Board of Education Meeting
A Board of Education Meeting will be held at the Falls School Auditorium on May 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Dear Mahopac Families,
I am honored to be serving in a community in which I live and love. I am proud to be working with a dedicated faculty, staff and administration that are committed to providing the highest quality educational experiences for all of our students. The MCSD provides rich educational programs, extensive athletic and club programs while understanding the importance of social, emotional growth. We believe by allowing students to be innovative, creative and problem solvers they will be able to reach their full potential and ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
Our commitment to fostering growth of each student can only be accomplished by building strong community and home partnerships. Through these partnerships we can strengthen academic, social, emotional and physical health for all our students K-12.
Over the coming months, I will be working through my entry plan and gaining insights into the strengths, opportunities and needs of our school district. I invite you to share your thoughts by attending community and school forums over the next couple of months. Your input will be important as we develop a Strategic Road Map for the district that will guide our work into the future. I look forward to meeting you at school and community events as we create the “Mahopac Way”.
Superintendent of Schools
After an extensive search, the Mahopac Central School district is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Tromblee as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, commencing July 1, 2018.
Mr. Tromblee earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching Social Studies from Minnesota State University. He went on to study at the New York Institute of Technology, earning a Masters with distinction in Educational/Instructional Technology. He also holds an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.
After serving four years in the Airforce, Mr. Tromblee began his career in education in 2005 as a high school Social Studies Teacher for the Pelham Union Free School District where in 2011 he was appointed and successfully served as their Director of Technology. In March 2017, he joined the New Rochelle City School District where he currently serves as their Director of Technology. Along with his work in the K-12 setting, he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum/Instruction Design and Educational Leadership for the New York Institute of Technology.
Mr. Tromblee has a proven track record of leadership in a number of areas serving students and educators including curriculum and professional development. His expertise in delivering instructional technology is well known throughout the region where he is a sought after speaker and advocate for integrating technology in the classroom.
The Mahopac School District is delighted to welcome such an outstanding and visionary educator.
There is no better way to learn about a career than by talking to someone working in the field. Students at Mahopac Middle School had that opportunity recently during Career Day, where more than 20 professionals from all walks of life set up booths in the school gym to discuss their careers.
“We have been doing this event for 18 years, and it has grown so much over the years,” said Mahopac Middle School’s Mary Thorne, who coordinates the event. A few of the professionals presenting were former Mahopac students, who returned to give something back to their school.
Representatives from the fields of medicine, law, computer design, engineering, architecture, education, law enforcement, and more, piqued students’ interest in a variety of career choices.
Chiropractor Dr. Chris Perrone has been coming to Career Day at MMS for 15 years. “I love working with students and having the opportunity to help guide them with career choices,” he said.
Student Alexis Leblanc said the day was both fun and informative. “We got to see the different types of work that people do, like psychiatrists and police officers,” she said.
Fellow student Ariana Canariato agreed. “I liked learning about all the jobs people do.”
Fulmar Road Principal Gary Chadwick kept his promise to sleep on the school roof if all of his students participated in the One School, One Book challenge and read the book “Clementine,” by Sara Pennypacker. The students complied—and Chadwick spent a somewhat rainy May evening on the school roof in a tent.
“I didn’t mind sleeping on the roof, and thankfully the thunder and lightning passed rather quickly,” said the intrepid principal. “ I really enjoyed talking with all of the students and families that came by throughout the evening. I can only imagine the ideas for next year’s One School, One Book reading challenge.”
The One School, One Book program is sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy.
When you combine reading with music, you end up with some happy, well-read children. That is the philosophy of author Eric Litwin, who wrote the first four “Pete the Cat” books. He shared his passion for reading and his music with young students at Fulmar Road during a recent visit sponsored by the school’s PTO.
Litwin, who lives in Washington, DC, and is a former teacher, is passionate about spreading the word about his fun way of getting children to read. “I travel to schools all over the country because I want to reach students and recruit teachers,” to this way of thinking, he said.
The author quickly engaged the students, having them join in the songs and fill in the blanks to rhyming lyrics, some of which were from his books. “Repetition, music and rhyming all aid in early literacy,” Litwin said. The students—all of whom were dancing in their seats—clearly agreed!
Mahopac High School seniors Megan Fenster, Morgan Kirby, Callie Anderson, Ryan Bloomer, Alyssa White, Joe Cox, Sydney Hughes, Hannah Teligades, Tyler Marques, Rachel Keller and Anthony Sochan each received a New York State Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,500 dollars per year and must be used for colleges in the state of New York.
Mahopac High School Principal Matthew Lawrence is proud of—but not surprised by—his students’ achievements. “This is a rock-solid group of exceptional students who have won multiple awards in many different areas,” he said.
Fulmar Road Principal Gary Chadwick really wants his students to read. So much so that he told them if they all participated in the One School, One Book challenge, he would spend a night on the school roof.
The One School, One Book program is sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy. Last year when Fulmar Road participated in the event, they read the book “Charlotte’s Web,” and Chadwick issued a challenge to the students that if they all read the book, he would kiss a pig. They did—and he did. The event culminated with a petting zoo being brought to the school and Chadwick kissing one of the pigs (one of the characters in “Charlotte’s Web” is a pig).
“I had received a few suggestions as follow-ups to last year's challenge,” said Chadwick. “The members of our Site-Based Team thought this just might get our students motivated to read this book. The students are so excited and looking forward to me spending the night on the roof!”
Fulmar Road building coordinator Allyson Fallman, who is coordinating the book-reading event, said students and staff alike at Fulmar are reading the book “Clementine,” by Sara Pennypacker. Fallman said the book was chosen because it is about the ups and downs during a week in the life of a student. “Children can relate—they have their ups and downs too, just as adults do,” Fallman said.
The event kicked off with a full-school assembly and a video where teachers interviewed students about the book and Chadwick issued his challenge. Said Fallman, “We really care about literacy in this school!”
N O T I C E
From Melody LaRocca
The 2018-2019 Annual School Board Member Election Vote will be held on May 15, 2018 at Mahopac High School from 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Prospective Candidates, see the following:
There are three (3) vacancies. Petitions are available at the District Office and must be filed no later than Monday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. If you are not a registered voter, you may register to vote at District Office from 8:30-3:30 p.m. For your convenience, on May 10th the District Office will be open until 9:00 p.m. If further information is needed, kindly contact me at laroccam@Mahopac.k12.ny.us.