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VIDEO: Eighth-Graders Explore a Passion

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Eighth-grade students capped off their years in middle school with a personal project that allowed them to select a topic of interest, research it and present it to their peers.

Each student was challenged to work independently and create something to share at the culmination of the assignment.

See more in the below video.

Recognition for Excellence in Chemistry

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Eight Briarcliff High School students have been recognized by the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) for excellence in chemistry based on their performance on the international Avogadro exam.

Sophomores Letitia Chan, Haochen (Daniel) Deng, Isabella Wang, Joseph Boyle, Jarrod Homer, Nathaniel Martinez, Noah Benson and Charlotte Sendek scored in the top 3 percent of 4,325 students worldwide and will each receive an Elemental Tile for Outstanding Achievement. Letitia and Haochen did especially well, scoring in the top 1 percent.

The exam rewards insightful and out-of-the box thinking, which these eight students effectively demonstrate. They will have the opportunity to continue their excellent work in science next year as they are enrolled in Advanced Placement science courses starting in the fall.

VIDEO: Tri-State Takes a Look at Social Studies

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The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District played host to educators from around the region as part of a three-day in-depth look at the social studies curriculum from May 31 to June 2.

View a video of the visit below.

“The Tri-State Consortium is a group of people made up of educators from across the tri-state area,” said Edgar McIntosh, director of instruction and human resources. “They sent a group of people curated from those schools who are experts in a particular area.”

Briarcliff welcomed educators specializing in social studies to observe and meet with administrators, teachers and students from all levels over the course of the visit.

“They are also taking a look at some of the interdisciplinary work that we are doing across all of the disciplines that have to do with social studies, but also have to do with historical inquiry,” said McIntosh. “They are [also] focusing on historical thinking skills and how kids are able to make connections across content and use a lot of these critical thinking skills that are necessary for school and beyond.”

Following the visit, the consortium members will provide a report to the district, which will be reviewed by the social studies steering committee to put in place next steps.

“We also get a chance to celebrate a lot of the great work that we know we are doing in this district,” McIntosh noted. “We look forward to sharing that information with everybody and we are very thankful for the Tri-State Consortium and for this process.”

View a video of the visit below.

 

Filmmakers Earn Recognition

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Two films from Briarcliff High School’s Introduction to Film class have earned Honorable Mention recognition at the 2017 Hendrick Hudson Film Festival.

Congratulations to:
“Baking Bad” by Sarah Kaul, Jessica Garlasco, Ben Harris and featuring Tucker Poux, Brian Danuff and Mikayla Kibel.
“Your Call is Important to Us,” starring Jack McGranaghan and Henry Ross and edited by Olivia Banc.

“Baking Bad” explores a school bereft of cookies and bake sales, while “Your Call is Important to Us” is a humorous portrayal of what is really happening behind those technology help calls.

“Congratulations to all of the filmmakers!” said teacher Jamie Mandel.

To see “Baking Bad,” please click here. To watch “Your Call is Important to Us,” click here.

 

Todd Celebrates a Blue-Ribbon Year

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Students, faculty and administrators dressed in blue on June 12 to mark a banner blue-ribbon year at Todd Elementary School.

The standout school was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an exceptional institution in 2016, and all year long the honor has been celebrated.

The school year wound down with a daylong celebration, during which each grade level had a chance to enjoy festivities. Art teacher Paul Villaneuva guided each student in creating a pair of blue footprints outside the school.

The day culminated in a gradewide parade outside, words of congratulations and thanks from Principal Nadine McDermott and blue gelato treats for all to enjoy.

 

Class of 2017 Heads Out into the World

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The 167 members of the class of 2017 thanked their teachers, hugged their classmates and celebrated with their families for the last time as high schoolers during the school’s 94th commencement ceremony, held on June 16 at Pace University in Pleasantville.

The evening was filled with celebratory music provided by the chorus, band, orchestra and symphonic orchestra ensembles and inspiring words from many.

Briarcliff High School Student Council Co-presidents Jacqueline Contento and Julia Duffy welcomed their peers to the ceremony before all attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance and heard a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the chorus.

In her remarks, Principal Debora French assured the graduates, “I am confident that you are prepared and ready to move beyond the comfort of home and high school.”

She praised their diverse talents and passion for social justice.

“Remember, that where you want to be can’t be mapped with longitude and latitude,” said French. “Your destination is a feeling, a state of mind, an attitude. While it’s not possible to enter your life’s path on Google Earth, we are all certain you’ll arrive there, prepared to be entrepreneurs, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, advancing ideas, creating solutions and positively impacting the world.”

