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NRHS Students Perform at Area All-State FestivalNine student musicians from New Rochelle High School were among the best high school musicians in the county performing in the Westchester County Area All-State Music Festival Concert on Nov. 16.The New Rochelle musicians and musical groups they played with were: Annael Alvarez, soprano I, treble chorus; Isabella Gonzalez, soprano I, mixed chorus; Alissa Johnson, clarinet, symphony orchestra; Taz Kim, cello, symphony orchestra; Jada Miller, violin I, string orchestra; Elijah Pomerantz, alto saxophone, band; Julianne Paccione, violin I, string orchestra; David Rubertone, tenor II, mixed chorus; and Gabriella Sgobbo, soprano II, mixed chorus.Students are admitted to the Westchester County Area All-State Band, Orchestra or Chorus in grades 10 through 12 on the basis of their audition scores at the New York State School Music Association Solo Festival held in the spring. They rehearsed two days at White Plains High School and all day Nov. 16 at the SUNY Performing Arts Center in Purchase. The concert was held that evening at the SUNY Performing Arts Center.Three of the students - Kim, Alvarez and Rubertone - will go on to play in the Conference All-Star festival in Rochester, Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Kim will play cello in the Symphony Orchestra and the others will sing in the Mixed Chorus, Alvarez as Soprano I and Rubertone as Tenor II.City School District of New Rochelle
NRHS Students Take Environmental Lessons to Stone Barns FarmThey collected eggs, cooked dishes with beets, turmeric and kohlrabi straight from the farm, and shared a vegetarian meal, all as part of the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class. The students in Julia Chillemi-Kouyoumdjian's class spent the day recently at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Tarrytown. The trip took their lessons off the whiteboard and projection screen and out to the down-to-earth setting where nature and agriculture play out. The Stone Barns Center seeks to transform "the way America eats and farms by creating a healthy, sustainable food system," its website says. "It was really cool to see how they work sustainably, which might not be the case on other farms," said student Grace Turkewitz. The students made lunch with the Pocantico Hills farm's bounty, including cabbage, spinach, kohlrabi, beets, turmeric, ginger and scallions. They made a chick pea, coconut, and spinach curry, a cabbage and kohlrabi slaw and other dishes. Alexis Cohn said she might not have eaten the dishes if she'd seen them elsewhere, including the beet salad she made that glowed with a hot pink color. "Because I knew what was in it, and I knew that we made it, I gave it a shot and ate it," she said. "The students learned that many natural processes can promote the growth of crops rather than relying on harmful synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides," said Chillemi- Kouyoumdjian. They took an in-depth look at how knowledge of ecological relationships affects farmers' decisions. They also discussed the lack of access to sustainably grown food and the way food quality in the United States varies greatly. "I was also very proud of the collaborative effort the students put into making and enjoying a meal together," Chillemi-Kouyoumdjian said. "They discussed their relationships with food, and showed they were beginning to understand how food choices impact personal and environmental health." An educator from the Stone Barns Center will come to the class in the near future for a follow-up discussion to wrap up the two-day program. "It taught me a lot about how farms could be better for our environment," said student Jack Rieger. "Everyone is looking for the solutions for the long run, to keep farming going," Cohn added. "One thing I observed on the trip is that all the answers are in nature already."City School District of New Rochelle
Webster Students Stage Show with Life-Size PuppetsThe papier mâché puppets were so large that it took three Daniel Webster Magnet School fourth-graders to operate just one. "You are the arm; be the arm," teacher Adam King reminded the two students who each operated one limb, while another held the torso and head aloft. They were rehearsing with Peacemaker, the main puppet character in a tale about the uniting of the Iroquois peoples. Forget hand puppets and sock puppets. The main characters in this tale were as tall as the teachers. They are pieces in a play performed by the students and organized by the Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, a performing arts organization from Saugerties, N.Y. that leads theater arts programs in school districts. Patrick Wadden, co-director of the Arm of the Sea, worked with about 90 fourth-graders on six different days to prepare for the performance, which took place Wednesday. "The puppets are showing how they lived a long time ago," said student Kaylee Galvez, one of the performers. The show was "Peacemaker and the Tree of the Great Peace," a story of how five Native American tribes joined together to become the Iroquois Confederacy. "We're helping the students make something that is larger than oneself, and larger than anything any few of us could pull off," Wadden said. In rehearsal, student Keira DeNigris, another performer, said, "I like how the main characters are made. It's going to look realistic, the way they move." The show incorporates puppets and props created in previous years, along with new pieces. This year, the students created a 12-foot-high paper mosaic "Tree of the Great Peace" and a papier mâché otter head. "It's a hands-on way of learning about the Iroquois," said Kathy Coyne, the school's magnet facilitator. "The value they place on nature, the value they place on animals - that all comes out in the play."City School District of New Rochelle
