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  • NRHS students receive awards for academics, arts, athletics and service

    One by one, more than 200 New Rochelle High School seniors on the verge of graduation strode across the auditorium stage to applause as they received honors for academics, athletics and service in the annual Student Awards Ceremony.

    "It's really nice to see everyone cheer on their peers and to see how much we've achieved as a class," said 2017 salutatorian Melanie Anaya, who won several awards.

     So many awards were bestowed that the event was divided into two sessions, a morning Student Awards Assembly on Friday, June 9, and the Student Awards Ceremony on Monday evening. Each was attended by hundreds of the students' friends, family members and schoolmates.

    "You have set a very high bar for our next generation of students," Board of Education President Rachel Relkin told the honorees. "We are not only proud, but we are thankful to you for the strong example you have set."

     In all, more than 400 awards were handed out, including scholarships, books, plaques, certificates and, for three students, fully-loaded MacBook Air laptops. They were arranged on tables on the stage, many wrapped in shining purple paper.

    The awards came from a wide range of sources, including organizations such as the NAACP, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts and the New Rochelle Bar Association. Some of the scholarships were offered in honor of former New Rochelle residents. Others came from local businesses, including the Backstreet Gallery and Talner Jewelers.

    "To the entire the community, whose generosity is seen on the table in front of us, thank you for supporting the future by supporting our great school district," said Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.

    The MacBooks, from To the Top with Laptops, were given to Maria Mendola, Adrian Morfin-Chavez and Tileeyah Rogers. The Girls Inc.'s Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship was given to Adriana Santiago, a member of Girls Inc. of Westchester, who was named a National Scholar by the organization. A Jandon Foundation Scholarship was awarded to Tileeyah Rogers. And Gwendolen M. Appleyard Fund Scholarships went to Ana Acevedo, Emma Berg, Amanda Ferrara, John Freeman, Ethan Manley, Claudia Morris, Francisco Orozco, Tatiana Rivera, Samuel Schiller, Kathryn Schoenherr, Lauren Toneatto and Michelle Zhi Hui Zhang.

     New Rochelle High School Principal Reginald Richardson encouraged the students to reflect on the process they went through to achieve their awards. 

     "That's actually what's most important; the learning and the experiences that you took away from that process," he said.

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  • Isaac E. Young "Money Makers" win stock market competition

    For the second time in as many years, students from Isaac E. Young Middle School have won the Spring 2017 New York State: Lower Hudson Valley/Westchester County Stock Market Game. 

    The team, comprised of sixth graders Kaediah Barratt, Joseph Ulgalde-Aguilar and Brittani Varela, finished first out of 206 middle school teams, and ranked No. 17 out of 1,940 high school and middle school teams combined in their region. 

    Each team begins the game with $100,000 to manage through investments in the stock market over a twelve-week period. Teams are ranked not only on their net profits compared to other groups, but also by their profit percentages as compared to the S&P 500 index. The team from IEYMS, which took on the nickname "The Money Makers," finished with $115,775 in their portfolio, 12 percent above the S&P 500 index. 

    The group was guided by its math teacher and advisor for the project, Calvin Heyward. This is the fourth time a team led by Heyward has captured top honors in the program.

    "The Money Makers" took an assertive but measured approach to picking their stocks. They simply looked for stocks that were trending upwards over the three months prior to the competition, with price points between $10 and $20. Three of their best stocks included Ultra Clean Holdings (UCTT), Lands' End (LE), and Kratos Defense and Security Systems (KTOS). While the competition ended April 28, those stocks continued to rise and would have netted the group an additional $8,000 as of the close of the stock market on June 12.

    As part of an exit quiz for all his math students, even those not involved with the Stock Market Game, Heyward asked, "Suppose in the 5th grade you received one share of stock in Samsung Electronics when it was worth $1.3 million dollars, and now that one share is worth $2.4 million in 2017. What would you do with the extra $1.1 million dollars?"

    While many students gave admirable answers about buying homes for their families, helping the homeless, and donating to other charities, Heyward was happiest with students who said they'd reinvest the money. 

