Princeton Plan Information and Resources
The Hendrick Hudson School District will be adopting the Princeton Plan within the 2022-2023 school year. No elementary schools will be closing; instead there will be a reorganization of the grades by building:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Frank G. Lindsey School, Principal Dr. Cynthia Kramer
2nd & 3rd Grade: Buchanan-Verplanck School, Principal Donna Torrisi
4th & 5th Grade: Furnace Woods School, Principal Josh Cohen
Resources for parents:
The Hendrick Hudson School district has created a Princeton Plan page on their website. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a number of important documents, including the district's cost analysis, tax calculator and the Princeton Plan Stakeholder Committee's SWOT analysis.
On March 16, 2021, the BMMS PTA and the HHHS PTSA hosted a joint Q&A Session with Superintendent Hochreiter (video on YouTube) where parents asked questions about how implementing the Princeton Plan would affect the middle school and high school.
COOKING NIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
BMMS PTA Presents virtual cooking classes for families!
We'll provide the ingredient shopping list, you follow along at home and learn how to make a new dish for the whole family to enjoy!
INDIAN FOOD COOKING SERIES
Taught by Leena Karande-Gore
Wednesday 1/20/21 at 6:30pm - Butter Chicken & Naan
Wednesday 2/3/21 at 6:30pm - Palak Paneer & Jeera Rice
Wednesday 2/24/21 at 6:30pm - Baingan Bharta & Dal Tadka
Wednesday 4/14/21 at 6:30pm - Tandoori Chicken Kebab & Masala Chicken Burger
Tuesday, 5/18/21 at 6pm - Gulab Jamun dessert
LEARN TO MAKE DOG OR CAT TREATS!
Monday, March 1st, 2021, 7pm
All Hen Hud students will be invited to join a Google Meet to bake their choice of dog or cat treats. Can't join us for the class? We will provide recipes for the treats and you can make them on your own! Once you finish your treats, the PTA will collect them in sealed baggies and donate them to a local ASPCA. Remote students will have a drop-off location; hybrid students will bring them in to school.
Pumpkin Dog Treats
4 Ingredient Cat Treats
3 Ingredient Chicken Dog Biscuits
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BAKE CLUB SERIES
Learn to make mid-week sweet treats!
Monday, February 11, 7pm - Chocolate Cupcakes, Buttercream Frosting and Decorating Tips with Jenean Eichenholtz
Tuesday, May 4, 7pm - Muffins for Mom with Jenean Eichenholtz
JUNE STAY-AT-HOME HAPPENINGS
Looking for things to do with your BMMS student while we stay safe at home? The PTA has you covered! We will update this list every month. Families should always inquire about registering for these programs, and always call ahead to confirm availability to make sure the program is stll running. Email list curator Lindsey Marcus if you have events you would like to add for the future!
Summer Sustainability Program for BMMS Students
● August 16-19th
● August 23-26th
The BMMS Summer Program for incoming 7th and 8th graders will run for two weeks, Mondays through Thursdays. The exact dates are: August 16th - 19th & August 23rd - 26th. The program will be held at BMMS from 9 am to 11:30 am. Certified teachers will lead activities focused on sustainability and environmental justice with a focus on community and kindness. On the final day of the session, Thursday, August 26th, we will host a student-led community event focused on sustainability that launches continued efforts throughout the school year to reduce our waste and reuse resources. Interested families must complete an online questionnaire indicating their intent to send their child to the BMMS Summer program in order to aid the planning efforts. Please submit one form per student. Questionnaire responses will help gauge attendance at the program. We ask for your response by June 1st, 2021.
● Camp Vollo Summer 2021
Sign up for Volunteer New York’s two-week virtual summer camp for Middle and High School students. Camp Vollo! Campers are introduced to a variety of local nonprofits and provided with 10 structured DIY volunteer projects in the areas of community building, the environment, social justice/awareness, arts, and physical fitness.
Drive in Movie Nights!
● Hyde Park Drive in Theatre: http://hydeparkdrivein.com/
● Poughkeepsie Drive in Theatre: http://overlookdrivein.com/
● Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market - The TaSH: http://tashfarmersmarket.org/
● Pleasantville Farmers Market: https://www.pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org/
● Ossining 2021 Down to Earth Farmers Market: https://www.downtoearthmarkets.com/
Bronx River Bicycle Sundays
● Now through October, Sundays from 10am-2pm
The only exceptions are Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends. The route runs from Westchester County Center in White Plains south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers totaling a roundtrip of 13.1 miles. Free!
