Top Honors: These Schools In Region Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award Top Honors: These Schools In Region Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award
Top Honors: These Schools In Region Recipients Of Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award When it comes to overall excellence, these New York schools are at the top of the class, and they have the hardware to prove it. Twenty-two schools in the Empire State are among just 353 across the country to receive the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education. The annual awards recognize high-performing public and non-public schools, as well as those making strides in closing “achievement gaps” among student groups. “Their leaders not only articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards, they stay close to the real action of teachin…
These Hudson Valley Liberal Arts Colleges Ranked Among Top 20 In US, New Report Says These Hudson Valley Liberal Arts Colleges Ranked Among Top 20 In US, New Report Says
These Hudson Valley Liberal Arts Colleges Ranked Among Top 20 In US, New Report Says The grades are in, and these colleges are a cut above the rest. Of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in the United States, four can be found in Massachusetts, three in New York, and one in Connecticut, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings. They are: No. 1 - Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts No. 2 - Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts No. 4 - Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts (Tied with Pomona College in Claremont, California and Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania) No. 8 - United States Military …
Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings
Best High Schools: NY Well-Represented In Brand-New U.S. News Rankings Led by a strong showing downstate, New York is well-represented on U.S. News & World Report's brand-new rankings of the nation's best high schools. The rankings were released on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Top-ranked in the Empire State is the High School Math Science and Engineering at CCNY, with a 100-percent graduation rate and college readiness rating of 98.9, placing it at the No. 22 spot nationally. The top five-ranked Long Island high schools are: Jericho High School (13th in NY, 104th nationally) Garden City High School (21st in the state, 199th nationally) Great Neck South H…
This High School Ranks No. 1 In Ulster County, Report Says This High School Ranks No. 1 In Ulster County, Report Says
This High School Ranks No. 1 In Ulster County, Report Says The grades are in and these Hudson Valley high schools are a cut above the rest, according to the community and school ranking site Niche. After considering a number of key areas, the following schools were ranked top in their respective county in the website’s 2023 “Best Public High Schools” report: Dutchess County: Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie Orange County: Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor Putnam County: Carmel High School Rockland County: Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg Ulster County: New Paltz Senior High School All of the high schools earned an overall…
These NY School Districts Among Top 20 In America For Best Teachers, Report Says These NY School Districts Among Top 20 In America For Best Teachers, Report Says
These NY School Districts Among Top 20 In America For Best Teachers, Report Says They’re arguably the most crucial component of any student’s academic career - the unsung heroes in our society - and some of the very best teachers in the country can be found right here in New York, according to a new report. Seven school districts in the state made the top 20 on Niche’s 2023 “Districts with the best teachers in America” report. The community and school ranking website looks at a number of key areas, such as academics, diversity, college prep, and sports, and assigns each category a letter grade. The following New York school districts were given an A+ in the “teachers” …
Legacy At Stake: Harvard Admissions Perk Under Federal Review, Reports Say Legacy At Stake: Harvard Admissions Perk Under Federal Review, Reports Say
Legacy At Stake: Harvard Admissions Perk Under Federal Review, Reports Say Harvard University is under federal scrutiny for its preferential treatment of donor and legacy candidates, reports say.  The US Department of Education announced this week it had opened an investigation into the prestigious Massachusetts university's admissions practices for undergraduate applicants, according to Harvard's newspaper, the Crimson.    Related: End Of 'Legacy': Wesleyan University Halts Admissions Perk The investigation will seek to determine if the legacy or donor admissions discriminate on the basis of race, the Crimson reported. If so, the university m…
Saugerties HS Grad Named District's New Superintendent Saugerties HS Grad Named District's New Superintendent
