While our thoughts begin to shift toward the approaching school year, I trust that we are still enjoying the summer days, spending time relaxing with family and friends. I spent another summer vacation with my family at the beach in Isle of Palms, South Carolina where we relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the fine cuisine of historic Charleston in the evenings. We also had an opportunity to camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy the scenic drive along the Blue Ridge Highway before spending two days in Asheville, North Carolina. Indeed, it has been a fabulous summer of swimming, hiking and enjoying the long summer days.
As September approaches we look forward to welcoming a number of new staff members to both our elementary and middle school. We are excited to have Ms. Caitlin Modelson join our talented elementary staff. Ms. Modelson will be working with students in the primary grades as a reading and special education teacher. Ms. Modelson comes to us from New York City Public Schools with certifications in special education, ESL and literacy. Her knowledge and expertise will certainly help to further our commitment to early literacy in the primary grades. Similarly, Ms. Meredith Vasta will be joining our middle school as a special education teacher, working to continue to expand and build upon more inclusive classrooms in our middle school. She also comes to us from New York City and holds certifications in math, special education and social studies. Additionally, we are delighted to welcome Ms. Heidi Gesson to our middle school. Ms. Gesson will be teaching 7th grade Science and Biology Lab and holds certifications in general science, biology, chemistry and art! She previously taught at Farragut Middle School in Hastings-on-Hudson. Finally, Ms. Kathy Serino will be taking the helm as our new K-12 instrumental music teacher. She has extensive experience that has taken her all over the country, most recently having worked in California. Indeed, we have hired talented new staff and look forward to their future contributions to our school community.
Haldane's Farm to School Initiative inspires young people to eat their veggies and make healthier choices. With our Farmer in the Classroom program, students visit the school garden and learn where their food comes from and how it grows from seed to harvest. Our Chef in the Classroom program brings enthusiastic young chef interns from the Culinary Institute of America into the elementary school classrooms teaching students how to create tasty dishes with a different, locally-sourced vegetable each month. These vegetable dishes are then served in the cafeteria for the whole school to sample at our monthly veggie taste test.
Haldane’s Farm to School Initiative is coordinated by Hudson Valley Farm to School in partnership with Haldane's Wellness Committee and Garden Committee. To get all the recipes from our Chef in the Classroom program, go to Hudson Valley Farm to School's webpage: