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  • Parents' Turn to Learn at Tusker University

    It was the parents’ turn to learn from the teachers at the first Tusker University event, held on February 24th. More than 120 parents attended the virtual workshop, a concept developed by the Somers Central School District’s Learning Office. “This idea came from our community,” says Director of Learning Kevin Guidotti. “We asked families how we can best support them and their child’s school life, and those discussions evolved into these learning sessions.”

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  • Social Media Boot Camp

    Social Media Boot Camp, a part of Tusker University, gives parents a crash course on the most popular apps and what to watch for if their children using them. Presented by the Westchester County Police Department and Somers School Resource Officers, this workshop is packed with great tips.

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  • First Female Black Astronaut is Out of This World

    When kindergartners in Melissa Maliniak's class hear that the first Black, female astronaut, Mae Jemison, was told it would impossible for her to go into space, the children are shocked and upset. When they hear that she did it anyway, they celebrate. "I think it's called bravery,” says five-year-old Finn Lyons. “When someone says you can't do something, but you do it anyway." During Black History Month, Somers students have been learning about important contributions of Black Americans.

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  • Officer Connects Despite Distance

    School Resource Officer Brian Pavletich is standing in a classroom at Primrose Elementary School, laughing with the kids. “That’s your laser taser,” shouts a student, pointing at the officer’s belt. “Ok,” says Pavletich. “That’s it’s new name.” Officer Brian, as the kids call him, is finding new ways to connect with students, given the social distancing rules in school. “It is important for kids to understand what police officers do,” says Pavletich.

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