Saugerties HS Grad Named District's New Superintendent A new school superintendent has been named to take over a Hudson Vally school district after the former leader resigned. Dr. Daniel Erceg was unanimously approved to take the helm of the Saugerties Central School District in Ulster County at a special Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, June 27.  A Saugerties resident, Erceg graduated from Saugerties High School in 2002, officials said. "We are confident that Dr. Erceg's experience, expertise, and vision will greatly contribute to the success and growth of our schools," said Board President Robert Thomann. Erceg is …
Roof Ripped Off High School In Orange County During Round Of Severe Storms Roof Ripped Off High School In Orange County During Round Of Severe Storms
Roof Ripped Off High School In Orange County During Round Of Severe Storms The roof of a high school building in the Hudson Valley was peeled off during a round of severe storms. The incident happened in Orange County when the storms swept through late Monday afternoon, July 3. The building affected in the village of Chester was the old Chester High School on Maple Avenue, which is currently used for BOCES classes. No one was in the building at the time and no injuries were reported, according to Mark Lieb of Rockland Video Productions.  After the incident, Chester Union Free School District Superintendent Catherine O'Hara said safety measures wer…
15-Year-Old Threatened To 'Shoot Up' High School In Region Over Policy, Police Say 15-Year-Old Threatened To 'Shoot Up' High School In Region Over Policy, Police Say
15-Year-Old Threatened To 'Shoot Up' High School In Region Over Policy, Police Say A student upset over a school policy threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a high school in the region, authorities said. In Albany County, the Watervliet Police Department was contacted on Thursday, May 18, with reports of a physical threat against Watervliet High School. An investigation determined that a 15-year-old girl was angry over a school policy and took to social media, threatening to “shoot (the school) up,” police said. The student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony. She was arraigned in Albany County Family Court and later released on he…
Student From Region Admitted To West Point: 'Every Challenge Is Good' Student From Region Admitted To West Point: 'Every Challenge Is Good'
Student From Region Admitted To West Point: 'Every Challenge Is Good' A high school senior from the Hudson Valley will attend West Point after pushing through a rigorous application process in search of opportunities that his parents never had.  Senior Suhaan Akula from Brewster High School in Putnam County is one of the over 1,000 students across the US who was admitted into West Point for the 2023-24 school year, Brewster Central School District Communications Specialist Jessica Medoff announced on Thursday, May 18.  In order to attend the school, located in Orange County in the town of Highlands, Akula had to endure a competitive application proc…
Student Turned Politician: 18-Year-Old Elected To NY School Board Student Turned Politician: 18-Year-Old Elected To NY School Board
Student Turned Politician: 18-Year-Old Elected To NY School Board A New York high school senior is going from the classroom to the boardroom - the school boardroom that is. Long Island’s Quinn Bedell, an 18-year-old senior at West Islip High School, was elected to the West Islip Board of Education as a write-in candidate in the election held Tuesday, May 16. “I would like to thank the West Islip community for choosing me to be a trustee on the Board of Education. I am truly honored,” Bedell wrote on Facebook Wednesday, May 17. “I could not have done this without the overwhelming support of this community. I am forever grateful to every one of you and I p…
New Superintendent To Take Command At District In Region New Superintendent To Take Command At District In Region
New Superintendent To Take Command At District In Region After an extensive search, a school district in Northern Westchester has named its next superintendent.  Duncan Wilson has been selected as the new Superintendent of the North Salem Central School District and will take over the position on Saturday, July 1, district officials announced.  Wilson will take over the position from Ken Freeston, who will be retiring at the end of the school year.  Wilson comes to North Salem from the Ardsley Union Free School District, where he was assistant superintendent. Prior to that, he was director of instruction and human resources a…
This School District In Region Ranks In Top 15 In America, New Report Says This School District In Region Ranks In Top 15 In America, New Report Says
