Announcements

  • 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!

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  • High School Principal Search

    As we move to the next phase of our search for a new High School Principal, it is important to gather community input on what you believe are the most important qualifications and leadership qualities that our new Principal should possess.  Please read the Superintendent's letter regarding the search process.

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  • 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration Information

    Kindergarten registration for the 2017- 2018 school year will be held at the Office of Central Registration located at the Falls District Office, 100 Myrtle Ave., Mahopac, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the following dates:

    Austin Road Elementary School: January 31, February 2 &  27
    Fulmar Road Elementary School: February 6, 8 & 24
    Lakeview Elementary School: January 30, February 14 & 16

    Registrations are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and request a registration packet, please contact the Office of Central Registration at 845-621-0656 ext. 13902

    Registration packets are also available on our District website under District Info>Registration

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  • Kindergarten Registration Information for 2017-2018

    Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held at the Office of Central Registration located at the Falls District Office, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Mahopac, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Registration is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and request a registration packet, please contact the Office of Central Registration at 845-621-0656, Ext. 13902. Click on the link below for a schedule of registration dates and more information about this process. 

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  • MCSD & the Putnam County Health Department Offer Free Flu Vaccinations

     The Putnam County Health Department has worked with the Mahopac Central School District to provide free influenza immunization to our school community.  Please read the attached letter, information about the influenza vaccine, and complete and return the consent form to your building principal's office if you would like your child to receive the flu vaccination.  

     School flu vaccination clinic schedule for 2016:

    Austin Road – 11/09/2016
    Fulmar Road – 11/10/2016 
    Lakeview Elementary – 11/10/2016
    Mahopac Middle School – 11/14/2016
    Mahopac High School – 11/15/2016

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  • 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. 

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  • Legal Notice

    Public Notice Posting: FOR PUTNAM VALLEY RESIDENTS RESIDING IN THE MAHOPAC SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Please click on the attachment below to read this posting.

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  • NYS SMART SCHOOLS BOND

    MAHOPAC CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    NEW YORK STATE SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT
    PRELIMINARY INVESTMENT PLAN 2015
    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

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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

  • Reading Builds Community at Fulmar Road

    Every student and staff member at Fulmar Road Elementary School is on the same page—literally. Starting this month, students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, office workers and all school personnel will read “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White, as part of the One School, One Book program.

    Excited students entered the auditorium at the school for the book’s reveal this week. They were encouraged to dress in country garb while a video played with students and staff wearing cowboy hats and holding up a question mark. At the end, Principal Gary Chadwick revealed the book to be “Charlotte’s Web.”

    “We are immersing students in literacy,” said Fulmar Road special education teacher and building coordinator Allyson Fallman. “Virtually everyone at the school will be reading the book, and we encourage family members at home to read it as well.” Children can read the story out loud, to family members, or to themselves—whatever they like. It is hoped that the idea of the entire school and family community reading together will foster a love for reading in students.

    But perhaps Principal Chadwick gave students the biggest impetus to read the book, when he delivered a challenge.

    “If everyone does their nightly reading and shares what they read and finishes the book, I will kiss a pig,” he told students. In doing this, Principal Chadwick practically assured 100 percent participation!

     

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  • New Writing Curriculum Enriches Mahopac Elementary Schools

    Collaboration is the key to success of the new writing curriculum introduced to all three Mahopac elementary schools this year. “That, and more time spent on writing units,” according to Austin Road Assistant Principal Bryan Gilligan, who headed up the committee charged with changing the writing program last summer. “We used to spend a few days on each writing unit, and now we spend about a month,” said Gilligan. “You can really see the difference in the students’ participation, because they get much more of a sense of the material.”

    The committee consists of teachers from each grade of each of the district’s three elementary schools: Austin Road, Fulmar Road and Lakeview. “We meet once a month, and the collaboration has been awesome,” said committee member Michelle Seymour, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. “Every teacher has always had great ideas, but now we all get to share with each other.”

    The writing committee came together over the summer to plan the units and provide support materials, according to Gilligan. “It’s great because everyone is on the same page now, working on the same units at the same time,” he said. “But within those units each teacher has the freedom to be creative.” Teachers can share ideas for lesson plans on Google Drive, which makes collaboration easy.

    Seymour’s class is working on the Opinion unit of the curriculum, with a recent class lesson devoted to students’ opinions on the fairytale “Goldilocks.” 

    With words such as I feel, I believe, and I think on a board in front of students during writing time, Seymour prompts them for their opinion on the story. “Do you think Goldilocks made good decisions?” she asks. Students excitedly raise their hands in unison, competing to respond first.

