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The Somers Central School District has been honored for the sixth year with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. “The music programs in Somers schools are the perfect environment for any student to grow and develop into an individual performer,” says Somers High School senior Bailey Ross.
School counselor Katie Bergin opens a book to a page showing a little girl standing on a hill shouting, “No boys allowed!” A group of second graders shake their heads in dismay at the image. The book, “What If Everybody Said That?” is a story by Ellen Javernick that emphasizes both the negative and positive impact of our word choices. The book is a progression from a story these students read in first grade, called “What If Everybody Did That?” “What is respect?” asks Bergin. Hands shoot up. “Respect means treating someone the way you wanted to be treated,” says Carter Iglesias. “That is the golden rule.”
Primrose Elementary School Resource Officer Brian Pavletich made a guest appearance in Mr. Mahoney's second-grade eLearning class. He read the book "Officer Buckles and Gloria" to the students. "Visiting with the eLearners was very fun," says Officer Pavlitech. "I want them to know we haven't forgotten about them." Mr. Mahoney had the kids put police cars and the Westchester County Police logo on their screen backgrounds, and then they all changed their backgrounds to donuts, to mimic the picture of a donut that Officer Pavletich has in his office.
This is a happy story A story of a wrong made right..." So starts a moving tribute to one of Primrose Elementary School's cafeteria workers, Hope Ciota. Ciota was also a student in Somers as a child. Click the link below to read a poem written by Ciota's sister and founder of the Prospector Theater, Valerie Jensen. The theater is dedicated to providing meaningful employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. https://bit.ly/3tzBVm3