    "With the extra $1.1 million, I would buy another share to make more money," Yazmin Alvarez explained. "I'm investing so that I have money whenever I need it."

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  • ALMS teacher is among MUN Educators of the Year

    Colleen O'Reilly, the long-time social studies teacher at Albert Leonard Middle School, is among a handful of Model United Nations (MUN) Educators of the Year. She runs the only middle school MUN program in Westchester County.

    The award is given by Best Delegate, an organization that works with school districts, nonprofits, governments and education companies to help schools build Model United Nations programs. Since 2010, its training and resources have helped more than 3 million people learn about Model United Nations.

    In April, O'Reilly led 18 ALMS MUN club members to a two-day conference in Canada where the students competed against high school students. The students participated in various committees that discussed topics such as illicit arms trade, the future of the European Union and a historical committee on the Berlin Conference.

    They won four awards, including two best position paper prizes. Tyler Manley, club vice-president and third year member, received the highest honor, the Best Delegate gavel.  

    "Colleen O'Reilly is the most amazing MUN educator because she works so hard, and she deserves the world," said Carly Rieger, president of the ALMS MUN team. "She has taught me so much about leadership and public speaking. I have led club meetings, taught lessons to my classmates to prepare for conferences, and I have led activities for the club."

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  • Associate Superintendent Diane Massimo to retire

    In her 28 years serving New Rochelle schools, Dr. Diane Massimo has been instrumental in projects that have changed the face of education across the district. Now the Associate Superintendent of Schools, who began in 1989 as coordinator of guidance and of high school pupil personnel services, is stepping down.

    The programs Massimo established or worked on include creating a developmental school counseling curriculum, creating the annual college night, implementing an initiative to expand the number of students who take Advanced Placement courses and providing teacher training in "differentiated instruction," in which educators use varied approaches for different students geared toward how they learn best.

    "It's been a wonderful experience in a wonderful district," she said. "I really have valued the diversity that this district has and the opportunity to collaborate and partner with so many talented teachers and administrators. They deeply care about the kids, and that's what it's all about - changing lives."

    Over the years, Massimo collaborated with language arts chairperson Leslie Altschul to organize literature festivals, and with math department chairperson Ronald Morris to establish summer classes to keep students to take accelerated and Advanced Placement courses.

    One of the literature festivals served to kick off the district's teaching of Mandarin. Events spanned the grades, with books depicting Chinese culture, memoir writing workshops, tai chi instruction and Chinese food provided in the cafeteria.

    "The initiatives that Diane Massimo worked on, often in collaboration with others, have improved education on all levels in the New Rochelle schools," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne. "Her child-centered approach to education has brought us many programs that will enhance students' learning experiences and lives for many years to come. We appreciate her service and wish her all the best."

    Massimo, a member of Osborne's cabinet, is one of 44 staff members across the district who are retiring this year, a list that includes teachers, administrators and other staff members.

    During her time in the district, Massimo held several positions. After serving almost 12 years as coordinator of guidance, she was named assistant superintendent for secondary education in 2001. Seven years later, she became the districtwide assistant superintendent, a job she held until she was named associate superintendent of schools in November 2013.

    Massimo has several ideas for projects to take on now that she's retiring, including traveling and learning Italian. "And I have a pile of books that I'm just dying to read," she said.

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  • Senior Sports Awards Night honors student athletes

    New Rochelle High School athletes were honored at the Senior Sports Awards Night ceremony at the Greentree Country Club on June 13. Athletic Director Steve Young presented the awards, which were handed out by New Rochelle High School Principal Reginald Richardson.

    The awards were as follows:

    Leadership Award: Ethan Manley, Nicholas Townley, Jenna Tammaro, Jordan Wallace, Jeanneney Currie.

    Sportsmanship Award: Lily Grantcharova, Matthew Long, Betsey Morgado, Daniel Ayala, Savita Dean, Jonathan Hudson.

