Education

October 30, 2018

Somers High School senior Brianna Lux was honored recently by Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES as a Student of Distinction. Lux is part of the first group in BOCES’ two-year Medical Assistant program. Students spend four-hour days at the Health Career Center at BOCES’ Yorktown campus taking ...

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All students, whether they are “typical” or have special needs, do better when they are learning alongside their peers. That’s the conclusion of folks who study the impact of inclusion policies on schools. The Board of Education met recently with principals and other administrators to review ...

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The Somers School District is moving forward on a number of fronts in its battle to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students and staff. Not only has it formed a task force and engaged Altaris Group as school safety consultants, it has hired two more School Resource Officers ...

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The following was sent to parents from Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch on Tuesday: "We were notified this afternoon that a Somers High School student athlete has a confirmed case of a skin infection called Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a type of “staph” ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - The owners of the former IBM property have begun the process of getting approval from the town for their plan to renovate the behemoth building into a STEM academy boarding school. The focus on STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—is the selling point for what would be ...

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The owners of the former 723-acre IBM campus in Somers are proposing a private boarding and day school for Grades 9-12, temporarily named “Somers Academy.”  More details to follow.

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The task force that toiled mightily this summer to find ways to improve school safety has presented the Somers Board of Education with the fruits of its labors. And the good news is, the district is already doing a lot of things it and consultants have identified as “best practices.” The ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Friends of Karen, the non-profit children’s charity, has launched its 2018 Back to School Program.  The organization, which supports families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are struggling to stay afloat financially and emotionally while caring for their ...

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Two high school seniors with aspirations of careers in healthcare are the recipients of the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary’s continuing education scholarships. Junior volunteers Michelle Kushner and Nora Maerean each received $500 to go toward their educational pursuits.  “We offer a ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Although plans for a new indoor sports arena are still very much in the talking stage, some folks in Somers are already raising concerns about the project’s potential impact on local traffic and a nearby nature preserve. New York City-based Riverside Development Group (RDG) is ...

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The names of those chosen to serve on a new school security task force will be made public within days, said the Somers Board of Education Monday. The decision to form the task force came in the wake of two alleged shooting threats made against the district. Both incidences are being ...

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The Somers Board of Education presented a timeline last week of security upgrades for the district’s buildings and announced it would be creating a security task force. The safety updates from the board come in the wake of two alleged shooting threats made against the district. On June 1, ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Students at Somers Middle School can expect to see additional police officers on Monday after a threat was discovered in the boy's bathroom. Schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch has been sending emails to parents throughout the weekend following the discovery of the threat on ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - World language students brought the beauty and romance of poetry to a school board meeting recently. Audience members and trustees alike were treated to renditions of the poems students were to present on Thursday, May 17, at the 35th annual World Language Poetry Recitation ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - On Wednesday, April 25, the Somers High School Math Honor Society hosted the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon at Somers Intermediate School. St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon is a math-enrichment fundraiser with a real-world purpose. It helps students practice math skills while providing the opportunity ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers School District voters overwhelmingly passed the 2018-19 budget Tuesday allowing for the hiring of two additional School Resource Officers (SROs).  Voters also welcomed newcomer Heidi Cambareri to the Somers Board of Education for one of two open seats. Incumbent Michael ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - The school district and local police say they are not aware of any shooting threat made against Somers High School despite TV news reports claiming differently.  According to police, Luke Visser, 16, of Chappaqua was arrested Saturday, May 12, and charged with making a terroristic ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. – A Somers teacher facing charges of public lewdness has resigned. Jeffrey Wrightman, 60, of White Plains, was accused of exposing himself to an adult patron at the Ossining Public Library in April. Wrightman, an AP U.S. History teacher at Somers High School since 2003, has been ...

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OSSINING, N.Y. - A Somers High School teacher was arraigned in Ossining Town Court today, April 27, after being arrested and charged with public lewdness on Thursday. According to the court, Jeffrey Wrightman spent the night in the Ossining police holding facility before posting bail on ...

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While the snowstorms in March and April kept students and teachers out of school for more than a week, the school of fish in Brian Hugick’s classroom thrived through it all under his careful watch.   Hugick, an earth science teacher at Somers High School, was presented with a Teacher ...

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Registration is now open for the first annual RA5K and Fun Run being held by Ridgefield Academy, an independent, co-ed day school for children in preschool through eighth grade. The event will be held Sunday, May 20, at Ridgefield Academy, 223 West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, Conn.   To ...

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers High School is raising money to install a bronze statue of an elephant near the front entrance of the school. The elephant, a symbol long recognized in the town of Somers, will be a celebration of the town’s history as the “Cradle of the American Circus” as well as a source ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-The finalists in the 2018 International GENIUS Olympiad in Oswego have been announced. Six students from Somers High School were selected to present their research at the week-long competition in June. Katherine Taylor, Rachel Joseph, Luke Khorram, Chelsea Brown, Aliza Hackmyer and ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Eighth-graders headed to Washington, D.C., last week for a trip into the country’s history. Highlights of the trip included visits to the Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorials, as well as the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Second-graders participated in Career Day at Primrose Elementary on March 23. As part of the social studies curriculum, students interviewed people about their careers and presented what they learned in costume. Parents also had the opportunity to share their careers.

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SOMERS, N.Y.-The 2018-19 Somers Central School District budget will include funding for two additional school resource officers, a move strongly supported by parents in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14. At a school board meeting on ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-As yet another winter storm was bearing down on Somers this week, school officials satisfied state attendance requirements by eliminating the last of spring’s remaining “extra” days off. Good Friday, previously listed as a full day off March 30, will now be a half-day of classes.

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Hundreds of students at Somers High School walked out of their classrooms on March 14 in solidarity with the 17 shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The “Unity Rally for School Safety” was a non-political event meant to bring students together to commit to ...

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SOMERS, N.Y.-Somers High School students Kristian Kallesten, Gabriello Lima and Griffing Carpiniello worked in their electronics and robotics class to design and prototype an interactive study tool for their health class. The study tool can be used to teach students about the inner parts and ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Applying to college in the 21st century can be an intimidating task for high school students and their parents. But thanks to GuidED Consulting LLC, there is now someone to help navigate through the morass of paperwork and complex application process and end those sleepless ...

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