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Digging Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

For the third consecutive year, North Salem High School’s volleyball program – including both the varsity and junior varsity teams – dedicated a day to fundraising for breast cancer research.

The teams, in partnership with the Croton Falls Fire Department, hosted a car wash on Sept. 30. The initiative raised funds for the Side-Out Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings volleyball players across the country together for a great cause. The nationwide Dig Pink movement supports an effort to develop treatments for stage IV breast cancer patients.

The car wash yielded almost $1,700 in donations and the teams plan to continue to fundraise throughout October. The teams’ official Dig Pink matches will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m. (JV) and 6 p.m. (varsity) at North Salem Middle/High School.

Donations may also be made online here:

“I am very proud of the outstanding hard work the student-athletes put into this fundraiser,” said varsity volleyball coach John Veteri.

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Homecoming Celebrates Tiger Spirit

From a celebration of the high school’s athletic teams to the annual fireworks display, students and faculty alike enjoyed the kickoff to a weekend full of Tiger spirit on Sept. 28.


“[Homecoming] was an incredible experience for our student-athletes, as well as our community,” said athletic director Henry Sassone. “It was an opportunity to link the future, the present and our past student-athletes.”


This year’s homecoming festivities included the presentation of each athletic team to a packed house, creative boards for each grade and a special induction ceremony. The talented North Salem Madrigals kicked off the homecoming pep rally with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


Sassone presented the school’s 31st Hall of Fame inductees, Jessica Dubbioso and Connor Murphy, both of the Class of 2014.


Dubbioso was recognized for her accomplishments in cross-country and softball, while Murphy was applauded for his standout achievements in soccer, basketball and baseball. Plaques recognizing both alumni were added to the gymnasium Hall of Fame wall.


“It was an honor to induct Jessica Dubbioso and Connor Murphy from the Class of 2014,” Sassone said. “Both are incredible athletes, amazing students and quality role models for our community.”


Sassone offered special thanks to the North Salem coaching staff, custodial staff, grounds crew and Booster Club for a memorable homecoming weekend, which featured six athletic contests, including cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Back to School With a Smile

Students were welcomed back to school by teachers and administrators on Sept. 6 for another fantastic year of learning. Throughout the day, students had a chance to get to know their schedules and acquaint or reacquaint themselves with the buildings and procedures as they greeted friends and discussed their summer memories.

“Myself and Dr. Murphy, as well as the entire staff, were excited to welcome back our sixth- through 12th-graders to what we know will be an outstanding year,” said North Salem Middle School/High School Principal Vince DiGrandi. “It was great having our students back and feeling the energy in the building!”

Similarly, at Pequenakonck Elementary School, students were thrilled to reconnect with their classmates, meet their new teachers and begin a new year.

“We are so happy to have everyone back at school,” Principal Mary Johnson said. “Our first day was a huge success with lots of smiles.”

Taking the North Salem Mission Into the Real World

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.”


Students Embrace Science

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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General Federation of Women's Clubs Art Contest

Students in the art department recently participated in the General Federation of Women's Clubs Art Contest, coordinated by club member Karen Amann.  As a first place winner at the district level for the medium of acrylic paint, Mauranne Doggen's  lollipop painting advanced to the state convention, where she placed first again earning herself a certificate and a cash prize!!  

The following six students placed at the district level in second place within their media categories:  Colleen McCarthy with her watercolor painting, Looking Beyond, Kara Rollins for her oil painting, Lost in LoveLuba Tica for her animal ink drawing, Goats, Sophia Cocking for her prismacolor tricycle drawing, Red Radio FlyerAinsley Zimmer for her digital photo, Happy Place, and Alexandra DiPaoli for her digital illustration, Geoff Wigington Two students placed third for their work at the district level: Julia Balch for her mixed media piece, Self-Portrait, and Alex Blackwell for her pastel landscape drawing, Sunset Mountains.  


Senior Takes Advantage of Table Tennis Talent

High school senior Matthew Needle is a seasoned table tennis professional who has practiced the sport since sixth grade.

