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    MCSD & PCDOH 2017 Influenza (Flu) Clinics

    Making FREE vaccination available to your child during the school day eliminates additional demand on your time and your child will be better protected from influenza. Immunizing the student helps to keep the larger community safe as well.

     The Putnam County Health Department has worked with the Mahopac Central School District to schedule the following dates to provide influenza immunization to your school community. 

    2017 school flu vaccination clinics are scheduled as follows:

    • Austin Road – 11/08/2017
    • Fulmar Road – 11/09/2017
    • Lakeview Elementary – 11/09/2017
    • Mahopac Middle School – 11/14/2017
    • Mahopac High School – 11/16/2017

    For Access to Influenza Information and Consent Forms Please Click on This Link 

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Board of Education Meeting Tuesday, 10/17

    The BOE will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10/17 for Public Session and immediately  go into Executive Session to interview counsel at the District Office.

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Upcoming Board of Education Committee Meetings

    A Building and Grounds Committee Meeting being held on Monday, Oct. 16 at Lakeview Elementary at 6:30 p.m.

     

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Policy Committee Meeting 9/26/17 @ 7:00 PM

    The Policy Committee of the Mahopac Board of Education will meet tonight, 9/26, at 7:00pm at the District Office. The public is welcome to attend.

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Special Board Meeting 9/21/17 @ 7:00 PM

    The Mahopac Board of Education is holding a special board meeting at the District Office that will adjourn into executive session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations. 

    Mahopac Central School District
  • NYS SMART SCHOOL BOND

    MAHOPAC CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    NEW YORK STATE SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT
    INVESTMENT PLAN 2017
    PLEASE CLICK ON THE ATTACHED LINK TO REVIEW THE PLAN

    If our Mahopac Community would like to submit written feedback on the
    MCSD NYS Smart Schools Bond Act Preliminary Proposed Plan, please email: smartbondfeedback@mahopac.k12.ny.us

    To learn more about the Smart Bond Act FAQs and Guidelines go to:

    NYSED SSBA FAQs 07/16/15
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/documents/FAQsforSmartSchoolsBondAct.pdf

    NYSED SSBA FAQs 10/27/15
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/documents/SSBAQuestionsASBO102615edited102815AL.pdf

    NYSED SSBA Guidelines
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/smart_schools/docs/Smart_Schools_Bond_Act_Guidance_04.27.15_Final.pdf

    NYSED SSBA Website
    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/SmartSchoolsBondAct.html

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Mahopac's K-5 Instructional Technology Night

    Save the date and join us on Tuesday, April 25 from 7-8 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary to learn from our teachers and students about what Mahopac is doing with technology in our three elementary schools. We will showcase examples of how Chromebooks, coding, and other Instructional Technologies are being used within our classrooms and after school clubs!

    Mahopac Central School District
  • Transportation Information

    All transportation information will be available on the Parent Portal beginning August 30, 2016.  If you need access to Parent Portal, contact Marie Micol at (845) 621-0656. 

    Mahopac Central School District

From the Superintendent

Dear Mahopac Parents and Guardians,

We are very fortunate to have high achieving schools that are staffed with exceptional professionals. At every level of our District, we have dedicated staffs who strive to meet the individual needs of your children. Everyone works to ensure that each student achieves his or her fullest potential.

This year we will expand our goal of integrating instructional technology at all levels. We will begin to have Chrome Books available in our schools so that students can explore the internet under the guidance of their teachers.

As we integrate educational technology into our core academic programs, care will be taken to ensure that our students understand their digital citizenship responsibilities. Thus, we will educate our students on the many benefits and dangers found on the internet.

Thank you for your support of our schools and for your active partnership in the education of your children. Together we build the future of Mahopac and our nation.

Sincerely yours,

Dennis W. Creedon, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


 

 

News & Headlines

  • For Lakeview Kindergartners, Reading Is Easy as A, B, C

    A letter a day is all it takes for Lakeview kindergartners to become readers. That is the philosophy behind ABC Bootcamp, an immersive letter-identification program the kindergarten team began using last year. Spearheaded by the entire kindergarten team, the research-based program immerses students in the letter of the day using picture charts, hands-on artwork, songs and other activities all centered around one letter.

    “We do ABC Bootcamp activities with the students during the morning reading and writing block,” said kindergarten teacher Deanne DelCampo, “and the students love it.” The program comes from kindergarten “guru teacher” Greg Smedley-Warren’s website, thekindergartensmorgasboard.com.

    Though the focus is strictly on one daily letter, “we go back and review after the 26 days are over,” said kindergarten teacher Jenn Borst.

    “It is great, because students are immersed in that letter, so the review just reinforces it,” said teacher Margaret Bartholomew, “and the students are so enthusiastic.” Kindergarten teacher Christina Salo said she is thrilled that the program not only reviews letter and sound recognition, but also introduces proper letter formation. 

    Not only do students love it, they are learning and retaining what they have learned better than they had prior to the program, according to teachers.

