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Former SHS Principal Norman Bussiere Passes Away at Age 91

Norman-BussiereA former principal of Scarsdale High School Norman Bussiere, passed away at the age of 91 in Pennsylvania on June 19, 2017. His wife of 65 years, Ruth Bussiere had died just eight months before.

Bussiere was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont and was the eldest of six children of John A. Bussiere and Ida Charron Bussiere. After serving in World War II, he attended the University of CT and Columbia University.

Bussiere spent the majority of his career as a high-school principal at James Caldwell High School in New Jersey, at Scarsdale High School where he served from 1972 to 1975 and at Shoreham-Wading River High School in Long Island. A lifelong student, he attended graduate classes in philosophy at Stony Brook University after he retired in 1991.

Mr. Bussiere is survived by one brother, Bernard, and his wife Betsy of East Hartford one sonas well as his son Robert D. Bussiere who is married to the former Alice Ughetta of Scarsdale. They currently live in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, he is survived by two daughters, Jeanne B. Stephens and her husband James of Shaker Heights, Ohio and Elizabeth Bussiere and her husband Daniel Cohen of Worcester, Massachusetts; and four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on July 29th at 10:30 in the William Penn Room at Crosslands, 1660 East Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. In memory of Mr. Bussiere, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

SHS Assistant Principal O'Gorman Sheds Light on Changes to School

AndreaOGorman 3This past September, Andrea O'Gorman moved up from Director of Counseling to Assistant Principal of Scarsdale High School. In this interview with recent Scarsdale High School graduate Louisa Blatt, O'Gorman discusses upcoming changes at SHS and her new role at the school. O'Gorman has served as a dean and as the Director of Counseling at SHS during her fifteen-year-long career at Scarsdale.

Question: What are your opinions on the upcoming changes to the schedule with the elimination of homeroom and lengthened class periods?

Our new schedule, while a bit confusing to digest at first, is not all that different from our current schedule in substance. It will continue to meet the needs of our students, in that it provides tremendous flexibility and the ability to meet an extraordinary number of course requests. With the loss of homeroom three days per week, it will be an adjustment. We will need to monitor this change in particular, to see if we can work out logistics in some other way. Homeroom has served as both a small break in the day and a chance for certain student organizations to meet more regularly, but also a way to communicate with students in unobtrusive ways. While the extra time added to class periods may seem daunting for students, it is my hope that we will find ways to incorporate ways to use the time for personal interactions and not merely additional "seat time for students." Despite initial feelings about these changes, everyone agrees that we will need time to see it in action and then discuss its effectiveness.

Q: What steps are currently being taken to improve school wellness?

Student wellness has been a topic of discussion for several years now at SHS. This year, the district's compact committees focused on issues of student wellness and our recent Tri States visit studied the work in depth. There are so many initiatives going on and I recommend looking through the self study that was published recently from the office of our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Lynne Shain. At SHS, some of our work has been a study of homework, which involved an in-class calibration exercise, the institution of homework-free breaks and a series of surveys to students and teachers. Other work has focused on the student experience with additions of extended library hours during testing weeks, PTA sponsored snack breaks, and wellness-focused activities provided by our student government and student organizations. Our own Compact Committee, and Wellness Team continue to look for ways to promote student wellness through education, discussion and policy changes.

Q: Freshman orientation is being shortened this upcoming year. Was this just a scheduling change or were there other reasons?

For the past several years our freshman orientation has been planned over a day and half prior to the opening of school. In the 2017-18 calendar, there is only one conference day planned prior to students reporting to school. We condensed the orientation program to one day, keeping most elements of the program in place, including the assembly, student tours of the building and release of schedules for freshmen. Civ Ed advisors and Peer Leaders will continue to lead the orientation and students will have a chance to find their classes and prepare for the first full day of school on Tuesday, September 5th.

Q: The high school is undergoing a lot of construction. How do you see the construction process as well as the actual new facilities affecting the future?

Our construction projects are well underway! Our new fitness center will focus on student wellness and lifetime fitness activities. The enhanced equipment and expanded space will give students a wonderful new atmosphere in which to focus on health and wellness. Our learning commons and labs will give students multiple new ways to use and enjoy our facilities. New meeting spaces will allow for groups to collaborate in flexible spaces, learning and studying in modern ways. Teachers can make use of the spaces to explore techniques that are best served in less traditional classroom spaces.

Q: Are there any other upcoming or recent school policy changes people should know about?

Our focus continues to be on student wellness initiatives and as we move into next year we will continue to explore our policies and practices with these in mind.

Q: How has your experience been in your new position, are there any surprises? Do you miss being a dean?

In my new position as Assistant Principal for Student Life, I have enjoyed seeing our school in a new light. I have always enjoyed working with students and families and that has not changed. The new level of responsibility has provided me with more insight into our school community. I am continually amazed at the level of professionalism and care shown by our faculty and staff and the amazing commitment on the part of our students. I've learned more about student government and activities, senior options and athletics and it has been fun to be more involved in these endeavors. Observing classes has been the best surprise! After so many years here, it is great to be in our classrooms on a regular basis, watching the magic unfold! I do miss my work as a dean, as it was work I cherished. I miss the connections with students and families and the journey of helping students navigate their high school years. But in return, I feel that my experience as a dean and then as Director of Counseling as given me a valuable perspective into the student experience that informs the decision making in my new role.

