Holiday Greetings to you and I hope you are preparing for a relaxing and enjoyable Winter Break. During my first six months in the White Plains I have made it a priority to meet with students, staff members, parents, and community leaders. I have enjoyed developing relationships within the District and am very excited to be working in the White Plains Public Schools. I want to thank the community for their warm welcome. As we approach the New Year, I have some wonderful news to share:
- The College Board has named White Plains High School to its Annual AP District Honor Roll which recognizes districts for increasing access to Advance Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on the exams. This defies the expectation that expanding access automatically results in a decline in that percentage. As the College Board writes, “Reaching these goals indicates that your district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP coursework.” We congratulate our High School leadership, teachers, guidance counselors and support staff for working hard toward this achievement. And we are proud to show that we have maintained our tradition of educational excellence through the transition to a more diverse district.
A few other awards and recognition to tell you about - - - -
- Joan Gomez-Aguilar has been awarded a full scholarship to Yale University through the Questbridge program. Guidance Counselor Sade Ortiz was helpful in making this happen.
- WPHS Tigers Baseball player Dan Lotito has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Adelphi University next year.
- Eastview sixth grader Dante Palumbo was named to the 2015-16 New York Rangers Pee Wee Ice Hockey Team, one of only three players selected from Westchester. He will compete in a worldwide tournament in Quebec in February.
- Five WPHS students were selected to perform at the 2015 New York State Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester last week. Students are Meredith Abato, Jacob Brady, Elana Hausknecht, Isabelle Levine and Sarah Samaranayake. Their Music Teachers are Penelope Cruz, Kathryn Davis and Zachary May.
We hope you’re as proud as we are of these accomplishments.
I wish you joyous holidays and a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year.
Dr. Paul R. Fried