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Voices Shared
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 8:15 AM

Student reciting poetry"Reading a poem out loud makes it more about the poet, your own feelings. It adds more meaning."

That is how freshman Khushbu Dulani expressed her feelings about reading poetry aloud. Members of the Eastchester High School SLAM! Poetry Club and Advisor Dr. Ruth Kambar recently presented their original work and poems from professional poets at an Open Mic Night.

Poetry SlamApproximately 30 guests attended the event last month at Barnes & Noble in the Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Eastchester. Students were also encouraged by their World Language teacher, Laura Marcoccia, to read poems in Farsi, French, Italian, and Spanish. Andrea Smith-Yahia chaperoned the event with Ms. Marcoccia.

Sophomore Carson Moncini has been writing poems for years and she said sometimes it is easier to express her feelings in this way. "I write about every day high school experiences as well as topics like equality in the LGBTQ community, and depression," she said. "It is hard sometimes to get words out there. I write them down and it is a way to share what I cannot always say."

Another student reading poetry"I write about what is important in life," said Chukwuma "Tomi" Eke, who emigrated from Nigeria. "There is a spiritual component to my poetry. I write about real-world issues and what affects society and human beings."

Friends encouraged sophomore Taylor Chaney to join the club. "We have a lot of hard working people pouring out their hearts and souls into their work. It is important for others to experience this art form," he said.

Students in the Poetry Slam Club also submit their work to the high school literary magazine Forum. They plan to attend future Open Mic nights during the school year.

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Seventh Grade Activity Night
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:52 PM

Students participating in game showSeventh-graders tested their skills and knowledge when they gathered together for a special activities night to share some fun and pizza. The Student Leadership Council and the PTA sponsored the event on Friday, November 2nd.

Tug of warThe students participated in physical challenges like hula-hoops, Simon Says and tunnel relay races but they also challenged their minds by playing trivia, focusing on many topics including sports, entertainment and history.

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Careers in Business Night
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:47 PM

Students with business representativePlanning for college and a career can be overwhelming for high schools students but the process got a little easier this week when Eastchester High School held its second annual Careers in Business Night.

On Wednesday, November 7th, representatives from approximately 40 careers shared their experiences and gave advice to students.

Students with other business representativeThe participants work in a variety of fields including medicine, finance, education and communications. Companies included Bayer, NBC Sports, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs as well as entrepreneurs.

“We wanted to provide our students with an opportunity to explore areas of business outside of the classroom environment.  It is beneficial for students to be able to talk to and ask questions of people who actually work in their fields,” said Eastchester High School Business Education teacher Lauren Stipo who organized the event with Amy Schlamkowitz.

Group of studentsStudents had the opportunity to rotate around the different stations and ask pertinent questions. The night provided students who are already considering a particular career path with additional information. Meeting so many professionals under one roof assisted students who are still discerning their paths.

Senior Ralph Medici has attended Careers in Business Night for the past two years. “I thought it was a great opportunity because it allowed us to meet professionals from a large number of industries and positions. We were able to find out what their careers were all about and how they got where they are.”

Thank you to all the volunteers who attended and made the event a success.

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Greenvale Students Make a Difference
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 8:09 PM

Greenvale StudentsGreenvale Students worked tirelessly to help others and their efforts paid off. They have been named the top fundraising school nationwide in the The Loukoumi Foundation’s annual Make a Difference Day. Greenvale students raised more than $3,000 dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Literacy Program. That amount is $1,000 more than last year.

Make a Difference Day, held annually since 2014, took place on Saturday, October 27th. The event has rallied over 100,000 children to participate in charitable causes across the country.

“I think it is really good because the children in need deserve as much education as we have and hopefully this can help them get it,” said student Nina Russell

The Literacy Program allows children who are hospitalized to receive tutoring while they are recovering.

Matthew McDonough said “I feel really good because we donated to a good cause! I hope the money we raised will help the children at St. Jude’s get better and keep learning.”

Greenvale students also made 600 cards that were distributed to patients.

A special thank you to Derek Pesce and the Greenvale Student Council for all their efforts coordinating this fundraising event.

The Anne Hutchinson School and The Waverly School also participated in the national St. Jude project.

