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    Eastchester Middle School

    General Information

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    • Topic 1

      Mission Statement

      Eastchester Middle School is committed to providing
      a rigorous academic program within a safe,
      supportive, and understanding learning community.


      Our aim is to guide students effectively toward becoming responsible, competent, and respectful young adults with a sense of enthusiasm and purpose.

      We believe that all students:

      • Deserve a positive, safe, nurturing, and supportive learning environment
      • Can be motivated to learn, lead, and excel
      • Benefit from a challenging academic program and are enriched by extracurricular activities
      • Learn in different ways and at different times
      • Possess unique gifts
      • Have far-reaching potential to learn and grow
      • Thrive with personal attention and recognition
      • Benefit from collaboration between parents, staff, and themselves
      • Deserve an education that promotes a healthy lifestyle


      We see our students as individuals who are willing to take chances and challenge themselves in order to become valued members and leaders of their community.

      We want our children to:
      • Set high standards
      • Take risks, become well-rounded, and explore new opportunities
      • Establish a prideful work ethic and exercise strong time management skills
      • Develop personal responsibility, a love of learning, and problem-solving strategies
      • Appreciate the connections between rules, rights, and responsibilities
      • Practice civility, tolerance, and respect
      • Understand and respect boundaries
      • Engage in healthy, meaningful social relationships
      • Develop meaningful connections to their community


      We seek to create a community that is nurturing and challenging, where students are guided in taking risks within a supportive, forgiving climate.

      Our school will:
      • Create a safe and secure environment where all students can learn
      • Inspire high student achievement that exceeds state learning standards
      • Provide instruction that allows each child to excel as an individual
      • Encourage students to be self-motivated and constantly strive to reach their full potential
      • Recognize the diverse qualities that make each child unique
      • Strive to provide opportunities for students to grow socially and emotionally
      • Reinforce civic responsibility and promote leadership through character education
      • Foster collaborative relationships among the family, school, and community
      • Exemplify a commitment to lifelong learning

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        About EMS

        Eastchester Middle School (EMS) is located in a small middle and upper-class commuter town in the heart of Westchester County. It is set alongside the historic Post Road, only a few miles from New York City. With a population of 18,400 this suburban town reflects the culture of Early America and Western Europe, especially the Italian culture. The most recent immigration is from Asia, primarily Japan.

        There are 734 students enrolled in grades six, seven, and eight at EMS. The Middle School building is comprised of two, two-storied wings that are adjacent to our high school building complex. The original wing was built in 1955. Another wing, added in 1958, is shared with the high school. The building complex is surrounded by well tended grounds. Major building renovations over the well maintained auditorium is made available to our students, 55% of whom participate in our selective band, choral or drama programs. The availability of four gymnasiums, as well as several athletic fields, provide our students with the opportunity to participate in a strong interscholastic and intramural athletic program. Also, a recently refurbished rubberized track is open to the general public and brings to our school a warm sense of community.

        The school telephone number is (914) 793-6130.

        Our address is:

        Eastchester Middle School

        550 White Plains Road
        Eastchester, New York 10707

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        Emergency Procedures

        Use the link below to the district home page to access important information regarding what to do in case of an emergency. The page will open in a new window.
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        School Profile

        550 White Plains Road
        Eastchester, NY 10709

        Telephone: (914) 793-6130, Ext. 4267
        Fax: (914) 793-1699

        Principal: Scott Wynne

        School Day: 7:47 AM - 2:26 PM

        Assistant Principal: Josh Elder

        Our School

        Eastchester Middle School is committed to providing a rigorous academic program in a safe, supportive, and understanding learning community. The Eastchester Middle School uses grade level teams and provides a supportive environment to meet the needs of students in grades 6 through 8. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, students participate in character education courses and programs throughout their middle school years.

