#Insta Days of the Week

By Jasmine Bar

Instagram is an online photo sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them. Users are also able to record and share short videos lasting for up to 15 seconds. The Instagram app was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. The app rapidly gained popularity, with over 150 million active users as of 2014.


A distinctive feature of Instagram is its hashtags. A hashtag is a word or phrase prefixed with the hash symbol (#). On Instagram, pictures with the same hashtags are grouped together. When you search for the hashtag, you can view all the pictures that contain it.

A new form of social networking creativity, typically known as the “Insta days of the week” has arisen on Instagram, and it is made possible by the world of hashtagging. Each day of the week, there is a word or phrase that begins with the same letter of that day’s name. On these particular days, many photos go along with the theme of the weekly Instagram hashtag.

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Snow Day Overload

By Jasmine Bar

This winter has been full of heavy snowfalls and icy roads, causing Briarcliff High School to instate seven snow days so far (two in December, one in January, and four in February).

“Snow days are great because they allow me to go outside and get some fresh air,” says sophomore Mary Donoghue. “They are nice breaks from studying and schoolwork.” Many other high school students share Mary’s point of view

The product of a BHS  snow day

However, while these generous breaks from school may seem like perfect days to sleep in and play in the snow, some express their concerns for how the lack of school days may affect us in the future. The New York State Law requires a minimum of 180 school days. The school has built in a certain number of snow days into its schedule (usually two days), but after those are used up, they are forced to make decisions that cut into our vacations. In the past, the school has made Parent-Teacher Conferences day/ Election Day a school day, although it is typically a day off for students. The school has also taken days away from Spring Break (which is typically one week in length). This year students will be expected to attend school the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading “Snow Day Overload”

Track Team Wins Bob Smith

By Jasmine Bar

Briarcliff Track Team Bob Smith RelaysWorking cohesively as a team, the members of the Briarcliff Spring Track Team were recently able to win Bob Smith or The Bob Smith Memorial Track and Field Invitational. It is hosted by Pleasantville HS annually in memory of one of their most beloved coaches. It is a meet that is composed entirely of relays. Teams from all the schools in and near Mt. Pleasant participate, including Alexander Hamilton, Briarcliff, Byram Hills, Pleasantville, Valhalla and Westlake. The meet is sponsored by the American Legion. Continue reading “Track Team Wins Bob Smith”

Yogolicious Comes to North State Road

By Jasmine Bar

In addition to the recent news of Twist opening this spring in the town, the Yogolicious that we all know and love is finally coming to Briarcliff! The owner Jennifer Paternostro confirmed that as long as the process goes smoothly, the opening date will be March 1st. The new address is 516 North State Road in Briarcliff. It will be sharing the building with the nail salon, Look of Success. Continue reading “Yogolicious Comes to North State Road”

Twist: Froyo Finally in Briarcliff!

By Jasmine Bar

Twist Coming Soon
Photo by Jack Fischer

As you drive through Briarcliff’s town, you may notice something a little different: the Verizon store has been replaced with a sign announcing the arrival of Twist, a new frozen yogurt shop! Although the shop will not be opening until Spring 2013, co-owner Michael Daly gave us a sneak peek into what the store will be like. Continue reading “Twist: Froyo Finally in Briarcliff!”

New K-2 Playground Opens at Todd

By Jasmine Bar & Maddy Albert

The kids could not contain their excitement because of the shiny, new blue and orange playground that mocked them behind the flimsy but restraining ribbon holding them back. It would be theirs as soon as the frustrating ribbon was cut. All of a sudden, a wave of excitement rippled through the crowd as a teacher moved toward the ribbon. The kids counted, “1, 2,3…” and the playground was released.

The New Todd K-2 Playground
Photo by Maddy Albert

At Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor on Monday, September 24, 2012, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to inaugurate the new playground. The playground was mainly designed for the kindergarten through second graders to play on during their school recess time.

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