Somers Schools Tusker Talk
By Somers Central School District
Somers Schools Tusker TalkFeb 05, 2019
The Gift of Sound
Two Somers High School students saw a need for a new soundboard in the middle school auditorium when they were volunteering for the musical last spring. Together, they brought the project to fruition - but their involvement didn't end there.
SHS Wrestlers Head to Elite Tournament
The sport of wrestling is having a resurgence in popularity, and the Somers High School team is no exception. Six of the team's best wrestlers were selected to compete in the Eastern States Classic, a tournament featuring some of the best wrestlers in the country, during the weekend of January 13, 2023. We spoke with senior Luca D'Orazio and junior Justin Daniyan about the team, which is combined with North Salem High School, and their upcoming trip to the Classic at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.
World Language Instruction to Start in Elementary School
On this episode of Tusker Talk, a podcast from Somers Schools, Superintendent Ray Blanch and Assistant Director of Learning Claire Comerford discuss the world language instruction that is starting in third grade this fall. In addition to improving thinking skills, learning a different language at a young age has many other benefits. Listen to this podcast to learn more about those benefits, and what language will be taught at Somers Intermediate School this fall.
A Busy Year for SHS Science Research
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Blanch sits down with four Science Research seniors and advisor Bill Maelia to discuss the busy, successful year at Somers High School for the Science Research students and the program. Tune in to hear who brought home an international award for research done as a part of this class.
Flag Football - New Varsity Sport at SHS
Down, set, hike! Somers High School has a new varsity sport this spring. In this week's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch sits down with four of the girls on the inaugural varsity flag football team. We talk about why they play, the future of the sport, and the famous supporters who came to their jamboree.
Three High School Seniors Named Eagle Scouts
Three Somers High School seniors sit down with Tusker Talk to discuss a major milestone – they were each promoted to the highest rank of Eagle Scout in a recent ceremony. Robert Moore, Liam Higgins, and Conor McCooey share what they have learned as members of the Boy Scouts of America and tell us about their Eagle Scout projects.
Emily Dodd - Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist
Somers High School senior Emily Dodd has been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search competition, the country's oldest science and math competition for high school seniors. Emily's research focuses on identifying future treatments to combat learning and memory impairments in Parkinson's Disease patients. She is one of only 300 scholars chosen for their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as scientists.
Superintendent's Update December 16, 2021 Test To Stay, Tik Tok Threat Update
On today's Tusker Talk podcast with Dr. Ray Blanch, the Somers Superintendent talks about the posts threatening violence in schools that are popping up nationwide on Tik Tok, and the Westchester Police Department's assurance that there is no credible threat to Somers Schools. Dr. Blanch also shares an update on the Test To Stay program and encourages everyone to enjoy the Somers High School winter concert tonight, Thursday, December 16 in the auditorium, or watch it virtually on Local Live https://events.locallive.tv/events/69643.
Superintendent's Update, December 9 - Inclusive Schools Week
This week is Inclusive Schools Week and Dr. Blanch visits Somers Intermediate School to speak with some students about how they are recognizing the week, and what it means to be inclusive. Special guests on this episode are fourth graders Sophie Mendoza and Jake Sandel from Mrs. Monteleone's class, and Ricky Myint, the music teacher and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader at SIS.
Superintendent's Update goes on the road with cast of SHS play, November 18, 2021
In this week's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch and communications coordinator Amanda Bergen take the show on the road, meeting up with cast and crew members of "Noises Off", the Somers High School fall play. Director and chorus teacher Chris Russo, along with students Caitlyn Stellwagen, Colleen Soriano and Eva DiRende, share how they have been preparing for the show and what it takes to coordinate 30+ members of the cast and crew. "Noises Off" opens tomorrow night at 7pm in the high school auditorium. Buy tickets at the door or online https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/somershsdrama/buy-tix
Superintendent's Update November 10, 2021: Veteran's Day edition
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses the importance of honoring our country's veterans, and what students are doing in school to recognize the brave men and women who serve. Dr. Blanch also gives a shout out to the high school athletes who have either won sectionals in their sports and are headed to states, or are in the sectional playoffs this weekend.
