HALF HOLLOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL EAST PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER
Volume 1V, Issue 1
October 21, 2011
A Special Message from Dr. Woodberry Hello High School East Community,
The Insider’s View
Page 3 Creative Scholars
Page 4 Broccoli with a Punch
Page 5 Football players with heart
Page 7 A Shrewd Performance
Page 8 Honors and Victories
Special Thanks to Contributors:
High School East is once again off to a great start! At this time, as the leaves start to fall, our students and staff have ironed out the kinks and are entrenched in the academic process. As always, our staff is working to increase our capacity to engage students in meaningful learning and instruction. Administrators have been participating in workshops intended to strengthen our teacher observation and evaluation skills and we will soon be using this information in workshops with our teachers. I am sure that our professional collaboration will enhance instruction for our students. This year we welcomed a new group of teachers who are competent, eager and prepared to make their mark in the field of education. As in years past, these teachers went through a rigorous screening process and were selected from a large pool of candidates to become members of the High School East faculty. After spending time in their classes during the first two months of school I am confident that we chose the best of the best. As our students strive for academic excellence they also take part in a variety of extracurricular activities. Already our sports teams have racked up a number of victories. The Thunderbirds football team, for example, have moved past the point of looking for wins and become a team looking for a playoff spot! Another exciting highlight is the Boy’s Soccer team being undefeated in league play to this point! Our clubs have been very active rehearsing, practicing, planning and engaging in numerous activities; too much to list in this message. There have been many significant changes at our school over the past few years but our excellence in academics, athletics and the arts has remained the same. As you will see in this issue a number of students have already been recognized for their outstanding performance in these areas. This is only the beginning. High School East’s commitment to achievement is never ending. As we move forward through the first part of our year, remember Respect, Responsibility and Excellence in all that you do.
J. A. Woodberry Roberta Berrios Lauren Destefano Thomas Ciolfi
And Photographers: Felice Crystal Life Touch Studio Asia Lee Photography
Congratulations to HS East National Merit Semi-finalists HS East is proud to congratulate our National pursuits. They truly exemplify our standards of Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists, Adam Needel- respect, responsibility and excellence. man and Aaron Schwartz, pictured here with Dr. Woodberry and Mr. Catapano. Adam and Aaron are among the highest scoring entrants on the PSAT/NMDQT exam in New York State. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Adam and Aaron must advance to Finalist standing in the competition. We wish Adam and Aaron continued success in this competition as well in all their academic
Excellence in HS East... Commended for Excellence Our twelve commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program also deserve our recognition for their excellent level of achievement. Although they do not continue in the competition, they may become candidates of special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Pictured right with Dr. Woodberry and Mr. Catapano, our commended scholars are: Hannah Kenagy, Michael Choi, Basant Devjani, Jacob Henner, Jane Hung, Kunal Singh, Shana Dollinger, Jonathan Fine, Moore Chen, and Matthew Henry. Not in the photo are Brian Dorfman and Mark Lobo. Raymond Oliva, featured right with Mr. Catapano, received the Suffolk County Executive Youth Achievement Award. The honor is bestowed upon students who have “demonstrated growth and personal achievement, overcome adversity or met challenges in a very extraordinary manner.” Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy recently presented Raymond with his award at a celebratory dinner event on September 15th at Villa Lombardi. Senior artist, Nikki Horowitz, pictured below with art teacher Kim Norris and Fine Arts Director Sal Randazzo, has been selected from among only twenty students across Long Island for an Award of Merit in the Scholar Artist Program. In 2007, Long Island districts’ arts administrators launched a collaboration with the Long Island Arts Alliance, Newsday, and New York Community Bank Foundation, designed to recognize students judged to be “the best of the best” on Long Island. The ScholarArtist program mirrors the regions’ Scholar-Athlete programs. Her art teacher, Ms. Norris, nominated Nikki in her junior year. Nikki had to produce and submit an entire portfolio of her artwork in addition to an extensive application with an essay and accomplishments. Nikki took AP Studio Art as a junior and received a five on her AP Portfolio Exam. She is currently in the process of looking at schools that encompass her wide array of arts interests including fine arts, theater and communications.