    Each day teachers begin the lesson with a circle chart, where they talk about the sound the letter makes. After the letter is identified, students call out names of objects that have that sound, and the teacher draws them on the chart.

    “All of the posters in our classrooms are different, because each class comes up with different types of ideas,” said kindergarten teacher Robin Clark.

    Though students learn the letter sounds in the morning “it is really on their minds all day,” according to teacher Jodi Kozera, because the charts are put up on the wall as a reminder. Other activities include making a crown with letter-of-the day, student-created artwork that the children wear. Students whose names begin with the day’s letter have the thrill of seeing their names up on the charts as well.

    The program benefits all students. ENL (English New Language) teacher Alana Newman said the program makes it easier for her students to learn English. “We work on the letter in small groups, and the students feel a lot more comfortable focusing on the sound that one letter makes,” she said. “Plus it is fun—they really like it!”

    The kindergarten team thinks students’ favorite part of the program is yet to come. “At the end of the 26 days, we have a fashion show where students design paper vests to decorate and wear, each with one assigned letter,” said DelCampo. While the students loved the fashion show last year, DelCampo said, “We have even more ideas this year.”

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  • Mahopac Student Receives Future Physicians Award

    Mahopac High School student Alexandrine Gaspar has received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Gaspar received the award after she was chosen to represent her school and state at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer.

    Gaspar got to meet and work with some of the greatest minds in medicine, in attendance at the conference, including Nobel and Presidential National Medal of Science recipients. She also got to watch live surgery.

    “It was very humbling,” Gaspar said of the event.

    At an awards ceremony honoring Gaspar and other high school award recipients, Mahopac Superintendent Dr. Dennis Creedon said, “We are very proud of our students. They are an example of the hard work of our teachers and our parents, who work with and encourage them every day.”

     

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  • Mahopac Middle School Spreads ‘Wings’ of Inclusion

    To promote inclusion, kindness, empathy and teamwork, Mahopac Middle School kicked off its Wingman program for the second year this week, with guest speaker and program creator Ian Hockley. Hockley, who lost his son, Dylan, in the Sandy Hook shootings, created the program in his son’s memory to train teachers and student leaders on ways to provide a more inclusive school environment. He brought with him co-speaker Eddie Slowikowski, who motivated students through stories and activities.

    Hockley spoke of six-year-old Dylan, who was autistic and who benefited greatly when friends were empathetic to his differences. “Dylan was shy,” he said, “and couldn’t get involved in things easily at school. But when people took the time to explain things to him, he would get it, and he would get involved. Those types of people who step in and help—they are wingmen.”

    Currently the program is in the tristate area with plans to expand throughout the country. While Hockley trains teachers in the program, he says it is the students who really are the leaders.

    “The program really belongs to the them,” said Hockley. “The student leaders are the ones that set the direction for the program and decide on activities and topics.”

    Five MMS teachers trained in the Wingman philosophy. Christine McNeill, Melissa Nyikos, Jenifer Maloney, Ginny Gertling and Carol Polimino are working with a number of student leaders to get the program firmly established in the school.

    Slowikowski’s presentation, which motivated students with dance moves, sound effects and music, had a profound message: “Each one of you has something that makes you uniquely who you are,” he said. “And you have the opportunity each day to use those talents to do something good for someone else.”

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  • Mahopac Teachers “Break Through” to the Future of Education

    For most educators, summer is a time for vacation. But in Mahopac, many teachers were engaged in Breakthrough Bootcamp, a crash course in the Breakthrough Classroom philosophy rolled out last year by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, Dr. Adam Pease and a team of forward thinking Mahopac educators.

    “We had such an incredible amount of interest in our Breakthrough Classrooms initiative last year, and we were getting requests from others to participate in some Breakthrough professional development,” said Pease, adding that they had to hold two sessions to accommodate teachers, who came in for the workshop over the summer.

    The Breakthrough Classroom concept seeks to embrace whole-student learning, and includes mindfulness; creating a community-based classroom climate; physical space to maximize learning; a culture of rigor and excellence; engaged and empowered learners; differentiated learning and assessment; and seamless technology integration.

    “Our initial goal was to pull isolated pockets of innovative educators together so that we can share best-practices,” said Pease. “We wanted to create the future classroom of Mahopac.”

    Austin Road Elementary School math-intervention teacher Amy Morrison said that the bootcamp helped her and co-teacher Jenna Jaramillo set up their classroom in such a unique way that “when the students walked in the first day of school, their faces lit up!

    “I have been teaching for 34 years,” Morrison said, “and I always believed that for intervention to work it had to be fun. This has been remarkable. I couldn’t wait for school to start once we had set up our classroom!”

    Jaramillo agreed.  Since the bootcamp, she said, “We have a creatively arranged room, with flexible seating. We have high desks for students who do better work standing, stools with wheels, and a corner set up with curtains. It just works better!”

    The bootcamp consisted of workshops on things like creating HyperDocs, or interactive web-based documents; learning QR codes, which can be placed on ordinary classroom objects and scanned through devices that take you to a website or an online video; and mindfulness in the classroom, among many others.

