Congratulations to Rye Country Day seniors, from left, Alonzo Diaz, Mariana Sabogal, Sabrina Sawhney>>, and <<Diogo Schaffa>> who were selected as National Hispanic Scholars as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program. These students scored in the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test-takers in our region.

The week leading up to the legendary, now 88-year football matchup between Rye and Harrison is one of the most fun of the year at One Parsons Street. The Garnets have a schedule of themes that the students take to heart. They pull out the leis for Hawaiian Day; cover themselves in red, white, and blue for Patriotic Day; don pink and green for Preppie Day; get creative with Decades Day; and at the end of the week, cover themselves head to toe in the school colors for Garnet and Black Day. And each grade participates in the hall decorating contest.

Principal Patty Taylor sums up the celebrated week, “I look forward to the Rye/Harrison tradition each year. It is the excitement and involvement of the students that brings a new energy to this event.”

  • Annette McLoughlin

Over two days last month, the parishioners of Resurrection Church raised $20,000 to donate to their sister parish and school in Houston, Texas.

The Resurrection Catholic School in Houston experienced damage and subsequently fell prey to vandalism following Hurricane Harvey. Despite the challenges, the school was able to reopen on September 18, soon after the floods subsided. They further helped their community by taking in 96 displaced students from nearby schools.

As the storm’s devastation was reported, Monsignor Donald Dwyer of Resurrection reached out to Father Oscar Dubon in Houston to see what could be done to help. That week, an appeal was made for funds to help the school replace ruined books and lost school supplies.  

After sending the donation, Msgr. Dwyer thanked Resurrection parishioners “for providing for our sister school in Houston and ultimately helping those school families whose lives were impacted by the hurricane. Your compassion and generosity are admirable and heartwarming.”

In addition to the donation from the parishioners, Resurrection School has organized a Coin-A-Day Challenge to buy Scholastic Books for Resurrection Houston students.

Before the month of September was over, and while the needs were most dire, collections were taken up in various forms by Rye’s elementary schools, for schools seriously impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Midland acted swiftly, adopting two schools and gathering much-needed basic school supplies. They not only collected and filled eleven boxes, but the students wrote thoughtful notes and drew pictures of support.

Milton also adopted two schools. They used the timing of their annual book fair to hold a simultaneous book drive to help restore classrooms and school libraries.

Osborn teamed up with Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which will be working alongside the damaged Texas schools to meet their specific needs. Rather than collect books or school supplies, the children were asked to bring in their own money or perform chores at home to raise money.

  • Annette McLoughlin

The Rye Youth Soccer Boys U14 teams played during halftime at the Harvard Yale Division 1 Soccer game in New Haven on September 30. Rye’s own Jared Small, the Harvard Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach, and a few of the Crimson players spent time celebrating their 2-1 victory over Yale with our boys.

Coach Jared Small, center back row, with Rye and Harvard players

Rye Youth Soccer players at the Harvard-Yale game


By Annette McLoughlin

At the end of every school year, teachers, students, parents, and alumni nominate exceptional teachers in the Rye City District whose qualities make her or him stand out among the rest. This year, the Teacher of the Year honor was bestowed on Rye’s own Chrissy Connor, who is a Special Education teacher at Rye High School.

After a brief stint in Miami, Connor returned to her hometown in 1974 and began a long career in the District, earning her Master’s at Manhattanville along the way. Initially a teaching assistant at Milton, she was eventually offered her own class at Osborn. Cutbacks at the time, however, forced her to become a permanent substitute. She persevered and, after 17 years, was hired as a Special Education teacher at the high school, a job she seems to have been born to be.

Special Education includes students who, for a variety of reasons, are developmentally delayed and subsequently vulnerable to falling behind their peers in traditional learning environments. Teachers like Connor work to ensure that these students have the necessary tools and added teaching to give them the same opportunities as the rest of the student body.

“Chrissy is a tireless advocate for students with learning differences, has the patience of a saint, and enriches the lives of those families,” says RHS Guidance counselor Sue Dickson.

Parents of children in the program give Connor much credit for their children’s achievements. One said, “My daughter's confidence as a learner and self-esteem as a person have grown so much because of her. This year she made the honor roll and received three departmental awards, an accomplishment she never thought was possible.” This mother also praised Connor’s devotion, which often extends beyond school hours and job expectations. “Chrissy goes above and beyond what is expected from a teacher. She sends my daughter little messages of support when she is feeling down or frustrated and has come to our home several times when my daughter has been sick, bringing missed work and sitting in our kitchen to go over it with her.”

When asked to comment on her longtime colleague and friend, Assistant Principal Suzanne Short said, “There are only a few people in my life who I can call who will drop everything to help. Chrissy is one of those people. She genuinely cares for everyone she meets and wants nothing more than to make life fulfilling for everyone around her.”

The daughter of a teacher, Connor is the mother of one as well. Her daughter, Katy Ridley, who teaches at Milton School, credits her mother with inspiring her own drive to make a difference as a teacher. “She makes herself available to families year-round. Growing up, my brother and I always knew if our mom didn’t answer her phone that she could be found in the high school well into the evening hours. To this day, I laugh as I drive by late afternoons and see her car still parked in the lot.”

The close relationships she develops with students are a boon for all. “We’ll be driving through town together,” shares Ridley, “and my mom, seeing one of her students, will pull over, and ask, ‘Did you study for Mr. So and So’s test?’ or ‘I just spoke to Ms. So and So and she told me you did well on your exam. Way to go!’ What shocks me most is that, rather than shrink away out of embarrassment, these students are generally happy to stick around and chat by the car.”

So beloved by her students, Connor is often invited to their college graduations, once receiving a young man’s only family ticket for graduation.

A current senior who has been her student for the past three years sums up this gifted teacher perfectly. “Mrs. Connors is loving, patient, and kind. She helps us become the best learners we can be. She makes us feel we belong and that we are more than our learning disabilities. I am very lucky to have her for my teacher. Rye is lucky too.

Chrissy Connor’s classroom walls are covered in inspirational sayings, including one from Goethe, which reads, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them become what they were capable of being.” It is this one that seems to best sum up her approach to a job she was born to do and does so well.