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  • Back to School Nights offer a peek into each school

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    The week of Oct. 12 was a busy one for the three schools in the Elmsford Union Free School District. School principals and staff invited their communities to enjoy virtual Back to School Nights on three consecutive evenings.

    The Carl L. Dixson Primary School went first, with Principal Jeffrey Olender greeting families on Oct. 13. Welcome sign for the Carl L. Dixson Primary School Back to School Night

    “I want to begin by saying we have a huge amount of support from many people,” Mr. Olender said. “I would like to thank all our teachers, aides and staff who have jumped in on something completely new. And to our parents, who are also being asked to step into a new role. I would also like to thank the students who are leading by example. Their strength is truly inspiring.”

    “We also have a huge priority here of how to create and sow the seeds of learning to love learning. That is severely challenged now, but we are doing our best,” Mr. Olender continued. “I ask parents to help in creating a love of learning.”

    School nurse Roberta Burke also spoke to parents, reminding them to keep any ill child home from school and to contact her when a chile will be absent.

    “I know it is a challenge. I appreciate you doing what we are required to do,” Ms. Bourke, said.

    She reminded parents of the importance of ocular rest for children because they are using screens so much, along with getting a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated, exercising and eating well.

    “Hi, my friends!” pre-k teacher Laura Rud said when she saw some of her students on screen. Ms. Rud, joined by teacher assistant Linda Maselli, were included in the portion of the event when parents logged in for a presentation by their child’s teacher.

    Teachers spoke about what things look like in their classrooms and what their expectations are for students during remote learning sessions. 

    Cartoon image of school principal sayin "welcome" During the Alice E. Grady Elementary School Back to School Night on Oct. 14, Principal Andrea Hamilton greeted those who logged in.

    “It’s so nice to see your faces,” she said. “We will try our very best to replicate the experience you would have if you were at the school,” she said, referring to the virtual format.

    She reminded parents about the importance, and necessity, of filling out the district’s health app. She also shared photos of the interior of the school so parents could see what changes have been made. There are signs throughout the building reminding students to wear their masks, wash their hands and socially distance. Stairwells are now one-way, and classrooms have fewer desks in them.

    In addition to keeping students and staff healthy, another priority Dr. Hamilton mentioned was the social-emotional health of students.

    The second portion of the event enabled parents to log in to a remote session with their child’s teacher to learn more about what is taking place in a particular classroom.

    Second-grade teacher Rachel Newman reviewed her class’s daily schedule, safety and health measures in place in her classroom, homework, and upcoming units for students.

    She also mentioned best practices for students who are at home and using Google Meet. She encouraged them to keep their microphones muted, and use headphones, and for parents to encourage their child to participate during online lessons.

    On Thursday, Oct. 15, Alexander Hamilton High School had its turn, using a series of pre-recorded videos and live streaming for a three-part program. Welcome to AHHS' Back to School Night sign

    In a pre-recorded video, Principal Joseph Engelhardt first celebrated the Class of 2020 before sharing the 2020-2021 AHHS goals.

    Among them were to provide a comprehensive learning model, identify at-risk students and develop curriculum in each subject area to support a wide range of learners.

    “We understand this school year looks different than in years’ past,” he said, while encouraging parents and guardians to reach out to their child’s teachers if they have any questions or issues. Communication is key.”

    Viewers were also encouraged to watch a series of videos featuring department heads discussing their subject classes and the information and materials students use.

    Finally, Mr. Engelhardt was live for an evening welcoming session before parents and guardians logged into Google Meet for a virtual session with their child’s teacher.

    “I want to thank everyone,” Mr. Engelhardt said. “I know this has been a challenging year. Elmsford has been Raider strong!”


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  • A message from the Superintendent

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/20/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,


    I write to you with information about a reported “off-site” COVID-19 case at Alice E. Grady Elementary School. I would like to bring to your attention that when we receive information about a case, we first have to confirm the positive test result. Once confirmed, we report the case to the Westchester County Department of Health for notice and guidance. Next, we consult with our medical director for additional advice on the matter. 


    It is important to note that the individual has not been in school and therefore does not pose a risk of exposure; however, in the interest of transparency, we are still required to report “off-site” cases. We have posted the NYS Department of Health flowchart for reference, which helps in explaining the process followed when we receive information about any potential cases. 


