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Jefferson Students Create Iroquois, Algonquin DioramasWhen fourth-graders at Jefferson Elementary School recently learned about Native American longhouses and wigwams, they finished the unit by building their own.Their dwellings were model-sized, of course, and became the centerpieces of dioramas that included figures of Native Americans, horses, streams, grass and trees.Student Daniel Elliot's longhouse boasted an authentic look. It was made of bark that he and his grandparents foraged for off the side of the road on a trip upstate. The grass that surrounded the model was made of maté tea leaves. Deerskin-shaped strips covered benches."We went into the forest and we found a couple of pieces of bark on the floor," he said. "They used deerskin to sleep, that's why we put deerskins on the bed."Elliot's grandmother Lourdes Elliot, who helped forage for the bark, enjoyed the project."Working with him is fantastic. I love it," she said. "To me, it's important that the family gets to do things together."In the unit, students studied the Iroquois and the Algonquins in the pre-Colonial days of what is now the New York area. They learned that Algonquins built faster, lighter canoes (that the Iroquois often took from them). They learned that the Iroquois lived in longhouses occupied by up to 20 families while Algonquins generally lived in smaller wigwams meant more for nuclear families.While learning about the history, the unit combined art in the dioramas and English in the essays they wrote. They also developed and practiced computer skills, creating double-bubble charts to compare the cultures of the two peoples.Student Jeimy Lopez reflected that she would like living in a longhouse."It would be fun," she said. "I could live with my family members."They built with cardboard and sticks or twigs. Streams were created with blue fish-tank gravel or melted and re-hardened hot glue. For student Rocco Regina, the top of a two-liter soft drink bottle made a perfect frame for a wigwam, complete with the hole in the top to serve as the smoke hole.City School District of New Rochelle
NRHS PAVE Artists Experiment in Varied Media
The walls of the bridge to House IV in New Rochelle High School are covered with the works of the PAVE art students' first marking period projects.Drawing inspiration from masters - blown glass artist Dale Chihuly and author Annie Dillard - the student artists created drawings, painted paper, sculpture and digitally enhanced photographs. Students from the three PAVE levels collaborated on the exhibition and held the official opening Thursday evening.Early in the period, students interviewed each other and created portrait drawings in ebony pencil. They then read Dillard's classic 1982 essay "Total Eclipse" and created colored pencil drawings.In late September, many of the artists visited the exhibition of Chihuly's spectacular glass sculptures at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. They created two colored marker drawings on site at the NYBG. Back at school, employing Chihuly's free-form style, they painted on paper outside for two days. They then cut, folded and formed the painted paper into their own sculptures inspired by the glass master's forms.Taking the project further still, the students photographed their sculptures and, using Photoshop, placed them "on site" somewhere on the NRHS grounds. They imagined what their works would look like in an eclipse and changed the photos accordingly.Finally, the group created a newsletter documenting the event.The exhibition will be on display in the hallway, near the Museum of Arts & Culture in the school, through December.City School District of New Rochelle
IEYMS Wildlife Club Learns to Rehab Animals
How often does one get to meet an albino wallaby? The students in the Isaac E. Young Middle School Wildlife Rehabilitators in Training Club have.Two animal experts stopped by in recent months to introduce the 30-plus club members to the rare, all-white marsupial and a host of other creatures, including pigeons, a hedgehog, several species of monkeys, a chinchilla and a large - and loud - bird from Australia called a kookaburra.The far-flung friends visited the club with human companions from Animal Nation in Rye and Noah's Park Retreat in Goshen, N.Y.But it is more than rarities and denizens of distant lands that hold the students' attentions. The students are also learning how to help creatures more common to our area, including the ubiquitous eastern gray squirrels. At the end of last year, club members created a release pen for the Weinberg Nature Center in Scarsdale."I think it's important to help animals that can't survive on their own," said eighth-grader Gaby Meda, a member of the club. "Many times, they're overlooked or mistreated."Club advisor Regina Simoes is also a wildlife rehabilitator in New Rochelle licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a role that keeps her busy as a beaver. She rehabilitates dozens of squirrels each year that are left orphaned or stranded, often when trees are cut down. She has been using the new pen for a crucial transition phase in their re-introduction to natural settings."The pen will be used every spring, summer, and fall for many years to come, helping to release rehabilitated wildlife back into the wild," Simoes said. She hopes the club members will obtain their licenses to join her in protecting the creatures.The students are learning the importance of squirrels, bees and other creatures, and how their lives are interconnected with humans."They really help us in many different ways," said eighth-grader Carlos Perez."I just like the feeling that I did something good - that I saved animals' lives, and that I can save a lot more," said eighth-grader Melanie Moncada.Cindy Polera, the Scarsdale village naturalist and environmental educator of the Weinberg Nature Center, is impressed with the students' dedication."They're a great group," she said. "They're curious, they ask a lot of questions and they're focused. They're wonderful kids."City School District of New Rochelle
Thanksgiving Spirit Pervades Campus School
Thanksgiving brought a spirit of helping out and togetherness to the Campus Alternative High School as students helped distribute turkeys to families in need and gathered with staff for their own holiday feast featuring foods from many nations.
