Alumni Join Choral Students in NRHS WinterFest Tradition
Watch the performance of the Hallelujah Chorus, conducted by Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro with piano accompaniment by Co-Director David Jutt here.
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Watch the performance of the Hallelujah Chorus, conducted by Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro with piano accompaniment by Co-Director David Jutt here.
"I like it because you can take it anywhere, even on an airplane, and it will keep you calm," said fifth-grader Amira Bedell.
It was a thoughtful offering handmade by the organization's RISE job-readiness program with residents of Garito Manor, an independent living facility in New Rochelle. Each pillow is filled with two pounds of rice and can be microwaved for a warm neck comforter or lap band.
"They are calming and great for grounding," said school psychologist Dr. Michelle Memoli. "This helps our children re-focus and increase attention."
The game was organized by the Hispanic Culture Club and the New Rochelle High School varsity boys soccer team. The teams met in the NRHS gymnasium on Dec. 8.
"Having the soccer game allowed us to be able to donate to many different people that truly need it," said Hispanic Culture Club President Veronica Hernandez, a junior. "The money that we were able to donate can help people afford warmer clothes for the winter or bring toys to kids who do not know what it's like to receive presents this time of year."
Recipients were: the New Rochelle Youth Bureau Give a Gift program; the Casa Verde Home of Hope orphanage in Colombia; Una Sonrisa Para Cotija in Mexico; and support for children of immigrants from Venezuela traveling through Colombia.
The sounds of the season will ring out with the voices and musicianship of hundreds of New Rochelle High School students when the annual WinterFest concerts return to the Whitney M. Young Jr. Auditorium next week.
The songs and musical pieces celebrating the holidays, the season and just pure fun span two nights.
On Wednesday, musicians take the stage with the Winterfest Instrumental Concert. The WinterFest Choral Concert follows on Thursday. Both begin at 7 p.m. The Whitney Auditorium is near the high school's main entrance at 265 Clove Road.
The singers and musicians have been practicing for the performances. Wednesday's concert will feature band and orchestra students playing a variety of pieces.
"I wanted the students to be challenged, but I also wanted the music to be really fun so that they would enjoy learning the repertoire and demonstrate that to the audience during the concert," said Orchestra Director Suzanne Morello. She has been preparing the students with Band Director Mark Cooper.
The singers have been training with Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro, who began just this year, and with David Jutt, Choral Co-Director and accompanist.
"There's definitely a broad range of songs and a fresh new feel to the music," said junior Kate Lichtman, a soprano one, who has a solo in Variations on Jingle Bells in the choral concert.
Barbaro has been training the students with the McClosky Technique, which incorporates body alignment, facial exercises, muscle relaxation practices and more to help free the voice. Lichtman said she feels more confident preparing for her solo because of the new training. Sophomore Angelina Hurst said working with the techniques has changed her range.
"I can reach higher notes," she said. "I'm a soprano one now. I was a soprano two."
It is tradition for the choral concert to finish with Chorale alumni joining the singers on stage in performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.
Barbaro assured the students that all will go well if they apply themselves one hundred percent.
"Bring your A-game, give it your focus," he said, "and it will come together nicely."
The Columbus Elementary School Chess Team competed in its first National Scholastic Chess Foundation tournament of the school year on Dec. 1. The tournament, held at Columbus, saw 99 students representing more than 20 different schools from New York and Connecticut compete.
Students from Columbus Elementary school won eight awards in three sections - Reserve, Booster and Novice - including team successes in all three sections.
"There were many hard-fought battles throughout the day, and many lessons learned," said Chess Team faculty coordinator and ESL teacher Mark Hegenauer - a 2017 recipient of the Scholastic Service Award from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation for inspiring and mentoring young chess players.
Eight Columbus students competed in the Reserve section. The team of Alan Verghese, Ignacio Valencia, Dylan Minchez, Naolin Concha, Dylan Solovyev, Constantine Zelatis, Aiden Rodrigues and Kevin Lopez took 1st Place honors. Individually, Solovyev won a 2nd place, Zelatis took 3rd place and Rodrigues came in at 5th place. Lopez achieved a 2nd place ranking in the under 750 sub-category.
The five-player team of Joel Salick, Gabriela Cesar, Salvador Torres and the Murgias - Gianna and Giovanna - took 1st Place in the Booster section.