    The person is currently in quarantine and will not return until cleared by the Department of Health. We wish them well in their recovery process. I am grateful for the communication from our school community on these matters and bringing the matters to our attention. It is important that if a person does not feel well that they stay home and please notify the school nurse immediately. 


    As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s principal.


    Have a great day!




    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco

    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,

     Le escribo con información sobre un caso de COVID-19 "fuera del sitio" en la escuela primaria Alice E. Grady. Me gustaría llamar su atención cuando recibimos información sobre un caso, primero tenemos que confirmar el resultado positivo de la prueba. Una vez confirmado, informamos el caso al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester para recibir notificación y orientación. A continuación, consultamos con nuestro director médico para obtener consejos adicionales al respecto.


    Es importante tener en cuenta que la persona no ha estado en la escuela y, por lo tanto, no presenta un riesgo de exposición; sin embargo, en el interés de la transparencia, todavía estamos obligados a informar de casos "externos". Hemos publicado el diagrama de flujo del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York como referencia, que ayuda a explicar el proceso que se sigue cuando recibimos información sobre cualquier caso potencial.


    La persona se encuentra actualmente en cuarentena y no regresará hasta que sea aprobada por el Departamento de Salud. Le deseamos lo mejor en su proceso de recuperación.  Estoy agradecido por la comunicación de nuestra comunidad escolar sobre estos asuntos y por traerlos a nuestra atención. Es importante que si una persona no se siente bien se quede en casa y notifique a la enfermera de la escuela inmediatamente.


    Como siempre, si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse conmigo o con el director de su hijo.


    ¡Que tengas un gran día!



    Dr. Marc P. Baiocco, Superintendente de Escuelas

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  • Superintendent Update, Oct. 16, 2020

    Posted by Brian Howard on 10/16/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Greeting EUFSD family,


    In an attempt to keep our school community informed, I write to you this week with a few updates:


    1. For the purpose of transparency, we received a report today of a confirmed COVID-19 positive case at Alice E. Grady Elementary School. The last time the person was in school was October 9th. We consulted with the Westchester County Department of Health, as well as our medical director and the person is currently in quarantine, as per the Department of Health guidance. Because the person has not been in school, there is no additional action necessary at this time. In compliance with federal health privacy laws, further information about their identity cannot be released. If we receive guidance that further action is necessary, I will be sure to notify you immediately. I write to you to share this important information so you are aware, should you see that we have a positive case on our COVID-19 report. 
    2. As I mentioned last week, we continue to remain proactive with the cleaning of our schools and are providing thorough cleanings everyday. We will also perform our scheduled deep clean of each of our schools throughout the day tomorrow, October 17th. Additionally, we continue to partner with our families and staff regarding illness. We stress that when someone does not feel well to please stay home and consult with their doctor. Following this advice will help to keep our school community safe.
    3. We are happy to see our student athletes back on the field and in competition. Following the rules of Section One Athletics, we are only permitted to have home team fans (2 fans per player) attend games. All participants must follow COVID-19 guidelines and wear a mask. In addition, every person on the field must complete our attestation form (https://entry.neric.org/eufsd) before being admitted onto the field.
    4. Thank you to our principals, teachers, and staff for hosting our Virtual ENL Information and Back To School Nights this week. The evenings were well attended and we thank you for your continued support and partnership.


    I wish you a wonderful weekend!


    Yours truly,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia de EUFSD,


    En un intento por mantener informada a nuestra comunidad escolar, les escribo esta semana con algunas actualizaciones:


    1. Por motivos de transparencia, hoy recibimos un informe de un caso positivo confirmado de COVID-19 en la escuela primaria Alice E. Grady. La última vez que la persona estuvo en la escuela fue el 9 de octubre. Consultamos con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Westchester, así como con nuestro director médico y la persona se encuentra actualmente en cuarentena, según la orientación del Departamento de Salud. Debido a que la persona no ha estado en la escuela, no es necesario realizar ninguna acción adicional en este momento. De conformidad con las leyes federales de privacidad de la salud, no se puede divulgar más información sobre su identidad.Si recibimos dirección de que es necesario realizar más acciones, me aseguraré de notificarle de inmediato. Le escribo para compartir esta importante información para que esté al tanto, si ve que tenemos un caso positivo en nuestro informe COVID-19.
    2. Como mencioné la semana pasada, continuamos siendo proactivos con la limpieza de nuestras escuelas y estamos proporcionando limpiezas a fondo todos los días. También realizaremos nuestra limpieza profunda programada de cada una de nuestras escuelas durante el día de mañana, 17 de octubre. Además, continuamos asociándonos con nuestras familias y personal con respecto a las enfermedades. Recalcamos que cuando alguien no se sienta bien debe quedarse en casa y consultar con su médico. Seguir este consejo ayudará a mantener segura nuestra comunidad escolar.
    3. Estamos felices de ver a nuestros estudiantes atletas de regreso en el campo y en competencia. Siguiendo las reglas de la Sección Uno de Atletismo, solo se nos permite que los fanáticos del equipo local (2 fanáticos por jugador) asistan a los juegos. Todos los participantes deben seguir las pautas de COVID-19 y usar una máscara. Además, cada persona en el campo debe completar nuestro formulario de atestación (https://entry.neric.org/eufsd)antes de ser admitido en el campo. 

