May 2017 Education Roundup

As our schools wrap up their end-of-the-year activities, parents and students come together to celebrate this school year’s great achievements and to showcase work done well. High Schoolers are winning awards for philanthropy and science. Younger children “danced it out” outdoors for physical education. Even our educators are being celebrated, as one of Irvington’s teachers has been given a Google Certification.


Accomplished Ossining High School Senior Selected as National Merit Scholar

Ossining High School senior, Adriana Scanteianu, is in the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

“I am very honored to have received this award, and I think it speaks for the quality of Ossining schools and the high caliber of teachers and programs at Ossining High School more than anything,” she said.

Scanteianu is one of 40 distinguished high school seniors in New York, and more than 1,000 nationwide, who learned last week that they have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and business organizations.

Adriana said she likely will be attending the Honors College at Rutgers University in New Jersey and studying for a degree in mathematics.

Ossining Science Research Students Earn World-Class Recognition at ISWEEP Competition

Each year, ISWEEP brings the best high school science and engineering projects to Houston to celebrate the need for research that is focused on worldIsabel Slingerland; Lior Raz-Farley; Skyler Jones; Yooshin  Tanai; Sarah Hoffman health and sustainability. Top students from the United States and international high schools compete to attend the event. This year, five OHS students in the Science Research Program were among 25 selected to represent Westchester and Putnam counties at the five-day conference.

All five Ossining High School students who competed in last week’s International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad last week placed in the top three within their respective research disciplines.

Ossining Schools Honored for Quality of Music Programs for Seventh Year in a Row

The Ossining School District was recently recognized by The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the quality of its music education programs, making this the seventh consecutive year the District has received this honor.

“Music education plays a critical role in our School District,” Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said. “Our quality programs are the product of high levels of support from our community, dedicated educators, and talented students. Thank you to the NAMM Foundation and to our community.”

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

Tarrytown Schools Get Outside for ACES

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow schools went outside to shake the sillies off and participate in the ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) program, facilitated by the schools’ physical education teachers. At John Paulding, students learned the Cha Cha Slide. At Morse, students may have created the world’s largest single Conga line, and at Washington Irving, students participated in a Super Duper Copy Cat game, where everyone had a chance to lead their class in exercise or dance – to cool music!

Tarrytown Board Appoints Mt. Vernon Administrator to MS Principal Position

The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns has appointed Joshua R. Whitham as Principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. The position will be effective as of July 1st.  Whitham will replace Elizabeth Lopez.

“Staff and students at Sleepy Hollow Middle School are primed to capitalize on their current successes and launch into the next great part of their legacy,” said incoming Principal Joshua Whitham.  “I look forward to joining this vibrant and diverse community of students, staff, faculty, families and civic leaders, as the diversity among us only demonstrates how fundamentally connected we are.  We have an exciting journey ahead of us.”

Mr. Whitham has served as Principal of A.B. Davis Middle School in Mt. Vernon since 2013.


Irvington High School Students Compete in National History Championship

Members of Irvington High School’s Academic Team traveled to Arlington, VA last month to compete in the 2017 National History Bowl Varsity National Championship.  The team, comprised of Seniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen answered a series of buzzer-timed history questions in 10 rounds. They competed against students from across the nation and finished with a 6-4 record. In the end, they ranked 8th out of 18 teams in their category. Some members like Jordan Schwed, the team’s captain, also competed individually. Schwed placed 58 out of 153 participants in the National History Bee competition.

Dows Lane Elementary School Hosts First Literacy Night

Dows Lane Elementary School recently held its first Literacy Night for first-graders and their families. The event was sponsored by the Irvington Education Foundation and provided students and parents with an opportunity to engage in a variety of literacy activities.

“It was a great experience as students and their families participated in the literacy activities together, listened to and discussed a story, created their own character puppets and re-enacted the story through Reader’s Theater,” said Peggy Barrett, who helped organize the event. “Parents demonstrated their commitment to their children’s learning by coming out to this literacy event.”

At the end of the evening, each student received a tote bag and a packet containing two books, a bookmark, pencil and stickers.

Irvington Educator Earns Google Educator Level 1 Certification

Diana Cassidy, an Irvington Middle School technology teacher and Irvington High School programming/math teacher, has earned a Google Educator Level 1 certification. The certification demonstrates her level of mastery on the Google suite of applications.

In order to obtain certification, Cassidy was required to pass a rigorous performance-based exam.  Her certification demonstrates proficiency in the use of Google tools in the classroom and standard technology implementation skills.

“It’s important to be a Google-Certified Educator so I can help my colleagues when using G Suite products in the classroom,” Cassidy said. “I have been using these tools myself over the past couple of years and look forward to continuing to do so.”

Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff HS senior receives Youth Philanthropy award

Drew Shaulson’s passion for helping others was recognized at the first Red Shoe Awards to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley.  The Briarcliff High School Senior received the award for his work with the charity he founded, Discover Your Hero. Instead of focusing on monetary donations, Shaulson’s organization works to connect people.

Shaulson will attend the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in the fall.

Briarcliff’s Todd Elementary to present “The Jungle Book”

The Pushkin Players of Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor are gearing up for their annual spring production.  This year, the talented group of fifth-grade actors will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book KIDS” on May 12 at 7 pm and May 13 at 2 pm at Todd Elementary School.

Briarcliff High School Students Showcase Artwork

Artwork was showcased during Briarcliff High School’s Annual Art Salon, held at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club.  The evening also featured high school string student-musicians, who performed while guests viewed the art. Those in attendance were treated to remarks from guest artist Christopher Manning, as well as the recognition of National Art Society seniors and new members.

Attendees also enjoyed a screening of student-made films during the evening festivities.



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