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Bronxville 7th-Graders Create Museum About U.S. Constitution PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Jun. 19, 2019: Bronxville Middle School seventh-graders, who have been studying the Constitution of the United States in Eva Gambino’s and David Katz’s social studies classes, worked together over several weeks to curate a museum as their culminating project.

“As part of our study of U.S. history, from the beginning through the Civil War, we focused on the Constitution,” Gambino said. “It’s important for the students to understand how it’s structured to understand the history of our country.”

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Throughout the learning experience, the students collaborated in groups and conducted extensive research, supported by middle school library media specialist Eileen Mann, on their chosen topics around certain constitutional issues such as the abolition movement, expanding the right to vote for women, the impeachment process, checks and balances, and the path to statehood. Having gained a deeper understanding of their topics, the students created museum displays, complete with primary-source documents, maps, graphs, and excerpts from speeches, to provide an in-depth perspective about the history and significance of a particular issue within the founding document. Student committees were also responsible for the organization, design, and set-up of the museum.

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“The purpose of the project was for them to demonstrate their understanding of the Constitution and its importance,” Gambino said. “I want them to take away a basic understanding about our country’s functions and government while working cooperatively to achieve this goal.”

The students will display their final projects on May 11 and 12 in the auditorium lobby for teachers and peers. Their museum was inspired in part by the National Constitution Center’s museum in Philadelphia.

Pictured here: Bronxville Middle School seventh-graders working together over several weeks to curate a museum on the U.S. Constitution as their culminating project. 

Photos courtesy the Bronxville School

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.




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Bronxville Class of 2019 to Attend Top Colleges PDF Print Email

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By Staff     

Jun. 12, 2019:  Bronxville High School graduates will be attending colleges throughout the country, including Ivy League schools, other top national universities, and top liberal arts colleges. 

Thirteen graduates will join the Ivy League:  Brown (1), Columbia (3), Cornell (2), Dartmouth (4), Harvard (1), University of Pennsylvania (1), and Yale (1).

Twenty-three graduates will attend one of the other national universities ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 rankings: Duke University (1), Georgetown University (4), The Johns Hopkins University (1), New York University (3) Stanford University (1), University of California, Berkeley (1), University of California, Los Angeles (1), University of California, Santa Barbara (1), University of Chicago (1), University of Michigan (2), University of Southern California (1), University of Virginia (2), Wake Forest University (3), and Washington University in St. Louis (1).

Nineteen graduates will continue their studies at one of the liberal arts colleges ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 rankings: Amherst (2), Barnard (1), Bowdoin (3), Colby College (1), Colorado College (2), Haverford College (1), Middlebury College (2), Smith College (1), United States Naval Academy (1), University of Richmond (4), and Washington and Lee University (1).

Below are the colleges Bronxville High School graduates of the Class of 2019 will attend (in alphabetical order). 

Editor's note: We are grateful to Anne Abbatecola, director of counseling at The Bronxville School, for providing the following list of schools.

2019 Bronxville High School College Matriculation

Amherst College (2)

Arizona State University

The University of Arizona

Barnard College

Baruch College of the CUNY

Boston University

Bowdoin College (3)

Brown University

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of Chicago

Colby College

University of Colorado at Boulder

Colorado College (2)

Columbia University (3)

Connecticut College (2)

Cornell University (2)

Dartmouth College (4)

Denison University

University of Denver

Duke University

Emerson College

Fairfield University (5)

Fordham University (2)

Furman University

The George Washington University

Georgetown University (4)

University of Georgia

Harvard College

Haverford College

College of the Holy Cross (2)

Indiana University at Bloomington (3)

The Johns Hopkins University

Miami University, Oxford

Michigan State University

University of Michigan (2)

Middlebury College (2)

National University of Ireland, Galway

New York University (3)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Northeastern University

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Providence College

Purchase College, SUNY

Queens College of the CUNY

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

University of Richmond (4)

Rollins College

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Salve Regina University

Santa Clara University

Simmons University

Smith College

University of Southern California

Southern Methodist University (3)

