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Cedar Street, Rye

967-1417

www.ryecountryday.org

Year founded: 1869

Headmaster: Scott Nelson

Grades Pre-K-12

Enrollment: 896

Tuition: $25,700-$41,900

Financial Aid: Rye Country Day provides $5.5 million in need-based financial aid to 16% of the student body. This year they are supporting 141 students.

The Rye Country Day School campus was a busy place this summer with a variety of programs, as well as two major construction projects.

The School held its Mini-Camps and Wildcat Camp sports programs. In June, many faculty and staff participated in the annual Digital Wave program, a series of technology workshops taught by faculty colleagues. Several members of the faculty led a one-week Ethics in the Media Seminar for Upper School students. The six-week Summer School focused mainly on accelerated math courses, while continuing to offer driver’s education classes. On a different part of the campus, Rye Country Day hosted Academic ACTION, an academic enrichment program for 75 middle-school students from several public schools in Westchester and the Bronx. Just prior to preseason, the Upper School will conduct its annual Leadership Retreat for all team captains, elected officers, and club leaders.

The School launched two new off-campus student programs in June: The Public Purpose Office, in conjunction with The World Leadership School, offered a one-week trip to El Paso, Texas, where students studied various aspects of the immigration issue. The Classics Department, through the Padeia Institute, launched the School’s first Global Studies program, which involved a ten-day trip to Sicily.

While facilities were somewhat limited due to construction, the School still managed to support several non-school programs on its campus. In June, the Rye YMCA held its annual counselor training sessions, and Rye Youth Soccer offered an evening summer soccer clinic. In July, PlaySmart Academy offered a one-week program on academics and sports for underserved middle schoolers. Also New-York City-based Prep for Prep held its annual summer outing, involving 150 students, on campus.

The two campus construction projects currently underway include a new, 23,000-square-foot arts center and a major renovation of the existing Dunn Performing Arts Center. The new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts, which will house art studios, photography classrooms, a manual arts shop, a design-oriented Makerspace, and a black box theater, will be completed in July 2018. The renovation of the Performing Arts Center is scheduled for completion by February 2018.

As always, faculty were busy participating in a variety of professional development activities this summer, including technology and math workshops, a music-conducting conference, sustainability programs, summer graduate studies, curriculum development for individual courses, and Rye Country Day’s own Institute on Innovative Teaching and Learning, which provides five summer fellowships in support of faculty efforts to advance specific initiatives at school.

<<NEW FACULTY AND STAFF>>

<<Upper School>>

Ellie Donnell

English

Ms. Donnell previously taught English at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, Calif.

Eric Drotch

Art

Mr. Drotch, the new Art Department chair, previously served in the same position at Gann Academy in Waltham, Mass.

Eileen Q. Juico

Learning Specialist and Humanities Teacher (Psychology)

Ms. Juico returns to Rye Country Day from Barcelona, Spain, where her husband was the head of an international school.

Annie Michel

French

After serving as a long-term substitute the previous semester, Ms. Michel joins the French Department. She previously taught at FASNY.

Dasha J. Polzik

Humanities

Dasha Polzik previously taught at Hotchkiss School.

Jessica Zalph

Humanities

Ms. Zalph recently completed her Masters degree in History at Brown University.

<<Lower School>>

Lucia Carafas

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Carafas is a recent graduate of Purchase College.

Samantha English

Assistant Teacher

A graduate of Amherst College, Ms. English joins the school after two years as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in South Korea.

Juliana Killup

Extended Day Assistant

Ms. Killup, a graduate of Fairfield University, has been working as an Assistant Teacher at the St. Ignatius School in the Bronx.

Robert Landry

Assistant Teacher

Mr. Landry most recently taught at the Birch School in New Windsor, N.Y.

Torie Regan

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Regan previously served as the Extended Day Assistant at Rye Country Day.

Katherine Yuditski

Assistant Teacher

Kiki Yuditski joins the Lower School faculty from Rippowam Cisqua School, where she served as an assistant teacher.

<<Physical Education>>

Breann Joyce

Physical Education

Ms. Joyce, a graduate of Springfield College, has served as an assistant softball coach at Yale and Brandeis.

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By Janice Llanes Fabry

Daniel Warren’s kindergarteners, first, and second graders will be meeting their new principal very soon. If they welcome Tara Goldberg with half the fondness she already has for them, the new school year will be off to a great start.

“I’ve always been connected to the vitality of early childhood,” said Goldberg. “I love their curiosity, playfulness, and natural wonder, whether they lose a tooth or learn something new.” She added, “It is important to seize children’s excitement, tap into their interests, and create opportunities for them to be highly engaged in what they’re learning.”

Come September, she will be introducing herself by visiting each classroom and reading “Ribbit,” a children’s book by Rodrigo Folgueira about making new friends. She plans to engage families by offering weekly Talks with Tara throughout the year.

“Parents can come in for a brief presentation and Q & A, so they can feel connected beyond newsletters and PTSA meetings,” she said. “I want to create opportunities for continuity and share all the exciting things happening here.”

Goldberg learned of the vacancy at the elementary school in the nick of time, two days before the application deadline. “I knew it would be a unique and special opportunity being that there are very few early childhood K through 2 schools,” she said referring to a student population with which she has extensive experience.

Since 2000, she has been educating K through 2 in one form or another — teacher, literacy coach, and administrator. For the last seven years, Goldberg served as a principal at Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School in Manhattan. Her move here is quite a departure from being one of over 40 principals in a district.

“Now, I am one of four and I am very excited to work in this committed, close, and collaborative team,” she said.

The new principal has already met Daniel Warren’s “extremely welcoming and supportive” faculty and staff. Moreover, she is well underway to familiarizing herself with the school community, so she can build upon its strengths.

