SCHOOL NEWS

‘I’m ready to be the heart of the school district’

Sometimes, the pursuit of growth and progress takes a reality check from the family, friends and advisors around you. That’s a mentality Juan Sanchez has always embraced throughout his storied career as a mentor at Port Chester Schools.

School board keeps leadership the same for 2024-25 school year

When former Blind Brook Board of Education Trustee Scott Jaffee left at the end of the 2023-24 school year after six years of service, he offered the cohort some words of advice: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” And the board began the new school year by sticking to …

Blind Brook begins bond discussions

Another Blind Brook School District bond vote is looming, seeming to inevitably come this fall.

Administrators’ union and PCSD agree on new 4-year contract

After several months of negotiations, and just six days before a June 30 deadline, the Port Chester Schools Administrators and Supervisors Association (PCSASA) and the district have agreed on a new 4-year contract, slated to end in June 2028.

BBSD says goodbye to five, grants tenure to three

With a combined 117 years of experience at Blind Brook Schools, four educators and one administrator bid the district farewell at the end of the 2023-24 school year. But first, at one of the more contemplative Blind Brook Board of Education meetings of the year, they were honored in the …

BBMS teachers help pupils appreciate the art of theater

Lisa Fellin, a seventh-grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Blind Brook Middle School, said pupils have vastly different experiences in their English classes. But, she added, there’s at least one author that most people read at one point in school, especially if they attended a public institution—William Shakespeare.

P.C. afterschool program price drops vastly to $10 per month

After families felt sticker shock, and vocalized their dismay, the need for accessible afterschool programming at Port Chester Schools became a hot topic playing a part in shaping the last school year. But that situation is not anticipated to be a problem this fall.

P.C. school board has a change of the guard

Following an unusually straightforward election in May, the Port Chester Board of Education has officially kicked off the start of the 2024-25 school year. But their first session of the year was not as smooth sailing as the uncontested election.

Melody Sapione dreams of true equity, plans to make change with a Yale degree

It takes someone with firsthand experience of the harsh realities of inequity to change the world—a fundamental tenant Melody Sapione genuinely believes.

Graduating Trojans cemented into the legacy of Blind Brook

Though the Blind Brook High School Class of 2024 may have been unfamiliar with the space, the district returned to its former commencement venue at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center to celebrate its departing seniors.

Port Chester High School graduates ready to brave the next phase of life

The final adjustment the Class of 2024 had to make before gloriously receiving their diplomas was the date of the event itself. To avoid an impending thunderstorm forecast for the original plan of June 26, Port Chester High School administrators elected to push the ceremony back.

Top scholar to explore versatility of Northwestern University this fall

Joaquin Otero is a firm believer in the significance of a good night’s rest. “I find sleep really interesting,” he said. “It’s just so important to our lives and I think a lot of people really undervalue it.” Otero, who graduated along with the rest of Blind Brook High School’s …

PCHS valedictorian reaches for the stars

“At the start of my career, I really want to get into SpaceX,” Orhan Eski said. “But after a while, I want to settle down and get a job at NASA.” While most may think that’s a lofty goal, the 17-year-old has been doing everything he can to make it …

Cornell is calling to BBHS top scholar

Zoeya Suhail was full of chipper laughs while chatting over an iced drink at The Producer Coffee Studio. “I’m that person,” she’d often declare with silliness as she described herself and the place she holds in the lives of the community around her. And on June 20, at the Blind …

Salutatorian learns to value balance during time at Port Chester High School

In May, Damaris Ramirez was zoned in on AP testing—one of the last hurdles to leap on the race to the Port Chester High School finish line, which she planned to cross with successes in her pocket. Not only did Ramirez finish the race to the end, but she earned …