Supt's Scoop

Dr. Manno's BCSD Brief, Edition #19, 2016-17 School Year

June 2017

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A Message from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools

Dear BCSD Families and Residents,

As we wrap up the 2016-17 school year, there are many recognitions and points of pride to acknowledge. In this edition of the Superintendent's Scoop, we celebrate achievements of our students, staff, and school leaders.

To keep informed, check out our District Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, and our school and parent association web pages/newsletters. Also, subscribe to our events calendar and athletics calendar. You may find Board meeting materials and subcommittee minutes in Board Docs.

Please accept our appreciation for your support for BCSD. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.


Colette Dow, President

Brian Sheerin, Vice President

Andrew Bracco

Michelle Brooks

Pam Harney

Edward Reder

Beth Staropoli

Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Superintendent of Schools

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Class of 2017 Athletic Awards and Scholarships

The Senior Athletes of Fox Lane High School’s Class of 2017 were honored at the June 5, 2017 Annual Senior Athlete Sports Award Dinner, held at the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco. Chris Coughlin, Athletic Director, hosted the evening, in which over 200 people attended. In addition to those special awards listed below, the Fox Lane Varsity Coaches presented each Senior Athlete with an award acknowledging their participation in Varsity sports.

The special commendations were presented to the following Senior Athletes:


Shane Avidon

Shelisa Bird

Harry Brown

Emma Campbell

Natalie Colao

Ian Corry

Dylan Grant

Wilson Gubernick

Brooke Shepherd

Nolan Vernon


Sam Byrns

Madison Cartularo

Tori Danton

Leah Gorran

Matthew Horne

Ervin Hoxha

Chloe Jacobson

Garrett Kaufmann

Nathan Lee

Brittany Parrott

Cooper Siegel


Sam Byrns

Colin Campbell

Austin Carmody

Morgan Cartularo

Caroline Evnin

Drew Gregory

Emily Kowalski

Connor Longo

Damon May

Emma McCormick


Jack Aitken

Michael Bailey

Jackie Diaz

Nick Krasnow

Tara Lombardi

Emma McCormick

Joe Ramirez

Caroline Scanlan


Kevin Downes

Asha Grossberndt

Jamie Lee

Jay Milch

Yeimi Pinto

Julia Ruggiero

Catherine Schreiber

Cameron Stafford


Jack Aitken

Shane Avidon

Benjamin Baum

Kirk Carlson

Drew Gregory

Asha Grossberndt

Emily Kowalski

Nicholas Krasnow

Nathan Lee

Tara Lombardi

Luke Lyons

Damon May

Michael Morin

Kevin Robare

Mark Rubakh

Shin Sasakura

Cameron Stafford

Cameron Summers

John Townsend


Nicholas Krasnow


Emily DeBitetto


Cameron Stafford


Bridgit Connors

The Senior Athletes listed below were awarded scholarships as indicated:


Shane Avidon

Asha Grossberndt


Katy Mitchell

Worrell Richards


Jamie Lee

Tara Lombardi


Colin Campbell

Natalie Colao

Sean Johnston

Tara Lombardi

Katy Mitchell

Kathryn Morales


Joe Ramirez


Nolan Vernon

Performing Arts Accomplishments

National Recognitions

NAMM 2017 Best Community for Music Education (5th consecutive year)

National Association for Music Education

All-National Honors Jazz Ensemble: Marcello Carelli (Drums)

National Association for Music Education

All-Eastern Division Honors Jazz Band: Marcello Carelli (Drums)

All-Eastern Division Honors Womens Chorus: Lidya Ozcelik (Alto)

All-Eastern Division Young Composers Concert: Sammy Sussman

New York Conference All-State

All-State Piano Showcase: Joshua Karas

All-State Symphony Orchestra: Benjamin Lee

All-State Mixed Chorus: Lidya Ozcelik

All-State Student Composition Concert: Sammy Sussman

All-State Band (Alternate): Justin Chiola

Westchester Area All-State Students

Band: Justin Chiola, Joanna Green Delgado, Adam Feeley, Joshua Karas, Nolan Vernon

Mixed Chorus: Dylan Grant, Braden Hull, Michelle Liang, Jessica Umanoff

String Orchestra: Christian Baccay, Jonathan Baccay, Emily Bayuk, Cerina Karr, Nicolas Kent, Beatrice Pence, Diane Zhang

Symphonic Orchestra: Caitlin Brown, Bridget McCormack, Sammy Sussman, Michelle Washington

Women’s Chorus: Jessica Barresi, Angie Felix, Nicole Gomez, Jessica Leone, Lidya Ozcelik, Annie Strongwater

