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Big Turnout for Bronxville Elementary School Chess Tournament PDF Print Email


By George Lekovic, Father of children in The Bronxville School

Feb. 20, 2019:  The Bronxville Elementary School Chess Club hosted more than one hundred young chess players and their parents last Saturday for the annual Bronxville Elementary School Chess Tournament. In association with the National Scholastic Chess Federation, chess players competed in several groups both as individuals and teams. Bronxville took home several trophies, all of which were added to the display in front of the elementary school office. 

This was the first year that high school chess players, who went through the same program, assisted the chess teachers during lunchtime chess for K-5 students. It’s an exciting opportunity for the young ones to learn from their older peers and for the older players to get exposure to and experience in teaching.


The next big tournament is the Chess Nationals in Nashville, May 8 to 12, and several students will participate.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact George Lekovic, Gary Wilson, or Janaka Withana at  CLOAKING

Pictured here: Bronxville children at the Bronxville Elementary School Chess Tournament

Photos by George Lekovic

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. 


Bronxville Fourth-Graders Create Anti-Bullying PSAs PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Feb. 20, 2019:  Over the course of two weeks, Bronxville Elementary School fourth-graders became writers, directors, producers, and actors to create anti-bullying public service announcements based on their own experiences. Using professional-quality camera equipment, they partnered with Mike Feurstein, a filmmaker and educator and the creator of the program DON’T WAIT to UnMake a Bully, to model a movie set and fulfill their chosen jobs.

Before filming, the students participated in meaningful conversations about the differences between bullying and social disagreements. Through collaboration and teamwork, each fourth-grade class brainstormed ideas and discussed real-life bullying scenarios while writing their PSA script.

“What I think is most special about this program and the thing that exceeded even my very high expectations was the amount of ownership that the students were allowed to take of the project themselves,” third-grade teacher Derrick DiRienzo said. “As a teacher, we are used to being in a position of control and having to really teach them to have independence, but in this project, they really were expected to have the independence from the beginning and they really ran with it.”


The experience allowed the students to be creative while fulfilling their chosen jobs of director, actor, sound, or slate.

“In addition to the creativity, what they were learning was really important,” DiRienzo said. “They were able to really synthesize the information in a way that they hadn’t been able to before. They were able to make personal connections with the issues that we face when it comes to bullying, and they really were able to take the things that they were learning about it and then execute them through the filmmaking process, which really helped them understand the concepts on a whole new level.”

The students’ work with the DON’T WAIT project was generously supported through a grant from The Bronxville School Foundation. The program works to highlight the importance of taking active steps against bullying and empowers students to stand up against bullying through positive media.

For a video on the students’ work, click here. 

Pictured here: Bronxville fourth-graders working on the anti-bullying 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. 


Nine Bronxville Runners Win County Championships and Two Bronxville Swimmers Qualify for States; Annual Bronco Bonanza this Friday PDF Print Email


By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer

Jan. 30, 2019:  The Bronco winter season is in full swing. For the indoor track and field teams and the boys’ swim team, the sectional championships are just around the corner. Based on their successes so far this winter, they should fare well.

The track and field teams have had stellar performances in several major meets already this season, and this past Sunday they had a chance to compete in the Westchester County Championships. It is no small feat to win at counties, as 42 schools of all sizes compete against each other. On Sunday evening at The Armory, the Broncos had excellent results, with nine runners earning county titles either at the individual level or as part of a relay team.

Eve Balseiro won three county titles; she placed first in the 300m (40.79) and was part of the winning 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams. The 4x400m relay (Betsy Marshall, Caroline Brashear, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Balseiro) placed first in a time of 4:02.64. The 4x200m team, Caroline Ircha, S. Mellinghoff, Amelia Koenig, and Balseiro, not only won the 4x200m relay, but they also broke the Bronxville school record (1:44.86).

In field events, Jules Gravier continued her success in the pole vault. She placed second with a nine-foot vault.

Overall, it was a great meet for the Broncos. Fourteen girls broke personal records: S. Mellinghoff (55m), Alisa Kanganis (55m), Koenig (55m), Anna Saad (55m), Remi Mellinghoff (55m), Rory Denning (1000m), Marshall (600m), Andrea Shephard (600m), Emma Mandanas (3000m), and Molly Palma (1500m).

For the boys, Matt and Alex Rizzo continued to make headlines with their success in long distance races. At counties, Matt won the 1600m (4:22.24) and brother Alex won the 1000m (2:29.20).

The day before counties, the Rizzo brothers competed at the Sanders Invitational, a meet that includes some of the best high school runners in the country. Competing in the 1000m, Matt and Alex both broke the meet record; Matt placed second in a personal best time of 2:25.31, and Alex placed fourth, also setting a personal best time of 2:26.94.

At counties, the boys’ 4x400m relay, A. Rizzo, M. Rizzo, Tommy O'Connell, and Zip Malley, placed second. Alex led the way with a 49.92 split, and the team finished the race in 3:32.42. Seamus Watters placed third in the 55m hurdles in a season best time of 7.91.



