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Family Holiday Celebration

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns’ Asociacion de Familias Hispanas de los Tarrytowns (AFHT) held their annual Family Holiday Celebration on December 15 at John Paulding School. More than 150 families gathered for a festive evening, enjoying a potluck dinner, holiday crafts, music and special dance performances. Many community volunteers were on hand, and Kids’ Club provided desserts and crafts, ... Read More »

Helping Children in Need

Irvington Middle School students, teachers, staff and administrators collected 561 toys that were donated to children in need through the Open Door Family Medical Center in Sleepy Hollow. The annual toy drive was organized by the Spanish Club and far surpassed last year’s record by 100 gifts. Read More »

Sports – High School Basketball Previews for Local Boys and Girls Teams

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the upcoming varsity basketball season. Girls HACKLEY Head coach: Margaret Scarcella, second season Last year’s record: 18-7 Top returning players: Forward Krissy Barrett (5’11”, jr.), Guard Kristen Bringsjord (5’6”, sr.), Guard Meaghan Cunningham (5’4”, sr.), Guard Ismene Germanakos (5’3”, soph.), Forward Ijeoma Nworkie (5’10”, jr.), Guard Jordan ... Read More »

Q&A: TUFSD Superintendent of Schools Christopher Borsari

The Board of Education hired Christopher Borsari last summer to be the district’s superintendent of schools at an annual salary of $250,000. Borsari recently answered some questions posed by The Hudson Independent. by Rick Pezzullo What was it about TUFSD that sparked your interest to work there? I had previously served as the principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. During ... Read More »

Washington Irving High School’s Last Class Reunites

by Krista Madsen A half-hour before the official start time of 7 p.m., the party was well under way at Demeter’s Tavern in Tarrytown. Of the 39 attendees expected for the first event in the Washington Irving High School 60th reunion weekend, about 25 were already here. The crowd of folks in their late 70s made the journey to this ... Read More »

French American School Offers Students a World of Knowledge

by Rick Pezzullo “The major ingredients to fostering well-rounded children is bilingual education with differentiated instruction.” —Nozomi Kurihara, Ardsley Campus Coordinator Nestled in a picturesque setting in the Village of Ardsley is a little-known French American school where students from preschool to fifth grade are gaining a world of knowledge. Founded in 1964 in Manhattan, where the main campus is ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High Wins Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship

Sleepy Hollow High School Baseball

On Saturday, August 6, the Sleepy Hollow Horsemen travel baseball team defeated Putnam Valley 10-1 to win the Westchester Putnam Baseball Association Championship. Left-Right: Coach Robert Bischof, Alex Bjorkland, Sean McCarthy, Ben Oshins, Jaden D’Agostinis, Ishmael Guzman, Jentile Beltre, Gavin Ryan, DJ Owen, Matt Bischof, Nathan Gargano, Filly Veras, Matt Marcella, Coach Sean McCarthy, Lou Kudla (not pictured). Read More »

SH High Students Perform a Wide Range of Community Service

by Julia Ann Friedman The idea of a public school community service requirement began in earnest in the 1990s and has been increasingly adopted by schools across the country. School administrators and students realize the value of community service as integral to the student learning process at the high school level and, even now, at the college level. Locally, Irvington ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Hackley High School

Class of 2016 – Hackley Jordan Ryan Payton Allison Alexis Alzalene Arnold Florence Douglas Arnold Youssef Anthony Asaad Nina Jessica Bethel Katherine O’Connell Bogart James Peter Breen Rebecca Frances Brisman Carina Eloise Burroughs Grace Catherine Carroll Kelly Anne Castro-Blanco Ella Rose Charkes Maximillian Kang Gene Chen Sarah Elizabeth Cherry Christopher Sanghyun Chon Eric Weiti Chow Gregory Jae Chung Kyu Sun Chung ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Irvington High School

IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2016 Sweta Narayan Valedictorian Swati Narayan Salutatorian Samuel Abramowitz Kayla Acevedo George Adams Brandon Asadi Ashley Baez Alexander Belchou Carly Bernstein Weston Bishop Amanda Blass Stephanie Bloomfi eld Marcus Boykin Sarah Boyle Elizabeth Brantl Zachary Brown Max Buchen Darius Burgh Nora Burkhardt Mark Caldropoli Madison Carelli Lindsay Chafi zadeh David Chu Daniel Chushko Raven Clivilles ... Read More »

Graduation 2016 – Sleepy Hollow High School

Class of 2016 Jacques Abou-Rjeili Kriselys Adames Cristian Alberto Raymond Alcantara Lisandro Alejandro Whitneyfer Alejo Edelisa Alvarez Sabrina Andre David Araujo Alexander Arias Gisselle Armijos Vito Arpi Brian Arpi-Aguilar Christian Arteaga Mario Ascencio Diana Azana Jarama Jailene Barbosa Javier Bautista Genesis Bencosme Katherine Bender Claire Berdik Kai Bertolacci Christopher Blalock Paul Bloshuk Jr. Harrison Bogusz Benjamin Bojemski Wendell Brand Michael ... Read More »

Longtime Hackley Headmaster Walter Johnson Dies at 64

by Rick Pezzullo Walter C. Johnson, the Headmaster at Hackley School in Tarrytown since 1995, died June 16 from cancer. He was 64. The 11th Headmaster in the history of Hackley, Johnson led the independent school through unprecedented growth and development. He was credited with strengthening and expanding the school’s academic program and faculty, attracting a talented and diverse student ... Read More »

