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  • Elmsford Union Free School District Names Interim Superintendent

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 7/7/2022 3:10:00 PM

    The Elmsford Union Free School District’s Board of Education has named veteran educator Dr. Ronald Gonzalez as interim superintendent, effective July 18, 2022.

    Dr. Gonzalez was appointed as interim superintendent for one year at a special board meeting on July 6. Carl L. Dixson Primary School Principal Jeffrey Olender had been named acting superintendent at an emergency board meeting on June 30 and will continue in this role until Dr. Gonzalez officially begins work in the district.

    Man in suitDr. Gonzalez will succeed Dr. Marc Baiocco, who served the district for 13 years as high school principal and later superintendent. Dr. Gonzalez will be formally introduced to the community during a meet and greet preceding the Board of Education Reorganization Meeting on July 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Alexander Hamilton High School Library

    “I’m very much looking forward to it,” Dr. Gonzalez said during the July 6 meeting. “It’s a special thing to be able to lead the schools within the same district I reside in. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time and I’m extremely humbled and welcome the opportunity.”

    Dr. Gonzalez has enjoyed a 25-year career in education. Currently he is serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Curriculum & Instruction in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, where he led the district’s equity work.

    During his tenure in the Tarrytowns, a diverse district of about 2,900 students, Dr. Gonzalez has led all aspects of curriculum for grades pre-K through 12. He served as chair of the District Equity Team and the District Strategic Planning Team.

    Dr. Gonzalez, who lives in Elmsford, began his career at George Washington High School in Manhattan, where he served as teacher, dean and interim acting principal during his time there. He continued his career working in administrative roles in schools throughout the Bronx, as well as an education administrator and principal with the New York City Department of Education. From 2011-2021, he served as principal at Mount Vernon High School.

    Dr. Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Manhattan College, his master’s in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education and a doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher University’s Ralph C. Wilson School of Education.

    “The entire Elmsford Union Free School District, Board and family look forward to working with you in the next year,” Board Vice President Dennis Rambaran said. “It’s going to be an exciting year. It’s going to be a new endeavor for both your side and my side.”

    Dr. Gonzalez, who is bilingual in Spanish, received a New York State School Administrator & Supervisor Certification and a New York School District Leader Certification. He has served as President and co-founder of the White Plains Tigers Youth Football League and was a board member and event organizer for the Mount Vernon Elite AAU Basketball.

    Throughout his career, Dr. Gonzalez has been recognized for his commitment to education. He is the two-time recipient of a Westchester County Proclamation for “Ronald Gonzalez Day,” along with the 2019 New York State Assembly Proclamation for outstanding service to the education community.

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  • ‘Today is your day Class of 2022,’ Commencement celebration sends class on its way

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/27/2022 8:40:00 AM

    ‘Today is your day Class of 2022’

    Commencement celebration sends class on its way

    The rain held off for the Class of 2022 who celebrated their commencement on June 22, 2022, on the Michael Arciolo Field at Alexander Hamilton High School. Earlier in the day some light showers threatened, but students were determined that come what may, they would graduate on this day, an attitude that has carried them through their entire high school experience, as noted by their principal.

    AHHS Principal Joseph Engelhardt told the class they showed “grit” throughout high school that included navigating a global pandemic.

    He encouraged them to achieve their goals “with grit and determination.”


    “Please do not let this pandemic define you,” Mr. Engelhardt said. “We have much to celebrate.”

    Among the class achievements Mr. Engelhardt celebrated were a large number of students who will be attending top ranked universities, including Vanderbilt, Villanova, Dartmouth and more. Several are enrolled in SUNY and CUNY schools; others will be working in the trades. There are those in the class who currently serve as volunteer fire fighters and others who broke athletic records and two who were among the first at the school to earn a Biliteracy Seal.

    “I am proud and impressed with each and every one of you,” Mr. Engelhardt said. “I empower you to find your role, never stand for any injustice, be curious and find what makes you passionate.”

    Salutatorian Erica Bailey shared the story of her grandmother, Melda Bailey, who she said gave her three pieces of advice she shared with her classmates — mind your own business, make your own decisions, and don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goals.

    “Live a life that serves you,” Erica said.

