EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Following a longer-than-usual summer vacation, students throughout Bronxville returned to the classroom for the first day of school this week.
Kindergarteners met their teachers for the first time, the class of 2016 celebrated their final first day of school and middle and high school students met some of the peers that will help guide them for the next few years.
In an effort to “develop a sense of community among the freshmen to make them feel welcomed on the first day of school,” the school district arranged for older students to give younger students tours of the high school, with sixth and ninth graders meeting their “eighth grade ambassador” and “Freshmen Leadership” team, which is comprised of 44 seniors.
“It’s a close-knit community,” senior Nick Sutherland – a Freshman Leader – said. “We’re focusing on being able to take risks and emphasizing that the freshmen are in a place that is (alright).”
Superintendent David Quattrone noted that while many districts throughout Westchester County have struggled during the rapid unveiling of the statewide Common Core Learning Standards, Bronxville is ready to hit the ground running this year.
“Our goal each year is to get down to the business of teaching and learning as efficiently as possible,” he said. “Our students, teachers and parents all cooperated to make the opening of school what it should be – a time to reconnect with friends and colleagues and to feel the motivation and positive energy that comes with a new beginning.”
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