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excellentHow are Scarsdale students doing? According to a report on student assessments by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Lynne Shain, students in the Scarsdale Schools are thriving. At the Board of Education meeting on November 27, Shain presented a review of the assessments that the district uses to monitor and measure student learning and the results which are impressive.

She explained that the district utilizes three kinds of assessments:

Assessment of Learning – a measure of what a student has learned after instruction has ended such as a unit test, mid-year exam or final exam

Assessment as Learning – A learning activity such as the fifth grade Capstone project is an activity or project designed to be a measure of learning

Assessment for Learning – A formative measure of what the student already knows and does not know to allow teachers to plan future instruction. These include a pretest on multiplying fractions and the STAR reading and math assessment.

Shain emphasized that tests are just one measure of student performance, as teachers make informal evaluations of students daily by observing their response to questions, noting class contributions, interactions with their peers and evaluating discourse and identifying gaps in knowledge or understanding.

She reviewed the standardized tests administered to students including the SAT's, NYS Regents and state tests for grades three through eight.

How does the district measure success? Here are a few measures:

College Acceptances: In terms of college acceptances, 98% of 2017 high school graduates are attending college and 59% were accepted at the most competitive colleges and universities in the U.S. in 2017.

Level of Preparedness: The last survey of Scarsdale High School graduates was done in 2012 and surveyed students from the classes of 2007 and 2010. That survey found that 98.9% reported that they either felt better prepared (76%) or as prepared (22.8%) as other students at that college.

SAT's: Scarsdale mean combined SAT Score Results were the highest among comparable districts in our region.

AP Tests: The percentage of students receiving scores of 3,4 and 5 on AP exams is 97%.

Shain then reviewed some of the test results. The full report is available online here:

She showed data comparing third, fourth and fifth grade students performance on the ELA to the results in peer districts including Bronxville, Edgemont, Great Neck, Chappaqua, Rye City, Blind Brook, Ardsley, Mamaroneck and Byram Hills, and here are the numbers for 2017:


The math results were also excellent:


Moving onto middle school results, she explained these scores were a function of the district's philosophies on teaching to the test. Shain said, "Different districts place different levels of importance on the tests – what gets the scores up is the alignment with the testing material with what is taught in class. If the teachers here wanted to prep for the test, I have no doubt that the scores would go up. We don't know what the dynamic is in other districts."



She also provided graphs of how elementary school students perform in the five elementary schools, saying that differences in performance between the schools was not statistically significant. She added that results are also affected by the placement of inclusion or special education classes within district schools.

Graph Scarsdale Schools

About SAT results, she said, "The mean combined scores of Scarsdale students are the highest among selective schools in our region. They are historically at the top 1% of the top 1% nationally.

SAT results

Take a look at the complete report here or watch her presentation online here. You'll be impressed.

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walksignThere's only a few days left to take the Scarsdale Forum's Municipal Services committee Traffic Survey, The Survey is closing at midnight on November 30. The objective is to bring everyone's concerns about conditions on our local roads, sidewalks, school drop off lanes and parking areas to the attention of the Village. We also need the input of our youth who are just beginning to drive with a permit, or who already have their license, or who experience problems as pedestrians or riding their bicycles.

The Survey analysis, to be done by residents who are knowledgeable working with survey data, will be an integral part of the Forum committee's continuing follow up to our 2015 traffic report recommendations.Some signals and signage have been improved since then, but more can and should be done. There should be zero tolerance for pedestrian knock downs, vehicles passing stopped school buses, and speeding. The Village-wide chaos on the roads the day before Thanksgiving and on ordinary days too – including impassible gridlock, excessive speeding, and illegal turns through red signaled crosswalks – is also unacceptable.

Participation in the survey by everyone in the community will ensure that the data helps us make progress towards safer streets. The Survey can be taken on a computer or smart phone at

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raizenDavid Raizen, President of the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps sent the following letter to

Dear Neighbor, Many Scarsdale residents do not submit donations of support because they mistakenly believe that Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps is funded by direct tax dollars. With no direct taxpayer support and an annual budget of $600,000, we are running in the red.

This year our annual fund drive has received an extremely poor response. We have received only 467 donations from the 5,356 households in our community.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to support your Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps by going to our website: and click donate, or send a check to PO Box 92, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

I also encourage anyone who is interested in learning about SVAC to email me at

Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps
David Raizen, President

Please donate on-line at


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MiracleTwo young actors from Scarsdale will be on stage in the Yorktown Stage production of Miracle on 34th Street. Alyssa Emily Marvin, Greenacres 4th grader, who has appeared in off-Broadway shows and toured Asia last year with the international tour of Annie, is playing the role of Susan and Greenacres 4th grader Caleb Paul is in the production as well.

Here's the story: Kris Kringle takes on the cynics in this musical adaptation of the beloved holiday classic. Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year old daughter Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor Fred Gailey tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed -but when it turns out Macy's Santa may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts. Filled with humor, spectacle, and such beloved songs as "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"," this joyous, heart- warming musical is pure family entertainment. The perfect holiday treat!AlyssaMarvin

Miracle on 34th Street will entertain audiences and families during the holiday season. The show will have weekend matinee and evening performances starting with the week before Thanksgiving.

Newcomer Alyssa Emily Marvin (Scarsdale) plays Susan, the little girl that tugs at your heart in her support of Kringle. Under the dynamic direction of the Yorktown Stage Artistic Director, August Abatecola), the cast of 24 includes a stellar lineup of professional and local actors familiar to Hudson Valley audiences.

Miracle on 34th Street is produced by Barry Liebman, president and producing director of Yorktown Stage and Jenna's Dream. The Musical Director is Ricky Romano. The Choreographer is Carrie Silvernail. And the Production Stage manager is Casey Brehm. Lighting design is by Andrew Gmoser. Sound design is by Scott Tunkel.

Caleb PaulPerformances are Saturday, Nov 18 at 1 pm and at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov 19 at 2 pm, Friday, November 24, at 1 pm., Saturday, November 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2 pm.

Ticket Prices: Children (11 and under) $19; Seniors (62 and over) and Students (under 22) $21; Adults $26.. Group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased or by calling the box office (914) 962-0606.

Yorktown Stage is part of the Yorktown Community Cultural Center, 1974 Commerce Street (theater entrance around corner on Veterans Road), Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Ample free parking is available and a wide choice of affordable dining is conveniently within walking distance.

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LattimerEngelHere are photos from a Saturday afternoon rally at George Latimer Headquarters in Mamaroneck. Several elected officials and candidates for Mamaroneck races were present. The senior elected official leading the GOTV charge was Congressman Eliot Engel. Democratic candidate George Latimer for Westchester County Executive thanked his volunteers and supporters for their hard work.

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