Adult Education: Driving Pre-Licensing
Five-Hour Driving Pre-Licensing will be offered Dec 11, Room 215, at the Mahopac High School. Please contact Betsy Tobias to register email@example.com or 845-628-3256
Dear Mahopac Middle School Families,
Welcome back to 2018-2019 school year. The students had a great start to the year and have been a pleasure to work with. We had a busy summer with many exciting changes to enhance the safety and learning experience of our students.
If you have been in the Middle School since September, you may have noticed that we have changed our entrance by adding new doors, a waiting area and a reception window. This will enable increased security in the building and provide a place that items can be dropped off rather than having to enter the building. We have also looked for ways to increase our communication with students and families. We have installed TV's in the lobby and Cafe 2 where messages and upcoming dates can be posted for everyone to review. There is also a new digital sign that will greet you at the road. This sign will also display upcoming events and messages. Beginning in October students will be able to access all morning messages through the Student Information Center in their Google Classroom.
We continue to find ways to empower our students to advocate for themselves and take ownership of their learning. We believe it is important for our students to have a good understanding of their strengths as well as areas of growth. The MS will be having a series of parent/student workshops this year that will focus on areas that the students, staff and community feel they would like to learn more about. Our first workshop will take place in November and will be about Social Media and how we can make sure that it is used for the best intentions.
The Middle School welcomes two new Assistant Principals this year. Ms. Allyson Fallman has been with the district for 18 years working at Fulmar Road in many different roles. Mr. Patrick Keevins previously worked at Lakeview Elementary and has most recently been an Assistant Principal in New Rochelle. We are excited and lucky to have them with us.
We look forward to a great 2018-2019 school year! Please reach to us out with any questions that you may have.
Along with schools across the country, the Mahopac Schools participated in a week-long celebration of making healthy choices and community connections with Red Ribbon Week. By helping students build a foundation of mindfulness to themselves and their community, the risk of substance abuse is lessened.
“Substance abuse prevention starts with the promotion of good mental health in kids and teens,” said Valarie Nierman, MCSD Health Coordinator. The District is committed to helping each individual student. Read more.
MMS Physical Education teacher, Paula McGee walked us through the October Fitness Unit - Wow! The Middle School students are moving and getting the endorphins going! This helps keeps the kids in a good physical and mind state for the rest of the day.
In Gym 1 is “boot camp" including abs stations, planks, squats, agility challenges and more. In Gyms 2 & 3 a “Mahopac Ninja Warrior” course further challenges students with hoops, ropes, and other fun obstacles. Gyms 4 and 5 are cardiovascular activities.
Pink Out Day is our opportunity for a change in the daily dress code to promote awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please remember that breast cancer awareness is more than getting to wear pink.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference!
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps that mothers, aunts, sisters and all our loved ones can take to detect breast cancer early.
The Mahopac Central School District is working diligently on developing a tax-neutral capital project that provides strong and safe schools. Strong relationships between schools and community fosters strong students and families that can contribute to long-term community success. Communities that have strong, positive relationships with schools have a solid workforce, higher job satisfaction, improved housing options and a flourishing economy.
The bond supports an educational facility plan that serves as a clear reflection of our community’s commitment to high-quality schools, including security and safety initiatives, infrastructure needs, such as:
“We are able to put forth a tax neutral capital project as a result of new debit replacing old debit being paid off. In other words, the capital project will not increase property taxes,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Harvey Sotland.
The capital project will be the result of extensive research and planning by the District’s Administration and Building Committee, which is led by Sotland and Superintendent of Schools Anthony DiCarlo. The committee is comprised of Board of Education members, staff and administration representatives, and community members who have expertise in finance, construction, education and security. The committee is also supported by the architectural firm Tetra Tech Architects & Engineers and a construction manager.
“Together we will create scalable and cost-effective designs to provide for the best learning spaces for our students and staff. The bond will help meet the needs of today’s students and the students of the future by reinvesting in our schools and community,” DiCarlo said.
Instead of their usual Friday morning classes, Mahopac Middle School (MMS) students began their day with a lesson on the scientific theory of the Butterfly Effect, the notion that a single flap of a butterfly’s wings can play a significant part in generating a tornado a great distance away.
However, the focus was not on the butterflies but the students learning that tiny acts of empathy and inclusion do in fact make a difference. This was the launch of the Wingman Program, part of Dylan’s Wings of Change, an organization founded by the parents of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting.
As explained to MMS students by his father, Ian Hockley, Dylan was a child with autism, who was often misunderstood or excluded. However, he was able to “navigate the world and enjoy life so much more when those around him would step up and be his wingman.” He emphasized that “on the good days, people didn’t focus on the differences and made connections, and Dylan’s demeanor changed to positive.”
The middle school has a group of students who have committed to take the lead in their school to counter rejection, exclusion and isolation with acts of compassion. These “wingmen” went through an application process that included a written rationale for why they want to be part of the program. Parents and caregivers provided their signatures on the applications as a commitment of support for their student-wingman.
MMS Reading teacher Christine McNeil said, “It was interesting to read why our participating ‘wingmen’ wanted to be part of the program. Several of the students wrote that they feel excluded or disliked by fellow students and wanted to be part of something that makes a positive change in our school culture.” Learning about the program from her daughter’s school in Connecticut, McNeil brought it to MMS three years ago and participation grows each year.
MMS Principal Tom Cozzocrea aims for the Wingman Program to help instill a positive change with how students make choices, particularly pertaining to social media and vaping.
Middle school students are “reaching a new level of independence,” he said. “It’s a perfect time to show them that they can impact the world with smart and healthy choices. The more positive change we introduce students starting right now, the more negative effects we avoid.”
Underscoring the value of the Wingman Program, popular motivational speaker Ed Gerety spoke to students about creating a positive school culture with acts of kindness and respect. This high-energy and interactive presentation instilled the “butterfly effect” with real-life testimonials, group participation like creating a “rainforest” with hand motions and one MMS student coming before his peers of about 400 to call his mother to say he loved her and appreciated all she does for him.
The values the Wingman Program imparts are meant to affect students’ lives beyond the classroom and encourage them to “live and lead your life with gratitude, respect, kindness and a belief in yourself and one another. To play big in the game of life, go for your dreams and seize the day,” Gerety said.
One wing flap at a time.
October 5, 2018
- Tennis (boys and girls)
- Gymnastics- Skiing
- Track & Field
Please contact the MCSD Athletic Department for any additional information. Go Pacs!