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  • 2017 Summer Mailing Forms - Update 8/10/17

    Please see the Connect-Ed message that was sent to families on the morning of July 18 regarding the new process for the 2017 Summer Mailing Forms. Please select "Read More" for updates.

    SUBMISSION OF PHYSICAL: You may now upload an electronic copy of a doctor-completed physical form within the Physicians section of the Summer Mailing Forms. If you have already completed your other forms and would now like to upload a physical, please log in to view your summary and select Edit from the drop-down. You may also send it in hard copy to the child's school, or email it to the school's klschools address located in the Contact Information. You do not need to provide it here if it has already been submitted in a 2017-18 Fall Athletics registration.

    STUDENT NAME NOT APPEARING: your student's name will be pre-populated as a participant choice only if he/she has previously participated in HS or MS athletics.

    SECTION SELECTION (the first data-entry field): please select the SECTION that corresponds to the grade level that this PARTICIPANT will be entering in the Fall. If the school and grade level that you need do not appear, then you may have selected the incorrect program for this PARTICIPANT. Please return to the dashboard and enter the full name of the school into the "I want to register for a program at" field.

    FINDING ANOTHER PROGRAM: if you have finished with your John Jay High School 2017 Summer Mailing Forms submission, and would like to next submit your HS athlete's forms for the Athletics Dept, please  return to the dashboard and enter  John Jay Athletics into the "I want to register for a program at:" field.

    UPLOADING A HEALTH APPRAISAL FORM: if you have completed your child’s summer mailing forms, and would like to go back in to upload his/her Health Appraisal Form (required for grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all new entrants), please use the “View or Edit my Registrations” button to update the existing Participant record for your child.

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  • District e-Newsletter

    Click here for the District's current e-newsletter.

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  • Email Deliverability

    KLSD sends emails to families from two different addresses: alerts@klschools.org and email@blackboard.com. Please check your junk or spam folders and add these sending domains to your list of accepted email senders.

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  • District Offices Have Moved

    Please note that the Katonah-Lewisboro School District offices have moved to the John Jay High School campus, 60 North Salem Road, Cross River.

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High School Begins Composting in 2017

  Michael Fassert learned to compost at Katonah Elementary School (KES). “Each day we collected food scraps from our lunches and snacks and put them into a barrel outside. In the spring, we took the compost out and put it into the garden,” remembers Fassert. “It was interesting to learn how we could make soil.”     

The good habit of separating organics from garbage continued through John Jay Middle School. Now Michael Fassert and his classmates are freshmen at John Jay High School, where the cafeteria only has two bins: trash and recycling. “I bring my lunch leftovers home,” said Fassert.

This will change in 2017, when John Jay High School begins collecting its organics—closing the gap in Katonah-Lewisboro School District’s award-winning composting program.

When KLSD began composting in 2008, it was one of the first cafeteria composting programs in New York State. Accolades for its pioneering work include Green Awards from the Town of Bedford, an Earth Day Recognition Award from Westchester County, and two grants from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling. Stories of KES’ success spread, and schools from Scarsdale, NY, to Bucks County, PA, have sought out KLSD’s advice.

“More schools are taking organics out of their waste stream,” said Veronique Choa Pittman, a Katonah resident who works for Green Schools Alliance, a Washington, D.C. based program that supports whole school sustainability. “While we don’t have accurate numbers on school composting, we are about to relaunch a new Measuring and Reporting framework to track this and other trends,” said Pittman.

“It is important to build such systems from the ground up, starting with the youngest students,” said Terry Costin, Assistant Principal at KES. He was instrumental in developing the school’s wellness and sustainability policies and using them to transform cafeteria food and reduce the amount of materials going into the waste stream. 

While each of Katonah-Lewisboro schools has compost captains and sustainability clubs that engage students, district support is key to composting success. Monitors help children sort their cafeteria waste into color-coded bins: brown for trash, blue for recyclables, and green for food scraps and paper napkins. Custodians provide the final check and weigh the proceeds to create the data that track and document the efforts.  Suburban Carting brings the compostable material to New Milford Farms, an organics recycling facility in New Milford, CT, where it is processed into the compost that enrich gardens and greenhouses locally.

 “We are composting tens of thousands of pounds on a regular basis—two times as much as we throw away,” said Paul Christensen, KLSD Director of Facilities. “This is part of the district’s zero-waste strategy. We’re also mulching our grass and leaves, and using single stream recycling.”

Zero waste is one of the highest bars in sustainability. It means that all products are reused and no trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. In 2008, KLSD Board of Education appointed a Sustainability Committee to methodically move towards this goal.

“We began by taking inventory to understand how we were using resources,” said Rich Stone; Board Trustee, parent of KLSD alumni, and chairperson of the committee.

This group helped KLSD reduced paper use by about 40%. It also worked with transportation department to pass an anti-idling law for buses and cars, and upgrade district buses to clean diesel. The district now fertilizes fields with a compost tea rather than chemicals and has replaced many water fountains with water bottle filling stations.

The Sustainability Committee conducted a Greenhouse Gas Inventory in 2009, one of the first school districts to do so, and presented the Board of Education with a plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 2015. “We replaced the middle school’s ancient boiler, upgraded windows and replaced lightbulbs.” said Christensen. “We reduced our greenhouse gas by 24% by early 2016.”

  “Michael Fassert and the other ninth graders have been composting for years and can show other high school students what to do,” said Costin.

John Jay High School’s Sustainability Club is also key to the school’s transition. The club’s project for Bedford 2020’s Greenlight Award, a spring 2017 competition, focuses on effective ways to convey that leftover food and napkins go in the compost bin. The team's proposal was selected to move forward as one of the finalists in the competition, and they received seed funding to carry out their project. They will present their findings in the competition's final round this May.  

Collecting organics throughout all schools is not the only composting milestone at KLSD this school year. In fall 2016, some of the compost made from students’ lunch leftovers came back.

“We bought three pallets of compost from New Milford Farms this fall,” said Christensen. “We’re using it on the district’s teaching gardens.

In February 2017, John Jay Middle School’s Sustainability Club will take a field trip to New Milford Farms to see for themselves what happens to their cafeteria waste.

High School Composting . . . to come!