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Bronxville School Seniors Learning About Careers In Senior Shadowing Program PDF Print Email

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by Ann Marie Denning

Jun. 3, 2020: In the Spring of 2011, when Bronxville High School premiered its first ever optional "job shadow" program for graduating Seniors, no one expected the program to become as successful as it is today. The now required program has become an important Bronxville tradition.

Thanks to the hard work of parent coordinators, Lori Beecher and Doug Cruikshank, and the generosity of Bronxville parents offering their time and expertise, Bronxville High School is running this popular Senior Shadowing Program over zoom for two weeks. It began on May 26th.

Cruikshank commented, "We're grateful for all of the time and effort the Bronxville parents and friends are contributing to the Senior Shadowing Program, particularly during this difficult time. The seniors are once again fortunate to gain exposure to a wide variety of career fields through the generosity of our community."

This year's program began with a presentation by a parent employed at Hearst, a leading media company, and will culminate with a presentation by NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly.

The Seniors will then pick six other shadowing opportunities in different fields such as finance, advertising, Google, Facebook, and the NFL.

In past years, students were not always able to be part of their chosen shadowing experience because the number of participants per shadowing experience was limited. This year, the zoom format will enable many more students to participate.

This program is a testament to the strong community spirit in Bronxville, where parents are willing to give of their time to provide Seniors with insight into different industries.

Bronxville High School principal, Ann Meyer, enthusiastically commented: "This year's Shadowing is not how we have done it in the past, but more students will have the chance to experience a larger variety of Shadowing sessions so we think it may be even more beneficial in the new, virtual format."

It is particularly appropriate that the Senior Shadowing Program will culminate with a presentation by NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly. Scott Kelly stayed in space an entire year and demonstrated great resilience, a trait that the Class of 2020 is showing during this challenging COVID-19 crisis.

Photo courtesy Ann Marie Denning



 
Bronxville School Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in Grants PDF Print Email

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By Kristen Evans, VP, Public Relations, The Bronxville School Foundation

May 29, 2020: The Bronxville School Foundation announced its 2020 grant awards, giving $1,009,166 in resources to benefit the Bronxville School's K-12 student body.

The grant requests came from teachers, administrators, coaches, parents and students.

This year's grants continue to reflect the school's work toward creating a sustainable model of excellence, aligned with the district's goals of delivering the best possible curriculum and instruction, integrating new technologies, and providing improvements to school facilities and equipment that best support the current and future learning needs of students.

After careful consideration from the grants committee and the board of directors, grants were awarded to all areas of the school.

"Like every other organization, the Foundation's board did a thorough assessment of what was feasible for this year's awards. The pandemic forced us to postpone some very worthy grants, which were simply not practical in the current environment. However, the grants we were able to approve will enhance The Bronxville School by providing exciting new resources, training, technology, and wellness programs to students, faculty, and administrators. We are particularly pleased to approve four grants submitted by students.

Their interest in bettering their school really shows The Bronxville Promise in action." said Eileen Marshall, the Foundation's vice president of grants.

Foundation chair Eddie Sulimirski added, "The Foundation is grateful to our donors for their generous and continued support. We received many donations, even post quarantine, which is a testament to the spirit of the Bronxville community. We also appreciate the teachers, administrators, parents, and students whose ideas, talent, and energy bring about important new programs, curriculum initiatives, technology, facilities, and other resources to our children. Together, we all make The Bronxville School a better place."

The following is a complete list of the approved grants for the 2020-2021 school year:

Program and Curriculum Development:

ES Diversity Book Club Visit from Author Grace Lin Canine Integrative Therapy for ES & MS Special Education

First Grade Math Curriculum Updates

Hadestown the Musical: 8th Grade Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

MS & HS Book Club

HS STEM: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Pilot

HS World Language Fellows - Inquiry Based Projects Program

HS Project LUSY: Seed Money for Entrepreneurship Classes

HS International Thespian Society Troupe - Year 2

Facilities:

Design & Innovation Center

Innovative Designs for Education: Classroom Redesign Phase III

MS Art Room Renovation

Equipment & Materials:

