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The Sweetest Thing: MHS Holds Annual Gingerbread House Contest

January 11, 2019

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac High School German Club held its annual gingerbread house contest last month, resulting in a lot of cool, interesting and delicious architecture. Teams were created for the competition, requiring at least one German Club member per team. The students had to construct their houses—not always made of gingerbread, the edible homes displayed everything from graham ...

School Officials Pitch Million-Dollar Security Upgrade

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Thanks to the state’s Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA), security systems in buildings throughout the Mahopac School District would get more than $1 million in upgrades if Albany approves the district’s latest spending plan.

In their fifth and final dip into the bond’s $3.2 million allocation for Mahopac, school officials would like to spend $1.2 million to ...

Pine Grove Spearheads Pajama Drive for Needy

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Many needy children will be able to snuggle up in some warm pajamas this winter thanks to the staff, children and parents at Pine Grove Country Day School.

The preschool held its annual pajama drive last month. On Dec. 19, a celebratory Pajama Day took place at all five Pine Grove locations in support of the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that collects pajamas and ...

School Officials on Track to Have Tax-Neutral Referendum on May Ballot

MAHOPAC, N.Y. -  School administrators and their consultants are moving closer to laying out the scope of a districtwide tax-neutral capital project that will cost approximately $52.3 million.

The district is looking to undertake some capital projects due to a quirk in a state formula that could impact the district’s tax rate if it doesn’t maintain its debt service. The ...

Austin Road Students Go Batty for Statewide Poster Contest

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Most bats in New York State have been in hibernation now for several weeks due to temperatures dropping and fewer insects to eat. However, thanks to Mary Jean Cerbini and her fifth graders, bats are seen in abundance on the hallway walls of Austin Road Elementary School.

Cerbini has engaged her students in a Habitats for Bats curriculum project in conjunction with the ...

Town Looks to Address Road-Safety Issues Near High School

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - In an effort to make the roads around Mahopac High School a little safer for students, Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari has asked the Town Board to limit parking and standing on some of the ancillary roads in the school’s neighborhood known as Rolling Greens.

In a letter to the Town Board, Cazzari notes that “early dismissal traffic is now directed to the rear ...

The Most Unlikely Authors

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Children who face the challenge of dyslexia and dysgraphia can often feel isolated and frustrated. The conditions can make it difficult for them to read and write, although they are not a true reflection of the students’ overall intelligence. In the end, dyslexia, a reading disorder, and dysgraphia, the inability to write, can create a disdain for reading and ...

Travel Channel Star Comes to Austin Road

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - While most Austin Road Elementary students get a bit restless and distracted on a grey, cold Monday just before Thanksgiving recess, Mary Jean Cerbini’s fifth-grade class was attentive, inquisitive and focused.  All eyes and ears were on Don Wildman, Travel Channel’s host of the shows, “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Monumental Mysteries” and ...

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