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Bronxville School Second Graders Learning Robotics, Computer Programming, and Other Interactive Technology PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Mar. 4, 2020: Taking on the roles of engineers and programmers, Bronxville Elementary School second graders constructed cooling fans and completed a series of challenges to have their designs come to life. 

As part of the lesson in K-5 technology specialist Carole Del Juidice’s class, they tinkered with LEGO pieces and hobby motors. They used Bluetooth technology to connect their robotics constructions to their classroom iPads. 

“This lesson was a fun way to expose students to robot parts, such as motors and sensors,” Del Juidice said. “It was also a great way to highlight what engineers and programmers do in today’s world. The LEGO WeDo’s gave all students a robotics experience.” 

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WeDo is a programming language, which the students built up to using through their previous experiences with the Scratch Jr. programming language. 

Throughout the year, the second graders have been learning how to create their own interactive digital stories and games using Scratch Jr. They were challenged to snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance and sing. 

“Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves, then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life,” Del Juidice said. “This experience laid the foundational work that will help support them in their LEGO WeDo experiences.” 

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As part of the lessons, the students have been building on their skills of writing algorithms, sequencing, looping, and debugging. Del Juidice said she hoped her students had fun and understood the meaning behind the word “grit.” 

“We speak a lot about having a growth mindset and showing grit when we work,” Del Juidice said. “Some of my students struggled with the Bluetooth connections at first, but most importantly, not one LEGO group gave up. That, to me, is a successful day in technology.” 

Pictured: Bronxville Elementary School second graders constructing cooling fans

Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District


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.

 

 
Helena McSherry to Succeed Peggy Williams as Executive Director of The Bronxville School Foundation PDF Print Email

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By Kristen Evans, VP Public Relations, Bronxville School Foundation

Feb, 26, 2020: The Bronxville School Foundation has appointed Helena McSherry as its new executive director.

McSherry is excited about her new role "With my two children away at college next year, I am really looking forward to being able to contribute my time to fostering the Foundation's mission, which will allow me to maintain a special connection with the School and many of the faculty and parent volunteers in town, whom I have come to know and respect over the years."

McSherry comes to the role with an impressive record both professionally and through her work at the Bronxville School. She attended Boston College and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management in 1992.

McSherry attended Fordham Law School and, after graduating in 1995, worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Before moving to Bronxville in 2001, she worked as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel and as a staff attorney with the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

McSherry and her husband, John, have two children, one a recent graduate and one attending the Bronxville School.

Helena has volunteered in numerous capacities at the school. She served a six-year term on the Bronxville School Foundation board working on numerous committees, including Public Relations, Grants, and Nominating. In addition, McSherry has worked in various roles on the PTA Council, including the Hospitality, Character Counts, and Apparel Committees.

McSherry succeeds Peggy Benziger Williams, who is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to the Foundation.

Eddie Sulimirski, 2019-2020 Board Chairman, said, "We knew it would not be easy to replace Peggy, but were incredibly impressed by the broad and very accomplished slate of candidates who applied for the role. We were particularly impressed with Helena, who brings a wealth of institutional knowledge, professional experience, and relationships with both the school and the community. We are thrilled to have someone with her drive, vision, and dedication to lead the Foundation into the next decade."

The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance quality education and sustain excellence in academics, arts, and athletics at the Bronxville School. Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to support facility design and renovation, faculty training and professional development, state of the art technology and equipment, and pilot programs and new curricula. The impact of these grants is felt by each student across the school, every year through the years.

Pictured:  Helena McSherry

Photo courtesy 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 School Update: Budget Work Underway; Karen Peterson Retiring PDF Print Email

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By Katharine Outcalt

Feb. 19, 2020: Superintendent, Dr. Roy Montesano opened the February School Board meeting with an offer of congratulations to all of the players who performed in the school’s recent production of Into the Woods. 

He then noted that his office is working on the 2020-21 budget and school calendar. Early calendar review shows signs that students and the administration may again enjoy a two-week break over the Christmas holiday. 

