October 15, 2019

What's Happening in Chappaqua's Schools. October 15, 2019

Young musicians are producing some sweet sounds

Studies have repeatedly shown the importance of music education as it relates to children's brain development, language development, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. Here in Chappaqua, music is a foundational and essential part of every child's education.

The beginning instrumental music program starts in the fourth grade with lessons and group instruction on the bass, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, viola, and violin. After learning a few tenets like how to put their instrument together, how to handle the instrument, and how to sit properly, students are now ready to start playing a few notes.

Being a member of the school band or orchestra not only prepares students for middle and high school ensembles, but also helps them develop self-discipline, concentration, physical coordination, and aural perception.

Music lessons. 4th-graders learning Violin, Saxophone, and flute

Please continue to encourage your budding musician to practice, practice, practice. We look forward to hearing their progress and seeing them perform at their end-of-year recitals in May/June.


8th Grade Stream Study

With nets in their hands and boots on their feet, eighth-grade scientists descended to the stream that runs through the Seven Bridges campus. During the year, students will be keeping a journal to track various observations and changes that take place in and around the stream. One important focal point will be testing the water quality of the Gedney Brook watershed and looking closely at the water chemistry throughout the year.

Stream study Composite.

As the school year progresses, students will also monitor different aspects of life in and around the stream that will include turbidity, biological examining of microscopic organisms and macro-invertebrates, soil sampling and species indexes. This ongoing study of the stream will help the students better understand this vibrant habitat and ecosystem.

Our middle school scientists are always excited to explore this body of water because it allows them to make connections between their science explorations and their own school community.


It's full STEAM ahead at Seven Bridges

The STEAM Center at Seven Bridges Middle School (coming soon to Bell and Greeley) allows students to explore, sketch, design, prototype, and beta-test products, as well as present and reflect on their work. 

Suitable for both whole-class instruction and small group work, the exploratory production spaces feature advanced machinery and digital equipment to produce high-quality work. The collaborative brainstorming areas, individual thinking spaces, and gallery space incorporated into the STEAM Center enable students to develop ideas, experience the interactive CCSD Design Process and showcase their various projects.

This space, and the ones soon coming online at Bell and Greeley, will not only be critical to enhancing our current units of study but also feature spaces that naturally nurture thoughtful and intentional collaboration and critical thinking amongst our learners, which we know will prepare them for their future academic and professional journeys.

Seven Bridges STEAM Center


Math students figure it out

We are confronted with mathematical inequalities almost every day, but we may not notice them because they are so familiar to us. From speed limits on a highway to minimum payments due on a credit card bill to the number of text messages one can send each month, mathematical inequalities surround and impact us each and every day.

A quadratic inequality is a function whose degree is 2 and where the 'y' is not always exactly equal to the function. These types of functions use symbols called "inequality symbols" that include the symbols we know as less than, greater than, less than or equal to, and greater than or equal to.

Solving an inequality means finding the values of 'x' that make the inequality true. Calculus students at Greeley are currently exploring and solving quadratic inequalities using three different approaches -- algebraically, illustrating the inequality on a number line, and by graphing the inequality on a coordinate plane.

Needless to say, after this exploration in Calculus, our student mathematicians will have a heightened awareness of the mathematical inequalities that permeate the world around them!

Quadratic Inequalities


10th Annual Spelling Bee. Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

It's time to get your teams organized and signed up
(Deadline to register a team is October 18th) 

The Bee, taking place on Monday, November 4th at 7pm, is a fundraiser for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund, which provides grants to Greeley students in need seeking higher education. 

Teams of 2 or 3 compete in one of five categories: 

  • Middle school students 
  • High school students
  • High school seniors
  • Community members/Groups
  • CCSD faculty, employees and staff

There will be prizes for each round as well as a grand prize, a raffle prize and costume prizes.




Tha Daffodil Project.

Holocaust Memorial Planting

Please join the HGHS club ENOUGH (Educate Now On Understanding Genocide & Hate) and the Town of New Castle at the Gazebo on Sunday, October 20th, from 10:00am to 11:00am.

At that time, there will be a community planting of 760 daffodils at the site of the future New Castle Holocaust Memorial. Please bring your own gloves and small gardening tools.

The daffodils are being planted as part of the worldwide Daffodil Project, which hopes to plant 1.5 million Daffodils in memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust.  

The unveiling of the New Castle Holocaust Memorial is scheduled for November 6th.

Special thanks to Alexandra Luchow Rosenberg, Stacey Saiontz, and  Manzer Landscape Design & Development.

An Evening with Marc Brackett

Dr. Marc Brackett

Social Emotional Learning in our Schools and at Home

Co-sponsored by the Chappaqua PTA and the Chappaqua Central School District

Monday, October 21st at Horace Greeley High School (Auditorium)

6:30-7:00 pm ~ Refreshments, PTA Business and Welcome

7:00-8:00 pm ~ Keynote Address

8:15-8:45pm ~ Breakout Sessions*

Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by the Chappaqua Central School District and nearly 2,000 other schools.

Come learn about the program, its roll out in our schools, and how families can support this work at home.

*SIGN UP for one of the following Breakout Sessions:
Stress ReductionCommunication & Decision Making • Meditation & Mindfulness • Sleep Hygiene for Kids & Teens • Nutrition for Energy & Balance • Parenting Anxious Youth • S.E.L. and the Popular Graphic Novel "Hey Kiddo!" • Exercising for Mental Strength
Organizational Success  •  iGen - Teens & Smartphones

In Case You Missed It. . .

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 15:  Superintendent's Conference Day - No School for Students
  • Oct. 15:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm (HG Academic Commons)
  • Oct. 16:  CSF "Moms' Night Out" 7:30pm (Le Jardin Du Roi) (Tickets)
  • Oct. 21-25:  DG/RB/WO Bus Safety Week
  • Oct. 21-25:  School Board Recognition Week
  • Oct. 21:  Partners in Education: An Evening with Dr. Marc Brackett, 6:30pm (HG Aud)
  • Oct. 22:  CPTA STEM Destination Imagination Information Meeting, 7pm (Bell)
  • Oct. 24:  BS Family Bon Fire, 6:30-8pm
  • Oct. 25:  DG/WO "Trunk or Treat", 5pm
  • Oct. 25:  RB "Trunk or Treat", 5:30pm
  • Oct. 29:  HG Cum Laude Ceremony, 3:30pm (Aud)
  • Oct. 29:  BS/SB Speaker's Series, 7pm (SB)
  • Oct. 30:  Board of Education Meeting, 7:30pm (HG Academic Commons)
  • Oct. 31:  DG/RB/WO Halloween Parades

Full Calendar

Athletic Events