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At a fundraiser on June 9, under the Rye Town Park Pavilion, a parent and committee of the Rye High School Parsons Street Players raised over $15,000 for upgrades to the sound system at the school’s Performing Arts Center.

In moving appeals, Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Monahan and Rye High music teacher and Players’ advisor Tom Snowden, along with outgoing and incoming PSP presidents Jaime Ryan and Abi Repetto, emphasized what the performing arts, the Players, and the Performing Arts Center mean to Rye’s children, families, and the community. 

The Center serves a multitude of functions, from RMS/RHS theater productions and musical concerts, to Rye School of Dance performances, “Heard in Rye” presentations, and elementary school ceremonies.

The estimated cost of the sound system is $70,000, so the committee is reaching out to the community for donations. Checks may be made payable to: Rye City School District with “Donation PSP/Sound Equipment” in the memo line, and mailed to Randee Glick-Polito, 15 Winthrop Street, Rye, NY 10580.

 

By Philip Beebe

Wondering what the noise the last few months on the corner of Cedar Street and Grandview Avenue has been about? That’s just Rye Country Day School digging and drilling its way into the future of their education system.

The Cohen Center for the Creative Arts is progressing full STEAM ahead. In doing so, an outdated girls’ gymnasium, once called the Lower School Multipurpose Room, was taken down.

In an interview with the paper last week, Headmaster Scott Nelson explained that while the women’s basketball court inside the now-demolished gym was once regulation size standards changed over time making the court outmoded. In recent years, Mr. Nelson added, “The gym was underutilized, used more for wrestling and fencing team practice and miscellaneous events.”

As part of a campaign with the school, “Advancing a Tradition of Excellence”, Rye Country Day decided to strengthen its arts and STEAM programs. The Cohen Center will also free up other spaces in the school that have been used for things like studio art and theatre.

When asked if he thought the building was a good long-term investment for the school, Mr. Nelson said the Cohen Center is set to serve the needs of the school for at least 40 years. The complex will be fitted with energy-efficient lighting as well as windows which will bring more daylight inside. Custom thermostats throughout the school will help with overall energy use.

And Rye Country Day has another major project set to begin: enlarging the Edward B. Dunn Performing Arts Center and outfitting it with stadium-style seating to give those in the audience better sightlines.

Mr. Nelson expects the Cohen Center to be completed by next summer.

Be sure to keep your hard hats on for the rest of this journey.

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Rendering of the new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts

Resurrection Grammar School celebrated the graduation of 32 eighth graders on June 9. These highly accomplished students earned nearly $500,000 in scholarships toward their high school educations.

The graduates will be attending the following schools:

Archbishop Stepinac High School

Brunswick School

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Fordham Preparatory School

Iona Preparatory School

Kennedy Catholic

Rye High School

Salesian High School

School of the Holy Child

The Ursuline School

Ugg-a-Wugg WOW!

The recent Milton School 5th grade production of “Peter Pan Jr.” was something to crow about. Enchanted audiences were transported to the Darling home in London, a pirate ship, and a place where dreams really do come true.

While packed with near-escapes and high-flying adventure, the spectacular show left everyone thinking lovelier things.

— Photos courtesy of Maureen McKeown Tsuchida and Margaret Bagley

Tina Yu Wilson, who brings nearly 20 years of experience in public education in Westchester and New York City, was appointed principal of Rye Neck High School, effective July 1.

She joins Rye Neck from the Hendrick Hudson Central School District, where she currently serves as assistant principal. During her tenure there, Wilson has held a number of positions: supervising administrator of the Math and Science departments, district delegate for Project Lead the Way programs, and co-facilitator of the implementation of the Teacher is the Core initiative.

Before that, Wilson worked for the New York City Department of Education, as an assistant principal and as a middle and high school Science and Math teacher.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Long Island University. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Education from Manhattanville College.

Rye Neck Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro says, “Tina Wilson’s leadership will quickly prove an asset to the High School. She is an experienced and highly effective administrator who understands the importance of creating and maintaining a school culture of inquiry, building positive relationships with students, providing opportunities for professional collaboration and professional growth for teachers, and engaging all stakeholders through clear communication and accountability.”

Rye Country Day Girls’ Tennis

By Melanie Cane

In its first year as a spring sport and therefore in the FAA league, the Rye Country Day Girls’ Tennis team finished the season with a 10-4 record. In their last regular match, May 12, they beat King 5-2. All of the doubles teams won 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman Sena Selby, the top singles player, played her best match of the season. She beat King’s top player who until then was undefeated in league play.

On May 15, Selby and the No. 1 doubles team of Lily Rosen and Sofia Wilmer made it to the semifinal round of the FAA tournament. Both Selby and Rosen/Wilmer lost in the semifinals to the eventual champions.

Coach Jen Smith said it was a terrific season. “This being the first time the girls played in the spring, the team did quite well. I am very proud of all the players and thank them for their commitment.”