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Head of School Laura Danforth, Dean of Faculty Sam Savage and Chief Financial Officer Ed Biddle discuss pandemic finances in Danforths office.

Approaching a return to normalcy: Masters pandemic finances, Jan-June 2021

Logan Schiciano, TBN Producer June 10, 2021

Retirement contributions to resume After a fiscal year during which Masters suspended contributions to employees’ retirement funds, the school will resume contributions during the 2021-2022 fiscal...

Middle School students sit in a recently constructed classroom in Strayer Hall. Remodeling spaces, such as Strayer and Doc Wilson Hall, was a major expense in bringing students and teachers back to school safely for in-person learning last fall.

Persevering in a pandemic world: Masters’ pandemic finances, June-Dec 2020

Logan Schiciano, TBN Producer May 1, 2021

In economics, there’s the concept of the price maker and the price taker. Price makers influence the market price and enjoy pricing power, but price takers must accept the prevailing market price. Independent...

The mystery of vaccine hesitancy

Logan Schiciano and Hanna Schiciano March 30, 2021

Recent polls reveal that hesitancy to get the COVID-19 vaccine is particularly high amongst Republicans – 41% don't plan to get the shot, including 49% of Republican men, according to PBS. Tower Broadcast...

A cleaning crew sanitizes library furniture in March 2020. New cleaning equipment was one main area that Masters invested in during the early stages of the pandemic.

Preparing for the unknown: Masters’ pandemic finances, Feb-May 2020

Logan Schiciano, TBN Producer March 14, 2021

No manual exists for navigating a school through a deadly pandemic, but Masters’ Chief Financial Officer Ed Biddle drew from the next best resource – a comprehensive report analyzing the effects...

Dobbs 16 perseveres through restrictions

Logan Schiciano, TBN Producer January 2, 2021

This package was originally published in Tower Broadcast News #3, which aired on December 17, 2020. 

11-year old Abigail (Abby) Kaye, the daughter of eleventh grade Class Dean Shelly Kaye, studies at home accompanied by her familys dog. Because both of Abbys parents are teaching in person this fall, shes had to take on more responsibility making sure she and her brother Gavin are present for their online classes. Kaye said, It’s been difficult for me to accept that I’m turning it over to an 11-year old to manage her own schedule. Under normal circumstances, I would never expect anything like that.”

Children of the pandemic: exploring the challenges and coping strategies of the world’s youngest learners

Logan Schiciano, TBN Producer November 20, 2020

The initial thrill of learning from home that many young children experienced back in March has quickly faded into an endless stretch of fear, isolation and uncertainty. The pandemic is not only proving...

Tower Broadcast News #2

Tower Broadcast News #2

Logan Schiciano October 28, 2020

Tonight on TBN we take a look at how small businesses in Dobbs Ferry have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, with the return to in-person learning shaking up the school day schedule, clubs have...

The front door of Masters Hall will remain closed for the start of the 2020-2021 school year as students will be learning remotely for at least the month of September. Members of the Masters community have mixed reactions to the schools decision to begin online.

Students and faculty reflect on school’s reentry decision as remote start looms

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor September 5, 2020

With the first day of classes just days away, students and faculty at The Masters School have varying opinions on Head of School Laura Danforth’s decision to return to remote teaching and learning for...

Head of School Laura Danforth speaks at the 2018 MLK Assembly. Danforth recently made the decision to begin the school year with remote learning despite many schools in the area closing to return to the classroom this fall.

Podcast: Danforth reflects on remote start, anti-racism plan

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor August 14, 2020

As students across the country prepare to return to the classroom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Masters School will begin the year with remote learning. But the pandemic is not the only...

The National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players Association recently announced plans to test players and personnel daily for two weeks when training camp begins. As people across the U.S. still struggle to get tested for COVID-19 and receive results in a timely fashion, the NFL should not be diverting resources away from the general public.

Opinion: Cancel the 2020 NFL season

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor July 22, 2020

The National Football League (NFL) is determined to begin its season on time; however, as the coronavirus pandemic continues in the United States, it is not just unsafe to be playing football, but also...

A group of boys from North Carolina said they dont wear masks because it is a personal choice. Although studies have shown that masks decrease the transmission rate of COVID-19 and many states are requiring people to wear masks in public, some people across the United States still refuse to do so.

The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?

Logan Schiciano, New Ventures Editor July 2, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in...

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