    Technology is a key part of Breakthrough Classrooms, and Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel and Educational Services Greg Stowell said that the district plans to ensure that in grades 4-12 there is one Chromebook per student and one per two students in Grade K-3 this year.  The district should receive the Chromebooks as part of the New York State Smart School Bond, with State Education Department approval expected this winter.

    “In addition,” said Stowell, “we are implementing Web 2.0 tools, which are transformative for teachers and students.” This type of technology will enhance both collaboration and creativity among students and teachers, fostering the Breakthrough model. Web 2. 0 includes interactive tools such as weblogs, interactive websites and HyperDocs—documents with links to the Internet.

    Chrissy Czuy, who teaches second grade at Fulmar Road, introduced HyperDocs to her students this  year after the bootcamp.

    “It has been amazing to me how independent these seven-year-olds are and how expertly they can use the technology,” she said. While last year Czuy’s students were able to share slides and incorporate photos on their documents, the bootcamp brought even more technology to her classroom. “This year students were able to log in and work on HyperDocs,” she said, “a format that makes it easier for the children to use different resources in the same document while allowing them to show their learning as well.”

    In addition, Czuy, a 27-year veteran teacher, said she likes how her classroom looks now—and so do the students. “We used to have rows, but now we have all types of seating,” she said. “We have exercise balls, stand-up desks, beanbag chairs—and it works so much better for collaboration. It makes students active participants in their learning.”

    This type of excitement, where students recognize that they have a say in how they learn, has been apparent to all teachers involved in the Breakthrough initiative.

    Mike Douma, who teaches high school history, said that his students are enjoying the interactive lesson plans that come with using QR codes. “You can put a code on almost anything in the classroom, and students can scan it with their devices, and it links to videos,” said Douma. “It gets them to work more digitally and become more diverse learners.”

    High school music teacher Jennifer Vara said the bootcamp helped her modernize her classroom. “There is so much out there that is especially useful in music education,” she said. “You can take standardized music notation and make it digitally interactive.”  The mindfulness aspect also struck a chord. “Deep breathing, like yoga, really helps with my singers,” she said.

    Vara also appreciated the collaborative aspect of the Breakthrough method. “It really makes it so we are all able to share the best of our ideas,” she said.

    Pease is quick to point out that Breakthrough does not seek to replace all traditional practices. “We are not taking away things that work,” he said, “but rather seeking to share best practices so that everyone learns from each other.”

    The district has big plans for their unique Breakthrough initiative and plans to scale it up over the coming years. 

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  • Mahopac Welcomes Middle School Principal Tom Cozzocrea

    Though Tom Cozzocrea has spent the past 12 years as a teacher and administrator in New York City public schools, being named the new principal of Mahopac Middle School is a homecoming of sorts.

    “I grew up in Carmel,” said Cozzocrea, “and though I received great training in the city, I am really excited to be in Mahopac, where I already feel at home in the school community. Everyone has been so welcoming.”

    Cozzocrea has worked as an elementary school teacher at PS 97 in the Bronx; as a principal mentee at PS 25 bilingual school; and as principal of PS/MS 5, a pre-K- grade 8 school also in the Bronx.

    “I thought I would be a career New York City educator, but the opportunity to come to a tight-knit community like Mahopac, where technology, music and sports are all in the forefront, was too good to pass up,” Cozzocrea said.

    He said he is impressed with the level of teacher involvement with students as well as the collaboration among teachers.

    Cozzocrea, who lives in Pawling with his wife and two children, said he plans to continue and expand that level of teamwork. “When all of us work together, it really helps make the best experience for students. I am really looking forward to working with the community, our students and our staff.”

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  • Mahopac Welcomes High School Principal Matthew Lawrence

    Cutting-edge professional development and positive behavioral reinforcement programs are just two of the things that brought new high school principal Dr. Matthew Lawrence to the Mahopac Central School District.

    “You don’t see these types of authentic, groundbreaking programs everywhere,” Lawrence said, referring to the Breakthrough Classroom professional development for teachers and the positive behavioral reinforcement programs in place in all five schools.

    “I love the fact that the high school has comfortable, creative seating areas for students inside and outside,” Lawrence said. “I like the philosophy of schools treating students as citizens with options.”

    Lawrence, who lives in Poughquag with his wife and five children, is a 22-year education veteran. He began his career teaching math in Newark. He then went on to become the assistant principal of Roy Ketchum High School in Wappingers, and later worked as assistant principal of Beacon High School. Most recently he was the principal of Greenwood Lake Middle School in Monroe.

    Lawrence said he has always felt that his true professional home was high school. “I have always loved working in high schools,” he said. “I think it is the best fit.”

    Mahopac’s status as a district with stellar academics, great community spirit and well-rounded extracurricular offerings added to Lawrence’s desire to become part of the school community.

    “It is a great district, and I look forward to enhancing and adding to the wonderful culture and programs already in place.”

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