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Seniors Embrace Real World Experience

Seniors at North Salem Middle/High School presented the culminations of their Opportunities for Professional Training In-and-Out of North Salem, or O.P.T.I.O.N.S., during a special exhibition on June 6.

The district welcomed professionals from the community to evaluate students’ presentations and ask them questions about their experiences in environments in and out of the district, under the supervision of their teachers, administrators and professional mentors. 

Students’ experiences touched a wide range of industries, from scientific research, veterinary medicine, civil engineering, app creation, aquarium installation, finance, sports entertainment and dentistry, to name a handful.

Rebecca Collins found she did not have to look further than Pequenakonck Elementary School to find a qualified mentor for her project. She worked alongside occupational therapist Elyssa Yablow at the school to learn about the requirements of the job.

Jake Leicht traveled to Manhattan to complete his work with the firm Tendy Law. He noted in his presentation that both his parents are experienced lawyers and he thought it wouldn’t be a profession that would interest him.

“I thought it would be boring and uninteresting to me, but I was wrong,” he said, going on to praise the professionals he worked with, including his mentor Sheila Tendy. “They gave everything to me in an accessible way. It was a great experience.”

On Wednesday, June 7th, nineteen 7th graders and their families
participated in our Annual Family Orienteering Night. With compass and
topographical map in hand, they successfully navigated their way through
the woods to locate 10 control points and returned to the Middle School
Cafeteria for a quick meal provided by the PTO. The Divestea Family won the
event in amazing time of 32 minutes. Their family name will be engraved on
a plaque funded by the Foundation for Learning. Students learned
orienteering skills in 7th grade mathematics as an application of ratios
and proportions.

Ms. Malin's Media Art students were offered an exciting opportunity when a
local resident inquired about North Salem art students designing a book
cover for a book she wished to publish.
The book, "Scars" is now a reality and available to purchase on Amazon.

Congratulations to Kelly O'Toole for designing the winning cover!

book image

The SIA Conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York
State Education Foundation, Inc., is designed to increase students’
understanding of the legislative process and make them aware of their
responsibility in representative government. Students are sponsored by one
of the 50 local Leagues throughout New York State.


Alina Di Mella and Amy Federolf



North Salem Foundation for Learning Scholarship Presentations



Pausing to Remember the Holocaust

North Salem Middle/High School played host to the Somers Holocaust Memorial Commission’s annual Yom Hashoah on April 26, a day of remembrance for the more than six million victims of Nazi atrocities committed during World War II.

The evening included remarks from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Geisler, president of Manhattanville College.

“He spoke eloquently about his childhood and adolescent experiences growing up in West Germany and the troubles that many war-generation Germans had in confronting the Holocaust,” said social studies teacher Christopher Regan.

Dr. Geisler discussed how these troubles contrasted with the mindsets of their children, who were looking for answers throughout the 1960s as to how these events could have occurred while their parents were youths.

“The Student Art Contest winners from both Somers High School and North Salem MS/HS were recognized for their outstanding creativity and efforts,” said Regan.

A student-led candlelight procession and prayer service for the victims of the Holocaust followed by Dr. Lola Margulies, a Somers resident and Holocaust survivor, who lit the six candles of Remembrance on the Commission's menorah, ended the evening.

Pictured below are student-generated artwork from the Student Art Contest.







Vox Restaurant Experience

7th grade French students experienced an immersive, fine-dining experience
this past Thursday as they ate lunch out at Vox Restaurant, right here in
North Salem! They practiced their French throughout the afternoon, ordering
their meals and conversing with our gracious hosts, the LeBris family. It
was a delightful afternoon and *c'était délicieux*! 


Music Makers Bring Down the House

The Music Makers of North Salem Middle/High School once again impressed at their annual Rock/Pop Concert on April 28.

The group of talented musicians, whose vocals and musical performances were underscored by their passion for music, tackled songs by legendary artists including Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Rob Thomas and more.

For the second year, the concert was emceed by Linda Eder, with Chris Guignardi serving as the concert’s director and Ken Guignardi as the executive producer.



2017 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Stephanie Blackwood, Sarah Rossi, Rebecca Collins and Mason Goodman are
recipients of the 2017 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Please join us in congratulating them!!


Sharing an Environmental Message


Leading up to Earth Day, senior members of the high school’s Environmental Club visited Pequenakonck Elementary School’s kindergarten classes to share a message about protecting the environment.

