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MSHS Tuesday Newsday March 12, 2019

North Salem Middle/High School

REMINDER – Please do not park your car unattended in fire lanes for any reasonFire lanes are designated with a posted sign and/or yellow lines with the words “fire lane” across them.  This is a safety issue and we appreciate your cooperation.

The North Salem Middle School has been re-designated as a 2019 Essential Elements Schools to Watch. This designation is based on the North Salem Middle School's continued commitment to enhancing its program and practices. 
Please read the important information on school links regarding fall and spring sports and Athletic Open House.
Music Makers Rock/Pop Show -- April 26 and 27, 7:00 pm -- only $5.00 at the door -- PQ Students Free!!


NEW DATE*** Special Presentation: Supporting Your Child in Managing Stress and Anxiety  Join us in the MS Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 pm 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. Strategies for managing stress at home and responding when children exhibit high levels of anxiety will be introduced. There will also be an overview of treatment options for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. A Q&A period will follow the presentation.

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 beginning February 15th on the PTO web site Resources page: and in the Guidance office from Ms. Lash. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019. Scholarships are open to families who are NS MS/HS PTO members in good standing.  Email with questions.

Attention Middle School Students:  Only a few weeks left to order your yearbook!  You must order online at and enter the yearbook ID code 11172119.  Extra yearbooks WILL NOT be ordered so please reserve your copy by March 31st.

Web Page Updates - MSHS
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

On March 22, 2019 the Music-Art department will expose our 8th grade students to the various electives available in 9th grade. There will be a rotation set up allowing the students to ask questions and learn about the various classes.

After the Washington DC trip March 27-29th, there will be 8th grade transition meetings available to parents and students in a 15 minute interval session. The days and times are varied to hopefully accommodate everyone.

Please sign into PTC Wizard and select a time that works best for you. This is the same process used for parent teacher conferences.

Attention parents of a student with an IEP or a 504 Plan.
Annual reviews and 504 meeting will begin the end of the month and continue through the spring. Programming for the 2019-2020 school year will be discussed at the annual reviews.

Attention 9th-11th-grade parents

Scheduling for next year has begun. Counselors will be seeing your students now through the end of March to schedule electives for next year and discuss requirements for high school graduation. There is no impact on course availability due to the timing of our meetings. Teachers have begun to discuss placements with students as well.   The new course guide has been posted to the website (click here) Course requests will be posted on Parent Portal at the end of MP3.

Free Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan Courses
New live streaming courses for March are now available for sign up on Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan.   Be sure to check Naviance for other free courses available!

In addition, students and parents at Naviance schools and districts now have free access to on-demand Kaplan courses that develop the skills and mindset needed to succeed in college and beyond.


The annual Career Fair for 10th gr will take place on Thursday, March 28.  Students will gain first-hand information on several different occupations.  Participants include community members and parents.


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.

It’s time to start thinking about signing up the SATs and/or ACTs.  Please visit the Counseling webpage for test dates and registration info. 

The Leading for Change Summer Institute at Mercy College is geared towards students who have a passion for advocacy, education, and learning and have demonstrated social justice and leadership skills in their high school.   The week-long Institute is held at their Westchester campus on the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, NY from July 7th-July 13th, 2019. Students will learn professional, social justice and leadership lessons from a diverse group of speakers, leaders, teachers, and faculty. They will participate in unique team-building activities, workshops, and educational field trips.  There is no charge for tuition and students stay in the dorm for free. Students simply need to provide their own transportation to and from campus, as well as a check in the amount of $300 towards the cost of food. 


  • ·         current juniors (rising seniors) with a passion for teaching
  • ·         cumulative, weighted, GPA above 90 (3.3 on 4.0 scale, 4.3 on 5.0 scale)
  • ·         demonstrated leadership and community service activities

Priority review will be given to students who apply before March 21, 2019, with a guaranteed response from the committee within 7  business days.  Please see your counselor right away if interested.


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 the list of summer programs on our website (LINK)


Tell Your Story - A cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries, not just for the person with cancer, but for the whole family, and even their friends. Sharing your experience can be both good for you and helpful to someone else who
may be in a similar situation. Gilda’s Club Westchester is looking for honest, detailed, and heartfelt personal essays by young writers (grades 9-10) who can move the reader by sharing their experience with cancer.  See attached Flyer for details  Deadline is March 20, 2019.

Attention 8th grade parents

Transitioning to 9th grade is around the corner! This is a time to reflect and discuss the high school experience with your child. I will be with you along the way to support our students in making their course requests and educating them about the requirements for high school.  The end of March I will be pushing into the History classes to discuss high school requirements and demands. After that, there will be an elective rotation to expose students to the various electives that are available to them.

On April 11th there is an evening event (Transitioning to High School) for parents of 8th graders at 7:00.  There will be a PC Wizard sign up coming soon for 8th grade parent-student scheduling conferences. The conferences will occur after 9th grade scheduling is completed (April and May). Teachers discussed placements with students for next year and the course catalog is available on-line for viewing! Looking forward to working hand in hand with all of you.

8th Grade Electives and Test Taking Strategies were reviewed with seventh grade students' on Tuesday, March 19th.  Students learned more about the elective course options available for eighth grade.  In addition, effective test taking strategies groups will be held on Thursday, March 28 and Tuesday, April 2 after-school.

Please discuss with your child and have your child return his/her sheet (signed by parent/guardian) to Mrs. Galligan by Friday, March 22. 

On Wednesday evening May 1, 2019Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) is hosting our second annual Medical Career Day. The world of healthcare careers is varied, exciting, and constantly growing in opportunities. The goal of medical Career Day is to expose your students to the wide range of opportunities available in healthcare, both clinical and non-clinical alike. Additionally, your students will have the invaluable opportunity to spend time, in small groups and one-on-one, with professionals in the field who are very enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and insight into the field. Through this experience, students will participate in hands-on learning experiences, make meaningful connections with NWH professionals, and maybe even find their passion!

 We invite high school students in grades 9-12 to attend. There is no fee associated with this event, however, pre-registration is required – there is a maximum of 100 students who can attend this event.

 Event Details:

Where: Conference Rooms at Northern Westchester Hospital located at 400 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY

When: Wednesday May 1st from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WORKSHOPS: Students will be scheduled to attend 2 of the following workshops – workshops will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.* Workshop options include:

 1)      Medical Ethics 

2)      Bioelectronic Medicine and Engineering 

3)      Sports/Rehab Medicine 

4)      Pediatric Medicine

DINE AND DISH WITH AN EXPERT: Students will have the experience of eating dinner with additional experts to gain further insight into healthcare fields. Table assignments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.*Experts will range be from a variety of fields, ranging from non-clinical careers such as social media  

The deadline for registration is Friday April 12th at 11:30 pm. Students can register for this event at:

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.  

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
North Salem Foundation for Learning Handbag Bingo Night
Booster Club Athletic Scholarship

Croton Falls Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

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.

Modified boys lacrosse
Modified girls lacrosse
Upcoming Events
3/20               Board of Education Meeting, MSHS Library, 7:30 pm
3/27               Board of Education Meeting, MSHS Library, 7:30 pm
3/27-3/29       Grade 8 Trip to Washington, DC
3/28               Career Fair
3/28               HS Prism Concert, 7:30 pm
3/29               HS Prism Concert (snow date), 7:30 pm
3/30               How-To-Festival, 10:00 am -- 12:00 pm