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Giving Back in Honor of MLK Jr. Day

Giving Back in Honor of MLK Jr. Day photo

Despite having the day off from school, North Salem High School students took time to give back and reflect on the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the country on Monday, Jan. 15.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a holiday dedicated to remembering Dr. King’s contributions to the civil rights movement.

In a special edition of TGI Tiger News, high school students Amira Flayhan and Josh Coverdale hosted a segment highlighting the many ways that their peers volunteer and have a positive impact on their community and beyond, not only on the holiday, but year-round.

 

MISSION MONDAY: Critical Thinking in Math

Critical Thinking in Math photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Second-grade students were challenged to use their critical thinking skills during a recent math unit.

Teachers Beth Savarese and Kristal Castellano introduced their students to math reasoning, including evaluating the minuend and the subtrahend to determine if anything about their relationship would affect the difference between the two.

Student Council Blood Drive - January 19, 2018

STUDENT COUNCIL BLOOD DRIVE

MISSION MONDAY: Inquiry-Based Art Discussion

MISSION MONDAY: Inquiry-Based Art Discussion photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

High school Advanced Placement art students worked closely with seventh-graders as part of a collaborative effort and inquiry-based discussion.

The high school students introduced their middle school counterparts to pieces from artists Arman and Nick Cave, both of whom use found objects to comment on or to “object” to social issues in their Object Out Loud exhibition. Their work was on display at the Katonah Museum of Art from Oct. 15, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.

After the AP art students viewed the work in person, they facilitated a dialogue with the younger students and introduced them to an activity in which the seventh-graders developed their own mixed media wearable works of art that reflected an aspect of their own identities.


 

AP Artists’ Work To Be Featured at KMA

AP Artists’ Work To Be Featured at KMA photo
High school Advanced Placement art students are in the process of developing the “concentration” portion of their portfolios in preparation for the annual Young Artists 2018 exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art, opening this month.

This particular body of related works will demonstrate sustained and thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea.

“From the onset of brainstorming to reflection and self-assessment, this visual investigation involves critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication,” said fine arts teacher Diana Marinovic. “The works that are the culmination of this solving process will be featured at the Young Artists 2018 show at the Katonah Museum of Art.”

AP art students Nicholas Bruni, Julianna Cervoni, Joshua Coverdale, Shayna Cuascut, Olivia DeSanto, Alina DiMella, Daniella Jacobsen, Jacob Lanyi, Julie Laqueur, Molly McGuinness, Kelly O’Toole, Brianna Perez, Zachary Prisciandaro and Kathleen Wagner will represent North Salem High School among the more than 40 Dutchess, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester county schools that are a part of the annual exhibition.

The show will run from Jan. 21-Feb. 11, with an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 3-5 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, please click here.


Postcard Design: Kevin Lema, Peekskill High School
 

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Kindergartners Embrace ONE CUB Initiative

Kindergartners Embrace ONE CUB Initiative photo

The kindergarten class at Pequenakonck Elementary School has fully embraced its ONE CUB mission to spread kindness throughout the school and community.

Thanking Veterans

In November, kindergarteners gathered in the cafeteria to learn about the country’s brave veterans and the importance of thanking them as Veterans Day approached.

Students listened to the story “Hero Dad” and created and decorated three-dimensional stars containing a message of thanks. These stars were delivered to veterans at the Burke Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic in Somers, veterans residing at Salem Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Purdys, as well as the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. 

Stars were also gifted to veterans working for the North Salem Central School District. The kindergarteners also made star necklaces with a shiny penny in the middle to wear on Veterans Day or to give to a relative who is a veteran.

Making a Difference

At the end of October, students participated in national Make A Difference Day and learned that they can make a difference in the world every day.

Kindness at School and Home

Students have also brought home red and orange hearts to list all of their kind deeds for family and friends. This school/home connection project partnered parents and students. Parents were asked to help write down all the acts of kindness performed by their child, and then they cut the hearts out together. Kindergartners made a difference by cleaning their rooms, helping siblings, setting the table, picking up leaves and giving hugs to family members.

These beautiful hearts were sent back to school, and each one was read aloud to the class followed by a cheer! An orange and red tree mural is overflowing with all the returned hearts and is proudly displayed across from the purple kindergarten hallway.

Connecting With Seniors

On Halloween, PQ’s kindergarten classes donned their costumes for the first annual Halloween visit with intergenerational friends at Salem Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Purdys. 

Salem Hills was filled with smiles as the students paraded around the arts and crafts room in their costumes to the seniors’ delight. The children were thrilled to wish their senior friends a “Happy Halloween” as they trick-or-treated around the festively decorated room. The residents, in their Halloween costumes as well, gave out trinkets to the PQ students. The visit concluded with the kindergarteners singing “The 13 Nights of Halloween.” The visit is one of several planned between the facility and PQ, including one in December for the holidays!

“PQ kindergarteners, we are so proud of you!” said paraprofessionals Lisa Finer and Britt Togonon in a joint statement. “You can make our world a better place, ONE CUB at a time!”

 

Future Programmers Tackle the Hour of Code

Future Programmers Tackle the Hour of Code photo

For the fifth consecutive year, Pequenakonck Elementary School students celebrated Computer Science Education Week by learning to code and improving their programming skills from Dec. 4-10.

The Hour of Code offers students of all ages across the globe an introduction to computer science. New and returning PQ students were excited to embrace the initiative through fun tutorials offered on Code.org.

