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Top: Mamaroneck Ave. School 3rd grade students perform in strings concert. Featured immediately above: Across-District collaboration between MAS 2nd graders and Mamaroneck High School's PACE students results in culminating performance for parents.

March, 2019

District Highlights:

  • Superintendent's Recommended Budget: Discussion Continues
  • MUFSD at Forefront of Introducing NY's New Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework
  • WATCH: "Shaps Chat" on LMCTV: Design Thinking at the Middle School and High School Levels
  • The Music Production Staff Behind Mamma Mia! Up Next: Senior New Plays
  • 1st Annual International Coffee Welcomes New District Families
  • Spanish Book Fair Opens Today at MAS
  • Spring Sports Season is Here: Check Out This Season's Schedules
  • MHS Alumnus and Maryland Heavyweight is All-American for Second Year
  • Hommocks Students Participate in Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Happy 100th Birthday Rose!
  • Mamaroneck Minute and Facing History Videos In Case You Missed Them

2019-2020 Superintendent's Recommended Budget Provides for Continuous Improvement, Is Fiscally Sound

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Shaps rolled out details of his recommended budget for the 2019-2020 school year at the Feb. 26 Board of Education meeting, calling it an articulation of the education plan for the next school year. The plan falls under the State's allowable tax levy increase and translates into a 0.7% budget-to-budget increase over the current year.

"Despite the challenges of educating significantly more students due to continued enrollment growth, we are proud to be able to present a budget that is fiscally sound and mindful of our taxpayers, yet provides for innovation and continuous improvement of our educational offerings," Dr. Shaps said.
The Board of Education will continue budget discussion at the March 26 and April 2 public meetings.

MUFSD at Forefront of Introducing NY's New Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

Work continues with regional social studies specialist April Francis to introduce NY State's new social studies curriculum framework in Mamaroneck Schools. Earlier this month, she guided 5th grade teachers in mapping an upcoming unit. She conducted a demo lesson on advanced African civilizations and Mansa Musa. More broadly, Ms. Francis has been introducing educators across the District to New York's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education framework and review lessons and strategies developed to address hard history topics. Ms. Francis has pointed to Mamaroneck as one of the districts that is at the forefront of introducing this new framework.

Shaps Chat: Conversation with the Superintendent Focuses on Design Thinking in Mamaroneck Schools

The 2nd edition of Shaps Chat on LMCTV features two segments on Design Thinking in Mamaroneck Schools. In the first segment, Superintendent Dr. Shaps interviews Hommocks Technology Teachers Ron Nobles and Grace Brew. The second segment offers insights from Mamaroneck High School's Engineering Teacher Jim Love and Computer Science Teacher Jigar Jadav. Students are introduced to foundation concepts at the middle school. By senior year at MHS, they are collaborating in a design lab and working to solve real-world problems by integrating computer science, engineering and design principles.

"I bet you there are few middle schools in the country where students are building their own drones and then programming drones and flying them around the school." - Ron Nobles, Hommocks Technology Teacher
"Every single one of our middle school students has an experience with robotics and drones." - Grace Iarocci-Brew, Hommocks Technology Teacher
"We are facilitating projects that students are creating solutions for." - Jigar Jadav, MHS Computer Science Teacher
"The program is very dynamic, changing from year-to-year depending on what the students want. The most consistent thing that we run has been the robotics program with the competitions, but beyond that, it's about the students' ideas and trying to push their work out to the real world to have impact beyond the classroom." - Jim Love, MHS Engineering Teacher

Congratulations to the Cast, Crew & Production Staff of Mamma Mia! Plus a Shout-Out to the Orchestra Pit

Above: Production staff behind the huge success of Mamaroneck High School's musical Mamma Mia!

1st Annual International Coffee Welcomes New Families

The District's 1st Annual International Coffee gave families new to the Mamaroneck School District the chance to ask questions and hear insights from other parents, as well as Hommocks and Mamaroneck High School administrators. It was a wonderful way to welcome these families and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of families that make up the Mamaroneck-Larchmont community.

The 1st Annual International Coffee, organized by the PTA Council, was held in Mamaroneck High School's café on March 20.

Spanish Book Fair Opens at Mamaroneck Ave. School

The 3rd Annual Spanish Book Fair runs today, Tuesday, March 26 from 9 am - 4:30 pm through tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27 (8 am - 12 noon). The fair features about 500 authentic and translated Spanish texts for Grades K-7. Tonight is Family Night with Zumba dancing at 6:30 pm!

Spring Sports Season is Here! GO TIGERS GO!

MHS Alumnus and Maryland Heavyweight Youssif Hemida is an All-American for Second Straight Year

Heavyweight Youssif Hemida takes down Iowa's Sam Stoll with a single leg in the NCAA Tournament round of 12 in PPG Paints Arena on March 22, 2019. (Tyler Ecker/The Diamondback)

Hommocks Band Students Enjoy Participating in Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade in Mamaroneck

Happy 100th Birthday to MHS Alumna & Longtime Mamaroneck Resident Rose Serrechia DeCioccio

A special birthday shoutout to Rose Serrechia DeCioccio, who turned 100 earlier this month. Rose, a 1939 graduate from Mamaroneck High School and a lifelong resident of Mamaroneck, married Rocco DeCioccio on June 27th, 1944. They had four children, and currently there are nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She celebrated her 100th milestone with family and friends at her home where she still resides in Mamaroneck and skyped for the first time with her 94 year old sister in Florida.

Happy 100th Birthday Rose!
Rose's Mamaroneck High School graduation photo, 1939


Mamaroneck Minute with Lolo Mitchell, a Campus Supervisor at MHS

MHS Staff Explores the Impact of Identity on Teaching through Work with Facing History and Ourselves

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