    4. Gracias a nuestros directores, maestros y personal por organizar nuestra Información Virtual ENL y Noches de Regreso a Clases esta semana. Las noches fueron muy ocupadas y le agradecemos su apoyo continuo  y colaboración.


    ¡Te deseo un fin de semana maravilloso 



    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de escuelas

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  • Year’s first Coffee and Conversation focuses on community, safety

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/15/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Partnership was the overarching theme of the 2020-2021 academic year’s first Coffee and Conversation event, which was hosted by Superintendent Marc Baiocco on Oct. 7. 

    “Thank you, thank you, thank you for the partnership,” Dr. Baiocco said to those who had logged in to the virtual event. “It has gotten us through the impact of COVID-19 together.”  Graphic of hybrid learning model

    He shared a presentation outlining how the first few weeks of school have gone. Schools opened for remote learning for all students on Sept. 10 and the district’s hybrid model began on Sept. 21 for the Monday/Tuesday cohort and on Sept. 24 for students in the Thursday/Friday cohort. 

    Much of the meeting reviewed the necessary precautions that families must take, as well as those that district maintenance staff are taking to ensure the safety of students and staff members.

    Dr. Baiocco reviewed the protocols that must be followed if someone in the school falls ill. Steps include placing the person in a dedicated isolation room until a parent or guardian can get them or asking a staff member to go home. He reminded families that they are required to fill out an attestation form or log in to the district’s health app, found on the website or at https://entry.neric.org/eufsd. The app confirms that their child does not have COVID-19 symptoms. No one will be allowed into the school buildings until the form or app is complete. 

    “It gives us a good report,” Dr. Baiocco said of knowing health the status of students. “It will give you a clearance ticket that is color coded and gives you admittance that day.”

    Attendance is taken each day. For students at Carl L. Dixson Primary School and Alice E. Grady Elementary School, it is taken during homeroom. At Alexander Hamilton High School, attendance is taken during their in-person classes or when students virtually log in to their Google Classroom online.

    Throughout the day, students are reminded to wash their hands. They also practice social distancing and engage in safe mask breaks during the day. Desks are spread out in classrooms, so that students sit farther apart from each other, and they are seated behind see-through barriers. On the buses, students sit every other seat. 

    During the summer, the buildings’ air filter systems were upgraded to a MERV-13 filter, a type that is highly recommended by the American Society of Health, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.  

    “I just really want to stress the point: 90% of our day in our schools, we require masks, except during mask breaks and when eating,” said Dr. Baiocco.  

    There has been a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in Westchester County recently. Dr. Baiocco noted that this news makes the “Wednesday schedule” – when all students are engaged in remote learning from home – even more important. That is the day when all school buildings receive a thorough cleaning.  

    The superintendent admitted that some of the terminology used by administrators and staff members can sometimes be confusing. He sought to clarify some terms. He reviewed that “synchronous learning” is what takes place during a cohort’s in-person session with their teacher. “Asynchronous learning” is the learning that students engage in on their own, often while at home and using materials provided by their teacher through such software programs as Seesaw and Google Classroom. 

    Dr. Baiocco, along with superintendents throughout the region, is actively advocating for additional federal funding. 

    “We need to make sure that funding comes into our schools,” he said. “This is COVID relief funding. Funding that is essential to us.”  

    Dr. Baiocco said that the district will reevaluate all of its procedures during the first week of November to determine if any changes need to be made. 

    The virtual Coffee and Conversation event was recorded and can be viewed through a link on the district website. 


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  • What a way to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month — with food!

