Weekly E-Newsletter

 

April 14, 2024


Dear Parents and Guardians,


In our small community, there's a unique charm that comes with living and working closely together. The
true beauty lies in the unwavering support and partnership we share with the community.

Here, community support isn't just a phrase; it's a way of life. Our PTA stands as a beacon of this support,
tirelessly sponsoring school-based initiatives that enrich the lives of our students. From extracurricular
activities to special events, their dedication ensures that every child has opportunities to thrive.


But the support doesn't stop there. Our faculty and staff are at the heart of this community, and their
passion for education and support of our scholars know no bounds. When they have a vision for enhancing
the learning experience, the community rallies behind them. Whether it's through financial contributions or
volunteering their time, everyone plays a part in making these initiatives a reality.


Moreover, the ongoing support of our Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools is instrumental in
driving progress and innovation. Their guidance and commitment to excellence provide the foundation
upon which our educational community thrives.


It's this spirit of collaboration and dedication that sets our small community apart. Together, with the support
of our PTA, Board of Education, Superintendent, and dedicated faculty and staff, we create an environment
where students can flourish, teachers can innovate, and everyone feels a sense of belonging. In our corner
of the world, there's no shortage of support, and that's what makes it truly special.


General Announcements:
New York State English Language Arts Exam - Grades 6 through 8:
On Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, TMS students in grades 6-8 will take the NYS English
Language Arts Exam. The exam will be administered as a Computer-Based exam and students will need
to ensure they bring their chromebook fully charged for the two days of testing. For additional information,
please see the attached letter.

Student Spotlight:
Amanda Shkreli was awarded the 2024 Mark Gjonaj; a scholarship and internship funded by Mark Gjonaj
to encourage Albanian-American students to pursue a career in health sciences or law. Amanda had to
submit a letter of recommendation, completed an essay, and was required to have a GPA of 95% or higher.
Congratulations to Amanda!


Maxwell Institute at TMHS
This week, our 7th and 8th-grade classes were honored by a visit from Lillian Neuman, the Director of
Community Outreach/Prevention Education at the Maxwell Institute. Ms. Neuman delivered a tailored
presentation titled "Decisions Determine Destiny," aimed at addressing crucial topics relevant to our
students. Through this session, students gained insights into pressing issues like vaping, adolescent brain
development, and the cycle of addiction. This visit not only provided valuable information but also fostered
a deeper understanding of the choices that shape our futures. We encourage parents to engage in
conversations with their children about their experiences and takeaways from the presentation, fostering
open dialogue and reinforcing the lessons learned.


TMS Debate Team:
On Saturday, April 13th, the Tuckahoe Middle School Debate Team held its In-House Championship
Tournament, marking the culmination of months of hard work and preparation. Our scholars showcased
their skills by delving into complex topics like fast fashion and colonizing Mars with enthusiasm and flair.
The atmosphere was electric, fostering lively discussions and respectful exchanges. Congratulations to the
Tournament Champions: Meredith Lally, Marin Swenson, and Ally Duffy, and to the Runners-up: Maddie
Connolly, Esther Linn, and Violet Linn. Special recognition goes to Violet Linn, Esther Linn, Abby Arana,
Maddie Connolly, and Marin Swenson for their outstanding speaking skills. Special thank you to continued
support is appreciated as we celebrate the benefits of debate—enhanced critical thinking, effective
communication, camaraderie, and sportsmanship!


A heartfelt thanks to our dedicated Coaches: Laureen Colasacco, Pat O'Connell, and Cheila Mosa, for their
guidance and support throughout the season. Assistant Dawn Risi played a crucial role in organizing and
facilitating the tournament, and we extend our gratitude to her. Special thanks also go to Dawn Risi, Matt,
and the Custodians for their assistance in making the event possible.


We are grateful to our Volunteer Judges: Elizabeth and Victoria Gjelaj, Myles Rivera, Truman Shih, Jane
Sheldon, Stella Sheldon, and Jocelyn Adelstein, for generously donating their time and expertise to
evaluate our debaters. Your contributions are deeply appreciated as we celebrate the benefits of
debate—enhanced critical thinking, effective communication, camaraderie, and sportsmanship!


