Watch our video! District-Wide Capital Improvement Bond Referendum
On May 21, 2019, the Mahopac Central School District will present a proposition to voters for a capital improvement project. Watch our video to learn more.
What is included in the proposition?
• STEAM and Science facilities • Convert libraries to multimedia centers • Music & Performing Arts area upgrades • Athletic fields and facilities • Infrastructure & Energy efficiencies • Security Enhancements
How much will this cost? • Total Cost = $53.9 million • Approximately 90% of the work is expected to be eligible for state aid at a rate of 58.1%. This means NEW YORK STATE WILL PAY $28 MILLION • This project will be TAX NEUTRAL because borrowing for this bond will begin when existing debt payment is expiring
What is a Capital Project? A capital project is a way for a school district to make SUBSTANTIAL UPGRADES AND INVESTMENT in its buildings and facilities while spreading the cost over a number of years. It enables the district to complete IMPROVEMENTS OF A LARGER MAGNITUDE than what would otherwise be possible within the scope of a single annual school district budget.
Just as our homes need improvements over time, such as a new roof or an upgrade to an aging furnace, so too do school buildings, subject to daily wear and tear and loss of efficiencies from outdated equipment.
If the proposition is approved, when will the work be done? The New York State Department of Education has to approve the plans and the district will then go out to bid and award contracts. It is anticipated that work would begin in 2021 and much of it would be completed by the end of the summer in 2022.
How Were Costs Minimized?
The Buildings & Grounds Committee:
Included only the most pressing projects with the greatest impact on students
By opting to address these facilities improvements through a capital project, much of the cost becomes eligible for New York State aid.
How can the district say there will be no tax impact? By strategically timing the payments on this capital project, the Board of Education is avoiding a school tax impact. Old debt from previous capital projects, now completed, is retiring between 2019 and 2022. The new debt from this capital project is expected to begin in 2023 so the net effect will be tax neutral.
Who decides what needs to be done? A group of school leaders, parents and community members was charged with reviewing the district’s most pressing facilities needs. This diverse group:
Conducted a COMMUNITY SURVEY
Reviewed the district’s Building Condition Survey
Report filed with the state
Why is it important to invest in our schools? • Nearly 30% OF HOME BUYERS LIST SCHOOL QUALITY as a deciding factor in their purchase. • Quality facilities support ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. • Better buildings drive TEACHER RETENTION. • Communities that have strong, POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS have a solid workforce, improved housing options and A FLOURISHING ECONOMY.
Who can vote? You may vote if you are all of the following: • A resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote • 18 years of age or older • A U.S. citizen • Registered with the school district or the Putnam County Board of Elections
Register to vote Go to the District Office MONDAY TO FRIDAY, FROM 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. UNTIL MAY 14. Extended registration will be available on MAY 14 UNTIL 7 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION or to obtain ABSENTEE BALLOTS, contact District Clerk, Melody LaRocca at LaroccaM@mahopac.k12.ny.us or 845-628-3415 x 10550.
How do I vote? Voting for the Capital Improvement Plan will take place at the same time as voting on the proposed school district budget and the election of trustees for the Board of Education. May 21, 2019 ★ 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Mahopac High School gymnasium
National World Language Honor Society Inductions, 4/27, 7PM
National Honor Societies for German, Italian and Spanish will be conducting a joint induction ceremony in Mahopac High School auditorium on Wednesday, April 24, 7 pm
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Did you know Decicco's Jefferson Valley gives back to MHS?
Mahopac High School PTO is participating in the Decicco'sSchool Rebate Program in Jefferson Valley: A percentage of your store purchases will be donated back to our school at the end of the program.
Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school. When checking out please let the cashier know to put in Mahopac High School so we may earn rewards. You will receive all discounts and sales when using our rewards program.
Due to the inclement weather, the Five-Hour Driving Pre-Licensing will be offered March 26th, Room 215, 5pm – 10pm, at the Mahopac High School. Please contact Betsy Tobias at email@example.com or 845-628-3256 for more information.
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Incoming 9th Grade Curriculum Information
Due to inclement weather conditions, we understand some Mahopac families were not able to attend the incoming 9th Grade Curriculum Night held Thursday, 1/31. The following is a video link of the presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXatb6F2HXA
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2019 - 2020 REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
MAHOPAC CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 2019 - 2020 REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
Must be five years old on or before 12/01/2019 (No Exceptions)
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year will be held at The Office of Central Registration located at The Falls District Office, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Mahopac, between the hours of 8:15 am and 3:00 pm on the following dates:
- Austin Road ES: January 7th, 9th & 25th, February 5th & 7th
- Fulmar Road ES: January 14th & 16th, February 1st, 26th, 28th
- Lakeview ES: January 11th, 22nd, 24th, 28th & 30th
Las siguientes fechas son para las familias que necesitan asistencia en Español: 11 de febrero
Registration is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and request a registration packet, please contact the Office of Central Registration at 845-621-0656, Ext. 13902.
