Max Ramrikhi, an eighth grader from Ossining, cut the ribbon Wednesday at the opening of Fox Meadow Middle School in Yorktown, marking a new era for the school and its students.
The Middle School, which previously had been housed in the same building as Fox Meadow High School, was moved into space of its own to more clearly define the school and allow teachers to focus on the specific needs of middle schoolers.
“We began this year with the middle school in a different location, which intertwined with the high school,” said Dr. Nicole Murphy, principal. “Over the course of the year, teachers and administrators often met as a team to reflect on our students’ progress and consider what actions could be taken as an organization to help improve student outcomes and achievement. The common theme revealed during these discussions was that middle school students need to have their own identity as well as their own space, in order to grow both socially and emotionally as they transition into their high school years.”
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Superintendent Dr. James Ryan told guests how “pleased and proud” he was of the students who attend the middle school and the faculty and staff who serve them. “The students that come here are very special to us,” said Dr. Ryan.
Also in attendance were BOCES Board Members Tina Mackay, Mary Cay Nilsen and Anita Feldman, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynn Allen, Mahopac Assistant Superintendent Dr. Greg Stowell, and BOCES Human Resources Director Mike Skerritt.
Following the ribbon cutting, school leaders and visitors were given a tour of the middle school with students giving an overview of the curriculum. In the science lab, student guide Sean Gooden showed visitors how to create a tornado with two bottles taped together.
In the Wii room, visitors saw “wobble bots,” or cardboard characters created by the students and wired to vibrate. In addition to completing art projects in the Wii Room, students are permitted to play video games during free time. Bulletin boards showcased the middle school’s core values with slogans such as “different teachers, same expectations” and a board with the word welcome in several different languages