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Bedford Hills gets ‘Shock’ treatment


The “BHES Shock” reporters are (bottom row) Lili Carmichael, Abby Tocano, (back row) Tommy Devine, Zachary Micucci, Lydia Savitt, Daniella Danisi, Laura Cunningham, Gabi Sussman and supervisor Rebecca Sussman.


The Bedford Hills Elementary School computer lab bustles with lively children on Tuesday afternoons. School might be over for the day, but their work is not yet complete. Eight students in fourth and fifth grade gathered to work on the school’s semi-annual newspaper, “BHES Shock,” whose slogan is “News that will electrify.”

“I love every aspect of it,” said Rebecca Sussman, the parent who started, and still runs, the afterschool program. “Just seeing them so excited about their articles is so sweet. They learn every bit of the process. They’re always learning something, and it’s just fun to watch them and see what they come up with. They’re so creative.”

The newspaper began four years ago when Ms. Sussman wanted interested students to learn what a newspaper is all about. The students acquire researching, reporting and writing skills, and they build confidence, responsibility and speech skills. The newspaper is also a way to provide the school with news from a student’s perspective.

The newspaper club meets for eight one-hour sessions each semester, where they learn Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, as well as how to construct a strong and attention-grabbing sentence that intrigues readers. They learn about the format of a newspaper, about captions and bylines, and the differences between a news, feature and editorial article.

The students choose what they want to write about each semester. Stories in the upcoming issue include feature articles about the school’s secret areas, a survey of students’ favorite pets, teachers who will be switching grades, and a profile of the art teacher. One student is writing about what she called “interesting classroom events,” like when a squirrel wandered into a class or when a room’s pet crabs got loose from their aquarium. Other students are writing news articles about the elementary schools’ new math program and new reading program.

“They are really proud of their work,” said Ms. Sussman. “They are so excited and so proud. And it’s really what they’re interested in. I like for them to be able to express themselves.”

The eight students were energetic in the computer lab, raising their hands to ask for Ms. Sussman’s help with spelling or sentence structure. They giggled to each other, sharing tidbits from their interviews. While not all of the students want to be reporters or even writers in the future, many said that it would be a good profession, and they would like to continue on with a newspaper in middle and high school.

“I love writing stories, and this lets me do that,” said fifth-grader Laura Cunningham, 10, who also wrote for “BHES Shock” last year. “I really liked doing the gym teacher interviews that I did last year. I had a lot of questions for the gym coaches about life, like how they felt about being the gym teacher and stuff about their work. I found out a lot of things that no one would have guessed about them. Lots of interesting facts.”

Fellow fifth grader Lydia Savitt, 10, also said that her favorite part of the newspaper club was writing relevant news and having others read the group’s final product.

“I like how you actually get to know how teachers feel and how other kids feel,” said fifth grader Zachary Micucci, 10. “And it’s cool to know that other kids are going to be reading this in the whole school.”

Classmate Daniella Danisi, 10, said that her favorite part is finding new information about the teachers, something that most students do not get to do.

“I think it’s really fun,” she said. “We get to write stories by ourselves. And we get to interview teachers. My favorite part is interviewing teachers.”

Fourth grader Lili Carmichael, 9, stated that before the club she did not know how difficult reporting was. Several of her fellow student reporters agreed.

“It’s a little harder than I thought,” she said. “You actually have to plan everything. You can’t just ask random questions.”

Every semester, the newspaper circulates through the school to readers both young and old. Art teacher Leslie Cardone said that the whole school loves when the newspaper is released toward the end of each term. She also noted that the students have fun researching, writing and doing surveys.

Principal Zbynek Gold, who has been interviewed by quite a few student reporters, said that the afterschool club is particularly good for the children because it allows them to focus on and create something based on their interests.

“I’m really excited when the newspaper comes out,” he said. “It’s always great. I read it from cover to cover. It’s a great opportunity for the kids.”

The upcoming issue will be distributed on Dec. 11, barring any unforeseen snow days, said Ms. Sussman. Students interested in joining the newspaper club can sign up with the afterschool program coordinators.

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November 30, 2012

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market – Trinity Corners Shopping Center;  55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco — 66 Westchester Avenue    

  3. Sam Parker Country Market — 257 Westchester Avenue    

Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy — Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli — Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell — Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center —193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    

Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli – 7 Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli – 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)


  1. NoKA Joe’s – 25 Katonah Avenue    

  2. Steger’s Paper Mill – 89 Katonah Avenue    

  3. Katonah Pharmacy – Katonah Shopping Center; 294 Katonah Avenue   

  4. Bagel Shoppe – Katonah Shopping Center; 280 Katonah Avenue    

  5. Katonah Sunoco – 105 Bedford Road

Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News – 239 Main Street    

Cross River

  1. Bagel Boys Café – Cross River Shopping Center; Routes 121 and 35    

  2. Cross River Shell Station – Route 35    

  3. Cameron’s Deli –  890 Route 35    

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