Midland School students have been running all over North America recently. They’ve been learning their states using National Geographic Giant Traveling Maps, which are so enormous that they require a gym or cafeteria for full display. 


Students spent several days engaging in collaborative and competitive activities designed to stimulate, educate, and give them a sense for where they are in relation to the rest of the world.



— Annette McLoughlin


By Peter Jovanovich


Dr. Eric Byrne, currently Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Chappaqua, is certain to be the next Superintendent of Rye City School District beginning July 1. In a February 9 letter from School Board President Katy Keohane Glassberg to the school community, it was announced the Board had “narrowed the field” to Dr. Byrne. The Board “expects to take formal action to appoint Eric at the February 28 meeting.”


Dr. Byrne, who received a B.A. in Natural Science and a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Education, all from Fordham University, began his 23-year career in education as a science teacher in New York City. He was principal of Chappaqua’s Roaring Brook Elementary School for four years before becoming Assistant Superintendant six years ago.


“Eric emerged as the finalist from a very strong field of candidates. Forty candidates applied or were recruited for consideration,” remarked Glassberg. “He is known for building respectful, productive relationships that result in improvements in teaching and learning and he believes in the importance of making operational decisions based on the educational goals of a district.”


The search for a new superintendent began in September 2016, after the announcement of the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez. The Board of Education was assisted in its search by the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates. They conducted interviews with a wide variety of stakeholders, including community members, parents, teachers, students, union leaders, and administrators. 


The Board expressed its gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Brian Monahan’s steady guidance as Interim Superintendent.


A reception will be held for Dr. Byrne at the March 7 Board of Education meeting.





By Annette McLoughlin


Performing arts programs enrich children in so many ways — emotional, social, and intellectual. They build self-esteem and engender great bonds through teamwork, where the focus is not on winning or losing, but on a great shared performance. Rye High School has long offered excellent performing arts programs, including a long-standing tradition in theater. And in the past 10 years, the school has enriched its offerings with The Parsons Street Players (PSP). 


Begun by Rye High English teacher Mike Limone, the Players offers members year-round theatrical opportunities. Limone, along with other faculty, including Rye Middle School social worker Peter Green, teacher Leann Janos, and music and chorus teacher Tom Snowden work with students on various projects and productions which, in addition to the fall and a spring shows, include a senior-directed production, “Senior Scenes,” and an end-of-the-year cabaret. Although PSP is active in all productions, tryouts are open to the entire student body.


Mr. Snowden, who currently oversees the Players, is directing the group’s upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has a rich background in theater. “I have been very fortunate to work in in various capacities in the field. I always say, ‘The versatile person is the employed person.’ Having a music background allowed me to often stay involved in theater.” He served as Assistant Music Director on the National Tour of “Anything Goes” and was Assistant Music Director for the Off-Broadway show “In Dahomey.” “Fiddler on the Roof” ranks high among Snowden’s favorite productions, and in fact, he has performed the role of Tevye a number of times.


He’s sure the Players’ upcoming production will be an emotional tour de force “Fiddler is a musical that makes you laugh, cry, and think.” 


There are close to 90 Rye High students working on the show on- and back-stage, along with talented faculty members Dr. Dan Brown, conductor; Douglas Kostner, vocal director; Cathy Cunningham from Rye School of Dance, choreographer; and John Gwardyak, set designer and technical director.


Snowden says ambitious productions like this wouldn’t be possible without the enormous support of the school administration and parent volunteers. “There are many people who understand the importance of the arts in education and make theater happen at Rye High,” notes Snowden. “I am grateful to every single one of them.” 


“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed March 3 at 7:30 and March 4 at 2 and 7:30 in the RHS Performing Arts Center. 





Rye High School students rehearsing for the upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Four Rye Rec Adult Softball teams should have been crowned league champions by August 11, but only the B League Roadhouse Regulars, which is managed by Fred Fillet, came away with a title last week because Mother Nature had other ideas. In the two-out- of-three championship structure, the second game of the Women’s League championship was rained out in the fifth inning. The third games of both the A and C League championships were rained out in the third innings. The storms pushed the three championship games into this week.