As a result of the snow day on March 21, April 6, 2018 will now be added as a make-up school day for students and staff.
School will be in session on the following days:
March 26, 27, 28 and 29
April 3, 4, 5 and 6
Please note that schools are closed on March 30 and April 2.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support with these calendar changes.
Mahopac Schools will be on a 2 hour delay today, Thursday, March 22, 2018. Due to today's delay, elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences have been rescheduled for next Thursday, March 29.
Mahopac Gender Equality Club Honors Outstanding Women in Education
Mahopac — In honor of Women’s History Month, Mahopac High School’s Gender Equality Club recognized 14 district personnel as Outstanding Women in Education at an event held in the school recently.
Student club leaders Stephany Solis, Olivia Meyer, Kassie McGough, and Veronica Polifemo presented the awards. “Our high school PTO also helped to sponsor this event through a grant,” said club coordinator and health ...teacher Val Nierman, who also serves as the district’s health coordinator.
“These women have had a profound impact on the lives of our members as well as our own and have given us all memorable and positive experiences,” said Solis. “Within their careers they've taken exemplary initiative to extend their impact further than what the role of being an educator allots for them. All the honorees share qualities of strength, big personalities, and empathy and have all made a great effort to connect with us at a personal level. This is why members of our club have chosen to nominate these women.”
The district staff who were honored are: Lynn Gilchrist, Karen Haitoff, Kerry Price, Elizabeth McKeon, Carla Mallen, Tricia Fuller-Johnson, Margaret Fox, Stacey Woodrow, Courtney Aponte, Carol Eberly, Anne Tuite, Beth Dore, Beth Ferrigno, and Kathy Uszak.
Parents Learn the Risks of Vaping at Mahopac School Presentation
Mahopac —E-cigarette use increased 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015, according to a 2016 report by the US Surgeon General. Dr. Richard Stumacher, chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital Center, spoke on the dangers e-cigs and vaping pose for teens during a presentation at Mahopac High School this week.
Valerie Nierman, Mahopac High School health teacher and... coordinator for health education for K-12, and Davia Bugge, student assistance counselor at MHS, coordinated Stumacher’s visit. The presentation was part of Mahopac’s ongoing initiative to address this issue among teens.
“We had enormous support from the school board and administration to have Dr. Stumacher speak,” said Nierman.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about the safety of vaping and e-cigs,” said Bugge. “What Dr. Stumacher told us in his presentation is that these products most often contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. He said there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette or vaping use increases risk of using conventional cigarettes among youth and young adults.”
Additionally, because the adolescent brain is developing until the age of 25, these products can have an adverse effect on brain development, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s website.
While vaping may be an acceptable method of weaning adult smokers off of cigarettes, even that use has better options, according to Stumacher. “He pointed out that the nicotine patch, smoking-cessation programs and nicotine gum are safer alternatives to quitting smoking,” said Nierman.
In addition to nicotine, vaping liquid also contains other harmful chemicals, according to Stumacher. And the liquid comes in vanilla and fruit-juice flavors, among others, that have a particular appeal to young people.
Stumacher also had some good advice for parents, who want to help their students steer clear of vaping without alienating them from opening up about their use of these products. “He suggested using a car ride as a time to open up dialogue and listen to kids rather than lecture,” said Nierman. “Ongoing conversations over time are more effective.”
SCHEDULE CHANGE: Please be reminded that tomorrow March 15, 2018 is a regular school day for MCSD students. We took away the Superintendent’s Conference Day to make up for missed snow days. Thank you.
Catch the Madness on March 24
Mahopac—March Madness, hosted by the Mahopac Student Athletic Council, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 11 am to 3 pm, in Mahopac High School’s New Gym. This festive yearly event includes exciting games between students, teachers, and members of the police department. All fees collected at the door will go toward funding the elementary school physical education departments. All proceeds collected from candy and drink sales will go toward funding the Student Athletic Council and their Senior Citizen Prom event.
Physician to Discuss Vaping Risks at School Presentation
Dr. Richard Stumacher, chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital Center, will present information on the risks and health implications of vaping and what parents need to know. To sign up for this event, which takes place at Mahopac High School on March 14 at 7 p.m., go to www.eventbrite.com/e/vaping-e-cigarettes-and-the-health-of-…. Free childcare will be provided.
Please see the following important message from Lakeview PTO Mahopac NY:
‼️Please note that the 2nd Grade and 1-2 Space Museum that was rescheduled for March 12 is now CANCELED. The staff is trying to reschedule. New date TBD. Please disregard today’s PTO blast regarding the rescheduled date. It was sent in error. Again, the space museum is CANCELED. ‼️
Mahopac Central School District will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 9, 2018. All schools have power with exception of Fulmar Road. Fulmar will be closed. All schools will start on time.
Due to the impending Nor'easter, the Mahopac Central School District will be closed on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Please check your email for an important District calendar update.