    Coaches' Award: Matt Almonte, Venessa Restrepo, Denmar Wellington, Robert Economou, Ryan Goldstein, Mason Newman, Ade Cornelius.

    Senior Athlete - Fall Semester: Christian Valencia, Moriah Raysor, Sydney Jasper.

    Senior Athlete - Winter Season: Kiana Stallworth, Jordan Wallace, John Freeman, Valia Gregory, Jarret Haines.

    Senior Athlete - Spring Season: Jake Armiento, Kiana Stallworth.

    Scholar Athlete - Fall Season: Megan Conroy, Zharia Crisp, Sophie Wolf, Adrian Morfin.

    Scholar Athlete - Winter Season: Nicholas Ramondelli, Arthur Liebowitz, Nicholas Townley, Karina Sirabian.

    Scholar Athlete - Spring Season: Jake Armiento, Robert Economou, Isabella Dente, Alec Kremmins.

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  • ALMS holds STEAM Fair on annual Career Day

    ALMS's family and consumer science teachers together with school counselors hosted the middle school's annual Career Day last month.  

    The event included an exciting, interactive and innovative twist: a STEAM Fair.  All seventh grade students were able to hear first-hand about high school life and college readiness from NRHS seniors. They also had the opportunity to attend the STEAM fair and talk with professionals from the community about their career paths.  

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  • BoE approves $13.6 million for building improvements

    The New Rochelle Board of Education on Tuesday approved contracts worth $13,585,151, moving forward with the district's ambitious four-phase, four-year plan to restore aging school buildings.

    The board awarded 10 contracts that call for installing new asphalt and concrete, upgrading plumbing and electrical wiring, and adding new oil tanks and site work at several schools. It also includes masonry reconstruction at Isaac E. Young Middle School and Jefferson Elementary School.

    The work is part of Phase II of the project and is funded by the $106.5 million bond that voters approved in May 2016. The work will ensure that students and staff enjoy safe, comfortable and healthy classrooms, hallways and athletic fields for years to come.

    The latest contracts follow the approval last month of $2.6 million to install new playground equipment at five of the elementary schools - Barnard, Webster, Trinity, Columbus and Jefferson. That work, expected to be completed in the fall, also includes improved grounds and concrete and asphalt replacement.

    Funding for the playgrounds comes from the operating budget in addition to the bond.

    Phase II of the bond upgrade plan focuses on work at Rochelle High School, Isaac E. Young Middle School and Jefferson Elementary. It also includes improvements to athletic spaces at the high school, with two new tennis courts and upgrades for McKenna Field.

    The contractors hired in the latest round are Tony Casale of Yonkers; Marfi Contracting Corp. of Brooklyn; S&L Plumbing and Heating Corp. of White Plains; Pearl River Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Inc. of Pearl River, N.Y.; ACS Systems Associates of Mount Vernon; and Naber Electric Corp. of Yonkers. 

    Design work has begun on Phase III scheduled for the summer of 2018. It involves interior and exterior work at Albert Leonard Middle School, Columbus Elementary and Trinity Elementary as well as the interiors of Isaac E. Young Middle School and Jefferson Elementary.

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  • Isaac E. Young student newspaper team visits Westchester Magazine

    Student journalists at Isaac E. Young Middle School learned about the collaboration and hard work that goes into developing a large-scale publication when they visited Westchester Magazine last week.

    Ten writers for the Modern Youngster student newspaper spent an hour and 45 minutes in the Rye headquarters of the magazine, touring the editorial and publishing departments, and speaking to key staff members. They were accompanied by Danielle DeLancey, a sixth grade English teacher and the newspaper club organizer, and by Lyda Jo Martinelli, the instructional technology facilitator at IEYMS and Albert Leonard Middle School.

    The visiting team received a presentation on the 12-week production cycle, from planning the issue cover to cover, to producing and distributing the magazine. The steps include holding planning meetings, assigning and writing stories, editing the stories, collecting artwork to run with the stories, designing the magazine, circulating layouts for proofing, approving final layouts and production.

