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    DAY ROTATION

    Monday - December 11- A Day

    Tuesday - December 12 - B Day

    Wednesday - December 13 - C Day

    Thursday - December 14 - D Day

    Friday - December 15 - A Day 

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  • STAGE CREW MEETING

    There will be a meeting for all interested in being involved in the stage crew for the Mahopac Middle School Play "Suessical".  The meeting will be on December 12th at 2:00 p.m. in cafeteria 1.

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  • TOWN OF CARMEL PARKS AND RECREATION WINTER OFFERINGS

    Attached please find flyers regarding Ski and Snowboarding and drawing class offered by the Town of Carmel Parks and Recreation.

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  • Art Contest

    Attached please find a flyer with information regarding  an art competition for Middle School Students, sponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union .  The theme is "Fight Hate, Protect Democracy, Stand for Justice".  Please open the attached flyer for more information on this contest.

     

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  • YEARBOOK ORDERING INFORMATION

    The first offer deadline is ending on October 20th.  Please see the  attached please  flyers regarding the ordering of the Mahopac Middle School Yearbooks.

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  • Sports Physicals for Winter Athletes

    Any 8th grade athlete interested in playing a HS winter sport, please check with the nurse that your physical is up to date for the required APP testing paper work. Also, the school doctor will be at the MS on 10/24 & 10/26 for sports physicals. The APP testing dates are: 10/30, 10/31 & 11/2.

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  • Poster Contest

    Attached please find flyer with information about the poster contest, the guidelines and submission deadline

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  • Washington D.C. 8th Grade Trip - Community Service and Contract

    Please see attachments regarding the forms needed for the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip.  Each child planning on attending the trip must complete five hours of Community Service.  If your child is going to be completing his/her community service at an organization listed on the Community Service Opportunities page, they need not get pre-approval.  The 8th grade students will be required to have the form completed and signed by the supervising agent for the organization.  After this has been done, the form should be handed in to the Guidance Office so the hours can be recorded.  If you have any questions, please call 845-621-1330 ext. 12600

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  • PUTNAM COUNTY YOUTH BUREAU PEGASUS PROGRAM

    Putnam County Youth Bureau is hosting their Pegasus program beginning on October 12.  This is a free confidential program for children ages 6-12 who have a parent or family member suffering from alcoholism or other drug dependencies.  See attached flyer for more information.

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  • STUDENT SCHEDULES

    Student Schedules have been released to Parent Portal.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Guidance Office at 845-621-1330 ext. 12600

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  • Vaping and E-Cig information

    In conjunction with National Kick Butts Day, March 15th, Mr. Augusta, the high school principal, and I are taking the opportunity to raise awareness regarding the health effects of tobacco and nicotine product usage, and the growing vaping market among our community’s youth. Recent research indicates that the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including personal refillable vaporizers, e-cigarettes, and vape pens has dramatically increased nationally among middle school and high school students.

    The long term health effects of using ENDS are relatively unknown.  The health effects of ENDS may not be limited to users and ENDS aerosol is not “water vapor.” It contains nicotine and can contain additional toxins, and thus, is not safe.  As with conventional tobacco products, nicotine itself is not without risk. Nicotine is addictive and nicotine exposure during certain periods of development can impair the development of brain circuits and neurons, changing the way the brain works. Also an increasingly popular method of ENDS use is to self-mix the e-liquid—both the nicotine content and the flavorings (e.g., fruit, mint, or chocolate)—prior to use which makes its safety more questionable. (Center for Disease Control, April 2015).  

    As always, student safety is our priority and we have attached several informational documents for parents with regard to ENDS. Please remember that school policy states that possession of tobacco products and/or products containing nicotine are prohibited on school grounds.  This includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, vapors, and vaping liquids.

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News & Headlines

  • Falcons Fly as Learning Soars at Mahopac Middle School

    Falcons hunt high up in the open sky, but Mahopac Middle School sixth graders didn’t have to take anyone’s word for that. They saw it for themselves when Brian Bradley released a falcon on the field outside the school and watched as it soared up high beyond view in search of food.

    “Unlike owls, who fly low, silently and hunt in the dark, falcons need a wide open space and fly high above other birds, which are their prey,” Bradley, of Skyhunters in Flight in Ulster Park, NY, told students.

    Earlier Bradley explained the differences between hawks, which have excellent vision, and owls, which rely on their hearing more than their vision for hunting. Bradley brought a barn owl, spectacled owl, red-tailed hawk and a Harris’s hawk, among other birds, to show the sixth graders.

    But it was the falcon, with its fierce velocity, that got to demonstrate the breadth of its flight outdoors. “Falcons continuously flap their wings in order to fly and don’t ever coast the way other birds do,” Bradley said. “This field may seem huge, but to a falcon, with its incredible speed, it is tiny.”

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  • Mahopac Middle School Spreads ‘Wings’ of Inclusion

    To promote inclusion, kindness, empathy and teamwork, Mahopac Middle School kicked off its Wingman program for the second year this week, with guest speaker and program creator Ian Hockley. Hockley, who lost his son, Dylan, in the Sandy Hook shootings, created the program in his son’s memory to train teachers and student leaders on ways to provide a more inclusive school environment. He brought with him co-speaker Eddie Slowikowski, who motivated students through stories and activities.

    Hockley spoke of six-year-old Dylan, who was autistic and who benefited greatly when friends were empathetic to his differences. “Dylan was shy,” he said, “and couldn’t get involved in things easily at school. But when people took the time to explain things to him, he would get it, and he would get involved. Those types of people who step in and help—they are wingmen.”

    Currently the program is in the tristate area with plans to expand throughout the country. While Hockley trains teachers in the program, he says it is the students who really are the leaders.

    “The program really belongs to the them,” said Hockley. “The student leaders are the ones that set the direction for the program and decide on activities and topics.”

    Five MMS teachers trained in the Wingman philosophy. Christine McNeill, Melissa Nyikos, Jenifer Maloney, Ginny Gertling and Carol Polimino are working with a number of student leaders to get the program firmly established in the school.

    Slowikowski’s presentation, which motivated students with dance moves, sound effects and music, had a profound message: “Each one of you has something that makes you uniquely who you are,” he said. “And you have the opportunity each day to use those talents to do something good for someone else.”

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  • Mahopac Welcomes Middle School Principal Tom Cozzocrea

    Though Tom Cozzocrea has spent the past 12 years as a teacher and administrator in New York City public schools, being named the new principal of Mahopac Middle School is a homecoming of sorts.

    “I grew up in Carmel,” said Cozzocrea, “and though I received great training in the city, I am really excited to be in Mahopac, where I already feel at home in the school community. Everyone has been so welcoming.”

    Cozzocrea has worked as an elementary school teacher at PS 97 in the Bronx; as a principal mentee at PS 25 bilingual school; and as principal of PS/MS 5, a pre-K- grade 8 school also in the Bronx.

    “I thought I would be a career New York City educator, but the opportunity to come to a tight-knit community like Mahopac, where technology, music and sports are all in the forefront, was too good to pass up,” Cozzocrea said.

    He said he is impressed with the level of teacher involvement with students as well as the collaboration among teachers.

    Cozzocrea, who lives in Pawling with his wife and two children, said he plans to continue and expand that level of teamwork. “When all of us work together, it really helps make the best experience for students. I am really looking forward to working with the community, our students and our staff.”

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