Bronxville Union Free School District

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Bronxville Public Schools
Bronxville High School In 2009 From Pondfield Road.jpg
"We are dedicated to bringing out the best

in all our students--their minds, their

talents, and their concern for others."
Location
177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY 10708

Information
Type Public high school
School district Bronxville Union Free School District
Principal Ann Meyer [1]
Terence J. Barton
retired June 2013[2]
Asst. Principal Marcellus Lessane
Grades K - 12
Enrollment Total K-12 1635 (as of 2012)
Color(s) Blue and Gray
Mascot Bronco
Information (914) 395-0500
Website

Bronxville Union Free School District is a public school district serving the Village of Bronxville, Westchester County, New York. In 2012, 1635 students were enrolled in the district elementary, middle and high school which are all housed within the same large building.[3]

The community of Bronxville[edit]

Bronxville is a mile-square suburb north of New York City in Westchester County, New York.[4] It was named after Swedish immigrant Jonas Bronck.[4] The latitude is 40.938N; longitude is -73.832W.[4] It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Estimated population (2003) was 6,515 according to census data.[4] The median household income (2000 census data) was $144,940.[4] It is located on the Bronx River.[4] The town used to be called "Underhill's Crossing".[4] It was developed by William Van Duzer Lawrence after 1889 who purchased farmland and zoned it with large lots for single-family houses as a means to exclude people of lesser means.[5] Lawrence founded Sarah Lawrence College in 1928 in memory of his wife.[4] The town attracted many artists and became known as an "artist's colony".[4] The public library financed a major expansion in 2001 when it sold a painting for $4.1 million.[4] The town is known for being an excellent railroad commute to Manhattan.[4] The school is centrally located in the town across from the Dutch Reformed Church, diagonally opposite the town hall, and across from the Bronxville public library; it is one block away from the shopping area of the town.

School structure[edit]

A new wing was added to accommodate increased enrollment.

The elementary school, middle school, and high school are located in one large building near the downtown.[3] "It's very unusual to have one campus for all three schools," said John Chambers, the former superintendent. "It creates an interconnectedness and allows students to really get to know each other. And it allows teachers to track students over the years, which all studies show is very beneficial to education."[6] The school, located on "Pondfield" Road, is located in a low point in the town; during particularly heavy rains in the past, the school has experienced flooding. There was a period when the school was closed for several weeks as a result of flooding. As a result, boilers and heating equipment have been moved to higher levels, and basement areas have been remodeled with moisture resistant substances in case the building is flooded again.

Staff[edit]

In 2012, the superintendent of schools was David Quattrone.[7] The high school principal is Ann Meyer, the assistant principal is Marcellus Lessane, the athletic director Karen Peterson, and the counseling director was Anne Abbatecola.[8] The middle school principal is Dr. Thomas L. Wilson.[7] The interim principal of the elementary school was Mrs. Heidi E. Menzel; the interim assistant principal was Ms.Adrienne Laitman.[9] In 2000, there were 1,400 students in the district. A limited number of out-of-district students can enroll in Bronxville High School at a yearly tuition determined by New York State and enacted by the Board of Education.[6]

Foundation[edit]

View from Midland Avenue.

The school has a foundation, created in 1991, which solicits donations from community members, alumni, corporations and others to raise monies for special programs to provide new equipment, programs, curriculum innovations, teacher training and tools.[10] Since 1991, and as of 2009, the foundation made 432 grants totaling $4.1 million of support; 2008 donations totaled $450,000, according to information from the foundation.[10]

Rankings and reputation[edit]

Bronxville has a reputation for excellent schools. Newsweek magazine rated the district 42nd in the nation in a 2013 ranking.[11] Class sizes tend to be small, and students perform well on standardized test scores.[6] In 2012, average SAT scores were 1898.[6] The high school offers advanced placement courses, among them calculus(ab and bc), English Literature, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Biology, Statistics, Physics AB and Physics BC, chemistry, World history, U.S. History, Economy (Micro-Econ and Macro-Econ), Art History, Studio Art, French, Spanish, and Latin.[12] In 2000, every one of the high school's 79 graduates went on to higher education.[6] In 1991, Bronxville high school was one of two schools singled out by President George H. Bush (41) as a "school of excellence." [13] In 2014, Bronxville Elementary School was named a Reward School for "high performance" by the New York State Department of Education. [14]. The district offers musical instruction.

Arts programs[edit]

Bronxville School District has a strong music program. In 4th grade, each student chooses a musical instrument to study. In middle school, students may choose band, chorus or orchestra. Music instruction is given three times per six-day cycle and grades are given. The Middle and High School Bands and Orchestras compete yearly in the NYSSMA competition. In 2014, the High School Orchestra won Gold with Distinction, and the Middle School Orchestra won Silver.

