North Salem Middle/High School
ON DECEMBER 23, 2014 THE MSHS WILL FOLLOW PERIOD 9,8,6,5
Happy Holidays from North Salem Middle High School
Julianna Austin was recently selected to have her musical composition "Fanfare Alternia"
performed at the 2014 NYSSMA Young Composer Honors Concert at the Winter
Conference in Rochester, New York on December 5, 2014. She was one of
fourteen students selected from across the state. While attending the
conference Julianna was able to work with NYSSMA Composer-in-Residence Alex
Shapiro and Dr. Daniel Deutsch.
The Middle School Drama Club raised over $250 for the Putnam County Humane Society
October Student of the Month Video
HS Students Join National English Honor Society
A group of North Salem High School students was inducted into the
National English Honor Society in recognition of their outstanding
achievements in English language arts on Dec. 4.
“The National English Honor Society is the only national organization
exclusively for high school students who, in the field of English, merit
special note for past and current accomplishments,” said English
Department Chair Dr. Nicholas Kowgios.
Participation in chapter activities is one of the most valuable benefits
of NEHS membership; the activities are limited only by the members’
imaginations. Invited speakers, book, movie or play discussions, field
trips to literary sites, producing a chapter literary publication, theme
parties, tutoring and sponsoring writer’s workshops — the ideas are
Congratulations to all of the new inductees!
Friendly Tournament Fights Local Hunger
North Salem High School’s Student Council chose a creative way to collect food donations on Nov. 14.
“We wanted to raise awareness for our food drive,” said Student Council co-president Patrick Loftus. “We wanted to bring attention to the cause while doing something fun.”
Fifteen teams turned out for the inaugural badminton tournament, with participants and spectators each handing in food to be donated to the local Lions Club this holiday season.
“It’s a nice way to get together and have fun and at the same time, help the community,” said Mr. Jay Jazayeri, Student Council adviser. “The students worked really hard and organized the tournament all by themselves.”
The efforts netted 80 nonperishable food items for the Lions Club, as well as about $100, which will be used to purchase additional food items.
Congratulations to the tournament winners – John Del Bono and Lindsay Gasparri.
North Salem Middle School to Join Mission to Introduce 1 Million Students to Computer Science
During the week of December 8 - 14, every North Salem Middle School
student will join over one million students world-wide to participate in
the Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Week.
The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit Code.org and over 100 other
organizations, "is a statement that today’s generation of students is
ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success." Throughout the
week, participants of all levels from over 150 countries will work
through a series of self-guided tutorials and games.
This event comes at a time of great momentum for computer science in
North Salem as this year the Middle School began an after-school Coding
Club where students have honed programming skills through Code.org as
well through Google's new guided program CS First. Students range from
complete beginners to others who are ready to create their first app or
High school students, teachers and administrators are also encouraged to
participate in the Hour of Code during free periods, lunch and after
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'