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Nicole Carpenter and Charlotte White to Be Honored by Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents Today, May 25 PDF Print Email
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May 25, 2011:  Nicole Ann Carpenter and Charlotte Amanda White, seniors at Bronxville High School, will be honored by the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents (LHCSS) at the 27th annual Carroll F. Johnson Scholastic Achievement Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown on Wednesday, May 25.

Nicole and Charlotte were chosen to receive this award because they have the highest GPAs in Bronxville's graduating class of 2011.   Both Nicole and Charlotte have taken over eight Advanced Placement classes, and both have been able to maintain strong grades while involved in multiple after-school activities, including captain of their sports teams, participation in student government, and a big commitment to community service.

More than 100 valedictorians and salutatorians from schools in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, and Dutchess counties will be participating in this occasion, accompanied by their high school principals or headmasters/headmistresses and district superintendents.

The dinner was the brainchild of Dr. Carroll Johnson, a past White Plains school superintendent, who felt that the area's top scholars were not being recognized the way standout athletes and musicians were.

Nicole Carpenter will be heading to Georgetown University in the fall, and Charlotte White to the University of Southern California.

Pictured here:  Charlotte Amanda White (left) and Nicole Ann Carpenter, honorees tonight at the 27th annual Carroll F. Johnson Scholastic Achievement Dinner sponsored by the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents.

 
St. Joseph School Places First Among New York State’s Schools in the Nation’s Annual Mystery Class Competition PDF Print Email

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May 25, 2011: The Journey North Mystery Class is an annual project that challenges students to use the Earth's seasonal cycles to discover the locations of ten mystery classrooms from around the world. The activity takes place over an eleven-week period during which clues are revealed. In addition to science skills, the students utilize math skills and their knowledge of Social Studies to meet the challenge.

This year, the 5th, 6th and 7th grades of Saint Joseph's School (SJS) participated in the project and accomplished a remarkable feat. Out of 137 fifth grade entries, Saint Joseph's School (SJS) was 1 of 2 New York State schools to have all 10 sites correct. Out of 136 sixth grade entries, SJS was the only New York State school to have all ten sites correct. Out of 72 seventh grade entries, SJS was the only New York State school to have all 10 sites correct.

In all grades, SJS was the only New York Archdiocese School to have all 10 sites correct!!!

The Journey North Mystery Class involves fifth stages. First, the project requires the students to calculate the weekly photoperiods for each classroom location. This is determined by the sunrise and sunset times of each location.

Second, with this data, the students make an estimation of the latitudes north or south of the equator. Third, on the vernal equinox, the students must locate the longitudes using mathematical equations. This is determined through the sunset and sunrise data based at the Prime Meridian.

Fourth, in the last four weeks of the project, the students receive weekly interdisciplinary clues that relate to the geography, politics/government, monetary system, ecosystem, fauna/flora, food, flag, and other multicultural facts about the locations. These clues help the students identify exact locations.

The fifth and final stage occurred on April 19, 2011. The students submitted their exact locations with their respective latitudes and longitudes. The competition required the students to research locations such as the Republic of Congo, Argentina, China, Israel, Argentina and Antarctica. Some of the questions the students researched were:

Where is Setswana spoken?
What region of the world lies atop two distinct tectonic plates?
What is a "gwangyoksi?"
What countries have bases in Antarctica and where are they located?
What is a durian and where is it grown ?

On May 13th, our students will have the opportunity to meet their no-longer-mystery friends through videos, pictures and greetings.

 

 
Bronxville High School Art Show to Be Held at Bronxville Women's Club June 6-11; Reception June 7 PDF Print Email
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May 25, 2011:  A reception will be held on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at The Bronxville Women's Club to celebrate the opening of the Bronxville High School Art Exhibit.  The exhibit will run from June 6 to June 11.

The Art Show is a testament to the great accomplishments this year by a group of bright and creative Bronxville students.  From the contour lines of Art One to the oil canvases of AP Art, students prove that artistic ability can be cultivated and expanded.  In addition to showcasing artwork, live music and refreshments will be provided at the opening reception.

Throughout the year, Bronxville students work diligently to complete numerous art projects.  They continuously flood the art room, often staying from morning until night.  Before long, art becomes an integral aspect of their lives, improving them forever.

With optimal guidance, students are able to create pieces that are also representative of their lives.  The assignments progress in difficulty and complexity, demonstrating the versatile facets of each student's capabilities.