The graduates also heard from valedictorian Sophie Underwood, salutatorians Contento and Lauren Burnette, as well as their chosen guest speaker and social studies teacher, Sharon Comblo. In her speech, Underwood encouraged her peers to continue growing as they have through their high school years.

“We have transformed ourselves throughout our journey in high school. We have grown and learned; we are more independent and mature now,” Underwood said. “We have changed so much over the past four years, and I have faith that we will change just as much over the next four years.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Kaishian offered his own praise and advice to the graduates before each member of the class walked across the stage to receive their diploma.

“Though you may leave behind your teachers, your parents and your friends, Walt Whitman reminds us, you are never actually alone,” said Dr. Kaishian. “He speaks of a journey with yourself and refers to his companion as his soul. Your companion knows how you truly feel and knows what is important to you. Listen to it. Trust it. And, as you set your course across and ocean of possibilities you might just find a little contentment.”
The ceremony ended with the traditional tossing of the graduation caps before the students took their first steps as BHS alumni.


Exceptional Athletes Earn All-State Honors

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Briarcliff High School is proud to announce that several athletes earned All-State status following the conclusion of the winter 2016-17 season.

Congratulations to:
Ryan Gallagher and Jack Zimmerman – indoor track.
KC Hamlin, Alana Lombardi and Maddie Plank – girls varsity basketball.
Jack Reish – varsity boys basketball.

Student-Made Sounds and Sights at Todd

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Students proudly showed off their artwork and prepared to impress their families with their musical stylings at Todd Elementary School’s annual Art and Music Festival.

The hallways of the school were adorned with artwork, ranging from linoleum block printing pop art prints by fifth-graders to acrylic paintings and pastel drawings, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, that kindergarten artists meticulously created.

The evening culminated in a concert featuring the school’s talented young musicians.

 

Track and Field Standouts Win at States

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Seniors Ryan Gallagher and Jack Zimmerman capped off their high school careers with New York State Track and Field State Championship victories.

Gallagher competed in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs at the championship, held at Union Endicott High School on June 9 and 10, winning the title in the small school division in the 3200-meter run.

Zimmerman represented Briarcliff High School in the shot put and discus competition. He won the small school shot put competition and placed second overall with a personal best throw during the first day of competition, and went on to win the State Federation Championship for all school sizes and types (both public and private) in the shot put, with a personal best throw of 61-02.75. He additionally placed second overall in the Federation discus, with a personal best of 165-03.

Congratulations also to Sophia Gelard, who represented the BHS Bears in the 400-meter dash state competition.

All three athletes will pursue their sports in NCAA colleges and universities in the fall. Gallagher will join the men’s cross-country and track and field teams at Providence College; Gelard will join the women’s cross-country and track and field teams at Binghamton University and Jack Zimmerman will join men’s track and field at Pennsylvania State University.
 

Aiding the Red Cross in Fighting Disease

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Members of Briarcliff High School’s American Red Cross Club took advantage of their technology and social media knowledge to fundraise for a good cause.

“With a website called CrowdRise, these students were able to quickly and efficiently raise money to help the Red Cross mission of vaccinating villages in Africa against measles and rubella,” said club advisor Karen McCarthy. 

This year’s efforts build upon fundraising the club started last year using similar tactics including a schoolwide “Wear Red Day” to raise awareness within the Briarcliff community about the initiative.

“Because our efforts last year were so successful due to the generosity of the community, we used the same fundraising platform to publicize our mission and we set our goals even higher,” said club president and senior Jackie Contento. “We are so excited to be able to vaccinate even more villages each year.”

So far this year, the ARC Club has raised more than $2,000, which equates to vaccinations for upwards of four villages. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/vaccinate-a-village-of-measlesrubella.
 

Reid Places First at Tech Expo

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Briarcliff High School student Matt Reid did some heavy lifting at the Lower Hudson Valley Computer Science Teachers Association’s second annual STEAM Expo, winning first place for an app he created during his senior internship.

Under the mentorship of BHS computer science teacher JP Fasano, Reid created a weightlifting application that caught the attention of the judges. His first-place win in the category of usability reflected his hard work on the iOS app, which allows users to track their exercise regimen and training phases.

“[Reid] did an excellent job and is rightfully proud of his work,” said Fasano.

Bravo Booktalkers!