3-D Printer for MS Science

Unruly Splats: ES Coding & Active Play

Bronco TV Studio Consultant & Equipment

iPads, Headphones & Milo Robot for ES & MS Special Education Classes

VEX V5 Robotics Kits for MS Technology Class

Acoustical Shells for MS and HS Music & Performing Arts

Upgrade Moving Lights for Auditorium

Local Live - Live Stream Sports and Special Events

Blended Learning - New ES PE Audio Visual Equipment

Portable Recording Studio for Performing Arts

ES Sensory Path Hallway

HS Sports Vertical Jump/Speed Training Equipment

Wireless Sound Systems for Indoor/Outdoor School Events

Professional Development :

Leadership Development Learning for Curriculum Leaders

MS & HS Voluntary Reading in World Language Classrooms

Health & Wellness:

HS Portable Meditation Cart

One Love Curriculum for HS & MS

HS Social Issues Awareness Club Speaker: Kevin Hines

Wise Corner Mindfulness Pilot for 4th Grade & Resource Room Classrooms

The Bronxville School Foundation depends upon contributions from school families and the community. If you would like to learn more about the Foundation, please contact the Foundation's executive director, Helena McSherry, at 914-395-0515 or visit the Foundation's website at www.BronxvilleSchoolFoundation.org.

Pictured: Elementary School students at The Bronxville School.

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School Foundation.

 

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee Seek New Members PDF Print Email

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By Susan Meaney, Member, NPC

Jun. 3, 2020: The Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee ("NPC") is seeking candidates for new members. 

The NPC consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts who serve staggered three-year terms. 

Residents can have their names placed on an electronic ballot for election to the NPC by submitting an application found on www.bronxvillenpc.com by Wednesday, June 17.

An online public voting period will commence shortly thereafter and end in mid July.

What does the NPC do?

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of Trustees of the Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis.  

The NPC seeks qualified Bronxville residents who are interested in serving on the school board. Nomination by the NPC is not a requirement to run for the school board. 

The NPC actively seeks community input about all applicants, then nominates a candidate for each open school board position to run in the school district election each year, while making every effort to be as transparent as possible to the Bronxville community in its process. You can learn more about the NPC at www.bronxvillenpc.com


Photo courtesy Bronxville Non-Partisan Committee

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 do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
Celebration of Bronxville School Senior Class On Display PDF Print Email

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By Suzanne Pratt Davis

May 27, 2020: In a powerful display of community solidarity, Bronxville High School’s Senior Class was honored this past weekend with signs on the Bronxville Public Library lawn. Each sign contained a senior’s photograph, first name and the message, “Congratulations, Bronxville Class of 2020.”

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The Bronxville Department of Public Works lined up the 133 signs on the corner of Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road, and they remained in place from Thursday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 26.

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Throughout the holiday weekend, masked onlookers wandered among the placards — a stark reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused not only global suffering but it has also stolen the senior spring from this year’s graduating class.

“We liked the image of the seniors standing together as a class when they have been unable to do so,” said Patricia Knox, a senior parent, who along Dana MacNaughton and Philippa Freeman came up with the concept.

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The Bronxville School PTA funded the signs, which were gifted to each senior’s family as a keepsake.

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“The loss of year-end traditions and celebrations is devastating for all of the graduating seniors. It is equally heartbreaking for parents and the community who love and support them,” said Suzette Sands, President of the Bronxville School PTA.

Senior portraits courtesy of photographer June Greenspan

Photos of the signs by A. Warner

 
Bronxville Senior Class Holds Car Parade on May 26, 2020 PDF Print Email
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By Staff

May 27, 2020: Tuesday, May 26th was another day of celebrating for the Bronxville School Senior Class.

They formed a noisy parade of festive cars with police cars flashing lights and blowing sirens at the front and back of the parade. 

The car parade started at the Bronxville Elementary School canopy, where the teachers and administrators cheered and waved, then circled past Lawrence Hospital for a tribute to the essential workers and doctors.

The hospital staff showed their appreciation with loud clapping and a banner congratulating the Seniors.

A fun and uplifting experience was had by all participants and spectators who practiced proper social distancing, with a smile.

Below are pictures taken by MyhometownBronxville photographers, Neely Bower and Allaire Warner.

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