News

Support the ESF this #GivingTuesday

Today is a day you might not be as familiar with – a day focused not on getting deals for your friends and family (and yourself), but to use your money for good.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as #GivingTuesday. This #GivingTuesday the Edgemont School Foundation is excited to continue our involvement in the movement and hopes you will join along.

As we end our 25th year of supporting the Edgemont School District we are thankful for our past donors who have enabled us to grant over 2.2 million dollars to improve curriculum, modernized facilities, and enhanced the educational experience of all Edgemont students. Visit our website to learn more about the impact our donors have made over the past 25 years.

Please consider celebrating #GivingTuesday with us by joining us in making a gift to the Edgemont School Foundation today and by sharing on social media why you support ESF and encouraging others to join you in your support. Together we can ensure and enhance the Value of an Edgemont Education.

We wish you a happy holidays,

The Edgemont School Foundation Board of Directors

Newly Renovated E-Lab Opens in Conjunction with Professional Development

Reprinted with permission from the November 2017 Edgemont School District E-News Newsletter

Ask any group of parents with school-aged children to compare their own school experience to that of their children, and there’s no doubt you will quickly hear stories about life before cell phones and the Internet. You’ll surely hear about encyclopedias. But what you probably won’t hear from those parents is that their classrooms actually looked different from those that their kids still sit in today, a generation later. Desks in rows, teacher at the front, door closed to the rest of the school – this is the way classrooms have looked for as long as any of us can remember.

But that model, which stemmed from how factories were set up, is not necessarily in line with how our students learn today, or what will be expected of them as they pursue careers in the future. As Superintendent Victoria Kniewel explains, “We don’t know for which careers or which educational pathways beyond high school we educate our Edgemont students. We don’t know what their post-high school education will look like, nor where or how they will work to earn a living. What we do know is, if our students are capable communicators, collaborators, critical and creative thinkers, they will be well positioned for almost any future.”

The Edgemont School Foundation, in its unwavering commitment to working with our district to enrich and ensure the value of an Edgemont education through collaboration with teachers and administrators, agreed that redesigned, renovated learning spaces at EHS were one of the next essential steps in moving forward within the framework of our strategic goals. The ESF engaged Fielding Nair International, an architectural firm focused on innovative education design, and began the design process last year by meeting with students, teachers and administrators to discuss how spaces around the school could be upgraded to reflect and support an evolving model of teaching and learning.

On the EHS campus, the result is the E-Lab. Located in the E-building, the new collaborative space is being used by students and teachers at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School. This is in addition to some collaborative spaces funded by the PTA in both elementary schools. The new spaces are not enough in and of themselves to transform instruction and learning. ESF and the school district have funded professional development opportunities led by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs on the opening day of school and continuing with Dr. Jacobs and Jill Ackers-Clayton from the Fielding Nair International Learning Design Services team. The E-Lab features increased instructional space, flexible seating, a training center for teachers, a full set of Chromebooks, and interactive Promethean flat panel TVs.

The E-Lab’s true impact will come as this initial excitement translates into meaningful student engagement. Engagement through authentic learning and teacher development are at the heart of the Focus Forward/Strategic Goals created by the Edgemont community. The E-Lab is a wonderful addition to the Edgemont High School campus, and our teachers and students are ready to put it to use in meaningful, creative ways. As Jay Litman, a partner at Fielding Nair and an architect of the new innovative learning space at the high school, explains, “This is not redecorating. This is meaningful, purposeful architectural redesign in consonance with educational research and with student-learning as its focus.”

Help Us Exceed Our $100,000 Goal

Dear Edgemont Families, Alumni, Community and Friends,

Would you like to help “ensure and enhance the value of an Edgemont education?” That’s what you do when you support the Edgemont School Foundation. Since its founding in 1993, ESF has provided much-needed funding that has improved the curriculum, modernized facilities, and enhanced the educational experience of all Edgemont students. 

Some recent examples of ESF’s impact include:

  • Model School Plus – This initiative has firmly integrated technology into every Edgemont classroom, via the popular internet based Google Apps for Education, which streamlines assignments, boosts collaboration, and offers seamless communication between student and teacher.
  • Multi-media Lab – The new multi-media lab on our High School campus expands on its traditional capability to help cement students understanding and process of analog image making. With ESF’s support, this all Mac digital lab enhances capabilities for our students.
  • The E-Lab – We recently announced a $238,000 grant to modernize our school campus via the design and renovation of Edgemont’s first “collaborative learning space”. Located in the High School E-Building, this space provides a cutting-edge learning environment for teachers and students.