Westchester All-County Senior High School Jazz Ensembles

Henry Pence, Nolan Vernon

Westchester Intermediate All-County Students

Band: Dylan Cousens, Jesse Federbush, Isabelle Garcia-Fischer

Orchestra: William Krasnow, Sasha Boguraev, Henry Pence

Westchester Junior All-County Orchestra Students

Daniel Agnello, Rachel Akinla, Michael DeBono, Harry Griff, Elizabeth McCormack, Adam Schwalbe

Westchester Elementary All-County Orchestra Student

Sam Griff

New York State School Music Association Soloist/Ensemble & Piano Festivals Bedford sent 170 students to the NYSSMA solo festivals this spring

New York State School Music Association Majors Festival

FLMS 7th Grade Orchestra received a GOLD rating

Special Performances

WPES Grade 5 Drum Ensemble performance at Board of Education meeting

FLHS Rock Ensemble performance at Daryl’s House (Pawling, NY)

FLHS Jazz Quartet performance at Board of Education meeting


MS 8th Grade Band, Orchestra & Chorus received Superior ratings at the High Note Music Festival at Lake Compounce

FLHS Jazz Quartet, 3rd Place, Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival


MS Musical Bye, Bye Birdie

MS Musical Theater Performance Workshop

HS Haunted House

HS Play Queen Lear

HS Musical Dream 70

Players Student Directed Show

Players Annual Banquet

Local and School Community Performances

BHES Chorus – Bedford Hills Tree Lighting

FLMS Strings & Winds – FLMS Art Show

HS Chamber Choir – Hospice Tree Lighting, Pound Ridge Library, Lions Club December Pancake Breakfast, My Second Home

HS Jazz Band – Senior Citizens Prom

Local/Community Collaborations

Financial support from Bedford FAME and Bedford Village Chowder & Marching Club

Continued artist-in-residence partnership with Caramoor Center for the Arts

Faculty Presentations / Conferences / Acknowledgements / Professional Develop.

Joseph Bergamini, Elizabeth Day, Sarah Fay, Owen Hughes, Anne Marie Kmetz, Sarah Matthews, Michael Mulder, Nicole Peragine, Carolyn Rowan, Paul Tooker – WCALA Staff Development Day

Michael Groarke – Advanced Placement Music Theory Reader

Michael Mulder – TADA Youth Theater Musical production

Nicole Peragine – Carnegie Hall The Orchestra Swings program

Edward Reisert – NYSSMA Conference Presenter (Rochester), WCALA Staff Development Day Presenter, Masterclass Clinician at Bronxville High School

Tom Slotwinski – NYSTEA Presenter

Matt Vanacoro – Clinician for WCALA Staff Development Day

Matt Vanacoro, Mike Piescki – NAMM Conference (CA)

Roberta Warfield – American String Teachers Association National Conference (PA)

NYSSMA/WCSMA Festival Adjudicators

Anne Marie Kmetz – Orange County

Edward Reisert – Westchester County

Roberta Warfield – Orange County, Rockland County, Westchester County

National Art Society Inductees

57 Fox Lane Juniors and Seniors were recently inducted into the National Art Honor Society. Families, teachers, administrators, BOE members and friends came out to support these model art students who have demonstrated a deep investment in their personal growth as artists and have shared their passion for the arts through community service. The newly inducted members are as follows:

