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Head of School Todd Stansbery rings the bell signaling the start of the new school year.
Christopher Kasker

A host of Tuxedo Park School time-honored traditions were on display today, the first day of school.  New students "now and forever..." became members of the Green or Gold Team and the Head of School initiated the school year with the ringing of the bell.

Head of School Todd Stansbery rings the bell signaling the start of the new school year.

Tuxedo Park School officially opened for the 2018-2019 school year and rang in the new school year, literally.  We eased into the year with a half-day full of activities for both students and parents.
Opening day at TPS has some long-standing traditions and today the head of school was front and center for most of these traditions.
Head of School Todd Stansbery waits all summer for the start of the new school year and the chance to greet each student as they enter the primary school doors.  Rain or shine Mr. Stansbery is there with a smile and a sturdy handshake, every day.
The TPS buddy program is another beloved tradition. Buddy families use the summer months to get to know each other and to help prepare new students and parents for life at TPS. This morning our buddies arrived early to welcome their new friends and after some excited welcomes and a photo together, buddies showed their new students the way to their new classroom.  
Once students were in class, the parents enjoyed coffee and treats prepared by the outstanding kitchen staff while they waited for the opening day assembly to begin.
With parent and students seated in the primary school gym, the head of school provided a warm welcome and introduced the Green and Gold Team Captains to lead the school in another special tradition, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the reciting of the school’s mission statement.
The head of school asked all of our newest students to stand and introduced each one of them to their new school community.

New Students and Faculty were inducted onto the Gold Team on the first day of school 2018.

The head's next introductions followed the Green and Gold competition tradition that requires each third grader and above to be inducted onto a team.  As each new student was called up the head of school uttered the time-honored words, “Now and forever, you are a member of the [Green] or [Gold] Team.”  Each inductee was cheered on by both teams, and hailed as the newest team members, by the enthusiastic applause of their parents!

On the first day of school, 2018, new students and faculty were inducted onto the green team.

To follow on from last year’s newest tradition at TPS, faculty members were also inducted onto a Green or Gold team. It’s a fun and exciting way for the new students and faculty to be formally introduced to the school.
At the conclusion of the assembly Mr. Stansbery held high the bell, that has resounded in the halls of TPS for decades, and rang in the start of the new school year with purpose and enthusiasm.

Best of luck to all this school year!  Go Green!  Go Gold!

New Faculty 2018.  5 teachers
Christopher Kasker

Tuxedo Park School welcomes the newest editions to the faculty at new teacher orientation.  

New Faculty 2018.  5 teachers

There are eight days until the first day of school for our students, but today marked the first official day for Tuxedo Park School’s newest faculty.

We welcomed five new teachers who joined us for orientation today.  The schedule of events provides the opportunity to bond with each other over some work and fun activities. 

The “work” part of the day allows the teachers to meet all of the administrators, learn about the history of the school, become acquainted with some of the technical processes, and learn how they fit into the overall curriculum and strategic plan. 

The fun part of the day includes a lunch with their mentors and a boat ride on beautiful Tuxedo Lake. 

Welcome to the newest members of the team.

Ms. Meghan Clary

Ms. Clary is the new Latin teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages from Hamilton College where she received many awards, including Phi Beta Honor Society, and academic prizes in Greek, Latin, and in writing. Ms. Clary has recently earned her Master of Arts in Teaching Latin and Classical Humanities from the University of Massachusetts. Welcome, Ms. Clary.

Ms. Anna Cassidy

Ms. Cassidy is the new fifth and sixth-grade English teacher. Ms. Cassidy has been teaching seventh-grade English in Brooklyn since 2015. Last year she served as the English language arts content leader. Ms. Cassidy graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Medallion for Academic Excellence.

Ms. Zoe Steinberg-DiStefano

Ms. Steinberg-DiStefano is the new part-time PreK-3 assistant.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with an education minor, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She began her work in pre-kindergarten classroom in 2008 and is experienced working in a variety of early-childhood academic settings.

Mr. Derek Bennett

Mr. Bennett is the new physical education and wellness teacher.  He earned his bachelor's degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Sport Management and is working towards his Ed.M in applied human development: Physical Education. Derek taught physical education at Newman Elementary school in Needham, MA and for the last three years he has coached soccer, basketball and lacrosse and is a certified official in all three sports.

Mrs. Melissa Mazzella

Mrs. Mazzellaas is the head teacher in PreK-3.  She has been an educator for almost twenty years, spending the majority of her time as a PreK teacher at Woodland Hollow Learning Center in Warwick, NY.  Most recently she was the children’s librarian at Warwick Library, organizing and leading a wide variety of literature programming. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Hofstra University and a master’s in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College. 

Girls eating ice cream
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Christopher Kasker

The Tuxedo Park School community held the first event of the school year, the annual New Families Ice Cream Social. Parents and their new students met with staff, faculty and their “buddy” families to become better acquainted and prepare for the first day of school.

Boy eating ice cream

The Tuxedo Park School community held the first event of the school year, the annual New Families Ice Cream Social. Parents and their new students met with staff, faculty and their “buddy” families to become better acquainted and prepare for the first day of school.

