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  • North Boys Basketball Team Improves to 10-3

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/20/2017

    The Clarkstown High School North Boys Basketball Team ran its record to 10-3 following a 70-53 win tonight against visiting Ramapo High School.

    Congratulations to Coach Ken Amparo and his team for their outstanding teamwork, hustle and sportsmanship that led to a 24-6 lead after the first quarter of play.

    Best wishes to the team as the season continues!

    North Hoops  

    North Hoops

    North Hoops

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  • West Nyack Elementary Fourth Graders Make Colonial History Come Alive

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/20/2017

    Laura Mulvany's Fourth Graders at West Nyack Elementary turned their classroom into a Colonial Museum this week.

    The students presented their Colonial Job Fair to visitors while explaining the multiple jobs held by people living during the Colonial time period. I had the opportunity to see their finished work and hear their presentations when West Nyack Elementary Principal Annie Streiff brought me to the classroom earlier this week for a visit.  We listened to several students, while they worked as partners, explain to us the purpose of varying Colonial jobs while reading information from index cards. The students wore homemade Colonial hats, and their cardboard displays included pictures and drawings to reveal insight about the Colonial job they researched.

    Some of the jobs students spoke to me about were a Blacksmith, Saddle Maker and a Sawyer (a person who saws wood).

    I was impressed with their work under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Mulvany, which included numerous instructional elements such as collaboration, research, writing, and oral language.

    The Colonial Job Fair was an excellent example of a teacher and students working together to make learning engaging and exciting.

     

    WNE Colonial Job Fair  WNE Colonial Days

    WNE Colonial Days  WNE Colonial Job Fair

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    WNE Colonial Job Fair

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  • Lakewood Students, Librarian Model Cutting Edge Technology

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/20/2017

    When it's time to model the latest in educational technology, why not have students lead the way?

    That's the approach Lakewood Elementary Librarian Pat Sforzo took this morning during my visit to the school alongside Principal Dr. Joan Taylor. Ms. Sforzo was eager to show the multiple abilities of a device entitled a TRUTOUCH which is a 70 inch width screen that performs numerous capabilities of a computer. Sharing the capabilities of the large screen computer were Fifth Grade Students from Rachel Flickinger's homeroom: Ava Defeciana, Sierra Novotny and Rowan Delaney.

    All three students took turns showing Dr. Taylor and me the whiteboard components of the screen along with visual aspects from the computer software. The computer technology is being piloted to test its effectiveness in our educational environment.

     

    Lakewood Trutouch  Lakewood Trutouch

    Lakewood Trutouch  Lakewood Trutouch

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  • Seventh and Eighth Graders Conclude Winter Concert Series at Festa

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/20/2017

    The Winter Concert Series ended in spectacular fashion at Felix Festa Middle School Wednesday evening.

    In front of a packed audience at the Festa Auditorium, Music Teachers Fred Maxwell and Lydia Leizman led their bands and orchestras, respectively for a total of 12 selections.

    Following a warm welcome from Principal Jonathan Schatz to begin the evening, Mr. Maxwell and the students in the Seventh Grade Band entertained the audience with the following songs: The Thunderer, Night Train, March from "The Nutcracker" and Music from Grease.

    Next, Ms. Leizman directed the Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra with selections that included Winter Song, Contredanse and Rondeau, Theme and Variations on La Folia and Eleanor Rigby.

    Back on stage, Mr. Maxwell concluded four nights of concerts over the past two weeks with his Eighth Grade Band while directing them to peform Mission Impossible, And all that Jazz, Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Michael Jackson: Through the Years.

    The concert was an inspiring collection of talented students and teachers performing beautiful music. Along the way, several students had the opportunity for solo performances within the selections.  In addition, selected students took turns to stand at the microphone while informing the audience the name of the upcoming song, an excellent opportunity for students to be empowered while taking a leaderhip role.

    Board of Education members Darin Diamond and Tammy Bierker were in attendance along with Assistant Superintendent of Business, John LaNave.

    Congratulations to all of the students at Felix Festa Middle Schoo,l as well as their Music Teachers, for sharing the gift of music during the past two weeks!

     

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  • Festa Concerts Continue With Orchestra and Band Performances

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/18/2017

    The third of four Winter Concerts at Felix Festa Middle School was held last night and students did an outstanding job performing.

    Last night, Music Teacher Lydia Leizman led off the concert with her Sixth Grade Orchestra following a warm welcome from Principal George Diopoulos-Grogan.  Ms. Leizman led her students with selections that included Boil 'Em Cabbage Down, The Bulldozer, Pogostick and Episode, K.216.

    Next, Music Teacher DeWilton Lattimer directed two separate Sixth Grade Bands that performed the same selections: The Honor Roll, Clarinet Cookin', Liturgical Fanfare, G-Force Five! and Raiders March. 

    In addition to the beautiful music shared by students, I was impressed with essence of teamwork and support by members of the Festa Middle School Music Department who were there to support their colleagues.  Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Susan Yom, as well as Board of Education member, Darin Diamond, were in attendance.