The combined New Rochelle-Bronxville 200 medley relay team came in fourth at the Section 1 Conference 1 Championships last week. The relay team, Finn Seibold (Bronxville), Narmeri Franklyn (New Rochelle-NR), Matthew Pena (NR), and Tim Cushman (Bronxville), finished with a New York State Championship Meet qualifying time of 1:40.39.

The 200 free relay team came in second, with a time of 1:31.87. Swimmers on the relay were Siebold, Miles Dower (NR), Jonathan Carsen (NR), and Cushman.

Results for individual Bronxville swimmers are listed below.

Tim Cushman – Senior & Captain
100 Free – 1st place – 46.95 (NYS qualifying time)
100 Back – 1st place – 52.66 (NYS qualifying time)

Finn Seibold – Junior
50 Free – 6th place – 23.13
100 Back – 5th place – 55.64 (previously qualified for NYS meet)

Chris Babyak – Junior
200 IM – 28th place – 2:26.40
100 Back – 20th place – 1:03.51

Theo Veru – Freshman
200 Free – 20th place – 1:58.08
100 Back – 13th place – 59.27

The Section 1 Championship meet will take place February 5 to 7.

Basketball-Bronco Bonanza

The basketball teams will host the annual Bronco Bonanza on Friday when the boys' and girls' teams face Keio in the main gym. The girls' game starts at 5:00 pm, and the boys' will follow at 6:45 pm.

Go Broncos.

Pictured here: At top: Eve Balseiro (front) and (L to R) Betsy Marshall, Sabrina Mellinghoff, and Caroline Brashear won the county title in the 4x400m relay; in text: Eve Balseiro (front) and (L to R) Amelia Koenig, Caroline Ircha, and Sabrina Mellinghoff placed first in the 4x200m relay. 

Photos by Cathy Balseiro


Chambers Field and New Track at Bronxville School Targeted for April 30 Completion PDF Print Email


By Staff     

Jan. 23, 2019:  Have you driven by Chambers Field at the Bronxville School, noticed the turf pulled up, seen a few workmen around, and wondered what’s going on or where this project stands? 

The Bronxville School Board of Education provided some answers in its January 17 public meeting. Dan Carlin, assistant superintendent for business of the Bronxville schools, reported that the track and field project is targeted for an April 30 completion. He explained that, based on input from the track community, the new track will go from eight lanes to six lanes on the straightaways and six lanes to four lanes on the curves to make it a 440-yard track. Thus far, the workmen have been focused on drainage, fencing, tree removal, and removal of the batting cage. The turf will be ordered by the end of January and, if all goes well, the project will be completed by the end of April. Carlin explained that weather could be a factor because the ground has to be 38 degrees because of the adhesive needed to install the track.

In other facilities news, Carlin reported that he met with a consulting engineer about the September flood event on Meadow Avenue and that they are looking into putting in a pipe from Meadow Avenue to a diversion structure. They will not need to pull up sidewalks or turf to accomplish this project. Carlin also reported that the additional flood mitigation pumps should be coming in April, noting that delivery has been delayed in the past.

Rachel Kelly, assistant superintendent of the Bronxville schools, recognized the contributions of nine Bronxville School professionals and one staff member who are taking early retirement this year. Dr. David Katz, history teacher and president of the Bronxville Teachers' Association, further recognized their accomplishments and acknowledged how much they will be missed. Following are the individuals retiring. 

From the Middle School 

Paul Furfaro, art teacher, at Bronxville 31 years
Vicki Kreiss, special ed teacher, at Bronxville 29 years
Joyce Myers, home and careers teacher, at Bronxville 28 years
Joyce Vastola, middle school psychologist, at Bronxville 19 years

From the High School   

Karin Coons, special ed teacher, at Bronxville 21 years
Mandy Gerstein, mathematics teacher, at Bronxville 31 years
Brian Parise, physical education teacher, at Bronxville 33 years
Georgiana Stewart, life skills teacher, at Bronxville 18 years

From Facilities and Grounds

Theresa Craparo, at Bronxville for 31 years

Finally, Dr. Mara Koetke, director of curriculum and instruction, discussed a new grammar curriculum being piloted in the middle school, and Dr. Montesano, superintendent of the Bronxville schools, discussed work under way by the Academic Integrity Committee to draft a new plagiarism and cheating policy.

Photo by N. Bower


Bronxville NPC Accepting Applications for 2019 School Board Trustee Candidates; Deadline March 2 PDF Print Email


By Committee for Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees

Jan. 23, 2019:  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 Saturday, March 2.

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,

To propose candidates or to nominate yourself or to obtain more information about becoming a part of the NPC, please contact the NPC's chair, Lindy Devereux, at 646-515-5730 or co-chair, Valerie Otto, at 646-884-0650, or you may email the NPC at  CLOAKING

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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