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Dear Community Members, 

It's time to widen our lens and set new goals. Back in 2014, after extensive collaboration and data gathering, the Strategic Planning Committee created and presented strategic goals to the Edgemont Board of Education. After consulting with students, parents, teachers, and community members, this committee comprised of 30 representatives from a wide range of Edgemont stakeholders, set three main goals to steer our district’s efforts in the coming years. One of those goals focused on technology -- specifically, ensuring universal access to technology K-12 for the purpose of communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

Four short years later, under the guidance of Director of Technology Paul Garofano, we are proud to report that we have essentially met this initial access goal.  Widely accessible ChromeBooks make it possible for K-4 elementary students to use technology on a regular basis. The 1:1 ChromeBook initiative has provided each student in grades 5-8 with his/her own laptop. WiFi capacity and speed has been improved at all three campuses, and Google Apps and Extensions are being used in innovative and exciting ways. The PTA, PTSA  and ESF have helped to fund professional development opportunities through the use of consultants for teachers and administrators to redefine instruction. These instructional technology consultants complemented the work of our in-district, Instructional Technology Facilitator Andrea Nash, who works with teachers and students throughout the district daily co-planning and facilitating integrated units in the core subject areas, Robotics, Coding, and STEAM. 

Now, it’s time to widen our lens and set new goals. The focus in Edgemont is what we have come to refer to as “Tech Health.” We are committed to making sure our community of learners engages with technology in meaningful, creative ways, navigating its challenges with thoughtful, age-appropriate strategies. Tech Health is a key component of our students' overall social and emotional well-being in today’s world.

Recently, Janell Burley Hofmann, a leader in the field of educating and parenting in the digital age and author of iRules, came to our district for a three-day workshop. Thanks to generous sponsorship by our PTA and PTSA, Janell spent her time working with staff, students and parents, offering thoughtful insights and specific strategies for navigating the unique challenges children face today. Read on for more specific information from our work with Janell -- we continue to consult with her and use her resources, and we look forward to possibly working with her again.

With Tech Health at the forefront of our mission, Edgemont now has a new three-year Technology Plan (2018-2021), recently approved by the New York State Department of Education:

Edgemont is committed to preparing lifelong learners who are ethical and responsible digital citizens. Edgemont students will be able to use Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to communicate in a variety of modes, solve problems creatively, retrieve and manage information, think critically, remain flexible and continue to learn. They will be self-directed learners able to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

We’ve established a new Tech Health website, complete with resources for parents, teachers, and students.  We hope you’ll visit often. We invite you to join us in this important, ongoing conversation, as together we work towards instilling healthy habits and mindsets around the ever-changing world of technology.

Sincerely,

Victoria Kniewel

 

Tech Health: Parent Takeaways

Whether or not you were able to participate in one of Janell’s parent workshops, the points she made are worth remembering! Click here for a quick list of some of the key issues Janell discussed.

 

 

Elementary Students: What Does Tech Health Mean to 3rd-6th Graders?

Unlike their parents, many of our elementary-aged children don’t remember a time without iPads and iPhones. Just as other healthy habits -- such as time management, nutrition, and physical activity -- are taught in the early grades and honed throughout the years, age-appropriate Tech Health is crucial to our elementary students, too. Read more…

 

Technology Health and Edgemont’s Junior High School: What Can We Learn From Our 7th and 8th Grade Students?  

Technology and social media are undoubtedly part of today’s seventh and eighth graders’ daily lives. Recently, Tech Health expert and author Janell Burley Hoffman posed a series of questions asking our junior high students what advice they had for others - their parents, younger students, and each other regarding technology - and the answers were thoughtful and perhaps surprising. Read more…

 

 

Peer Leaders  Discuss What Tech Health Looks Like To Them

The Edgemont High School Peer Leaders are a dedicated group of sophomores, juniors and seniors who facilitate regularly held small group discussions for students. These discussions aim to promote open communication, wellness, and problem-solving skills, and they give high school students a safe, confidential space to both listen and speak. Read more...

 


Tech Health Resources

 

Visit Edgemont’s Technology site often to find out what’s happening in our district. Read about our newly approved Technology Plan for 2018-2021, learn how to log on to the Guest Wifi while on campus, and more!

 


 


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TRANSPORTATION TO PRIVATE/PAROCHIAL SCHOOL 2019/2020

The District will provide transportation to private/parochial day schools for the 2019/2020 school year for students who are residents of Edgemont and are registered in the District.  If you are interested, please request an application at (914) 472-7767 or at msouthard@edgemont.org.  

Completed applications must be received in the business office by April 1, 2019.  Applications received after this date will not be processed.  If you have not yet confirmed your child’s acceptance at a school, you should still submit an application by the April 1 deadline in order to be approved for transportation.

Edgemont Kindergarten Enrollment – 2019/2020 School Year

Edgemont Kindergarten enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year is underway. If you are an Edgemont resident and have a child who is at least 5 years of age on or before December 31, 2019, your child is eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten for the 2019/2020 school year.   

The information, forms and required documents for new families to the District and for families with older children currently enrolled are available on the website (www.edgemont.org). For additional information, please contact:  Mimi Southard, Business Office, 300 White Oak Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583, (914) 472-7767, ext. 4431, msouthard@edgemont.org.

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