Stanford University

Texas Christian University

The New School

University of Toronto

Tulane University (2)

United States Naval Academy

University of St. Andrews (2)

University of Vermont (3)

Villanova University (3)

University of Virginia (2)

Wake Forest University (3)

Washington and Lee University

Washington University in St Louis

Wheaton College MA

College of William & Mary (2)

University of Wisconsin, Madison (3)

Yale University

 

 
Letter to the Community from Bronxville Board of Education and Superintendent: Bronxville School Capital Projects to be Pared Back PDF Print Email

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Jun. 12, 2019: Editor's note: Below is an unedited version of a letter sent by the Bronxville Board of Education and Roy R. Montesano, superintendent of the Bronxville Schools, to the Bronxville community on Monday, June 10.

Dear Bronxville Community:
 
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our school district. The recent passage of our 2019/20 budget allows us to continue to provide our students with a top-notch educational experience including a full range of academic programs, student services and co-curricular activities. We are pleased to continue to fulfill our vision of the Bronxville Promise.
 
As you may recall, in March 2018 the Bronxville community approved a $21.8 million bond to finance a $24.8 million facilities project that will address district facility needs in three key areas: site improvement and repairs, infrastructure improvements and program-related infrastructure enhancements. Over the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on or completed various Phase 1 bond-funded projects that enhance our school grounds and improve our flood mitigation system. These projects include a renovated elementary school playground, the installation of three additional flood mitigation pumps and the substantial completion of the new Chambers Field and new track, which will be named in honor of longtime cross country and track coach, James Owen Mitchell.
 
However, as we have moved through this process which began more than two years ago, construction costs have increased dramatically faster than we anticipated. This is largely due to a strong economy and amplified work from other Westchester school district bonds as well as other commercial building construction. While a contingency fund and a significant amount of cost escalation were built into the bond scope, they will not cover the additional costs of construction based on the multiple bids we have received for the work.  
 
As a result of this, as well as our promise that the bond project remains cost neutral to the Bronxville taxpayers, we have had to identify other tax neutral sources of funds and pare back the scope of the project as described further below. In connection with this, as part of the recent budget vote, voters approved the transfer and use of $1.5 million of existing funds from our debt service fund in order to supplement our project budget and preserve as much of the original scope as possible. We are pleased that we now stand ready to begin the next phase of construction on our major referendum projects, which we expect to complete sometime in 2021.
 
Phase 2 projects that will begin this summer include: 
  • Expansion of the cafeteria and nurses’ suite.
  • Creation of the third-floor learning community space.
  • Renovation of the high school lobby.
  • Expansion of the guidance suite.
  • Various infrastructure upgrades.
  • Addition of air conditioning on the elementary side of the building.      
Furthermore, the district expects to replace a portion of the exterior drainage system as a result of the most recent flood. This was not an originally anticipated cost or project component but is a necessary upgrade to our overall flood mitigation system. 
 
In addition, during the coming year district administrators and the Board of Education will review plans to convert an existing boiler room into an Innovation Center as outlined in the project scope. It has not yet been determined whether we will have the necessary funds to create this additional space, but we are hopeful that we will be able to do so. We will keep our community informed of the future of this project. Finally, the renovation of the main library will be completed this summer thanks in large part to funds raised by the PTA several years ago.
 
Unfortunately, as noted above, a number of lower priority projects had to be postponed from the original scope of work so a few projects will not be completed as initially outlined.
 
These include: 
  • Upgrade the curtain wall on the exterior of the building.
  • Addition of air conditioning to the first floor A and B wing.
  • Various furnishings for classroom spaces.
  • Toilet room renovations.
  • Replacement of gym divider curtain.
  • Restoration of front steps. 
We are hopeful that as we progress through the revised scope of the project, we will be able to include additional work as well as come back to the voters with a proposal for some of these postponed components in ways that both meet the original scope of the work as well as preserve our overriding promise of keeping this construction project tax neutral to the Bronxville taxpayers.  
 