This School District In Region Ranks In Top 15 In America, New Report Says A school district in Westchester has been recognized as one of the best in the entire country, according to new rankings.  The Scarsdale Union Free School District has placed No. 11 in America, according to Niche's new 2023 rankings of the top school districts in the country.  According to Niche, the organization uses "a series of steps to ensure statistical rigor and useful guidance in the school choice experience," according to its website. A detailed explanation of the criteria used to rank the school districts can be read by clicking here.  In addition to ranking as one …
School Superintendent In Region To Step Down: Decision Made With 'Very Heavy Heart' School Superintendent In Region To Step Down: Decision Made With 'Very Heavy Heart'
School Superintendent In Region To Step Down: Decision Made With 'Very Heavy Heart' The superintendent of a Hudson Valley school district has made the unexpected decision to retire in order to take care of a family member. Laurie Bandlow of the Brewster Central School District in Putnam County is set to retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year, according to an announcement by the school district.  The "unexpected" decision came after Bandlow's mother died in September 2022 and she realized that she would soon need to care for her aging father, according to district officials.  Because of this, she decided to give notice to the district a year in advance…
Support Pours In For Teens Severely Injured After School Bus, Car Crash In Region Support Pours In For Teens Severely Injured After School Bus, Car Crash In Region
Support Pours In For Teens Severely Injured After School Bus, Car Crash In Region A community is pulling together to help several teenagers who are fighting for their lives after suffering severe injuries in a head-on crash between a car and a school bus in Northern Westchester.  The crash happened on Wednesday, April 26 just before 3 p.m. in New Castle on Lake Road, New Castle Police said.  Earlier Report - New Update: At Least 9 Injured After Head-On New Castle Crash Between School Bus, Car The incident involved a head-on collision between a school bus and a Honda Accord that somehow veered into the southbound lane on Lake Road near Crow Hill Road, inju…
School District In Hudson Valley Didn't Properly Monitor, Account For Fixed Assets: Comptroller School District In Hudson Valley Didn't Properly Monitor, Account For Fixed Assets: Comptroller
School District In Hudson Valley Didn't Properly Monitor, Account For Fixed Assets: Comptroller A school district in Northern Westchester was found to have maintained inaccurate records of fixed assets by an audit performed by state officials.  The audit, performed by the Office of the New York State Comptroller between July 2020 and April 2022, found that the Chappaqua Central School District did not "properly monitor and account for" several fixed assets, and had not performed a physical inventory count since 2018, state officials said.  According to a report released by the Comptroller's Office, of the 164 assets reviewed by the audit, 148 assets totaling over $220,0…
Police Charge Teacher In Region Over Alleged Criminal Behavior Police Charge Teacher In Region Over Alleged Criminal Behavior
Police Charge Teacher In Region Over Alleged Criminal Behavior Police are investigating alleged criminal behavior by a public school teacher in Westchester County. It is alleged by a student that William  Archacki, age 50, a teacher at Yonkers Public School  No. 21, had caused a student to fear for their safety by walking up behind this student while holding a paring knife during school hours on Wednesday, Feb. 8 Archacki is a Northern Westchester resident of Buchanan, and was a fifth-grade teacher at Public School No. 21, located on Lee Avenue in Yonkers, at the time of this incident, Yonkers Police said.  He was placed on modified dut…
School Swatting Threats: 50 NY Districts Report New Round Of Incidents School Swatting Threats: 50 NY Districts Report New Round Of Incidents
School Swatting Threats: 50 NY Districts Report New Round Of Incidents More than 50 school districts across New York reported receiving swatting threats of an active shooter. The districts reporting the incidents on Tuesday, April 4 were located on Long Island, in Central New York, the Southern Tier, and the North Country, authorities said.  "I want to reassure parents that their children are safe at school - swatting threats are false and intended to cause panic and scare students, teachers, and families," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement on Tuesday. On Thursday, March 30, numerous school districts reported receiving swatting calls of…
Swastikas Found At High School In Region Swastikas Found At High School In Region
Swastikas Found At High School In Region Police in the Hudson Valley are investigating after several swastikas were discovered at an area high school. The incident took place in Rockland County on Wednesday, March 22, when a school resource officer assigned to Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack was informed that swastikas were discovered in a classroom, said Clarkstown PD Det. Norm Peters. Peters said the drawings were reported by a teacher who stated that she observed the two swastikas over the past month in her classroom.  The first was observed on a wall near the exit door accompanied by the words “…
