2024 - 2025 Superintendent's Updates 


                              July 1, 2024

    Scarsdale Public Schools


    Dear Parents, Colleagues, and Community Members,   


    It is with deep sadness that I am writing to our community today to once again share terrible news. We learned earlier today that Lucien Oades, a rising senior at Scarsdale High School, passed away following a medical incident. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with Lucien's parents and sibling; his extended family; his teachers; his friends, their families, and the Scarsdale High School community. We also extend our love, care and concern for those grieving with and for Lucien's brother Sebastian. 

    There is no way around the fact that it is terribly difficult to process the unexpected loss of a young person with so much to look forward to. As I wrote earlier this year, the impact on our close-knit community will be profound, but the ties that bind Scarsdale together also serve as a source of strength and resilience. We must rely on that strength, along with our deep capacity to demonstrate support and care for our young people, to navigate this challenge together. While we can’t always protect our students from encountering tragedy, we can help them to move through it by maintaining good communication and engaging in clear, open discussion. 

    As Mr. Bonamo shared in his letter to the Scarsdale High School community, support services will be available tomorrow (7/2/24) from 10:00 to 2:00 at the High School for any student, parent, or staff member who wishes to speak with a trained counselor. Members of our community who wish to be together during this difficult time can use this opportunity to gather and talk with one another. Support is also available from the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service, which may be contacted directly at (914) 723-3281. As we have done in the past, we have included some tips and resources below to help navigate the grieving process. 

    Finally, the Oades Family invites members of the community to an informal memorial service to commemorate Lucian’s life on Wednesday, July 3, at 5 p.m. at 65 Lakeshore Drive in Eastchester.


    With a heavy heart,

    Dr. Drew Patrick