Dr. Rachel Kelly, Assistant Superintendent for HR & Pupil Services, provided a personnel report, which included a resolution to accept the resignation of Bronxville School Athletic Director Karen Peterson, who will retire after 22 years of service, effective August 31, 2020. 

Board President, Jon Atkeson, offered words of appreciation for the excellent work Ms. Peterson has done as the district’s Athletic Director. Atkeson added that a celebration of Ms. Peterson’s career at the Bronxville School is planned for this Spring. 

Dan Carlin, Assistant Superintendent for Business, reported that the district anticipates adding $500,000 to the Fund Balance by the end of the school year. This surplus will be used to offset next year’s tax levy.

On the facilities front, bids have been received for the Innovation Center and for the renovation of the Elementary School’s Curtain Wall. These bids are currently under review.  The bid for the Curtain Wall came in high but Carlin is confident that it can be lowered and that construction can remain on schedule. 

The board also moved to approve the annual athletic mergers that are a part of Bronxville’s athletic program. These mergers include Girls Swim & Dive (Tuckahoe), Girls Volleyball (Mount Vernon), Boys/Girls Skiing (New Rochelle), Boys Swim & Dive (New Rochelle), Ice Hockey (Tuckahoe & Eastchester), and Softball (Tuckahoe).

As these sports attract lower numbers of participants, Bronxville is able to offer these sports to their students by merging with athletes from local schools. This program has been in existence for over 15 years, with numerous athletes benefiting from the sports offered.

A Budget Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at 9:00 am in the MS/HS Library. This meeting will be followed by the next Regular School Board Meeting & Budget Presentation on Thursday, March 19, at 7:00 pm in the MS/HS Library.


Photo by A. Warner

 

 

 
Bronxville Elementary School Students Spreading Kindness and Love for Valentine's Day PDF Print Email

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By Michael Ganci, Syntax for The Bronxville School

Feb. 14, 2020: Bronxville Elementary School students are spreading kindness and love by creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards for people in their school community and veterans around the country.

Spearheaded by the Student Council, the students distributed different materials, including pink and red construction paper and colored pencils, to each elementary school classroom.

For the Valentines for Veterans project, kindergarten and first graders decorated their cards with heartfelt messages to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country.

Second through fifth graders decorated their cards with cheerful messages, expressing their gratitude to teachers, principals, and staff for positively impacting their school community every day.

“I hope these projects spark kindness and thankfulness to the people in any community who work hard to positively impact the people around them,” said Derrick DiRienzo, Student Council adviser and fourth grade teacher.

The school simultaneously collected personal hygiene items for veterans, which will be brought to the James J. Peters VA Medical Center on Feb. 15.

DiRienzo said the projects were a way to engage students in meaningful conversations about what it means to be a good citizen, do something that makes someone else feel good, and recognize the sacrifices that veterans have made to protect our freedom.

Pictured: Bronxville Elementary School students created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. 

Photo courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District 


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 Seeks School Board Trustee Candidates PDF Print Email

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By Susan Meaney, Member, NPC

Feb. 12, 2020: Bronxville's Committee for Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees (NPC) is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in the position of school board trustee. The deadline to submit is Monday, March 2nd.

The School Trustees set the broad policy for the direction of the school by serving three-year terms on the school board. The seven trustees provide leadership and direction to the school's administrators and make important decisions on a wide array of topics, including strategic planning, curriculum, technology, personnel issues, finance, construction, facilities, and the student body. Elected by the Bronxville community, each trustee plays a vital role in the continued excellence of the school.

Any resident who is interested in running for School Trustee, or who would like to suggest candidates, should contact the NPC as soon as possible. The application form can be found on the NPC website, www.bronxvillenpc.com.

To propose candidates, to nominate yourself, or for more information about becoming a part of the NPC, please contact the NPC at  CLOAKING

About the NPC

The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of Trustees of the Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis. The NPC consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts. Each year, the NPC solicits qualified residents who are interested in serving as School Trustee and nominates a slate of candidates to run in the school-district election each May.

 
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