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Elementary School Play 'Lion King Pridelands' is January 26 and 27: Tickets on Sale Online Starting Today PDF Print Email


By Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousak, co-producers

Jan. 23, 2019:  Next Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, elementary school students in grades three, four, and five will bring the musical Lion King Pridelands to the stage. One hundred fifty children are participating in the production, which will come together in only nine short days.

This year, co-producers and teachers Dianne Aronson and Kendall Fousek have coordinated efforts with NYRKS, headed up by director Leisha Horin. “Ms. Leisha,” as the children affectionately call her, is a former Bronxville parent with an extensive musical theater background. In fact, Ms. Leisha was the choreographer for the elementary school play several years ago, and she also ran several theater camps in this area before her family relocated to California.


Innumerable parents have been enthusiastically involved in supporting the program. Without their tireless assistance, a production like this would not be possible. Our amazing “drama mamas” and costumers go above and beyond in every way possible. Aronson and Fousek are in awe of their time, commitment, and energy. “After all these years, it continues to amaze us how supportive the elementary school community is of the theater arts!” they say. “Each year, we watch our involved students collaborate, discover, and reach a newfound potential.”


As it is every year, the halls of Bronxville School were “abuzz” when rehearsals began, with children, teachers, and parents anticipating the next two weeks. As stated by a cast member, “I love coming to rehearsal every day. It’s so awesome!”


Tickets will be sold online at beginning today, Wednesday, January 23, and extending through Friday, January 25. Any tickets remaining will be sold at the door. Please come and enjoy the show.

Pictured at top: The exterior of the Bronxville School auditorium.

Photo by A. Warner

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.



Veterans Help Bronxville High School Students Understand Attack on Pearl Harbor PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Dec. 19, 2018:  Bronxville High School juniors, who are exploring major turning points in the history of the United States, welcomed veterans Michael Fix and Vito Pinto to their school to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Fix and Pinto, who are both veterans of the Vietnam War, visited each U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History class on December 6 and 11 to discuss the reasons behind the attack, as well as the economic, political, and social implications of the conflict.

During the history lessons, the students watched video footage from the war and a clip from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s speech to Congress during which he called the date of the attack – which forced the United States into World War II – “a date which will live in infamy.” They also paid tribute to the soldiers who fought and died in the war and urged the students to remember the lessons learned and not let history repeat itself.

“It makes us truly appreciate what we’re learning about and how significant it is,” said junior Teddy Donohue, who heard from Michael Fix during his Advanced Placement U.S. History class. “We need to respect what happened and we need to learn from what happened in history for it not to repeat itself.”

While most students will study in-depth the attack on Pearl Harbor as part of their history classes in the spring, teacher William Meyer said that the veterans’ visit sparked the students’ interest in the topic.

“Both speakers gave a face to this conflict and moment at the beginning of World War II, which can sometimes be depersonalized, and is remembered, but not always remembered for the individual lives that were impacted by it,” Meyer said. “What was also powerful was the larger scope and sequence that was presented around the whole conflict in the Pacific, and it gave students something tangible to connect to, not just now but when we get to that unit later in the year.”

Junior Jack Moore said he could relate to Fix, who was too young to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he thinks about his own experiences in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.


“It’s interesting to think about how that event for him and people his age is really similar to 9/11 for me,” Moore said. “I wasn’t born when [Sept. 11] happened, I was born a little bit afterward, so it’s interesting that I live in a world that’s so profoundly affected by that event, but it’s an event that I never got to witness. Likewise, that’s the exact same experience that he had with Pearl Harbor and basically living through World War II and growing up in America that’s obviously very influenced by the events of World War II.”

In conclusion to their presentations, Fix and Pinto shared with the students bookmarks that contained two quotes about the lessons they hoped they could take away – learn from the lessons in history and emulate your nation’s heroes. 

Pictured here: Veteran Michael Fix (at top) and veteran Vito Pinto speaking with Bronxville High School juniors about the importance of remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

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. 


Bronxville School Auditorium To Receive Preservation Award this Evening PDF Print Email


By Erin Saluti, Co-Chair, The Bronxville Historical Conservatory

Dec. 12, 2018:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is pleased to announce that its 2018 Preservation Award will be awarded to The Bronxville School for its interior renovation of the auditorium.

The award will be presented to Dr. Roy Montesano, superintendent of the Bronxville schools, this evening at The Bronxville Historical Conservancy’s annual members meeting and holiday reception at Siwanoy Country Club.

After thorough review and deliberation of five fine submissions, the preservation award committee ultimately selected the auditorium as a demonstration of excellence in the renovations and additions category. It was determined that the auditorium renovation strongly demonstrates sensitivity to, and compatibility with, the original 1922 design and exhibits a seamless interior integration with the building.

The committee recognized the re-opening of the original tall windows on both sides of the auditorium, the restoration of the original arched proscenium, and the traditional wood craftsmanship employed to restore, and recreate, the original Tudor design. In addition, the committee noted that the project intentionally incorporated stainless steel support rods connecting the wrap-around balcony rail to the ceiling as a nod to the original lighting design and overall aesthetic.

The award committee included seven professionals with expertise across a broad spectrum, including art, architecture, interior and landscape design, journalism, and city planning. The committee members were Suzanne Pratt Davis, journalist; Maureen Hackett, landscape designer; Anderson Kenny, architect; Stafford Meyer, interior and product designer; Larry Vranka, lawyer and member of the Narragansett Historic Commission, Rhode Island; and Erin Saluti and Bill Zambelli, co-chairs of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy.