The high schoolers, in pairs, read the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax” to each kindergarten class.

“We chose ‘The Lorax’ for its environmental themes,” said club advisor Ms. Kylie McCarron.

In addition to sharing an earth-friendly message, the seniors delighted in visiting their former classrooms and teachers and meeting with the younger students.

“It’s about building connections,” said Ms. McCarron. “It’s nice when the kids take charge and teach other kids.”

After the read aloud, the seniors shared some of the initiatives the club has undertaken to make North Salem a little greener. They then asked kindergartners what they have done and can do to protect the environment. The PQ students were eager to speak about times they had picked up garbage and planted trees.


North Salem Middle School Art Exhibit at the Keeler Memorial Library

The artwork will be on display at the library for the month of April. Please come see the work of students in grades sixth, seventh, and eighth. Students were selected for their creative solutions, excellence of craftsmanship, and effort within each project. Art work explores the use of the principles and elements of art through multiple class projects in a variety of media.



Congratulations to our 2017 Valedictorian Stephanie Blackwood and our 2017
Salutatorian Michael Selzer


Congratulations to Phil Mascia and Mairead Dooley for being chosen as
winners for the Daughters of the American Revolution History Essay Contest
on "Celebrating a Century: America's National Parks". Phil was awarded
third place and Mairead was awarded honorable mention.


Band Celebrates Music in Albany

The North Salem High School band was once again invited to mark Music in Our Schools Month through the New York State School Music Association on March 23.

The band, under the direction of Mr. Steve Austin, traveled to Albany to participate in the annual affair.

View the below video to see the band performing in the Empire State Plaza Concourse.


Football Interest Meeting Tuesday, April 4th 

We will be holding a football interest meeting on Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm, for all students in grades 7-11 and their parents.  The meeting will take place in the high school cafeteria for students who would be interested in playing football next year.  It’s most important for you and your student attend.  Further discussions with our neighboring school district will depend on how many students are truly interested in playing next year. 

Belated Pi Day Still as Sweet

Despite being delayed after a couple of snow days, North Salem High School students celebrated Pi Day on March 16 with pencils and pies galore.

“There were 12 pies entered into our annual contest and two students – Sara MacLeod and Nancy Wiegelman – emerged as the winners,” said math teacher Anne Bratt.

The day also included a contest that challenged students to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar, with Aaron Brethower winning with a guess of 674 jelly beans.

Funds raised during the day’s activities will be donated to a worthy cause selected by the Math Honor Society.

“The members wish to thank all who were able to participate in this FUNdraiser,” said Bratt. “We look forward to celebrating again next year!”


PTO Membership Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 9:00 A.M.

“Hidden Figures” Inspires Eighth-Graders


Eighth-grade students participated in a field trip to view the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures” on March 6.

“Upon their return, students rotated through three stations inspired by the movie,” said eighth-grade English teacher Karyn Johnson.

The first station featured “Film Talk,” where students discussed the representations of the pillars of character illustrated in the film, as well as the barriers the three protagonists faced. Other discussions included the impact of dissent and how and why the film is relevant today.

In the second station, students paired off and took on the roles of mission control and astronauts. Working together, mission control students were challenged to communicate precise instructions to aid the astronauts in creating a matching “control panel” using pattern blocks.

When visiting the third station, students were reminded that education is both a process of learning through institutions as well as real-world experience.

“Through a group discussion, students made connections to the use of visual artist Keith Haring’s murals to inform and educate the public,” said Johnson.

Students will use these connections, as well as their understanding of the pillars of character as illustrated in the film, to create their own artwork that educates the public.



Congratulations to Alina DiMella and Mark Head being awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.


BOCES is offering a Free EMT Training Program

Regents June 2017

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Survey of Graduates

Thanks for your help in getting out the word regarding this survey for graduates from North Salem High School.  This is the last week of the survey.  We need 10 to 15 more students per graduating class to take the survey by the end of this week.

Here is the link to the survey.  Please take the survey. Please pass this link on through your social media to your fellow graduates..