Will Alexander

Claire Bainlardi

Sophie Barone

Emma Bassatt

Katie Baum

Coco Belhumeur

Jessica Burg

Adam Campbell

Natalie Campbell

Natalie Colao

Elizabeth Cui

Sarah David

Elizabeth De Palma

Ashley Gagliardi

Cassandra Garcia

Ethan Gatfield

Sophia Giannelli

Andres Gomez

Milo Gringlas

Nicole Haindl

Chelsea Hardy

Stephanie Harney

Blaire Hartnett

Molly Henry

Angenlina Horvath

Caroline Jones

Caroline Kintzer

Emma Kolsky

Sophia Laiqi

Caitlin Lane

Emma McCormick

Christina Pansini

AJ Peck

Ezra Peterman

Lana Pucci

Lilia Robinowitz

Nadia Rossy

Anna Rubin

Liz Sabia

Clotilde Sautai

Carline Scanlan

Jackie Sheerin-Weissenberg

Neel Sood

Annie Strongwater

Hamza Tahir

Matthew Tartas

Amelia Tomson

Kathryn Tortorella

Morgan Tunnell

Lindsay Velez

Sage Videla

Celine Wang

Isabel Warner

Carolyn Wassem

Callie Wortmann

Brandie Zucker

FLMS Awards and Recognitions

State Comptroller’s Student Achievement Awards

East: Sarah Lasner

South: Sandra Matute

West: Julianna Crespi

NYS Attorney General’s 2015 Triple “C” Awards

East: Jashua Sanabria

South: Vivica Pierre

West: Ashley Ruiz

AAUW Award for Excellence in Math and Science

East: Allison Burg

South: Sofia Garcia

West: Erin Blake

American Legion Citizenship Awards

East: Jessica Stark

South: Jakeline Linares

West: Josue Morales Marcos

FLMS Boys PE Achievement Awards

East: Everett Banks

South: Arjuna Cabera

West: Nicholas Cutaia

FLMS Girls PE Achievement Awards

East: Riya Alex and Alexandra DePalma

South: Ryen Gourlay, Emily Marple, Adriana Piccolino,

Aidan Sullivan, Abigail Toscano, and Madeline Vasquez

West: Katherine Czernyk, Madeline Getman,

Olivia Kolsky, and Serena Pang

FLMS Chorus Awards

East: Morgan Kelly

South: Jia Binder and Michael Lancia

Six Seniors Awarded New York State Seal of Biliteracy

Six seniors in the FLHS Class of 2017 will be the first Fox Lane graduates to be awarded the NYS Seal of Biliteracy. These six students have met the rigorous criteria required by NYS, which includes completion of coursework, high performance on examinations, and an interview conducted in two languages before a faculty panel. The Seal of Biliteracy was established to recognize students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. Congratulations to these graduating seniors on their impressive accomplishment.

Ferdy Pascual Sagastume (English and Spanish)

Mattia Passetto (English and Italian)

Yeimi Pinto Najera (English and Spanish)

Milton Recinos Romero (English and Spanish)

Nilson Villeda Ramirez (English and Spanish)

Liliana Voltaggio (English and Spanish)

FLHS AP Art Student, Natalie Colao, Honored

One of our senior AP Studio Art 2-D Design students, Natalie Colao, has received a rare and exceptional honor! Her work has been selected as one of roughly 30 pieces for inclusion in the 2017-2018 AP Studio Art Exhibit out of @ 48,000 portfolios submitted by students around the world. This exhibit honors and celebrates the work of outstanding AP Studio Art students. In addition to her work being included in a travelling exhibit to multiple cities and feautured at the AP National Conference, Natalie's work and statement will appear on the AP website as an exemplar to inspire the next generation of AP students.

The AP Studio Art course is extremely rigorous, requiring students to create and submit 24 works of art in two main sections: Breadth (where work should show a variety of approaches and methods through 12 works), and Concentration (where students work in a series unifed by concept, content, style, and show growth through 12 works). The portfolios are scored on a rubric by a team of judges, where they are measured for creativity, risk-taking, craftsmanship & skill, composition/design, and concept. It takes students 13 years to complete the AP Studio Art portfolio sucessfully, as they learn and grow through our Visual Arts program.

This exhibit showcases outstanding artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the AP Studio Art Exam in May 2016. Each work exemplifies the extremely high level of rigor, commitment, and accomplishment that AP Studio Art students can achieve.

AP Studio Art students work with diverse ideas, materials, and processes to create art. You can see Natalie's Concentration work and statement here:

Natalie's work is also being featured as one of 34 pieces in the juried iCreate exhibit at the Bruce Museum which opens next Thursday evening. Please see the attached invitation.

Congratulations to Natalie on her many achievements!

Parent Resource on the BCSD Website - Parenting for Prevention

Under the "Parents and Community Tab" on the BCSD Website, you will now find Parenting for Prevention newsletters with valuable information to consider as you experience the challenge and journey of raising children in the 21st Century. Here is the link to the latest June newsletter.

What you need to know

Under the "Parents and Community Tab" on the BCSD Website, you will also now find our What you need to know E-District Portfolio with in-depth information about BCSD, including contact information for key administrators and coordinators.

New and Revised Board of Education Policies

BCSD has committed to revamping a dated Policy Manual. School Board Policy establishes important rules, regulations, procedures and parameter within which our school administrators and staff can effectively operate the district, ultimately for the betterment of our students and education. We have adopted the BOCES comprehensive policy services to assist us in this venture. On the Policy Section of our website under the Board of Education tab you will find our "old" policies and "new policies."

Our BCSD Mission

Cultivating curiosity and passion for learning.

Providing challenging educational opportunities.

All students achieving their full potential.

Our BCSD Vision

Challenging and Inspiring Our Students
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