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/14/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Anyone who is hungry and looking to try something new may want to flip through the ‘Nuestras recetas favoritas’ cookbook created by students in Elisa Martinez Spanish classes at Alexander Hamilton High School.

    There you will find recipes for Ceviche, Tortilla espanola, Salchichón and so much more. Front of Spanish cookbook

    Ms. Martinez was looking for a way to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held from September 15 through October 15.

    “The students in my Spanish classes put together a recipe book that includes their favorite recipes - mostly foods from Spanish-speaking countries,” she said. “We included a section at the end of other recipes for foods from all around the world so that we could include everyone's favorite dish.”

    “In pre-Covid times we would have brought in some of these foods to sample together but now we have a great way to make them on our own at home,” she continued.

    At their Sept. 16 Board of Education meeting, the board passed a resolution recognizing National Hispanic Month, saying in part “the EUFSD Board of Education recognizes the positive influences Hispanics have on our country and in our community through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service, and commends the many local community organizations that support their progress, enrich their culture, and celebrate the multi-ethnic and multicultural customs of the communities.”

    Click here to view the cookbook!

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  • Superintendents, Elected Officials Plead for More Federal Education Aid in Pandemic

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/2/2020 1:30:00 PM

    Superintendents from across Westchester and County Executive George Latimer are urging federal officials to provide much-needed relief to school districts overburdened by the cost of opening during a pandemic and facing potential loss of state funding.Group of adults wearing masks

    During a news conference at Roosevelt School in Ossining this week, they asked for quick action on the House of Representative’s new Heroes Act legislation, which would provide $2.2 trillion in emergency funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including to school districts. The legislation faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate.

    “New Yorkers are not asking for a handout,” said White Plains Superintendent Joseph Ricca, president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents and one of seven superintendents who spoke. “New Yorkers, just like the other 49 states, are looking for the federal government to intercede in a disaster.”

    Districts in Westchester County have spent millions of dollars to reopen schools safely – on staffing, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and more. White Plains has spent $2 million; Ossining has spent $400,000; Tarrytown, $600,000; and Yonkers, the state’s fourth largest city school district, $10 million, superintendents said.

    “For many of us, our schools are the pillars of our community and during this pandemic, throughout the pandemic, we have been fortunate to be supported by our immediate community,” said Elmsford Union Free School District Superintendent Marc Baiocco.

    Dr. Baiocco said the costs for reopening in his district following the pandemic amount to approximately $100,000.

    “The COVID-19 safety preparations required us to reexamine every corner of each school and ensure that cleaning, safety, and instructional protocols were established” he said.

    “We now implore our elected officials in Washington to please support us during these challenges,” Dr. Baiocco continued. “Our students are coming back into our schools. We’ve made our schools extremely safe. We’re also asking that our students have the support that they need. Those supports are vast. We need mental health supports. We need funding for IDEA, an issue that has never truly been funded properly. We need funding for our curriculum and assessments. We need funding to make sure that our students are getting exactly what they deserve.”

    Schools address more than just academics, Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said. They are meeting the social emotional and mental health needs of children, helping feed children who are hungry, and ensuring families have the technology and connectivity necessary for learning.

    “We all represent different districts, but we share one thing in common: We want to ensure the success of every single child,” he said.  

    Dr. Sanchez said federal lawmakers must ensure schools have the funding they need to maintain programs and not adversely affect students’ experiences. “The funding is necessary. It’s an investment in our students at this time and in our students and the future of our country,” he said.

    County Executive George Latimer said the county has partnered with school districts since March to provide any assistance it could.  Now, school, county and state officials are asking Washington for help. “Are you going to be a partner? Are you going to help us through this difficult situation?” he asked.

    The current financial struggles are not the districts’ fault, the county executive said. “We had a need to shut the society down to deal with this pandemic,” he said.

    New York state has a $14.6 billion deficit due to the loss of revenue due during the pandemic and the shutdown of the economy, said state Sen. Pete Harckham of Peekskill. The state cannot cut, tax or borrow its way out of that. At the same time, schools have opened in the midst of a pandemic and have had many unanticipated expenses.

    “So, at a time when the state does not have the money to fund them at a normal level, let alone this incremental stuff, we are asking them to do a herculean effort. And they are amazing people, but they are not miracle workers,” Harckham said. “And so here we are yet again to call for Washington to stop the nonsense. This is not a blue state issue. This is not a red state issue. This is an American issue.”

