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SCHOOL SCENE A Special Supplement to the Sullivan County Democrat

A look at activities in the Roscoe Central School District



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Working toward a badge of honor in rigorous language program STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATHY DALEY


lisha Trautschold plans to go into research science and knows that world traveling will beckon her as part of that profession. “Having a second language will be useful,” said Trautschold, a senior at Roscoe Central School. Colleague Breanna Kipp sees art in her future – her work has been on display for years in the halls of the school. “I know it's easier to get a job if you speak Spanish,” she said. Kia Haering, who hopes to study biology in college with a minor in linguistics, stresses that “Learning a [second] language is very important.” Trautschold, Kipp and Haering have studied Spanish since eighth grade. They are also working towards a singular honor: the New York State's

Seal of Biliteracy. Launched in 2012 by the State Education Department's Board of Regents, the Seal was established to recognize high school graduates who are fluent in another language along with English. Once the students earn the Seal, the badge is affixed on their diploma and high school transcript. “It is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admission,” said SED Deputy Commissioner Angélica InfanteGreen at the time. But first students must qualify. “By the end of this year, my students will have satisfied the requirements of having scored an 80 or higher on the NYS ELA Regents Exam and completed grades 11 and 12 ELA courses with an 85 average or higher,” said Roscoe Spanish teacher Cindy Hyzer.

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The students also have to have earned an 85 or higher in Spanish. Earning the Seal then requires that the students Roscoe senior Kia Haering researches the style of the work their way through jour- Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as part of a comprehensive nal-keeping, essays and an language project to gain a special seal on her diplooral presentation, all revealing ma and high school transcript. skill in reading, writing, speaking, listening and in cultural present their research and art creknowledge of both English and ation to a gathering of the school Spanish. The teens are supervised by principal, guidance counselor, world mentors Hyzer and English teacher language teacher and English Carmel Lambe. teacher. “It's awesome that we have this at “Everything will be presented to the our school,” said Trautschold. committee in both Spanish and At Roscoe, all three students decid- English via a Google Slides presentaed they would research respected tion with a question and answer segartists of Spanish heritage. ment at the end,” said Hyzer. “A repTrautschold chose Salvador Dali, resentative from the Office of World Kipp chose Pablo Picasso and Languages from State Education may Haering chose Frida Kahlo. Each be at the presentation; we have not began by researching the life and yet been notified yet.” Since September, the students have work of their artist, and wrote twopage papers on both the artist's biog- been keeping the required journals, in Spanish, on their learning and on raphy and his or her style of work. Then they wrote papers for their the progress of their art piece. “Studying a different language gives college composition class that tied in with their Spanish research. you not only a skill but a deeper Trautschold and Kipp wrote argu- understanding of the culture,” mentative essays on, respectively, the reflected Trautschold. “You develop a importance of learning a second lan- level of respect for people of a differguage in education and on the immi- ent language.” As for the Seal of Biliteracy, Kipp gration crisis in the U.S. Kia Haering wrote a comparison and contrast said lightly and happily to her colleagues, “We've been speaking essay on Italy and Spain. Finally, they must create their own Spanish for six years. We deserve it!” original piece of art based on the work of their artist of choice. Then, in May, they will Proficiency in two languages will boost college and career opportunities for students Breanna Kipp and Alisha Trautschold, front row. Mentors in the new program at Roscoe are, back, Spanish teacher Cindy Hyzer and English teacher Carmel Lambe.

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Whether it’s a classroom or gym, phys. ed. teacher finds home

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Surrounded by Roscoe kids, new physical education teacher Corey Booth gladly focuses on fitness and health for students of all ages and shapes.






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orey Booth was an upstairs guy and now he’s downstairs and loving it. Booth worked as a teaching assistant at Roscoe Central School for two years before claiming the gymnasium as his “classroom” this past fall. That’s when he became physical education teacher taking over the post held by Tom Atwell. “I didn’t mind being upstairs in the classrooms – it taught me a lot about patience,” said Booth, whose degree is in physical education. Booth joins phys ed teacher Melissa Ebeling in the tasks of promoting physical activity for all ages of kids, helping to develop motor skills, proper exercise and even good eating habits. Recently, he taught a unit on fitness – particularly pertinent with the focus on the problem of obesity and children’s health issues. Today's kids can be fixated heavily on cellphones and video games, challenging physical education teachers everywhere. “I look for a teachable moment by jumping in when I can with encouragement,” said Booth. Mostly, though, his kids do tend to jump into action. They love pickle ball, a variation between ping-pong and tennis. They like to shoot baskets, and the game of badminton is a favorite with all ages. “It gets everyone excited,” he said. The range of students keeps Booth on his toes. At one end are the fiveand-six-year olds, who must skip, jump and run to burn off energy. Other times, it’s the movement skills that