Superintendent's Update November 4, 2021
A few years ago, the district found that teaching most kids algebra and geometry in middle school was not having the long term impact they were hoping for; mainly taking top level math classes all the way through high school. So they set about finding a different way to achieve the goal. In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch explains how testing and data led to a change in practice.
Superintendent's Update October 28, 2021
Tennis courts at the high school, a new softball field, and other updates to the high school's athletic facilities. These topics and more on today's Superintendent's Update.
Superintendent's Update October 21, 2021
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch and Somers Intermediate School Assistant Principal Linda Belger discuss new and existing academic support for students across the district.
Superintendent's Update October 14, 2021
In today's Superintendent's Update, Somers Superintendent Dr. Ray Blanch shares the plan for snow days this year, as well as key new practices and programs that the district's Counseling Department is implementing.
Superintendent's Update October 7, 2021 tUSker University Family Edition
In the Superintendent's Update on Thursday, October 7, Dr. Ray Blanch shares highlights from the previous evening's tUSker University Family Edition workshop on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Special guest Karin Brill, the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the district joins the conversation. Brill and Blanch share what they consider the biggest takeaway from the event.
Superintendent's Update September 30, 2021
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch has news on when the county-sponsored random COVID-19 testing program will begin in the schools. Somers Middle School Principal Jeff Getman joins the conversation with an update on the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.
Superintendent's Update Sept 23, 2021 Fun New Athlete Feature, Buses, COVID Testing
In today's Superintendent Update, Dr. Raymond Blanch shares an update on the busing situation and driver shortage, the random COVID testing program in our schools, and a fun new video series featuring our high school student-athletes.
Superintendent's Update 9.9.21 New year, busing problems, new COVID testing program
In today's Superintendent's Update on September 9, 2021, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses the start of the new school year, including a significant bus driver shortage that is impacting students, and a new COVID-19 testing program in the schools.
June 24, 2021 Final Superintendent's Update for the Year
In the final Superintendent's Update on the Tusker Talk podcast, Dr. Blanch shares the common theme he heard from student speakers at the middle and high school graduations, as well as how the district will share any updated guidelines the state sends regarding the new school year. Need to get in touch with a school principal over the summer? Dr. Blanch tells you how. Have a great summer, Somers!
Graduation update, Juneteenth - Superintendent's Update 6.17.21
In today's Superintendent's Update on June 17, 2021, Dr. Blanch shares another update on graduation, as well as a reminder about the recognition of Juneteenth in the Somers schools.
Superintendent's Update 6/10/21 New graduation plan
In today's Somers Superintendent's Update on June 10, 2021, Dr. Blanch shares the new plan to have all students graduate at the same time.
Superintendent's Update 6/3/21
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses the updated guidance he is expecting to hear from New York State about mask wearing outside at school, as well as a positive change in how graduations will be held at the middle school and the high school.
Superintendent's Update May 20, 2021
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Blanch shares some hopeful news about graduations at the middle school and high school.
Superintendent's Update May 13, 2021 - Are snow days a thing of the past?
Are snow days a luxury of the past? Find out in today's Superintendent's Update with Dr. Ray Blanch. Dr. Blanch also discusses car parade changes and gives a shout out to Somers' fantastic school nurses for all the work they do every day.
Superintendent's Update 5.6.21 Teacher Appreciation
In this May 6, 2021 Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch talks about a school year like no other, and how Somers teachers rose to the occasion. During this Teacher Appreciation week, Dr. Blanch acknowledges teachers' hard work and what he saw in abundance.
Superintendent's Update April 29, 2021 COVID Protocol Updates, Juneteenth Holiday
In today's Superintendent's Update on the Tusker Talk podcast, Somers Superintendent Dr. Ray Blanch discusses some changes to the district's COVID protocol, along with an update to this year's school calendar in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday.
Superintendent's Update April 22, 2021 Supporting Students in the New School Year
In today's Superintendent's update, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses the expectation that more students than ever will need some extra support this fall when everyone returns to school. Whether it is social-emotional support, academic support, or advanced learning support, Dr. Blanch explains the changes that will take place in the student support structure at all four schools in Somers.
April 15, 2021 Superintendent's Update - Graduation Update and DOH guidelines
Somers High School is planning for the class of 2021's graduation! What will it look like? The answer to that as well as some updated guidelines from the NY State Department of Health in this week's Superintendent's Update with Dr. Ray Blanch.