    The magazine editorial staff later opened the floor to questions. Students were curious about how the magazine started, what was the best part about working for a magazine, the length of time required to produce the publication and how many magazines were produced each year.

    "The trip made me realize that every person is crucial in the process of making the magazine, just like our newspaper," Elizabeth Cruz, a sixth grader, said about her experience.

    At the end of the visit, students received desserts and refreshments as well as their own copy of the June issue of Westchester Magazine.

    "The students have been buzzing about the trip," said DeLancey. "They are starting to brainstorm ideas about how to improve our small-scale production process."

    The Modern Youngster newspaper, an IEYMS publication that was revived in 2015 after a gap of nearly 100 years, publishes four issues a year. In its modern incarnation, the newspaper contains news about school events, clubs, sports and the New Rochelle community.

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  • 44 teachers, others thanked for 1,000+ years of service to the district

    New Rochelle school district leaders offered their best wishes Tuesday to 44 teachers, administrators and other staff members in the district who are retiring this year.

    Together, the employees' service to the district adds up to a staggering 1,038 years. The longest serving among them is Albert Leonard Middle School teacher Jo Ann Di Iorio, who has worked in the district 46 years.

    "You have left a very profound imprint on the very culture of this institution," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne told the retirees in a ceremony. "We thank you. We wish you the best and we are stronger because you are here."

    At the ceremony, in the breezeway by the New Rochelle High School library, Dr. Osborne and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Joseph Williams handed out mounted certificates honoring the retirees' contributions to all areas of the district.

    Associate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Diane Massimo, one of the retirees, took a moment to praise her colleagues when she accepted her certificate.

    "You are the dream team of education, and it has been my pleasure to serve this district with you," she said.

    The retirees are:

    Leslie Altschul (NRHS), Carol Amorello (Civil Service Admin), Larry Beck (IEYMS), Bruce Bernero (NRHS), Susan Bouchard (Davis), Charles Brigante (Davis), Mary Chapman (Davis), Jo Ann Di lorio (ALMS), Christopher Drake (NRHS), Deborah Ferrara (IEYMS), Dioselina Forero (Columbus), Shelly Gluck (Barnard), Steven Goldberg (Admin), Lynda Greenbaum (Civil Service Admin), Virginia Gunther (NRHS), Marselle Heywood (NRHS), Carol Kelly (Davis), Lucy Krupenye (NRHS), Kevin Lally (NRHS), Lisa Leventhal (Ward), Joan Levy (Ward), Andrea Lippel (Davis), Diane Massimo (Assoc. Supt.) Sarah Maxwell (Webster), Janet Mellusi (NRHS), David Monahan (NRHS), Ronald Morris (NRHS), Susan Muller (Webster), Carolyn Mylenski (NRHS), Nilda Nye (Ward), Sharon Oliver (Barnard), Nicholas Petrone (Civil Service), Albert Quartironi, Jr. (NRHS), Margaret Romita (NRHS), Vicki Rossi (Campus), Judith Scheck (Trinity), Linda Scott (Ward/Barnard), Carol Silverstein (Trinity), Luisa Tejeda (IEYMS), Patricia Tobin (Columbus), Paula Weckstein (Davis), Adrienne Weiss-Harrison (Central Admin.), Kaye Williams-William (IEYMS), Joseph Williams, Jr. (NRHS).


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  • BoE appoints six new administrators

    The Board of Education on Tuesday approved the hiring of six new administrators, including two for newly created positions in the school district.

    Rekha Liveris was appointed New Rochelle High School's Science Department chairperson. She replaces Marselle Heywood, who spent 10 years in the district. Liveris has been a science teacher at the high school since 2008. She holds two master's degrees; one in school building leadership and another in biotechnology, both from Manhattan College.

    Xiomara Gonzalez will be the new high school Math Department chairperson. She replaces Ron Morris, who spent 15 years in the district. Prior to joining the district, Gonzalez was the assistant principal at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies. She earned her master's degree in math education from the City College of New York (CUNY).