Booth teaches, a kind of basic handeye coordination. For fourth graders, he starts with warm ups, stretching and calisthenics and then segues into throwing and catching, using skills to build into teamwork and cooperation. Booth knows full well the importance of teamwork. In an early post on the school district’s facebook page this year, he introduced himself as a big baseball fan but took a back seat to his own celebrity. Named to the SUNY Orange Athletic Hall of Fame, Booth was the first ever First-Team All American from SUNY Orange when he went to college there. During his sophomore season, he hit a remarkable .530 in 38 games with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 49 runs scored and 54 RBI’s. He helped lead the college’s Colts to the 2010 Region XV championship and was a two-time All Conference selection as well as Player of the Year. Booth then went on to SUNY Brockport to earn a degree in physical education – and to play ball. He started 78 of his 80 games, and hit .350 as a junior and .360 as a senior. In April 2012 at Brockport, Booth went 4-5 in a game against Oswego, prompting a newspaper headline to term the student “a hit machine.” After graduating from Brockport, he returned to SUNY Orange as an assistant baseball coach for three seasons. His own high school alma mater is Minisink Valley High School, where his mother Tina teaches special education. Roscoe Principal Janice Phillips said Booth “has successfully transitioned from a teaching assistant to a physical education teacher. He has demonstrated his ability to develop age-appropriate units that promote student participation in the development of healthy habits and routines.” It’s all good – the education of kids in the classroom and in the gymnasium, Booth said. “Its nice to have seen both spectrums,” he said, “and to see that for some kids, they might struggle in school but excel in the gym.”







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Eating up the past: kids learn Mexican history through food STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATHY DALEY


or six weeks, the high school students delved into Mexico’s Aztec and Spanish background through its connection to cuisine. Then came three days of a cookingin-school frenzy. After all, said Mary Margaret Green, Roscoe's school media specialist and Home & Careers teacher, “Who doesn’t want to learn through the stomach?” First, ninth and 10th graders in Green’s Basic Food Course and 10th graders studying Spanish with teacher Cindy Hyzer separately researched how history, geography, climate, traditions, agriculture and customs played a huge role in the varied cuisine of Mexico. Among the first residents of Mexico were the Aztecs, famous for their agriculture, irrigation, complex calendar system as well as their magnif-

icent pyramids and temples. “The architecture was amazing,” said sophomore Zelda Adams. “There was a building of seven layers, focused on religion and mythology.” That structure was the Templo Mayor, built and added onto over 200 years, in what is now Mexico City. The bloody invasion of the Aztec Empire by Spain in 1519 eventually resulted in a co-mingling of people and cultures. “It’s very interesting to see how the two cultures fused and mixed,” said Adams. Classmate Rebecca Stickle spoke of the silver mining town in the Bajio region in central Mexico, where, under Spanish rule, local residents became very wealthy. Food in Mexico today speaks of that mixing of people. For example, “the indigenous Mayans made chocolate pie” from cocoa beans, said Stickle. The Spanish conquerors under Hernando Cortez were introduced to

chocolate and eventually brought the cocoa bean to Spain and then to all of Europe. The word “chocolate” is from the Aztec/Mayan word chocolatl. The avocado dip “guacamole” is also an Aztec food from the word huacamolli. The Spaniards brought cattle and other animals to Mexico, where, particularly in the central part of the county, “It’s very common for people to cook grilled steak,” said Adams. In preparation for the learning that would take place in the Home Economics kitchen in February, the two groups of students chose recipes, created a shopping list and broke down the recipes. They sampled the meat dish called carne asada, after they measured, grilled and stirred seasoned meat, piling it on corn tortillas, which were a staple in the lives of the long-ago Mayans. The students also baked their own tortilla chips, made guacamole and

cooked up churros, a fried-dough pastry-based snack that is traditional in Spain. They also concocted Xangos, which is a rich, smooth cheesecake dessert rolled in a flaky pastry tortilla. Green and Hyzer were able to afford the purchases of food and other items through a $500 grant from the Sullivan County Teacher’s Center, which came through at the end of December. “I was struck with learning how food can be a fun and important part of life,” said Stickle. “In the Mayan region, along the Pacific coast of Mexico, the people had a huge party, the Mazatlan Carnival. We’d love to have huge carnivals here with food and fun.” Student Ashley Nieves, also a tenth grader, loved the hands-on approach to leaning about another culture. “I am Spanish, so some of it was familiar to me,” Nieves said, as she sliced meat for the carne asada.