7th Grade DARE Program
Our DARE program kicked off in our 7th-grade classes on Thursday, April 4th. This program equips
students with essential skills to steer clear of alcohol, drugs, and violence, fostering a safe and supportive
school environment. By specifically focusing on resisting peer pressure and promoting positive choices,
DARE empowers students to lead productive, drug-free lives.


We are fortunate to collaborate with the dedicated officers of the Tuckahoe Police Department for this
initiative. Officer Madan, a proud THS Alumni from the Class of 2013, has already become a beloved figure
among our scholars. We encourage parents to engage in conversations with their children about the
valuable lessons learned in DARE, reinforcing the importance of making healthy choices and staying
resilient against negative influences.

7th Grade Overnight Trip Parent Presentation:
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Thursday evening for our parent information session
regarding the upcoming 7th Grade Overnight Trip to Boston. As promised, we are attaching the
presentation here. Further, should you have any medical related questions for the upcoming trip, please
reach out to our school nurse, Ms. Devereux, devereuxj@tuckahoeschools.org.
Please be on the lookout for further communications for rooming assignments, grouping assignments, and
chaperone information.


8th Grade Overnight Trip Parent Presentation:
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us on Thursday evening for our parent information session
regarding the upcoming 7th Grade Overnight Trip to Boston. As promised, we are attaching the
presentation here. Further, should you have any medical related questions for the upcoming trip, please
reach out to our school nurse, Ms. Devereux, devereuxj@tuckahoeschools.org.
Please be on the lookout for further communications for rooming assignments, grouping assignments, and
chaperone information.


6th Grade Spring Trip to Chelsea Piers:
Some of the best memories of the academic journey are made on field trips. They combine the excitement
of exploring new places, participating in engaging new activities, and working together with your peers.
Consequently, we are pleased to announce we have made arrangements for another exciting field trip for
the TMS 6th Grade Class to visit Chelsea Piers Connecticut on Thursday, May 16th. Please be sure to
review the letter to families here.


Pioneer Team attends 42nd Annual Manhattan College Games:
On Saturday, April 13, members of our Tuckahoe Pioneer Team visited Manhattan College to participate
in the 42nd Annual Manhattan College Games! Our team enjoyed a variety of games, sports, and other
events throughout the morning. Special thank you to the students and faculty of the Manhattan College
Kinesiology Department for hosting this wonderful event.


Cultural Day:
Brought to you by the Tuckahoe HS Student Government Organization; show your cultural pride by
wearing your country’s colors, a jersey, traditional clothing, or a flag on Tuesday, April 30.

PTA Announcements:
Coffee with Dr. Sweeney, Wednesday, April 16th and 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Kate Sweeney is the Director of Special Education and Student Services for the TUFSD. Dr. Sweeney
has over twenty-three (23) years of experience working in special education. Please join us for an
informative discussion and FAQ segment regarding the special education needs offered for our children in
the district. Located in the THS auditorium.


PTA Fundraiser - NY Yankees vs. Tampa Rays Join the PTA at Yankee's Stadium! Tickets are available to
purchase for Yankees vs. Tampa Rays, Sunday, April 21, 2024. Tickets are $65 and include a Yankee
backpack and $15 food/drink voucher. Click HERE for more details.


PTA Spring Social - April 26th The PTA is excited to announce that our annual Spring Social will be held
on Friday, April 26th at the Bronxville Field Club, from 7:30pm – 11:30pm.We hope you'll join us and get
dressed up for an entertaining, adult-only night out. Be on the lookout for more details soon! Tickets are
available to purchase HERE.


PTA Wrap up The PTA works very hard to bring exciting opportunities and programming to our district.
Please read all about the wonderful events our PTA has spearheaded so far this year by clicking HERE.
*NEW* PTA Grants Committee This year, the new PTA Grants Committee has made a tremendous
impact on our district! Please visit HERE for all the various programs the Grants committee has funded this
year in all grades, K-12. These are your tax dollars at work!


