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Summer 2018

From the Heart Mount Pleasant — The Heart of Westchester County

The Mount Pleasant Central School District Newsletter Volume 17 Issue 5

Dr. Guiney Retires as Superintendent Leaving the district in great shape

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Who’s my teacher?

Placement letters and school schedules will be available on each school’s Parent Portal in late August. Reminder emails will be sent out to parents.

After 10 years with the Mount Pleasant Central School District, Dr. Susan Guiney is stepping down as Superintendent. Her announcement in January was met with an equal mixture of surprise and congratulations. Dr. Guiney joined the district in January 2008 as the Director of Curriculum and in January 2009 was named the Interim Superintendent and then the Superintendent of Schools. Her retirement announcement was made Dr. Susan Guiney celebrates her retirement from the superintendency during a “State of the with her family: from left, son Daniel, daughter Lauren and son James. District” report to the Board has had tremendous success bringing well of Education. Dr. Guiney’s report highlighted the exemplary work that has deserved recognition to Mount Pleasant as a been conducted in the district in the past ten high achieving school district. In 2016, Westlake years and noted that it has been a collaborative High School was recognized as one US News and effort between the superintendent, the board of World Reports top 500 high schools. Financially, she successfully guided the education, administration, teachers, staff and the restructuring of the business office and financial community. systems in the district and received an excellent NYS Comptroller Audit in 2015. She worked to Major Accomplishments in the District Dr. Guiney’s numerous accomplishments pass a $39 million infrastructure bond in 2016 include financial, academic and community with construction and renovation beginning in building successes. While she served in the 2017. She committed to reducing operational role of the superintendency during a financial expenses while increasing high quality programs crisis, the implementation of common core, a and services, including faculty and special without shift in the teacher evaluation process, and the education, institution of a property tax cap, Dr. Guiney exceeding the tax cap. continued on page 2

School calendars

2018-19 school calendars will be sent home with the youngest child in each family on the first day of school. Printed calendars also will be available at the branch library, town hall and the recreation center as well as the main offices of all schools and the district office. The calendar is also available online on each school’s home page.

Dr. Kotes takes the oath of office

Dr. Kurtis Kotes was sworn in as the new Superintendent of Schools at the July 9 Board of Education Reorganization meeting. His tenure began on July 21, 2018. “The board is very confident that we found the person that will bring a great deal of value to our district” stated former board president Tom McCabe when Dr. Kotes was introduced to the district. Mr. McCabe went on to explain that the board had dozens of conversations with Dr. Kotes’ colleagues continued on page 2

Dr. Kotes takes the Oath of Office at the July 9 BOE meeting from School District Clerk Mary Beth Mancuso. Newly appointed president Colleen Scaglione Neglia and vice president Laura Michalec Olszewski look on.


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Dr. Kotes

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Additionally, she worked to streamline district transportation resulting in significant savings for the district. Academically, Dr. Guiney led the way for successful block scheduling at Westlake High School, the expansion and success of the Science Research program, and the implementation of IB at Westlake MS and now starting the process at Westlake HS. She championed learner-centered classrooms and differentiated instruction to benefit all students. She supported New York State mandates for Physical Education and Health in K-12 contributing to positive health benefits for students. Other academic innovations under her guidance include the Celebrations of Learning at the elementary level, the Community Leadership Project in the Middle school and the Capstone Project and Senior Internships in the High School. She was the inspiration behind the innovative STEAM Symposium at Westlake High School. Dr. Guiney welcomed community involvement with open arms. During her tenure she supported and implemented many special interest committees including the Westlake Athletic

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Club, the Education Foundation, the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, the Facilities Advisory Committee, the Safety Committee, the Hiring Committee and the Special Education Advisory Committee. For working parents, she established a partnership with Easter Seals for an after school child care program. Her successes have led to several awards and accolades over the years including being named as a Woman of Distinction by Senator Greg Ball in 2013, and being the first recipient of the SWBOCES School Library System Administrator of the Year Award. Additionally, she was appointed to serve on the Westchester County Domestic Violence Council. Moving Forward: Upon retirement, Dr. Guiney plans on spending long overdue time with family, doing some consulting, and finally, relaxing. “The past 10 years have been incredible and it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the community and all of you as your superintendent.”

Facilities Update:

What’s happening this summer? The hallways may be empty of students, but the buzz of activity in the Mount Pleasant schools hasn’t dimmed now that summer is here. The facilities department, led by director Eric Strack, is working long hours to accomplish a myriad of tasks before opening day in September. Bondfunded work is proceeding as scheduled and expected to be completed on time.

and associates in order to learn more about him. The common theme in every conversation was about “his honest, collaborative nature”. He was described as a “strategic thinker, ethical, smart, empathetic, hard working, and always with an open door policy.” Dr. Kotes most recently served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology in the Goshen Central School District for three years and was the Goshen High School principal from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his tenure at Goshen, Dr. Kotes was the assistant principal at Cornwall High School and a social studies teacher in the Arlington Central School District. “It’s very exciting to be joining the school district at a critical time when there is a great amount of transition both with the facilities and the staff, “ remarked Dr. Kotes. “There are some new and exciting opportunities lying ahead with curriculum as well. I look forward to being able to engage with the all the faculty, staff and students and leading the district to new levels of success.” Welcome aboard!

Summer 2018 Bond Projects Westlake High School: • Asbestos floor tile removal and replacement • Door and card access system upgrades • Intrusion alarm installation Westlake Middle School: • Door and card access system upgrades • Intrusion alarm installation Columbus Elementary School: • Creation of new parking areas and road ways • Installation of new water line for the building • Installation of control devices for HVAC • Library AC Hawthorne Elementary School: • Resurfacing of playground • Exterior LED lighting installed

Columbus Elementary School will have additional parking and a new traffic pattern for school drop off and pick up.

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Colleen ScaglioneNeglia President Board of Education

As another successful school year comes to a close, the Board of Education would like to acknowledge the entire Mount Pleasant school community for all their success and accomplishments. We have much to be proud of. In athletics, our school achieved the honor of being named a School of Distinction and our varsity teams brought home section championships in volleyball and softball. In Science Research, two of our students won medals at the international level. The middle school band won first place prizes in performance and character in competitions they entered, and elementary students were exposed to numerous cultural arts events including learning about the dozens of heritages represented in our Mount Pleasant community. The board extends a special thank you to the parent organizations that help enhance the education of our students in these ways through the donation of time and funds. The Class of 2018 should be congratulated for their achievements. The 157 seniors graduated with acceptances to more than 180 colleges and over $18 million in scholarships and awards based on academic performance. They are well prepared as they leave the halls of Westlake to take on the challenges of being a college student or entering the workforce. The end of the school year often signals a time to say goodbye. This year is no exception. The Board expresses their heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Dr. Guiney as she moves on to the next stage in

Thank you to retiring board members Tom McCabe and John Piazza for their many years of service.

