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Class of 2015 Popular SH High Twins Grateful for Education and Experiences

SHHS Seniors, Heather & Jordan Brown

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   It’s been a busy year full of accomplishments for Sleepy Hollow High School twins Heather and Jordan Brown. The graduating seniors at Sleepy Hollow have been accepted to prestigious colleges, won athletic and academic awards, and were also both voted onto the high school’s Homecoming Court, with Heather being crowned queen. Since beginning their ... Read More »

Second Annual Horseman Color Run is on!

|  by Dorothy Conigliaro  |   The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns will hold its 2nd Annual Horseman Color Run 2015 on Saturday, June 20. The Foundation seeks to augment the school’s budget by raising funds for special projects to benefit the schools and students. Not only the Foundation, but so many others, work together to ensure ... Read More »

New Principal Appointed at Dows Lane Elementary School

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | Irvington High School Assistant Principal Deborah Mariniello was appointed as the new principal of Dows Lane Elementary School by the Board of Education last week. She will begin her new position on July 1. Mariniello, who served as an assistant principal at Dows Lane during the 2012-13 school year, will succeed Randy Lichtenwalner, who is ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

Catherine Palmieri

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters last month in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

School Budgets Approved in Tarrytown, Irvington, Pocantico Hills

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | School budgets were approved by voters Tuesday night in the Tarrytown, Irvington and Pocantico Hills school districts. In Tarrytown, the $72.57 million budget, which increase spending by $1.36 million from this year, passed 430 to 139. The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year falls well below the allowable state ... Read More »

Fewer Students Opt Out of State Exams in Local Districts

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | Less students in the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts opted out of taking the state Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams in April than the majority of districts in Westchester and statewide. Reportedly, more than 180,000 students in New York State boycotted the ELA exam this year, representing just below17% of the ... Read More »

Clouet Staying Put as Tarrytown Schools Super

|  by Janie Rosman  | Tarrytown Union Free School District Superintendent Dr. Christopher Clouet was one of the finalists for the commissioner of the State Department of Education position in Connecticut. However, last month Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy selected former public schools teacher Dr. Dianna R. Wentzell to the post. Wentzell has more than 25 years’ experience as an ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School Spreads the Word to End the Word

|  by Zoe Kaplan  |   On April 21, students at Sleepy Hollow High School celebrated “Spread the Word to End the Word” –  a campaign that focuses on removing the R-word (retarded) from everyday vocabulary. While the R-word used to be medically sound, in recent years it has developed a negative connotation. In order to promote this campaign, students ... Read More »

Tarrytown School Budget Well Under State Tax Cap

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | The tax levy increase in the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year in the Tarrytown School District falls well below the allowable state tax cap. The $72.57 million budget, which increases spending by 1.92% ($1.36 million) from this year, carries a districtwide average tax hike of .88%. The state tax cap for the district ... Read More »

Three Uncontested for Seats on Tarrytown Board of Ed

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | Two longtime trustees and the treasurer of the district’s Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns are running unopposed for three available seats in the May 19 Tarrytown Board of Education race. Board President Mimi Godwin, who has served on the board since 1996, is looking forward to continuing serving the community where she ... Read More »

Taxes to Rise 3.5% in Irvington School Budget

|  By Rick Pezzullo  | School taxes are slated to increase 3.5% in the $57.66 million 2015-16 Irvington School District budget. For the average homeowner in the district, the increase would translate to $585. School taxes make up about 60% of a property owner’s tax bill. Spending in the budget is up $1.37 million (2.4%) from this year and it ... Read More »

An Extraordinary Explosion of Music and Wit: The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble

|  by Morey Storck  | On May 9, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow will have the opportunity to hear and appreciate one of the nation’s foremost wind and percussion ensembles. This unique organization is called The Hudson Valley Symphonic Wind Ensemble (HVSWE). James D. Wayne is its Music Director and Conductor; Sprague is the Music Department Chairperson and Band Director at ... Read More »

Uncertain State Aid Leaves Irvington School Budget In Flux

|  by Janie Rosman  |   Uncertainty about state aid has left the Irvington School District with a lot of unanswered questions, according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison. The absence of state aid and unknown savings associated with the refinancing of a bond means there are going to be a few more adjustments than usual. The 2015-2016 push-ahead ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Educators Make Requests in New District Budget

|  by Janie Rosman  |   Educators from the Tarrytown Union Free School District’s elementary, secondary, middle school and high schools discussed needs for next year at last month’s budget workshop. Assistant Superintendent for Business John Staiger said the proposed budget is  $72,986,834, a 1.82 percent change from last year. The new budget will not affect raises, and nothing will ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Wrap-up Superb Season in State Final Four

|  by Rick Pezzullo  | One of the battle cries of the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team is “play hard and good things will happen.” Another is “hold the rope,” which reinforces the need for every player to contribute for the team to be successful. This year’s Lady Bulldogs’ squad wholeheartedly bought in to both philosophies and added to ... Read More »

Anything Goes Aboard The SHHS Ocean Liner

|  by Morey Storck  | Anything Goes, is a classic 1930’s Broadway musical comedy; the audience came to the theater to be entertained and to escape, at least for one evening. It was The Depression, after all.  Theatre-goers expected campy jokes, convoluted romance, singable songs and happy endings. Segue to 2015: Julie Colangelo-Dore, who is directing this month’s Sleepy Hollow ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High Students Compete in Science Fair

|  by Katy Kachnowski  |   On March 7, high school students from all across Westchester gathered in the Sleepy Hollow High School gymnasiums to compete in the annual Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF).  This year’s event hosted 423 projects from a total of 35 schools. Science research is a three-year elective in the high school. Students pick an ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Parents Organize Academic Summer Camp

| by Elaine Marranzano |   Surprised by the lack of summer school for young children, local parents are organizing something of their own to fill the gap. Sleepy Hollow residents Michael Kampen and Rachel Schroeder are spearheading efforts to create an academic summer camp for children about to enter first grade in the Tarrytown School District. “When our daughter ... Read More »

State Tax Cap Freeze Prompts School Districts’ Fiscal Belt Tightening

| by Robert Kimmel |   Along with maintaining quality educational standards, preserving a small amount of tax relief for homeowners is one of the primary motivators of local school district authorities preparing their budgets for the coming year. As part of the temporary tax freeze for school districts set by state lawmakers, most homeowners in Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and ... Read More »