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And Beyond que Rivers, are members of the Wyandanch-Wheatley Heights Ambulance Corps. They recently placed second Three Hills East students Jerrika Braddy, Kendall overall at the NYS Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue AsFowlkes, and Jasmine Anderson (featured below), along sociation’s (NYSVARA) Pulse Check 2011. with their Hills West teammates Nakiya Jenkins and TariPulse Check is NYSVARA’s highly recognized annual educational conference and trade show open to all (both members and non-members alike), featuring recognized seminar speakers and quality presentations. The Annual EMS Drill Skills Challenge is one of the highlights of Pulse Check. It features EMS teams consisting of both youth and adults from around our State testing their skills in unique EMS scenarios. It’s a great way to demonstrate skills and it’s fun to watch.
Placing second overall is quite an accomplishment for these young rescue workers, who dedicate their own personal time to their community.
21st Century Scholars
them to prestigious awards in the coming years. Rachel aspires to excellence with a challenging schedule of honors and AP courses as well as an independent study of American Sign Language. She is also a member of our orchestra. Divya also excels in honors and AP courses and is pursuing Independent Research with Math teacher Ms. Suarez.
The institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY at Old Westbury bestowed the honor of Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics on two of HS East’s best and brightest: tenth grader Rachel Dvoskin and ninth grader Divya Rao. Both students are among the 75 students this year accepted by the Institute to pursue mathematics and mathematical science We wish both students success in their course of study applications in 60 hours of class over the course of 20 this year and look forward to hearing about their experiSaturday mornings this school year. Included in their ence. studies are problem-solving applied to probability, drawing of ocean bottom profile, theory of finite differences and mass point geometry, as well as topics in science. Rachel and Divya will develop their ability to use a variety of problem-solving skills and strategies, increase their interest and enthusiasm for problemsolving in mathematics, sharpen their mathematical intuition and develop their “brain power,” become acquainted with interesting and important mathematical ideas, and experience the fun, satisfaction, pleasure, and thrill of discovery associated with creativeproblem solving. Our young 21st Century scholars are well on their way toward the high achievement that will surely lead
HS East Junior Gives “Veggies” a New Name member of the nutrition committee and is well aware of the importance of developing good eating habits, especially at a young age. Matt contacted Cornell Center for behavioral economics in Child Nutrition Programs and was fortunate to be able to create a study along with Cornell researchers, to find out if there would be an increase in student consumption of broccoli when the name was changed. With the cooperation of the district and the incredible support and direction of the district’s Lunch Director Bonnie Scally, Matt was able to find out if students at Signal Hill ElemenUpon reading about Cornell’s re- tary School would consume more search, junior Matthew Klinger de- broccoli when offered to them by the cided he wanted to implement this name “Teeny Tiny Tasty Tree Tops.” research in his community. Matt is a In addition to changing the name, appearance was altered. Fresh Excerpt from the Elementary Lunch Menu broccoli was Pizza Sticks w/ Popcorn Chicken roasted with Marinara Sauce Turkey Vegetable Soup garlic allowing Grilled Chicken Caesar Wheat Bagel Platter the broccoli to Wrap Chicken Caesar Salad obtain a vibrant Chicken Caesar Salad Veggie Dunkers attractive green Power-Punch Broccoli Chilled Pears color. After Fresh Raw Veggies Assorted Fresh Fruit compiling and Juicy Orange Slices reviewing the Spaghetti & Meatballs Personal Pan Pizza data collected. Meatball Hero Chicken Teriyaki Wrap Matthew’s study Boars Head Turkey Sand. Teriyaki Chicken Mandarin concluded that Veggie Salad w/ BH Turkey Salad there was an Wheat French Bread Baby Carrot Dippers increase of 102 Good 4 u Green Beans Mini Salad Cups percent in the Banana NY State Grown Apples student’s conAssorted Fresh Fruit sumption of As obesity becomes a serious threat to our nation’s youth, there has been a growing increase in finding ways to help students make healthier choices without even realizing it. The general idea is to use environmental cues to make the most nutritious decision the most desirable one. Researchers at Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs have dedicated their time to facilitate new and innovative ways to apply behavioral economic theory to child nutrition programs that will benefit student’s diet and health. One area where Cornell researchers focused their attention was on how they can de-stigmatize fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias. They suggest you rename them. When Cornell researchers told kindergartners they were eating “X-ray vision carrots” rather than plain old vegetables, the kids ate 50 percent more.