All media are explored and all ideas are considered, fearlessly.  In the art realm of teacher Joanne Dalsimer, there is no rock left unturned, often at least a dozen times.

In addition to several primary projects, students are encouraged to explore their creativity more intimately through keeping journals.  A place for ideas to begin to take form, a journal provide tangible proof of the intricate thought process that is required for thought-provoking art.

 
Jim Hudson and Pierre de Saint Phalle Reelected to School Board at Critical Time; Budget Passes As Does New Capital Reserve Fund PDF Print Email

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May 18, 2011:  The turnout was small, but the decisions were big for the Bronxville School Board election held Tuesday, May 17.  The total vote was 297.  School board trustees Jim Hudson and Pierre de Saint Phalle were reelected without any write-ins.  The 2011/2012 school budget passed by 81% with with 232 for and 55 against.  The proposed Capital Reserve Fund sailed through with equally good support (82%), with 208 votes for and 44 against.

Dr. James Hudson, school board chairman, and Trustee Pierre de Saint Phalle will each serve another two years at a critical time.  Contract negotiations with the Bronxville Teachers' Association are still under way.  Because of New York State's 1982 "Triborough Amendment" to the Taylor Law, the current Bronxville teachers' union contract remains in effect until a new one is signed, arguably removing an incentive for teachers to agree to a new contract with givebacks in benefits.  The amendment also has the effect of requiring automatic pay increases for many employees after the expiration of a contract and before a new contract has been entered into when a salary step schedule or longevity schedule exists in an expired contract. 

The newly approved school budget, one of the least controversial school budgets ever presented to Bronxville residents, calls for a less-than-zero increase (-0.03%) in the tax levy, a reduction greatly welcomed by voters, given the recent difficult economic times.  It marked the third straight year that school board trustees had seriously reigned in school expenditures.

Voters also overwhelmingly approved a new Capital Reserve Fund, which is capped at $10 million and will accrue over ten years.  It will be used for such projects as renovations to the school auditorium and the middle school science labs, both identified by architects as needing improvements in a recent building-conditions survey.  Projects made eligible for capital funding would be subject to a public vetting by the school board as well as an additional public referendum.

Pictured here:  The façade of the Bronxville School.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Bronxville School Enrollment Highly Stable at 1,544; Only Six Additional Students; Classroom Sizes Vary Slightly PDF Print Email

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Sept. 22, 2010:  Although enrollment figures won't be finalized until October, Bronxville School Superintendent Dr. David Quattrone presented estimates at the September 16 meeting of the Board of Education and in a newsletter mailed to parents.

Overall, student enrollment stands at 1,544 for kindergarten through 12th grade. This represents an increase of six students from last year's enrollment, for a "highly stable pattern," said Quattrone. The figure includes a total of eight tuition students, which Assistant Superintendent for Administration Dr. John Kehoe said is in keeping with recent trends: "I don't think you're going to see that number increase daramatically next year."

Enrollment breaks down by school thusly, in comparison to 2009–2010 enrollment:

Elementary school: 740, an increase of 17 students
Middle school: 348, a drop of 15 students
High school: 456, an increase of four

"We're basically still in the same pattern we have been in for a number of years, with very slight fluctuations," Quattrone observed. Board member Pierre de Saint Phalle wondered whether these fluctuations carried any significance, but they aren't unusual, answered the superintendent: "It's the way cohorts move across the grades."

Quattrone also provided a glimpse of class sizes throughout the district. The elementary school is averaging 22 students per class. This is a slightly higher than usual amount which reflects class sizes of 23.4 in the second grade sections.

The average class size in the middle school is 18.6, including the advisory program. Compared with last year, fewer classes have less than 15 students or more than 30 (just the school's chorus program). "We're doing a better job managing class sizes," said Quattrone.

On average, the high school classes have 19 students. This corresponds to a broad array of electives at the school. Quattrone noted that the count is above 25 in some classes, such as Advanced Placement U.S. history; 11th- and 12th-grade physical education; band, chorus, and orchestra; and one section of acting.

Board members posed some questions about the larger class sizes in the elementary school. "Is anything else being done for classes with 23 or 24 students?" asked Board President Dr. James Hudson. To address the small bulge in second-grade classes, an aide assists each of those teachers for at least part of every day, explained Quattrone. The third grade has been reduced from six sections to five, with 23 students per class. So far, Quattrone reported, no parents have come forward to express concern.

Pictured here: A Bronxville Elementary School classroom

Photo by A. Warner

 
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