National Park Service
Come experience the national parks! In 2021, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2021:
- August 4: One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 25: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Family Nature Explorer Walks w/Saw Mill River Audubon
● June 12th: Crawbuckie Nature Preserve
Saw Mill River Audubon is offering small group nature walks for families. These walks are for one parent/guardian with 1 or 2 children, ages 4-12. One walk per family, please. Use Sam Mill River Audubon's Lunetta Explorer Bags which can be checked out of local libraries anytime for more exploration. Hendrick Hudson Free Library has two explorer bags - contact the children's room for more information! These walks are led by Eric Stone from The Rewilding School, our educational partner offering even more ways for children to explore nature.
Please register at: https://www.sawmillriveraudubon.org/family-walks or via LocalHop at www.henhudfreelibrary.org
American Museum of Natural History
Explore climate change: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/climate-change
Tech-Savvy Teens needed to assist Seniors with Zoom
Hilltop Hanover Farm
● Field and Farm Stand Volunteers are Needed!
Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is seeking volunteers to help its farmers harvest, weed, prune, and prep food from its fields for its weekly farmer's market. This is a great opportunity to get outside, experience the beauty of the landscape, and work alongside knowledgeable staff and other volunteers.
● Now through August 1
Together apART: Creating During COVID
Westchester County Parks
Outdoor sports — including hiking, biking, boating and fishing at our county parks!
Hendrick Hudson Library Teen Scene:
● Free passes to several area museums.
Need a quiet place to work? The library has multiple study rooms available to reserve. Booking online is easy! Visit www.henhudfreelibrary.org for more information.
● Trex Recycling Film Challenge
The library has joined a six-month challenge with NexTrex. We will be collecting plastic and when we reach 500 lbs of material we get a free bench from Trex! You will see a recycle bin for this in our vestibule.
● Pull Tab Recycling Collection for Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley
Collect as many as you can from June through August! Look for the container in their vestibule.
● Sunrise Scimitar with Joe Rao via Zoom
Sunday, June 6, 2 - 3pm
In collaboration with the White Plains Library, the Town of Pelham Public Library, and the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library will be co-hosting a virtual presentation with Joe Rao, meteorologist and astronomer, on the topic of eclipses and will highlight a spectacular eclipse of the sun that will occur over our area on June 10. Registration begins on May 24. The Zoom link will be made available upon registration.
● Lotus Lantern Craft via Zoom
Monday, June 7, 6pm - 7pm
The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) will teach participants how to make a lovely lotus flower lantern using colored paper and wire frames. A short documentary film will be included with the presentation. Registration begins May 24 via LocalHop. Kits will be available to the first twenty registrants and will be available for pick-up at the library upon registration. The Zoom link will be sent out one day prior to the program.
● Cybersecurity via Zoom
Monday, June 14, 7pm - 8pm
Join us for a unique event where Kish Melwani of ServiceByte shows you the latest Cybersecurity threats impacting us. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family from financial loss, exposure of sensitive information, and other risks. After the presentation, Kish will perform live ethical hacking to see how hackers compromise us online. All attendees will receive a free dark web report to see if any of your current passwords are already exposed on the internet. Registration begins June 1. The Zoom invitation will be available upon registration.
● Courageous Conversations about Race
Thursday, June 24, 6:30pm
Join HHFL & Greenburgh Public Library as we continue a monthly discussion series to learn about the history of our nation, and through dialogue and education, understand and address the wounds of racism. These conversations will be facilitated by the executive director of New Era Creative Space in Peekskill, Ridvan Foxhall. A ZOOM link will be sent to participants.
● Outdoor Coffeehouse Concert: The BlueStorm Four
Sunday, June 27, 2pm
We are happy to bring you five gig-seasoned musicians who perform infectious "Live Cool Blues" spanning multiple decades and styles including delta blues, Texas blues, Chicago blues, bayou blues, country blues and more! Enjoy their renditions of tunes by The Allman Brothers, BB King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Credence Clearwater Revival, Derek & The Dominoes, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Little Mack Simmons, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others.
Bring your mask and lawn chair or blanket, keep safe social distance, and enjoy this outdoor concert! Fun for the whole family!
● Summer reading program Tails and Tales
Registration begins Monday, June 28, 2021
Town of Cortlandt Recreation Department
The summer brochure is available online.
Town of Cortlandt Youth Center:
● The Youth Center has implemented a YC Lottery with specific requirements in order to keep a limited, rotating number of students in their building.
