Message from the Principal
Dear Mahopac Middle School Families,
It is hard to believe that we have already reached the midway point of the School Year! Our Students have been working hard on their academics and getting involved in many activities during the long winter months.
Over the next several months we will continue to get your children ready for the next grade and help our 8th graders transition to the HS. Some of the things we look forward to are the annual STEAM Fair which will take place at the MS on Saturday February 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to see the work of our young scientists. There will also be the chance for everyone to participate in hands on activities. March will bring our Charity Pop Culture game show on March 2nd. On March 12th we will be having our Curriculum night for all Parents of incoming 6th grade students. In April we look forward to Seeing our talented actors and Singers in Oklahoma on stage April 5-6.
Second quarter report cards will be posted February 8th. If you find your child could use a little more help in any of their subjects or you would like to find out more about their progress, please reach out to their guidance counselor for a team or individual meeting. Your child can also use any of the resources below.
- Homework Help Monday -Thursday 2:40 – 3:20 pm in the library
- Learning Center Monday – Thursday 2:40 -3:20 pm in room 238
- Extra help day with your child’s teacher can be found by click on the link below:
We look forward to having a great second half of the school year. Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you have. Thank for trusting us with your children.
News & Headlines
The Consequences for Vaping in Mahopac Schools
The following is a letter to the Mahopac community from Superintendent of Schools Anthony DiCarlo, 02/08/2019:
Dear Mahopac Community,
I would like to take a moment to talk about a prevalent drug trend affecting our nation’s schools, as well as the response our District implements to keep our schools safe and drug-free.
E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle and high school students. In response to the growing use of e-cigarette vaping devices among high school students, Mahopac Central School District has policies in place to prevent the use of such devices on school grounds. E-cigarette use increased seventy-eight percent among high school students in 2018. In an effort to protect the student body and curb this epidemic in Mahopac schools, the District includes the following provision in the Code of Conduct:
“Smoking, using, possessing, or selling a cigarette, cigar, pipe, chewing tobacco, lighters, matches, e-cigarettes, vaporizers or other devices used to inhale a non-prescribed substance.”
Any student found with any of these devices will be in violation of these provisions and may be subjected to discipline, referred to the Superintendent, and assigned sessions with the Student Assistance Counselor.
Students found in possession of devices with liquids or oils that contain THC or CBD concentrates or other controlled substances will subject themselves to an out-of-school suspension, and referred to a superintendent’s hearing. The District is committed to curbing the use or possession of illegal substances in the schools. If found guilty at a hearing of possession of a vaping device containing THC or CBD substances, the violating student may be subjected to an extended period of out-of-school suspension.
These measures reflect the gravity we ascribe to the objective of stopping the trend of use or possession of these devices among school-aged children.
Superintendent of SchoolsMMS News & Headlines
Principal Cozzocrea Gets Cooking
The halls of Mahopac Middle School smelled like a pizzeria when Principal Tom Cozzocrea made his own Stromboli recipe with the help of the Skills 1 class. Here’s the recipe:
1 package of pizza dough
1 tablespoon of flour
¼ lb Genoa salami
¼ lb ham
⅛ lb pepperoni
1 tablespoon of butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Flour the cookie sheet and set aside.
- Using a rolling pin or your hands, roll your dough to a rough rectangle.
- Spread ¼ lb of salami in two lines.
- Spread ¼ lb of mozzarella on top of salami.
- Spread ¼ lb of ham on top of salami and mozzarella.
- Lengthwise, fold 1/3 of the the pizza dough over itself covering the portion with the salami and mozzarella. Then add more of the ham and mozzarella on top and fold again so it looks like a log. Fold the open ends under and press hard to seal. Repeat with the other pizza dough half.
- Brush dough with melted butter.
- Place in oven for 35 minutes.
Buon Appetito!MMS News & Headlines
Students go to “war” to help JennaJackPack
It’s amazing what happens with a little competition. As was the case for Mahopac Middle School students who raised $3,382 in a “Penny War” during January 7-18. The money collected was given to JennaJackPack, an organization that provides comfort to children who have recently lost a sibling or parent with a backpack of treats to help brighten spirits.
JennaJackPack came to be from the tragic loss of Jenna Nolan, a Mahopac Middle school student who passed in 2014. During the difficult time of her passing, a student gave Jenna’s younger brother a backpack filled with treats to help boost his spirits. This one kind act made such a positive impact that the Nolan family created an organization to help other children who have lost a sibling or parent by giving them a backpack of treats.
