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Greenvale DARE Graduation
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:26 PM
 

DARE Graduation “DARE is the light in the darkness that gives hope to kids and their parents.” That is the message that fifth-grader Jack Mohring wanted to spread at his DARE Culmination Ceremony on Friday, March 1.

Over the past 11 weeks, Greenvale students have been studying with Eastchester Police Officer Stephen Dilegge who has taught them about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and has also provided them with the skills and tools to live healthier lives. DARE - the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program has grown to include bullying and peer pressure.

“It is very important that law enforcement is involved with the community and creates positive interactions,” said Officer Dilegge, who attended Greenvale as a child. “We provide the students with facts and health information, so they can make safe choices.”

As part of the ceremony, students received certificates and read essays they wrote explaining the positive influences DARE made in their lives. “DARE teaches kids to avoid areas where bad things happen,” said James DeMaio.

Students have also learned how to be helpers – not bystanders – when they witness bullying.

“If we didn’t learn these valuable lessons, we may not know what is good of bad for you,” commented Klea Berishaj.

Thank you to Greenvale Principal Darrel Stinchcomb, Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, The Community Fund, Eastchester Police Chief Timothy Bonci, the fifth-grade teachers, and the Eastchester District Administration for supporting the DARE Program.

The students enjoyed a pizza party after the ceremony.

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Mini-Courses
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 3:20 PM
 

Fletcher, the mad scientistEastchester parents walked in their children’s shoes when they attended the Middle/High School joint PTA meeting March 7 and attended the Mini-Courses Program.

Faculty members provided them with a window into their instruction showcasing different courses that included: Self Portrait Contour Drawing, Strength and Conditioning, It’s a Gas – Chemistry, Navigating Naviance and 21st Century Journalism.

The evening provided both middle and high school parents with the opportunity to gain more information and ask questions about particular areas of interest.

Thank you to all the administrators, faculty and volunteers who organized the event. 

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Care and Share
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:50 PM
 

Group of students and teachersSpending time in the emergency room is always stressful but Anne Hutchinson students want to make the experience better for children.

During the month of February, the school collected more than 200 boxes of crayons and coloring books that were donated to White Plains Hospital as part of their Care and Share initiative

Collected itemsFifth-grade student Council members organized the collection. “When kids are very scared, this will help them calm down,” said Samia Washwell.

“I understand how hard it is to wait when you don’t feel well. You also get bored so I am happy they will have something to do,” agreed her classmate Sarah Ndreu.

Students in gymOn Friday, March 2, representatives from White Plains Hospital and The Friends of White Plains Hospital answered questions from the students and accepted the donations.

“We are so excited to be part of this program. We are honored that the school reached out to us for a second year and that the students are giving back,” remarked Kathleen Winterroll.

The coloring books and crayons will be at White Plains Hospital and The Family Health Center that is adjacent to the ER.

 
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The Power of a Story
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:46 PM
 

Students listening to storyKindergarten students and first-graders from Waverly sat down on the floor and listened eagerly to Eastchester High School students as they read them a story as part of World Read Aloud Day.

HS students reading to Kindergardeners“A story can build community,” said EHS Library Media Specialist Nancy Brown. “The younger students see how the older students love to read and they discover the excitement that a book can bring.”

Approximately 20 high school students visited the children on March 1, read a story and shared advice about navigating schoolwork. Some of the older students reconnected with their former teachers.

Senior student readers“It is sentimental going back and seeing everything. It is a joyful experience,” explained sophomore Daniel Orlando.

Sophomore Lauren DeLeon said, “This gives the students a sense of encouragement, a goal. They will say, I can be that.” 

Students read the story of Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie which correlates with Waverly’s theme of honesty for March.

Thank you to Nancy Brown and Jean Ahern-Kenny for organizing the event.

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Steam Event
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:19 PM
 

Students working on SteamWhat do you get when you mix courage, energy, and creativity at Greenvale?

...a student puppet show that incorporates skills from a multitude of subject areas.

Steam projectFourth grade students in Toni Gamils' class developed a STEAM Project based on the Native American legend Jumping Mouse and on Feb. 14, they presented their show to their families.

The Greenvale students read the story, wrote their own dialogue, made puppets out of paper bags, and built a set to perform their play.

The project combined lessons in social studies, science, math, art and ELA. For the technology component, the class utilized "screencastify", a tool that allows you to videotape a presentation on a Chromebook, and then review the recording.

More students working on steamGamils watched the performance like a proud parent. "The comradery that was built, the teamwork and cooperation, social skills that developed are incredible. STEAM activities provide my students with an opportunity to work collaboratively and think creatively, while having fun in the process."

The Jumping Mouse teaches many themes including kindness and holding onto your dreams.

Fourth grade student Tatiana Alexander learned that lesson. "We have to keep hope alive and in us," she said.

Teacher with students"I learned that you can face your fears," said Matthew Baessir who was anxious at first about presenting the puppet show to an audience.

At the end of the story, Jumping Mouse is rewarded for his courage and compassion when he turns into an Eagle.

After the puppet show, these fourth-grade "Eagles" understood what it means to soar.

 
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Making a Difference
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, February 25, 2019, 11:24 PM
 

Amy Paulin and studentAnne Hutchinson Student Council members shared their experiences of giving back to others with State Assembly member Amy Paulin today when she visited their school.

The Anne Hutch community actively partners with the Loukoumi Foundation raising funds and improving lives as they support local and national charities.

Students listening to PaulinStudents often write Caring Cards to lift the spirits of those in need as part of their Good Deed of the Month. They have donated to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, spruced up the community and collected crayons and coloring books for White Plains Hospital.