    “The students are much more excited about writing now,” said Danielle Fearns, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. Fearns credits the extra time and the fact that students are encouraged to make “imperfect” rough drafts, which gives them more independence. “They know that they can have mistakes in their first draft and that there will be time to correct everything later,” she said, “so they are more confident. They know there is no stigma to having a misspelling in a draft, so they are more comfortable taking risks and being creative in their drafts.”

    Lakeview teacher Michelle Savino said that the writing program promotes student independence and metacognition. “The students take ownership of their ideas and work collaboratively to edit/revise their pieces using the skills they have been taught during our mini-lessons,” she said. “These skills have transferred to their work in other content areas, and they have become stronger writers overall.”

    Fellow Lakeview teacher Kathy Hursak also thinks the program has resulted in stronger writers. “The writing program enables the students to engage in text for optimal comprehension, resulting in better writing,” she said.

    One of the benefits of the writing program is the use of mentor texts that are used to model and explain different aspects of writing, according to Fulmar Road fifth grade teacher Liza Kertelits. “This allows the students to analyze the writer’s craft, and it provides them with great examples of the different writing genres,” she said.

    The workshop approach encourages students to take risks with their writing and be more independent, according to Fulmar Road teacher Carol Stefunek. “The children truly believe and know that they, too, are authors, and they can't wait to share their published pieces with their classmates.”

    Students in Maryanne LaRue’s second grade class at Austin Road are working on writing “how to” books in writer’s workshop. “As part of the non-fiction unit, students wrote out things that they know how to do well and can teach someone else.  Some examples are: how to do a cartwheel, or how to make pizza,” she said. Before that, students created “all about” books, where they went into depth about a topic of interest to them.

    “I love the new program,” LaRue said. “It has improved students’ writing so much. It is much more hands on and provides them with research skills that they can really use later on. They are learning how to write in sequential steps, which is so important.”

    Fulmar Road teacher Andrea Jones said that students love the program so much that they want to keep writing even when the period is over. “The new program brings an excitement for writing,” she said. “When students are complaining when it is over, you know the program is working.”

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  • Mahopac Teachers Break New Ground in Education

    A select group of educators from the Mahopac Central School District met last week to discuss, plan, brainstorm and model elements of what Assistant Superintendent Dr. Adam Pease has termed “Breakthrough Classrooms.”

    “Many of our teachers have been doing exciting, innovative things in their classrooms for years—thinking outside the box,” said Pease. “But we didn’t have a system to coordinate these pockets of innovation. Breakthrough Classrooms has done that.”

    The idea behind Breakthrough Classrooms is to create a cohort of teachers to share cutting-edge ways of teaching across schools. There are four Breakthrough Classrooms in each elementary school, six at the middle school, and five at the high school, according to Pease. “The innovation involves everything from the way teachers use space, to the way they use technology, mindfulness, and many other areas of instruction,” Pease said.

    Teachers were given the book “The Innovator’s Mindset,” a guide to help educators unlock creativity within themselves and their students, by innovative-education expert George Couros, back in the summer.

    “The world that we are preparing our students for is changing rapidly,” Pease said. “We are preparing our students for jobs that don’t exist yet. We are certain that the best of these jobs, the ones that we want our graduates to have, will require innovation, creativity, collaboration, and the ability to solve complex problems.

    “The traditional system of education emphasized content because content was hard to get,” according to Pease. “Now content is at our fingertips. Students who can use this content to solve problems, innovate, invent, and the like, will be in strong demand.”  

    About 30 teachers were invited to pilot Breakthrough Classrooms in the district, and the group has been meeting along with Pease and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Greg Stowell throughout the year. During the most recent work session participants attended workshops on Mindfulness, given by Mahopac High School Psychologist Dr. Deborah Zides and Middle School Guidance Counselor Ofri Felder; Technology, given by Instructional Technology Specialist John Sebalos; and Classroom Space, given by Pease.

    During the mindfulness workshop, one teacher was given headphones, another a pair of gloves, and another a ball to balance on her knee, all while having to attend to a lesson and answer questions to an online quiz. The idea was for teachers to experience what some of their students who struggle in school feel during class.

    “We tried to make it as challenging as possible for you,” said Zides, who also sent texts to each teacher’s phone to add to the distraction. “It helps you see what your students might be feeling.” The activity was meant to help teachers be more attune to students dealing with physical or emotional issues, family conflicts, or other stresses in their lives.

    “It really makes you see things a different way,” one teacher commented.

    Pease, who gave the workshop on Classroom Space, said, “It is not just about buying new furniture, but it is about using what we have in a different way. Setting up nooks and spaces where students can work independently or in collaboration with each other.”