Dr. Montesano expressed his excitement about receiving the award: “On behalf of The Bronxville School community, we are deeply honored that our auditorium was selected for the prestigious preservation award by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy. The Bronxville School is so much a part of the entire community, and to receive this recognition is very meaningful. It will be shared by all who have traveled our hallways in the past and enjoyed by many children in the future.”

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy Preservation Award honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have strengthened the fabric of our community through their exceptional commitment to preserving an understanding of its rich past and unique character. Projects that demonstrate excellence in preservation, restoration, and conservation in the Village of Bronxville are recognized for this award. Award categories are architectural restoration; conservation of architectural elements; renovations and additions; garden and landscape design; craftsmanship and fine art; preservation of the historical record; and, stewardship and advocacy.

Previous BHC preservation awards have been presented to People’s United Bank for the restoration of the 1920s Gramatan National Bank clock; Houlihan Lawrence for the exterior renovation of 4 Valley Road, the Prescott Farm Gate Lodge; and the Bronxville Library art collection.

Photo 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.

Kyle Swanson, BHS '14, Awarded Marshall Scholarship PDF Print Email


By Staff

Dec. 5, 2018: Kyle Swanson, a 2014 graduate of Bronxville High School and a 2018 graduate of MIT, was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the UK. The British government made the announcement on Monday that 48 students were awarded the scholarship this year.

Marshall Scholarships offer up to 50 young Americans from an applicant pool of over 1,000 each year the chance to study for up to three years at any university in the UK.

Kyle attended The Bronxville School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He took a full complement of AP classes in high school, including AP Calculus BC and the school’s inaugural AP computer science class. With this foundation, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last spring with a BS in computer science and engineering, a BS in mathematics, and a minor in music. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and two engineering honor societies, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

He is in a one-year master’s degree program at MIT this year and will earn an MEng in computer science and engineering this spring. He plans to study mathematics and computer science at the University of Cambridge for his two-year Marshall Scholarship starting in the fall of 2019 and will then pursue a PhD in computer science to research applications of machine learning to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Kyle has engaged in extensive research in machine learning with Professor Regina Barzilay in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and spent his junior and senior years on a joint project between CSAIL and the Breast Imaging Division of Massachusetts General Hospital on machine learning research to improve breast cancer detection in mammography. He co-authored a paper on the research that was published in the journal Radiology this year.

As an undergraduate at MIT, Kyle was a TA for the 1,900 students in an online MIT Professional Education class in cybersecurity. He also taught an introductory machine learning course to university students in Kazakhstan and he participated in MIT’s Educational Studies Program for middle and high school students, teaching courses in the history of Ancient Rome, music theory, and search algorithms. In his summers, he was an intern at Microsoft in Seattle, a cancer biotech startup in San Francisco, and an AI company in Manhattan.

As a master’s degree student, Kyle is developing machine-learning algorithms in the area of chemistry to predict molecular properties such as toxicity or solubility. The hope is to develop a property-prediction tool that will help chemists identify new drug candidates more rapidly.

Kyle is a committed musician and has studied flute since he was in third grade, adding piccolo in seventh grade. He played in the Bronxville School concert bands each year from fourth grade through high school and also participated in NYSSMA, earning a place as principal piccoloist in the All-State Symphonic Band. He was an honors student at Hoff-Barthelson Music School and played in the student orchestra. At MIT, Kyle is in his fifth year playing flute and piccolo in the MIT Symphony Orchestra, having served as president for one year, and he premiered a flute concerto composed by his freshman-year roommate, Bertrand Stone. Kyle has received four awards from the MIT Music Department.

Photo by Ian MacLellan, used with permission from MIT per Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives license.

Editor's note: Kyle Swanson's mother is on the staff of MyhometownBronxville.

Accomplished Bronxville High School Runner Matt Rizzo Named Athlete of the Week PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Dec. 5, 2018:  Matt Rizzo, a Bronxville High School senior and highly accomplished runner, has been named Con Edison’s Westchester Scholar Athlete of the Week. He was recognized for his athletic and academic achievements by a panel of athletic directors and coaches.

Rizzo, who is co-captain of the varsity winter and spring cross-country teams along with his twin brother, Alex, is crucial to the team’s success. He runs drills for the team, conducts team meetings, and ensures that his teammates are prepared for their races. He most recently captured New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s championship title in the Class C boys race with a time of 16:22, as well as the Section 1 championship title with a time of 16:59, and earned second place in the county championship with a time of 15:32.

Counseling director Anne Abbatecola praised Rizzo for his ability to successfully handle the demands of academics and sports.

“Matt is an amazing, diligent worker who has received superior grades,” Abbatecola said. “He is humble, a thoughtful contributor to all classes and has a strong desire to learn and grow.”

Besides his dedication on the track, Rizzo has taken a challenging course load consisting of honors level and Advanced Placement classes, including chemistry, economics, English language, environmental science, and world history.

Outside of school, he has participated in a community service trip to Nicaragua, has taught basketball to young children, and has been a volunteer counselor at a summer camp. 

Pictured here: Bronxville High School senior Matt Rizzo. 

Photo 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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