and nowhere is the tradition of giving more apparent than in the Mahopac School District. Its years-old custom of giving back via fundraisers and gift baskets celebrates community, as students, parents, teachers and staff go all out to help families in need.

    Mahopac Middle School provided Thanksgiving dinner to 33 area families in need, including turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, pie, and “You name it,” said Lynne Mongon, who coordinated the giving at MMS. They also set up a “pantry” full of staples that recipients could shop from, including flour, sugar, oil, cereal, fruit, baby food, desserts, veggies, and crackers, among other things. The fire departments and local businesses donated turkeys, a local businessman donated 100 pounds of potatoes, and area stores donated gift cards. “It was a true team effort from the community,” said MMS Principal Vince DiGrandi.

    Fulmar Road’s annual food drive supports families in need in the school. Students and staff collected things like cranberry sauce, stuffing and other ingredients for Thanksgiving meals, in addition to staples such as paper towels and pasta.

    Austin Road collected donations and bought gift cards for families in need in its community, with each family receiving a grocery-store gift card for $125.

    And at Mahopac High School, boxes and bags of food poured in to help create an abundance of giving to share with those in need. More than 40 baskets were distributed to help families have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This annual event was organized by high school social workers Kristel Halton, Jenn Stytzer, Davia Bugge and Valerie Trefny and included help from Mahopac’s school counselors, custodians, teachers, students, parents, clubs, and administrators.

    Said Kristel Halton, “Mahopac High School is committed to making community service a priority and promoting empathy and resiliency through acts of kindness. I feel very grateful to be part of a wonderful community.”

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  • Fulmar Road Students Learn Native American Ways

    Wearing head-to-toe period-inspired dress, Native American expert Clint Chartier presented to students at Fulmar Road Elementary School recently on what life was like as an early Native American.

    Chartier, who dressed in clothing he made out of buckskin, also created displays in classrooms, including buffalo hides with hand-painted pictographs, handcrafted tools, headdresses, beads and other adornments.

    Students were fascinated to learn about the dangers of buffalo hunts, how the Native Americans survived the harsh winters, and the ways in which children were taught the old stories and necessary skills to live successfully and safely in the primitive land. After he spoke, Chartier let the children try on the headdresses for themselves, which, for a student or two, was admittedly their favorite part of the day.

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  • Lakeview’s Buddy Bench Ensures a Friend at Recess

    While some students look forward to recess as their favorite part of the school day, for others it can bring about the anxiety of finding someone to play with. Staff members at Lakeview Elementary School are addressing this issue with the new Buddy Bench unveiled this week during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school.

    “If a student feels left out on the school yard, he or she can sit on the bench, and other students will know that that person needs someone to play with,” said Lakeview kindergarten teacher Jenn Borst.

    Last year, Borst said, kindergarten students started using an unofficial buddy bench. “It was so successful that kindergarten teachers asked for a grant from the Mahopac Education Foundation to purchase an official one this year,” Borst said. “The students loved it.”

    The concept of the Buddy Bench was introduced in 2013 by a first grader at a school in Pennsylvania, and it has taken off in schools throughout the country ever since.

    After the ribbon cutting, students watched a video in which five ROCKS (the school acronym for Respectful, Organized, Cooperative, Kind and Safe) “ambassadors” acted out situations in which the buddy bench would be useful. “We made the video to introduce students to this concept and assist them in utilizing it,” said Lakeview teacher Leigh Galione, who, with social worker Jill Iglesias, helped put together the video.

    The Buddy Bench was received enthusiastically by students, who couldn’t wait to sit on it after the ribbon was cut. “It can really help kids who are feeling alone by getting them a friend,” said fifth grader Charles Woolley.

    Lakeview Principal Jennifer Pontillo hopes the bench will ensure that every child is able to make the most out of recess. “The goal is that no child is outside at recess with nothing to do,” she said.

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  • 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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