School Swatting Incidents Occurring Across NY, State Police Say School Swatting Incidents Occurring Across NY, State Police Say
School Swatting Incidents Occurring Across NY, State Police Say Authorities are investigating numerous incidents of schools in New York state receiving swatting calls claiming there is an active shooter in the building, state police said.  The threatening calls were received by schools on Thursday morning, March 30, and have all been found to be false, state police announced.  The State Police is aware of swatting incidents that have occurred across the state, in which a caller states that there is an active shooter in a school. All of the reports are unfounded. We are working alongside our federal & local partners to investigate the th…
Report Of Shots Fired Causes HS To Be Placed On Lockdown In Region: Police Report Of Shots Fired Causes HS To Be Placed On Lockdown In Region: Police
Report Of Shots Fired Causes HS To Be Placed On Lockdown In Region: Police A high school in Northern Westchester was placed on lockdown and inspected by authorities after a complaint of shots fired was reported, police said.  The incident happened at 8 a.m. at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua when New Castle Police responded to an anonymous complaint of shots fired. Because of the complaint, the school was placed on lockdown, and responding officers checked the school. After a search of the building, the initial report was determined to be false, police said. The lockdown at the school was then lifted.  After this incident, all schools in t…
Person Accused Of Making Threat Against Current Student At High School In Region Person Accused Of Making Threat Against Current Student At High School In Region
Person Accused Of Making Threat Against Current Student At High School In Region A former student has been accused of making threats against a current student at a high school in the Hudson Valley. On Thursday, March 23 at approximately 12:30 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into threats made on social media targeting a student at Brewster High School. The suspect, who resides outside the county, was quickly identified, located, and issued an appearance ticket for Putnam County Family Court, Putnam County Sheriff Kevin J. McConville said. Out of an abundance of caution, additional sheriff’s patrols are on the scene at all of the B…
Teacher Injured During Fight At High School In Orange County Teacher Injured During Fight At High School In Orange County
Teacher Injured During Fight At High School In Orange County A teacher was injured during a fight between two students at a school in the Hudson Valley. The incident took place in Orange County on Monday, March 6 at Middletown High School. The fight took place in a hallway outside a classroom.  The teacher was injured while attempting to intervene, said Amy Creeden, Superintendent of Schools for the Enlarged City School District of Middletown. "This saddens our entire school community and we are thinking of the faculty member during this difficult time," Creeden said in a letter to staff.  Security staff responded immediately, arriv…
Students At HS In Region Impersonated Administrators, Police In Racist Videos, BOE Says Students At HS In Region Impersonated Administrators, Police In Racist Videos, BOE Says
Students At HS In Region Impersonated Administrators, Police In Racist Videos, BOE Says Several students at a high school in the Hudson Valley used artificial intelligence to impersonate both school district administrators and police in racist videos on social media, officials said. The videos were created by students in Putnam County who go to Carmel High School, the Carmel Central School District's Board of Education announced on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 15.  Both Carmel Central School District administrators and members of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office were impersonated in the videos, which contained inappropriate and racist content and were posted on TikTok…
School District Reassigns Superintendent In NY After Federal Subpoena School District Reassigns Superintendent In NY After Federal Subpoena
School District Reassigns Superintendent In NY After Federal Subpoena A superintendent in New York is no longer in charge of her school district, which is currently under investigation by federal officials.  On Monday night, Feb. 13 in Westchester County, the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education voted to "administratively reassign" Superintendent Waveline Bennett-Conroy and instead appoint Veronica (Kim) Smith as the district's Acting Superintendent of Schools, district officials announced. The vote came after news broke on Friday, Feb. 10 that Mount Vernon Schools were under investigation by the United States Att…