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Congratulations and Best Wishes

her life. We appreciate her 10 years of dedicated service. She leaves us in good hands and we are excited to welcome Dr. Kotes on board. Additionally, good luck and thank you to the many other teachers and staff that are retiring this year, including Mary Ellis who has made such an impact on the quality of education in our district. We also must say goodbye to two very dedicated Board members. Volunteering to serve on the Board can be very rewarding, but not without its challenges. The passion, enthusiasm and dedication with which Tom McCabe and John Piazza have served are sincerely appreciated. Both have helped to shape the district into the successful one it is today. You will be missed! Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Thank you for your support

Parent organizations fund more than $170K in donations, grants, and scholarships

School organizations have once again granted funds to supplement the students’ experience. Technology, learning materials, trips, equipment and scholarships are just a few examples of what the generous donations fund. Education Foundation The Mount Pleasant Education Foundation awarded more than $49,000 to all schools: Hawthorne received grants for upgrades in the computer lab, flexible seating in classrooms and yoga materials for the students. At Columbus, money was granted to fund “Math Mats”, a “Rocks for Reading” program and Kindle e-Readers. WMS received grants for PCs for the Media Arts department, chromebooks for the ELA department, a carving station for TechEd, money for diverse seating in the classrooms and art frames for hallway displays. WHS received chromebooks for the Social Studies department, ipads and cameras for the art department, cyclorama lights for the theater and iPads for WHS/WMS library.

Elementary PTA The Elementary PTA provided over $60,000 in equipment, technology and cultural events for Hawthorne and Columbus students. Grants included funding for: Technology: 40 iPads & 4 docking stations Equipment: Indoor and outdoor recess equipment, sensory equipment for special ed classrooms, day planners for grades 2-5, field day t-shirts, food, and entertainment Cultural events and entertainment: 5th grade Broadway trip, “One Book, One School” assembly, Bash the Trash assembly, duck hatching project, multicultural celebration, family movie night, Boo Hoo Breakfast, and teacher appreciation breakfast and lunch

Westlake Middle School Westlake Middle School PTA donated nearly $16,000 to provide the following: TV for daily announcements, digital wall clocks, playground balls and equipment, student planners, cultural arts presentations, Back-to-School night hospitality, teacher & staff appreciation breakfast & lunch, Hoops for Heart hospitality, guided tours for incoming 6th graders, wellness

day activities, field day ice cream socials, 8th grade dance, breakfast, & moving up ceremony hospitality, 7th & 8th grade band Music in the Parks trip, and 8th grade Washington D.C. scholarships

High School PTA WHS PTA granted nearly $18,000 to fund scholarships for deserving seniors, faculty & teacher appreciation lunches, WHS Steam Symposium lunch, “Hidden in Plain Sight” assembly and installation of vaping devices in the bathrooms. WAC This year the Westlake Athletic Club provided over $25,000. Their grants supported: Lights & fireworks for homecoming, indoor training facilities for spring sports, golf team training rounds, transportation for cheerleading to Florida Nationals & baseball to Cooperstown, music & DJs for special home games, playoff games and senior tribute nights, advanced ICE Therapy Medical/Injury Recovery Equipment, home & away signs for gym spectators.

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Retirements Anne Marie Aniades, CES Anne Marie Anniades joined the Mount Pleasant district in 1995 as a part time office and recess aide. After eight years she became the full time secretary to the principal, first for Mimi Ianuzzi then for Michael Cunzio 10 years ago. When asked about her retirement she reflects, “It’s bittersweet. I will miss all the wonderful friends I have made here.” She is, however, looking forward to spending quality time with her husband who recently retired and her 6 month old granddaughter. Mike Epting, WHS After a successful 20 year career in the chemical industry, a downturn in the economy gave Mike Epting the impetus to find a new direction. His PhD in physical chemistry from UPenn gave him the credentials to pursue teaching. He obtained certification in chemistry and general science and found a job at WHS early on. He has spent the last 15 years teaching all levels of chemistry as well as science research, forensics, and oceanography. He is now ready to hang up his lab coat and pursue interests outside the classroom including biking, home improvement projects and spending more time with his four grandchildren.

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Betsy Groat, WHS Betsy Groat has been a fixture in the Westlake Phys Ed department for 38 years! When she joined as a recent college grad the school was very different with nearly twice as many students. While she enjoyed working in the district from the start, she feels that it’s now the best it’s ever been. “It’s a very peaceful atmosphere and a positive environment to work in.” She says the challenge for a high school phys ed teacher is the motivational piece. Convincing the students that PE is worth their time takes effort. Betsy has also influenced hundreds of athletes having coached volleyball, basketball, soccer and track. Volleyball is her first love and she is going out on a high note after helping coach the varsity girls to back to back section championships. Betsy doesn’t plan to relax in her retirement. She will be taking on a new challenge working as a one-on-one aide at a school for developmentally disabled children. “I’m looking forward to just being there to help.” She’s also looking forward to

not commuting over the Tappan Zee Bridge every day! Kathy Ilardi, WMS Kathy Ilardi joined the Westlake guidance team 18 years ago after spending ten years as the director of student activities and dean of students for Mercy College. Despite many changes over the years, not the least of which is technology, the focus of her work has remained consistent. “I think it’s so critical to encourage civility and kindness”. She was a founding member of the school’s “Advisory” groups which allows small groups of students to connect with adults in the building around issues of importance including community, team building, or sometimes just sharing what’s on their mind. Working collaboratively with teachers, parents and students to find common ground has been a very rewarding experience. Going forward, she hopes to spend more time with her husband and children, and spend time doing more reading and gardening. Barbara Lalla, HES Barbara Lalla has been at HES for 28 years. She joined the district as an aide when her two young sons were attending school there. After 10 years she became a teaching assistant, spending the next 15 years in 1st grade. Four years ago she made the move to special ed. She notes ironically that she is spending the last year of her career at HES in the same classroom that her son started kindergarten in 29 years ago! During her time in the school she was integral in creating the Cozy Corner Bookstore. When asked about her retirement, she states “I’m really proud to have been a part of educating so many kids in MP. I look forward to having more time with my family, friends and my beautiful granddaughter.” Lois Lerner, WHS Lois Lerner joined the district as a speech and language pathologist. She has worked in all four schools, but spent most of her time at WMS and HES. Her colleagues describe her as a dedicated professional who always strived to help her students reach their potential.

