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Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal to Retire

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Middle School will be getting a new principal for the first time in nine years to begin the 2017-18 school calendar. The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns last month accepted the retirement resignation of Elizabeth Lopez, effective June 30, 2017.  Lopez has served as the principal of the middle school ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »

Sports – Halpin Leads Irvington by Making Teammates Better

by Tom Pedulla In what is often viewed as a “me-me world,” All-State girls’ basketball star Lindsay Halpin of Irvington stands out as the total antithesis. Halpin, the Bulldogs’ senior point guard, played her position as a four-year starter in its purest form. She has the extraordinary ability to see everything happening on the court, to understand how defenses are ... Read More »

The Complicated Business of College Applications

by Maria Ann Roglieri The process of applying to college has been getting more complicated as students are applying to more colleges, and colleges are doing more self-marketing. It has also become quite a business for the more than 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide, the college testing services, and a wide variety of college prep counselors and tutors. We think ... Read More »

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 »

Varsity Football Coach Retires at Sleepy Hollow High

by Kevin Brown Former players and their parents were stunned and saddened to hear that after 14 years, Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Coach Steve Borys has resigned from the position. “When I interviewed for the job 14 years ago, the parents tasked me with reviving a dead program.  They had gone through four coaches in three years. They could not ... Read More »

Irvington Bulldogs Finish Season 3-5 on Gridiron

by Rick Pezzullo The Irvington varsity football team finished the regular season 3-5 under first year head coach Steve Yurek. The Bulldogs started off 2-1 after victories over Croton-Harmon and Yonkers Montessori Academy but then lost four straight before ending strong with a 20-7 win over Hastings on October 22. In the Hastings contest, junior Tim Meszaros rushed for 146 ... Read More »

Regular Season Ends 4-4 For Sleepy Hollow Horsemen

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow faithful high-fived and congratulated each other after an exciting season came to a close when Sleepy Hollow lost to Yorktown 28-13 in the second round of Section 1A playoffs. “We started practicing and lifting last November, and I believe our record doesn’t reflect how good of a team we really are. What excites me ... 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 »

Several Construction Projects in Irvington Schools Funded by Bond

by Rick Pezzullo In October 2014, the majority of residents in the Irvington School District who turned out at the polls supported a $4.6 million bond, and many of those identified projects were completed during the summer months. The high profile construction item in the bond was the transformation of Meszaros Field with a new artificial turf that received community ... 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 »

Horsemen Football 2016: Q&A with Head Coach Steve Borys

by Kevin Brown The Sleepy Hollow Varsity Football Squad had a challenging year in 2015. Two of their expected star players were out for the season before it even started, then their promising QB was shelved with mono mid-season. After a long streak of competing for the Section 1A title and making it on several occasions to the semi-finals and finals, it was a ... 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 »

Fraternal Twins Relish Earning Top Two Spots at Irvington High

by Elizabeth Nutig For one family in Irvington, the excitement at graduation was doubled, as fraternal twins Sweta and Swati Narayan were at the head of the Class of 2016 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Sweta, who will be studying biology at the University of Chicago in the fall, said being valedictorian has always been a goal of hers, and ... 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 »

Local WWII Vet Recounts Racism During War and Peace

by Krista Madsen “The United States Army was very particular. They made sure that not too many black troops were ever in any situation where they could gain any recognition.” — Booker Morris Booker Morris’s description of the second-class treatment he and his four brothers experienced while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II won him the admiration of the Transfiguration School ... Read More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who ... 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 »