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  • MCSD & the Putnam County Health Department Offer Free Flu Vaccinations

     The Putnam County Health Department has worked with the Mahopac Central School District to provide free influenza immunization to our school community.  Please read the attached letter, information about the influenza vaccine, and complete and return the consent form to your building principal's office if you would like your child to receive the flu vaccination.  

     School flu vaccination clinic schedule for 2016:

    Austin Road – 11/09/2016
    Fulmar Road – 11/10/2016 
    Lakeview Elementary – 11/10/2016
    Mahopac Middle School – 11/14/2016
    Mahopac High School – 11/15/2016

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  • Transportation Information

    All transportation information will be available on Parent Portal beginning August 30, 2016. If you need access to Parent Portal, contact Marie Micol at (845)621-0656.

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  • Moving?

    When planning to move within district or out of district at any time, please select the appropriate form and inform the main office at 845 628 0440.

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  • Before and After School Child Care

    The YMCA in Somers provides before and after school child care programs at Fulmar Road. To register, call 914-276-2398 ext 10 or obtain a form in the Main Office.

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  • Mahopac Principal Fulfills Promise — to Kiss a Pig

    “If everyone finishes the book ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ I will kiss a pig,” Fulmar Road Elementary School Principal Gary Chadwick told the student body and staff during the school’s One School, One Book assembly back in May. Chadwick fulfilled his promise this week, when traveling petting zoo Two By Two Zoo came to visit, bringing with them not just the pig, but lots of other animals as well.

    Every student and staff member at Fulmar Road was given the challenge to read “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White. Starting in May, students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, office workers and all school personnel and family members began to read the book as part of One School, One Book, a program sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy.

    Anticipation built this week, while students enjoyed petting all kinds of animals, including rabbits, kangaroos, turtles, snakes, parrots and goats, among others. But the real excitement came when Chadwick took his place at the pavilion.

    “As you remember, I promised to kiss a pig if everyone did their reading,” Chadwick said, addressing the students. “I don’t think a day has gone by when one of you hasn’t said, ‘You better kiss that pig!’”

    “I am so thankful that all of you took the time to read ‘Charlotte’s Web,’” Chadwick told students.

    As the Two By Two staff member lifted Freddie the pig up, Chadwick kissed him, as students laughed and applauded.

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  • Reading Builds Community at Fulmar Road

    Every student and staff member at Fulmar Road Elementary School is on the same page—literally. Starting this month, students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, office workers and all school personnel will read “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.B. White, as part of the One School, One Book program.

    Excited students entered the auditorium at the school for the book’s reveal this week. They were encouraged to dress in country garb while a video played with students and staff wearing cowboy hats and holding up a question mark. At the end, Principal Gary Chadwick revealed the book to be “Charlotte’s Web.”

    “We are immersing students in literacy,” said Fulmar Road special education teacher and building coordinator Allyson Fallman. “Virtually everyone at the school will be reading the book, and we encourage family members at home to read it as well.” Children can read the story out loud, to family members, or to themselves—whatever they like. It is hoped that the idea of the entire school and family community reading together will foster a love for reading in students.

    But perhaps Principal Chadwick gave students the biggest impetus to read the book, when he delivered a challenge.

    “If everyone does their nightly reading and shares what they read and finishes the book, I will kiss a pig,” he told students. In doing this, Principal Chadwick practically assured 100 percent participation!

    The One School, One Book program is sponsored by Read to Them, a non-profit organization promoting family literacy.

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  • New Writing Curriculum Enriches Mahopac Elementary Schools

    Collaboration is the key to success of the new writing curriculum introduced to all three Mahopac elementary schools this year. “That, and more time spent on writing units,” according to Austin Road Assistant Principal Bryan Gilligan, who headed up the committee charged with changing the writing program last summer. “We used to spend a few days on each writing unit, and now we spend about a month,” said Gilligan. “You can really see the difference in the students’ participation, because they get much more of a sense of the material.”

    The committee consists of teachers from each grade of each of the district’s three elementary schools: Austin Road, Fulmar Road and Lakeview. “We meet once a month, and the collaboration has been awesome,” said committee member Michelle Seymour, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. “Every teacher has always had great ideas, but now we all get to share with each other.”

    The writing committee came together over the summer to plan the units and provide support materials, according to Gilligan. “It’s great because everyone is on the same page now, working on the same units at the same time,” he said. “But within those units each teacher has the freedom to be creative.” Teachers can share ideas for lesson plans on Google Drive, which makes collaboration easy.

    Seymour’s class is working on the Opinion unit of the curriculum, with a recent class lesson devoted to students’ opinions on the fairytale “Goldilocks.” 

    With words such as I feel, I believe, and I think on a board in front of students during writing time, Seymour prompts them for their opinion on the story. “Do you think Goldilocks made good decisions?” she asks. Students excitedly raise their hands in unison, competing to respond first.

    “The students are much more excited about writing now,” said Danielle Fearns, who teaches first grade at Austin Road. Fearns credits the extra time and the fact that students are encouraged to make “imperfect” rough drafts, which gives them more independence. “They know that they can have mistakes in their first draft and that there will be time to correct everything later,” she said, “so they are more confident. They know there is no stigma to having a misspelling in a draft, so they are more comfortable taking risks and being creative in their drafts.”

