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CET Principal Karen Ames Announces Resignation

July 25, 2008

Editor’s note: Follows is from an email announcement made by Dr. Marjorie Castro on July 25, 2008:

Dear Parents,

This evening, our Board of Education accepted with regret Karen Ames’ resignation as Principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School. Karen has accepted a leadership position in the New York City Public School System, one which will help her better balance her personal and professional responsibilities at this time. I know that you join me in wishing her well in her new position.

During her two years at CET, Karen brought many exciting new programs and initiatives, ones which we value and will continue to develop over time. We greatly appreciate all her efforts on behalf of our staff, students and parents during this time.

I want to assure you that we will be working to prepare CET for the opening of school. We will be in touch with you during August about the leadership of our special elementary school. Please know that during this period of transition, careful thought and our full attention will be focused upon making the very best decisions about the future.


Marjorie Castro

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Croton Harmon Education Foundation Announces Incoming Board of Directors

October 11, 2007

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) recently elected its 2007-2008 Board of Directors. Sabina Barach, who has been President for the past two years, is stepping down to be Vice President. Gem Mitchell, will be assuming the role of President. Charlie Weinstock, a new board member, will be the Secretary and Beth Wallance will continue her role as Treasurer. Teri Lukin, who was a CHEF Board Member last year and recently assumed a position on the Croton-Harmon School Board, will be the newly-created liaison between CHEF and the School Board.

Gem Mitchell said, “I am honored to be President of CHEF and I look forward to working with the board members, the school staff, and the community to support innovation in our schools.”

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Croton-Harmon Education Foundation Awards over $44,000 in Grants for Spring '07

June 19, 2007

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) awarded over $44,000 in grants to the Croton-Harmon Schools. Grants were awarded for a wide array of programs for all three schools, including:

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

Croton Harmon High School

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CHEF's 'Under the Stars Food Festival' Fundraiser set for June 2nd

May 28, 2007


Dubbed “the year’s biggest fundraiser for Croton schools as well as the community’s biggest and best social event,” the Under the Stars Food Festival to benefite the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF), is set for Saturday, June 2, 2007 beginning at 6:30 PM.

In its 7th year, residents of the Croton-Harmon school district are invited to join friends and neighbors, to bid on a wonderful array of auction items and enjoy delectable appetizer, dinner and dessert specialties. And, for the first time, guests will experience all the fun in a new venue—a hip, open and welcoming, urban-style space—which allows all the food and fun (not to mention dancing until midnight) to happen under one roof, gorgeously lit with a galaxy of sparkling stars, at Peekskill’s New York State Armory.

This year’s event also offers new ticket options to better suit busy schedules…

  1. Come early to enjoy wines from around the world from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM… or
  2. Buy a traditional general admission ticket and eat, drink, enjoy the auction and dance all night starting at 6:30 PM… or
  3. Get a late night ticket, from 9:00 PM to 12:00 PM, which includes drinks, dessert and dancing to the R&B, soul and blues mastery of “Big Nancy and Supreme Court.”

For additional information, please email or call Bianca Mancinelli at 914-827-0018. To download the event flyer with a ticket order form click here.

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CHEF Grant Powers New Stagelights in CET Multi-purpose Room

May 4, 2007

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) recently awarded Carol Loatman, retiring Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School music teacher, a grant for over $5,000 to support theatrical lighting equipment for the CET Multi-Purpose room.

Now that the lighting is in place, Loatman said, “This whole project has been a “dream come true” for me, for all the other pieces of the mosaic of music and art and drama already in place here at CET.” She continued by saying, “Lighting (this magic of color and mood, darkness and light that “tells” the audience what to see) was the only piece missing.”

The awarded grant amount was for the actual equipment, and Croton community volunteers came together to facilitate the grant. CET parent and theatrical lighting professional Sal Restuccia designed the lighting plan and ordered and installed the lighting package with the help of head custodian Greg Cicero, community volunteers Gene Huelsman and Eileen Davis, and local high school seniors David Cohen and Elizabeth Zevin.