    Pleasantville School District Superintendent Mary Fox Alter said New York has long helped and supported other states in need and now needs assistance in return. In the 2018 fiscal year, New Yorkers paid $26 billion more in federal taxes than the state got back, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

    “It is a moral imperative that we not allow COVID-19 and the pandemic to set us back and limit the exceptional learning opportunities for New York students while we keep our staff, our students and our communities safe,” she said.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that school districts could face foundation aid cuts of 20% if the federal government does not provide additional funding.

    For White Plains schools, 20% is $6 million. In Yonkers, which has already had layoffs, 20% would be $69 million.

    “That’s not the kind of money that you can turn the couch cushions over and find to make ends meet,” Dr. Ricca said. “Those are programmatic reductions; those are changes in the experiences that our children deserve in our community.”

    Ossining parent Beth Sniffen, regional director of the Westchester-East Putnam Region PTA, asked members of the public to help by contacting federal officials about the Heroes Act. “I just want to say that it takes a lot of money to run our schools, and in addition this year, we have to pay for all the needs in this pandemic,” she said.



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  • AHHS year begins with a virtual “Start with Hello Week”

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 10/1/2020 9:30:00 AM

    There were virtual “hellos” being sent all over social media platforms during the first week of school at Alexander Hamilton High School. Students and staff created avatars of themselves waving and sent them into the Twittersphere and beyond. All the fun was part of the Sandy Hook Promise “Start with Hello Week” that has become an annual tradition at the school.

    This is the third year AHHS has participated, and for the first time, students and staff did activities virtually due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Despite the lack of in-person connections, students and staff adjusted to offer relevant ways to reach out and say hello and offer their Colorful photo of items support.

    “We really use this week to promote talking to one another, reaching out to people, finding new friends, and sharing information on how to include other people,” said PAL coordinator and health teacher Kacie Schulman.

    Start with Hello Week is organized by the AHHS PAL, Peers as Leaders group. Students in PAL must apply to be accepted into the leadership program. Throughout the year, the more than 35 members coordinate activities for the entire school. In addition to “Start with Hello” week, they help organize the sixth-grade orientation at the start of the school year, host a leadership program the day before Thanksgiving and more. Members also mentor younger students.

    “It’s just a really great place for kids learn a little bit about leadership,” Ms. Schulman, who teaches a PAL class, said. “Some are in it throughout high school. It’s fun to watch them grow and see their leadership skills grow.”

    This year, PAL shifted its in-person “Start with Hello” week activities to virtual theme days for hybrid and remote learners.

    “I didn’t want to have a Monday event and leave out those not in school. I didn’t want anyone to feel left out,” Ms. Schulman said.

    Each day, from Sept. 21 through Sept. 25, had a theme, including Mindful Monday, Thankful Tuesday, Welcoming Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday and Friendly Friday.

    Students were encouraged to post photos of themselves sharing messages related to the theme for that day.

    Ms. Schulman posted a photo of her running shoes on Mindful Monday as a way of showing how she was taking care of her health and encouraged others to do so as well. Like her, several students posted messages on their Instagram account with #MotivationMonday, #Startwithhello and more.

    Other virtual activities included “See a wave, send a wave,” in which participants were encouraged to create an emoji of themselves waving and send it to a friend, who was encouraged to keep the wave going. There was also a rainbow scavenger hunt, which encouraged participants to post images of things they loved in a variety of colors. At the end of the week, students were urged to take the Be Kind pledge online, an initiative hosted by the non-profit group, Values-in-Action.

    In a typical year, Monday would be “Hello my name is … Day.” Students would wear nametags, greet one another by name, and say hello to those they met in hallways. Another activity would be writing words of encouragements to schoolmates on Post-it Notes displayed in the cafeteria.

    “You never know if someone is having a rough day and someone saying hello can make a big difference,” Ms. Schulman said.

    While the week could not be done in person, Ms. Schulman said, the response of students to the virtual events was positive. They saw it, as just another way to participate in the annual event. So many students are already on social media, they felt comfortable enough with the platform to share the message and have fun with it.

    Ms. Schulman posted the events of the day in the students’ attendance classrooms, so when they logged in, the information was readily available, and every student could be reached.