● Winter/Spring Calendar of Events
YC LOTTERY A: Parents register by taking the YC Lottery Survey, visit www.townofcortlandt.com/yc for survey. Names are pulled monthly; spots are not guaranteed and are based on need. Youth not enrolled may be waitlisted. Location: Youth Center Day/Date: Mondays & Tuesdays Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
YC LOTTERY B: Parents register by taking the YC Lottery Survey, visit www.townofcortlandt.com/yc for survey. Names are pulled monthly; spots are not guaranteed and are based on need. Youth not enrolled may be waitlisted. Location: Youth Center Day/Date: Thursdays & Fridays Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm Registration: Register for Youth Center at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline & fill out the Lottery survey at www.townofcortlandt.com/yc
YC is open for our regular drop-in program (pre-registration required) where you can play on the game tables, video games, go outside and more! At 2:00 PM youth can participate in our scheduled program.ccYouth are invited to join us for an evening of fun and games. Location: Youth Center Days/Dates: Saturdays; Time: 1:00 PM- 7:00 PM *Programs start at 2:00 PM Registration: Register for Youth Center & Register for YC Saturday at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline
● Saturday, June 5: Minute to Win It
● Saturday, June 12: Cornament
● Saturday, June 19: Among Us
● Saturday, June 26: Scavenger Hunt
YC FRIDAY NIGHTS
Friday nights the YC is offering some fun, exciting programs. See the breakdown below for specific dates. Not interested in the program we are offering? You can still come and enjoy all the regular activities the YC has to offer such as ping pong, pool, video games, outdoor activities and more! Location: Youth Center Days/Dates: Fridays; Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Registration: Register for Youth Center & Register for YC Friday Night at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline
● Friday, June 4: Henna Time
● Friday, June 11: DJ Night, 6pm
● Friday, June 18: Among Us
● Friday, June 25: Scavenger Hunt
YC is open for our regular drop-in program (pre-registration required) where you can play on the game tables, video games, go outside and more! Please email Katherine and/or Lindsey to register at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org. Location: Youth Center Day/Date: Wednesdays; Time: 3:00pm – 7:00pm Registration: Register for Youth Center at www.townofcortlandt.com/reconline & search by keyword
Artistic Camps (Grades K – 9th)
June 28 – August 20
YC Programs (Grades 6th – 12th)
May & June
July & August
YC Courses (Grades K-12th)
May – August
Youth Employment Services
Youth ages 14 - 18 can register for the program
Buinesses & Community Members with job opportunities can register for the program
● YC Family Obstacle Course
Saturday, June 6, 1-2pm
*Parent(s)/Guardian must attend
Saturday, June 12, 1-2pm
● Interview Skills 101
Saturday, June 12
● YC Clean-Up
Saturday, June 12, 10-11am
Croton Library Teen Programs:
● The Library Guild D&D
Mondays at 3:30pm
For ages ~8-18
Join their Library Guild in a D&D campaign online, with a library staff member as dungeon master! Adventurers will create characters and embark on a quest to track down rare artifacts together. No experience required (but veteran players welcome)! Email email@example.com with questions.
Ossining Library Teen Programs:
Registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org
● Dynamic Art
Third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM
Dynamic Art is presented by local art teacher Mrs. Anne Zimmerman. In this series of classes you will learn different techniques using different mediums. Attendance at all sessions is not mandatory. The Zoom link will be emailed when you register so please be sure to include your email when registering. Registration: https://ossininglibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=11483&lib=0&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2021/02/01
● Magic the Gathering
Join game master, James as he guides you through the realms of Magic. Game will be played through Magic Arena. Download Magic Arena here. To talk with other players in the game, go to James’ Discord Channel.Email email@example.com for more information.
● Take and Make!
Every Saturday unless otherwise noted
Our Take and Make Bags for Teens have been a smash hit! So we decided to continue this every Saturday morning! Our Take and Make bags will be available by the upper and lower level entrances. Get there early and get your hands on some of the coolest things their Teen Room has EVER done.
Cortlandt Community Rowing Association:
● CCRA offers a Winter Program, rowing and training opportunities for everyone - students in grades 4-12 who want to try a new sport, to adult absolute beginners, through experienced masters.
New Parent Q & A
New to BMMS? The following resources will help:
Locks and lockers, bus notes, late bus, sports bus, afterschool activities, school nurse, academic class descriptions, unified arts, homework policies, the year at a glance, modified sports, and there's even a map for morning student drop off!
Mod & Lunch Schedule 2019-2020
Updated monthly by the BMMS main office.
BMMS Daily Announcements
These announcements are read over the loudspeakers at the end of each day.
Incoming 6th Graders Website
BMMS Guidance Counselors Office Website
Afterschool Clubs 2019-2020
Cortlandt Community Coalition
A group of parents, substance abuse counselors, local and county government officials, representatives from state and county police, faith-based organizations, educational groups, civic organizations, PTAs, and medical organizations who are focused on reducing underage drinking and drug use by working with community businesses and residents to change adult attitudes and behavior toward this problem.