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A record 61 fourth- and fifth-grade students showcased 32 booktalks during the annual Video Booktalk Club’s premiere party at Todd Elementary School.

“Everyone enjoyed the screening and the treats afterward,” said teacher librarian Tara Phethean.

Working with Phethean and Briarcliff Manor Public Library teen librarian Amy Kaplan, club members are challenged each year to brainstorm, write scripts, rehearse and then record book trailers about books they love.

During the premiere party, students enjoy a red-carpet treatment leading up to the screening and tasty book-themed treats afterward.

Each club member received a personalized certificate of appreciation, a photo and a DVD.

“The video booktalks were incredible,” said parent Adrienne Shulman. “[It is] such a great project and experience for the kids.”

 

Research Symposium Showcases Student Work

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Briarcliff High School students enrolled in the three-year science research program had an opportunity to share their work at the annual Research Symposium.

The hallways of the school were lined with posters, allowing guests to view students’ research and discuss their progress before gathering in the auditorium.

There, students, parents and guests were welcomed by Principal Debora French, who then introduced keynote speaker Dr. Kaya Weiss, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Jacobs Lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Weiss’ work focuses on the methods bacteria and viruses use to circumvent detective and elimination by the immune system.

Afterward, attendees heard presentations from four seniors – Jackie Contento, Kaveri Gowda, Joey Raphael and Lin Xie. The evening also included remarks from the science research faculty and the announcement of awards for the senior program members, who received recognition in regional, state and international competitions.

Most recently, Gowda earned a gold medal and Xie a bronze medal at the International Sustainable World Engineering, Energy Environment Project fair.

Tri-State Takes a Look at Social Studies

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The Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District played host to educators from around the region as part of a three-day in-depth look at the social studies curriculum from May 31 to June 2.

“The Tri-State Consortium is a group of people made up of educators from across the tri-state area,” said Edgar McIntosh, director of instruction and human resources. “They sent a group of people curated from those schools who are experts in a particular area.”

Briarcliff welcomed educators specializing in social studies to observe and meet with administrators, teachers and students from all levels over the course of the visit.

“They are also taking a look at some of the interdisciplinary work that we are doing across all of the disciplines that have to do with social studies, but also have to do with historical inquiry,” said McIntosh. “They are [also] focusing on historical thinking skills and how kids are able to make connections across content and use a lot of these critical thinking skills that are necessary for school and beyond.”

Following the visit, the consortium members will provide a report to the district, which will be reviewed by the social studies steering committee to put in place next steps.

“We also get a chance to celebrate a lot of the great work that we know we are doing in this district,” McIntosh noted. “We look forward to sharing that information with everybody and we are very thankful for the Tri-State Consortium and for this process.”

Sharing Tips for Dealing with Stress

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Briarcliff Middle School students Mathena Chan and Eve Tanios want their classmates to deal with stress in a healthy way.

The duo created a video discussing how stress and anxiety can affect the body, which was selected by teacher Allison Murphy as the winning assignment in a task about mindfulness.

“The health classes were asked to create a video with a ‘wow’ factor, one that teaches what anxiety and depression are and how it can be harmful to the brain and body if it goes on too long,” said Murphy.

Students were additionally challenged to illustrate how to deal with anxiety and depression, including their own music and illustrations.

The winning video may be viewed below.

Honoring HS Alumni

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Briarcliff High School Principal Debora French presented the Distinguished Alumni award to two outstanding recipients at the school’s annual award ceremony on May 22.

French recognized Eric Lebenson (class of 1988) and Tom Leihbacher (class of 1978), two alumni who are dedicated to giving back to the village and school community.

“Over the years, Briarcliff High School graduates have demonstrated exemplary achievements in every walk of life,” said French.

Lebenson, a standout for the school’s cross country and tennis teams, was awarded the Rotary Club’s scholarship for community service his senior year. He now has been a member of the club for more than 15 years, including two terms as president. He additionally serves as chairperson of the Pocantico Hills Foundation, has worked as a real estate professional and was recognized in Washington D.C. for his work with St. Christopher’s, a school for at-risk youth, for which he is the chief development officer.

For Lebenson, two BHS rooms in particular hold special memories. He met his wife of 20 years, Dawn, in the chorus room. And, he recalled, “30 years ago last Monday, I asked her out in the library.”

Lebenson, who has children ages 15 and 10, encouraged this year’s crop of BHS graduates to make time for giving back as they move on.