Important Reminders:
Senior Internship Program:
Senior Internships begin in May. For students enrolled in an AP course, attendance at school is mandatory
each day until the conclusion of their final AP exam. Only after their final AP exam can they start their
internship. Seniors not taking any AP exams will receive an email from Mrs. Mosa, the Internship Advisor,
approving the start date of their internship placement on Friday, May 3rd. If students have not received an
email from Mrs. Mosa or have questions regarding their internship placement, they are asked to email Mrs.
Mosa at mosac@tuckahoeschools.org. Once seniors begin their internships, they no longer attend
school but report directly to their internship sites.


THS Statistics Symposium:
This year, our Tuckahoe High School Statistics students have been diligently working on their own
statistical studies. For months, they have researched a topic of their choosing, designing a study and
collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data. To conclude this project, the students will present their
findings at the Statistics Symposium on Wednesday, April 17th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Tuckahoe
Middle/High School Library. All are welcome to attend this event to learn about the important work our
students have been engaged in and celebrate their achievements!

Update From the School Counseling Department:
College Fair Information:
Alabama University Visit:
Judy Salmanson, our regional recruiter for the University of Alabama, will be presenting to our 11th-grade
students at Tuckahoe High School on April 25th at 11:00 a.m.


College Cafe:
We're excited to announce that the College Cafe is now open to high school students every Tuesday
during lunchtime in the high school guidance office. This resource, although highly valuable, has been
underutilized. In an effort to maximize its benefits, throughout the months of March and April, our school
counselors will be focusing on resume writing skills during the College Cafe sessions.


In addition to resume writing, our school counselors will also be available to address various topics,
including Academic Planning, College and Career Exploration, Extracurricular and Leadership
Opportunities, Post-Secondary Planning and Application Process, and Naviance. These discussions aim
to provide students with the guidance and support they need to make informed decisions about their future
academic and career paths.

We strongly encourage all high school students to seize this opportunity, particularly those in our junior
class who are beginning to embark on their college and career journeys. The College Cafe is here to
support them in their endeavors, so don't hesitate to drop by and take advantage of the resources
available.


Tuckahoe Middle High School New York State Assessment and AP Exam Calendar:
The attached link lists the dates of all New York State Exams for middle school students, as well as the
Advanced Placement and the New York State Regents Exams for high school students. Additional
information regarding the final exam schedule will be shared in the coming weeks. Please review the
attached document and mark your calendar accordingly.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jULSLByDJAVKGh_GXi82nTbAh0kL87iiNjdiiKdYOA0/edit
?usp=sharing


Here is a list of important dates:
April 16th through April 17th - NYS English Language Arts Computer-Based Test Grades 6 through 8
Monday, April 22nd - Tuesday, April 23rd - NO SCHOOL - Passover
Thursday, April 25th - Friday, April 26th - 7th Grade Overnight Trip to Boston
Wednesday, May 1st - Friday, May 3rd - 8th Grade Overnight Trip to Washington D.C.
Monday, May 6th - 4th Quarter Progress Reports


Sincerely,
R. Arthur S. DeBellis A. Colasuonno

  • MS/HS Auditorium

    PTA Coffee with Special Education Director

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • PTA Yankee Game

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • PTA Spring Social

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Cottle Spring Boutique

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Math Testing

    Tuckahoe Union Free School District
  • Italian National Honor Society Induction

    Italian National Honor Society Induction

    Tuckahoe High School
  • Music In The Parks

    Music In The Parks

    Tuckahoe High School
  • Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Tuckahoe High School
  • 4th Quarter Progress Period Reports

    4th Quarter Progress Period Reports

    Tuckahoe High School
  • AP Exam: Chemistry

    AP Exam:  Chemistry

    Tuckahoe High School
  • AP Exam - US History & Government

    AP Exam - US History & Government

    Tuckahoe High School
  • AP Exam: English Literature/Composition

    AP Exam:  English Literature/Composition

    Tuckahoe High School
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