    “It was a good week, it was a lot of fun,” she said. “It spread the message and included a lot of people.”

     photo of green items Sticky note with Hello written on it






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  • Another Back to School Day, this time for the start of hybrid learning

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 9/29/2020 11:00:00 AM

    For the first time in months the neighborhoods around the schools in the Elmsford Union Free School District looked like a typical school day. Busses were on the move; students were walking to school and parents were shouting reminders to their children to not forget their backpacks in the back seat of their cars as they dropped them off.

    “Welcome back!” was the phrase of the day, oft repeated by Superintendent of Schools, Marc Baiocco as he walked through the hallways of Alexander Hamilton High School and later stood outside greeting parents and students as they dropped children off at school.

    He joked that it felt a bit like the movie ‘Groundhog Day’, for two weeks earlier students had arrived at their schools for orientation sessions while remote learning was underway, and he greeted the arrivals on that day too.

    “First we had the teachers, then we had orientations and now Cohort A and Thursday will be Cohort B,” he said. Teacher in front of classroom

    On Sept. 21, the district began its hybrid learning model. The first group of students were arriving for in-person instruction and will be in classes for two days a week. On Wednesdays all students will engage in remote learning at home, and the second group of students comes in on Thursdays and Fridays.

    There were some noticeable differences on this first day of school that suggested it was not a typical year. All students and staff wore masks and everyone entering the building either had to have filled out an online attestation form, or having failed to do that, have their temperature checked before being admitted entry.

    By 8 a.m. on this day, high school students were in their classrooms and their teachers were busy signing on with their students at home. Students sat spread out throughout the classrooms and computer monitors showed students at home.

    “Did everyone complete the five people assignment,” asked English teacher Rich Vergara as if it was a perfectly standard day at school.

    It was not long before busses began pulling up in front of the Alice E. Grady Elementary School, depositing children there. Parents were also dropping their children off and some were walking.

    “Just a reminder, you have to use the app every single day,” Principal Andrea Hamilton said as she checked off the names of students who had their online app filled out.

    The scene was similar at the Carl L. Dixson Primary School as masked students and parents arrived.

    “Bye my angel,” said one mom as she dropped her son off. She was not allowed to accompany him into the school, but he was aided by a friendly staff member.

    Princpal talks to students As the day began, first grade teacher assistant Marcella Fargelli told her students “this is what we are going to be doing, this is what it will look like on our computer,” as she pointed to a large screen at the front of the class showing boxes where the at home students would soon appear.

    “This is all new to me too,” she told her students. “Things are going to get a little mixed up, but that is OK. They are going to be learning the same things you are learning.”

    Students were spread out at desks throughout the room and they sat behind screens.

    The children were encouraged to select a greeting they could share with their classmates and teachers. No longer are high-fives and hugs allowed, but as one student selected, a wave to a friend is.

    On Sept. 24, Joseph Engelhardt, principal at AHHS, was outside again, greeting students.

    “Good Morning! We missed you! Welcome back,” he said to high schoolers who were walking to school.

    “It’s so good to be back,” one mom told him as she dropped her daughter off.

    Senior Christalene Mirtill sat in the cafeteria when she arrived waiting for the day to begin.

    “I am feeling very optimistic about this whole year,” she said, adding she wants to have fun. Students line up to go inside school

    “I am glad we can have the option to be at school,” Christaline continued. “It was a hard adjustment, right before spring with so much going on,” she said of the abrupt stop of in person schooling to remote learning that took place in March.

    She said, whatever the year may bring, she is hoping to make memories and is looking forward to graduation and hanging out with her friends.

    Click here to see photos of this year’s First Day of School!




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  • Hybrid learning begins Sept. 21

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 9/20/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Greetings EUFSD family,


    This week marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. At Wednesday’s meeting our Board of Education passed a resolution recognizing September 15th through October 15th as National Hispanic Heritage Month. You may read the resolution in its entirety on our website by clicking on the following link: EUFSD Hispanic Heritage BOE Resolution


    As we continue to provide updates regarding our 2020-2021 reopening, this serves as a gentle reminder that our Hybrid Model begins on Monday, September 21st. Your child’s principal sent a more detailed letter to all families regarding the September schedule, as well as expectations for in-person and virtual days.


