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Eastchester Spirit Week:
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8:55 PM
 

Eagles soar! And that was evident during Spirit Week as Eastchester Middle and High school students showed just how much they love their school.

Throughout the week of September 17th, they wore school colors, sported their favorite team jerseys, and represented their heritage. They even came to school in ties and tutus.

Whether they enjoyed afterschool clubs, band or athletics, Spirit Week was a way to come together.

“When you are a new student, everyone is so friendly. They say hi and they show you around and help you when you get lost,” said Freshman Aine Devaney.

Classmate Breanna LaSalle enjoyed sharing in the activities. “Being an Eagle because it is all about the hard work and helping each other and striving for success.”


 
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Eagle Spirit Soars!
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 8:54 PM
 

The crowd cheered as the Eastchester High School Band filled the gymnasium with upbeat sounds and the cheerleaders practiced their intricate moves. Just moments before the start of Friday's Pep Rally you could feel the energy in the air.

"It is my last year and I want to go out on a high note," said senior Varsity Cross Country runner Ethan Gatrell as he prepared to join his teammates on the gym floor.

Members of all the Varsity fall sports teams filled the stands for this time-honored tradition that takes place the night before the Homecoming Games. During this event, the athletes participated in a different kind competition – a dance contest that allowed them to show off their creativity.

Senior members from Jazz Co got the night started and Varsity Soccer and Volleyball teams used inflatable soccer balls and volleyballs to start their routines. The Girls Varsity Tennis team members were a crowd pleaser using some forehand magic to send candy flying through the audience. 

Parents and students shouted and cheered as students competed against each other in games of rock, paper, scissor, tug-of-war and musical chairs.

"It is a real community event. The grades compete against each other, but everyone unites as a school at the end of the evening in anticipation of the competitions the following day," explained High School Principal Dr. Jeff Capuano.

For the senior players, the night is nostalgic but also full of promise.

"It is sad but exciting," said senior Anna Russo who is a ...

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Thinking Outside the Box
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, September 20, 2018, 11:02 PM
 

Second grade students in Brigid Rice’s class at Greenvale couldn’t wait to join their classmates and work on their Maker Space Project.

“Are we doing it right now, yea!” shouted one student. The children then divided up into groups, sat on the floor and at their desks and got down to business.

Maker Space activities allow students to create something from materials they are given with minimal guidance from teachers.

“They need to be independent, to think outside the box and to come up with their own ideas,” said Rice.

During this class, the students were tasked with helping Sam, the gummy worm, get into a candy life saver using paperclips, a paper cup and no hands.

“Can You Help Sam” taught students important skills: how to listen to each other, come up with a plan, and try something new if the original solution didn’t work out.

After completing the project student Ahkil Shembekar said, “I enjoyed it because it was a challenge.”

It took the children several attempts to bring Sam to safety without touching him but the look of pride on their faces when they accomplished the task was worth it.


 
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Surviving the Stress of Middle School:
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Friday, September 14, 2018, 6:54 AM
 

Daniela Fogliano navigated her way through the halls of Eastchester Middle School with her friends on the first day of sixth grade feeling a little lost.

”We were all late for Study Hall. We couldn’t find the classroom,” she said.

Her friend Lexie Saraco agreed. She was also confused. “After the first bell rang, I thought where am I going?”

Finding classrooms, learning how to open combination locks and making new friends are all part of the transition to middle school and Guidance Counselor Danielle Fiore explains feeling anxious is common.

“We tell the students there are many adults in the building to help you, everyone gets lost and do not worry. The teachers are getting used to the new school year too.” Fiore said it often takes students a few weeks to adjust to their new surroundings and increased responsibilities, like learning those combinations and new passwords.

The Guidance Department prepares students for middle school in the spring of fifth grade before they set foot in the building, providing presentations at Anne Hutchinson and Greenvale and then giving tours and a full orientation program at the middle school. Parents also attend several orientation programs. But it all becomes real when students enter the doors and begin sixth grade. Zachary Gleason admits at first it was stressful.

“I was really nervous. I had butterflies in my stomach. I thought I was going to be late for every class.” After a few days he said he ...

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Welcome Back!
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2:55 PM
 
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Dr. Moran giving the opening day presentationEastchester teachers were welcomed back Wednesday like returning heroes, entering the Eastchester High School auditorium to the sounds of the EHS jazz band.

On campus for the first day of a two-day Superintendent Conference Day and Professional Development workshop, they were excited to reconnect with one another after the summer break.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Walter Moran and Board of Education President Mary Messner Martin were the first to welcome them back.

Everyone make sure to thank our custodians for their incredible work this summer“Every single one of you, thank you for all that you have done for my children and all the children of Eastchester,” said Martin.

Calling what teachers do “magic in the lives of students,” Dr. Moran outlined the goals for the academic year. “Everyone makes a difference. It is all about teaching and learning. You have inspired me with all you accomplish, of which I am most proud.”

Teachers and staff received encouragement from Eastchester High School Principal Dr. Jeff Capuano and Eastchester Teachers Association President Jessica O’Hara. They were reminded that they are like superheroes to students and form the fabric of their lives.

Teachers later returned to their school buildings to meet with their colleagues and add some final touches on their classrooms.

All schools open Tuesday, September 4th.