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Earlier, she and other students had created the chocolate sauce that covered the fried-dough churros. The project will culminate in a trip to the Mexican restaurant Gaby's Cafe in Ellenville, where owner Genaro Garcia (who recently bought the landmark Cohen's Bakery) will share experiences with the students. Teacher Cindy Hyzer enthused about the hands-on, tasty learning. “Rather than just learning how to say 'avocado' in Spanish,” she said, “they learned how culture and history affects the food we eat.”

Near Right Photo: Students Zelda Adams and Rebecca Stickle helped create the dessert Xangos, which is rich, smooth cheesecake rolled in a flaky pastry tortilla. Far Right Photo: Ashley Nieves, a tenth grader, loved the hands-on approach to learning about another culture and its food, including this bowl of avocado.







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A Single Bite strives to improve health for Sullivan County


Single Bite, is a free, interactive, volunteer-presented program that empowers students to care about the food they eat and where it comes from. Established four years ago to address Sullivan County’s dismal health rating – ranking 61 of 62 counties in New York State – A Single Bite educates through classroom presentations and “real” food field trip experiences; teaches young adults a new perspective on current food systems and how to navigate them; improves their confidence in making sound nutritional choices; and encourages them to take greater responsibility for their overall health and wellness. A Single Bite Founders Sims Foster, a Sullivan County native, and his partner and wife Kirsten Harlow Foster also wanted to help address

the health crisis in the region. Calling on their background in hospitality, the Fosters are the founders of Foster Supply Hospitality, Co., they strive to create small moments for students where the experience and resulting memories of food have the potential to redirect their life trajectory. As part of the program, students also meet respected chefs and hear about food sourcing and preparation, integral themes to the overall education process. “We were motivated to launch the program to respond to Sullivan County’s health crisis. Looking at the factors that impact our community's health, especially the pervasive food insecurity crisis, there was one area where we could help,” commented Sims Foster, who has committed the resources and talent of his highly

trained professional culinary and management team to support A Single Bite. "The goal is to reach every eighth grader in Sullivan County." Working closely with school administrators and Mary Margaret Green, Family and Career Science Educator at Roscoe Central School, the program, slated to begin in April, targets students as they explore Nutrition and Wellness and Food Systems and Production curriculum. Participants experience firsthand that where their food comes from and how it is prepared matters to their health and wellbeing. Fundraising and community awareness have grown in the project’s fifth year. Thanks to donations, grants and the support of multiple businesses, A Single Bite is presented at Livingston Manor, where the pro-

gram originated. It’s expanded to Roscoe, Downsville, and Sullivan West schools with plans to reach all eight school districts by the end of 2021. Tax-deductible contributions to A Single Bite enable the expanding non-profit to continue to provide exciting, educational and inspiring real food experiences. Learn more at asinglebite.org About A Single Bite: The program is built on the belief that real life experiences to change the way we look at our food systems, empower young adults to disregard the cards stacked against them, and to make positive decisions going forward. A Single Bite is an interactive, volunteer-presented program with engagement throughout the school year, designed to complement the NYS curriculum

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requirements and to meet the needs of this rural community. Working closely with the Family and Consumer Sciences educator, A Single Bite presents a multi-session program to grade 8 students and a twopart continuing program with more robust content for select grade 9-12 students. Introduced through classroom presentations with discussion about real food vs. processed food, A Single Bite offers healthy food designed to challenge palettes. These “single bites” are prepared and presented by professional chefs with only one rule imposed, to try each food offered. Additionally, students visit local farms and purveyors to learn about the nutritional value of consuming products that are locally grown and produced. Students have harvested food that is later used in the classroom to prepare their own single bites. The program also includes trips to restaurants where Executive Chefs discuss food sources; preparation and students are encouraged to fully embrace what is for some their first authentic dining experience. The Programs of A Single Bite target young adults in Sullivan County, sadly rated 61 of the 62 counties in NYS in

the area of health. Nearly 17% of the population is living in poverty, one of the poorest counties in NYS, where, according to the Feeding Ameri-


ca/2018 Report, the Food Insecurity Rate is 19.1% and specifically the program is presented by volunteers in the Livingston Manor Central School, a