    As we begin the Hybrid model, it is important to reiterate a few reminders:


    1. Please monitor your child each day for signs of COVID-19.
    2. Health Screening must  be completed each morning before your child leaves the house. You may do this by accessing our form at: https://entry.neric.org/eufsd. The form has a translation feature that now translates into thirteen languages. 
    3. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.
    4. Practice hand-washing at home with your child and explain why it's important to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before and after eating, coughing/sneezing, or adjusting a face mask.
    5. All members of our school community must wear masks on the bus and in school. We will be distributing masks to students as well.
    6. Please speak with your child at home about maintaining social distancing (six feet) whenever possible. We have signs all around the schools reminding students to stay six feet apart. 


    In order for our school year to be successful we must work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.


    As another reminder, we will be distributing free grab & go meals from the Hamilton cafeteria when school is in session on Monday through Friday from 8:30AM-10:30AM.


    I thank you for your continued partnership.


    Have a wonderful weekend!


    Yours truly,

    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools

    Saludos familia EUFSD,



    Esta semana marcó el comienzo del mes de la Herencia Hispana. En la reunión del miércoles, nuestra junta de educación aprobó una resolución reconociendo desde el 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre como el mes nacional de la Herencia Hispana. Puede leer la resolución en su totalidad en nuestro sitio web haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace: EUFSD Hispanic Heritage BOE Resolution


    A medida que continuamos brindando actualizaciones sobre nuestra reapertura 2020-2021, esto sirve como un recordatorio de que nuestro modelo híbrido comienza el lunes 21 de septiembre. El director de su hijo envió una carta más detallada a todas las familias con respecto al calendario de septiembre, así como las expectativas para los días virtuales y en persona. 



    Cuando comenzamos el modelo híbrido, es importante reiterar algunos recordatorios:

    1. Por favor monitoree a su hijo todos los días para detectar signos de COVID-19.
    2. El examen de salud debe completarse cada mañana antes de que su hijo salga de la casa.Puede hacer esto accediendo a su formulario en: https://entry.neric.org/eufsd. El formulario tiene una función de traducción que ahora se traduce a trece idiomas.
    3. Por favor, no envíe a su hijo a la escuela si está enfermo.
    4. Practique lavarse las manos en casa con su hijo y explique por qué es importante lavarse las manos con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos, especialmente antes y después de comer, toser / estornudar o ajustarse su mascarilla.
    5. Todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad escolar tienen que usar máscaras en el autobús y en la escuela. También estaremos distribuyendo máscaras a los estudiantes.
    6. Hable con su hijo en casa acerca de mantener la distancia social (seis pies) siempre que sea posible. Tenemos letreros alrededor de las escuelas que recuerdan a los estudiantes que se mantengan a seis pies de distancia.


    Para que nuestro año escolar sea exitoso, debemos trabajar juntos para mantener a todos seguros y



    Además, estaremos distribuyendo comidas gratuitas para llevar de la cafetería de Hamilton cuando la escuela esté en sesión de lunes a viernes de 8:30AM - 10:30AM.


    Les agradezco su colaboración continua.


    ¡Ten un fin de semana maravilloso!



    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendente de escuelas

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  • Mobile Food Pantry, Sept. 16

    Posted by Brian Howard on 9/15/2020 2:30:00 PM

    As a gentle reminder, we will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry on Wednesday, July 22nd and Wednesday, September 16th at 3:30PM in the AHHS parking lot. If you plan on attending, I recommend arriving early, as there may be a high demand for food during this challenging time. 


    We also ask that anyone who attends be mindful of social distancing guidelines and keep six feet from the person in front. Additionally, we encourage everyone to wear masks.


    Please know that we are here to support you, should you need any assistance - please do not hesitate to reach out to your school principal.


    Have a great day!




    Dr. Marc Baiocco
    Superintendent of Schools


    Saludos familia de Elmsford,

    Le escribo esta tarde para informarle a nuestra comunidad escolar que organizaremos una despensa móvil de alimentos el miércoles 22 de julio y el miércoles 16 de septiembre a las 3:30 PM en el estacionamiento de AHHS. Si planeas asistir, le recomiendo llegar temprano, ya que puede haber una gran demanda de alimentos durante este momento difícil.


    También pedimos que cualquiera que asista tenga en cuenta las pautas de distanciamiento social y se mantenga a seis pies de la persona que está al frente. Además, alentamos a todos a usar máscaras.


    Tenga en cuenta que estamos aquí para ayudarle, en caso de que necesite ayuda, no dude en comunicarse con su director.


    ¡Tenga un buen día!




    Dr. Marc Baiocco, Superintendente de Escuelas

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