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  • Sleepy Hollow High School Student Named STS Scholar

    The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns congratulates senior Maya Weitzen on her selection as a scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) competition. The STS is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for seniors. This year, students from across the nation submitted 1760 research papers and Maya is one of just 300 students selected for this honor.

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  • COVID 19 Screening Attestation for Students and Visitors

    Staff and Students: Please complete this short survey prior to coming to work or school https://entry.neric.org/tarrytown

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families & Staff, One John Paulding employee has reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. The employee has not been in school since the Holiday Recess so there were no potential exposures to be notified by the District. The employee is currently in quarantine. As an update, John Paulding will remain in an all-remote instructional model on Monday, January 11, 2021, but will return to the hybrid instructional model on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 for Cohort A students.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families and Staff, On Friday, January 8, 2021 one Sleepy Hollow High School employee and one Sleepy Hollow Middle School student reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. Contact tracing was completed and no close contacts were identified. Today, one Washington Irving student, and five Sleepy Hollow High School students have reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. Our District COVID Coordinator, Scott Dorn, is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of this process. The Washington Irving student was not in school during their infectious period and four of the Sleepy Hollow High School students are remote. However, one Sleepy Hollow High School student has been in school. Mr. Dorn’s office will notify those Sleepy Hollow High School students and employees who were close contacts by 6:00PM. The COVID positive employee and students are currently in quarantine. Additionally, after careful analysis of data provided to the Westchester Department of Health (DOH) by regional school districts, the DOH has provided school districts with updated guidance on quarantining those who have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This revised guidance was shared with districts late on Friday, January 8, 2021.

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  • Sleepy Hollow High School Student Named STS Scholar

    The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns congratulates senior Maya Weitzen on her selection as a scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) competition. The STS is the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for seniors. This year, students from across the nation submitted 1760 research papers and Maya is one of just 300 students selected for this honor.

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  • Tarrytown Celebrates Pearl Harbor Centenarian

    It takes a special kind of person to endear themselves to both children and adults for decades and that is exactly what sets Sleepy Hollow resident Armando “Chick” Galella apart from others. On Jan. 4, the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns wished Galella, a Pearl Harbor survivor, a Happy 100th Birthday and threw him a virtual party with family members, faculty, school leaders and students in attendance. Galella turned 100 years young on New Year’s Day.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families and Staff: This past weekend, residents of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown alerted law enforcement that stickers promoting a hate group, named Patriot Front, had been found throughout both Villages. Swift action was taken by the community and police to remove the stickers, initiate an investigation, and our local officials quickly denounced this show of hate. On behalf of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, I want to express our disgust for the beliefs and actions of these hate groups and reiterate that there is no place for racist, derogatory, discriminatory and/or biased words or actions within our school district. I am gratified to know that community members spoke up about these stickers. Through our ongoing work with our district equity stakeholder team and the NYU Metro Center, we have learned that bystanders of acts of hate must also be held accountable, act as agents of change, and take responsibility for impacting their sphere of influence through their own initiative and upstanding words, actions, and behaviors.

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  • Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown Community Testing

    Westchester Medical Center will be conducting testing over the next week for residents of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Testing will occur from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday, January 14th at Saint Theresa’s Church at 130 Beekman Ave. In order to sign up to be tested, residents must make a reservation. Click title for more information.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families & Staff, Two John Paulding employees, one Washington Irving student, and two Sleepy Hollow High School students have reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. Our District COVID Coordinator, Scott Dorn, is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of this process. The Washington Irving student, one John Paulding employee, and one Sleepy Hollow High School student have not been in school since the Holiday Recess so there were no potential exposures to be notified by the District. However, the other John Paulding employee and Sleepy Hollow High School student have been in school.

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  • Need Resilience? Has the Pandemic Got Your Family Overwhelmed?

