NHP Gladiator Gazette
Volume 2, Issue 2 - Second Quarter of 2016-2017 School Year
The End of the 2nd Quarter
I hope that your New Year is off to a great start! We have been very busy here at the High School with January 25th as the end of the second quarter. Our students have completed half the year already and the second half always seems to move even faster than the first half! There are many different events happening here at the High School over the next few months. Please make sure to check regularly with the school website or calendar so you do not miss anything important and exciting!
I want to make you aware that during the school year we have multiple meetings with our School Safety committee. In attendance at these meetings we have representation from all of the New Hyde Park Community including the Nassau County Police Department, New Hyde Park Fire Department, PTSA, teachers and students. During these meetings we discuss the different aspects of safety that we want to ensure for the students, their families and staff. Each meeting one topic has come up on a consistent basis, which is the arrival (drop off) and dismissal (afternoon pick up) of our students. Yearly, I have put out multiple reminders asking parents to be careful when dropping off students. At this time we are still seeing this as a major safety concern for all. I would ask with your cooperation in adhering to the following guidelines:
1. Do NOT make a U-turn on Evergreen Avenue, instead go around the circle.
2. Do NOT double park in front of the school at any time. This includes in front of the auditorium entrances.
3. Do NOT drive through the parking lot in the back of the building and pass school buses with their stop sign out.
The Nassau County Police have been on campus and have begun to take action in ticketing cars that do not adhere to these rules. We all want what is best for our students academically, socially, emotionally and their safety MUST also be a top priority. We as the adults must set the standard high, make good choices and be positive role models for our students. Again, I am asking for your assistance and cooperation in this matter.
Thank you for all you do to help make New Hyde Park at great place!
Dr. Richard Faccio
New Hyde Park Memorial High School
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P.S. If you are having any issues with this, please do not hesitate to contact the Guidance office at 488-9552
New Hyde Park Memorial F.B.L.A. Does well at Spring District Meeting
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the New Hyde Park chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended the annual FBLA Spring District Meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. At the meeting, 13 New Hyde Park students competed against other schools in Nassau County in various business related events. The results of the first, second, third, fourth and fifth place winners are as follows:
1st place - Barbara Baker-Pena - Business Communications
2nd place - Sarah Jivraj - Business Law
3rd place - Arman Jivraj - Business Calculation
3rd place - Sarah Jivraj - Job Interview
3rd place - Sarah Jivraj - Marketing
3rd place - Leanna Brummell - Word Processing
4th place - Veronica Solis - Client Service
4th place - Roslyn Petrovich - Business Math
5th place - Cassandra Ward - Word Processing
5th place - Hexham Khan - Technology Concepts
Congratulations to all the competitors. As a result, all students have been invited to attend the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Rochester, NY, April 5-7. Good Luck to all!!!!!
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT HAPPENINGS
8th Grade Students Produce Short Films
Eighth grade students in Mr. Mechanic and Ms. Katz's classes are working together to produce short films about human rights defenders for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights "Speak Truth to Power Video Contest." Mr. Mechanic and Ms. Katz are working hand-in-hand with students to teach them how to develop, film, and create their own movies using their iPads. Over the past three years, students have been honored by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights at the TriBeCa Film Festival and we anticipate similar results this year.
English 9 Advanced Classes Presents
Students in Mrs. Mannle's English 9 Advanced classes were charged with presenting the text To Kill a Mockingbird creatively. Some wrote diary entries, others interpreted songs, and many reproduced characters and scenes from the text in other artistic ways. Sabrina Wang, pictured below, made the Radleys' house and yard out of cake. The class enjoyed a little dessert after Sabrina's presentation.
Shared Decision Making Committee Has Many Activities Planned For Students During The Second Semester!
The Shared Decision Making Committee of New Hyde Park has several activities planned for the second semester of the school year. The committee will promote the “Love Has No Labels” campaign and continue to work with the “Say Something” group by incorporating “It Starts with Hello.” All display boards in the main entrance hallway have been changed. The large board reflects the “Love has No Labels” campaign, and the smaller board has the work “hello” posited in a variety of different languages.
The Soup-er Bowl of Caring Coin Harvest will take place the week of January 30th through February 3rd.
All 7th grade students will complete “The Hearts of New Hyde Park,” on Monday February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th. Students will decorate their hearts with inspirational or kind words or phrases. Beginning February 6th, “Love Has No Labels” videos will be shown during the lunch periods. Some of these videos are from the organization, but many have been made by our seventh grade students.
On February 14th, we will encourage all students to wear red. Two photo booths will be set up in the cafeterias during the lunch periods. Students will be encouraged to take pictures with other students who they may not know. We hope that the entire New Hyde Park community is looking forward to these activities.
The Shared Decision Making Committee will also have other activities to finish up the school year. We will make sure to keep you updated as the months progress.
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8th Grade Parents Meeting - FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 7pm
Cafeteria A, New Hyde Park Memorial High School
ART DEPARTMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Junior Sonam Delhiwala and Senior Camryn Dluginski exhibited their work at LIU Post as part of the month-long exhibition entitled "Advanced Visions." A highly competitive exhibition, only two students per high school were selected. Sonam's colored pencil portrait, and Camryn's digital photograph represent the best in New Hyde Park for AP Drawing and AP 2D-Design respectively. The students attended a reception for their work on Wed. Jan 25th, 2017.
G.E.A.R. Book Club holds its second annual Read Aloud Night
The G.E.A.R. Book Club had its second annual Read Aloud night on Friday, January 13, 2017. In keeping with its goal of increasing reading for pleasure in our students, the G.E.A.R. club hosted this event where the students read aloud scary stories (since it was Friday the 13th). The students enjoyed dinner, snacks and some chilling tales!