Marist College Student Bitten By Animal Believed To Be Coyote Marist College Student Bitten By Animal Believed To Be Coyote
Marist College Student Bitten By Animal Believed To Be Coyote A student at a Hudson Valley college was bitten by what is believed to be a coyote. The incident took place in Dutchess County at Marist College in the town of Poughkeepsie around midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 7 near Leo Hall, according to the college's office of Safety of Security in a statement to students. Following the incident, the Dutchess County Health Department issued a warning alerting residents, including Marist College students, that an aggressive coyote was spotted on the college campus in the town of Poughkeepsie. It is unknown at this time if the animal is rabid, the department…
'Diverse' Snowman Post Lands School District In Region In Hot Water 'Diverse' Snowman Post Lands School District In Region In Hot Water
'Diverse' Snowman Post Lands School District In Region In Hot Water A school district in New York is apologizing after a Facebook post about a snowman sparked allegations of racism. In a now-deleted post on Tuesday, Jan. 31, Greene County’s Coxsackie-Athens Central School District included a photo of three students standing next to a noticeably dirty snowman. The caption reads, “Today’s CE Fourth Grade Playground Fun! This snowman is just as diverse as our students!” The Coxsackie-Athens Central School District apologized over a Facebook post about a "diverse" snowman that sparked allegations of racism.Coxsackie-Athens Central School District It didn’t…
Details Emerge After 5 Males Try To Enter HS In Region, Flee After Security Denies Entry Details Emerge After 5 Males Try To Enter HS In Region, Flee After Security Denies Entry
Details Emerge After 5 Males Try To Enter HS In Region, Flee After Security Denies Entry School officials have provided an update on a group of males who tried to enter a high school in Westchester County before being denied entry. Earlier Report - 5 Men Try To Enter Eastchester HS, Flee After Security Denies Entry: Police The update was given in regard to an incident on Friday, Jan. 20, when five unidentified males tried to enter Eastchester High School and were turned away by a security guard.  In a statement sent to parents on Tuesday, Jan. 24, Eastchester Union Free School District Superintendent Ronald Valenti said that the five were identified as high sch…
School District In Region Asks Hochul Not To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine For Students School District In Region Asks Hochul Not To Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine For Students
School District In Region Asks Hochul Not To Mandate Covid-19 Vaccine For Students A school district in the Hudson Valley has sent a letter to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul asking her not to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for public school students.  The letter, sent on Monday, Jan. 23 by the Brewster Central School District's Board of Education in Putnam County, was sent in the wake of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending that the COVID vaccine be received by all children younger than 18.  School officials also recognized that there may be proposed legislation that would mandate the vaccine for all New York public school students…
Nurse Uses Narcan To Rescue Student Who Overdoses At HS In Region Nurse Uses Narcan To Rescue Student Who Overdoses At HS In Region
Nurse Uses Narcan To Rescue Student Who Overdoses At HS In Region A student at a high school in Westchester who overdosed after vaping what they believed to be marijuana was saved by a school nurse. The incident took place at New Rochelle High School on Monday, Jan. 9 when the nurse had to administer Narcan to save the life of the student after they vaped what they believed to be marijuana, said Superintendent of Schools Jonathan P. Raymond. Raymond said the incident was the first time a nurse had to administer the drug to save the life of a student. "Today marks an ominous milestone in our schools – one we had hoped would never be necessary," Raymo…
Here's Where New York Ranks Among States With Best Public School Systems, Forbes Says Here's Where New York Ranks Among States With Best Public School Systems, Forbes Says
Here's Where New York Ranks Among States With Best Public School Systems, Forbes Says New York ranks in the top half of states with the best public school systems, according to a report from Forbes.  The state ranks 22nd in the nation for its public schools, according to the news outlet. The schools in the state benefit from the cultural diversity of places like New York City, which is "widely deemed the cultural capital of the world," the Forbes report said.  One advantage that this cultural diversity brings is the number of languages that are spoken in the city, which total as many as 800, according to Forbes.  Click here to read the full report from Forbe…