Headlines and Highlights Across the School District
December 2016
  "Love" The Tennis Courts
We are excited to announce that the four new tennis courts at Springhurst Elementary School are ready for play. The courts are open to the community on weekends and when school is NOT in session. During the school year, weekdays are reserved for school use only. The new courts are being used by Physical Education classes, the High School Boys and Girls Tennis teams and by the children during recess.    
Community Book Chats with Dr. Lisa Brady
Let's Talk! Superintendent Brady, in collaboration with the Dobbs Ferry PTSA, hosted a series of book chats this fall for parents in neighborhood homes. The informal discussions centered around the book  Originals - How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam GrantThe Board of Education will host a Work Session on January 17th for interested community members around the book's themes. T opics include  creative destruction, leadership, strategic procrastination, birth order and siblings and other ideas about how we can create the conditions that we want and value in our schools.

School News
High School Science Research
Senior Blake Hord is seeing stars! He was named both a Regional and a National Finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. There were only 20 finalists in the nation and he was the only one in New York State! He headed to Washington DC earlier this week to compete in the final phase of the competition where he came in 6th and earned a $10,000 scholarship. His research project improved on a computer simulation of a planet in formation.Shout out to science research teacher Erica Curran on Blake's stellar achievement. Click here to see Siemen's press release/video .
Middle School Makey Makey Kits 
Middle School STEM 7 students in Lynette Colon's class are exploring the "connection" between electrical circuits and their Google Chromebooks. The current flows out of their Chromebooks, through electrical wires to an external Makey Makey board.  At that point, students can continue the circuit using any materials including a piece of fruit, a ruler or their own bodies. Imagine tapping a banana or your nose to insert spaces into your Google document! Thank you to the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation for providing funding for STEM equipment.
Springhurst Pajamas Stuff-a-Bus 
Students (K-5) collected 120 pairs of new pajamas and 280 new books to donate to the Pajama Program. The PJ's and books will be distributed over the holidays to needy children of all ages throughout Westchester County, including organizations in the Rivertowns. Thank you Holly Cicero, Sue Frey, Lisa Doty and the DASA committee for organizing this wonderful event. Springhurst was the first stop this fall for the "Stuff a Bus" campaign.
Mark Your Calendar
Winter Recess
February 20, 2017 - February 24, 2017
Become a life-long learner today! Register for continuing education classes offered throughout the year for adults and teens. Coordinated by the Dobbs Ferry School District.            http://hrcewestchester.org/

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