Q: Feel free to talk about anything else you feel we should know:

Scarsdale High School is a wonderful community to be a part of. For fifteen years I have enjoyed the company of those who work and live here, and it has made me a better counselor, administrator, parent and community member. I feel blessed to be part of a thoughtful and committed team and look forward to many more years here.

Milestones For Emily Hirsch, Kamilah Dowling and Ellen Greenberg

emilyhirschEmily Hirsch, former owner of Scarsdale's Candy 'N Cards will turn 100 on Friday, June 16. Since she closed the store, earlier this year at the age of 99–- she's enjoying her retirement and spends time catching up on old movies, having lunch with friends and spending quality time with her family.

Kamilah Dowling

Scarsdale resident Kamilah Dowling will be honored by The Business Council of Westchester as one if its 2017 "40 under 40" Rising Stars, during the June 15 reception at the council's headquarters in Rye Brook. Kamilah, who is the dedicated Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Montefiore Health System, was selected for this award because of her exemplary leadership, creativity, innovation, dedication and professionalism.

dowlingandgoodrichKamilah, who has called Westchester her home for five years, provides and coordinates care for children with complex neurosurgical needs, including brain tumors, craniofacial disorders, and craniopagus conjoined twins. Kamilah was instrumental in the care of Jadon and Anias McDonald who were successfully separated at Montefiore last year. Kamilah managed every aspect of their various needs, both medical and social, and remains a dedicated and consistent presence for this family. On June 23rd CNN will release a documentary about how the boys are progressing, in which Kamilah will appear.

Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center

Ellen Bachner Greenberg4 2Mamaroneck resident and life coach Ellen Bachner Greenberg has been named to the Board of Directors of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, a not-for-profit organization serving Westchester County and beyond.

Ellen holds an MBA from New York University and is a certified Life Coach. She enjoys guiding her clients towards achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and making changes in their lives.

A daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Ellen has been active with the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center through their GenerationsForward speakers group.

Ellen tells of her father's incredible will to survive and the optimism, perseverance, and positive attitude that exemplified how he lived his life post war. Ellen discusses what it was like for her growing up as the child of Holocaust survivors and speaks honestly and openly about the impact it has had on her.

Ellen and her husband Carl are the proud parents of two children who live and work in Manhattan.

Millie Jasper, Executive Director, says, "Ellen brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the Board. We're thrilled to have her join us."

The mission of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center is to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust to support the right of people to be treated with dignity and respect.

For more information please contact Millie Jasper, Executive Director, at (914) 696-0738 or mjasper@hhrecy.org.

Julia Fishman Weds Jon Kurzner in Bridgehampton

juliaandjonTwo members of the SHS class of 2006 were married on the beach in Bridgehampton on Saturday night June 17th. Julia Page Fishman, daughter of Dr. Glenn Fishman and Joanne Wallenstein of Scarsdale, exchanged vows with Jonathan Aaron Kurzner, son of Wayne Kurzner, of Queens, New York. Rabbi Greg Weitzman of Congregation Rodeph Shalom on the Upper West Side officiated at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club in Bridgehampton, New York.

The bride, 28, is an Architectural Designer at John B. Murray Architect in New York. She graduated cum laude from New York University and received a master's degree in Architecture from Tulane University. The bride's father is Director of Cardiology and Vice-Chair for Research at NYU Langone Medical Center. Her mother is the founder and editor-in-chief of Scarsdale10583.com, the local news website.

The groom, also 28, is a Director at The Earnest Research Company in New York. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University. The groom's father is a personal injury lawyer in New York at a firm bearing his name.

The couple, who attended Scarsdale High School, began dating after reconnecting through mutual friends in 2014.  Many friends from the 'dale joined them at the joyous celebration that followed the ceremony.

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Photo Opps: Scarsdalians Make News

trackroachHere are two updates from Scarsdale residents making tracks this week:

Four Scarsdale High School varsity track team members placed in the top 7 overall of the inaugural White Plains Memorial Day 5k race on May 29, 2017

Pictured above with Mayor Tom Roach of White Plains are Jordan Claman, Andrew Levy, Mayor Tom Roach, Bruno Tassari and Zach Hoexter.

Scarsdale Inquirer Alumni at the New York Times:leavitt

We ran into Carrie Gilpin, former reporter for the Scarsdale Inquirer who is now working at the Learning Network at the New York Times. She shared this photo of herself with Linda Leavitt, former editor of the Scarsdale Inquirer and Heather Murray, another former Inquirer reporter who is now an attorney working in the same building as Carrie.  Linda came in for a visit and here is what she said:

"I am so proud of these dogged reporters I hired at The Scarsdale Inquirer, Carrie Gilpin and Heather Murray. Carrie went on to become an editor of the Learning Network at The New York Times and Heather is an attorney, at Seyfarth Shaw in the same building, We are posing in front of the Pentagon Papers story on The New York Times Pulitzer Prize wall because there's a Scarsdale connection — attorney William Glendon, who was later to be elected mayor of Scarsdale,successfully defended The Washington Post before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Nixon administration had sought to block publication of a Defense Department history of the American involvement in Vietnam. It was considered a major victory for freedom of the press. This happened before my time at the Inquirer (I retired as editor in 2015) but I knew Glendon and had great affection and respect for him."

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