Superintendent Victoria Kniewel recognizes the critical importance of ESF, recently explaining, “Working in direct partnership with the administrators, teachers and the Board of Education, ESF’s contributions to our district are substantial. Recently, the ESF made the first of what will hopefully be a series of major grants to our schools as we work together to create innovative learning spaces through renovation and architectural redesign.”

Each year we ask for the support of the entire greater Edgemont community to help us continue enhancing the educational experience in Edgemont. If you have supported ESF in the past, thank you! We are truly grateful. We hope that all those committed to the success of Edgemont, our schools and our students will join us this year by supporting the Edgemont School Foundation and helping us exceed our $100,000 goal. We won’t be able to achieve this goal without your help.

With sincere thanks for your support,

             
     Adam Friedman                                    Ellen Litt

Edgemont School Foundation Co-Chairs
 
P.S. Another big thank you to our 2016-2017 donors!

Purchase a Brick on the Edgemont Alumni Walkway Today! – Class of 2017

Parents of Edgemont Class of 2017,

It’s hard to believe that your child’s Edgemont years are coming to a close? Are you looking for a lasting way to recognize this momentous occasion? Buying a personalized brick in honor of your soon-to-be graduate is the perfect way to commemorate your child’s graduation from Edgemont High School.

In 1998, Edgemont School Foundation sponsored the creation of the Alumni Walkway. The walkway, currently located along the wall in the center of the campus outside the C building, consists of clay bricks which can be personalized to honor graduating seniors, Edgemont High School alumni, faculty, administrators and community leaders.

All proceeds from the sale of personalized bricks help fund the Foundation’s grants to the schools. Since its inception, Edgemont School Foundation has granted over $2.2 Million to the Edgemont School District for programs that have improved the curriculum, modernized facilities, and enhanced the educational experience of all Edgemont students. Your support will allow us to continue to impact the lives of current Edgemont students and ensure that they have as positive of an experience as your child did while at Edgemont.

If you have family members graduating in the future, place an order now to reserve their spot. Ordering bricks together is the only way to guarantee they will be located next to each other on the walkway.

To place an order please visit edgemontschoolfoundation.org/buy-a-brick

We look forward to seeing your child’s name on the Alumni Walkway!

Dylan F. Pyne
EHS ’08
Walkway Coordinator

Jon Kahn
Parent ’12, ’17, ’22
Chairman of the Grants & Finance Committee

Purchase a Brick on the Edgemont Alumni Walkway Today! – Class of 2018

Parents of Edgemont Class of 2018,

Can you believe that your child’s graduation is almost only a year away? Before you know it your child will be on their way to their next chapter of life so it’s never too early to begin thinking about a lasting way to recognize this momentous occasion. Buying a personalized brick in honor of your soon-to-be graduate is the perfect way to commemorate your child’s graduation from Edgemont High School.

In 1998, Edgemont School Foundation sponsored the creation of the Alumni Walkway. The walkway, currently located along the wall in the center of the campus outside the C building, consists of clay bricks which can be personalized to honor graduating seniors, Edgemont High School alumni, faculty, administrators, and community leaders.

All proceeds from the sale of personalized bricks help fund the Foundation’s grants to the schools. Since its inception, Edgemont School Foundation has granted over $2.2 Million to the Edgemont School District for programs that have improved the curriculum, modernized facilities, and enhanced the educational experience of all Edgemont students. Your support will allow us to continue to impact the lives of current Edgemont students and ensure that they have as positive of an experience as your child did while at Edgemont.

If you have other family members who have already graduated, why not consider honoring them with a brick as well? If you have family members graduating in the future, place an order now to reserve their spot. Ordering bricks together is the only way to guarantee they will be located next to each other on the walkway.

Purchasing a brick now is the only way guarantee it will be installed for Graduation 2018. To place an order please visit edgemontschoolfoundation.org/buy-a-brick

We look forward to seeing your child’s name on the Alumni Walkway!


Dylan F. Pyne
EHS ’08
Walkway Coordinator

 


Nancy Gordon
Parent ’18, ’20, ’23
Treasurer

Support the Edgemont School Foundation This #GivingTuesday!

As Thanksgiving signified the start of another holiday season, our inboxes were immediately hit with a flurry of opportunities to spend money – there was Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. However, today is a day you might not be as familiar with – a day focused not on getting deals for your friends and family (and yourself), but to use your money for good.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as #GivingTuesday. This #GivingTuesday the Edgemont School Foundation is excited to continue their involvement in the movement and hopes you will join along.

