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Students Embrace Science

Students Embrace Science photo
Sixth-grade students and high schoolers who are participating in the science research program showed the progress and culmination of their work during a special Science Night on May 29.

The fourth annual sixth-grade science fair allowed students to choose a topic they are interested in and present a hypothesis to test. 

“It had to be a testable question [for which] they can do an authentic experiment to prove or disprove their hypothesis,” said middle school science teacher Teresa Dzubak.

Students also were challenged in English class to articulate their research and support their experiment in written form. Students’ topics ranged from preserving produce, determining when cardiovascular exercise is most effective, testing cosmetics quality and many more. At the science fair, they shared what they learned while completing their experiments and a summary of their conclusion.

The high school portion of the Science Night included posterboard presentations from the 10th- through 12th-grade students who are involved in the science research program. 

“They’ve done a really excellent job of picking really unique projects and working on them over the course of the year,” said science research teacher Paul Rubeo, who added that the students will continue their research by working with mentors in their respective fields over the summer. 

The evening’s topics included variations in global honeybees, antipollution efforts and Alzheimer’s disease research.

Rubeo noted the school’s science research symposium served as practice for the students who will be presenting in regional competitions during the 2018-19 school year. 

“It has been such a great night, “he said. 

View more from the district’s Science Night in a video linked here.


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Taking the North Salem Mission Into the Real World

HS Commencement Ceremony photo

The 89 members of North Salem High School’s class of 2018 braved heat and downpour to celebrate the school’s 59th annual commencement ceremony on the evening of June 18.

The tightknit group, many of whom have been in the district together since kindergarten, reminisced about their favorite school memories as they helped each other zip up their gowns and adjust their caps before the celebration. The alumni-to be were welcomed into the venue at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts by a processional of “Pomp and Circumstance,” courtesy of the high school band and conductor Stephen Austin.

Class of 2018’s own Isabela Ohana Caetano sang the national anthem before Principal Vince DiGrandi welcomed guests. He read a special “look back” authored by valedictorian Kaitlyn Thayer and salutatorian Claire Bonzani, which recalled some of the group’s favorite memories – including hatching chicks in first grade, a middle school class trip to Medieval Times and soccer and baseball state championships.

In her remarks to her peers, Bonzani noted that the class is made up of “more than just students,” citing her classmates’ skills that include science, cosmetology, engineering, writing, activism, athletics, mechanics and much more. The Colgate University-bound senior added that her peers are dedicated volunteers and she implored them to stay true to themselves in the future.

The evening also included recognition of collegiate and community scholarship awardees, including students whose earnings totaled more than $2.2 million toward the former based on academics and athletics, DiGrandi said. Community scholarships added some $45,000 more to the accolades bestowed upon the class.

Thayer offered a colorful analogy in her speech, reminding attendees that volcanic soil, although the product of extreme conditions, is among the most fertile on earth.

“Go forth joyously into this volcanic garden,” she said of the world ahead. “After all, it only takes one seed in a layer of volcanic ash to start a forest – be that seed.”

Following the certification of the class by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Freeston and Board of Education President Andrew Brown, Assistant Principal Dr. Kathleen R. Murphy presented each student to receive a diploma. The graduates celebrated with cheers and a cap toss at the end of the ceremony.

In his remarks, DiGrandi offered advice that encourages the students to take a piece of their education with them: “ live the North Salem mission and embrace the idea of continuous learning.”

2018-2019 District Calendar

Attached is the Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 North Salem Central School District Calendar.

 2018-2019 Calendar

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!

Sportsmanship, Teamwork and Kindness

Sportsmanship, Teamwork and Kindness photo

Pequenakonck Elementary School’s annual Field Day allowed students, faculty and staff to head outdoors and enjoy some friendly games and competition on the school’s beautiful grounds.

“The kids really enjoyed Field Day, as always,” said physical education teacher John Veteri. “The weather cooperated as well, which was nice.”

The Friday, June 1 events included teambuilding relay games like the water sponge relay, ring toss, potato sack race and the much-anticipated tug-of-war competition.

“The students displayed great sportsmanship, teamwork and kindness to one another throughout the eventful day!” Veteri said.

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