The Dobbs Ferry School District strives to develop independent, curious, and open-minded learners who think critically, work collaboratively, act ethically and are knowledgeable about the world around them.
Could you use a buddy? Springhurst 1st grade teachers Elizabeth Pinkava and Tricia Zarro received a grant from the Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation to install three "Buddy Benches" (1 per playground) at the elementary school. All lunch aides and faculty are being trained on how to support students on the playgroun utilizing the Buddy Benches. A wonderful way to foster kindness, friendship and empathy in our students and school.
We have liftoff!
Student teams in Justine Henry's physics class designed, built and launched rockets made out of plastic soda bottles filled with water. The rockets were powered by an air pump and the students had to consider the physical forces on a rocket, Newton's Laws and other scientific principles. The students learned about aerospace engineering and post-launch shared observations with their classmates. Each team named their rocket..."Mr. President" made the biggest splash!
Not all great science happens in the lab!
Sixth grade students took to the adjacent baseball field to participate in scientific discoveries which showcased various chemical reactions. Among them, color changing milk, Elephant's Toothpaste, non-Newtonian fluid (ooblek), and the classic vinegar and baking soda. The activities were capped of with a Diet Coke and Mentos demonstration. The students had a great time getting their hands dirty with these hands-on experiments.
Dear Parents and Community Members,
The 2015-2016 school year has been a time of growth and change for students and staff in the Dobbs Ferry schools. We are in the final preparation for our October visit by the International Baccalaureate (IB) as we close in on receiving full accreditation next year for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP). The curriculum design work and collaborative process with our Middle School and High School teachers have forever changed teaching and learning in grades 6 through 10. MYP is an extraordinary accomplishment for our District and provides the strong link to the High School’s IB Diploma Program (11th-12th grades) that we have long needed. This year, our 10th grade students will be the first class to complete the MYP Personal Project. We can’t wait to see what they will do with this exciting opportunity.
As the summer begins, so does the first phase of the District’s Capital Projects. Approved by voters in October 2015, the most visible work will be replacing the High School slate roof and installing new artificial turf fields at both the Middle School/High School complex and Springhurst. Tennis courts will also be constructed on the Springhurst campus and are scheduled for completion in October, along with the new field. HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and many additional projects, such as the redesign of the Middle School/High School Library will continue, to the degree possible, over the course of the school year with the bulk of the work to be finished by the end of next summer.
The summer months are always busy in the Dobbs Ferry schools. Various day camps, Extended School Year programs, teacher professional development and technology initiatives keep things humming right up to the start of the new 2016-2017 academic year. Teachers will return on August 31st for a Superintendent's Conference Day, and students will be back to school on Tuesday, September 6th.
On behalf of the Dobbs Ferry Board of Education, best wishes for a happy, healthy and restful summer!
Lisa Brady, Ed.D.
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9th Grade - Freshman Orientation
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Kindergarten Visiting Day