    Although she sat on the dais with school administrators and other dignitaries, School Board President Yvette Eannazzo’s heart was with the parents sitting in the audience. Like them, she had a child graduating on this day.

    “Parents,” she said, “today is a major milestone in the life of our kids. Tell them you are proud of them because they will always be our babies.”

    Although Valedictorian Kathleen Praino said she didn’t believe her older sisters when they said the high school years fly by, suddenly she knew what they were talking about.

    “What were they talking about, I have seven years,” she recalled thinking after hearing this as a recently graduated sixth grader.

    “That statement is true, time really does fly by,” she said. “It seems like just yesterday we were walking through the doors as seventh graders.”


    Although the time seemed to have gone amazingly fast, Kathleen told her classmates that there are things they will hold on to from AHHS. Among them are the support they received from their teachers, the family they formed here among their friends and the community that was created here.

    “In these six years we’ve seen the world change,” she said. “Starting today, we are the next generation.”

    She encouraged her classmates to be involved in social activism, vote and “don’t be afraid to let your voice be heard.”

    In his final address to an AHHS class, Superintendent Marc Baiocco noted how when he came to the district in 2009 as principal of the high school, this class was in kindergarten.

    “I was energized by your smiles and eagerness for learning,” he said.

    Much like Dr. Baiocco, who is leaving the district for the superintendency in another community, the class of 2022 will soon be experiencing a new beginning in their lives too.

    “Are you ready to accept it,” he asked. “It’s been an honor and a privilege being a part of your new beginnings.”

    “Life is about seeing new opportunities,” Dr. Baiocco continued. “As you face new beginnings, please remember that everything you do has an impact on others. Continue to represent Hamilton. Your life is a remarkable occasion.”

    The ceremony included several commencement traditions, including musical interludes from members of the AHHS Choir, and the announcement of awards and scholarships.

    And finally, the moment the graduates had all been waiting for —the pronouncement by the principal that they had completed all the requirements of the State of New York and the awarding of diplomas!

    Click here to see more photos!

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  • ‘Day of transition’ for Grady sixth graders who have “moved on up”

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/27/2022 8:35:00 AM

    A party like atmosphere prevailed in the Alice E. Grady Elementary School gymnasium as friends and family filed in carrying balloons and flowers. They were there to celebrate a milestone in their child’s life. Their sixth graders have completed their elementary school years and are moving on up to middle school.

    “Today is a day of transformation and change,” class representative Isabella Alvarez told her classmates in her address.

    “As we move forward, we can achieve many things in life,” Isabella said. Group of students

    In her speech, Principal Andrea Hamilton said this particular class “demonstrated a capacity to be resilient.”

    She encouraged students, who next year will be attending Alexander Hamilton Middle and High School, to “treat everyone the way you want to be treated, continue to keep your hands to yourself and listen, listen, listen.”

    “Ask for help when you need it,” Dr. Hamilton continued. “Be true to yourself, lead by what is right.”

    “We can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you are going to do!” she concluded.

    Several sixth graders were presented with awards including the Office of Attorney General Triple “C” Award, New York Comptroller Achievement Award, County Clerk’s Distinguished Student Award, the Alice E. Grady Excellence & Achievement Award and the Grady Citizenship Award.

    Although the honors and recognitions were an important part of the ceremony, the “party” ramped up when the sixth-grade teachers distributed the diplomas. Each student was called up one by one to receive their certificates.

    Soon after, Dr. Hamilton announced they were the new AHHS Class of 2028 as Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” rang out and students received hugs and congratulations from excited family members.

    Click here to see more photos of the Moving Up ceremony!

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  • ‘Peace out first grade!’ here comes Grady, Dixson students are ready for what comes next

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/27/2022 8:30:00 AM

    They arrived at the Carl L. Dixson Primary School as scared, curious little people and are now seasoned scholars with impressive skills—they can read, do math, and understand the rigors of education. They are the Dixson Class of 2022!

    On June 22 each first-grade class individually assembled in the gymnasium with family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments and congratulate them on the first stage of what will be a lifetime of learning. First graders at graduation

    “I believe Dixson is the happiest place on earth,” Principal Jeffrey Oldender told those assembled. “I truly feel blessed to be down here at Dixson.”

    These young students, Mr. Olender said, have taken on reading, arithmetic, and science. They have dabbled in art and physical education and music.