Organized by team 7A and the middle school’s Wingmen, a group of students committed to serve their student body with acts of inclusion, empathy and connectedness, the Penny War consisted of each class team filling a large water jug with money.
However, the initiative was more than dropping pennies into a jug. Collaborative strategic thinking was required as winning was determined by points. Each penny counts as one positive point for a class team classroom. Each silver coin counts as negative points for another class team. For example, dropping a quarter in another class team’s bucket takes 25 points from their total.
Mahopac Middle School teachers and Wingmen leaders, Jenifer Maloney and Christine McNeill, said the penny war really brought the students together in a spirited and positive way. “It was great to see the students working together and in such a generous way. One student gave $100 of her own money. We were truly taken back with the student’s generosity and participation,” said Maloney.
In the end, the winning team was decided by a difference of $1.80. The Wingmen personally provided Cathy Nolan with the raised funds.
“Seeing the students come together to help JennaJackPack is a testament of the ‘Mahopac Way.’ The Wingmen, along with Mrs. Maloney and Mrs. McNeill and team 7A, did a tremendous job,” said Tom Cozzocrea, Mahopac Middle School principal.
For more information about JennaJackPack or to donate, please visit jennajackpack.org.
About the Mahopac Middle School Wingmen
Mahopac Middle School’s Wingmen program was created by the father of a Sandy Hook shooting victim that helps students to hone their leadership skills and foster inclusion and connectedness with all students. Ian Hockley, who lost his 6-year-old son Dylan, created Dylan's Wings of Change in his memory. The foundation is committed to helping children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential. Out of that, they also developed the Wingman Program which the Mahopac Middle School instituted with students in 2016.
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Carnival of Health
From spin-the-wheel trivia to High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) challenges, the Mahopac Middle School cafeterias and hallways were buzzing with games, contests and activities relating health topics that impact middle school students.
The annual “Carnival of Health” included school and community organizations offering fun fair-themed ways to present serious health subjects such as vaping, depression, sugar intake and managing stress.
Organized by Valarie Nierman, Mahopac High School health teacher and coordinator for health education for K-12 and the Mahopac Health Education team, the theme of this year’s fair is “Be a Pineapple” in memory Anne Tuite. When Mrs. Tuite was diagnosed with cancer in the winter of 2017, she created t-shirts with a pineapple and the quote: “Be a Pineapple: Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside.”
“Anne brought the concept of the health fair to our schools when she made the jump from corporate wellness to health education here in Mahopac 19 years ago. In her honor and loving memory, we made a point to have pineapple-themed decorations, table signs, and give-a-ways to reflect Anne’s positive spirit and her ability to connect our students to our community’s health partners,” said Nierman.
“Carnival of Health” participants include:
- AON PT and Wellness
- Biofeedback Resources International
- Cove Care Center
- Drug Crisis in our Backyard
- MHS STAGE Club: Student Teacher Association for Gender Equality
- MHS Student Assistance Counselor
- MMS Health Education Department
- MMS Physical Education Department
- POW'R Against Tobacco
- Putnam County Department of Health
- Putnam County Youth Bureau
- Putnam Hospital Center
- Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center
“Our hope for the Carnival of Health was to create a fun and open environment for our students to ask questions and learn more about important health issues that impact their age group. We also want them to know all the amazing support organizations in our school and community,” says Tom Cozzocrea, Mahopac Middle School Principal.MMS News & Headlines
Curriculum Night Presentation
Principal Tom Cozzocrea welcomed families to the Mahopac Middle School Curriculum Night on January 15th. Please see the attached for the presentation.MMS News & Headlines
Student Government Representatives Visit Blythedale Patients with Gifts
As the custom for over two decades, Mahopac Middle School Student Government student representatives; along with their adviser and teacher, Richard Kozera, and middle school administrative assistant, Annette Simmonds, delivered over 100 toys to infant and toddler patients at Blythedale Children's Hospital is a specialty children's hospital in Valhalla, NY.
The students continued to spread holiday cheer by playing with several the infants and toddlers, who have complex medical and rehabilitative needs. This is a shining example of the Mahopac Central School District’s “Mahopac Way.”MMS News & Headlines