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by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:00 AM

Students engaged in Maker Space activitiesFourth-graders at Greenvale twisted, twirled and tied pipe cleaners together on September 19, to build a free-standing tower. Before the students started the activity, teacher Toni Gamils told the class, “You may think this is easy, but it not.”

The Makerspace Project teaches the students about collaboration, communication and perseverance.

Classroom photo of Maker SpaceEach team drew a design and then started constructing. They were soon told that they could only use one hand to complete their tower and when they were allowed to use both arms again, they couldn’t speak. The students motioned to each other and wrote down directions.

At first, some of the towers fell down and the student-engineers started over or made adjustments to their structures. You could see on their faces how serious they became when time started running out.  

Students using trial and error to accomplish a taskMany of the groups revised their plan as they worked. “We had to add a really big base to balance it,” said Gianna DiArco.

A group of four students who named their team, “The Best Builders” created the tallest pipe cleaner tower standing 24 inches tall. Their strategy represented teamwork.  “We all wrote down what we wanted to build and then we made one project,” said Daniel Lucente.

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Anne Hutchinson Remembers
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:41 PM

Students working on messagesStudents in Jennifer Rogan’s fifth-grade class at Anne Hutchinson weren’t even born on 9/11 but she wanted to teach them what happened that day with a focus on the good that sprung from the tragedy.

MessagesThe students created a wall of Everyday Heroes where they wrote about a person in their lives and chose an inspirational quote that they then wrote on a cut-out of two towers.

The class read books leading up to the anniversary that included “The Man with the Red Bandana”, “Fireboat” and “Saved by the Boat” to spread the message of kindness which is also Anne Hutchinson’s ethical value of the month.

Daniela Lopez chose her 15-year-old sister Alejandra who makes her feel safe when she is scared. “She tells me everything is going to be alright and don’t think about it.”

Michael Maltese wrote about his dad who encourages him in sports and cooks him food.

The quote, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal,” resounded with him. “I felt bad for people who lost their families,” he said.

Teaching about this period in history can be a challenge. “I wanted them to see the positive that came from such a difficult time,” said Rogan. “I wanted the students to know about the selflessness that followed.”

Other students chose their parents and grandparents who support them as their heroes.

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A Book and a Bite to Eat
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:36 PM

Getting books from mobile libraryEastchester Middle School students now have the opportunity to find a good book during their lunch periods.

Eleanor Schuster, the middle school librarian, set up a mobile library in the cafeteria for a second year.

Enjoying a good read“This is a fun way to promote books,” said Schuster, “and one more way to get to know the students as they become part of the middle school.”

Reading a bookSeventh-grader Alexandre d’Epinay enjoyed the opportunity to browse the shelf and tables. “People don’t usually go to the library because it is down the high school hallway. This offers a variety of different books.”

Schuster may get some assistance from her Library Squad to provide just the right selection. The group of students join her during lunch periods at least once a week and traditionally have talked about books, made bookmarks and re-stocked the shelves.

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Google Educator
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:32 PM

Congratulations to Greenvale third grade teacher Natalie Malone who completed Google training this summer and has achieved the distinction of Level 2 Educator.

Malone started digging deeper into Google four years ago when she attended a Google Bootcamp. She then enrolled in the Google Fellowship program offered by the Eastchester School District two years ago where she and other faculty members learned more about what Google offers.

Malone knew that the Eastchester School District was transitioning to a Google platform. “I wanted to make sure I understood how it worked and I enjoy computers.”

She completed a program at home during the summer of 2018 to become a Level 1 Educator. That course teaches the philosophy of Google with a focus on collaboration and knowledge of how its tools work.

This summer, Malone attended a class at SWBOCES to discover more. “My goal was to have a solid understanding of Google,” said Malone. “I feel like the summer is a really good time for teachers to catch up on some of the behind the scenes work.”

She already uses Google Classroom to streamline how her young students search the internet and utilizes the Epic digital library. Another application, Screencastify allows her students to create videos for slide presentations that Malone uploaded to Google classroom.

“The fact that third-graders are able to help each other is amazing,” she said.

Malone’s goal this year is to improve how students can further benefit from Google classroom.

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National Merit Semifinalist
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Friday, September 13, 2019, 2:29 PM

Eastchester High School is proud to announce that senior Elias Dube was named as a National Merit Semifinalist. He is one of approximately 16,000 students to receive this honor across the nation.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition that honors and recognizes academically talented students who sat for the PSAT exam administered last fall as juniors.

Elias is now eligible to compete for a National Merit Scholarship.

“I think is a wonderful opportunity and I am very grateful that I have had all the chances to do this,” said Elias.

His guidance counselor Brianne Hickey couldn’t be more proud. “Elias’ achievement reflects his determination and dedication to his studies. A recognition at this level speaks volumes to Elias’ ability and the work he has accomplished in the Eastchester School District.”