    “They learned independently and learned how to work collaboratively,” he said. “And we had fun.”

    As the pandemic situation eased a bit, many of the Dixson traditions returned. Students this year did have fun with Applepalooza, 100 Days of School, Career Day, Building a Reading Buddy and more.

    “They’ve taught each other, and dare I say, taught you at home a thing or two,” Mr. Olender said.

    Superintendent of Schools Marc Baiocco said he noticed a decorated bulletin board in the gym that encouraged students to “be,” as in “be brave,” “be kind,” and “be silly.”

    “They bring that every day,” he said of the students.

    Students each received a certificate and had their picture taken with their teacher and teaching assistants. They also entertained those gathered with a musical number led by music teacher Christopher Funke.

    “Welcome to Grady!” Principal Andrea Hamilton announced to students who will be attending the elementary school next year.

    “I promise you the adventure continues at Grady,” she said, before leading students away from the ceremony.

    Click here to see more photos of the event!

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  • ‘Donuts for Dads’ offers sweet treats and a special thanks

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/21/2022 8:10:00 AM

    They were lined up out the door on the morning of Friday, June 17—dads and their children. Today was not a regular day of school, but a special annual celebration at Dixson Primary School — Donuts for Dads! Dad and daughter get photo taken

    Dads and caregivers were treated to donuts and juice as they escorted their sons and daughters to school a few days before Father’s Day.

    “Thank you for trusting us to education your children,” Principal Jeffery Olender said, adding the event was a small token to parents for their support throughout the year.

    “Thank you for your partnership,” Superintendent Marc Baiocco said.

    Once the dads finished their donuts, they were brought to their child’s classroom where they were given a special gift their son or daughter had made.

    Click here to see some of the fun!

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  • Superintendent readies for next chapter after tenure in the EUFSD

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/17/2022 8:00:00 AM

    Man high fives girlEvery morning, rain or shine, Superintendent of Schools Marc Baiocco is outside during drop-off as the school day begins. He offers a signature high five, a hearty good morning, or a wish for a good day to everyone who passes by — from high school students and pre-kindergartners to parents and staff.

    “Every morning I go down to Dixson, and they remind me to smile,” Dr. Baiocco said at the June 1 Board of Education meeting, the last he will attend as superintendent. “I get to see them at their best. That is so rewarding,” he said of the district’s youngest students.

    In a few weeks’ time, those morning greetings will come to an end as Dr. Baiocco will give one last high five before he leaves the district. He has accepted the position of superintendent in the Clarkstown Central School District after 13 years in Elmsford.

    “Tonight, is bittersweet for me,” he said. “It’s been nothing more than an honor and a pleasure. I thank each and every one of you. It’s a moving moment because of what we’ve all done together,” he continued.

    During the meeting the community offered their well wishes.

    Board President Yvette Eannazzo referred to the superintendent as “a true pillar.” She added that the evening was even more bittersweet, as she is stepping down from the board.

    “I’ve come to know him, and we’ve become friends,” said trustee Dennis Rambaran. “Marc, I will be watching you and cheering you on. I can’t thank you enough.”

    “He felt like I did about the district and the children,” board trustee Paul Hood said of Dr. Baiocco. “He cared.”

    Andrea Hamilton, principal at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School, said she has worked with the superintendent since 2010 and referred to him as “a leader and a servant to the community.”

    She remarked on the many selfless things he had done, including collecting money for a prom dress or a tux rental or sending groceries to a family in need, things he did behind the scenes.

    “He didn’t just take care of the children, he took care of the families,” she said. He led with love, she added.

    Grady students took the time to share their appreciation too. Dr. Hamilton presented the superintendent with a stack of handmade cards students had made for him. She read some of the inscription’s students wrote: “Dr. Baiocco, you are the person,” one said. “We are going to have you in our hearts forever,” said another.

    “On behalf of the entire Dixson family, and I don’t use the term family lightly, we all wanted to thank you for your presence,” said Carl L. Dixson School Principal Jeffrey Olender. “It does not matter what we had going on, you were there. There’s not a student who doesn’t know you.”

    A few days after the meeting Dr. Baiocco was back in his office attending to district business.