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High School Musicians Honored
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Friday, November 9, 2018, 8:54 AM

All State MusiciansTwelve Eastchester High school students have been recognized for their musical abilities and have been selected to perform in the Area All State Concert on November 8th at SUNY Purchase.

Chris Tyrrell, Michael Fang, and Sofia Mottura have been chosen for the Area All State Band.

Juliet Liao, Junko Abe, and Rei Koyama were selected for the Area All State Symphonic Orchestra.

Jacob Hur, Jimin Hwang, Kyoko Saito, and Kotaro Umemoto were selected for the Area All State String Orchestra.

All State WinnersSamantha Dell ‘Imperio, and Gianna Filiberti were selected for the Area All State Treble Chorus

These students will join other talented student musicians throughout Westchester County in this prestigious event. We express our gratitude to High School Band Director Mark Dodge, Orchestra Director Katelyn Odierna, and Choir Director Jeremy Messmer for their commitment to our students.

The All State Festival Concert is organized by WCSMA (Westchester County School Music Association).

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Harvest Festival
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, November 5, 2018, 8:56 AM

Greenvale students enjoyed all that fall has to offer when they made apple stamps, sampled cider and donuts, built towers and squares out of pumpkin gummies and sticks, and planted flowers in front of their school building.

“I like arts and crafts,” said second-grader Gianna Flaminio as she added more candies to her creation.

The Greenvale PTA sponsored the Harvest Festival on Friday, October 26th, providing families with an afternoon filled with games and activities. A few mommies even used paper to make their children into mummies.

The more adventurous students walked through a “Haunted House”, a truck decorated with hay, scarecrows and skeletons donated by Nature’s Cradle. There was even a 3D pumpkin project in the computer lab!

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Greenvale PTA President Andy Bellach and former PTA President Lorraine Savarse, Erin Murray, our parent and our middle school volunteers.

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Special Visit
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Monday, November 5, 2018, 8:53 AM

It’s not uncommon for Eastchester Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Moran to visit classrooms throughout the District. However, on Tuesday, October 30th, Dr. Moran went from observer to participant.

Students in Steve Borys’ Economics and Government class delved deeper into the role of Westchester County Government with the assistance of County Legislator Damon Maher who shared his expertise with the class.

When the lesson was over, Legislator Maher presented Dr. Moran with a proclamation thanking him for his years of service to the District. Dr. Moran is retiring at the end of the school year.

As Dr. Moran accepted the award, he encouraged the teens to consider public service in schools and government. “It is very important work and as you look toward your future and the kind of service you want to provide professionally, never discount that. People spend hundreds of hours working every year toward the betterment of others.”

Legislator Maher agreed and said, “I enjoy meeting with the students and telling them they can make a difference. This is the best job I have ever had. It is so rewarding.”

One additional honor: Dr. Moran’s name will be on the Westchester County Center Bill Board next Tuesday, November 6th, Election Day.

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Science and Nature
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:12 PM

Students working - click for larger imageJoseph Garba, Catherine Donovan and Ella Mazzone kneaded clay in their hands as their teammates Kaya Nolan and Adi Rajil did some more research for their STEM project.

The sixth-graders are studying the concept of Biomimicry, where they use an idea from nature and apply it to a problem.

Students presenting - click for larger image“The puffer fish takes in water and we using that idea to make a water filtration plant that will bring in water in and then filter it out,” explained Donovan.

The students research with teacher John Blaser and then go into the classroom next door to build with Tom Boissonnault. The two paired up about four years ago.

“It is the best way to teach,” said Boissonnault. “This draws on their strengths allowing them to be creative. The students come up with the idea and we watch it develop.”

Boissonnault said the concept of biomimicry can be seen in hospitals where more germ-free surfaces have been developed and high speed trains mimic the beaks on birds.

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Fall Adventures
by Eastchester District Website Administrator - Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9:09 PM

This month students in Nora Flynn’s class have been focusing on their civic duties. What better way to put that theory into practice than by heading out into the community! This week students were involved in a community service project at the Eastchester Recreation Department where they stuffed goodie bags for this weekend’s Rag-A-Muffin Parade. They also visited Nature’s Cradle to learn about ways that the business is eco-friendly and a positive neighbor in our community.

Community Based Instruction (CBI) allows our students to receive a variety of learning experiences to help them acquire the skills to live and work as independently as possible after high school.