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A Message Regarding Charlottesville

The Superintendent of the Briarclilff Manor Union Free School District, Dr. James Kaishian, made the following statement at the Board of Education Meeting on August 15, 2017: 

“My heart goes out to the families of Ms. Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lieutenant Cullen, Trooper Battes, and to those personally impacted by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend.  As Superintendent of Schools, I repudiate in the strongest of terms: racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, the violence associated with such ideology, and the hate groups that perpetuate them.  I join my colleagues in school districts across the region and ensure that the Briarcliff Manor School District continues to provide a safe and supportive educational environment for all students, staff, and families regardless of the race, religious affiliation, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and for those facing physical or educational challenges.  Furthermore, I would like to express my firm belief that our diversity as Americans should be embraced and celebrated as it often serves as our greatest strength.”

Journal News Article - Briarcliff Teachers head to Summer School

Journal News While students are out, Briarcliff Teachers head to school this summer

by Colleen Wilson

Consultants from IDE Corp. lead a workshop for Briarcliff teachers July 19, 2017. 

Coach D Receives Rotary's Paul Harris Service Award


Briarcliff Athletics Director Christos Drosopoulos was honored with Rotary's Paul Harris Service Award for his nearly 20 years of dedication to the Briarcliff Community. Here he is accepting the award with Ossining Supervisor Dana Levenberg and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef


Congratulations Todd Elementary School Graduates


Todd 5th Graders are moving up to Middle School. We are so proud of you!

Senior Internships Offer Practical Experience

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Students gained experience as event planners, educators, law enforcement officials and more as part of the senior internship program.

Under the leadership of program coordinator Sharon Comblo, students created internships and found sponsors in specific fields during the second semester.

“The internship program provides students with an opportunity to pursue a special interest or expand on an academic/career goal or participate in a service trip,” said Comblo. “This year, we had a broad spectrum of internships. Several were involved in service trips with their Girl Scout troops, others were involved through organizations like Hands Up For Haiti. Some interned locally with Pleasantville Food Pantry, Ossining Children's Center and Open Door Family Medical Center.”

Grace Boyar, Jackie Contento, Rheka Crawford, Jillian Maguffin, Teresa Marinaccio, Sophia McGlew and Jenna Whalen took their internship to Savannah, Georgia, where they participated in a number of historical, science-based and multicultural activities. They visited the Massie Heritage Center, the Beach Institute and Old Fort Jackson, where they learned basic maneuvers of Civil War soldiers and participated in a cannon-loading drill.

In all, 178 students participated in the internships, which Comblo noted, “…are as diverse as student interests.”

“One student secured an internship at Opera Upper West and had an amazing experience. Not only was she a part of a small production, but she was able to network in a professional environment she is very much interested in,” Comblo shared. “Another student interned at Boston's Children's Health Physicians. He definitely wants to pursue a career in science/the medical field. The experience also underscored the human component of medicine, not just the technical. “

Yet another senior interned at Paws Crossed, where she learned about the importance of pet therapy and no-kill shelters. Through the experience, she secured a summer job.

“In every case, students gained practical experience that would not be possible in the classroom,” said Comblo. “For some, it's the first time they worked in a professional environment. It's a great transition from high school to post high school period.”

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017