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Pleasantville Schools Weekly Update THIS WEEK (September 30–October 5, 2013) • • • •

October 1: October 2–4: October 3: October 5:

October 5:

PHS Parent Coffee, “In Support of All Students,” 8 a.m., PHS Library Media Center MS Grade 7 Sharpe Reservation (Fishkill) Environmental Trip PHS Back to School Night Rotary Pancake Breakfast (to benefit the Community Scholarship Fund), 8 a.m.–12 p.m., Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road SEPTA Transition Conference, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Kessel Student Center at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus

DISTRICT HAPPENINGS (September 23–28, 2013) At the District… •

Dr. Carolyn McGuffog, Director of Educational Services, is this year’s recipient of the Gil Trachtman Leadership Award, given by the New York Association of School Psychologists. She will be honored at the organization’s statewide conference in October, which is being held in White Plains.

At Bedford Road School… • •

Parents and staff enjoyed a wonderful Grades K, 1 & 2 Back to School Night on Wednesday. The BRS administration would like to thank all those who attended. Bedford Road School celebrated the building’s 10th birthday on Friday. The Pleasantville Panther and High School cheerleaders kicked off the celebration with a Hello cheer specific to BRS. All new students to BRS were acknowledged as well as any staff members who attended BRS themselves as students. The culminating activity was led by Steve Max, better known as Simon Sez, a motivational entertainer who engaged the BRS students in activities related to kindness, manners, and thinking for themselves. Fourth grade student Grant Becker, whose summer building project was accepted into this year’s New York Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, participated in Maker Faire Education Day on Thursday, September 19. Grant talked about his design with other students from the NYC Metro Area and allowed them to try out his GoGo Chair.

At the Middle School… •

On Wednesday, the Middle School welcomed seventh and eighth grade parents to Back to School Night, which gave them a glimpse into the year to come.

The Middle School e-mailed the first edition of Panther Paws Particulars, our new weekly newsletter, to all parents in Grades 5-8 on Friday. The fifth grade launched its first read aloud, Wonder. We are focusing on the theme of kindness throughout the year and being kinder than necessary. Sixth graders completed their poetry unit in English Language Arts, generating ideas from A Summer Memory and sharing with their peers. Seventh graders have been learning and investigating the anatomy and physiology of the human eye in their science class. Working with a partner, they dissected a cow’s eye and identified its structures. They were able to take the lens out and place it over a document to observe how the structure of the lens helps to magnify the image.

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The eighth grade just completed a creative writing unit. Their pieces were inspired by personal photos chosen by the students. Although many students chose to write about their photo in the form of a memoir, some decided to turn their real life experiences into science fiction. The titles for their pieces mirrored Smith magazine’s 2006 six word memoir project. Can you tell your life story in six words?

At the High School… • • •

Six seniors were recognized as Commended Students by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program: Cary Chapman, Lily Fearon, Maria Howe, Katherine Hoyt, Claire Inglis, and Kimberly O’Keeffe. Teacher Staci Tedrow was chosen to be the New York Regional Coordinator of The Bully Project, a social action campaign that was inspired by the award-winning documentary Bully. Students and staff celebrated Homecoming Week with a number of special events that included a dress-up theme for each day (e.g., Monday was Pajama Day), a hallway decoration competition, a pep rally and bonfire, a Homecoming Dance complete with a Battle of the Bands, and interscholastic athletic competitions.

UPCOMING HAPPENINGS (October 7–11, 2013) • •

October 8: October 8:

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October 9: October 11:

PHS Senior Parent Coffee, 8 a.m., PHS Guidance Suite Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 p.m., PHS Library Media Center; Report: Auditor’s Report; 8:30 p.m., Open Community Forum on Advocacy SEPTA Kind Find Event; 6 p.m., Clinton Street Center Superintendent’s Conference Day, Schools Closed


Patch: PHS Edible Garden Newsletter Educational Channel (Verizon Channel 32 & Cablevision Channel 77, simulcast Fridays on Cablevision Channel 76) Schedule for September 27–October 3: 11 a.m., When You Wish upon a Star (1-Quattrochi); 12 p.m. & 10 p.m., Board of Education Meeting of September 17, 2013; 3 p.m., PHS Guidance Presentation: 9th Grade Transitioning; 6 p.m., The Case of the Missing Paragraph (4-Wiebke); 7 p.m., BRS Grade 4 Revolutionary Day

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