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MSHS Tuesday Newsday March 26, 2019

North Salem Middle/High School

REMINDER – Please do not park your car unattended in fire lanes for any reason.  Fire 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. 
Community Service hours are due by April 22, 2019 for recognition at Awards Night.  However, you can continue to submit hours until June.
Attention seniors: The World Language Department, in conjunction with New York State, is offering a Seal of Biliteracy designation to recognize student achievement and proficiency in English and another language. For the application and information on requirements, please visit: Seal of Biliteracy 2019.  Contact Mr. O'Callaghan, Ms. DeMorris, Mrs. Blessing, Miss Aitken, or Mrs. Drumm for more information.
Music Makers Rock/Pop Show -- April 26 and 27, 7:00 pm -- only $5.00 at the door -- PQ Students Free!!   
Please read the important information on school links regarding fall and spring sports and Athletic Open House.
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
Please check out Announcements on the MSHS main page. 
There is some updated information regarding mental health hotline numbers and other resources.
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.

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:

  • Medical Ethics
  • Bioelectronic Medicine and Engineering
  • Sports/Rehab Medicine
  • 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:  

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

Attention 9th-11th-grade parents

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. 

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.

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 online for viewing! Looking forward to working hand in hand with all of you.


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 

Mental Health Phone Numbers/Resources
North Salem Foundation for Learning Handbag Bingo Night
Booster Club Athletic Scholarship
Fall 2019 Athletic Start Dates 

Croton Falls Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
Summer Musical Youth Drama Day Camps:  Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls is holding may (weekly) musical theater drama camps this summer for grades K-2 and 3rd-8th Please visit: www.dramadiscovery for information

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
Upcoming Events
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