Lisa Manning, CES Lisa Manning has been teaching special education for over 40 years, 32 of them at Mount Pleasant. She has worked through several variations of teaching styles including leading a self-contained classroom, managing a resource room where children come to work on specific goals, to co-teaching in a general ed classroom. “I have enjoyed watching how things have changed and evolved over time and have had the pleasure to work with most of the staff in the building. I feel blessed to have worked in this district” Lisa explains. While she is also a licensed dental hygienist, a job she held during her summers, she is looking forward now to being able to spend time with family, travel more, and volunteer with literacy programs. Ann Marie Murphy, HES After being encouraged by her reading teacher mother to follow in her footsteps, Anne Marie Murphy started her career as a 1st grade teacher in Brooklyn. When she moved to Westchester 8 years later, she joined the MPCSD teaching 3rd grade at CES. She then moved to 2nd grade and finally settled in 1st and has been there ever since. “I love the little learners. They are where you have your greatest challenges, but where you can leave your greatest mark. You are opening the world of learning to them.” She believes learning should be fun and that is something she has always strived for. Pondering retirement, she plans to spend time with family and do volunteer work with animal rescue organizations. She is really going to miss the collegial conversations with her fellow teachers and of course the children. “They make your days brighter when you feel down. My mother was right! It has been very rewarding work.” Carolyn Partelow, HES Carolyn Partelow has been at HES for 21 years after a successful career in marketing with Readers Digest. When her young children were at Hawthorne, she decided to pursue her masters in education and change careers. She spent a year as a special ed aide, then moved on to kindergarten before settling in 1st grade 13 years ago. She has loved working so close to home and especially enjoys being with the children. “The beauty of working with


The third time’s the charm for retiring Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services Mary Ellis. After two successful careers, first as a professional freelance flutist playing in commercials, movies and on Broadway, then as a Systems Analyst and Database Designer working for Irving Trust and Solomon Brothers, Ms. Ellis decided to turn her love of working with children into a lifelong career. With two small children and a full time job, it was no easy feat to earn her Masters in Education from Pace University, but once completed it set her on a path she stayed on for the next 25 years. Early in her career, Ms. Ellis was an elementary teacher in Rye, Carmel and then Mahopac (where her children attended school). From the time she began teaching she was conducting professional development for her colleagues. She worked with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) creating video tutorials on using student-developed rubrics in grading, a relatively new tool in education at the time. She also worked for many years at the Elementary Math and Science Leadership Institute at SUNY Purchase and was a frequent presenter at the Science Teachers of New York State (STANYS) annual conference. After teaching for 10 years, Ms. Ellis was named the Supervisor of Elementary ELA and Social Studies in the Harrison Central School District and held that position for four years. She then was appointed as the Director of Fine and Performing Arts in Harrison, a perfect compliment to her early career as a professional musician. She finally joined the Mount Pleasant CSD in 2012 as the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services. As Superintendent Dr. Susan Guiney noted “Upon her arrival, Mary immediately dove into the world of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She was fearless taking on the the task of the upcoming Tri-State visit on writing. When asked about her entry plan, Mary said her plan was to first let people learn who she was before they learned what she could really do.” Under her guidance, students, teachers, administration and parents “learned about learning” through numerous presentations, workshops and coffee hours on a variety of this age group is that they say the funniest things. So many things that we take for granted are so novel for them. I laugh every day.” In retirement, she is looking forward to spending winters in her home in Florida and visiting her children in California and Europe. Steve Pesick, WMS Steve Pesick joined the WMS team the same year he completed his education at SUNY Cortland in 1985. 33 years later, all as a WMS science teacher, Steve is saying goodbye. He has had great influence over the department helping shape it along the way. He also spent the majority of his years here coaching modified and JV sports, his favorite being basketball. While Steve says he will definitely miss the camaraderie and relationships he has made, he looks forward to devoting more time to his pool business and enjoying some time off in the winter.

topics such as assessment, word study, differentiated instruction, DreamBox, and the International Baccalaureate program. Dr. Guiney remarked “Mary is an incredibly kind and gifted educator who cares deeply about children and their Mary Ellis has served as the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services learning”. since 2012. When asked what theme has been most important to her throughout her career, Ms Ellis thoughtfully answers, “The thing I have always been most passionate about is supporting educators in asking meaningful questions of themselves and of others. I encourage them to be reflective and to always question what they are doing and why they are doing it.” For teachers, this means being very purposeful in the planning of their lessons, in the delivery of the instruction and in how they give feedback to their students. She continues “I have often said to colleagues that as teachers we use up a lot of the time in a child’s life. We have a responsibility to make sure that it is time well spent.” Having left her mark on the Mount Pleasant CSD, Mary is ready to celebrate the next phase of her life. She is looking forward to having more time with her family and her Golden Retriever. She loves traveling and being outdoors and is happy she will be able to spend more time gardening, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. And also maybe just sitting on her porch in the morning enjoying a second cup of coffee. She deserves it!

Pam Provetto, CES Pam Provetto joined the district as a teaching aide. She balanced the part time work with raising her two children, both of whom graduated from WHS. After several years she got certified as a reading specialist, and aside from one year as a 3rd grade teacher, Pam spent her entire 26 years at CES as a reading teacher. While a lot has changed over the years, her love of helping children has remained the same. Now that her kids are grown with children of their own, she looks forward to having more time with them as well as spending time in the great outdoors of Utah where she and her husband plan to set up residency. JoAnn SPataro, HES JoAnn Spataro came to Mount Pleasant as a teaching assistant. The bulk of her years were spent at WMS, but she also

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Mary Ellis, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services

worked at WHS, CES and most recently HES. One collegue described her as “a responsible, dedicated staff member who got along with everyone and always saw the best in everyone”. Kathy Vitolo, HES Kathy Vitolo has been an aide in the district over 20 years, 17 of them at WMS. She started working part time when her oldest son was at WMS, eventually taking a full time position. This past year she moved to HES and split her days between the library and one-on-one work with students. The change this year allowed her to meet many new friends and colleagues. She is now looking forward to spending time with her toddler grandson and doing more traveling with her husband.

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Underclassmen awards celebrate achievement Every year, an evening is set aside to mark the academic and service achievements of the freshman, sophomore and junior students at Westlake High School. Teachers nominate students in each subject area for “outstanding achievement” and “outstanding effort” and present each winner with a certificate of recognition. Special college awards and scholarships are also presented to 11th grade students with exceptional academic performance or a demonstrated commitment to service. Many of these awards include full or partial tuition scholarships. Addtionally, the students selected by the Thornwood American Legion to attend the annual Boys and Girls State Conference are recognized. Richard Petrillo and Anthony Scaglione were selected to attend Boys State and Faith Summers was selected for Girls State. Finally, the summa honor roll was read to recognize those students who have been on the high honor roll all three semesters. (See box at right.) The entire list of recognitions can be found under school news on the WHS website.

Award winners (clockwise from top left): Stephen Donato (Wesleyan Book Award), Victor Mora and Cynthia Briggs (Saint Michaels College Book Award) Rebecca Lovett (RIT Award in Computing), Amanda Rubeo (George Washington Book Award) and Nicole Desimone (Wells College Award).