    “I am going to miss the daily interaction,” he said. “I was present at arrival and dismissal, and I really got an hour to see what people were thinking and what improvements could be made. It’s something I will miss. And, of course, I will miss our students and families.”

    Dr. Baiocco joined the Elmsford school community in 2009. He lived in the village at the time and saw the notice for a principal position at Alexander Hamilton High School.

    “The next thing I knew, I was in the interview process,” he said.

    In 2017 he became the district’s superintendent, referring to the role as “nothing short of an honor and a privilege.”

    He came to Hamilton hoping to “make sure our students were getting opportunities once they graduated.”

    He wanted to increase both the graduation rate and the number of students who apply for post-secondary educational opportunities, which has been accomplished.

    He is most proud of the diversity, equity and inclusion work the district has done, as well as the improvements in communicating to families.

    “I believe people’s voices are more clearly heard and, most importantly, changes are made based on feedback we receive,” he said. “As such, I think more people are interested in coming to our district. There’s been a significant uptick in enrollment.”

    “I think many districts claim to be a community. I think Elmsford exemplifies it,” he continued.

    Many students first attend Dixson together, graduate from Hamilton together and continue on to attend college together.

    It was under his tenure that the high school saw its athletic fields updated, and this year the Class of 2022 will hold its commencement on them.

    “I think it was really important we give back to the student athletes,” he said. “For years they had played on fields that were not up to par.”

    He is leaving behind some work he feels still needs to be done but has been discussed and is marked for change. One of those is the future of the Dixson school, which was built in 1894.

    One of the things that has changed since arriving at Hamilton is how students approach their future. The superintendent said they have become more goal orientated than when he first arrived in the district.

    “They are concerned about safety and what is necessary for them to be successful,” he said. “As a result, they have become more aware of what future they can expect.”

    As superintendent, Dr. Baiocco said, he worked on the district’s curriculum alignment and implemented a districtwide curriculum committee, which included teachers, to ensure student success as they progressed through the schools.

    “It’s been a great journey,” he said of his tenure here.

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  • Special guest meteorologist John Elliott talks weather and more

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/16/2022 12:15:00 PM

    Meteorologist John Elliott of CBS 2 blew on in from the studio giving students a special presentation about weather and a fun treat — having them go live on air for a June 14 noon broadcast.

    Mr. Elliott visited the Elmsford Union Free School District, first at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School and then the Carl L. Dixson Primary School, as part of his station’s special First Alert Weather 101 promotion. The brother and sister duo of kindergarten teacher Kerry Young and physical education teacher Drew Watson, unbeknownst to one another, had both applied to be a part of the informative segment. The station agreed to visit both schools. Group of students around television crew

    A highlight of the visit for Grady students was spending part of their recess outside while Mr. Elliott introduced them to viewers before giving the forecast for the upcoming few days — dry for now, but hotter and more humid later in the week. Students stood behind him while he delivered the forecast before being given the OK to cheer and shout on live TV.

    Shortly before this, students had gathered in the gymnasium where Mr. Elliott discussed different weather phenomena and talked about staying safe in extreme weather. He regaled them with exciting stories of his own adventures while broadcasting, like the time he and his crew took shelter in a hotel during a storm. They heard a loud noise, and the next morning, which dawned calmer, they discovered the noise had been a car slamming into the side of the building.

    Man holding crystal ballMr. Elliott said he knows people wonder how weather forecasters predict the weather, and contrary to popular belief, they do not consult a crystal ball. Much of the information they need to make meteorological predictions comes from physics, he said.

    “We break it into small parts and can solve problems,” he said of developing a forecast based on data.

    He discussed what can happen when hotter air near the earth’s surface hits the colder air in the upper atmosphere, the differences between High and Low pressure and what a forecaster means when they refer to a Warning (a significant weather event is happening now!) and a Watch (a weather event could happen).

    “Weather is serious,” he said, noting how things can change in moments.

    Staying safe is just as critical as knowing what weather is coming your way. He strongly suggested students, in the event of a bad storm, move to the bathroom and cover their face, neck and stomach, all vulnerable areas that can be damaged due to flying debris.

    “I love weather, but you have to be safe,” he said.

    “It was really fun today,” sixth grader Carla Lazo said. “We learned about things, how to be safe. John is my new favorite weatherman!”

