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Forrest, Manns Sign with Holy Cross, UMaineHuguenot running back Jordan Forrest had already announced that he would attend College of the Holy Cross next year, but teammate Khairi Manns kept followers in suspense until the signing ceremony.On Wednesday - National Signing Day - Manns, the football team's defensive end, revealed that he will attend the University of Maine. They held a ceremonial signing in the New Rochelle High School library, applauded by family, friends, teammates and supporters. Several reporters captured the event.Forrest, Manns and the entire team have spent much of the year in the spotlight, mainly when they fought their way to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championship in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in November. Ultimately, Aquinas Institute - a private school in Rochester - won the game, but the Huguenots' performance captured the hearts of New Rochelle.Last month, Forrest was named Player of the Year for Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Last week, he was named one of the "Golden Dozen" by the Westchester Chapter of the National Football Foundation for his excellence on the field and in the classroom.City School District of New Rochelle
NRHS AP Government Class Visits WashingtonNew Rochelle High School's AP Government class, led by teacher Debbie Minchin, took a four-day trip to Washington D.C. to learn about the workings of our government.Also accompanied by teachers Timothy Kuklis and Timothy Orlando, they toured the Capitol and met with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, whose Congressional district includes New Rochelle. They visited the U.S. Supreme Court, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress and the United States Holocaust Museum.They also took a nighttime tour of the monuments and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The trip included a performance of "Twelve Angry Men" in Ford's Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865."Sitting in the gallery of the House of Representatives made me tear up," said senior Dylan Klein. "I want to be there as a legislator one day."Student Alexander Gonzalez said; "The trip was a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore in an exciting new environment, and to enjoy being with my friends to experience a place where many of us have never been before."City School District of New Rochelle
Food Ed Students Serve Schoolmates 'Mindful' LunchForty New Rochelle High School students were treated to healthy dishes including beet bruschetta with hummus and sweet potato and parsnip soup served by their schoolmates recently.
The student cooks in the Science of Food class whipped up dishes from their own recipes with farm-to-table, sustainable ingredients as the culmination of a semester-long "Food Ed" program with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
They studied personal and cultural connections to food as well as topics of sustainability. The lessons focused on many facets of agriculture, even caring for the soil itself.
"They studied how to maintain healthy soil, how to restore depleted soil and how the foods that you choose to grow have an impact on that living skin of the earth," teacher Julia Chillemi Kouyoumdjian said.
For the lunch event, Chillemi Kouyoumdjian's 30 students prepared, cooked and served the meal to two other classes in Room 207. The focus was "mindful eating," which "increases your awareness of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation," their menu explains. It continues, "Eating mindfully is a practice that uses all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body."
They chose ingredients from the Stone Barns farm; others were sustainably sourced. In addition to the bruschetta and the sweet potato soup, there was kale risotto, "classic farm soup" and a seasonal salad. With each course came a story about how people can share their cultures by sharing foods, how food can be a form of medicine and how healthy soil leads to more nutritious ingredients.
Students who took the class said they planned to eat healthier and to spread the word about the connection between how we grow food and the world around us.
"I commit to eating healthy foods and staying away from bad foods that may be detrimental to my health," Gillian Okaiteye wrote in an action plan questionnaire.
Several said they would start their own gardens or join a community garden. Nick Calderone said he would like to help his mother cook and perhaps even make the family dinner on his own. Colin Logan, like many others, said he would let others know what he had learned.
"I will spread awareness about issues with the food system, such as unfair distribution and non-ethical production practices," Logan said.City School District of New Rochelle
Jake Logan Wins Con Edison Athlete of WeekNew Rochelle High School senior wrestler Jake Logan won last week's Con Edison Westchester Scholar Athlete of the Week. Logan won the County Championship on Jan. 19, going 3-0 and being named Most Outstanding Senior at the event. He also had a victory in a dual match win vs. lona Prep.Logan won the Eastern States Wrestling Tournament's 182-pound class on Jan. 12. It is the second year he has won that tournament. He also won the Shoreline Tournament earlier in January.
His record for the season is 26-0. He has a career record of 161-29 and is 67-0 the last two years. As a junior, he went 41-0 and won the state championship in the 182-pound class. He has not given up a takedown since his sophomore year.
He has earned a scholarship to Lehigh University, one of the top Division I wrestling programs in the nation.
"Jake has outstanding character and leads by example in every practice," Wrestling Coach Eddie Ortiz said. "He consistently demonstrated a positive attitude and work ethic that the younger kids on the team look up to. It is for these reasons that he was named captain of the team his junior year."
Listen to an interview with Logan on 100.7 WHUD.City School District of New Rochelle
Meteorologist Teaches Students Science of WeatherWhile many of us complain about bad weather, the third-graders at Daniel Webster Magnet School can talk about it more knowledgably, thanks to meteorologist Erica Grow of NBC TV's Storm Team 4.Grow and a team of helpers stopped by the school on a recent (very rainy) day to teach the students about hurricanes, tornadoes and flash floods.
"Flood water, when it's in motion, is more powerful than a tornado," Grow said. "Just six inches of water can knock you right off your feet if it's moving fast enough."
With a can of shaving cream, Grow sprayed depictions of clouds on the arms of students who had volunteered to help with the demonstration. She created horizontal stratus clouds, puffy cumulous clouds, tall cumulonimbus clouds and, finally, high-in-the-sky cirrus clouds, which are "very thin, delicate, wispy even."
"Our approach is to get students excited about science, to create lifelong learners," Grow said before the lesson. "It's important to bring STEM education to students in a way that they might not get otherwise, and that will hopefully spark a newfound interest."
Principal Melissa Passarelli added, "This fits perfectly with our strategy of offering inquiry-based learning centered on real-world applications."
Consider that interest sparked.
"It's fun to explore what it feels like to be in that weather," said student Addison Kurtin.
"When it's over," schoolmate Clara Garcia-Gallet added, "you can see what's left from the bad weather and you can study it."City School District of New Rochelle
Calendar of Events
Columbus PTA Fundraiser BeginsCity School District of New Rochelle
SEPTA General Meeting
7:30 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
WCSMA Elementary/Intermediate All County Chorus Rehearsal
Sleepy Hollow High School
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Ave.
Town Hall Meeting - Safety and Security
IEYMS AuditoriumCity School District of New Rochelle
Board of Education - Special Meeting
6:00 p.m.City School District of New Rochelle
New Message from the Interim Principal
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.
Nominate Alumni For NRHS Wall of Fame
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations must be received by June 1. The Wall of Fame ceremony is held each December at the school.
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."