broccoli during the time the name was changed. Students appeared to enjoy
the taste of the fresh roasted broccoli called Teeny Tiny Tasty Tree Tops. Bonnie Scally found these results to be encouraging and has decided to change the names of several items available on the elementary school’s lunch menu in hopes that more students will be “swayed” into trying the healthy foods. Now children may choose Power Punch Broccoli, Super Side Salad, Make Me Strong Spinach, Good 4 U Green, Veggie Dunkers and Baby Carrot Dippers. Matt claims while these names may appeal to young children, high school students may respond to more sophisticated veggie names. He suggests naming veggies after favorite or retired teachers and staff. Matt says his interest in research was inspired by his ninth grade Math teacher Ms. Suarez and the book Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. He hopes to attend Cornell University and eventually go on to medical school to become a doctor.
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Artists and Athletes with Heart Building Community Spirit This September, Art teacher Allyson Uttendorfer and three National Art Honor Society students participated in Suffolk County’s Habitat for Humanity's Woman's Build. Seniors Nikki Fasciglione, Lindsay Herman and Ricki Berkenfeld joined Mrs. Uttendorfer in Bellport to
apply roofing and insulation to a new home for the deserving Deacon family. A local community boutique, Ooh la la, donated $5000 to sponsor the two-day build. Last October Mrs. Uttendorfer went to Baton Rouge to work on a home in the area damaged by hurricane Katrina. This year she and her students wanted to help locally. The home will be dedicated to the family this spring.
Football Players Bring Joy to a Young Fan
haved and compassionate these young men were at the event. They are truly outstanding young men.”
Players on the Varsity Football Team have been demonstrating excellence lately both on the field and in the Additionally, Coach Patrovich made James the team’s community. Recently, several team members attended honorary captain for our first home game on Septema fundraiser for a charity called “The Friends of Kenny ber 16th, putting a smile on the face of a child who Warren” sponsored by the company of one of our HS needs some joy in his life right now. East parents John Albanese. The money raised at the charity event goes to families on Long Island that have children with cancer. At the event, several football players, Ryan Coyle, R.J. Nitti, Justin Ashley, Rasheed Williams, Brandon Brightman and David Albanese, presented a signed football from the entire team to James Stanton, a nine year old boy who has had brain cancer since he was two. The older boys spent some time with the energetic and active nine-year-old throughout the day, hanging out and taking pictures. Mr. Albanese commented, “You should be proud to know how professional, well be-
Beyond the Walls of HS East Virtual Heckscher Ms. Uttendorfer’s art history class participated in a “distance learning” experience with the Heckscher Museum of Art. They used Google Plus to have a guided tour of the exhibition Earth Matters. Google Plus allows us to see and hear the tour in real time. Students were able to interact with the educators and their peers, ask questions and respond through chatting and the microphone. The exhibition features installation art and will be a wonderful introduction for the art department’s installation project. The class will use the information that they learned to individually develop an idea for the school installation and they will
Performing with All Their Heart Members of The HS East Choir and Band received accolades of praise from the Melville Fire Department for participating in their 9/11 Memorial Service. Chief Robert Warren had this to say: “The service, attended by approximately 350 people, would not have been the success it was without the students’ participation. The rendering of Taps by the bugler, played twice during the ceremony at the moments the towers were struck, was both heartrending and poignant. The cadence of the snare drummer during the exiting of our personnel from the memorial was done with military precision. The angelic voices of the choir members when they sang “God Bless the USA” at the conclusion of the service made it nothing less than heartfelt and truly memorable.”