Summa Honors

Summa honor roll recognition was given to students in each grade who had a 95 average or better for each quarter. They are: Grade 11 Christopher Bauco Stephen Donato George Doulos Gianni Garritano Rebecca Lovett Bryan Mesquita Victor Mora Richard Petrillo Anthony Scaglione Faith Summers Freyja Varga Grade 10 Julia Behring Emma Bigley Lea Bonsignore Amanda Bradley Colleen Bradley Samantha Castellano Peter Cavazzini Julia Clark Rebecca Cross Kenneth Dronzek Arianna Edwards Olivia Eng Paul Gschneidner Kiera Higham Katelyn Jaime Samantha La Scala Caleb Levitt

Arianna Muratore Gabriella Muratore Nicole Musial Liam Naughton Riley Neglia Kristin Pierce Roman Raguso Jake Szeszko Maeve Verna Grade 9 Angelica Alvarez Alyssa Bange Phoebe Barnes Alessandra Blasone Elisabeth Carpinelli Olivia Cartano Carter Falkenberg Sophia Garritano Kristin Iannucci Zachary Katzman Samantha Lubart Evan O’Brien Marco Petrillo Julie Pinchiaroli Rachel Raguso Deanna Reynolds Stephanie Rosenberg Maeve Sheehan Pranav Vadapalli

Award

Criteria

Winner

Columbia University Book Award

Outstanding academic achievement with an inclination toward research

Christopher Bauco

Elmira College Key Award

Outstanding students who demonstrate school and community leadership

Lauren DeMartino

George Washington Book Award

Academic excellence, leadership outside of the classroom, diversity of thought, and ability to put knowledge into action

Amanda Rubeo

Harvard-Radcliffe Book Award

Excellence in scholarship and commitment to high moral character

Faith Summers

Mount Holyoke Book Award

Excellent academic record with a rigorous course schedule and qualities of leadership and service

Elle Verna

Rennsselaer Polytechnic Medal

Outstanding math or science student

Bryan Mesquita

Rochester Institute of Technology Award in Computing

Distinguishing academics, being active members of school and community and demonstrating interest and ability in computing

George Doulos and Rebecca Lovett

Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation & Creativity Medal

An interest and ability in creativity

Brian Mynes and Kaylee Zheng

Saint Michael’s College Book Award

Serving others and acting with a social conscience

Victor Mora and Cynthia Briggs

Wellesley Book Award

Young women who have been top scholars and are engaged in extracurricular areas

Kylie Gottlieb

Wells College Award

Commitment to academic achievement while acting as a leader among his or her peers

Nicole Desimone

Wesleyan Book Award

Excel in a rigorous course of study and demonstrate independent thought and creative thinking

Stephen Donato

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The recipients of the Westlake High School PTA awards were (l to r): Jeffrey Ausiello, Gabriella Maniscalco, Zach Chapins, Caitlyn Lyons, Lauren Schneider, Christina Mangione, Marianna Leone, Ariana Rich, Zach Lubart and Luis Pani (not pictured)

Senior Awards Night

At the annual Senior Awards Night, held June 4th at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, deserving graduates were celebrated for their academic and athletic accomplishments as well as service to the community. Those pictured here are among the many in the

Class of 2018

who received recognition and thanks from their school and community.

The Rose Hill Shopping Center Awards, worth $6000, were presented to Charles Panzarella, Alessia Mussolini, Caroline Murray and Christine Sharabun.

The NYS Attorney General Triple C award is given to two students who show courage, character and commitment. This year’s recipients were Caitlyn Lyons and Sean Ward.

Brian Kelly received nine awards including the Spanish, Math and Musical Excellence Awards.

Kiara Terrero and Sophia DiMiceli received the NYS Media Arts Teachers Association President’s Award.

Erin McMorrow and Meghan Falahee recieved the Wildcat Award for contributing to the positive culture in Westlake athletics.

Terence O’Brien won the Dr. Alfred Lodovico Citizenship Scholarship for good character.

The Guidance Department Award was given to Pheobe Chen and Sam Viveros.

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20 18 class of

Graduates

Jeffrey Ausiello F Victoria Aviles ★ F Azeem Azhar Jillian Barbero F Steven Barbero F Talin Bedonian ★ F Sally Bedus ★ F Christian Benitez Mikaela Birch G Sebastian Bogado Allison Brunetto ★ F Sara Bruni ★ G Julianna Buckley F Matthew Carbone F Carmine Casarella Carolyn Casarella

Sally Bedus

Valedictorian Keira Donnelly

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Salutatorian Christine Sharabun

Juliana Castellano ★ G Amelia Caston ★ G Maxwell Catarina Zachary Chapins ★ G Phoebe Chen ★ F Dylan Ciriclio Nicholas Colabatistto F John Danik Lydia DeCuffa Angela DeFrancesco Vanessa DelDuca ★ G Frank DellaBovie Alexander DeVito Joseph Di Liberti ★ F Angelique Diaz ★ G Michael Dilapi F Sophia DiMiceli Robert DiNota Keira Donnelly ★ F Nicole Dragonetti F Daniella Drossos F Tyler Eglauf ★ G Joelle El Hamouche ★ F Meghan Falahee ★ G Michael Farina ★ F Rachel Faso

Sebastian Bogado

Rebecca Faso Joseph Flynn G Dean Fralick Jonathan Genovese ★ F Luciano Giannini ★ F Liam Gibbons Daniel Gjonaj Charles Greco F Brianna Greto Daniel Grossman Angelina Guarnieri ★ F Jillian Guercio F Remy Harold Ryan Hayes ★ G Jennifer Hutnik ★ G Sol Ibarra

Every year, two seniors are recognized for holding the highest academic average throughout their high school career. This year, Keira Donnelly had the honor of being named Valedictorian while Christine Sharabun was named Salutatorian. While the girls obviously excelled academically, they both also achieved great success outside the classroom. Keira has been inducted into the math, science, social studies, Spanish and National Honor Societies as well as winning multiple

Nicholas Izzo Cordelia Jannetty ★ G Isabelle Joseph ★ F Hailee Kalle Taylor Karaqi ★ G Zachary Kardian Nicholas Karel F Brian Kelly ★ F Matthew Knapp Jared Kratz Paula Landi G Zauriel Lara Vince Lariosa Vanessa Lembo F Christopher Lenhart Marianna Leone Michael Leva Kevin Love Zachary Lubart ★ F Erica Lucey

underclassman excellence awards. When not studying, Keira is part of the Varsity soccer and lacrosse teams serving as captain of the soccer team this year. She is also an accomplished musician playing the saxophone since 4th grade and taking part in the Westlake bands. Outside of school, she has volunteered more than 100 hours on the pediatrics floor at White Plains Hospital. Christine was also inducted into the math, science, Spanish and National Honor Societies and won multiple

Caitlyn Lyons Catherine Lyons Kane Lyons ★ F Kerrianne Maloney G Christina Mangione ★ F Gabriella Maniscalco ★ G Daniella Maric ★ G Philip Markuszewski ★ F Nicholas Martin Beatrice Masotti Joseph Mazzariello F Erin McMorrow ★ F Maeve McArdle ★ F Alexandra McGill F Anthony Minda ★ G Caroline Mooney ★ F Victoria Moschetta F Jack Mulhare F Daniella Mulvey ★ G Dhanya Mundackal ★ G

outstanding achievement and outstanding effort awards as an underclassman. In addition to working as a swim instructor and lifeguard, she has been part of the varsity swim team since 9th grade. Outside of school, Christine spent 11 years studying at the School of Ukrainian Studies in Yonkers. In the final weeks of school, the girls agreed to answer a few questions about their experience at Westlake and their plans for the future.