Peer Tours for New Students Create Warmer Welcome at TrinityWhen Trinity Elementary School fifth-graders Erick Alvarez and Catalina Fuentes recently showed a new schoolmate from Guatemala around the building, they were kicking off a program to help welcome students from other countries and those who do not yet speak English fluently. Alvarez and Fuentes gave their tour in Spanish, visiting the main office, nurses' office, auditorium and cafeteria, and introducing their new friend to the CAMPEL (computer, art, music, physical education and library) teachers. "I think he liked it because whenever he met a CAMPEL teacher, they smiled at him and he smiled back," said Alvarez. The tour adds a welcoming touch to the process for taking in new students. That process is a collaboration among Assistant Principal Michael Hilderbrand, Melissa Kelly, four English-as-a-new-language teachers, and Tiara Reyes-Vega, the District's Director of Instructional Support. It also involves meetings with the student and parents and recommendations from ENL and bilingual/dual language teachers to determine the best program for the student. This initiative is part of Trinity's English Language Learner screening, identification, and placement process mandated by the New York State Education Department. "To be a student who is new to the country, and new to the school, it's critical to feel welcome and connected, not just by the adults, but by your peers," Hilderbrand said. The school of 850 students receives newcomers throughout the year, many from other countries, and some who have been to several other schools before arriving in New Rochelle. "A lot of them have moved a few times," Kelly said. "After a tour, we find that they feel more comfortable and adjusted on the first day." Fuentes agreed that the new student seemed to appreciate the introduction to the school. "I think he felt good knowing what the school looked like," she said.City School District of New Rochelle
ALMS Teacher Marion Costa Leads Opening Doors Club for StudentsA safe harbor for Albert Leonard Middle School LGBT students now exists, thanks to a new club led by teacher Marion Costa. The school's Opening Doors Club, officially the most visible component of the middle school's newly established Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), was created this past school year. Costa feels it's already a positive impact for students looking for a place they can go to be who they are. "I want this club to be a safe place for students who feel they don't have a safe place 'outside,'" said Costa, an ELA eighth-grade teacher and eighth-grade class advisor. "They just want a place with people like them, where it's not a big deal. That's what's most important for them right now." The club's genesis began when eighth-grader Roan Etkin spoke to Principal John Barnes and spearheaded the idea about a club. ALMS brought together a committee to plan its creation. Separately, Costa asked Barnes about the opportunity to be its advisor after learning about the recent Understanding Gender program at the high school. She was invited to be a part of the committee. "I've been dealing with gay issues since I was in grammar school," she said. "I was always sticking up for my friend Roger, who was gay. In high school, I was always sticking up for my friend Anthony, who was gay. My own son came out to me a few years ago. The only thing I was concerned with was, 'Are you happy? Are you healthy?'" The club has met five times this fall with a consistent attendance of 15 to 20 students. The reaction has been extremely positive. "This is a brand-new group," said Costa. "We're talking about what they feel comfortable with, as far as going out into their own school community. Not all of them are 'out.' Having a safe harbor is what's most important to them right now." Costa's hope is that all ALMS LGBT students know the club is a place for discussion and support. "We want them to feel good about who they are," said Costa. "We believe this club gives them an important outlet for acceptance as they continue with their academic careers."City School District of New Rochelle
Calendar of Events
Campus's Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools & District ClosedCity School District of New Rochelle
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BOE - Equity, Excellence & Innovation Committee
Central Administration, Carew Room
11:00 a.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Board of Education - C.O.W.
Central Administration, Edwina Carew Meeting Room
515 North Avenue, New Rochelle
6:00 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
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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."