Elizabeth Silver, Zoe Kaplan Head SH High Class of 2016

by Heather Colley Elizabeth Silver and Zoe Kaplan are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Sleepy Hollow High School, respectively. The Hudson Independent profiled the top two academic students in the school’s graduating class of 2016 to learn more about their high school experience, and their extensive plans for the future. Q: Elizabeth, where will you be attending college next ... Read More »

Sports – SH Baseball, Irvington Lacrosse Finish Off Successful Seasons

by Henry Hargitai For Irvington’s varsity lacrosse team and Sleepy Hollow’s junior varsity baseball team, the school year’s close is bittersweet, as it marks the end of two unprecedentedly successful spring sports seasons. Though the Bulldogs (Irvington) and the Horsemen (Sleepy Hollow) play completely different sports on different levels of competition, both teams attribute their successes to the same cause: ... Read More »

Water Fountains with High Lead in Tarrytown Schools Shut Down

by Rick Pezzullo Two water fountains in two schools in the Tarrytown School District were shut down in late May after recent tests showed a lead content higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. In a May 24 letter to district staff and parents, interim Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann reported one fountain at Washington Irving Intermediate School and ... Read More »

Underage Substance Abuse Discussed at Irvington High Forum

by Neal Rentz What are the potential consequences of underage drug and alcohol use? According to a panel of local experts, the consequences include potential addiction, criminal prosecution of both youths and parents and even death. About 75 local residents came to Irvington High School on May 19 to listen to a roughly 80-minute discussion on the consequences of underage ... Read More »

Hackley Student Excels in Three Sports

Elijah Ngbokoli is a three-sport athlete at The Hackley School and captain of the wrestling, football, and track teams. On the wrestling mat, Ngbokoli is a three-time Ivy Prep Champ and three-time Independent Schools State Champion. He was an integral piece to winning the Ivy League team title his freshman year, a first for Hackley in 40 years. On the ... Read More »

Third Annual Horseman Color Run Slated for June 18

by Heather Colley The third annual Horseman Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 18, at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, has become a successful community event which last year drew almost 1,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. The event is a major fundraiser for ... Read More »

SH High Principal to Join Pocantico Hills as Superintendent

by Heather Colley and Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow High School will be saying goodbye in June to longtime Principal Carol Conklin-Spillane, but neighboring Pocantico Hills Central School District will be laying out a welcoming mat on July 1 to their new superintendent of schools. In April, the Pocantico Hills Board of Education voted to appoint Conklin-Spillane to replace Interim Superintendent ... Read More »

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

by Heather Colley On April 10, 20 members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Feminism Club attended the County’s first ever Gender Equality Conference, held at Irvington High School and organized by Irvington senior Zachary Gallin. More than 120 students from 26 schools in Westchester attended the four-hour conference, which consisted of two eminent guest speakers and 10 workshops led by ... Read More »

School Board Races Uncontested in Tarrytown, Irvington

by Rick Pezzullo Candidates running for two seats each on the boards of education in Tarrytown and Irvington on May 17 will have a free ride as they face no opposition. In Tarrytown, Jennifer Liddy Green will earn a second three-year term, while Diane McCarthy, a lifelong Sleepy Hollow resident and Sleepy Hollow High School graduate, will be joining the ... Read More »

Sports – Banner Season for Lady Bulldogs

The Irvington High School varsity girls’ basketball team once again recorded a remarkable season with a 22-2 record and its sixth Section 1 Class B Championship in the last seven years. The Lady Bulldogs won the title with a gutsy 77-68 victory over Woodlands, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, led by a career-high 45 points from point guard Lindsay ... Read More »

Sports – TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen Win Class B Championship

On March 13th, TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen 8th grade boys defeated Mahopac 41-30 to win the Tri-County Basketball League Class B championship at the College of New Rochelle. Left to right: Coach Sean McCarthy, Ryan Schatzel, Ben Goldfarb, Owen Loffredo, Quinn O’Donohue, Oliver Goldfarb, Jackson Many, Luke McCarthy, Max Himmelfarb, Alex Dawson, Xarian Rodriguez, Ramon Salazar, Devin Batheja, Jordan ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow Juniors Spearhead Mouthguard Study for Concussions

by Zoe Kaplan Concussions are a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are over 1.5 million concussions each year, with above 5% of athletes experiencing a concussion every sports season. In order to combat this growing problem, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino created the Westchester County Concussion Task Force. This force, initiated last year, ... Read More »

SH Students Excel at Science and Engineering Fair

Emily Thayer, a senior at SH High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held at the high school. Thayer, who will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall, was recognized for ... Read More »

Student Resource Officer Begins at Sleepy Hollow High

by Heather Colley A few months ago, the students of Sleepy Hollow High School organized a petition and spoke to the Board of Education about the implementation of a Student Resource Officer (SRO) in the high school, a police officer that serves as a link between the town and the students. Following recent local events, the teenagers had concerns about ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler

PUBLISHED Tarrytown resident and multiple Tony Award winner Jack Viertel has just published The Secret Life of the American Musical which hit book stores in March. The Farrar Straus and Giroux text takes musicals apart, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings, all the while chronicling the ... Read More »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

New Tarrytown Schools Superintendent Making Presence Felt

by Thomas Staudter Chris Borsari, the newly hired superintendent of the Tarrytown Union Free School District, does not assume his duties officially until July 1, but at the end of March, he was making his presence known already in the schools. Currently the Principal at Byram Hills High School in Armonk, Borsari participated in a round of preliminary interviews for ... Read More »