“My road started 20 years ago when I won the Briarcliff Rotary community service award, and since then, I’ve made charity work and community service part of my life,” he said. “I hope all the amazing young men and women in this room continue giving after they leave. You are going to have amazingly busy lives – colleges, jobs, perhaps families. I can honestly say giving back to [the] community is truly the most rewarding, fulfilling part of my life.”

Leihbacher was born and raised in Briarcliff Manor, attending Todd Elementary School through BHS.

“His dedication to service is unbridled,” said French, who noted Leihbacher also serves as a leader in the field of advertising and digital sales.

Leihbacher founded the Briarcliff Congregational Church’s youth group, volunteers at the Ossining Food Pantry and serves on the board of directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Sometimes the words ‘thank you’ just aren’t adequate to express the gratitude you have,” he said. “I consider this a very lovely honor I will hold [it] dear as long as I live.”

Leihbacher said that looking at the wall of distinguished alumni plaques that hang in the school’s entrance reminds him of the lifelong friendships he forged as a student.

“You can take the kid out of BHS, but you can’t take BHS out of the kid,” he said, pointing out his high school friends in attendance. “Bonds of friendships made here at BHS are made to last.”

Leihbacher has a son who graduated BHS in 2006 and thanked his wife Rachel, who he said “has done more for the Briarcliff community than anybody I know.”

“Lastly, for those of you who are preparing to graduate,” he said, “Congratulations and welcome to the club. Dream crazy, pray hard and Godspeed as you write your next chapter.”

PTA Dishes Out a Sweet Treat

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Briarcliff High School’s PTA made Friday, May 26 extra sweet for students and staff.

PTA volunteers, along with Student Government members, dished out ice cream sundaes in the cafeteria for all to enjoy leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

HS Filmmakers Bring the Laughs

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Briarcliff High School filmmakers brought the laughs and impressed the judges at the 2017 Westchester County Future Filmmakers Festival, held at the Picture House in Pelham.

“It is my pleasure to announce that the Briarcliff High School filmmakers won ‘Best Comedy,’” said teacher Jamie Mandel. “The Best Comedy was awarded for ‘Your Call is Important to Us,’ written by Henry Ross, starring Jack McGranaghan, Henry Ross and Rebecca Leon and edited by Olivia Banc; it is the story of what the phone company is really doing while the customer is on hold.”

Two additional films, and one public service announcement, created by the school’s Introduction to Film students, were also juried and showcased at the festival:

•    “Apple Bytes Back” by the BHS Future Filmmakers, starring Olivia Banc, Jack McGranaghan, Mikayla Kibel, Brandon Danuff, Rebecca Leon, Rebecca Strauss and Tucker Poux and edited by Rebecca Leon.
•    “Scoop Dreams” by Henry Ross.
•    “Don't Text and Walk,” a public service announcement by Samantha Robins, Juliet Tierney and Steven Agriantonis.

“It was a stellar day for the Briarcliff High School filmmakers,” said Mandel.

If you would like to view the films, as well as our other films from the BHS Art Salon 2017, please go to: http://www.briarcliffschools.org/district/vahs_art_salon

Recognizing NCAA-Bound Athletes

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Eleven members of Briarcliff High School’s Class of 2017 were celebrated at the school’s seventh annual NCAA Press Conference on May 18.

School counselor Dr. Nathan Heltzel welcomed the athletes, their coaches and their families to the event before introducing each athlete individually and spoke about his or her achievements and collegiate plans.

“We are very proud of these young men and women,” said Dr. Heltzel. “They really exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards that we could expect of them at Briarcliff High School.”

The athletes recognized at the ceremony include:
•    Jake Brown – men’s baseball at Kenyon College
•    Kylie Elwood – women’s rowing at Fordham University
•    Hanna Feuer – women’s cross country and track & field at Kenyon College
•    Ryan Gallagher – men’s cross country and track & field at Providence College
•    Sophie Gelard – women’s cross country and track & field at Binghamton University
•    Jake Hardy – men’s baseball at Skidmore College
•    Loren Haukova – women’s tennis at Boston College
•    Lucas Hoffner – men’s lacrosse at Clark University
•    Keaton McCann – men’s lacrosse at Union College
•    Jordan Ricciardi – women’s lacrosse at the University of Richmond
•    Jack Zimmerman – men’s track and field at Pennsylvania State University

Tennis standout Loren Haukova thanked her high school coach, Don Hamlin, for a memorable four years.