P.P.S. DEPARTMENT NEWS AND NOTES
Alumni Day 2017 - A Success!
Members from the class of 2016 (some pictured below!) gathered in the NHP school library on January 5th, to participate in what has become a tradition at NHP; Alumni Day! Approximately 45 students from the Class of 2016 spent the day presenting to the current year’s senior class about the experiences during freshman year of college. Discussions about commuting to college versus living in a dorm, difficulties with roommates, financial issues, concerns with professors and other freshman year topics were shared. During each session, alumni introduced themselves, the school they attended and their major. A 30 minute Q & A session was held. Mr. Gagnon and Mrs. Argaman coordinated the presentations. Toward the end of each period, a coffee and cookies social was held so that the Class of 2017 could mingle with the Class of 2016. It was great to see everyone conversing and enjoying themselves.
NHP Student Success in the Prosper Program
The Prosper program held its holiday luncheon for their students in December. During this luncheon, held at D.J. International Buffet in Garden City, students were praised for their diligence by reaching their goals. Pictured below are Jason Martinez and Destiny Smith with their respective school counselor.
MATH DEPARTMENT HAPPENINGS
The results are in!
On November 15, 2016 the Math 8 Advanced classes competed in the AMC8 (American Mathematics Competition). Last year this competition had 150,000 participants worldwide.
Though we did not reach the finals this year, we are proud of the four students who ranked #1 at NHP! The Gold Certificate winners are Khushi Shah, Gina Lee, Alyssa Kim, and Navdeep Kaur from Mrs. Calise’s and Mrs. Van Wie’s advanced classes.
The questions in the competition require students to think “out-of-the-box.” These four students met the challenge. For all of the students who sat for the competition, the measure of success was not just the number of problems solved correctly. It was the level of engagement that fostered an appreciation of mathematics, the intellectual experience, and the problem-solving process.
We also applaud the second and third place winners. The Silver Certificate winners are Daniyal Azeem and Shanadib Islam. The Bronze Certificate winners are Nasheed Choudhury, Rayva Gupta, Daniel Corcoran, Joyce Chen, Olivia Wong, and Adithya Krishnan. Congratulations to all!
Junior High Science Fair Winners
The student members of the Junior High and Senior High Science Olympiad teams have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming competitions at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale. The students have created resources and constructed various “devices” used during the competitions. The senior high competition will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and the junior high competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017. The competitions are composed of a series of both team and individual events. Some of this year’s events will include optics, ecology, materials science and the hovercraft.
"Love Has No Labels"
NHP Productions - CHECK THEIR WORK OUT!
Check out their webpage by clicking on the below button so you can see all of the photos and videos they have taken. Just click on the browse button on their page to get started. I know we will continue to see a lot more from them in the future!
New Hyde Parks' Mac & Cheese Cook-Off! Fill out the below form to enter!
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NEWS
This past December, the Best Buddies program organized 2 holiday season fundraisers that included the entire school. First, our student and faculty held a "Pictures with Santa" event in which the entire school was invited to receive a Polaroid or electronic picture. Secondly, the first annual NHPMHS Cookie Exchange was held. With over 40 participants, the event was a great success featuring some of the very talented bakers of the NHPMHS community.
The Best Buddies Winter Wonderland Event will take place on Feb 2nd from 5pm-7pm. The Best Buddies program continues to grow at New Hyde Park. The Best Buddies Program creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Also this upcoming month, our students in the ADL, CDP, and DLC program will be attending a Valentine's dance at Great Neck High School on February 15th. The students at both high schools have formed friendships over the past five years through our Social Skills and Life Skills program.
WORLD LANGUAGE NEWS AND NOTES
The New Hyde Park Memorial High School Italian Club including Advisor Mrs. Maniscalchi President Cristina Pietromonaco, Vice Presidents Caitlyn Pereira and Gabby LaSala, Treasurers Christina Valentino and Rose Cunningham, Secretary Nida Gulzar, Publicity Coordinator Gina Wittek, and Event Coordinator Carolyn Mikowski.
On Wednesday, August 24th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck a mountainous stretch of Lazio, located in central Italy, destroying homes, businesses, and killing at least 241 people. The earthquake left many without family, shelter, and other basic necessities. The Italian Club at New Hyde Park Memorial High School under directions of Mrs. Maniscachi, has donated money to help the victims of the earthquake. For each dollar a student donated, they received a heart in which they wrote their name on and it was hung up on a poster located in our foreign language hallway. The hearts surround a map of Italy, showing how many students donated, and their affection towards the cause. The club reached a total of $540, donated by teachers, students, families and friends. Also, Sweet Passion Desserts, located at 1200 Jericho Tpke, in New Hyde Park., 160 cake pops were donated and they were sold for $2 each, allowing the club to raise another $160. Altogether, we raised $700. This money went to the Lazio Earthquake Relief Effort, and it will help the people of Lazio regain their belongings, rebuild houses, and aid the Lazio region.
During the fall, New Hyde Park Memorial outstanding Italian student Gina Wittek was selected by the Order Sons of Italy-Cellini Lodge, to attend a weekend summit for young Italian Americans. The summit took place at the State Capital in Albany. The students attended seminars on Italian history and culture, as well as visited the Italian American Museum.
On December 9th , the New Hyde Park Memorial Italian Club visited the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The students had the opportunity to visit and learn about the sites, which welcomed their ancestor, as they arrived at our shores.
In the fall on Crêpe Day, the French club came together to teach students the ingredients used to create the batter of the crepes, and the technique used to cook them. Madame Bower along with her parents, were able to kindly and patiently teach the French club members how to make Crepes. More than 100 crepes were made, combining Nutella, honey, and fruit. Thanks to the generosity of Madame Bower and her family, for sharing with our students a small part of their French culture.