April 27, 2016 At the May 3 Byram Hills Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Bill Donohue will recommend Christopher Walsh for the next principal of Byram Hills High School.
Walsh has served as the Byram Hills High School assistant principal for the past six years. He began his career in education at Byram Hills High School in 2003 as a Earth Science and Physics teacher, and as an athletics coach. He has degrees from Bank Street College of Education, Harvard University, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Walsh served as an officer in the Merchant Marine and the New York Naval Militia. He captained a ship assigned to protect Indian Point Nuclear Plant after the September 11 attacks.
Donohue says, “Walsh’s leadership experience, intelligence and familiarity with our district's culture, values and practices make him an ideal candidate for the position of principal of Byram Hills High School.” Donuhue is confident that Walsh will have a great impact on the development and success of Byram Hills students.
Walsh has been rated by students and parents on an online teacher rating blog. He received some outstanding reviews, ranking as a favorite faculty member. Reviews spoke of him gaining students’ respect by caring and showing a personal interest in his students.
We join Dr. Donohue in welcoming Mr. Walsh to his new position.
Chris Bosari will resign as principal of Byram Hills High School at the end of this school year after serving eight years. Bosari also served as assistant principal, from 2003 to 2006, before becoming principal. He will begin his new position as Superintendent of Tarrytown School District on July 1.
Byram Hills PTSA
The Byram Hills PTSA promotes the emotional, physical, social and intellectual growth of all youth in our district by partnering with students, parents, teachers, staff, administration and our community. We are the primary mechanism for our districts’ parents to become involved in, and have input at, their children's schools.
The Byram Hills Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization, a not-for-profit organization operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. While we are a self-governing group, we are organized under National and New York State PTA by laws to serve the children and youth in our school district. As a membership organization, we are open to anyone who wishes to join, including any student in the Byram Hills School District.
Seniors Leave Byram Hills and Prepare for College By Jackson Harrower
May 4, 2016 The end has come: the Byram Hills seniors are completing their time at school and preparing for an entirely new journey. The emotions associated with this transition range from excitement, to fear, to uncertainty, and everything in-between.
“Good luck,” were the final words of wisdom offered by Byram Hills principal Chris Borsari before the seniors were dismissed on the final day of regular classes. Such a simple phrase takes on unique meaning, as it marks the beginning of a new era. “Good luck” doesn’t just apply to a test, or a game, or a performance, but to the rest of the Byram Hills seniors’ lives. Where should the mind of an eighteen-year-old begin to wander when given such a loaded statement?
While the start of college is still several months away, many seniors are already feeling pure excitement over the chance to experience life with relative autonomy. Students are given the opportunity to live independently day to day. Equally exciting is the opportunity to experience an entirely new student body and to make new friendships. Reputations formed through middle and high school can be extremely positive or unfairly negative, but none of this baggage is carried into the college environment. Students have the opportunity to be themselves, unburdened by their high school social status.
New freedom can be exhilarating, but it can also inspire fear. Parents and siblings may sometimes feel like a burden, but they’re also the center of support and stability for many students. There’s no class that teaches how to handle independence. The little things will be dearly missed, like hearing “good morning,” “sweet dreams,” “I love you,” and even “good luck” — every little display of support matters. Byram Hills senior Elizabeth Cronin notes, “Right now I'm impatiently awaiting the day when I can walk into the high school for the last time as a student, but I know afterwards I'll be nostalgic about the little routine things I used to do, like driving my brother to school every morning.”
The entering of a new social environment can also be very stressful. Over the years students have built support networks that they can rely on in the good times as well as the bad. Byram Hills senior Jacob Eisenberg offers, “Most meaningful and lasting friendships don’t occur overnight — they’re constantly built upon and strengthened over the years. Shared experiences are an extremely powerful unifier.” It takes time and patience to build trust in a new group of friends.
The beginning of college is a powerful step in the transition from dependent child to fully independent adult. Byram Hills seniors will face a plethora of new challenges every day and will be forced to expand intellectually and emotionally in ways never before considered. It’s an exciting and uncertain time, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled with the skills learned at Byram Hills and the support of family and friends back in Westchester or at other schools. Spongebob Squarepants, a beloved childhood character of many Byram Hills students, repeatedly utters, “I’m ready!”. The class of 2016 couldn’t agree more.
Byram Hills School News: High School Principal Resigns
Updated March 9, 2016 Several weeks ago, Byram Hills High School Principal Chris Bosari informed Byram Hills School Superintendent Bill Donohue that he was engaged in discussions with the public schools of Tarrytown about becoming their next superintendent.
“Given Mr. Borsari’s many leadership qualities,” said Donohue in an email to the community, “it is not a surprise to me that I am now announcing that he is the finalist for the position, and the process is expected to conclude soon.”
Due to Borsari’s advanced notice, the Byram Hills School District has been able to prepare a rigorous and open process for selecting the next principal of the High School. Bosari starts his new job on July 1 and will continue at Byram Hills until then.
Donohue assured the community that they will seek a “candidate with the highest competencies; one who is able to lead a highly successful, academic high school and ensure that a caring and student centered culture is maintained.”
"Although we are losing a great principal," said Donohue, “The new principal will be fortunate to enjoy the support of an excellent leadership team, a highly competent faculty, a smart and committed student body, and supportive parents.”
Borsari has a long working history in the Byram Hills School District. He began as a student teacher in 1992 and then was hired to teach social studies and English at H.C. Crittenden Middle School the following year.
He then served as Assistant Principal of Byram Hills High School from 2003 to 2006. For the next two years, Borsari moved on to serve as Principal of Sleepy Hollow Middle School. In 2008, he returned to Byram Hills School District as Principal of the high school.
Informal networking to encourage candidates has already taken place and Byram Hills is well positioned to find a highly competent leader, concluded Donohue.
Are You Ready for College?
May 9, 2016 The Wellness Committee of the Byram Hills School District is sponsoring its last event of the school year. The JED Foundation will address the topic "Are You Ready For College,” an important issue for all high school parents. The program will be presented at H.C. Crittenden Middle School’s auditorium on Wednesday May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The JED Foundation takes a public health approach to promote mental health and well-being to prevent suicide.
For many teens, college is the first time they will be away from home for an extended period of time. And certainly for some, it will be the first time they will need to juggle academics, a new and exciting social life, and independent living. This crucial aspect of college readiness is often overlooked with all the excitement surrounding the process of college applications.
The JED presentation is designed for high school parents to help their teens get ready for college. JED will address many of the issues teens face during the transition to their college years. The panelists will discuss practical tips on how to help your child get ready for college beginning in 9th grade.
Byram Hills High School Grades 9-12 12 Tripp Lane Armonk, NY
The district also partially serves residents of some neighboring towns including, but not all of, Bedford, Bedford Corners, Chappaqua, Greenwich, Pleasantville, Purchase and Thornwood. For the 2010 - 2011 school year, the district served approximately 2,785 students.
Mission "In an environment of mutual respect, the Byram Hills School District and its community will provide students with the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to excel in order to become productive and responsible citizens of the 21st century."