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Congratulations Athletes

Congratulations to the 4x4 team of Evgeniy Batuyev, Lucas Colletes, Ben Leicht, and Mark Ribaudo, who captured the Class C Sectional Championship at the New York Armory on Monday.
Congratulations to Luke Devey and Christian Kappes, who captured the boys ski team section one championship at Hunter Mountain on Wednesday.  They will be advancing to the NYS State Championships on February 26th.

Let's Talk About COD - Co-Occurring Disorders, March 6, 2018

Please see the attached flyer from the North Salem Mental Health Awareness Team (MHAT), Peer Leadership Club and Student's Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

 the harris project

Mission Monday: Practicing Diplomacy at Yale

Mission Monday: Practicing Diplomacy at Yale 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.

Members of the high school’s Model United Nations Club met with more than 1,800 delegates from more than 40 countries during the annual Yale Model UN Conference from Jan. 18-21.

During the conference, North Salem students had an opportunity to tour the historic university, meet current Yale students and faculty, as well as interact with their peers from countries including New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea and the Ukraine.

In line with the conference’s mission, “Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow,” students discussed international affairs, built confidence in their leadership abilities and practiced their diplomatic skills.

Model UN members spent weeks preparing for their specific roles at the conference, during which they acted as United Nations delegates from various countries in subcommittees, including NATO and crisis committees.

This rewarding and innovative educational experience left students feeling accomplished and excited for the future.

“Yale was really fun, and I made several friends for life,” said junior Evan Teplensky.

Club President William O’Leary added, “It is a great experience and has taught me a lot about international relations and creating personal relationships.”

Meteorologists in Training

Meteorologists in Training photo
Eighth-grade students in Melissa Valenti’s earth science class are working in the library media center this winter to both inform and entertain the student body about the capricious winter weather. 

Each week, different students use their new knowledge of Weather Synoptics, computer models and forecasting to become local weather reporters for the MSHS’s weekly video production, “TGI Tiger News.” 

In addition, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to have some fun for a good cause. With a donation of nonperishable food to be delivered to a local food bank, contestants can select a day in hopes of a delay, early dismissal or snow day. Winners will receive tasty treats!

Delivering Holiday Cheer

Delivering Holiday Cheer photo

Some of North Salem’s oldest and youngest residents have become friends, sharing time together to ring in the holiday season.

The students of Pequenakonck Elementary School were busy elves during the month of December, creating cards, crafts and letters to cheer all 125 residents of Salem Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Purdys for the holidays.

Fifth-graders wrote and decorated cards and letters, while younger students created bookmarks, stationery and snowman ornaments.

In addition, students, faculty and staff have been saving water bottles since September, and the money obtained from recycling them was used to buy gifts and craft supplies for their senior friends. To date, $441.45 was raised from recycling 8,829 water bottles. Everyone in the school was involved in the project, and many donations were received from school families as well. 

PQ’s three kindergarten classes traveled to Salem Hills before the holiday recess to deliver the cards and gifts, as well as perform a mini holiday concert for the residents. Seniors were invited to sing along and joined in for several holiday tunes, filling the halls of Salem Hills with the sounds of the holidays. The intergenerational friends exchanged gifts and the kindergartners brought back beautiful solar cardinals that flap with friendship.

This heartwarming project is part of the school’s ONE CUB Kindness Initiative founded by kindergarten paraprofessionals Britt Togonon and Lisa Finer. ONE CUB’s goal is to empower students with the knowledge that they can make a difference in the world through kindness. It all starts with ONE CUB!


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.


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

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!”


A New Year of Learning

A New Year of Learning photo
A New Year of Learning photo2

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!

Observing Family Life at an 18th-Century Farm

Pumpkins image
First-grade students took a deep look at how families change over time and how that change is recorded through a trip to Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, a historic site that transported them to the 1750s.

The students, who also have been studying how families from long ago have similarities and differences with their own families today, were immersed in 18th-century farm and mill life during the trip. 

They attempted to write using a feather pen and noted how much more difficult it is than using the writing utensils of today. Two classes also received corn meal from Philipsburg Manor and used it to create corn muffins that families would have enjoyed during that time period. Students also saw how candles were used in lieu of electricity, while today, they are only used if power is lost. Once back in the classroom, students used photographs from the trip as prompts for nonfiction writing. 
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