The team of Giuliano Murgia, Ashly Corazao, Bryson Sanchez and Tony Zepeda won 2nd place in the 2-3 Novice section. Zepeda also scored an individual award for 7th place.
"We are so proud of our chess players and their amazing chess leader, Mr. Hegenauer," said Columbus Principal Michael Galland. "He and the team from Columbus travel multiple tournaments throughout the school year, including nationals."
New Rochelle was also represented by students from Isaac E. Young Middle School and Daniel Webster Magnet School.
Parents and guardians who would like to attend the session are asked to register in advance. Register by calling your child's middle or high school or by signing up in person at the school's main office.
The New Rochelle squad now advances to the Championship event Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Florida, where it will compete in Traditional Cheer and Game Day. The cheerleaders will display the skills they applied while cheering the football team on to the state finals.
The February showdown is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country, with more than 800 teams and 15,000 athletes participating. It is held at the Walt Disney World® Resort and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2.
The squad is coached by Angela Trozzi, Ashley Brennan and James Bench. Trozzi and Brennan cheered together throughout their years at New Rochelle High School.
"We're looking to build upon our performances each week," said Head Coach Trozzi. "The team is predominately seniors, and they are highly motivated to end their season on a high note at Nationals and, hopefully, States."
The New Rochelle varsity team won the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in 2013, and is hoping to advance to the finals this year, something they have fallen short of in recent years.
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the team will compete at North Rockland High School. The team is also eyeing a trip to the Cheerleading State Championships at the Rochester Institute of Technology in March. After Nationals, the team will compete in Sectionals, which will determine whether it qualifies for the State Finals.
Amy's Greenhouse at the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center has received a donation to upgrade its ventilation system and enhance its energy efficiency from Rough Brothers, Inc., the largest greenhouse design, engineering and manufacturing company in North America. The CEO of Wadsworth Controls, Patricia Dean, donated the environmental control system to work with the equipment being installed.
News of the donation was made official when, during its November 13 meeting, the Board of Education approved the resolution to accept the generous gift worth $25,000.
"We've been eagerly awaiting the green light on this upgrade since August," shared an enthusiastic Kathleen Connolly, who is a Pre-K teacher at the Barnard Early Childhood Center. "We are so excited! Being able to regulate the temperature more accurately is going to make a world of difference for the overall function of Amy's Greenhouse."
Amy's Greenhouse, a sizable 662-square-foot glass and metal greenhouse, was erected in 2005 in memory of Amy O'Doherty, who perished at the age of 23 in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Amy's mother Geraldine Davie, a former Barnard Elementary Pre-K teacher, helped create the facility through generous gifts donated in Amy's memory. Since 2005, Amy's Greenhouse has been utilized for many educational and extracurricular programs, as well as the school's annual 9-11 ceremony.
"Amy's Greenhouse is a beloved district site," said Connolly. "Along with being an enduring living memorial, the greenhouse is part classroom, part science lab, part seed starter, part plant conservatory, and much more."
The system, which will be installed this winter, includes a new environmental control system, horizontal air flow management fans, and evaporator cooler. Together, these components will be controlled as a single, integrated system.
Rob Tanzer, who heads the Institutional Greenhouse and Conservatory Restoration & Renovation group at Rough Brothers and is known as the company's "greenhouse geek," has been the district's point person. Tanzer's team of experienced engineers, designers, manufacturers, and constructors is an industry leader in monumental conservatory renovations, construction, and recreation.
"Everyone at Rough Brothers is so pleased to be able to do this for New Rochelle," said Tanzer. "The greenhouse means so much to so many people in this district and community; it's an honor to provide these materials and installation - at no charge to the district - so that programs and positivity can continue to grow in Amy's Greenhouse."
Connolly said the district is thrilled to have made this connection with Rough Brothers.
"After this new ventilation system is installed, Mr. Tanzer has said that Rough Brothers will continue to work with us," she added.
She is particularly looking forward to working with their team to create an ongoing maintenance schedule. That would keep Amy's Greenhouse performing at its best, so it can continue to provide a place of learning, reflection and solace.
The Robotics Club at Albert Leonard Middle School received a very different kind of robocall on November 7, and it had the district's aspiring roboticists very excited!
Helen Greiner, a co-founder of the company iRobot - the Fortune 500 company that gave us the Roomba - beamed in for a video conference with students. Greiner is recognized as a Highly Qualified Expert, and advises the United States Army on its robotics programs. She was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Leadership by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in 2014.