Elias attributes his success to reading constantly. “So much of the SAT is reading based. Not only do we enjoy what we read, but we learn things, and become connected with the overall depth of human knowledge.”

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Forming the Foundation
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:31 AM

KindergartenKindergarten students sat at their lunch tables eating and speaking with their new friends on Friday, September 6, when they spent their first full day at Waverly.  For most students, this was the first time they had ever eaten lunch in a cafeteria. What they learn now will form a foundation for their years ahead in the Eastchester School District.

Happy KindergardenerThroughout the first days and weeks, teachers spend time explaining new routines and they supervise the students as they perform important early tasks like going to their cubbies to store items at the start of the day, and gathering their items as they prepare to return home.

 “We want to foster independence,” said Waverly Principal Mari Doyle. “The children are also very curious and we want to build on that curiosity.”

At tablesParents can assist in the transition to kindergarten in the following ways:

  • Promote independence at home by allowing your child to put his/her folder in a backpack each day.
  • Check folders every night!
  • Inform the school of any pick-up changes with a note in the folder.
  • Ask your child about his/her day with specific questions. What was your favorite special today? What book did you read? Tell me the best thing you did today?

Kindergarten provides new experiences and ways of learning for children. Doyle said, “It takes time to adjust and we are all here to support them.”

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Trust in Physics
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, September 5, 2019, 1:27 PM

Physics LabEastchester High School Physics teacher Robert Ross knows how to build on the curiosity of students and keep them excited, starting from the first days of school.

On Sept. 4, he laid down on a bed of nails and asked a student to step on him. Senior Meghan McCloskey volunteered and stood on a small tray that rested on Ross’ stomach. The Regents Physics class could see small indentations on Ross’ shirt when he rose and then he explained the math behind the experiment.

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Ross told the class, “You have to believe in physics. Physics doesn’t lie.”

He determined how much weight he could withstand by placing an apple on the nails and then calculated the mass of a student and himself.

After the demonstration, McCloskey said she never feared for her teacher’s safety because she trusted in science.  

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First Day!
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 9:11 AM

Nothing quite matches the excitement of the first day of school. New backpacks, new supplies and new adventures awaited Eastchester students who returned to their classes on Sept. 3.

Families stood outside the elementary schools excited and a little nervous about what the year might bring.

Students in Laurie Pesce’s second grade class at Greenvale each received a brown bag filled with surprises! Mechanical pencils, a snack, a red pen and other items they will use as the year progresses.

She also read a story called, I Don’t Want to Go Back to School, by Marisabina Russo, to ease any uncertainties the children may feel. The story features a second-grade student named Ben who overcomes his fears on the first day.

Older students made the transition to Eastchester Middle School and High School meeting new teachers as they accepted new responsibilities.

Eastchester School Superintendent Dr. Robert Glass visited the schools.

“It was an honor to see the wonder in our students’ eyes as they came to school full hopes and expectations!” said Dr. Glass. “Our staff has been working hard to make sure everything is ready. We are here for our students and families, and are excited to begin this year's learning adventure!”

Welcome back students and families!


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Anne Hutchinson Student Recognized for Environmental Efforts
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, August 29, 2019, 11:05 AM

Eastchester StudentThe Entomological Society of America chose Anusha Vaish, a fourth-grader at Anne Hutchinson, to present her poster depicting the decline of insects and its effects at the organization’s annual meeting in St. Louis this November.

Anusha dedicates her time to learning and teaching others about the decreasing insect population and the benefits of urban landscapes to humans and insects alike.

"Insects are not scary, they are just misunderstood,” said Anusha.

During the summer, she discussed her initiative and zero plastic zones as part of her campaign called at the New York Hall of Science, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah Bee Company, Clearwater Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Yonkers Science Barge and Nature Girls. Anusha also gave a radio interview with station WBAI 99.5FM NYC as an environmental activist.

Anusha will be organizing an insect/plastic problem themed table at the Eastchester Green Festival on September 14 from 11am - 2pm at Anne Hutchinson.

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Seeking Excellence
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, August 29, 2019, 10:58 AM

Dr. Glass“What does excellence look like for you?” Eastchester School Superintendent Dr. Robert Glass posed that question to administrators, faculty and staff as he welcomed them back to the district.

On Wednesday, Dr. Glass kicked of the 2019-2020 school year and encouraged the Eastchester school community to look within themselves and to each other to answer that question.

Welcome back faculty meetingThis is Dr. Glass’ first year in the district and he shared some moments from his life and ideas for success. “What does work is building relationships and seeking to understand instead of being understood.”

School Board President Dr. Cheryl Smith, a professor at Baruch College addressed the group through a video message. She said she has witnessed an ethic of care, what she believes to be the foundation for excellence in education.

“I will be cheering you on and supporting you from the sidelines in any way I can. I am invested in the work and I hope to help everyone in the district feel that they have a board of education that is connected to them and cares for them.”

A back-to-school barbeque lunch inside the Eastchester High School cafeteria followed the presentations.


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