Augmented Reality at Mahopac High School! Students can download the ROAR app to find out more about HS clubs and happenings using augmented reality! Thank you Jason Zides, Educational Technology Specialist, for working with our students to make this happen.
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MCSD Website Accessibility
It is critically important to the Mahopac Central School District that the information on our website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities. As a result, the District has made good faith efforts to ensure that our site complies with New York State standards on website accessibility (New York State OFT Policy, P04-002, Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications) and with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to the best of our technical ability.
As part of Mahopac Central School District's commitment to accessibility, we have adopted an industry-leading Web Accessibility solution called AudioEye. AudioEye helps ensure that our websites are optimized to provide users with an accessible experience by conforming to WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines. The AudioEye technology utilizes a toolbar, which will appear on the bottom right side of our webpages, and includes a suite of free assistive web personalization utilities that allows our users to customize their experience in order to meet their needs. Click here to learn more about AudioEye.
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Mahopac Academy: High School Done Differently
For students in grades 9 –12 who are failing to thrive in the traditional high school setting, the Mahopac Academy provides an alternative environment that helps them engage in the learning experience and develop healthy social and emotional skills. The Academy is designed for students of all learning styles and abilities, both general education and special education, with the goal of achieving a high school diploma and being prepared for college or career. After voluntarily entering the program, each student participates in the construction of a unique plan for completing course requirements and credits in compliance with the Mahopac Central School District and New York State standards.
Mahopac Academy Phone: 845-628-3256 x11456 Fax: 845-628-3103
Mahopac Academy Referral Process: A student must meet with their school counselor and be referred to the Academy through their house, after which a visit and meeting with parents and Academy teachers will be set up. Eligible students will then proceed with Academy enrollment by completing an application. After the application is accepted, a two day trial in the Academy will take place.
Located in a wing of Mahopac High School, the Mahopac Academy is designed to accommodate up to 60 students. It has four classrooms and a sunny common room with kitchen facilities. Academy students follow the Mahopac High School schedule, starting their day with attendance. Students can take all or some of their core classes in the Academy. In the case of several electives courses, such as art, classes are taught in HS classrooms designed for Academy students. Flexibility is an integral part of the Academy and students may take some elective courses in the high school. Schedules are designed to work for the student: those students who have trouble getting up in the morning are accommodated with a start later in the day. Many students take advantage of career and technical programs at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES and Academy academic classes can be scheduled around their career and technical program. Academy students attend physical education classes with Mahopac High School students and may participate in all extra-curricular activities including music ensembles, clubs and athletics.
The Academy has four subject-area teachers for science, math, English and social studies; two special education teachers; and a clinician. The interdisciplinary team of teachers at the Academy works with students, parents and other members of the school community to provide individualized, innovative and engaging learning experiences. Academy faculty act as advocates for the success of all students in an environment that is rigorous, yet forgiving; where mistakes are viewed as opportunities and every day is a new beginning.
Expectations for students in the Academy are the same for all students attending Mahopac High School: to graduate high school with a diploma and to be well prepared for a post-high school college experience or career. The Academy requires the same number of courses and credits as the larger high school for graduation. This allows students to work towards returning to classes in Mahopac High School. The Academy also supports students who are credit deficient, but who are willing to work for a high school diploma. Offering a variety of ways to help students make up credits with personalized attention and fine-tuning of their schedule enables them to accumulate the credits they need for graduation. The Academy teachers utilize Chromebooks and Google Classroom so that students who are out can easily access their work and keep up.
Alongside their academic studies, students learn social and emotional strategies and social intelligence skills to competently navigate their high school years and beyond. The Academy utilizes the STEPS-A program, Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents, which has four components: mindfulness, (learning how to focus on the task at hand), distress tolerance, emotional regulation and inter-personal effectiveness. Students who participated in Mahopac’s alternative high school have gone on to pursue a variety of careers and some attend two- and four-year colleges, including SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Concordia, Manhattanville, Mercy College, Western Connecticut State University and Dutchess and Westchester Community colleges.
The Role of Parents
Mahopac High School Academy parents provide critical support for the health and wellness of our students. They regularly and openly communicate with their student and program faculty to establish and maintain consistent social, emotional and academic expectations. They also play an important role in devising and supporting their child’s individualized academic plan.