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MSHS Tuesday Newsday February 12, 2019

North Salem Middle/High School
Please check the MSHS webpage under Clubs and Activities for updates to meeting dates and times. 

***Due to weather conditions -- event is rescheduled to Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in MS Cafe.

February Evening PTO Meeting with Special Presentation:  Supporting Your Child in Managing Stress and Anxiety

Join us Tuesday, March 26 at 7 pm in the Middle School Cafeteria for a discussion by Dr. Don Merriman, PQ School Psychologist, and Dr. Anthony Puliafico, Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders—Westchester. 

This presentation will provide parents with strategies for managing stress and anxiety in their children. The presenters will review the ways anxiety manifests in childhood and adolescence and will discuss how to distinguish normal stress from an anxiety disorder, as well as strategies for responding when children exhibit high levels of anxiety. Topics will include an overview of treatment options for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.  A Q&A period will follow the presentation.  **MS/HS STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND**

Art News

AP Art students Julia Balch, Elle Da Silva, Alex Garcia, Anya Nardone, Alexa Schaub, Evan Teplensky and Ainsley Zimmer are currently developing the Concentration portion of their portfolio, a body of related works that demonstrate sustained and thoughtful investigation of a specific, visual idea.  From the onset of brainstorming to reflection and self-assessment, this visual investigation involves critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication.  The works that are the culmination of this problem-solving process will be featured at the Young Artists 2019 show at the Katonah Museum of Art. The show will run from February 10--March 3rd.  The opening reception is Sunday, February 10, 3-5 pm. 

Science Research Competition
One of our senior students, Julia Balch, is participating in the Science Research Competition.  The Westchester/Putnam Science and Engineering Fair is being held on Saturday, March 16.  They are in need of judges for this competition.  If anyone is interested, please see the attached information sheet.
Web Page Updates - MSHS
Teacher Web pages
For those of you searching the new website for Teacher web pages, please make sure to click on North Salem MSHS Homepage and then search the top tabs. Click on Teacher Web pages on the top navigation bar and then the teachers name to see if they have a website. All websites and some new ones were migrated from the old website.
Updates to Website
Counselor Corner -- information from New York State on topics such as drug use/abuse, underage drinking and having a conversation with students about drugs and drinking.
Please check out the section under Announcements on the MSHS main page. 
There is some updated information regarding distracted driving including two videos that are worthwhile to view.
Counseling Department

American Legion Boys State is a week-long program that immerses high school youth (currently completing their junior year) in citizenship and leadership training. They learn the practical aspects of government as it exists in New York State, and come to recognize that the individual is integral to the character and success of government. They also participate in physical fitness, teamwork and other activities, under the guidance of American Legion counselors and U.S. Marines.

Boys State will be held from June 27 to July 2, 2019 at SUNY Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY.  For specific information about the camp experience, speak to Ben Leicht, last years attendee.  Interested candidates will be interviewed by American Legion members.  Please contact Mr. Valenti if you are interested in this opportunity.

SAVE A LIFE EVENT is a free conference for students and families being held at Yorktown High School on Sunday, March 3 12:00-3:00 pm.  The Warriors club was invited to facilitate student group discussions on mental health and wellness! Join us for a day filled with great resources and information.  Flyer is attached here.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is an essential training for those that want to support youth in our community. The course will provide you with the tools to identify a youth in need and the resources to best support them. If you have ever taken a First Aid CPR class, this is similar, it just supports the brain!! Students must be over 16 to register. Parents, community members, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. RSVP by 2-15-19  

The Pre-ACT will be administered to any interested Sophomore on March 15 from 7:30a to approximately 10:30a.  The High School Counselors have spoken to all Sophomores in their respective health classes and have already handed out the attached Pre-ACT registration form.  If your child would like to take the Pre-Act, please register them through your My School Bucks account by March 1.


Junior interviews, the process where students and their parents, meet individually with their school counselors to discuss post-secondary plans, generally takes place during the spring semester of junior year. Please call the Counseling Office (x2021) to make an appointment.  Please encourage your Junior to continue to work on their autobiographical summary.

Current Juniors interested in exploring a career in the health field, earning college credits, and experiencing work in the real world are invited to attend a NEW VISIONS HEALTH Open House on February 27, 2019 at the PNW BOCES.  Parents and school personnel are also welcome to attend!  See additional info attached!


Second quarter report cards have been posted to the Parent Portal.  Seniors should check their mid-year grades right away and let us know if there is an issue with their report card.  We will be sending the mid-year grades to each college to which a student has applied during the first week in February.

Please remember to let your counselors know if you have heard back from any colleges.

Are you thinking about applying to Westchester Community College?  If so, come to the on site application submission being held here on Tuesday, March 26.  More details will be posted as they become available!


If you are interested in spending a week or two on a college campus this summer to learn about something that interests you, check out our list of summer programs on our website.

North Salem Fitness Center

After School Schedule
September 12th – June 14th

The Fitness Center is open after school as follows:
High School Students:
·         Monday’s                      2:30-3:30 pm
·         Wednesday’s                3:00-4: 00 pm
·         Friday’s                         2:30-3:30 pm

7th and 8th Grade Students:

  • Tuesday’s                    3:00-4:00 pm
  • Thursday’s                   3:00-4:00 pm

Varsity and JV athletic teams will have exclusive use of the Fitness Center beginning at 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  

PTO Scholarships Opening to PTO Members February 15th

Two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded by the PTO to students graduating from NSHS in 2019 who are going on to college or technical school during the 2019-20 school year. 

New this year: students can choose to submit either a written essay of up to 500 words or a video or audio submission of up to 5 minutes in length. 

Scholarship applications will be available online and in the Guidance office beginning February 15th, and the deadline to apply is April 1st, 2019. 

The scholarship is open only to families who are NS MS/HS PTO members in good standing—email to join the PTO by February 15, 2019. More details to follow.

School Packs Volunteer Needed
The PTO is actively seeking a parent volunteer to run the annual School Packs school supplies sale.  This position can be done from home and is an ideal volunteer opportunity for working parents.  Distribution support from student volunteers will be provided.  Please help us keep this valuable service going!  Email if you are interested in helping.

Aramark is looking for Food Service Employees at the MS/HS.  For more information contact Karen Seikovsky at 

Fall 2019 Athletic Start Dates 
Spring Sports Sign-Up
Athletic Open House -- Spring
Pennies for Patients Fundraiser
Outsmart the SAT

A Creative Moment
Schoolhouse Theatre Production of Ssound of Music Auditions

Below are some open Spring coaching positions.  If you know someone who is interested in coaching a sport, please contact the Athletics Office at 914-669-5414 X2180.

JV boys lacrosse
Modified boys lacrosse
JV girls lacrosse
Modified girls lacrosse
Modified softball
Upcoming Events
2/6                      Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 pm, Library
2/12                    MSHS PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, MS Cafe
2/15-2/19            School Closed -- Winter Recess
2/27                    Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 pm, MS Cafe