Divya Mundackal ★ F Katelyn Murphy ★ F Caroline Murray ★ F Robert Musial G Alessia Mussolini Tanner Neal ★ G Samantha Nocerito Terence O’Brien ★ F Gianni Occhipinti F Kyle O’Connor Jesi Oswald ★ F Arianna Palmiero ★ F Luis Pani Charles Panzarella ★ F

Christopher Panzarella ★ F

Nicholas Papaleo ★ F Antonia Perino Aaron Perl F Laine Peterson F Kelly Pierce ★ F

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The Class of 2018 has been accepted into 184 colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools.

Victoria Moschetta

Susan Pinchiaroli ★ F Nicholas Pippo F Anthony Pisa Timothy Policarpio Danielle Porco ★ G Cayleigh Power ★ F Alyssa Quinlan Sheila Rebatta-Zegarra Christine Regan Julia Remo ★ G

Ariana Rich ★ G Daniel Rodrigues Alexander Roma Julianna Roma ★ G Kathryn Ross ★ G Emily Rubino ★ G Adam Rutkowski F Nicholas Ryan Tonantzin Sanchez-Rangel Lauren Schneider ★ G Alessia Scimia Angelica Seigler F Christine Sharabun ★ F Stephen Simone ★ F Thomas Spedaliere Allessandro Spetrillo Ian Spruck-Andrews Megi Syku ★ F Kiara Terrero Nina Thur-Ova ★ G

Juliana Urrico Kathryn Vazquez Samuel Viveros F Sean Ward F Jazmin Williams Jessica Woods Seunghyun Austin You ★ F Lawrence Young Antonia Zulli F F Summa Cum Laude G Magna Cum Laude F Cum Laude ★ National Honor Society

Luciano Giannini

most about leaving Westlake? miss seeing my closest friends every single day. It’s sad seeing everyone move on to heir lives, but the familiarity of Westlake is something I will always have. of the student-teacher relationship is definitely going to change in college. Westlake itely special because they connect to students. orward to most about moving on to college? o finally have the opportunity to explore new interests, meet new people, and live in ry to leave home, but I know that the next four years will be great! orward to meeting a lot of new people and getting involved in new activities on

orite high school class, experience or teacher? Why? classes during my time at Westlake were all my science courses. I’m excited to be hese subjects in college as I pursue my major. high school teacher was Mrs. Newell because she has such a passion for physics and out cool things that she shows us. you give to underclassmen? time in high school while it lasts because it goes so fast. Also, try anything and terests you, even if you’re scared what other people will think. hing you are passionate about by trying new things. Whether it’s a club, a sport, a r activity. Whatever you are passionate about will always motivate you.

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U+Thomas Jefferson U.) Johnson & Wales U. Kean University King’s College La Salle University Laboratory Inst. of Merchandising Lasell College Lehigh University Lesley University Lock Haven U. of PA Long Island U., Post Louisiana State U. Loyola U., Maryland Lynn University Maine College of Art Manhattan College Manhattanville College Marist College Mercy College Merrimack College Miami U., Oxford Misericordia University Mitchell College Molloy College Monmouth University Mount Saint Mary College Neumann University New England College NJ Inst. of Technology NY Inst. of Technology New York University North Carolina State U. Northeastern U. Nova Southeastern U. Ohio State U. Pace University Pennsylvania State U. Pepperdine University Pratt Institute Providence College Purdue University Quinnipiac University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rochester Institute of Technology Roger Williams U. Rutgers U.: Camden, New Brunswick, Newark Sacred Heart U. Sage College of Albany Saint Anselm College Saint Joseph’s U. Saint Michael’s College Savannah College of Art and Design - SCAD, Hong Kong School of Visual Arts Seton Hall University Siena College Southern Connecticut State U.

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College & University Acceptances

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It’s time to say goodbye

As we look back on the 2017-18 school year, share that Wildcat pride! As a district, we have so much to celebrate and so many accomplishments to publicize. At awards ceremonies, concerts, athletic competitions, at the prom, the senior college acceptance breakfast and more, the Wildcats have distinguished themselves as superior in every way Susan Guiney and all with the care and support of our staff, parents Ed. D. and school community!

Superintendent of Schools

Westlake HS - School of Distinction It is official! The NYS Public High School Athletic Association has awarded Westlake High School its highest honor as a School of Distinction for the 201718 school year. Only 30 high schools statewide are receiving this honor in which 100% of the district’s Varsity athletic teams are Scholar Athletes and have earned a GPA of 90 or better. Congratulations to the students, coaches, parents, and all of our teachers and staff at Westlake whose contribution to the learning of our students truly is evident in this well deserved honor. Thank you to Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, Donna Pirro, for all that she does to support our students and schools. The Class of 2018 Congratulations to the Class of 2018 who will be attending highly selective and competitive colleges and universities across the country including the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and Cornell. The senior class received millions of dollars in scholarships and grants connected to their accomplishments in STEAM, the arts, theater, and academics. The Class of 2018’s success is a testament to the district’s commitment to excellence and the dedication of our K-12 staff as students progress through our schools. Bittersweet Goodbyes At the June Board of Education meeting, the district

recognized the incredible dedication and efforts of those individuals who retired at the conclusion of the school year. The list is a formidable one! On behalf of the Mount Pleasant CSD, please join me in expressing a tremendous “thank you” to these valued members of the Mount Pleasant school community for their years of service to the students and families in the Mount Pleasant Schools. This issue of “From the Heart” details the accomplishments of these individuals. They will be missed! With Gratitude Over the last month, I had the opportunity to see many of you at the numerous moving up and graduation ceremonies. Thank you for the outpouring of good wishes on my own “commencement” from Mount Pleasant as I retire from public education and embrace exciting new adventures! My last day as superintendent was Friday, July 20. My successor, Dr. Kotes, and I worked together and with our board of education to create a seamless transition of leadership in our schools. Personally, it truly has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your superintendent over the past 10 years and to have worked alongside some of the most dedicated and talented teachers, administrators, and staff that any school community could ever be so blessed to have working with its children and families. Thank you for allowing me to partner with you, to lead our schools, and to achieve excellence in this most critical and important work to educate our children. Our accomplishments have created a legacy for the children in our community and there is much to be proud of in our schools. I look forward to hearing more about the district’s continued success and wish you much happiness now and in the years ahead. Ad astra! All the best for a relaxing summer, Sue