collaboratively decide on one or two that took place during a trip. Additionally, they can serve under-served ideas to refine. school districts that cannot attend a The Heckscher Museum of Art is museum. HS East is honored to be always looking to connect 21st cen- the pilot school. tury learning with those that cannot visit the museum in person for financial reasons or time constraints. With this project, museum educators will follow up with participating schools that visit and can reinforce learning Chief Warren extended a special thank you to the following: Choir members Julia Alford, Beth Archer, Jen Bender, Nichole Doran, Emily Frank, Lauren Hauptman, Ashley Johnson, Breanna Kretzer, Bryce McDonough, Oliva Patronis Sophia Pavlatos, Gabrielle Persichilli, Sarah Sampino, Sam Seleznow, Jessica Schwab, Luke Shin, and Brian Tolep;
Band members Matt Borkan (drum player) and Brandon Odze (trumpet player); Choir teacher Danielle McRoy; and Band Director Robert Belanich. We at HS East thank Chief Warren and the Melville Fire Department for allowing our students to be a part of this momentous event.
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A Shakespearean Revival It’s a new school year, and the students performing in this year’s Fall Drama are ready to spark a Shakespearean revival at High School East! Students, faculty, and community members alike are invited to take witness, as our all-star cast rocks the McCaffrey Lecture Hall with a stunning performance of The Taming of the Shrew on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th at 7:30 pm. Rave reviews are anticipated as, under the Shrewd direction of Hills East English teachers Mr. Kenneth Smyrk and Mrs. Lauren DeStefano, rehearsal performances have already proven richly inventive and wholly struck Lucentio, Nikki Horowitz as hilarious. the much-coveted Bianca, Josh Featured players who are sure to Rosenbaum as the decaying parado the bawdy old Bard proud in- mour Gremio, Brandon Kaplan as clude Aaron Schwartz as the love- the defeated suitor Hortensio, Sophia Pavlatos as the ruffian jester Grumio, Nathaniel Bear as the wise and conspiring Tranio, Basant Devjani as the burdened father Baptista, Josh Estes as the undaunted Petruchio, and Veronica Fox as the brawling Shrew.
The cast will perform this quintessential battle of the sexes in authentic Elizabethan garb, courtesy of expert costumer and High School East graduate Inger Reres. In addition, the performance will take place against the back drop of a stunning interior reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, as High School East graduate Giovanni Reres and former PTA president Victoria Reres promise to deliver their best set yet! Don’t miss this spectacular fall event! Tickets are available in advance in rooms 201 and 215 or at the door.
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Once again, HS East spring season teams have received sportsmanship honors for the year 2010-11. The following teams were commended by New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA)
for having best exemplified the spirit of sportsmanship in their respective leagues: Varsity Boys’ Tennis, Varsity Girls’ Golf, Varsity Baseball and Junior Varsity Baseball. Congratulations to the players and their coaches for bringing honor to Hills East!
further success and extend a special thank you to Coach Tiziano Carcone for all he Hills East athletes spend countless hours has done to get the Boys’ Soccer program in the gym and on the fields practicing and back on top. honing their skills. Whether they win or lose, all the hard work and sweat is well Watch for more photos of HS East athworth the team spirit they build. Three fall letes and highlights from Homecoming teams in particular have outstanding re- weekend on the HS East Website Media Gallery. cords.
A Strong Season for Hills East
Congratulations are in order this season to the young women of the Girls’ Tennis Team who are League Champions. Additionally, Football is having its most successful season with a record three wins. Especially noteworthy is the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team with the most successful season in years. In first place, they are now 11-0-1, with a 9-0-1 league record. Jordan Gross is playing fantastic in net, keeping their opponents from scoring. Jake Freeman is leading the team and the league in scoring. Robby Reiser, Tyler Kirschner, Ryan Gebhardt, Jeremy Leder, Sam Wasser, Kris Ruiz, Jeremy Manus, and all the rest are playing great this year. The team is headed towards playoffs and their first league championship. We wish the team