Several years later, he’s looking forward to sharing his talent with the North Salem Schools community by making the sport the focus of his senior O.P.T.I.O.N.S. project.

To prepare for the culmination of the project, Needle interned with middle school physical education teacher Mary Sireci. He has used his world ranking in the sport and experience – which earned him a slot as a quarterfinalist in the Olympic trials – to share his passion for table tennis.

Needle spearheaded a table tennis exposition held at Tiger Stadium (the high school gymnasium) and is offering his expertise to interested students in physical education classes at the school.

Click this link to see Needle demonstrating his table tennis speed, finesse and impressive skill in the gym.


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Science Fair Projects


Junior and senior members of the Fitzgerald Chapter of the National English Honor Society helped 6th graders conduct research for their Science Fair projects, reinforcing the Point-Evidence-Synthesis structure that anchors 6-12 writing instruction. Together, they found and read articles, identifying the main idea and supporting details. Then they selected two quotations as evidence to incorporate into their own writing, elaborating in their own words on how that evidence supported their point.

North Salem Middle School Art Exhibit at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

Selected Middle School artwork will be on display at the library for the month of April. Please come see the work of students in grades sixth, seventh, and eighth. Students selected have exhibited creative solutions, excellence in craftsmanship, and effort within each project.

The opening reception is Wednesday, April 11th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Ruth Keehler Memorial Library.



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Photography Competition

Congratulations to Alexa Schaub, Elle DaSilva and Maddie Wagner for being accepted into The Art Institutes national high school photography competition, *exposure*.


Professionals Offer Career Insight

Tenth-grade students had an opportunity to learn what it takes to work in fields including law enforcement, the performing arts, health care and engineering during the annual Career Fair on March 29.

Students rotated between sessions with several of the 16 guest speakers of their choice to gain insight into professional work that they may be interested in pursuing in the future. 

Learn more about the Career Fair in this video.


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Math Honor Society Celebrates Pi Day

Pi Day at North Salem MS/HS was another successful FUNdraiser this year!

The annual festivities were held on March 14 in honor of the first three digits of Pi – 3.14. A pie contest was featured in which 12 pies were entered, with two students, Charlie Reiner and Claire Bonzoni, emerging as the winners. More than 50 slices were sold at $2 each, with the proceeds to be donated to a worthy cause determined by the members of the Math Honor Society. In addition, Hannah Waldinger won the jelly bean guessing contest.

The Math Honor Society members wish to thank all who were able to participate in the festivities and are already looking forward to celebrating Pi Day in 2019.


‘Lucky Stiff’ Livens Up the MSHS

From spending a quiet Friday night taking inventory of his shoe stock to a series of exciting adventures in Monte Carlo, salesman Harry Witherspoon is at the center of The Golden Stage Society of North Salem Middle/High School’s latest production, “Lucky Stiff.”

The musical, based on Michael Butterworth’s “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. “Lucky Stiff” will be presented in the North Salem MSHS auditorium on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

Buy tickets for $10 in advance online here. Tickets are $15 at the door.


A Sweet, Heart-Healthy Treat

Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 was especially sweet for sixth- and seventh-grade students during their Family and Consumer Sciences class.

Teacher Colleen Fodor led students in a heart-healthy whole wheat pancakes cooking lab for the occasion.

“The students had fun putting their culinary skills to the test, and [they] were very creative in decorating their pancakes with delicious fruit toppings,” Fodor said.


Art Against Abuse Exhibit Opens March 9

North Salem Middle/High School’s annual Art Against Abuse exhibition, a moving visual and literal expression by students on what constitutes a healthy versus an unhealthy relationship, will be on display at the Hammond Museum beginning on Friday, March 9 (rescheduled from March 2).

Students in grades nine through 12 will demonstrate their knowledge and creative concepts through artwork, while sixth-graders will contribute by sharing their poetry about friendship. 

Approximately 100 students will display their work at the Hammond Museum during Art Against Abuse, a collaborative effort between the school, museum and the Elizabeth G. Butler Angel Foundation.

The March 9 reception will include complimentary refreshments and run from 7 to 9 p.m.


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Meteorologists in Training

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!

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