More 2018 Graduation Moments

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Career Advice

If you ask a high school student what they want to be when they grow up, some have a clear vision, others have a vague idea and the rest have no clue. It is a tall order for these students to decide what to study once they head off to college.  That is where the WHS Guidance Department is offering help.  The Career Cafe, now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for students to hear professionals from a variety of fields explain what it is they do and the path they took to get there. It is enlightening to students who may be confused about their future to discover that not all successful people started out that way.   Each year, guidance counselor Tania Greco, along with her colleagues, organize two to three “cafes” for approximately 35 students.   Each cafe has a theme in which students interested in that career path can apply to attend.  Past themes have included Business & Finance, Criminal Justice & Law, Engineering, Medical & Health, and Civil Services.     The theme of this year’s first Career Cafe was Education & Human Services.   Professions in this field might include teacher, administrator, school counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychotherapist.   Three guest speakers volunteered their time to give advice to the

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Dr. Lisa Salvi, a licensed clinical psychologist, talks to sophomores and juniors about the path to a successful career in the field of human services.

students interested in pursuing this path.   For the second Career Cafe, the focus was on Medical & Health Careers. Guidance brought in professionals from nursing, physical therapy, imaging and medical office careers. Both workshops had an overwhelming response from students interested in learning more. The consistent advice from all of the speakers regardless of the field was to find something to be passionate about and go out and do it.  One guest speaker suggested taking courses in many different subjects to discover that passion.  She stressed that it is essential to keep an open mind and it is ok not to have a concrete plan, even

after graduating from college. Another presenter said the qualities that helped him transition through four different careers before finally landing his dream job were persistence, hard work and never giving up.   Each speaker agreed that networking was a key to their success.  Making contacts and maintaining good relationships with people helped get them where they are. At each session, the students asked intelligent, thought-provoking questions to learn more.  Lauren DeMartino, a student at WHS, has attended several Career Cafes and expressed that they are a great tool to expose her to the many options available after graduation.

Trout in the Classroom

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Seventh grade students in Tom Hall’s and Erika O’Byrne’s Life Science classes enjoyed hands-on learning about the life-cycle of Brook Trout and the important role they play in providing clean drinking water to more than nine million residents in NYC. Back in January, the classes received hundreds of trout eggs from Trout Unlimited which runs Trout in the Classroom, an environmental education program. Upon arrival, the students transferred the eggs into prepared tanks and within days observed the process of a trout morphing from an egg, to an alevin to a fry. During this time, the students closely monitored water temperature, water clarity, dissolved oxygen, ammonia levels, and pH to ensure the survival of their trout. When the fish reach the fry stage after a few months, students are able to release this native species into the streams. On a sunny day in June, the fish were transferred into carefully prepared plastic containers. Sixteen students transported the fish to the Whippoorwill Stream off Nanny Hagen Road which feeds into the Kensico Reservoir. Kim Estes-Fradis, Director of Education from the DEP, and Lillit Genovesi from Trout Unlimited met the students to help with the release. Ms. Genovesi explained that Brook Trout

Seventh grade Life Science students release the trout they raised in the classroom into the Whippoorwill Stream.

are an “indicator species”. Healthy populations of trout indicate very clean water. In fact, 90% of the water provided to NYC from these protected areas is so clean that it does not need to be filtered to drink. Trout are an important part of the ecosystem and it is crucial to protect the species. The Trout in the Classroom program, which Mr. Hall has been coordinating for the past 15 years, is a great way to teach students to appreciate water resources, foster a conservation ethic, and gain a better understanding of ecosystems. It’s also a well-received activity and one that the kids look forward to every year!


Mail Call for Veterans

Columbus Elementary students are once again showing their love for veterans. Inspired by special education teacher Christine Galbo, 4th and 5th graders wrote hundreds of personalized cards and letters for World War II and Korean War veterans who took part in the Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) to Washington DC on May 19th. HVHF representative Alison Bergman gratefully accepted the box overflowing with letters. HVHF is a non-profit organization that flies these American heroes free of charge to Washington DC to visit their memorials. On the flight home, veterans are surprised with letters from loved ones and the community. This year, Hawthorne’s own Korean War veteran Thomas Walsh was part of the Honor Flight. The students of Columbus addressed Veteran Tom Walsh all their mail to Mr.

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Walsh thanking him for his service. Ms. Bergman, who took the flight with Mr. Walsh, said “It was a beautiful day. They were all in tears. He was Fourth and fifth grade students wrote letters for veterans taking so thrilled to the Honor Flight. Hudson Valley Honor Flight representative Alison receive all Bergman (back row, center) as well as veteran Chet Edwards and his wife Mary delivered them. the beautiful cards and in the community. Taking part in the mail notes and grateful that the students have the chance to call for the Honor Flight continues the lesson. learn about those who serve our country”. If you know a World War II or Korean Ms. Galbo has successfully coordinated War veteran who would be interested in the annual “Take a Veteran to School” day for the past three years. The event, which taking part in an Honor Flight, please visit grows larger every year, has been a mean- their website at hvhonorflight.com. ingful way for young children to make a connection with the hundreds of veterans

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One School, One Book

How do you get students excited about reading? Make it fun! The staff at Hawthorne are doing just that. Knowing that literacy skills provide the building blocks for a lifetime of learning, first grade teachers Christin Aboulenein and Jenifer Campbell helped launch the first ever One School, One Book event.  The program, which is coordinated by the non-profit “Read to Them” organization, emphasizes the importance of families reading together. They provide materials (generously paid for by the PTA) including books

Humphrey gets lots of love from Hawthorne students.

and activity workbooks for every student. The event began with a full school assembly introducing the book everyone would read: “The World According to Humphrey”. Much to the delight of the children, elementary librarian, Phil Cutrone, acted out a scene from the book to give the students an introduction. Special guest star Humphrey made an appearance as well. Families were asked to read one chapter per night at home together. In school, teachers coordinated enrichment activities related to the book in class as well as in specials. One special night in May, families were invited to a “Read Under the Stars” event where they sat on blankets and used flashlights to read that evening’s chapter under the stars. The idea is that EVERYONE- students, staff, parents and the community come to together to celebrate the love of literacy (and Humphrey!). According to the “Read to Them” organization “The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning – and much more.” The program was a great success getting children excited about reading and talking with their peers about their ideas. Everyone involved is looking forward to next year’s selection!

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And kudos to…

Boys State Nominee

Congratulations to Anthony Scaglione who was nominated to attend Boys State. The program, sponsored by the American Legion, is a week-long immersive learning experience where participants take part in a nonpartisan curriculum focusing on Americanism and the political process. It aims to give high school students leadership skills and an action-based understanding of the government process. Boys State took place at SUNY Morrisville in June.