    Mahopac High School teacher Sharon Forman, one of the teachers invited to the cohort, said that she has always felt that students should be allowed to use the space of their classroom as they see fit. “If a student learns better standing,” she said, “then I let him stand.” This approach, which she has been using for years, works incredibly well. “When students are comfortable, they learn better,” she said.

     

    Middle School teacher Brian Cauthers agrees. “I think the teachers in this cohort have always been open to trying new things, even if they are just small differences from the norm,” he said. Cauthers has been a proponent of using technology in the classroom long before it became popular to do so. Cauthers has had students prepare lesson plans on Google Slides and used a space-journey app to allow students to go on a “virtual field trip” into space.

    When Middle School teacher Margaret Fox began teaching 25 years ago in the district, “students were seated in rows,” she said. “But I let go of that because I found that students respond better academically when they can interact with each other. My students know that they can sit or stand where they like in their classroom, which makes them feel more comfortable, which in turn enables them to learn better.”

    “The great thing about what we are doing with Breakthrough Classrooms is the collaboration,” Pease said. “So that while one teacher may be gifted at technology, another might use space in an interesting way, and all of these things are shared, so that the teachers take what they have learned from each other back to their own classrooms.”

    “Another benefit,” Forman said, “is that with this type of learning environment, we see grades go up. Because students make the class their own, they are more engaged.”

    “They really do take ownership for their learning when you give them the freedom to do so,” Cauthers agreed.

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  • Lakeview Celebrates Reading — and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

    Because March 2 is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Mahopac High School students visited Lakeview Elementary School to share one of their favorite activities with its students — reading. 

    “This is our first year doing this,” said Mahopac High School’s new library media specialist Dara Berkwits. “It’s going so well that next year we will plan a week’s worth of activities.”

    Students from all grades at Lakeview wore Seussical-style hats, and high school students Kathleen Doherty, Lily Weiss, Emil Jaffal, Jasmine Merrill, Liz Daria and Athena Durnin read Dr. Seuss books to their classes.

    Students in Kim Lieto’s K-2 class were mesmerized by the story “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” “They really enjoy having the high school students read to them,” Lieto said. “It is so exciting to them.”

    As for their part, the high school students enjoyed the activity just as much. Emil Jaffal was impressed with the way the younger students conversed about the book he read to them. “And they really liked it when I helped them make Dr. Seuss hats,” he said.

    Jasmine Merrill said the kindergartners “even read to us!”

    Kathleen Doherty, who read “Green Eggs and Ham” to kindergarten and first grade students, said, “It was so much fun. They ask so many questions!”

    Read Across America is the National Education Association’s program that celebrates reading on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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  • Mahopac Students ‘Create the Change’ for Clean Drinking Water

    Because there are many people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water, members of Mahopac High School’s Create the Change Club decided to do something about it. 

    “We discovered a charity called Charity: Water, which is a non-profit organization that provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries by building water wells,” said Create the Change Club President Tiko Kapanadze.

    During the holidays, the group sold crystal necklaces, lanyards, and fuzzy socks at the high school to help raise money for the charity. “And we sold carnations for Valentine's Day gifts,” to raise money as well, Kapanadze said. 

    When members went to Stop and Shop in Somers to purchase flowers to sell to students and staff for Valentine’s Day, “the manager learned about our cause and very generously donated the flowers to the club,” said Kapanadze. All profits raised from the sales will be donated to Charity: Water.

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  • Senator Honors Mahopac High School Gymnastics Team

    New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt  honored Mahopac High School’s gymnastics team and Coach Vin Collins for winning the Section 1 team title recently. The pair presented award certificates and spoke of the hard work the girls had put in to become champions.

    “The commitment and hard work you put into your sport is something that will be important to you all your life,” said Murphy.

    Coach Collins praised the girls not only for their athletic skill but for their academic prowess. “The girls are in the running to be named scholar athletes,” Collins said, which means the team has a 90 or above average in academics.

    “This is a very hard-working group of girls,” Collins said. “And this was truly a team effort.”

    The gymnastics team includes Cassie Traina, Sarah Citarella, Annalee Hammel, Sydney Hughes, Callie Johanson, Kayley Mattos, Alexandra Porcelli, Julie Santoiemma, Natalie Austin, Raquel Nelson, Hailey Woods, Julia Israel, Fabiola Laska, Chloe Lee, and Jamison Castrataro. Johanson won the section 1 title, and she and Lee, Castrataro, Hughes and Traina earned spots on the state championship team, which will compete on March 4 in Cold Spring.

    Ron Montalto, Mahopac’s interim athletic director, praised both the team and Collins for their superior effort. “They did an outstanding job, especially considering the competition,” Montalto said. “And Coach Collins is a legend in gymnastics.”

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