Title One school where educators, mentors and volunteers all point to the social, economic and cultural factors which in the majority of cases, result in situations where local children are not taking traditional meals with family, are dependent on free breakfast and lunch programs, lack the funds to acquire healthy food, make poor decisions where purchasing or selecting food, and are all too often relegated to ingesting minimally nutritious food just to feel full. Though our youth live in an area noted for agriculture and excellent dining options, the majority of whom have not had the opportunity to learn about “real” food, where it comes from, or to experience food, and true dining, in a manner that many take for granted. A Single Bite is a not-for-profit project founded by Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster of Foster Supply Hospitality Co. and is supported by individual donors, foundations, organizations and select regional businesses. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be made to: Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan NY – The Fund for A Single Bite

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Something nice, something kind at fourth grade news broadcast STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATHY DALEY

Three students take to the auditorium stage, arranging themselves in chairs and wielding scripts in their hands. Family members watch intently from seats in the audience. The occasion is the monthly Fourth Grade News Broadcast, a lively show featuring different fourth graders serving as news anchors. This time, the stars of the show are Gianalyse Ibarra, John Feliciano and Mason Trautschold. The three students pass a hand mike to each other as they give the weather report: expected cold until Sunday, expected snow one day next week. “Sometimes they are so nervous,” fourth grade teacher Jamie Crofoot said earlier, “but when it's over they say 'Can I do it again?'” After hearing from Gianalyse that the groundhog predicted an early spring, the news anchors move on to an important feature of the show: casting a spotlight on a younger grade and what the kids are up to. This time, it's first grade. “In science, they are learning about the different habitats on Earth,” said Mason. “In social studies, they are learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,” added Gianalyse. Typically the class being featured sings or recites poems so the first grade lined up to offer an ode to Valentine's Day. The whole project focuses on public speaking, reading and fluency, said Crofoot. She writes

the scripts and provides the copy to the news anchors a few days ahead so they can begin practicing. Part of the fun is alerting the audience to interesting things going on in the school and in the wider community. From March 2 to 11, the Class of 2022 (sophomores) are holding a Northern Farmhouse Pasta sale. At the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville, a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade art show takes place from March 13-31. Another feature is called Caught Doing Something Great Today. “I love it when boys and girls show good manners,” Principal Janice Williams told the crowd. Above Photo: First graders Camryn Giegher, Melany Devantier, Tyler Carpenter and Trinity Beyea recited Reading out the names of 15 a Valentine's Day poem along with their class. children and asking them to come up to the stage, Williams Below Photo: Delivering the news on Feb. 14 were fourth graders Gianalyse Ibarra, John Feliciano and shared their good deeds and Mason Trautschold. The monthly show takes place in the school auditorium. excellent behavior as reported by teachers and staff. “Owen always remembers to say please and thank you,” said Williams. “Brody helped a student find the top of her glue stick; when another student forgot their apple juice, Levi went and got one.” Then there was the little girl who got her boot stuck in her dress, and another first grader helped to extricate her. At recess, a student went and sat with someone who was alone. Somebody helped a student whose jacket zipper was stuck. The news broadcasts last for just about a half hour, on a Friday from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., but they are well worth tuning into.



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esearch shows that small schools like Roscoe can offer benefits over larger schools. Take the collaboration this year that saw eleventh graders in Spanish 4 class visit the fifth grade English classroom to do a lesson on the Mexican Revolution. The point was to illuminate one of the historical issues in the novel “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan. “The novel is about a young Spanish girl and family in Mexico,” recounted English teacher Katie Ahart. The story begins during the time of the Great Depression and the Mexican Revolution. The lead character’s family loses their wealth and plantation and have to settle in a farm camp. There they confront the challenges of migrant laborers, acceptance and economic difficulties brought on by the Depression. Spanish teacher Cindy Hyzer asked her high school juniors to present to

the fifth graders on the leaders of that Revolution, including the famous Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. It helped a great deal that those same high school kids had learned “Esperanza Rising” from Ahart when they were fifth graders. “The eleventh graders were able to make a lot of connection with the novel,” said Ahart, noting that they created a slide show and then split the younger students into discussion groups. The older students were Cole DeRosia, David Diaz, Andrew Ruiz and Hunter Appley. At first, the fifth graders were shy, especially when they were asked questions like “Do you know what a revolution is?” But by the end of the lesson, “there was a lot of conversation and laughs going on between the groups,” said Ahart. “Most of the students knew some of the older students. That is one of the benefits of a small school. At some point, they pass each other in the hallways, so none of them were strangers.”

Eleventh grader Hunter Appley helps fifth graders Benjamin Johnston, Coleton Faulkner, Haley Rivas and Celeste DeAndrea understand the reasons behind the Mexican Revolution in a class taught by Katie Ahart, at left.

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Roscoe School Scene 2020  

Take an inside look at the great things happening within the Roscoe Central School District!

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Take an inside look at the great things happening within the Roscoe Central School District!