    Tonight is the last of the four concerts that includes the following groups and start times:

    6:30 p.m. - Seventh Grade Band directed by Mr. Fred Maxwell

                     Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra directed by Ms. Lydia Leizman

     

    7:45 p.m. - Eighth Grade Band directed by Mr. Fred Maxwell

    Best wishes to our students and our teachers during tonight's performances.

     

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    Festa Concert  Festa Concert

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  • Parents, Community Support Literacy at New City Elementary

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/18/2017

    The Clarkstown school community is coming together this week to read to students at New City Elementary.

    The annual Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) is underway, and 17 members of the school commmunity are visiting New City Elementary to serve as guest readers.  I had the pleasure of visiting the school yesterday at Barbara McCabe's Kindergarten class where I read two stories written and illustrated by Jan Brett: The Mitten and The Three Snow Bears.

    Susan Yom (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction), Dr. Michael St. John (Secondary Curriculum Coordinator), Dr. Ellen Connors (Elementary Curriculum Coordinator) and Michelle Zernone (K-12 ELA/Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator) were among the guests representing the Clarkstown Central School District yesterday while reading to students.

    Among the guest readers this week from the Clarkstown Central School District are Board of Education members Darin Diamond, David Gosman, and Tammy Bierker as well as District Clerk Lucy Crosbie.

    Clarkstown Town Councilman Frank Borelli, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, and former Clarkstown Central School District Board of Education member Lorette Adams are also scheduled to visit New City Elementary this week as guest readers.

    I appreciate the participation among the aforementioned community leaders as well as parents at New City Elementary, an excellent example of a community coming together on behalf of our students.

     

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  • South Students Recognized for Service to Others

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/17/2017

    The Journal News recognized students from Clarkstown High School South who are making a difference for others.

    In today's edition of The Journal News, Kimberly Redmond wrote about students from South who are leading a shoe collection drive through the Youth United Way of Rockland County. The collected shoes, according to Redmond, will be purchased by Funds2Orgs, a for-profit social organization, which will use the shoes in poorer nations including Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Botswana, Ghana and Zambia.

    The article recognizes South's Danielle Greene as one of the students who is leading the initiative which is being held in partnership with Tappan Zee High School and North Rockland High School. The first Rockland County United Way Youth Chapter was created in 2014 by South student Grace Chesterman.

    You can learn more about the story by clicking on the link below.

    Congratulations to our South students for their leadership while making a positive impact on others through community service.

    http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/rockland/2017/01/16/rockland-students-collect-shoes-poor/96486594/

     

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  • North Line and Step Dance Teams Entertain at Halftime

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/16/2017

    Basketball games in the Clarkstown Central School District come with plenty of entertainment at halftime.

    During last week's Boys Basketball Game between South and North, the North Hip Hop and Line Dance teams entertained a standing room only crowd at their home gymnasium.  Both teams were outstanding while performing their routines: the Line Dance Team while dancing to music, the Step Dance Team without music.  Instead, the Step Dance routine consists of multiple moves team members make while clapping hands and stepping within the same rhythm as each other.

    Both teams continued the great success they started in the fall, and will provide further entertainment as the home basketball season continues at North.

     

    North Step Dance

    North Line Dance Team

    North Line Dance

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  • Hip Hop and Line Dance Team Members Showcase Talents at South

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/16/2017

    Basketball wasn't the only talent being displayed during the North-South Girls Basketball Game on January 12.

    Members of both the South Hip Hop and Line Dance Teams entertained the crowd at halftime with their dance routines. Both teams had an outstanding performance, and continued the great success they enjoyed earlier this school year while performing at halftime of South home football games in the fall.

    I am thankful that the students have an opportunity to find their niche in the form of dance, and that they are able to work collectively as a team while sharing with the school community their artistic talents.

     

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    South Line Dance  South Line Dance

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  • School Spirit, Teamwork Highlight North-South Basketball Doubleheader

    Posted by Martin Cox at 1/16/2017

    Teamwork included more than bounce passes, screens, rebounds and assists during a Clarkstown North-South Basketball doubleheader on Thursday, January 12.

    Early in the first quarter during the Boys Basketball game at North, referees delayed the game due to slippery floors, underneath one of the baskets as well as on the side of the court.  That's when Athletic Director Chris Serra, North Athletic Coordinator Tess Brogan, Principal Dr. Harry Leonardatos and school custodians worked collaboratively to rectify the matter.  The solution to the problem came in the form of a cleaning substance that was applied to the hardwood and mopped into the floor.  The substance took away the slippery surface and the referees deemed the floor safe to continue play.

    Following a 23-minute delay, the game continued in front of a packed gymnasium and North maintained the lead it had before the interruption in a 43-34 win.

    Prior to the North-South Boys tip-off, the Clarkstown High School South Girls Basketball team won at home against North, 43-29.

    I was impressed with the school spirit, hustle, sportsmanship and teamwork during both games.  Best wishes to all four teams as their season continues this week!

     

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