February 2019
Important Updates 
  • Board of Education meeting March 5 at 7 p.m., SMS Library
  • Stacey Elconin has been formally appointed the new Director of Special Services, with a start date of July 1, 2019.
Kindness Jars Are Social Emotional Learning in Action   
Emma Steinberg and Gianna Comunale deliver a kindness jar to Stefanie Pacheco's second-grade class. 
Gianna Comunale and Emma Steinberg stand in front of a second-grade classroom holding a jar filled with small slips of paper, on which kind affirmations are written.
"You are enough," reads Gianna. "You are special." 
These two fourth-grade students at Somers Intermediate School are spreading kindness throughout the schools in the district by delivering these jars to classrooms, nurses' offices, main offices, guidance offices - anywhere a kind word might come in handy. READ MORE
Keep Calm and Take a Break    
A kindergartner demonstrates the Take a Break chair in his classroom.
At any given time during the school day, kindergarten teacher Robin Gaudio might catch one of her students quietly showing her a "T" with his or her hands .
"We do a sign if we need a break or are in a mood," says a student. "You go over to the Take a Break chair and have choices of things to do to calm down."
The children volunteer emotions that might warrant a visit to the Take a Break chair, including mad, sad, worried, not focused, silly, out of control, and wiggly.
"The chair makes you feel calm and better so you can be a good listener," says another student. "It's soft, you get to be patient. It helps you every time."
The Take a Break chair is a new element of the Responsive Classroom curriculum at Primrose Elementary School, used to teach children to identify and manage their feelings.
Responsive Classroom is a key component in the district's commitment to Social and Emotional Learning. READ MORE 
Scholastic Award Winners

Twenty-nine students from Somers Middle School and Somers High School have been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing awards this year. Eighth-grader Olivia Bilosi received a Gold Key Award for her novel. Her work will move on to be adjudicated at the national level of the competition. All winners are invited to attend the Regional Awards Ceremony held on Sunday, March 3th at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Click here for the full list of winners.
In Tune with Technology 
Students in a high school music class watch as music teacher Terry Reynolds writes on the TruTouch board.
Two students stand at the front of their music class writing on the board. Not an unusual sight at Somers High School, except the kids are each writing their thoughts with an index finger on a digital screen, at the same time.
"That's just one feature of this board that is awesome," says music teacher Terry Reynolds. "Up to ten people can be writing at the same time.
The board is a TruTouch interactive display by Newline that is changing the way students learn about music at the high school. READ MORE
Community Service Fair Well Attended 

The Somers High School Parent Teacher Student Association Community Service Fair took place on February 8, 2019 during lunch periods. The purpose of the event is to introduce high school students to local not-for-profit agencies that offer volunteer opportunities to cultivate individual passions, curiosity, and career skills while promoting strong, community citizenship. Many great organizations attended, and students learned how they can help. Thank you to our organizers and to the organizations that participated. 
Spotlight on Somers: Middle Years Programme
Somers Middle School is transitioning to the Middle Years Programme, the middle school extension of the International Baccalaureate Programme. Watch Superintendent Ray Blanch and middle school Principal Jeff Getman discuss why they are making the change and how it will benefit students.

Somers Central School District
250 Route 202
Somers, NY 10589