    The Horsemen PTA is excited to share their Rivertown Parents' presentation to help families proactively build resilience and foster mental health. This two-part online event will be January 12 and January 19th. Check out more information on the attached flyer and register for this free event at http://www.rivertownparents.com/resilience-registration.html

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families & Staff, Happy New Year! I hope you and your families enjoyed the holidays and the extended recess. While the schools were closed, a number of employees and students reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health who is responsible for contact tracing. As we were on break, the exposures were limited to employees and all potential exposures were notified by Mr. Dorn’s office. The cases reported over the break were as follows:

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families and Staff: On behalf of Mr. Dorn, myself and the entire administration, I want to extend our sincere thanks for your cooperation with the in-school SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen testing we conducted this week. As I shared in my update yesterday, the District administered 420 tests to students, faculty, and staff which yielded only six positive results. This represents a 1.4% positivity rate, which is far less than the percentage in the community and, in accordance with the NYS Department of Health, allows us to discontinue testing at this time. Your willingness to participate in the tests has allowed the district to remain open and keep our students in school and we appreciate all that you are doing to remain vigilant in your daily lives.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    I am glad to report that we completed our mandated testing of 20% of our in-person staff and students today with Cohort B, administering 172 additional tests. In total the District administered 420 SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests to students, faculty, and staff. Between Monday and today, these tests yielded six positive results. This represents a 1.4% positivity rate which is significantly lower than the positivity rate within our community which has ranged from 8.8 to 4.7% since our designation as a Yellow Zone microcluster. In accordance with the revised guidance from the New York State Department of Health, which I have excerpted below, we will no longer need to test in-person students and staff as long as we remain a Yellow Zone:

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear Families and Staff, I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving with your families and that you enjoy the remaining days of the holiday weekend. Below you will find some bulleted reminders regarding next week’s schedule and mandated COVID testing which you should find helpful. Schedule for Week of November 30: Please note that we will operate on a three-hour delay schedule on November 30 and December 3 to allow for COVID testing among the 20 percent who have been selected in each cohort. Please continue to check this calendar for the most up to date information. Mandated COVID Testing: As a Yellow Zone, we are required by New York State to conduct mandatory bi-weekly COVID-19 testing of 20 percent of in-person students and staff to remain open.

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  • Weekly Math and Science Tutoring

    The Sleepy Hollow High School Math and Science Honor Societies Tuesdays starting December 1st 5:00pm-5:45pm via Google Meet Open to all students in TUFSD Students, tutors, and Honor Societies advisors will meet together and then tutoring pairs will split off into breakout groups Interested students, parents, guardians, or school administrators should contact Jennifer Walsh at jwalsh@tufsd.org to confirm a spot Students will need to bring assignments or homework to work on with the tutor

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  • Message from the Superintendent - Mandatory COVID Testing Update

    Dear Families and Staff, As I shared in my letter on Saturday, as a school district in a designated Yellow Zone, we are required to administer bi-weekly COVID screening tests to 20% of in-person students and staff. These SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests will be provided to the District by the Westchester County Department of Health and are conducted using a simple nasal swab which will provide results in fifteen minutes. Over the past few days, we have been clarifying the testing requirements and scheduling of our testing plan. The first requirement is that parents complete the consent for testing form, which can be accessed at this form link. It is very important that we receive a high response rate for testing in order for our schools to remain open and ask that you complete this form immediately. We will randomly select the initial 20% of students to be tested from those who have submitted the consent form.

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  • Cluster Zone Update 11/18/2020

    Dear TUFSD Families and Staff, Governor Cuomo recently implemented a cluster zone strategy that identifies areas with rising infection rates and places restrictions designed to limit the spread of Covid 19. These areas can be designated as Yellow, Orange, or Red based upon the metrics outlined in the chart below:

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  • Kindergarten Students Get a Virtual Open Mic to Share Their Own Books

    Like many kindergarten students, those at John Paulding express their love for cookies and ice cream, sports, and their family. At JP, students wrote their own books about who they are and what they like and then opened a virtual coffee shop, Starbooks, to share their stories. Last year, students presented their books to parents and administrators while serving up coffee and some delicious treats. This year, thanks to teachers Ms. Blueglass, Mrs. Mangiacotti, Mrs. Rodriguez and support from Technology Integration Specialist Jean O’Brien, Starbooks went virtual. The entire experience was delivered through an interactive slideshow in which visitors click on an icon to choose a treat before watching a video in which students read their book. Starbooks reflects the Teachers College Writing Project Show and Tell Unit.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Dear TUFSD Families & Staff, Since I wrote to you yesterday, three Sleepy Hollow High School students and one employee have reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. Additionally, while in session today, the District was informed that a Washington Irving student tested positive. The District has also been informed that a Morse employee and student have tested positive; however, neither has been in the building in the past several days. The students and employees are currently in quarantine and Mr. Dorn’s Office will notify those who were potentially exposed by 3:00PM today. If you are not notified by Mr. Dorn’s office, you or your child are not considered a close contact. As I have stated before, the District remains in constant contact with the Westchester County Department of Health (DOH), which is responsible for contact tracing and has been providing us with guidance and support. Today, Mr. Dorn and I participated in a follow up meeting with DOH Commissioner, Dr. Sherlita Amler, and clinical members of her staff, to discuss the positive cases of COVID-19 at Sleepy Hollow HS and our District. The DOH is conducting further investigation into these cases and reinforced the importance of SHHS remaining in an all-remote instructional model through November 19, 2020. Further, due to the shared staff, facility, and growing number of cases at SHHS, the DOH has also advised that Sleepy Hollow Middle School remain in an all-remote instructional model tomorrow, November 10, with plans to resume in-person instruction on Thursday, November 12, for Cohort B students. Due to the limited number of identified exposures, Washington Irving and Morse will continue in-person hybrid instruction for Cohort A tomorrow, November 10, 2020.