One of the primary goals she is most passionate about is launching a new reading curriculum in K-5. The district wide initiative will introduce balanced literacy, which provides customized experiences to focus on discrete skills and then students using those skills in their own reading and writing. This differentiated approach includes reading aloud, as well as guided, shared, and interactive reading and writing.

“In addition to lessons for the whole class, balanced literacy focuses on individual and small group needs-based instruction and offers independent practice. There is more movement within the classroom. We will look at where students are and where they can grow,” explained Goldberg, who has been working with this program for 16 years. “We will also be offering students more choices with a richer library that has a broader range of topics and a combination of picture, chapter, narrative and informational books.”

Established in 1928, Resurrection is a Parish-based Pre-K through Grade 8 Catholic school dedicated to developing a love of learning, nurturing spirituality, and guiding each student to make intelligent and responsible choices.

The administrators and faculty are looking forward to getting back to school and working to implement the theme of the 2017-2018 academic year chosen by the National Catholic Educational Association: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.

New and returning students and families will be pleased to find:

 *   New computers in the Grammar School and Middle School Labs

 *   New wiring and servers for faster and more accurate connectivity

 *   New textbooks for 7th and 8th Grade Math that are Common Core-compliant 

 *   On-line textbooks, iPads, and SmartBoards 

 *   Elective courses for junior high students

 *   Archdiocese and Discovery Education, which involves the use of Techbooks in math and science classes.

 *   Open grade books will be available on-line to all parents this year.

The first day of school for grades 1-8 is September 7. The opening liturgy for the school year will take place September 15 at 9 a.m. The PTO is planning a Back to School Ice Cream Social for that day, too.

DANIEL WARREN ELEMENTARY

1310 Harrison Avenue, Mamaroneck

777-4200

Principal: Tara Goldberg

Grades K-2

Enrollment: 335

F.E. BELLOWS ELEMENTARY

200 Carroll Avenue, Mamaroneck

777-4602

Principal: Michael Scarantino

Grades 3-5

Enrollment: 379

RYE NECK MIDDLE SCHOOL

300 Hornidge Road, Mamaroneck

777-4702

Principal: Eric Lutinski

Enrollment: 406

RYE NECK HIGH SCHOOL

300 Hornidge Road, Mamaroneck

777-4800

Principal: Tina Wilson

Enrollment: 455

Rye Neck Enrollment by school  - August 15, 2017

      School                 Grade Level       Enrollment

  • Daniel Warren      K, 1,2                335
  • FE Bellows           3, 4, 5                379
  • Middle School      6, 7, 8                406
  • High School         9, 10, 11, 12      455

Total Enrollment                            1575

Founded by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in

1904, School of the Holy Child is a Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for young women in grades 5-12.

Holy Child has a longstanding history of academic excellence that encourages students to become young women of “conscience and action.” Accomplished and dedicated faculty members foster the spiritual development, individual talents, and interests of each student. This is realized through rigorous and comprehensive academic, arts, athletics, and service learning programs. The school also offers signature programs dedicated to global studies, Italian cultural studies, and engineering and design.

Graduates are prepared for the innovative and critical thought necessary in a diverse, interconnected society. Graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners and commended students who matriculate at a broad range of colleges and universities, including the nation’s most selective institutions.

Admission to Holy Child is selective and based on prior academic records, standardized test results, recommendations, a personal interview, and school visit.

School of the Holy Child

2225 Westchester Avenue, Rye

967-5622

www.holychildrye.org

Year founded: 1904

Head of School: Melissa Dan, Ed.S.

Enrollment: 315

Diversity: 25% of students self-identified as people of color

Faculty: 82

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Average Class Size: 14

Open House: Saturday, October 14, 1-4


Rye Neck High School Principal Tina Wilson

New Principal Tina Wilson Fits Right Into the Rye Neck Equation

By Janice Llanes Fabry

Tina Wilson officially walked through the corridors of Rye Neck High School as the new principal on July 5, and has already been swept up in “Rye Neck’s tremendous amount of pride.”

“I was very purposeful when I applied here,” she said. “Rye Neck is a well-performing district that promotes leadership, achievement, and learning — three goals I believe in. I also know the strong sense of community that exists here.”

An educator for 18 years, Wilson’s last ten were spent as an administrator, most recently as an assistant principal at Hendrick Hudson High School. She is well versed in the supervision of curriculum and instruction, the development of professional learning communities, and the expansion of programs to meet the many academic and enrichment needs of students.

“I want high school to be the positive experience it is supposed to be,” she stressed. “I want the students to feel nurtured, yet challenged.”

The new principal’s immediate goal at Rye Neck is meeting with the teachers. “They have already been tremendously helpful in identifying the school’s strengths and in helping me learn the district’s history and traditions,” she remarked. “As more faculty and staff members trickle in, I will be observing, listening, and learning to determine next steps.”

Grateful for former longtime principal Dr. Barbara Ferraro’s presence on campus, Wilson noted, “She knows the community, the teachers, the families, and individual students. She built a tremendous school here and to follow in her footsteps is an honor.”

Wilson also plans to acquire the students’ input. “I ask a lot of questions and I will get an idea of the courses they want and those we might not have. I will determine where there are opportunities for growth, including AP courses and STEAM electives.”

Before becoming an administrator, Wilson was a tenured science and mathematics teacher. Except for her nascent year teaching at a middle school, she has predominantly worked at the high school level.

“I enjoy working with high school students. This is an important time in their lives. High school offers students a safe environment in which to explore their passions and to figure out what motivates them,” she explained. “It is the place for students to set goals, gain confidence through challenging coursework and extracurricular activities, and to become leaders, be it in service programs, school clubs, and sports, or student government.”