        Home-School Partnership

        Eastchester Middle School welcomes its community’s efforts to work together in the effort to provide a well-rounded and participatory educational experience for our students. The EMS PTA holds monthly meetings and is integral to many school programs. The Compact Team, which is made up of parents, teachers, and administrators, addresses building-level issues on an ongoing basis.

        Academic Programs

        • Average class size is between 24-26
        • Commitment to differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners
        • Honors program in 7th grade Mathematics
        • Regents Earth Science and Mathematics offered in 8th grade
        • Comprehensive Health Education in grades 6-8
        • Performing Music program for all grades
        • Academic Recognition: Honor Roll, High Honor Roll, and National Junior Honor Society
        • Extensive Technology Education program in grades 7-8
        • Academic support classes available at all grade levels

        Other Highlights

        • State-of-the-art classroom technology, including interactive white boards
        • Jazz Co performance, winter and spring concerts
        • Student Council
        • Interscholastic and Intramural athletic programs
        • Peer Mentoring program for incoming 6th grade students
        • Madden Outdoor Character Education Program

        Cultural Arts and Field Trips

        The classroom curriculum in each grade level is enhanced and enriched through special assemblies and field trips. Sixth grade students visit the Liberty Science Center and Medieval Times. Seventh graders participate in an overnight trip to Boston, Massachusetts. The eighth grade will once again travel to Washington, D.C. for three days in the spring. In addition, various groups attend performances at Lincoln Center and on Broadway.

        Extra and Co-Curricular Activities

        Students at Eastchester Middle School are involved in an expansive array of activities beyond the classroom. Students have the opportunity to explore and pursue interests through our many clubs and activities such as: Anime Club, Art Club, A/V Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, History Club, International Club, Jazz Band, Jazz Co., Math Club, Players Club, Poetry Club, Speech & Debate Club, S.A.D.D., Student Leadership Club, Boston Club, Washington Club, and the Yearbook. Interested students may participate in the Student Council or on the EMS Voice, our student newspaper. All students are given the opportunity to participate in our athletic intramural programs. Student-athletes in 7th and 8th grade may seek to participate in our modified interscholastic athletic program.

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        Use the links below to access the District Calendar Page and the Mini Calendar
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        Main Office Directory

        550 White Plains Road
        Eastchester, NY 10709
        Telephone: (914) 793-6130
        Fax: (914) 793-1699
        Scott Wynne
        Ext. 4267
        Assistant Principal
        Josh Elder
        Ext. 4443
        Gina DiMarco
        Assistant to the Principal
        Ext. 4267
        Debbie Stewart
        Assistant to the Assistant Principal
        Ext. 4443
        Health Offices Ext. 4246, 4218
        Darlene Sacchinelli *
        Ext. 4271
        Guidance Office Ext. 4296
        PTA Website
        * Parents are to report absences daily using the phone number provided at the school their child is attending.

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          Visit the websites of EMS Parent Teacher Organizations

          Eastchester SEPTA
          Eastchester Middle School PTA

          • Topic 9

            The Scooter

            Restored By Our Technology Class

            In the summer of 2008, EMS technology teacher Mr. Boissonnault purchased a 1966 Italian Vespa scooter he located on eBay. The scooter was in very sad condition. At one point it was said to have been rescued from a short stay on the bottom of a lake.

            The Vespa Scooter In Its Original Condition

            During the next school year, Mr. Boissonnault's students worked hard to restore the two-wheeled vehicle by removing the dents, sandblasting then painting the surface.

            After 7 months of sanding, scraping, polishing and rebuilding, it was moved from the technology room to the outside where it was ridden for the first time in over 20 years!

            The Vespa Scooter Fully Restored

            This exciting project was profiled by The Journal News in an article entitled "Eastchester Teacher Puts Kids to Work on Eco-Friendly Scooter."

            Congratulations to the eighth grade class of 2008-2009 for all their hard work.

            The Tech Class That Restored The Scooter

            The scooter project was the subject of an article in the New York Times entitled "A Vespa in the Classroom" published on October 23, 2009.