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It seems school board member and Spring Valley mayoral candidate Bernard Charles had a better place to be Thursday night than an NAACP forum -- a place where there were far more voters to whom to make his campaign pleas.
Rather than attending a community forum hosted by the NAACP, Charles was spotted at Rockland Boulders stadium where thousands of Hasidic Jewish men and boys gathered to hear...Read more »
Amy Seiden was outbid online Wednesday by a 13-year-old in Ossining who really wants to win that shoe-shopping trip with teachers Sarah Arbitrio and Linda Whitney.
And with just three days to go, the leading bid to be assistant princpal for a day at Roosevelt Elementary School is up to $50.
The Ossining MATTERS fundraiser, which antes up cash for extracurricular programs and equipment,...Read more »
Teachers have been letting off a lot of steam lately about how standardized tests don't inspire creativity. Not true for one upstate 13-year-old, Sophia Stevens of Saranac.
As reported by The Washington Post blog Answer Sheet, Stephens actually created an entire mock test Sunday, constructed as a clever commentary on state tests, which students began taking Tuesday.
In her fake test,...Read more »
Applause for one of Westchester's very own.
New Rochelle educator Anne Marie Rooney was named one of five finalists for top teacher in a contest on "Live with Kelly and Michael" Tuesday morning.
Rooney is a special-education teacher at Ward Elementary School. She was nominated by the parents of one of her students, Timothy Bavosa, who wrote an impassioned letter to the TV...Read more »
For the second school board meeting in a row, a group of outraged East Ramapo students will take to the sidewalk outside of the administrative building Tuesday night to give board members and the community something to think about.
Last month, about 100 students held up English and Hebrew signs calling for the restoration of graduation day on a Sunday rather than Monday and at their schools...Read more »
Students at Peekskill Middle School have turned the destruction from superstorm Sandy into a months-long investigation of climate change that they will present at a symposium in Florida next month.
Gathered to practice their 20-minute speech Thursday in a middle school art room, the students spoke of how power outages, downed trees and spoiled food made them think more about why two major...Read more »
A 2010 Hudson Valley graduate has found himself on page 19 of the New York Post on Monday -- not for scandal or intrigue -- but for discovering a gel that one day could save soldiers' lives.
Joe Landolina, 20, of Pine Bush, and his business partners at Suneris Inc. have developed a gel patch that can be placed on a wound to quickly stop the bleeding. He has partnered with a cardiovascular...Read more »
The East Ramapo School Board president called community activists miscreants and labeled students the pawns of adults Tuesday, just before taking a step toward effectively silencing public comment with a policy change. And there's not much frustrated parents can do about it.
Daniel Schwartz said those folks had chosen to use public comment as "a vehicle of both intimidation and to harass,...Read more »
The mother of a student who was the subject of some harsh words from East Ramapo School Board attorney Albert D'Agostino filed a complaint with the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District on Thursday.
Charlene Williams-Pulakos asked the committee to investigate an incident Tuesday in which D'Agostino allegedly called her 17-year-old son, Nicholas, a profane name after a School...Read more »
Nineteen Westchester County and Putnam County high school students will head to international science competitions after presenting grand prize-winning projects at the 2013 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.
On Saturday, students showcased projects at Sleepy Hollow High School that they've spent their high school careers and summers developing. The topics researched range from cancer...Read more »