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Croton PTAs Set Dates for Proposed School Budget Review

April 25, 2007

Croton’s joint Parent Teacher Association (Special Education PTA, Carrie E. Tompkins PTA, Pierre Van Cortlandt PTA, Croton Harmon PTA) invite residents to attend any of three upcoming “informational coffees” on the school district’s 2007-08 proposed budget.

During each of the presentations, Superintendent Dr. Marjorie Castro and Asst. Superintendent for Finance and Administration Kathleen Ryan will present the proposed budget to district residents. Both administrators will also review their educational goals supported by the budget and the factors that influenced its development, along with the estimated tax rate increase. Members of the Croton Harmon Board of Education and the principals from the schools will also be in attendance to answer questions.


For those residents who are unable to attend, portions of the meeting will be taped and rebroadcast on cable station 78. As a reminder, the statewide budget vote and school board trustee election will be held on May 15, 2007 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM in the gym at Croton Harmon High School.

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Croton-Harmon Education Foundation Seeking Grant Applications

April 19, 2007

Following the awarding of over $30,000 in grants from its Fall grant cycle, the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) is now seeking applications for its Spring grant cycle. If you have an idea, please consider submitting an application yourself, as part of a group, or in conjunction with one or more teachers or administrators. The deadline is April 30, 2007. Applications are available from the foundation website at The allocations will be awarded in June for Fall 2007.

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Croton Harmon Education Foundation’s Dine-a-Round Tickets On-Sale Now

January 21, 2007

It’s that time of year again when the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) extends an open invitation to the community to join friends and meet neighbors for a very special evening while supporting unique educational experiences for the children of the Croton-Harmon School District.

On Saturday, February 3, 2007, CHEF’s Dine-a-Round begin at 6:45 PM with cocktails at one of Croton’s beautiful homes for drinks, appetizers, and live music. Then, guests whisk off to a wonderful sit-down dinner at one of fifteen Croton homes. The evening concludes at 10:00 PM when participants reconvene at another beautiful home for dessert & dancing to the Curtis Winchester Band.

For more information or to purchase tickets (download order form) for $95.00 per person, please either visit the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation website or call Lisa Penberthy at 914-271-5655. And if childcare is needed, CHEF has made arrangements for a sitter to come to your home for the evening—free of charge!

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Croton-Harmon Education Foundation Kicks-off its Seventh Year

October 25, 2006

The Croton-Harmon Education Foundation (CHEF) kicked off its seventh year at its annual meeting in late September. CHEF’s mission is to build a partnership between the schools and the community by raising and administering funds in support of innovation and excellence in the Croton-Harmon School District. Through the generous support of the Croton community, CHEF provides funds for a variety of initiatives, many of which give students unique educational experiences that go beyond the scope of traditional classroom learning. To accomplish their mission, CHEF allocates money in the form of grants to support ideas and programs that have an enduring presence in the schools.

The officers for the coming year were elected at the meeting with Sabina Barach continuing as President, Lisa Penberthy continuing as Vice President, Melissa London Glickman as Secretary and Beth Wallance, a new member, as Treasurer. CHEF also welcomed four new members to its Board and said a goodbye to long-standing members Steve Bluestone and past Vice-President Ziporah Janowski. The new Board members are Erik Aldeborgh, Teri Lukin, Gem Mitchell, and Colleen Kirk Roeschel. They join continuing Board members: Priscilla Bellows, Mary O’Neill Berry, Ann Gallelli, Mitch Klein, Bianca Mancinelli, Liza Parker Migliorelli, Quinn Moss, Ron Rentel, Debra Polansky Schor, and Kathleen Dunleavy Soares.

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CET to Host the Isabel Cutler Tree Planting Ceremony

October 12, 2006

The Isabel Cutler Foundation invites the community to attend a tree planting ceremony in memory of Isabel Cutler on Monday, October 16, 2006, at 3:00 PM on the lawn of the Monet Garden at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson. In the event of rain the location will be in the school gymnasium.

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