Model UN Club

Members of the Model UN Club participated in the Yale Model UN Conference the weekend of January 20th. One of the most competitive Model UN Conferences in the country, students spent 3 days discussing, debating, and attempting to resolve world issues such as the use of biological and chemical weapons, sustainable development, and relocation of refugees.

un club

Fall 2017 Athletic Start Dates

The New York State fall varsity and JV athletic start date is Monday, August 14th.  In the best interest of our school district and stakeholders, we will begin practices on Monday, August 21st.  The North Salem start date is two weeks prior to the first day of school.  Therefore, to accommodate family vacations, athletes must report to practice no later than Thursday, August 24th to be eligible to try out.  If any athlete reports late (by August 24th), they will have to make up all practices in order to be eligible to play in a contest.  Practices will be made up once the athlete has met all State mandated practice requirements.

If an athlete has participated during the first week of the pre-season, but family vacation is scheduled for the second week of pre-season, an athlete may not miss more than three practices during the second week in order to be eligible to participate on their team.   Missed practices will need to be made up (for example, miss one practice during the second week of pre-season, then one practice must be made up.)  All “make-up” practices will need to be completed before the athlete is eligible to play in a contest.  Practices will be made up once the athlete has met all State mandated practice requirements.

The girls’ varsity swim team is a merged program with John Jay, therefore, their start date is Monday, August 14th.    Swim athletes must report to practice no later than Thursday, August 17th to be eligible to try out.   If any athlete reports late (by August 17th), they will have to make up all practices in order to be eligible to play in a contest.  Practices will be made up once the athlete has met all State mandated practice requirements.

Athletic contests have been scheduled as early as September 1st by Section One.


Congratulations to Leah Feniger who has been selected as a Putnam/Northern
Westchester BOCES Student of Distinction for her outstanding leadership
skills, academic initiative and community spirit.




World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony


North Salem English Honor Society Induction

The Veterans of Foreign War organizes a Patriot Pen Contest that Mrs.
Hoagg's 7th Grade English Classes participated in this fall. The Brewster
VFW was impressed with all of the high quality essays received and thanks
North Salem Middle/High School Students' for our participation. This year
Mark Takken's essay on the America I Believe In was selected as a winner at
the Post level and awarded a monetary prize ($200). Mark's essay is now
competing at the district level and eligible for further prizes and
recognition. This is a big honor, as there were 25 combined entries and
only three winners. The Brewster VFW presented this award at its meeting
on Friday, December 9.


Some of members of the North Salem Model United Nations Club attended a local Model UN Conference at John Jay High School. They were able to meet with students in the surrounding area to debate and discuss topics of global importance such as building health infrastructures in developing nations and the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. This intellectually rigorous experience was equally rewarding for all who attended.

Congratulations new inductees to Math Honor Society.



Free and Reduced Lunch Letter and Application

Free or Reduced Meal Letter

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Dr. Patricia Cyganovich announced today that Brian T. Lange and Michael P. Selzer (photo above) have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by Dr. Cyganovich to these scholastically talented seniors.


Profile of a North Salem Graduate

North Salem’s Board of Education heard a presentation at its Sept. 14, 2016 meeting that unveiled the “Profile of a North Salem Graduate as a Problem Solver.”
During the presentation, Dr. Michael Hibbard, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources, outlined the skills, concepts and qualities that the school district aims to instill in its students throughout their time at Pequenakonck Elementary School, the Middle/High School and eventually as high school graduates.
As problem-solvers, Dr. Hibbard said, graduates will demonstrate being:

·         Critical and creative thinkers
·         Collaborators
·         Communicators
·         Citizens
·         Continuously improving learners
This portrait aligns with the district Mission, which is to “Engage students to continuously learn, question, define and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.”
Please check the district website each week for a “Mission Monday” post sharing one or more of the ways North Salem students are engaging in Mission-related skills and developing the qualities that will allow them to become successful problem-solvers in all areas of their lives as graduates of the North Salem Central School District.
To read more about the “Profile of a North Salem Graduate as a Problem Solver,” please click here.

Seniors Capitalize on Their O.P.T.I.O.N.S.


North Salem High School seniors gained real world experience in industries ranging from architecture and education to law and engineering, thanks to the school’s Opportunities for Professional Training In and Out of North Salem program.

The O.P.T.I.O.N.S. curriculum includes topics which prepare seniors to function in college and/or the workplace. The program includes a senior activities component which addresses seniors’ immediate needs as they leave high school, as well as a life skills component which prepares seniors to cope with an ever-changing world.

On June 9, the program culminated with a special night of presentations that allowed students to share what they have learned throughout the course of the program and garner constructive feedback from professionals.




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