6th Grade Barbalato Team Website
6th Grade Miller Team Website
7th Grade Callery Team Website
7th Grade Lynch Team Website
8th Grade Boyle Team Website
8th Grade McGillicuddy Team Website
Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, All Schools Closed
Wednesday, June 2 - Author Stuart Gibbs, via Google Meet, 4:30pm
Tuesday, June 15 - Band & Orchestra Concert, 6pm
Tuesday, June 22 - 8th Grade Living Environment Regents Exam
Wednesday, June 23 - 8th Grade Algebra I Regents Exam
Wednesday, June 23 - 8th Grade Moving Up Parade, 6pm
Thursday, June 24th - Last Day of School for 6th & 7th Grade
Thursday, June 24 - 8th Grade Moving Up Parade Rain Date, 6pm
BMMS PTA Meeting Schedule 2020-2021:
All meetings at 7pm via Zoom until further notice. Zoom link will be emailed to members using MemberHub.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
(Joint meeting with HHHS for 8th grade families)
Thursday March 18, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
(Meeting for incoming 6th grade families)
Join BMMS PTA!
Please consider joining the BMMS PTA this year; thank you to all the parents and staff who already have! PTA membership shows school spirit and support of the programs we offer our children.
Cost is $10/person, and additional family members are $5.
Membership is now online at the MemberHub website, or you can download the membership form and return it to BMMS with your payment. Membership forms can be handed in at Meet the Teacher Nights, or at any PTA meeting.
Contact Jenean Eichenholtz with questions. Thank you for your support!
Did you know? The BMMS PTA and every grade at BMMS has their own FaceBook page to help parents with reminders and important information.
BMMS PTA Facebook Page
BMMS 8th Grade
(Class of 2021)
BMMS 7th Grade
(Hen Hud Class of 2026)
BMMS 6th Grade
PTA Meeting Minutes
Can't make it to one of our meetings? Archived minutes are below, and also appear on our NYS PTA MemberHub website:
BMMS PTA Meeting 5/26/21
BMMS PTA Meeting 4/28/21
BMMS PTA Meeting 3/18/21
BMMS PTA Meeting 1/14/21
BMMS PTA Meeting 11/17/20
BMMS PTA Meeting 10/14/20
BMMS PTA Meeting 9/14/20
BMMS PTA Meeting 2/24/20
BMMS PTA Meeting 11/25/19
BMMS PTA Meeting 10/23/19
BMMS PTA Meeting 9/16/19
Fundraising at BMMS
Additional ways to help the PTA at any time of the year:
BMMS Annual Donation "One and Done"
Donate at any time with one easy click. Thank you for your support!
BMMS Teacher Appreciation Campaign
Donate to the PTA during Teacher Appreciation week in May. Your donation will be used to fulfill Teacher Grant requests!
BMMS PTA Info
Unit/Council Code # 18/389
U/C Name Blue Mountain Middle School PTA
Federal EIN 54-2083924
National PTA Code # 00235157
2020-2021 BMMS PTA Officers
Click on names to send an email.
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to reach our Executive Board.
Blue Mountain Madness Basketball Fundraiser
KidStuff Coupon Books
Scholastic Book Fair
Used Book Sale
SEL Parent Workshops
The Hendrick Hudson School District will be holding four Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) parent workshops this school year, designed to provide support and strategies related to social and emotional health during these challenging times.
The remaining three workshops will be held on December 7, January 4 and February 1. Each one-hour workshop will be streamed live from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and will also be recorded. The workshops are free and open to all district families. Google Meet links will be communicated as each session draws closer.
The first workshop is titled "Coping Skills/Self Care," and the video recording is now available. The presentation slides are also provided in Spanish.
Session One - Coping Skills/Self Care
Diapositivas (en Español):
Primera Session de Taller de Padres Autocuidado y Estrategias para Afrontamiento
Student Assistance Counselor at BMMS
Lisamaria Albanese, MSW, is the Student Assistance Counselor at Blue Mountain Middle School. She primarily works wth 7th and 8th graders in voluntary individual and small group support sessions. During COVID, she is seeing students virtually using Google Meets. She also teaches Prevention Edu, done in collaboration with Mr. Iseman's Health classes each quarter for 7th grade students. Her Google Classroom is called Student Assistance Services, Mrs. Albanese. Guidance Counselors will share the code with any student who would like to join, it is voluntary and not graded. Mrs. Albanese has created a ScreenCastify video explaining more about her services; her brochure is also available below.
Please contact Mrs. Albanese (email@example.com) if you have any questions or would like further information.
Summer Reading 2020
2020 Summer Reading lists for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th Graders
can be found on the BMMS website.
Scroll down below the lists of authors to find the list for each grade.