We will continue to update our community on the bond, and we encourage you to regularly check the Bond Projects Update website for information and photos of our progress. As always, we thank you for your continued support. 
 
Sincerely,
 
The Bronxville Board of Education
Roy R. Montesano, Ed.D., Superintendent

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Innovation Expo Celebrates Creativity of Bronxville School Community PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School


Jun. 12, 2019:  Bronxville School students and families participated in a variety of hands-on workshops that challenged them to use their imagination and creativity during the annual Innovation Expo on May 21. The family-school partnership event was designed to celebrate the creative and innovative spirit across the school community.

The evening featured a K-12 visual arts showcase, a performance of the PUBLIQuartet that included compositions written by members of the high school orchestra, and a variety of educational and engaging workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Dr. Nancy Sulla, founder and president of IDE Corp. (Innovative Designs for Education), provided the keynote address, “Students as Problem-Finders, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs,” and discussed the implications of innovation on education and why it is difficult, yet so necessary. Dr. Sulla is an author, national speaker, and leader in transforming learning environments to build student engagement, empowerment, and efficacy. In addition, the district hosted Kelly Kingman from Kingman, Inc., as a sketchnote artist during Dr. Sulla's presentation and a few other sessions.


Bronxville School students at the Innovation Expo.

One of the elementary school workshops challenged participants to build an arcade game out of cardboard, while another workshop encouraged participants to build the tallest straw structure that can support a tennis ball above a table. In the Rock-n-Roller Coaster workshop, participants created a rollercoaster and tested its capacity for speed. In other workshops, students learned how to code, designed innovative toothbrushes, and made their own shadow puppets.

In one of the middle school workshops, participants learned how to program LEDs and sound to create a music and light show. In other workshops, students showcased their compound machines, while others debuted their original short films. The evening also featured a meditation workshop and a workshop on creating and designing basic applications.


Bronxville Elementary School students designed innovative toothbrushes during the Expo.
 

In other workshops, participants learned how to edit photographs and create digital illustrations and animations. In addition, students presented a discussion on their investigation of the water quality of the Bronx River and the extensive historical research that supports National History Day.

Special thanks to The Bronxville School Foundation for supporting many of the projects and initiatives at the Innovation Expo through generous grants. 

Pictured at top:  Bronxville Elementary School students built an arcade game out of cardboard during the annual Innovation Expo on May 21.

Photos courtesy The Bronxville School

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.












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Bronxville School 6th-Grade Math: Teaching Volume and Surface Area with Cereal Boxes PDF Print Email

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Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Jun. 5, 2019:  Bronxville Middle School sixth0grade students, who have been learning how to calculate volume and surface area in Brittany Braia’s and Rachel Sugarman’s math classes, tested their skills by designing and building their own original cereal boxes.

Using cardboard, paint, paper towel rolls, laminating sheets, aluminum foil, Post-it Notes, Model Magic, construction paper, and cardstock, the students worked in groups to complete their projects. They were challenged to create a new shape for a container that was eye-catching, unique, and could hold two cups of cereal. In addition, they created a net for their cereal box and labeled it with exact measurements in centimeters, including the pieces that overlap to seal the box. The students’ designs also included a label that displayed the product name, capacity, ingredients, UPC code, and nutrition facts.

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“The students’ designs were very creative,” Braia said. “One group created a cereal box using a triangular prism on top of a rectangular prism with a cylinder chimney. Another group created ‘Pharaoh Os,’ designing an Egyptian rectangular pyramid. Others designed rocket ships from similar composite figures. These designs stand out most due to the thoughtful connection between the shape, design, cereal name, and overall theme.”

Once their boxes were completed, the students calculated the surface area and volume of the boxes, as well as the amount of necessary materials

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“It’s really exciting to hear students say this is their favorite project we’ve done all year,” Sugarman said. “We hope students have a deeper appreciation of the relationship between two- and three-dimensional objects and how math skills are needed in a variety of contexts.”

Pictured here: Bronxville Middle School sixth grade students testing their math skills by designing and building their own original cereal boxes.

Photos courtesy of The Bronxville School


Editor's note
: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff
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