Superintendent's Update April 8, 2021 Budget help from NY State and COVID Relief Bill
In today's Superintendent's Update on April 8, 2021, Dr. Ray Blanch talks about the financial aid that the Somers Central School District will receive from the State of New York for next year's budget, as well as the amount the district will receive from the federal COVID Relief Bill.
Superintendent's Update March 25, 2021 Reentry and March Madness picks
In this week's Superintendent's update, Dr. Ray Blanch gives an update on the reentry plan for seventh through 12th graders, randomized COVID testing after spring break, and shares his picks in two different March Madness tournaments.
Superintendent's Update March 18, 2021
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch and Somers Middle School principal Jeff Getman discuss the 40 Developmental Assets survey that students in grades 6 through 12 have been taking. They also talk about the modified reentry plan for the middle and high schools.
Superintendent's Update March 11, 2010 Reentry Plan and Energy Savings
On today's Superintendent's update, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses updates to the Somers Central School District's reentry plan for seventh through twelfth graders, as well as an energy savings plan that voters will consider at the budget vote in May.
Superintendent's Update with Ray Blanch 3.4.21 Employee Vaccines
On today's Superintendent's Update Dr. Raymond Blanch shares the exciting news that all Somers Central School District employees have access to COVID-19 vaccines today, Thursday March 4th through Saturday, March 6th.
Superintedent's Update February 25, 2021
In today's Superintendent Update, Dr. Ray Blanch discusses the Tusker University event for parents run by faculty and staff last night, and gives an update on when all Somers students might be able to return to school full time.
Superintendent's Update 2/11/21 - Returning All Students to School Full Time
In today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Blanch discusses bringing all students back into schools full time. Somers students in kindergarten through sixth grade have been in person since the start of the school year, and with the advent of the COVID-19 vaccines, the district is forming a plan to bring older students back as well.
DiSiena and DeRosa win Prestigious National Award
Somers High School seniors Peyton DiSiena and Kaitlyn DeRosa are the first two students in Westchester County to be named National Student Council Distinguished Leaders. This prestigious award is the culmination of a years-long process, community involvement, and a great deal of dedication. Not only do the two young women share the award - they'll be attending the same university next year.
Superintendent's Update 2.4.21 Athletics and Concerts
On today's Superintendent's Update, Dr. Ray Blanch shares information about the start of the winter season for high-risk sports. Missing all those great band, orchestra and chorus concerts, too? Dr. Blanch has an update on those as well.
Superintendent's Update 1.28.21 COVID-19 Positive Protocol
Somers Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch discusses district and Department of Health protocols to follow when waiting for COVID-19 test results.
Superintendent's Update January 21, 2021
Somers Superintendent Dr. Ray Blanch discusses what he thinks the rest of the school year will look like in terms of COVID-19 guidelines, what the classrooms will look like as we return to school this fall, and gives a status update on the transition to the Middle Years Program for the sixth through tenth grades.
Superintendent's Update with Dr. Ray Blanch 1.14.21
Somers Superintendent Dr. Ray Blanch shares updates on the school's plan to administer COVID-19 tests if required to do so by the State of New York, as well as new quarantine guidelines that are allowing more students to stay in school.
Be an IB Diploma Candidate
Somers High School offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program Diploma. An internationally respected program, IB diploma candidates are inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. The goal of this program of study is to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. Want to learn more? Watch this video of current SHS juniors and seniors in the IB Diploma program.
Guided Stress Release Exercise for Somers by Dr. Jennifer Simon
The Somers Central School District is fortunate to partner with Dr. Jennifer Simon, an accomplished meditation and mindfulness practitioner, researcher, author, and instructor in numerous meditation, mindfulness, and mind-training disciplines. Dr. Simon created this guided stress release exercise just for the Somers community. Her unique, professional approach has helped thousands of people: teens, families, executives, athletes, and more.
A Novel Idea
The eighth-graders at Somers Middle School collectively wrote millions of words in just one month as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The project builds writing stamina, gives students confidence that they can undertake such an ambitious project and confidence that they can persevere through challenging writing tasks. In this episode of Tusker Talk, the new authors share with us their favorite lines.