Bronxville School District also has a strong performing arts program. Under the direction of Peter Royal, the high school presents two plays per year; a dramatic play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Past performances include Urinetown, The Sound of Music, The Diary of Anne Frank and the Heidi Chronicles. Every other year, the High School Drama Department takes performers to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform.

Athletic programs[edit]

Athletic field.

There are athletic programs for football, basketball, baseball, field hockey, softball, and other sports. In 2010, Bronxville won three varsity state titles: Women's Track, Football, and Women's Soccer. The men's varsity basketball team plays Pawling High School, Tappan Zee High School, Sacred Heart - Yonkers High School, Haldane Central High School, Clark Academy, Valhalla High School, Rye Neck High School, Tuckahoe High School, Blind Brook High School, Keio Academy of New York, High School, Harrison High School, and Martin Luther King High School (Hastings on Hudson). In 2008 the girl's varsity field hockey team went to the final four competition for state champions. Also in 2008, the Boy's varsity soccer team won states. The boy's varsity football team won states 2010 (runner up to Jamestown Southwestern in 2009).[citation needed] Bronxville High School's football team plays other high schools including Valhalla High School, Dobbs Ferry High School, Albertus Magnus High School, Croton-Harmon High School, Rye Neck High School.[15] It has several athletic fields including a football/soccer field with bleachers. There are four indoor gymnasiums, a library on the second floor, an auditorium, a drama lab area, and a cafeteria.

Recent developments[edit]

In the early 2000s, there was substantial construction and renovation which, at one point, generated some letters of protest from students.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Bronxville student Karyn Marshall, class of 1974, became the women's world weightlifting champion in 1987 and was inducted in the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2011; with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zak Faillia, Daily Voice (online newspaper), April 23, 2013
  2. ^ Chris Doyle, The Echo (BHS online newspaper), June 10, 2013, Good Bye, Mr. Barton!, Accessed June 27, 2013
  3. ^ a b "The Bronxville School". The Bronxville School (website). Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Profile for Bronxville, New York, NY". epodunk. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  5. ^ Eloise Morgan, ed., Building a Suburban Village: Bronxville, New York 1898 - 1998, 18
  6. ^ a b c d e MARY McALEER VIZARD (November 26, 2000). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Bronxville; From Artists' Colony to Affluent Village". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ a b "The Bronxville School -- Leadership Team". Bronxville Free Union School District. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  8. ^ "Staff directory". Bronxville Free Union School District. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Bronxville High School". Bronxville Free Union School District. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  10. ^ a b "The Bronxville School Foundation". Bronxville Free Union School District. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  11. ^ "2013 America's Best High Schools". Newsweek. May 6, 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-19. [dead link]
  12. ^ SUSAN DOMINUS (September 30, 2007). "The Bronxville School". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  13. ^ MERRI ROSENBERG (December 15, 1991). "Determining What Shapes a Successful School". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  14. ^ http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/hall-monitor/2014/08/21/award-schools-named-30-local-districts-54-schools-on-state-list-of-excellence/14402323/
  15. ^ "Bronxville HS". USA Today / Massey/Ratings. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  16. ^ MIRANDA CHIU Grade 10 Bronxville High School (October 27, 2002). "Construction Disrupts Bronxville Students". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  17. ^ Lesley Ciarula Taylor (Jan 8, 2010). "Lebowski's Dude goes Shakesperean". The Star. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "Screenwriter Adam Bertocci has written Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, the Shakespeare play reimagined as the Coen brothers' film starring Jeff Bridges." 
  18. ^ Michelle Kung (January 8, 2010). ""The Big Lebowski" + Shakespeare = "Two Gentlemen of Lebowski"". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-22. "But look a little closer, suggests 27-year-old Adam Bertocci ... said the Bronxville-based filmmaker/editor." 
  19. ^ Julie Carft (July 29, 1989). "Image is Heavy Burden - Weightlifter Karyn Marshall Feels Pressure to Project 'Femininity, Intelligence'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  20. ^ Gary Robinson (Mar 1, 2003). "A Statistical Approach to the Spam Problem: Using Bayesian statistics to detect an e-mail's spamminess.". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-18. "This article discusses one of many possible mathematical foundations for a key aspect of spam filtering—generating an indicator of “spamminess” from a collection of tokens representing the content of an e-mail." 
  21. ^ "Gary Robinson". Google. 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-09-18. "I make the music recommendation technology at http://www.flyfi.com -- Where I grew up Bronxville, NY Companies I've worked for Athenium, OLI Systems, Lambda Technology Schools I've attended Bard College; Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences" 

External links[edit]

  • The Echo—Bronxville high school student-run online newspaper