Education

June 3, 2020

Hearing from constituents fearful that mail-in ballots may not arrive in time for voting on Tuesday, June 9, a state legislator is seeking to push school district and library elections back a week to Tuesday, June 16. Sen. Pete Harckham explained Tuesday, June 2, that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

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The North Salem School District suffered a blow last week after it announced plans to hold high school graduation at the Four Brothers Drive-In in Amenia. While the news was being celebrated by seniors and their parents and quickly caught the attention of national media outlets due to the ...

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Elite Defensive Tactics Martial Arts Academy will be conducting a Zoom online class in conjunction with the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Sergio Esposito's daughter, Maddie (2nd degree Black Belt), will be instructing the members through a basic self-defense class. The class ...

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, May 1, that New York state schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. "Given the current situation, K-12 schools and college facilities will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide distance learning. This is ...

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RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Baumann and Sons is ceasing operations and permanently laying off all employees, the bus company wrote in an April 28 letter to employees obtained by Yorktown News. The Ronkonkoma-based company, which has a contract with the Yorktown Central School District, announced ...

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Like their public school counterparts, teachers at Our Montessori School have been learning, along with their students and parents, what it’s like to be in a new kind of “homeroom.” “Distance learning will be new for all of us -- students and teachers,” the school informed ...

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Sheptin Tutoring Group will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, April 21st from 8:00 - 9:00 PM, "College Planning in a Time of COVID-19." With rampant rumors and information changing almost instantaneously, we will discuss topics such as: 1. College visiting 2. Standardized test taking 3.

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Please join nationally recognized small business expert Mike Blinder, owner of Editor & Publisher Magazine, and author of "Survival Selling Even in the Toughest of Times," for a free online webinar on how your business can weather these difficult economic times and prosper afterwards.  The ...

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The Somers and Lakeland Central School Districts have announced students will be working through Spring Break because of an executive order from Governor Cuomo threatening school's state aid. In a letter to parents, Somers Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch said Cuomo announced that districts ...

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Animal Embassy, the exotic animal rescue and environmental education company based in North Salem, is continuing to teach students about wildlife even with no classroom to visit.  Chris Evers, human in charge, is using Google hangout to share the nearly 100 animals he cares ...

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On top of everything else to feel worried about right now, parents may be stressed out about suddenly being thrown into the role of teacher with schools closed for the next few weeks. But, with a few simple tips, all homes can become natural classrooms. 1. Create a Literacy Rich ...

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The 9th annual Brain Bee competition, hosted by Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, was held recently on Burke’s campus in White Plains. High school students who aspire to careers as brain surgeons or neuroscience researchers competed at the event. From Burke’s and other regional competitions, Brain Bee ...

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The following is from Dr. Ronald Hattar, Superintendent of the Yorktown Central School District: Moments ago I learned that the parent of one of our high school students tested positive for COVID-19 today.  The individual has not been in any of our schools this year, and our buildings were ...

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The following is from the Lakeland Central School District: We continue to work around the clock to get answers and needed testing from Westchester County and NY State Health Departments. While we are hopeful to open schools on Monday, March 16, that decision cannot be made at this time. I ...

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MAHOPAC, N.Y. - After Dr. Deborah Hardy left her position as a high school counselor more than three years ago, she started her own counseling service—GuidED Consulting.  Since that time, the business has grown from seven student clients to more than 100.  “GuidEd began as a venture for what ...

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The Lakeland Central School District is seeking a new superintendent and has enlisted the help of School Leadership LLC, a professional search firm. Superintendent Dr. George Stone announced last spring that after 10 years as superintendent, he will retire June 30, 2020.  “There comes a time ...

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The following is from the Lakeland School District: The Lakeland Education Foundation (LEF) will honor three district staff members and a community member at its annual Casino Night, Silent Auction, and Dinner Dance to be held at the Villa Barone in Mahopac on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Three ...

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The Little Sisters of Hoboken say that “nunsense is habit-forming,” but you can find out for yourself this weekend. Lakeland High School’s resident drama club, Wig ‘n’ Whiskers, is producing Dan Goggin’s musical, “Nunsense,” as their fall musical on Nov. 15 and 16.  “Nunsense” follows the Little ...

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The following is from Our Montessori:  Longtime Montessori Method practitioner Sarah Marinelli has been named Educational Director at Our Montessori School, which has locations in Westchester and Putnam counties. Marinelli is a Purdys resident.  The announcement was made by Betty Hengst, ...

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Yorktown High School has received a Blue Ribbon for overall academic excellence from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2019 school year. The high school was the only public school in Westchester County awarded a Blue Ribbon for year 2019. “It’s an extraordinary recognition of academic ...

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Republican Frank Catalina faces Democrat Colin D. Smith for a two-year term as the District 1 legislator, which includes Buchanan, parts of Cortland, Peekskill and Yorktown. We asked each of the candidates to talk briefly about themselves, their positions and goals. You can find their answers ...

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JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. - Six local high school students have received $1,000 scholarships from the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships were handed out Thursday, July 18, at Vittoria’Z on the Lake. The dinner was sponsored by the Counseling Center at Yorktown. Co-chairs of the ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – For the first time in almost two decades, Ben Franklin Elementary School has a new leader. Kenneth Craft, a 52-year-old from Northport, L.I., was appointed the school’s principal by the Lakeland Board of Education on Thursday, July 11. The job had been held for 18 years by ...

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Editor’s Note: Pranav Burugula is a member of Yorktown High School’s Class of 2019. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – After learning about physics mechanics for the past eight months and taking the AP physics exam, my AP physics classmates and I wanted to learn about the real-world applications of physics, and ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – My name is Diane Yang. I have two younger twin sisters, who are in middle school. I grew up in Rochester, but moved to Yorktown when I was 7, right before the start of first grade. Areas in STEM have been a large focus of my education, as I’ve taken many advanced math and ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – My name is Kevin Fink. I grew up in Yorktown and I have one younger sister. I play the double bass, and I will be going to school for music performance. The orchestra, jazz band, and pit bad have always been my favorite parts of school, although I also have always had an interest ...

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SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Four years ago, Jothi Ramaswamy sat in the audience at Lakeland High School’s graduation and watched her brother, Akshay, deliver his valedictorian speech. Posted to YouTube by their mom, the video of Akshay’s speech has since received more than 120,000 views. Not to be ...

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Before changing the world, hundreds of Yorktown High School students still have some more learning to do. From cybersecurity to psychology, the Class of 2019 is taking on some impressive college majors. According to information provided by the high school guidance department, ...

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PURCHASE, N.Y. - The Yorktown High School Class of 2019 graduated Saturday, June 22, at SUNY Purchase. This list was provided by the Yorktown Central School District. Nicole Rose Alduino Saketh Krishna Anand Vincent James Andreozzi Reese Andrews Nina Ansaldi Joseph David ...

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The Lakeland High School Class of 2019 graduated Saturday, June 22, at the Westchester County Center. This list was provided by the Lakeland Central School District. *Mahira Ahmad *Humza Alam Ethan Albinder Anthony Alma Brandon Almonte Cristian Amesbury Jose ...

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