Work Hard, Play Hard Congratulations to WHS students Kelly Andrews, Olivia Eng, Timothy Fudale, Katelyn Jaime, Marabel Jaime and Christina Mangione and WMS students Julia Behring, Kathleen Bennett, Ryan Fudale, Jack Jaime, Michael Mangione, Jake Nargi, Kayla Falcone, John Vita and Katelyn Vita for taking on the “Do Well, Play Well” challenge. The program, spearheaded by the Westchester County Youth Bureau, recognizes students who have attained high academic performance, excellent attendance or initiated significant improvements in their school community during the 2017- 2018 academic year. Those who applied and reached the criterion received a free season pass to Rye Playland. Community Service Award Lauren Schneider received the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Community Service from Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Each school selects a student who displays an outstanding and steadfast commitment to improve the community. Lauren was selected due to her work with the youth court in White Plains.

Student-athletes following their dreams (from left): Daniella Mulvey, Brianna Greto, Daniel Grossman, Laine Peterson, Rob DiNota. Not pictured: Jared Kratz and Joseph Mazzariello

Playing at the next level

Every successful athlete dreams of competing in their sport at the next level. Seven Westlake grads are making that dream a reality. After years of hard work, dedicating countless hours to perfecting their sport and improving their performance, these student-athletes will be wearing a new jersey next year and competing in front of a much larger audience. Robert DiNota

Sacred Heart University

Football

Brianna Greto

Pace University

Cheerleading

Daniel Grossman

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Football

Jared Kratz

Mercy College

Baseball

Joseph Mazzariello

SUNY Plattsburgh

Baseball

Daniella Mulvey

Ithaca College

Softball

Laine Peterson

Assumption College

Volleyball

Honoring 9/11 Victims During the 8th grade year, WMS students participate in a Community Leadership Project. The project requires students to find a way to help their community. This year, Nick Bauco and Michael Mangione restored the 9/11 Memorial at WMS. The memorial, installed in 2002, was in need of cleaning, polishing and weeding around the area. They planted new trees and replaced the flag with one which was flown over the Provincial Reconstruction

Team in Farah, Afghanistan in support of Operation E n d u r i n g Freedom. The flag was donated to the 9/11 Memorial at WMS by United States Navy Captain David J. Glass, husband of WMS English teacher Michelle Glass.

Thornwood Lions Club Students of the Month

Seniors who exhibit ‘service above self’ are nominated by faculty and staff to be chosen as Thornwood Lions Club Student of the Month. These students demonstrate a commitment to their school and community through their service to others.

Brian Kelly

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Lucianno Giannini

Cordelia Jannetty

Caroline Mooney

Christine Mangione

Terence O’Brien

Tyler Eglauf

Angela DeFrancesco


High School Film Festival Winner Congratulations to student filmmaker Tom Rubino. His film “Mind Lamping” (in the category of Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy) was selected to be screened in the All American Film Festival (AAHSFF) in October at the AMC Theater in Times Square! The AAHSFF is the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers from around the world offering them prizes, scholarships and connections. Hearing the news, Tom said, “It was a great honor to have “Mind Lamping” selected. Making such an ambitious short film wouldn’t have been possible without the extraordinary support from Mrs. [Claudia] Abate and all the help, knowledge and confidence she’s given me during my years as her student.”

Kyle O’Connor earned scholarships at the following colleges and universities: Manhattan College, Iona College, Pace University, Siena University, St. John’s University Kerrianne Maloney earned scholarships at the following colleges and universities: Sacred Heart University, Quinnipiac University, University of Hartford, Fairfield University, Western Connecticut State University

teacher news

The NYS Public High School Athletic Association has awarded Westlake High School its highest honor as a School of Distinction for the 2017-18 school year. Only 30 high schools statewide received this honor in which 100% of the district’s Varsity athletic teams are designated as Scholar Athlete Teams. To qualify as a Scholar Athlete team, the team’s average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90%. Westlake is one of only 3 schools in section 1 (which includes Dutchess County, Putnam County, Rockland County, and Westchester County) to receive this honor. The number of schools named as Schools of Distinction has doubled in the last two years. NYSPHSAA Executive Director said “This is evidence that schools, administration, coaches and student-athletes focus on excellence in the classroom as well as the playing fields.”

Christine Cazes has been a reading specialist in the Mount Pleasant Central School District for nearly 20 years spending time at Westlake, Hawthorne and most recently Columbus. A few years ago she took a trip up to Massachusetts to admire the fall foliage. She noticed a giant, prize winning pumpkin on the back of a truck. It inspired her to write a story about the life of a pumpkin, from seed to harvest to becoming a jack-o-lantern. While it took several years to get the book published, once she did, she got a great response. “Punkin” is the story of a little pumpkin in the eastern orchard of Westorchid. The children at Columbus loved it and so did the critics. This spring it won the Pinnacle Book Award in the category of Children’s Interest. Inspired by her success the first time around, Ms. Cazes has now published her second book in the series: “Gem’s Gift” about a squirrel living in the the same orchard. The story tells children about the importance of love. Ms. Cazes looks forward to sharing her new book with all her students at Columbus this fall.

International Science Research

Both Westlake Science Research students who qualified to compete at the 2018 International Genius Olympiad in June won prizes! Christopher (CJ)

Bauco and Bryan Mesquita were among 1200 participants from 75 countries and 39 states who presented posters of their original research at this world renowned competition hosted by SUNY Oswego. CJ Bauco won 2nd place in Science and received a silver medal, a certificate, and an Amazon Kindle for his original research, “Investigating Paleoclimate Through the Deposition of Ice Rafted Debris from the Western Mid-Atlantic Ridge.” CJ was mentored by scientists at Colum-

Above, CJ Bauco and Bryan Mesquita show off medals at the Genius Olympiad in Oswego, NY. Right, hundreds of display boards set up for the judges.

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**Editors Note: The following scholarship information was inadvertently left out of the graduation program.

School of Distinction

bia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY. Bryan Mesquita won Honorable Mention in Science and received a certificate for his original research “An Off-Switch for Borrelia? Investigating bba01, the Plausible Repressor Protein of bba74 in Borrelia burgdorferi.” Bryan was mentored by scientists at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.

