North Salem Middle/High School
Drama Club’s Case of Mistaken Identity
North Salem Middle School’s Drama Club members put their comedy chops to the test in a production of the short “Oh, My Word!” on Nov. 21.
“It’s about a typical English hero and uses lots of puns to tell the story,” explained director and English teacher Lesley Hoagg.
This year’s feature presentation was “Drac’s Back,” which acquainted the audience with Dracula’s family, including his wife and sisters. Other characters in the story included a teacher and her students, police officers and doctors, all of whom are involved in a case of mistaken identity.
In addition to the actors, the stage crew, lighting crew and almost everyone else involved in the show were middle school students. In addition, Hoagg noted, the set was made by an eighth-grader. Sophomore and Drama Club alumna Sarah Rossi assisted with this year’s production.
“The kids worked so hard, rehearsing every day in the weeks leading up to show time,” said Hoagg.
HS Students Thank Local Veterans
In anticipation of Veterans Day, U.S. History students at the high school had the opportunity to write letters to local veterans who were on board an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials.
“The juniors spent a lot of time learning about World War II last year, and having just finished our units on the Revolutionary War and the Constitution, the timing worked out well,” said teacher Jennifer Longobardi. “The students were able to better understand what rights, freedoms and privileges the men and women they were writing to risked their lives to defend.”
Longobardi obtained the names of veterans on the flight and, along with teacher Michael Valenti, provided an outline to guide students in their letter-writing. The letters were delivered to veterans during a mail call held on the flight.
“Many students went above and beyond, writing much more than we had anticipated,” said Longobardi. “About 60 juniors and seniors participated.”
Another Honor Flight is scheduled for the spring, when 75 more veterans will be flying down to the capital.
“We will be doing a second round of these letters sometime in April,” Longobardi said.
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'