North Salem Middle/High School

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Phil signed a National Letter of Intent to Wagner College on a baseball scholarship. Congratulations Phil and his family!




North Salem High School National English Honor Society Students


Helping 9th Graders

 North Salem High School National English Honor Society members visited Mrs.
Vilkas's Freshman Seminar classes last week to assist students who are
working on annotated works cited pages. Using their expertise of MLA
documentation, NEHS members helped the 9th graders to paraphrase the
purpose of each research author, select the strongest quotation from each
article, and reflect on the value of that research to the students'





  6th Graders Reach Back into History on Halloween

The halls of North Salem MS/HS were filled with some of history’s most memorable contributors on Halloween – from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra and Spartacus – in honor of the 38th Annual Halloween Historical Costume Contest.

“The project and contest have been a tradition for sixth-graders in North Salem for many years,” said social studies teacher Jim Savarese. “It was designed as an opportunity to celebrate the holiday in a meaningful way and has since become a PST [problem-solving task], as students are asked to persuade a panel of judges why they belong in the Historical Hall of Fame.”

Sixth-graders first presented their creative costumes and why they belong in the Hall of Fame during their individual classes, and then met for a grade-wide assembly at the end of the school day. Five finalists in three categories – Best Costume, Best Presentation and Total Excellence – were chosen to present to the judges.

“It’s an interdisciplinary project – English and social studies – and students work on their persuasive writing, research and public speaking skills, in addition to learning about the historical importance of a particular character,” explained Savarese.

Students shared interesting facts about their characters during their presentations. Said Paul Wu, who won Best Costume for his portrayal of Marco Polo, “I traveled from Venice to China on foot.”

Spy Virginia Hall, portrayed by Ellen Herlihy, wasn’t shy about sharing why she believes she belongs in the Hall of Fame: “I’m great at what I do and I take so many risks,” she told the judges.

Isabel Dundon, as Cleopatra, also emphasized, “I took a lot of risks to save Egypt,” and added her multilingual abilities to her impressive credentials.

The judges were impressed with all 15 presentations and the creativity students used in making their costumes. Jake Torres used a sled to create a breast plate for Spartacus, while Kiera Donovan’s Queen Elizabeth I character had a tablecloth sewn to her elaborate skirt.

Congratulations to all finalists and the winners in each category:
•    Best Costume: Paul Wu – Spartacus
•    Best Presentation: Eric D’Amato – Christopher Columbus
•    Total Excellence: Ava Jolley – Archimedes




Congratulations to Shayna Levy who was chosen as the winner of the prestigious Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award Athlete of the Week. Shayna and Coach Martin were interviewed by Bob Wolff at WFAS this morning.



 French Trip

On Monday October 20, students in our grades 9-12 French classes travelled to Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz.   The tour started in a reconstructed Huguenot church, where a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide gave the students a 20 minute primer on the history of the Huguenot presence in New Paltz, reaching all the way back to the Protestant Reformation and the Wars of Religion.

They were then divided into three groups for three activities: a French language and painting activity, a tour of a home given by a young lady playing the role of the homeowners’ maid in which the students were to pretend to be a pre-revolutionary family whose home had just been raided and who were seeking shelter, and finally another home tour in which ‘a close friend of the family’ was evaluating our female students as potential members of an exclusive gilded age ladies’ club called ‘ne savez-vous?’  Some groups also enjoyed a spooky cemetery tour.

The painting activity dovetailed perfectly with work done this year in French 2/2h, while the other presentations underscored the Huguenots’ struggle to maintain their ethnic identity while embracing their new home, a theme which echoes a focal point of the new French AP exam.

After the tour, the students had lunch in a hall which comfortably held the entire group of 39 students, plus Ms. Sandler, Ms. Wasserman, Mr. Davis and Mr. O’Callaghan.
The members of the World Language Department are very pleased to have found an accessible, affordable French field trip destination which provides both a target-language activity and a local connection to an important chapter in French and American history.



Freshman Planning Night


Thank you to the parents that were able to make it to Freshman Planning
Night last Thursday, it was great seeing everyone. For those 9th grade
parents that couldn't attend please feel free to look at the information
provided below and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Click here to view the presentation




Fifty students at North Salem High School from the Class of 2014 and the Class of 2015 have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams.

Class of 2014 members Emma Allen, Caleigh Andersen, Olivia Barnard, Reilly Cotter, Sean Devey, Cecilia Diehl, Brian Giacchetto, Victoria Holt, Samuel Lidsky, Garrett Littenberg, Taylor Pohl, Tomas Salaverria, David Schaub, Daniel Selzer Matthew Tessler Linda Wang, Stephen Wiederhorn and Class of 2015 members Emory Nager and Eliza Sullivan qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Amanda Digiacomo, Kelly Gilbert, Matthew Powell, Kelly Wing, Stephen Winston of the Class of 2014 and Kristofer Brethower, Megan Hendrie, Conor Kelly, Joshua Levine, Daniel Lubitz, Wilson McCloy, Theresa McDonald, Chelsea Morin, Aleksandra, Stefankowski, Angelica Storino, Aine, Tuohy, Sarah Waldinger of the Class of 2015 qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Sixtenn students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Joseph Acito, Terry Beyer, Miranda Gizzo, Sara Goldstein, Cecilia Heffernan, Malavika Kalarikkal-Puthoor, Valerie McGovern, Connor Murphy from the Class of 2014.  Winners from the Class of 2015 are Thomas Brown, Joanne Carminucci, Liam Herbstritt, Patrick Loftus, Meredith Perettine, Maria Sweeney, Caroline Traynor.  

North Salem High School offers 15 AP courses including Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature, English Language, Physics, Spanish, French, Statistics, World History, European History, US History, Studio Art, and Environmental Science.



Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

The principal, Dr. Patricia Cyganovich, of North Salem High School, announced today that Daniel Lubitz, Patrick Loftus Kristofer Brethower and Joshua Levine have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, were presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarships® , Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT® ).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”




Wilson McCloy

National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist


Today is: Day 3 
North Salem Central School District
Friday, November 21, 2014