“Mr. Hamlin brightened everyone’s mood, where it was in school or on the court,” she said.

Zimmerman, who will leave BHS with school records in shot put, discus, weight throw and hammer throw, as well as a state title in shot put, is looking forward to joining the renowned Division I program at Penn State.

“I’m excited for the future,” he said. “Penn State is a good fit for me. I wanted to go to a school where I could get a good education and be at the highest level of track.”

Ricciardi is still making an impact with the Briarcliff Bears lacrosse team before graduation. Athletic Director Christos Drosopoulos noted that she scored her 100th career goal on May 17.

“They are accustomed to recognizing opportunity when it is before them and seizing it,” Dr. Heltzel said of the athletes. “They have that will to win that life is going to demand of you when you walk out of Briarcliff High School and we know you are ready and capable.”




Middle School Play - The Sound of Music

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens!

In just two weeks, Briarcliff Middle School will present Getting to Know… The Sound of Music. The shortened version, tailored for a middle school age group, of the soaring Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is filled with classic songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Edelweiss.” The show is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the importance of freedom of expression. It will be one of YOUR favorite things!

Tickets are available NOW through June 2 at 12:00 pm at www.showtix4u.com. Performances will be Friday and Saturday June 2 and 3 at 7:00 pm and Sunday June 4 at 2:30 pm. All tickets are $10.

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Senior Recognized for Excellence in Chemistry

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Senior Lauren Burnette has been honored by the Westchester Chemical Society for Outstanding Scholastic Performance in High School Chemistry. She received the award at the Society's annual awards symposium on May 2.

Burnette excelled in both honors and AP chemistry, and also served as co-president of the high school Chemistry Club. She will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall with chemistry as a possible major.

Burnette is pictured with chemistry teacher Dr. Robert Saar.

Award Ceremony Live Streaming Video

Click here to view the video

Briarcliff MS is Alive with The Sound of Music

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Students from Briarcliff Middle School are preparing for a lively performance of “Getting to Know…The Sound of Music.” The famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is available in a shortened, hour-long version tailored for a middle school age group. However, one aspect of the story could not be changed without losing the essence of the drama – the shadow of the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1938 – and that fact resulted in critical conversations with the student cast that have resonated beyond the rehearsal room.

“Although ‘The Sound of Music’ is one of the most beloved, family-oriented musicals in history, many students wanted to know how we would represent the occupation in the play,” said director Ian Driver. “ We had to discuss ways to present the antagonists in the play in a manner that is appropriate in a middle school environment.”

The students asked to have a conversation with Principal Susan Howard, who asked them to share their thoughts on appropriate representation of all the characters in the play.

“It was an incredibly impressive and rewarding afternoon,” said Driver, “and very revealing of the empathy and maturity of the middle school students involved in the production.”

Alongside the famous songs, like ‘So Long, Farewell,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” the audience will be able to read student responses to the history in the story and hear explanations on staging that will, as a result of group decision-making, refrain from any use of historic imagery that might cause offense.

Seventh grader Giovanni Culotta, who will play the role of Rolf Gruber, said, “We are surely aware of the fact that we are portraying Nazi characters and do not want to offend anyone with our performance. But aside from that, I hope everyone can enjoy all of the other fun aspects of ‘The Sound of Music.’”

“The show is really about the freedom that comes through free expression and specifically music,” said Driver, and accompanying the serious discussion is a tremendous amount of enjoyment and fun.

After all, the school corridors are reverberating with the Sound of Music.

“Getting to Know…The Sound of Music” has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, with a book written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, and is suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp. At Briarcliff Middle School, the production is directed and produced by Ian Driver, with musical direction by Regina Leon, technical direction by Jim Britt, choreography by Davyd H. Suber, Jr. and costume design by Karen Altabef.  The parent producer is Betty Ng-Beckler.

The performances will take place in the Middle School Little Theatre at Briarcliff Middle School on June 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and June 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now through Friday, June 2 at noon. All tickets are $10 online at www.showtix4u.com. For questions about tickets, contact bng88@aol.com.


Softball Team Raises Awareness about Pediatric Cancer

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Briarcliff High School’s softball team has dedicated two games during the spring season to raising awareness about pediatric cancer.

The team partnered with non-profit Go4theGoal, an organization dedicated to helping kids with cancer achieve their goals.

During games versus neighboring schools Westlake and Pleasantville, both teams donned gold shoelaces in honor of the cause. Proceeds from the shoelace costs were donated to Go4theGoal.

