News Collection


Edgemont Creates Banner for Majory Stoneman Douglas HS
Brent Kammerer

Edgemont has created banner for everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Project spearheaded by Jamie Musoff ('19) with assistance from Ms. Amorosa, Ms. Williams, and Ms. Britton

Edgemont shines at the Berklee Jazz Festival
Brent Kammerer

 The EHS Music Department had a very successful trip to the Berklee College of Music 50th annual HS Jazz Festival.  Berklee is the largest festival of its kind in the United States and features thousands of student performers from public and private high schools from across the US and beyond.  Please congratulate our EHS students on the following accomplishments when you see them:


One student from each participating ensemble receives a judges' choice award.  In addition, judges select one superior musician and three outstanding musicians from the hundreds of students in each ensemble category.


EHS Jazz Combo- Category Small Ensemble 3 (S3), 5th place

Judges' Choice Award- Peter Hoerenz


EHS Jazz Ensemble- Category Large Ensemble 4 (L4), 5th place

Judges' Choice Award- Olivia Kelly


Jazz Singers Showcase- Iola Cheng-Thomas top ten finalist


EHS Chamber Choir/Vocal Jazz Ensemble- Category Vocal Jazz 2 (V2), 1st place (5th consecutive year!)

Judges' Choice Award- Marilyn Mathews

Superior Musician Award- Marilyn Mathews


We are profoundly grateful for all the people who have supported our students in their musical endeavors, and a special thank you goes out to Victoria, Devan, Eve, and Jennifer for their continued support of the music program. We would also like to recognize our AMAZING chaperones, Art Nelson (VIP Senior Chaperone), Lauren Moore (Associate Chaperone), and Michelle Greenwald (Assistant Chaperone) for ensuring that our students were happy and safe throughout the trip.

Brent Kammerer

On January 20th, the Edgemont Robotics Club participated in The First Tech Challenge at Riverside Engineering and Design High School in Yonkers, pulling off an impressive 11th place finish in only their second time competing. The First Tech Challenge is a national competition held throughout the year in various locations. Students are asked to design, build, and program a robot that can successfully play a field game against other robots built by other student teams. The Edgemont club received details about the type of game involved in this year’s challenge back in September, and since then, they have spent over four hours a week designing their robot. Their hard work paid off; they beat out almost half of the 21 teams who competed, and their robot was chosen as one of the “teammate robots” by the team who ultimately won. In this particular competition, each team was asked to build a robot that could pick up a 6 x 6 x 6 inch cube, and deliver it to a specific spot on a wall. The Edgemont club, made up of 40 students in grades 7-12, spent a great deal of time both designing and programming their robot to prepare it for two separate phases of the competition. In the first phase, the robot had to fend for itself by reacting to obstacles and changes on its own. In the second phase, the students were able to control the robot. “This was another great learning experience for our Robotics club,” said Zachary Goldstein, a junior and one of the club’s founders. “We had a much better result this year, but more than that, we continue to learn so much from the experience of working together and the exposure to other schools’ ideas.” The Robotics Club will put their robot to the test in another First Tech competition later in January, and they have been working diligently to improve the robot’s chances through design and programming changes. We look forward to the Edgemont Robotics Club’s continued success.


Tech Dept.

Ask any group of parents with school aged children to compare their own school experience to that of their children, and there’s no doubt you will quickly hear stories about life before cell phones and the Internet. You’ll surely hear about encyclopedias. But what you probably won’t hear from those parents is that their classrooms actually looked different from those that their kids still sit in today, a generation later. Desks in rows, teacher at the front, door closed to the rest of the school - this is the way classrooms have looked for as long as any of us can remember.

 But that model, which stemmed from how factories were set up, is not necessarily in line with how our students learn today, or what will be expected of them as they pursue careers in the future. As Superintendent Victoria Kniewel explains, “We don’t know for which careers or which educational pathways beyond high school we educate our Edgemont students. We don’t know what their post-high school education will look like, nor where or how they will work to earn a living. What we do know is, if our students are capable communicators, collaborators, critical and creative thinkers, they will be well positioned for almost any future.”

The Edgemont School Foundation, in its unwavering commitment to working with our district to enrich and ensure the value of an Edgemont education through collaboration with teachers and administrators, agreed that redesigned, renovated learning spaces at EHS were one of the next essential steps in moving forward within the framework of our strategic goals. The ESF engaged Fielding Nair International, an architectural firm focused on innovative education design, and began the design process last year by meeting with students, teachers and administrators to discuss how spaces around the school could be upgraded to reflect and support an evolving model of teaching and learning.

On the EHS campus, the result is the E-Lab. Located in the E-building, the new collaborative space is being used by students and teachers at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School. This is in addition to some collaborative spaces funded by the PTA in both elementary schools. The new spaces are not enough in and of themselves to transform instruction and learning. ESF and the school district have funded professional development opportunities led by Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs on the opening day of school and continuing with Dr. Jacobs and Jill Ackers-Clayton from the Fielding Nair International Learning Design Services team. The E-Lab features increased instructional space, flexible seating, a training center for teachers, a full set of Chromebooks, and interactive Promethean flat panel TVs.

The E-Lab’s true impact will come as this initial excitement translates into meaningful student engagement. Engagement through authentic learning and teacher development are at the heart of the Focus Forward/Strategic Goals created by the Edgemont community. The E-Lab is a wonderful addition to the Edgemont High School campus, and our teachers and students are ready to put it to use in meaningful, creative ways. As Jay Litman, a partner at Fielding Nair and an architect of the new innovative learning space at the high school, explains, “This is not redecorating. This is meaningful, purposeful architectural redesign in consonance with educational research and with student-learning as its focus.”


Chromebook Rollout
Tech Dept.

On October 24th, after much anticipation, Edgemont officially began its one-to-one Chromebook program in grades 5 and 7. Throughout that week, our students excitedly picked up their assigned Chromebooks in their homerooms at the elementary schools and in the library at EHS. Over the past year, a committee comprised of fifth and seventh grade teachers, administrators, and parents worked together to develop a one-to-one program which ensures all teachers and students are prepared for the individualized Chromebook learning environment. The one-to-one program is an integral component in actualizing the district’s strategic goal to “provide infrastructure, equitable access, professional learning and technical support for the integration of technology to promote creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.” This has been a priority item in the Technology Action Plan.

In the first week of the Chromebook roll-out, all of our fifth and seventh grade students — already proficient Chromebook users — spent some class time reviewing the functionality of the Chromebooks and Google Apps basics. In the weeks leading up to the one-to-one kick-off, our fifth and seventh grade teachers devoted an entire day to furthering their proficiencies with the Chromebooks and Google Apps and adapting their curriculum to best utilize the 1:1 technology. Students, parents, and teachers are all excited about this move towards individualized technology. Seventh grader Justin Alexander thinks the Chromebook program is helpful in many ways. “It is just so much easier for students and teachers to consistently share their work with each other. And projects can be worked on together even if everyone is not in the same place.” Alexander sees the potential for more practical benefits as well. “Our backpacks are pretty heavy. Eventually, I think the Chromebook can replace many of the binders we’re all carrying around.” The deployment of more than 350 Chromebooks in fifth and seventh grades also freed up devices previously dedicated to those grades for the rest of the students to use. The goal, as per the Technology Action Plan, is to continue the one-to-one program next year in sixth and eighth grades, thereby ensuring that all students in grades 5-8 will be part of the one-to-one program by this time next year.