Fifth-grader Jenna Rivera said, "I enjoyed talking about our good deeds at Anne Hutch and I hope that Ms. Paulin will spread the ideas from our school to other schools."

Students with cardsNick Katsoris, President of the Loukoumi Foundation, joined the students and Paulin. He explained how his foundation got its start from a children's book series that he wrote teaching children simple lessons. What started in the Eastchester School District has now spread to 300 schools.

"The beauty of this is that they are having fun. The children see that charity work is not a chore and they are starting so young," said Katsoris. He is hopeful Assembly member Paulin will encourage other school district to become involved.

Paulin and Student"I heard directly from students about how the curriculum and the support of their principal, and student council moderators, inspired them to take action to help those dealing with pediatric cancer, Alzheimer's disease, military families, and so much more," said Paulin, "I encourage you to follow the stories of these young people changing the world."

 
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History Museum
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Friday, February 15, 2019, 3:00 PM
 

Egyptian artJake Stevenson held up a replica of a brick from the Great Wall of China and explained how it exemplifies the Han Dynasty.

"The Great Wall of China was constantly being built, expanded and mended. It represented the rise of China's might because it needed to protect its trade and it was breeched during the fall of China."

Samples of Egyptian ArtMaryann Cusano's ninth-grade Global Honors class have turned the Eastchester Middle/High School library into a history museum. The brick is just one of many items that you will find.  Students created masks, maps, buildings and diagrams of language systems.

All the artifacts represent their study: The Rise, Height and Fall of Classical Empires throughout history.

The students investigated the Roman Empire, Gupta Empire in India, The Persian Empire and the Han Empire in China.

While studying the Roman Empire, the group made an association between the laws we have today and what was created so very long ago.

More art"We learned how history repeats itself and it is interesting to see how far the human race has come with technology and advancements," said Madyson Diaz.

Cusano first presented the assignment to the students as a contest. Each group took other students on a tour through their display and discussed his or her dynasty.

The project teaches about cultural differences and how cultures interacted with each other through history.

 
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JazzCo: A Weekend of Dance
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:33 AM
 

Full CastEastchester High School students felt the music as they danced on stage during the Jazz Co. weekend of dance.

Meghan McCloskey found it difficult to find the exact words to describe the excitement. "Waiting backstage is stressful and when the lights are off, it is intense. But when you are on stage, you let it all out."

"EnsembleIt all comes together. Each grade has a role to play and there is a rhythm," explained senior Emily Rozario.

The EHS students describe Jazz Co. as a family, not an afterschool activity or club. This year there was something extra-special as Jazz Co. celebrated its 35th Anniversary during the weekend of Feb 1 - Feb 3.

"Jazz Co.'s Weekend of Dance was the ultimate celebration of the art of dance," said Artistic Director, Melissa Lieto-Cuomo. "The dancers stunned crowds with their talent and put on the best show in all of Jazz Co.'s 35 years of performances! Bravo dancers!"

Dance groupChoreographers from around the country worked with the high school dancers over ten weeks to perfect their routines for the 26 dances that range from Broadway favorites to popular songs.

While watching the finale with its 125 dancers, it is hard to believe that Jazz Co. only had approximately 15 members when the group started in 1984. Founder Charlou Woodrow wanted students who were not enrolled in sports to have the opportunity to dance. Girls and boys can participate in Jazz Co. in the elementary schools, middle school and high school.

SoloThe finale which is a medley of Gloria Estefan songs has...

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Harlem Wizards at Eastchester
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Thursday, January 31, 2019, 1:23 PM
 

The crowd cheered, children played on the basketball court and music filled the Eastchester High School gymnasium, Friday, January 25, in anticipation of the Harlem Wizards taking the court.

For the 12th year, The Eastchester School Foundation sponsored this friendly and fun-filled competition between the Eastchester All Stars and the Wizards.

Administrators, teachers and staff made the plays as the Harlem Wizards performed their tricks – stealing the ball, laying on the court and making jokes!

The event raised more than $15,000 for grants that will support programs throughout the District.

“We are so grateful for the support of the families who came out and the teachers who shared their sense of humor and their Friday evening on behalf of the Foundation.  We are also indebted again to our elected leaders for their continued sponsorship of the evening and the grant program,” Foundation President George Winn.

This year State Senator Shelley Mayer made her debut as the event sponsor and Eastchester Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita returned as the half-time show sponsor. The Foundation also appreciates the support of Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Westchester County Legislator Damon Maher who attended the event.

Eastchester High School junior Nicolette Mancini opened the night with a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

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Middle School Kindness Week
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:39 PM
 

Student working on project"No act is too small when it comes to kindness."  "Be respectful." "You are one in a minion!"

Finished projectEastchester Middle School students wrote these encouraging words on paper during lunch periods last week as part of the school's Kindness Week. Hundreds of notes will form the Wall of Positivity that will be created on the second floor.

Eighth-grader Sofia Giamei drew a Kindness Cowboy - a yellow smiley face wearing a cowboy hat. "It will make people smile," Giamei said.

Proud students showing off their hard workStudents kicked off Kindness Week decorating their classroom doors. Room 222 earned the First Place distinction with balloons and the phrase, "At EMS, we lift each other up!" Another popular activity was Secret Admirer, where students wrote anonymous notes, sharing words they may not be comfortable saying face-to-face to fellow students.

"Someone could be insecure and seeing the note they will feel better," said seventh-grader Antonella Bruno.

"The students are reaching out to people that they might not normally reach out to and that that they admire. We hope the this generous spirit and examples of kindness follow them throughout the whole year," said Guidance Counselor Kristin Spillane

Luis Marquez, a seventh-grader said, "This teaches lessons about kindness and inspires people. It will make the school better as a whole."

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