Guest Conductor Emphasizes Interpretation of Music

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The Briarcliff High School band was treated to two concert workshops with guest conductor and clinician, Curt Ebersole, in April.

“Ebersole led the ensemble in a workshop designed to build awareness of the intricacies of band performance and share his interpretative ideas for two pieces the band is preparing to perform at their spring concert,” said BHS band director Marc Tartell.

The rehearsal began with the piece “In Flight” by Sam Hazo. Ebersole coached the ensemble by helping students become aware of similar parts played by different instruments and which layers of sound were most important in the musical score. He also urged them to listen to great artists play their instruments to better understand the characteristic sound they need to strive for in their own playing. 

The second piece the band explored was Anthony O’Toole’s “Longing,” inspired by the writing of British poet Matthew Arnold. After discussing the main idea of the poem and how music reflects the human condition, Ebersole conducted key passages.

During the rehearsal, he paused and asked students, “Why do you think I interpreted the music this way?” At one point, Ebersole asked if they thought it would be a good idea if the closing sounds of the music, wind chimes, started earlier than originally written in the score.

When the band members expressed their agreement that it was a good idea, Ebersole took out his cell phone and asked, “Why don’t we call Mr. O’Toole, the composer, and find out what he thinks?”  

Much to everyone’s surprise, O’Toole, who lives in California, answered the call and Ebersole shared the conversation on speakerphone with the band.
 
“It was a great moment of surprise that reinforced the idea that performing music is an interpretative art that is much more involved than just reading musical symbols on a page of music,” said Tartell.

Budget Vote and Board Election Results

The results of the Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District’s annual budget vote and Board of Education election are as follows:

2017-18 Budget Vote
Yes: 256
No: 63

The budget passes.

Board of Education Trustee Election
Jennifer Rosen: 268

Mrs. Rosen is re-elected for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2017.

Renowned Quartet Works with HS Musicians

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Briarcliff High School’s orchestra members were treated to a special workshop with the Argus Quartet on March 28.

The quartet, which is currently in residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, the Hear Now Music Festival and the Birdfoot Festival.

The quartet performed for BHS students during the visit and provided a master class for the orchestra, thanks to a grant provided by the Briarcliff Friends of the Arts.

Showcasing Student Art

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Artwork in a variety of mediums and from a range of students was proudly showcased during the high school’s annual Art Salon, held at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club on April 20.

The evening featured high school string student-musicians, who performed while guests viewed the art. Those in attendance were also treated to remarks from guest artist Christopher Manning, as well as the recognition of National Art Society seniors and new members.

Attendees also enjoyed a screening of student-made films during the evening festivities, which may be viewed here.

Gowda, Xie Earn Medals at I-SWEEEP

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Briarcliff High School students Kaveri Gowda and Lin Xie represented the district at the International Sustainability World Energy, Engineering and Environment Science fair in Houston, Texas, from May 3-8.

The two presented alongside more than 4,000 students from 70-plus nations during the annual I-SWEEEP competition. Gowda earned a gold medal for her work in the field of environmental science, while Xie took home a bronze medal in the environmental science sub-category of Medicine and Health.

Congratulations!

Todd Brings ‘The Jungle Book’ to the Stage

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The Pushkin Players of Todd Elementary School are gearing up for their annual spring production.

This year, the talented group of fifth-grade actors will present Disney’s “The Jungle Book KIDS” on May 12 at 7 p.m. and May 13 at 2 p.m. at Todd.

Cooking up the Perfect Story

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Todd Elementary School’s second- and third-graders are at the perfect age to start their writing careers, according to children’s fiction author Kate Klise, who visited the school recently.

She herself started her writing “career” at a young age, first creating a book for her sister. Despite the fact that it wasn’t a well-received present, she did not give up.

Instead, Klise said she persisted by writing and rewriting, while another one of her sisters, who still illustrates her books, also makes many drafts of her pictures.

“You have to do things a lot of times,” Klise shared. “Take your age and divide it by two. That’s my rule – the older you are, the more drafts you have to do.”

Klise told students that the three ingredients she mixes up for a perfect book are: “one character, one problem and one adventure.”

She invited students to help create stories using these ingredients, which led to stories featuring brazen robbers, silly haircuts and life lessons learned.

Klise read her book “Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth,” to conclude her visit with the students.

Todd’s author visits are made possible through the support of the PTA.




Thursday, June 29, 2017