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Mount Pleasant Central School District

Non-Profit Organization US Postage Paid White Plains, NY Permit No. 9415

West Lake Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594

Board of Education Colleen Scaglione Neglia, President Laura Michalec Olszewski, Vice President Vincent Graci Michael Griffin Michael Horan Maria Jost Chris Pinchiaroli

STEAM Symposium We are excited to present our second annual STEAM Symposium on August 15-16. Read more about it at www. mtplcsd.org/steam2018

Superintendent Dr. Kurtis Kotes

* * * ECRWSS * * * Postal Customer Thornwood, NY 10594

Correspondence Phone: 769-5500 • Fax 769-3733 Web: www.mtplcsd.org Email submissions awalsh@mtplcsd.org

Wildcat News—2018 Spring Sports Recap Baseball

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: John Consorti Assistant: Michael Trainor All-Section: Thomas Iazzetta, Vincent Spaziante All-Section Honorable Mention: Thomas Carpenter All-League: Thomas Carpenter, Stephen Donato,Thomas Iazzetta, Joseph Mazzariello, Vincent Spaziante League Pitcher of the Year: Thomas Iazetta College Play: Jared Kratz (Mercy College), Joseph Mazzariello (SUNY Plattsburgh) Golf

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Sean Mayer All-League: Frankie DellaBovie, Kyle McHugh, Nick Pippo, Julian Thur Sectional Qualifier: Julian Thur Boys Lacrosse

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Scholar Athlete Team Class D Sectional Finalists Coach: Hunter Burnard Assistant: Mark Castellano All- American: Robert DiNota All-Section: Robert DiNota, Nicholas Ryan All-Section Honorable Mention: Dylan Donnery, Jack Simon All League: Nicholas Colabatistto, Robert DiNota, Dylan Donnery, Nicholas Ryan, Jack Simon GIRLS LACROSSE

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Dan Smith Assistant: Nicole Dacchille All-Section Honorable Mention: Emily Sardo All-League: Viktoria Hudd, Jesi

Girls Varsity Softball Team Makes School History For the first time in Westlake history, the Girls Varsity Softball team won a sectional title, a regional title and made it all the way to the State Championships. With a season record of 18-5, the team traveled to Glens Falls, NY to play Section 4 champion Susquehanna Valley in the state semifinals where their season unfortunately came to an end. The senior-heavy team punched their ticket to states after a 3-2 victory over Babylon High School at Regionals. Jamie Perfito’s two-

Oswald, Emily Sardo Softball

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Scholar Athlete Team Class B Section 1 Champions, NYS Regional Champions, NYS Semi- Finalists Coaches: Mike D’Angelo, Marianna Monaco All-State: Daniella Mulvey, Kelly Pierce All-Section: Daniella Mulvey, Kelly Pierce

run double down the left-field line propelled Daniella Mulvey and Laine Peterson across home plate to secure the win. First-year Wildcats head coach Mike D’Angelo said “These girls have worked really, really hard for a few years now. It hasn’t been a one-year thing.” With ten seniors graduating this year, next year’s team will be a young one. They will no doubt be inspired by the success of their predecessors and will look to bring home the title next year!

All-Section Honorable Mention:  Allison Brunetto, Jaime Perfito All-League: Allison Brunetto, Daniella Mulvey, Jamie Perfito, Antonia Perino, Laine Peterson, Kelly Pierce College Play: Daniella Mulvey (Ithaca College) Boys Track

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Sky Smith All-League: Eric Nieves (100m

and 200m) Girls Track

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Betsy Groat Assistant: Sal Fuschetto State Champion: Juliana Castellano (Discus) All Section: Juliana Castellano All-League: Nicole Musial (League Champion in 3000) League Meet: Third place


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Mount Pleasant Central School District

Non-Profit Organization US Postage Paid White Plains, NY Permit No. 9415

West Lake Drive, Thornwood, NY 10594

Board of Education Colleen Scaglione Neglia, President Laura Michalec Olszewski, Vice President Vincent Graci Michael Griffin Michael Horan Maria Jost Chris Pinchiaroli

STEAM Symposium We are excited to present our second annual STEAM Symposium on August 15-16. Read more about it at www. mtplcsd.org/steam2018

Superintendent Dr. Kurtis Kotes

* * * ECRWSS * * * Postal Customer HAWthorne, NY 10532

Correspondence Phone: 769-5500 • Fax 769-3733 Web: www.mtplcsd.org Email submissions awalsh@mtplcsd.org

Wildcat News—2018 Spring Sports Recap Baseball

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: John Consorti Assistant: Michael Trainor All-Section: Thomas Iazzetta, Vincent Spaziante All-Section Honorable Mention: Thomas Carpenter All-League: Thomas Carpenter, Stephen Donato,Thomas Iazzetta, Joseph Mazzariello, Vincent Spaziante League Pitcher of the Year: Thomas Iazetta College Play: Jared Kratz (Mercy College), Joseph Mazzariello (SUNY Plattsburgh) Golf

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Sean Mayer All-League: Frankie DellaBovie, Kyle McHugh, Nick Pippo, Julian Thur Sectional Qualifier: Julian Thur Boys Lacrosse

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Scholar Athlete Team Class D Sectional Finalists Coach: Hunter Burnard Assistant: Mark Castellano All- American: Robert DiNota All-Section: Robert DiNota, Nicholas Ryan All-Section Honorable Mention: Dylan Donnery, Jack Simon All League: Nicholas Colabatistto, Robert DiNota, Dylan Donnery, Nicholas Ryan, Jack Simon GIRLS LACROSSE

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Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Dan Smith Assistant: Nicole Dacchille All-Section Honorable Mention: Emily Sardo All-League: Viktoria Hudd, Jesi

Girls Varsity Softball Team Makes School History For the first time in Westlake history, the Girls Varsity Softball team won a sectional title, a regional title and made it all the way to the State Championships. With a season record of 18-5, the team traveled to Glens Falls, NY to play Section 4 champion Susquehanna Valley in the state semifinals where their season unfortunately came to an end. The senior-heavy team punched their ticket to states after a 3-2 victory over Babylon High School at Regionals. Jamie Perfito’s two-

Oswald, Emily Sardo Softball

(6-2)

Scholar Athlete Team Class B Section 1 Champions, NYS Regional Champions, NYS Semi- Finalists Coaches: Mike D’Angelo, Marianna Monaco All-State: Daniella Mulvey, Kelly Pierce All-Section: Daniella Mulvey, Kelly Pierce

run double down the left-field line propelled Daniella Mulvey and Laine Peterson across home plate to secure the win. First-year Wildcats head coach Mike D’Angelo said “These girls have worked really, really hard for a few years now. It hasn’t been a one-year thing.” With ten seniors graduating this year, next year’s team will be a young one. They will no doubt be inspired by the success of their predecessors and will look to bring home the title next year!

All-Section Honorable Mention:  Allison Brunetto, Jaime Perfito All-League: Allison Brunetto, Daniella Mulvey, Jamie Perfito, Antonia Perino, Laine Peterson, Kelly Pierce College Play: Daniella Mulvey (Ithaca College) Boys Track

(8-0)

Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Sky Smith All-League: Eric Nieves (100m

and 200m) Girls Track

(8-0)

Scholar Athlete Team Coach: Betsy Groat Assistant: Sal Fuschetto State Champion: Juliana Castellano (Discus) All Section: Juliana Castellano All-League: Nicole Musial (League Champion in 3000) League Meet: Third place


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