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Superintendent's Update: January 13, 2023

January 13, 2023

Dear TUFSD Families and Staff:

“People Helping People.” This is the title of an assembly scheduled for our middle school students next week that is led by one of our own SHHS alumni, Jay Sampio. Jay and his family serve as great examples of those committed to helping others and, as we approach the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy, I am in awe of how our families, alumni and students continue to find ways to care for and support one another. 

This week, students in our Science Research Program held a practice night to begin presenting their research for feedback. Their original research is impressive and you’ll be hearing more about that in the coming months. Today, I want to acknowledge that several alumni took the time to show up and show their support for these students, as well as the program. Another example of our students’ commitment is the in-school thrift shop at SHHS created by senior Sophie Taylor. Her personal interest in thrifting, combined with a desire to support others, sparked this idea which has benefited many at the high school and recently earned her recognition from Westchester County with a Youth Service Award. Finally, take a moment to view this infographic highlighting the profound impact our homegrown Sleepy Hollow High School Food pantry has had upon our community in its first year in existence. 

The district is steeped in the process of developing its strategic coherence plan and we held a very productive work session on Wednesday at the Warner Library. With a draft vision of a graduate as a guide, the 24 planning team members have researched and assessed various areas of district functioning to determine how aligned they are to the vision of a graduate. As we develop this plan, we remain focused upon preparing every student for learning, life, and work beyond school.

Following are a number of important updates and information about next week:

Martin Luther King Day: Our schools will be closed this Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  Schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 17th.

2023-24 Incoming K Registration: The first of our two Kindergarten registration evenings will be held on Thursday, January 19th from 4:00 to 6:00PM in the multipurpose room of John Paulding Elementary School.  Please click on this link for more information regarding Registration.  

Pasta Pizzazz: On Tuesday, January 17th SHMS/HS will be hosting a free jazz concert and pasta dinner beginning at 6:00PM in the SHHS Cafeteria.  The concert will feature our middle and high school jazz bands and combos.  Please see the attached  flyer.

Peter Pan: Sleepy Hollow Middle School is proud to present their Winter Musical, Peter Pan!  Performances will be held at the SHMS/HS Auditorium on Friday, January 20th at 7:00PM and on Saturday, January 21st at 11:30AM.  All are welcome.  Please see the attached flyer  for further details. Break a leg!

Internet Safety and Awareness Parent Presentation: This presentation is organized by Sleepy Hollow Middle School and is funded through a generous donation from the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns.  It is designed to educate parents about the risks and dangers of the internet and provide strategies to safeguard against them.  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, January 25th beginning at 6:30PM in the SHHS Auditorium.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

2023-24 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Applications: UPK Lottery Applications are open to the families in our community. If your child will be 4 years old by December 1, 2023, please consider applying to be a part of our lottery for the Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center PreKindergarten Program at John Paulding School. The application can be found at the JP UPK Lottery Application Website

Sleepy Hollow Snow Angels: This program was created by the Sleepy Hollow PBA and the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department. It is a volunteer program that will help senior citizens during hazardous weather. They are seeking both people to apply who need assistance, as well as volunteers.  Please see this link for additional information.

Respiratory Illness Information: With winter approaching we wanted to share this information regarding the signs and symptoms of various respiratory illnesses which are impacting our region. As always, if you or your child become ill, please contact your medical provider.

COVID+ Reporting: Please report any COVID positive cases to your building principal and school nurse.

Rapid COVID Tests: If you are in need of additional tests for your child, please complete the following Google Form and we will be able to provide you with additional tests.

I want to leave you with a quote from Dr. King that I find inspiring, the spirit of which I am so proud to see here in the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.” I hope you enjoy the long weekend. 

Sincerely,

Chris Borsari

Superintendent of Schools