Please consider celebrating #GivingTuesday with us by making a gift to the Edgemont School Foundation today. Enable us to continue pursuing our mission of ensuring and enhancing the Value of an Edgemont Education.

We wish you a happy holidays,

The Edgemont School Foundation Board of Directors

Support the Edgemont School Foundation Fall 2016 Annual Appeal

In this month of Thanksgiving, we want to thank you. Because of community members like you, over the more than 20 years that the Edgemont School Foundation (ESF) has been operating, we’ve been able to grant approximately $2.2 million to the school district for programs and projects that have improved the curriculum, modernized facilities, and enhanced the educational experience at all Edgemont schools. Here are some highlights from the 2015-2016 school year:

Model School Plus: “ESF continues to support teacher training and technology,” says Superintendent Victoria Kniewel. “ESF helped fund the Model School Plus professional development initiative, a program that seeks to help teachers integrate technology into every Edgemont classroom, such as the Google Apps for Education programs. ESF is a vital partner ensuring that our students and teachers stay on the cutting edge.”

Blanford Field: If you have seen the field, you know how great it looks! Gabi Falk, co-captain of the Varsity field hockey team explains why this improvement goes beyond aesthetics. “The field has given sports a whole new vibe at Edgemont,” she says. “It has attracted a lot of new fans. These crowds create a strong sense of unity which translates into better play on the field.”

Quaver’s Beyond Marvelous General Music Curriculum: This comprehensive program is revolutionizing the way technology is used in today’s music classroom. As Seely Place’s Mr. Peace says, “It’s an ideal approach to teaching music.”

Climbing Wall in the Jim San Marco Gymnasium: Physical Education teacher Ms. Saracino loves that the climbing wall allows students to challenge themselves outside their comfort level in a safe, controlled environment. She adds, “What’s so great is that students can pick their own personal goals, which allows for more opportunity for continued success.”

Every year, support of the Edgemont School Foundation makes opportunities and experiences like these possible for our students. To ensure that our schools remain best in class, we need your help. If you have given in the past, we appreciate your continued support. If you have not yet donated to ESF, we encourage you to begin supporting the community, our schools and our students with a tax-deductible gift today.

To donate please click the button below. Together we can provide the very best educational experience and a bright future for our students.

We wish you a happy Thanksgiving,

Adam Freidman
Co-Chair

Ellen Litt
Co-Chair

Register Today – Edgemont School Foundation Summer Fundraiser 8/3/2016

You are coordinately invited to the Edgemont School Foundation summer fundraiser on Wednesday, August 3rd at Sunningdale Country Club. Cocktails begin at 7PM and dinner follows thereafter.

Performing at the event is local band The Del Bocas and a presentation recognizing our special guest, outgoing Seely Place Principal Dr. Ed Kennedy.

The Dress Code is Country Club Casual. Jeans are permitted, but please no ripped jeans.

Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Now

Recently the Edgemont School Foundation took on an initiative to improve our communication with our fellow Edgemont neighbors and donors. As a continuation of that ambition, the ESF is excited to release the new Edgemont School Foundation Newsletter.


Features inside this newsletter includes an interview with noted actor, comedian, writer and Edgemont alumnus Ben Schwartz ’99, an update on the “Edgemont Goes Green” initiative in partnership with the Greenburgh Nature Center and an overview of some recent ESF grants and how they are impacting today’s Edgemont students.

After enjoying the newsletter, please consider sharing this message with any former or current community members you are in touch with using the share buttons below. While we have over 1,500 resident emails there are still many neighbors we are not in touch with. At the same time encourage them to sign up for our email distribution list so they receive future messages from us.

Lastly, we hope you’ll consider supporting the School Foundation by making a gift before the end of the calendar year. Founded in 1993 by a group of parents, school administrators and alumni, the Edgemont School Foundation through its endowment, awards monetary grants that support and enhance the Edgemont School District’s curriculum, its students, and its teachers. Our mission is to “Ensure and Enhance the Value of an Edgemont Education.”

To learn more about the Edgemont School Foundation please visit our website www.edgemontschoolfoundation.org or like us on Facebook.

We hope to see you at a future event!

Sincerely,
The Edgemont School Foundation Board of Directors

P.S. Do you have an idea for an article in a future newsletter or personal update to share about your Edgemont graduate? Email alumni@edgemontschoolfoundation.org.