These have become modern day traditions at the school. Students volunteer to pick up turkeys from a local grocery store and deliver them to HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle. This year, the students, with volunteer firefighters, helped to unload 150 turkeys and to distribute more than 400 of the birds to families, including the elderly.
“This is a wonderful way for students to give back to the community through warm smiles, conversation and a helping hand,” said Teaching Assistant Jennifer Renne.
“I enjoyed the work I did because it was for a good cause,” said senior LeSandra Turner. “I like helping others, especially around the holidays. It was great working with my fellow classmates in providing a meal for needy families.”
The students and staff held their Thanksgiving feast the day before the actual holiday – another tradition the school has observed for more than 20 years. The celebration featured a wide variety of dishes and desserts, including pasta dishes, rice and beans, tamales, eggplant parmesan and macaroni and cheese.
“On this special day before Thanksgiving, Campus had a wonderful feast that included alumni, friends and family,” said junior Omari Walker. “I have never felt so welcomed and thankful for what they have done for me and my classmates. This Thanksgiving feast has showed me a lot about people’s true spirit of giving.”
English teacher Karen Tucker coordinates the meal with help from other staff members. Neil Mattera cooked four – yes, four – turkeys and Almaire Fridovich baked a scrumptious ham. Students and teachers set up the cafeteria and served the food together.
Former students also visit, including alumni from years ago, who bring their children and who share their accomplishments and memories of Campus. They help out or pay a visit to their favorite teachers and Program Administrator Joel Fridovich.
Joel Fridovich wrapped up the event with a speech thanking all who participated and extending well wishes to students, alumni and staff. Uneaten food and desserts are donated to the HOPE Soup Kitchen as another way to support the community.City School District of New Rochelle
After Arriving from Mexico, Sofia Ochoa Excels at IEYMS
Fernanda Sofia Ochoa, an Isaac E. Young Middle School eighth-grader, wants to spread the message that everyone is capable of moving beyond any barriers in life.
Known as Sofia, Ochoa became a student in the City School District of New Rochelle after arriving from Mexico last year. Speaking only minimal English, Ochoa quickly caught on, has had notable academic achievements and has aspirations to become a doctor or architect.
“Sofia is intelligent, kind, is helpful to students and is such a respectful young lady,” said Jecelyn George, her guidance counselor.
Ochoa said it wasn’t easy to arrive in a new country and go to a new school.
“When I came here, I was really scared because it’s really different from Mexico,” Ochoa recalled. “This is a big school. I thought I was going to get lost.”
Her family reinforced the importance of not giving in or giving up.
“My mom and brother always told me, you need to do well. If you see a wall in front of you, don’t say, ‘I need to wait.’ If you do, you will be stuck.”
Ochoa didn’t wait. With a thirst for learning, she threw herself into her studies, earning either an A or A+ in all of her classes in every marking period last year. Her limited knowledge of the English language morphed into a commanding fluency.
Indeed, her academic accomplishments were so stellar that she was selected for IEYMS’ chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Her math and science proficiency placed her in Algebra and Biology --- both high school classes --- this year.
“You need to see what’s on the other side of ‘the wall,’” she said. “It might be scary but, focus and do it. It could be a ‘difficult wall,’ but on the other side there could be an opportunity that could help you in your future. If you’re still stuck in the same place, you’re not going to go anywhere in your life.”
What advice does she have for others?
“You need to always be focused on what you want to do for your future,” she said. “This (school) is best place in the U.S. for me. I see many possibilities to help me with my life. If you’re not seeing the positive things that are in school, you’re not going to get anywhere.”City School District of New Rochelle
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Message from the Principal
Hello NRHS friends and families,
New Rochelle High school continues its proud tradition as an award winning, comprehensive educational institution. We are a truly diverse school, with more than 3,400 students who come from over 60 countries. Although we are a large school, we excel at providing individualized attention to meet the needs of every student.
We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to the common core learning standards. Because we are committed to developing fully prepared and engaged 21st century citizens, our academic program provides students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of interests beyond the state mandated curriculum. With more than 240 different course offerings which include the performing and visual arts, business, architecture, computer science, 40 different Advanced Placement and honors classes and a nationally recognized athletics program, we have something for everyone.
I invite you to explore our website to learn about all of the opportunities that are available to NRHS students. Please feel free to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions or concerns.
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New Rochelle High School Honored for Innovative Implementation of Digital Content and Curriculum
The Center for Digital Education honored New Rochelle High School for breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum this past July. The award recognized the district's innovative implementation of digital curriculum based on the writing and film program created by English teacher Mr. Anthony Stripe.
The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), honored the k-12 schools selected at the fourth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in Denver.
“It’s exciting to see that schools all over the country are moving from pilot projects to full-scale implementation of digital content and curriculum,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s honorees are taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow.”
DCCAA awards are presented to schools in three categories: Large District/Schools (12,000 or more students), Medium District/Schools (3,000 - 12,000 students) and Small District/Schools (up to 3,000 students).
"New Rochelle High School, with its smaller learning communities, is dedicated to developing responsible, respectful, tolerant citizens who value cultural diversity and who possess the intellectual, social and emotional independence to become lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society."