    Lakeview teacher Michelle Savino said that the writing program promotes student independence and metacognition. “The students take ownership of their ideas and work collaboratively to edit/revise their pieces using the skills they have been taught during our mini-lessons,” she said. “These skills have transferred to their work in other content areas, and they have become stronger writers overall.”

    Fellow Lakeview teacher Kathy Hursak also thinks the program has resulted in stronger writers. “The writing program enables the students to engage in text for optimal comprehension, resulting in better writing,” she said.

    One of the benefits of the writing program is the use of mentor texts that are used to model and explain different aspects of writing, according to Fulmar Road fifth grade teacher Liza Kertelits. “This allows the students to analyze the writer’s craft, and it provides them with great examples of the different writing genres,” she said.

    The workshop approach encourages students to take risks with their writing and be more independent, according to Fulmar Road teacher Carol Stefunek. “The children truly believe and know that they, too, are authors, and they can't wait to share their published pieces with their classmates.”

    Students in Maryanne LaRue’s second grade class at Austin Road are working on writing “how to” books in writer’s workshop. “As part of the non-fiction unit, students wrote out things that they know how to do well and can teach someone else.  Some examples are: how to do a cartwheel, or how to make pizza,” she said. Before that, students created “all about” books, where they went into depth about a topic of interest to them.

    “I love the new program,” LaRue said. “It has improved students’ writing so much. It is much more hands on and provides them with research skills that they can really use later on. They are learning how to write in sequential steps, which is so important.”

    Fulmar Road teacher Andrea Jones said that students love the program so much that they want to keep writing even when the period is over. “The new program brings an excitement for writing,” she said. “When students are complaining when it is over, you know the program is working.”

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  • Fulmar Road Students Learn Food Web Chain of Command

    A moose may be bigger than a butterfly, but both are primary consumers in the food web. That is just one of the interesting facts students at Fulmar Road Elementary School learned during a recent visit from Lauren Barbieri from the Center for Environmental Education at PNW BOCES. Barbieri presented hands-on learning about the food web, a system of interlocking and interdependent food chains.

    Size doesn’t matter when it comes to food webs, Barbieri told fourth graders in Kathleen Barrett’s class. “A moose and a butterfly are very different in size, but they are both herbivores.”

    Barbieri also brought animal skulls for students to examine. The type of teeth and jaws animals have make it easier for them to eat the type of foods they are meant to consume.

    Barrett said that the visit was well timed. “It ties in to our study of the food web, as part of Science 21,” she said.

     

     

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  • Mahopac Schools Celebrate Thanksgiving by Giving

    Thanksgiving is about tradition, and nowhere is the tradition of giving more apparent than in the Mahopac School District. Its years-old custom of giving back via fundraisers and gift baskets celebrates community, as students, parents, teachers and staff go all out to help families in need.

    Mahopac Middle School provided Thanksgiving dinner to 33 area families in need, including turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, pie, and “You name it,” said Lynne Mongon, who coordinated the giving at MMS. They also set up a “pantry” full of staples that recipients could shop from, including flour, sugar, oil, cereal, fruit, baby food, desserts, veggies, and crackers, among other things. The fire departments and local businesses donated turkeys, a local businessman donated 100 pounds of potatoes, and area stores donated gift cards. “It was a true team effort from the community,” said MMS Principal Vince DiGrandi.

    Fulmar Road’s annual food drive supports families in need in the school. Students and staff collected things like cranberry sauce, stuffing and other ingredients for Thanksgiving meals, in addition to staples such as paper towels and pasta.

    Austin Road collected donations and bought gift cards for families in need in its community, with each family receiving a grocery-store gift card for $125.

    And at Mahopac High School, boxes and bags of food poured in to help create an abundance of giving to share with those in need. More than 40 baskets were distributed to help families have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This annual event was organized by high school social workers Kristel Halton, Jenn Stytzer, Davia Bugge and Valerie Trefny and included help from Mahopac’s school counselors, custodians, teachers, students, parents, clubs, and administrators.

    Said Kristel Halton, “Mahopac High School is committed to making community service a priority and promoting empathy and resiliency through acts of kindness. I feel very grateful to be part of a wonderful community.”

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  • Fulmar Road Students Learn Native American Ways

    Wearing head-to-toe period-inspired dress, Native American expert Clint Chartier presented to students at Fulmar Road Elementary School recently on what life was like as an early Native American.

    Chartier, who dressed in clothing he made out of buckskin, also created displays in classrooms, including buffalo hides with hand-painted pictographs, handcrafted tools, headdresses, beads and other adornments.

    Students were fascinated to learn about the dangers of buffalo hunts, how the Native Americans survived the harsh winters, and the ways in which children were taught the old stories and necessary skills to live successfully and safely in the primitive land. After he spoke, Chartier let the children try on the headdresses for themselves, which, for a student or two, was admittedly their favorite part of the day.

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