    “I think the program helped me improve my knowledge of meteorology,” said classmate Nina Ware. “It helped me get a better idea of what can happen in an emergency and what to do to stay safe.”

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  • Special campaign teaches students how to spread kindness 

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/13/2022 12:00:00 PM

    Group of children holding up signRecently headlines regarding gun violence shootings have been horrific, causing a teacher at Alice E. Grady Elementary School to help her students make the world better and happier by uplifting one another. 

    "We just needed to instill kindness after all these tragic events,” Kindness Campaign coordinator and fourth grade teacher Christine Budzynski, citing the events in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo.

    Several activities, like the Dance Party Fridays she does with her students, was created to help with a student’s social-emotional well-being. She also runs the leadership council at her school, the elected governing body comprised of students

    “After all that has happened, I said, 'you are the ones who can start’ making the world better,” Ms. Budzynski told her students and encouraged them to “do a kind act, pay it forward.” 

    Since then, she has developed several simple activities for her students, many of which have been shared with other teachers and spread throughout the school. Among them were making thank you cards to share with a friend. 

    Another saw students create a poster filled with positive messages that were hung in the hallway outside of the cafeteria. Each poster had a ticket hanging from the bottom that students could tear off. The ticket suggested a random act of kindness they could perform.  

    There were also daily lessons, such as taking time to talk about what kindness means or watching a video about how small acts of kindness can make a difference. Additionally, Ms. Budzynski had conversations with her students about kind actions they could perform, like inviting someone eating alone in the cafeteria to join a larger group. 

    One day, Ms. Budzynski, handed each of her students a sheet of paper with a name of a classmate written on it. Students were asked to anonymously write what they liked about that person. She then collected the papers and handed them to the person whose name was written on the paper so they could each see how much their peers appreciated them. 

    “The students were so excited to get a message,” Ms. Budzynski said. “They loved that. That made a big impact.” 

    Other class activities included writing in gratitude journals, shoutouts to friends and buddying up with students in other grades. 

     

    She had students in her leadership council paint rocks with a variety of colors and write fun message on them. The rocks were placed at the school’s entrance where they can be seen by all school community members as they come into the building. 

    “It just came from wanting to do something,” Ms. Budzynski said of the campaign. “I am the type of person who always asks what we are going to do? If you made a difference with a couple of students, you made a difference. We had to bring people together.” 

    Other teachers have begun to do some of the activities Ms. Budzynski shared with them in their own classrooms.  

    “I think it’s really helping, and I think it’s what we needed,” said Maia Hood, a fourth-grade math and science teacher. “It raises the morale. At the end of the year, the children suffer from burnout. They need the boost.” 

    Based on the how well-received the project was by students, Ms. Budzynski said that she plans to continue the program next year. 

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  • Valedictorian and Salutatorian say EUFSD offered ‘comfortable’ place for seniors to launch

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 6/9/2022 3:00:00 PM

    When asked for a word they felt would describe their school, both the Alexander Hamilton High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2022 had one word come to mind: comfortable. Two girls stand in front of sign

    Both agreed that the atmosphere at Hamilton enabled them to develop into the people they were meant to be.

    “I feel like it’s comfortable here,” Salutatorian Erica Bailey said. “I’m going out to the real world and I’m a little nervous.”

    “It’s a very comfortable environment,” agreed Valedictorian Kathleen Paino. “Especially with the teachers.”

    The two said they had a sense of what was to come last spring and even this past fall in terms of their class rank. When their suspicions were confirmed, Kathleen and Erica were excited and used the information on their college applications and submissions for scholarships.

    The two have had time to get used to the idea, although, they both admit they haven’t started on their graduation speeches yet, which they will deliver at the commencement ceremony on June 22.

    In the fall Kathleen will be attending Vanderbilt University as an undecided major and Erica will be attending SUNY Stony Brook and plans on studying computer science.

    The two have known one another since their time in elementary school and agreed that Hamilton allowed them to develop leadership skills that they might not have otherwise due Hamilton’s supportive environment.

    Kathleen played soccer and was a member of the girls’ softball team. She most recently served as the president of student government.

    “One of my favorite parts is the relationships you have on your team,” Kathleen said of playing sports. “You get to meet new people.”

    Erica has made her mark in the school band where she plays trumpet. As the only senior in the trumpet section, Erica has become a leader there.