Families from Orange and Rockland Counties, NY as well as Bergen and Passaic Counties, NJ were among the 13 new families who attended the event.

Children ranging from Pre-K to eighth grade enjoyed the playground and the ice cream served by this year’s incoming freshman class.

The ice cream social is the first official gathering of new students and their parents. When a new family enrolls, a volunteer “buddy” family helps them become familiar with the traditions and procedures of the school. These buddy families often host informal gatherings with other families in the same grade throughout the summer.

“We are very fortunate to have such involved parents who make up this wonderful community,” said Head of School Todd Stansbery. “A few of our families had a chance to meet over the summer, but this is the first time all new families have the opportunity to meet one-another.”

Boys at table eating ice cream


Green team adviser and green team captain are happy after they are announced as winning field day.
Christopher Kasker

Green Team's field-day victory is short lived as they fall to Gold Team in the annual competition.

Tuxedo Park School students enjoyed a beautiful day outdoors for the annual Field Day competition, with Green Team prevailing over the Gold Team, 272-262.  But it wasn't enough to overtake the lead the Gold Team amassed over the year.

Gold team poses for a group photo after winning the annual green and gold competition at Field Day 2018.

The annual event, usually held on the third Saturday in May, was postponed to today after a rainout last week. Despite the delay, there were high spirits and beautiful weather for a day full traditional field day events. 

Although today was the make-up day for field day, the Green and Gold Banquet was held as scheduled in the afternoon.  

After tallying the scores for the softball throw, shotput, long jump, 50, 100, 200-meter races and multiple relays the field day competition came down to the tug-of-war.  

As the teams lined-up and prepared to tug, Head of School Todd Stansbery made a surprise announcement. 

"Now and forever," he said, "the Green and Gold Tug-of-War is now named the Kranzo Tug-of-War."

Dawn Kranzo is a fixture at TPS.  She's been at the school for 19 years teaching PE and directing athletics.  She is retiring after this school year but will be remembered forever with the concluding competition of TPS Field Day, which now bears her name.

After receiving the recognition Dawn Kranzo deserved, she started the tug.  Green Team prevailed, winning the Field Day with a score of 272-262.

However, Field Day is just one event of the year's competition.  Despite Green Team's field-day win, it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit the Gold Team imposed on them throughout the year.  Ultimately, Gold Team triumphed with a score of 734-660.

Following the announcement of the results, Gold Team captain, Megan D., and adviser Mr. Donaldson hoisted the gold flag on the school flagpole where it will remain until a new winner is announced next year.

Gold team captain and adviser hang the gold flag after winning the 2017-2018 Green and Gold competition.

With field day competitions concluded, it was time for the banquet.  A lot happens at the banquet.  Second graders are inducted into their teams.  Now and forever, they will be a member of either the green or gold team.  A very special moment comes when the captains for the teams for next year are identified with a tap on the shoulder from the outgoing captains.  Thalia T., and Piper J., received their taps for Green and Gold team captains, respectively.

Finally, the losing team serves cake to the winners.  This year, the Gold Team had the honor of receiving their cake from the Green Team.

Following the banquet, each team, complete with their newest second-grade team members, gather to practice a cheer.  The cheer is the first event of next years Green and Gold competition.  This year, the Gold Team one the cheer event.

TPS Bear pulls fire hose in front of fire truck at first responder luncheon May 2018.
Christopher Kasker

In appreciation to those who protect our communities, Tuxedo Park School hosted a luncheon for first responders to announce a new merit scholarship in their honor.

In appreciation to those who protect our communities, Tuxedo Park School hosted a luncheon for first responders to announce a new merit scholarship in their honor.  
“Our school works hard to instill a sense of community with our students,” said Todd Stansbery, head of school. “First responders are at the center of their communities, being the first ones to be there to help when a citizen is in need.  We are pleased to announce this scholarship while hosting this luncheon to honor our first responders’ dedication and bravery.”  
Kindergarten through third-grade students ate lunch and asked questions with members of the Tuxedo, Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Tuxedo Park Fire Department, and Village of Tuxedo Park Police Department.

“It’s always nice to hear a thank you," said President of the Tuxedo Park Fire Department Gardiner Hempel.  "And to see a school from our community offer such a generous scholarship is a tremendous sign of their appreciation for what our members do.”

After lunch, the first responders provided hands-on tours of their vehicles.   Students tried on oxygen masks in the fire truck, practiced splinting fractures in the ambulance, and used the public address system and siren in the police cruiser.  

The scholarship is competitive, awarded to up to two students annually.  It is combined with the Veteran Scholarship the school announced last year, now the Veteran and First Responder Merit Scholarship.  It is available to new families with students in fourth through eighth grade to children and grandchildren of a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces, active member of a fire department, emergency medical service, or law enforcement agency. The scholarships are renewable through to graduation.

Information about the scholarship can be found at http://www.tuxedoparkschool.org/veteranfirstresponder or by calling 845-351-4737.