The roughly 30-minute Q&A session came just as the students are preparing for robotics tournaments in January and February. Questions ranged from how Roomba products are used, to ideas for how their capabilities could be expanded for other applications. Students were also interested in machine learning, and how robots gather and apply knowledge as they function.
Greiner shared stories about the research and development that went into bringing the Roomba to market, including one account of an early test model that used "whiskers" to sense how close it was to walls or furniture, just like a mouse does.
The robotics students shared their ideas for the upcoming tournaments, focused on the general topic "Into Orbit."
They are working on a Chat Bot - an artificial intelligence developed to converse with astronauts to help alleviate feelings of homesickness and other issues related to the isolation they may experience in outer space. Also, Interstellar Truck Stop explores how a truck stop in space - and its robot attendants - may offer interstellar travelers a place to refuel and relax.
Greiner extoled the virtues of "keeping it simple" as they develop their ideas. She also shared thoughts on the future of robotics in the home and beyond, and some very human wisdom in the form of career advice.
"Figure out what you're interested in; what you're passionate about," she said. "Pursue that, because then your career is not a job, it's really just what you love doing".
"It's not every day students get an audience with the co-founder of a leading robotics company," said Robotics Club faculty advisor Stephen May. "We're talking about an internationally renowned roboticist who's had a hand in technology that's affected the daily lives of so many people. How cool, that she spent this time with our students!"
During the teleconference Greiner shared that she, like many of the Albert Leonard students, is a big Star Wars fan. It has been reported that the robot character R2-D2 inspired her toward pursuing a career in robotics. As the session wrapped up, one student asked her if there was anything else she liked about the movie.
"There was a little cleaning robot on the Death Star," she recalled, referencing the "mouse droid" that George Lucas named the MSE-6. "That was a lot like the Roomba."
This is the presentation from the PTSA on November 1, 2018 regarding 9th grade
Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey answered questions from the community at a Town Hall meeting in the Linda E. Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School. She was accompanied on stage by Board of Education Vice President Amy Moselhi. Board member Paul Warhit moderated. View the meeting here.
Parents and Guardians of Middle and High School Students,
Progress reports for students in New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School have been mailed and should arrive in homes early next week (week starting October 21.) The reports are also now available on your Home Access account.
This is the presentation from the PTSA meeting on October 12, 2018 regarding important information for Junior year students and parents.
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Linda E. Kelly Theater, NRHS
Hello NRHS friends and families,
As many of you are aware, I have been appointed as the Interim Principal for New Rochelle High School. This role is a great honor and I accept this appointment with a deep sense of humility. Also, I am pleased that the Board of Education appointed Camille Edwards-Thomas as the Interim Assistant Principal. It is very exciting to have her by my side as we move through this year of transition; and, I am very grateful for her willingness to do what is best for our school at this very critical crossroad.
First and foremost, safety is my number one priority. Ongoing security and safety issues will be addressed as I have a comprehensive plan for the upcoming school year which I will present at the September 4th Board of Education Meeting. Significant changes will be made that, I am confident that both students and parents will welcome. We, as a school community, have been through a lot. My goal is to address your concerns so that everyone is more at ease and confident about the safety and well-being of our children. I will also provide the opportunity to meet with me to hear your feedback and recommendations: I value your opinion and will make every effort to respond Opens a New Window.effectively and efficiently.
We are a resilient and vibrant community, whose high standards and remarkable diversity make our school system strong. New Rochelle High School is a jewel in the crown of our city and we will continue to live up to and remind people of this achievement. We will do what needs to be done to make this school year a safe and productive one. I admire this community’s investment in our children and will serve to make our students and staff feel confident again so that they may focus on learning and being part of a progressive school community.
I wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you.
New Rochelle High School is accepting nominations for the next set of alumni to join the school’s Wall of Fame. If you know if any graduates who have made a mark in their field – academia, education, business, the military, entertainment, etc. – or who have made an outstanding contribution in volunteer service, nominate them using the form found here.
Nominees must have graduated from New Rochelle High School at least 10 years before the year of nomination. Find the full list of criteria and how to nominate a candidate here.
If you have any questions, please email Sue Riordan at: email@example.com
Nominations must be received by June 1. The Wall of Fame ceremony is held each December at the school.
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."