    “It’s nice seeing all the new faces I get to train,” she said.

    Principal Joseph Engelhardt said since last year there was no doubt who would be head of the class. He feels that under Kathleen’s leadership in student government the entire atmosphere at the school has changed.

    “Grades aside, what Kathleen has done with student government in the last two years has been magnificent,” Mr. Engelhardt said. “She’s connected students to the school. I don’t think the joy of Hamilton would be back without Kathleen.”

    Throughout her tenure as president, she has been instrumental in developing new events and bringing back old favorites. This year the student body enjoyed movie night, a spring dance, and more recently the Staff vs. Student Basketball game returned. While the results of the game may be up for debate (the students won, Kathleen insists), the event was held at the end of the school day for the first time and drew a large crowd.

    “For the social/emotional well-being of students, which I think is of the utmost importance, its students like Kathleen who step up, it’s the role of student government to have those opportunities to connect to the school and I thank Kathleen for that,” Mr. Engelhardt (who disputes the basketball game results) said.

    Kathleen said she will miss the people, as you get to know one another so well throughout the years.

    For Erica, the teachers will be missed.

    “I will miss them a lot,” she said. “They had such an impact on our lives, it’s hard to let them go.”

    “I feel like our teachers don’t get enough credit,” Kathleen agreed. “They are always there for you. We would not be able to do as well academically and socially if we weren’t supported so well.”

    The two young women said they are open to whatever the future brings. Erica, who would like to work in animation, said she also would like to take some time to learn more about her Japanese heritage.

    “I’m half-Japanese and I want to explore my culture more,” she said, adding that she stopped attending a Japanese language school years ago and now wishes she had stuck with it so she could speak to the members of her family who live in Japan.

    “I can see myself in business management,” Kathleen said, adding that she also plans to travel.

    “Both of these young students serve as such perfect role models for the younger students,” Mr. Engelhardt said. “They are high achieving academically, but they are also good hearted. I really value that.”

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  • Let’s hear it for the ladies - AHHS celebrates women

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 5/26/2022 8:15:00 AM

    Walking through the hallways at Alexander Hamilton High School there was literal music in the air as part of the day’s celebration of women.

    Special education teacher Cheryl Joseph, who helped organize the event, knew that Women’s History Month had passed, but still felt it was important to celebrate women and their accomplishments.

    Throughout the day, musical interludes were part of the school’s effort to honor women on Friday, May 13. Seventh grader and pianist Christopher Sanchez played an original song called “Birth of Inspiration.” He started playing in the third-floor hallway. Then his friends carried his keyboard to a new location. Students in several nearby classes entered the halls to hear him play. Boy at keyboards in school hallway

    Christopher has been playing piano since he was a child and is mostly self-taught.

    “I think it just comes naturally to me,” he said. “It’s a gift.”

    Initially Christopher said he felt nervous when he first began to play to an audience in the hallways, but his nervousness soon subsided, he said, when he heard listeners applauding, he relaxed and enjoyed sharing his talent.

    Christopher was not the only one playing music in school. Between classes, the loudspeakers played songs inspired by and sung by women, including “I am Woman” by Emmy Meli, “Superwoman” by Alicia Keyes and “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston.

    In addition to the musical interludes, several students shared original poems.

    Junior Sade Alli read her poem, “Woman,” over the loudspeaker:

    WOMAN

    W - for what in the world

    9 months of pain and perseverance

    To be restrained in spite of appearance

    O - for one of a kind

    Always refined

    Never to be denied

    M - for material girl

    Atta girl, girl boss, superwoman

    Whatever it may be

    She is a hero

    A - for able cuz she makes things work

    N - for noise, clap it up for all the ladies in the building!

    “Sade is a force,” Ms. Joseph said. “She flies like a butterfly and stings like a bee with her words.”

    All women in the building - students and staff members alike - were encouraged to wear white, in honor of the suffragists who marched for women’s voting rights in the early part of the 20th century. The men were asked to wear pink in support.

    Sophomore Sika Detifafa said that she decided to wear white in support of women.

    “It’s about women being represented,” she said. “I wanted to be part of that.”

    For freshman Daya Johns, wearing white was about women being seen.

    “It’s about being a woman and being human,” Daya said.

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