See the Hour of Code in action in the video below and view a photo gallery here.

 

HS Drama Department Presents ‘The Breakfast Club’

HS Drama Department Presents ‘The Breakfast Club’ photo

North Salem High School’s Drama Department will kick off the holiday season with an adaptation of the iconic John Hughes 1980s drama “The Breakfast Club.” The play follows five students who report for all-day detention on a Saturday at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois. While not complete strangers, each of them represents a different clique – “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.”

The students pass the hours by talking, arguing and causing a bit of mischief. Despite their differences in social status, the group begins to break down the stereotypical barriers and form friendships as the day progresses, realizing that even with their differences they face similar pressures and complications in their lives. 

The talented ensemble cast brings the 1980s back with fresh vitality and enthusiasm under the direction of Jennifer Molloy. For online tickets and more information, please visit: http://our.show/nsbc.

“The Breakfast Club” will be presented in the MS/HS auditorium on Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Seventh-Graders Enjoy, Critique Theater

Seventh-Graders Enjoy, Critique Theater photo
Seventh-grade students enjoyed a matinee performance of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Broadway on Nov. 16.

“The class had a wonderful experience on the Great White Way,” said middle school Drama Club moderator Lesley Hoagg.

Students unanimously expressed their enthusiasm for the production that day, but will provide more in-depth analyses as they begin to write play reviews in their English classes.

Honoring a Local Veteran

Honoring a Local Veteran photo
Each year around Veterans Day, third-grade students at Pequenakonck Elementary School pay tribute to veterans from the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

This year, on Nov. 15, students welcomed Nancy Beetstra, a Marine and member of the Wounded Warrior Project, to the school. Beetstra is a relative of one of the third-grade students and said she was honored that PQ’s students take the time learn about veterans each year.

Students interviewed Beetstra about her experience as a Marine and later, each completed a write-up about a veteran; noting the branch of military he or she serves or have served in, any wars the veterans have served in and a brief description of their tours of duty. The write-ups, along with photos of the veterans, are proudly on display in the third-grade hallway.
 

 

Sixth-Graders Bring History to Life

Sixth-Graders Bring History to Life pic

What do Anne Frank, Napoleon Bonaparte, Isaac Newton and Clara Barton have in common?

All four historic figures, along with many others, vied for a spot in the coveted North Salem Middle/High School Historical Hall of Fame at the annual sixth-grade Historical Costume Contest.

After choosing a historic figure to research, the sixth-graders transformed into those individuals by creating costumes to wear and showcase for their classmates on Halloween. The day culminated in a grade-wide contest to crown winners in the areas of best costume, best presentation and total excellence, with five finalists presenting in each category.

A panel of administrators and teachers carefully inspected the costumes and listened to the presentations as students’ peers cheered them on before the three winners were announced during the Oct. 31 affair.

Congratulations to:
Best Costume Winner – Aleia Rizzo as Long Wang Dragon
Best Presentation Winner – Izzy Halstead as Mother Teresa
Total Excellence Winner (and Historical Hall of Fame inductee) – Matt Moia as Blackbeard

The historical Halloween project and contest, spearheaded this year by social studies teacher Jim Savarese, has been a tradition for the school’s sixth-graders for almost 40 years. Students also work in collaboration with their English teachers to master persuasive writing, research and public speaking skills.

 

A New Year of Learning

A New Year of Learning photo
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Students, faculty and administrators are all ready for another exciting year of learning and growth in the North Salem Central School District.

At each grade level, administrators are hosting assemblies and orientations to acquaint and reacquaint students with the ins and outs of the school day.

At the middle/high school, new Principal Mr. Vince DiGrandi and Assistant Principal Dr. Kathleen Murphy have been introducing themselves to students and faculty as they too ease into their roles. They have hosted welcome assemblies for grades 7-12 and have given sixth-graders more time to assimilate to their new building.

“The kids are undergoing a lot of change [with the new administrators],” said Mr. DiGrandi. “But they seem open to new opportunity. Everything has been great so far.”

Pequenakonck Elementary School welcomed new Assistant Principal Dr. Stephanie Bell. She, with Principal Mrs. Mary Johnson, have been meeting with each grade level during the first week to review expectations and appropriate behaviors in various school environments including the cafeteria, hallways, playground and bathrooms.

“It has been a great start to the year,” said Mrs. Johnson. “There is a lot of new energy and the kids are happy to be back.” 

 

MISSION MONDAY: An Animated Walk Through History

MISSION MONDAY: An Animated Walk Through History

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

View the below video to see our amazing journey to create a Mission for all students!

Student Council Rallies for Hurricane Relief

Student Council Rallies for Hurricane Relief photo

North Salem High School students were devastated to hear the news of the hurricanes that hit Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas and decided to help.

After a vote, the Student Council chose to hold a drive for school supplies and went on to officially adopt the Port Arthur schools in Texas.

In just two weeks, the school community had donated enough to fill 33 boxes. Student Council members categorized the supplies and packed them to send to Texas.

The council soon received a heartwarming email from Ms. Summers, a middle school teacher in the Port Arthur Independent School District, which read:

“Good Morning,
I received the supplies yesterday afternoon and I cannot thank you and your community enough! What a blessing all of you are. The secretary was shocked to have received such generosity! You are such an amazing group of people to help in such a big way. I cannot say thank you enough!! Hope all is going well with your school year!”



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