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Runners Impress at Six Flags Invitational

The varsity boys and girls cross-country teams made an impressive impact at the Sept. 30 Six Flags Invitational in Jackson, New Jersey.

“Four of the boys ran their way to personal bests,” said coach Dr. Nicholas Kowgios. “It was an exceptional performance at a very competitive event. The entire team – boys and girls – have been working very hard, and the successes of both teams are the byproduct of those efforts.”

The boys team was led by Ben Leicht, who placed fourth with a time of 16:23 in the 5K race. His impressive finish is the fourth-fastest time posted this season thus far in Section I for all divisions and the 25th fastest time in the state. His run earned him a selection to the All-Six-Flags team for his sixth-place overall finish among more than 500 competitors.

All five members of the girls team also earned personal bests at the race, with Juliette Intrieri leading the way with a 14th -place overall finish at 21:30. Ava Jolley also earned a first-place finish among the 65 competitors in the freshman girls race.

Dr. Kowgios credited the student-athlete leaders for the strong showing.

“The team leaders have created a unique dynamic where every runner works hard every day,” he said. “Coach [Chris] Gould and I are thrilled with the team’s progress – they are a great group of athletes and a pleasure to coach.”




Enjoying a Day at the Museum

Seventh-grade students enjoyed an authentic learning experience at the Museum of Natural History that connected with their curricula in both social studies and science classes.

“Students investigated and recorded their findings in preparation for both class discussions and eventual writing assessments on early Native Americans,” said MS/HS social studies department chairperson Ms. Karen Kestner. “Dinosaurs, gems and the blue whale were also a hit.”

The Sept. 28 trip was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to the varsity girls cross country team

The girls achieved a 2nd place finish at the Pawling Dan Purdy Invitational on Saturday, September 16th. Ava Jolley finished 1st with a time of 21:28, Stella Ard finished 3rd, Juliette Intrieri finished 9th.

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Pictured: Daniella Jacobsen, Emma Litchfield, Juliette Intrieri, Stella Art, Ava Jolley


A Day of Remembrance on Sept. 11


While many of North Salem’s middle/high school students were not yet born on Sept. 11, 2001, they still took time to reflect on the tragic events of that day on its 16th anniversary.

“I know you are all aware of our post-9/11 world,” said Principal Mr. Vince DiGrandi during Monday’s morning announcements. “Let’s make today a time for remembrance, as well as celebration.”

Students and faculty members wore white, as has become tradition each year, to bring awareness to the day’s significance.

Mr. DiGrandi implored students and staff alike to “pause and reflect,” but also celebrate the unity and support that surrounded the New York community following the tragic deaths that occurred that morning. He praised the first responders, as well as the citizens who stood in line to donate blood to survivors.

“All Americans bonded in that time of need,” he said. “My message for you today is that we are again in a time of need. Our need is to truly celebrate the individuality and diversity that all students and staff bring to our building every day. Our individual uniqueness makes us all special in our own way and together we are stronger as a school and stronger as a community because of this diversity.”

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, everyone in the school remained standing for a moment of silence before band director Mr. Steve Austin performed taps on the trumpet.


A New Year of Learning



Students, faculty and administrators are all ready for another exciting year of learning and growth in the North Salem Central School District.

At each grade level, administrators are hosting assemblies and orientations to acquaint and reacquaint students with the ins and outs of the school day.

At the middle/high school, new Principal Mr. Vince DiGrandi and Assistant Principal Dr. Kathleen Murphy have been introducing themselves to students and faculty as they too ease into their roles. They have hosted welcome assemblies for grades 7-12 and have given sixth-graders more time to assimilate to their new building.

“The kids are undergoing a lot of change [with the new administrators],” said Mr. DiGrandi. “But they seem open to new opportunity. Everything has been great so far.”

Pequenakonck Elementary School welcomed new Assistant Principal Dr. Stephanie Bell. She, with Principal Mrs. Mary Johnson, have been meeting with each grade level during the first week to review expectations and appropriate behaviors in various school environments including the cafeteria, hallways, playground and bathrooms.

“It has been a great start to the year,” said Mrs. Johnson. “There is a lot of new energy and the kids are happy to be back.” 



Today is: Day 6 
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