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  • Message from the Superintendent - SHHS/MS 11.5

    This afternoon, the District was informed that two Sleepy Hollow High School and a Sleepy Hollow Middle School student tested positive for COVID-19. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. Our District COVID Coordinator, Scott Dorn, is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of this process. The students are currently in quarantine and the District will notify those who were potentially exposed by 8:00PM today. If you are not notified by Mr. Dorn’s office, you or your child are not considered a close contact. Out of an abundance of caution, and to allow time for the proper implementation of the contact tracing process, all Sleepy Hollow Middle and High School students and staff will work remotely on Friday, November 6, 2020. All afterschool activities are canceled for today. The building will also receive an additional deep cleaning and sanitizing. We plan to resume in person instruction for Cohort A students on Monday, November 9, 2020. If any additional updates are required we will communicate them by Sunday afternoon.

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  • Youth Leadership Initiative

    Local, state and national elections are excellent opportunities to educate students on the democratic process and increase civic engagement. At Sleepy Hollow High School, students have been participating in a nationwide mock election for two decades. Executed by the University of Virginia Center for Politics as part of its Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), the mock election is the largest secure, student-only, online mock election in the nation. The program offers each school the ability to tailor the ballot to each student’s home legislative district

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  • Message from the Superintendent - SHMS/HS 10.25.20

    October 25, 2020 Dear TUFSD Families and Staff, I am writing to provide an additional update regarding Sleepy Hollow Middle/High School. The Department of Health (DOH) has completed its contact tracing procedures and investigation. All potential exposures have been notified by the district, are currently quarantining, and awaiting guidance from the DOH. The building has, of course, received its scheduled deep cleaning and sanitizing. As a result, and in consultation with the DOH this afternoon, SHMS/HS will resume hybrid in-person instruction for all staff and Cohort A students tomorrow, Monday, October 26, 2020.

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  • Tips for a Safe Halloween

    Halloween should be spooky, not scary! Governor Cuomo asks for your help to make sure everyone has a healthy and safe Halloween. Halloween celebrations and activities, including trick-or-treating, can be filled with fun, but must be done in a safe way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The best way to celebrate Halloween this year is to have fun with the people who live in your household. Decorating your house or apartment, decorating and carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed games, watching spooky movies, and trick-or-treating through your house or in a backyard scavenger hunt are all fun and healthy ways to celebrate during this time.

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  • Horsemen Happenings

    Welcome to Horsemen Happenings! In this inaugural issue, hear from Board of Education President John Payne and learn more about our commitment to social emotional learning and equity, the start of the athletic season and students recognized for academic achievement. This newsletter will supplement Bridges, our quarterly print newsletter, to ensure the community is receiving news and information regularly.

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  • District Update 10.19.20

    October 19, 2020 Dear TUFSD Families & Staff, Today, Mr. Dorn and I met with Westchester County Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner, Dr. Sherlita Amler, and clinical members of her staff, to discuss the positive cases of COVID-19 in the district in recent weeks. The DOH has advised that Morse remain on an all-remote instructional model through Friday, October 30 to mitigate the spread of the virus. Additionally, John Paulding will also remain on an all-remote instructional model through Friday, October 30. This is due to a large number of faculty and staff required to quarantine by the DOH, greatly inhibiting our ability to conduct in-person instruction.The hybrid model for Morse and JP is scheduled to resume on Monday, November 2.

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