    Gustavo Barbosa is the district's new secondary school Social Studies Department chairperson. He was previously one of the high school's assistant house principals. He replaces Steve Goldberg, who spent 30 years in the district. Barbosa earned his master's degree in education from SUNY New Paltz.

    Shanit Halperin, the new director of research assessment and accountability, is replacing Susan Yom, who spent 16 years in the district. Halperin was previously the director of accountability, research and assessment for Yonkers Public Schools. She is a doctoral candidate at City University of New York Graduate Center and earned her master's degree from Queens College.

    Tiara Reyes-Vega is assuming the new position of director of instructional support. She was previously the executive director of language acquisition for Yonkers Public Schools. Reyes-Vega holds two master's degrees; the first in education leadership from Fordham University and the second in bilingual education from Long Island University.

    William Miller assumes the new position of director of transportation. Prior to joining the district, he was the director of transportation for the Connetquot School District in Bohemia. He earned his bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook.

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Kaleidoscope and Modified Kaleidoscope

The City School District of New Rochelle offers an enriched Language Arts and Mathematics program to all children in the 4th and 5th grades.  This program is known as Kaleidoscope and it is delivered either in the regular classroom through the Modified Kaleidoscope Program located at each of our elementary schools, or as part of the Full-Time (or District) Kaleidoscope Program housed at Webster School.

There are three types of Kaleidoscope Programs available in our district.  The Regular Classroom Program exposes students to cultural enrichment activities that complement the fourth and fifth grade curricula.  These enrichment activities are developed collaboratively each year by the grade-level teachers and building principal.  The Modified Kaleidoscope Program in each elementary school provides selected students with a two-hour block of time in which they receive their reading, language arts and mathematics instruction from a specially-trained teacher.  Students in the Modified Kaleidoscope Program are afforded the opportunity to develop their ability to articulate and defend ideas, examine and solve problems through logical reasoning, find alternative solutions, exercise critical judgment, and share and profit from the ideas of their classmates.  The Full-Time Kaleidoscope Program draws students from the six elementary schools in our city.  Students receive instruction in all content areas as a self-contained unit while also taking part in the school-wide activities.  Emphasis in this program is on the development of high-level thinking skills, guiding students in the creation of unique learning projects, and recognizing the interrelated nature of all knowledge.

An invitation to participate in the Modified and Full-Time Kaleidoscope Programs is extended to those children who meet specific entry requirements. The minimum criteria that all students who are involved in these programs must meet are set annually.  Once the District reviews the end year results of the Reading and Math on-line STAR assessments, we will calibrate the percentile rank scores that an individual student must receive on each of these achievement tests to be considered for entry into either the Modified or Full-Time Kaleidoscope Program.

In addition, there are five entry windows for students that determine their eligibility to participate either in the Modified or Full-Time Kaleidoscope Programs.  Students who meet one of these entry windows are invited to enroll in the Modified Program at their present school. Students who meet two or more of these entry windows are eligible to apply for the Full-Time Kaleidoscope program at Webster School.

In qualifying for the District Kaleidoscope Program, a student must meet two, three or four of the criteria below and demonstrated baseline mastery on both the STAR ELA and STAR Math or the NYS ELA and Math assessments. 

1)     Scored 94% or above on the STAR Grade 3 ELA assessment.
2)     Scored 94% or above on the STAR Grade 3 Math assessment.
3)     Received a national percentile score of 99, 98, and 97 on the InView Test of Cognitive Skills.
4)     Received the top score in his or her homeroom on the Renzulli-Hartman Creativity Index.
5)     Received a combined score of 15 or 16 on two student writing samples.

First priority will be afforded those students who meet all five of the entrance criteria.  Second priority will be afforded those students who meet four of the entrance criteria. Third priority will be given to those students who meet three of the criteria. And finally, fourth priority will be given to those students who qualify by only meeting two of the criteria. That is to say, seats will be offered to students who meet three or more of the entrance criteria before students who qualify with two entry windows can be considered for placement. Transportation will be provided for all Full-Time Kaleidoscope students who live at least 1.5 miles from Webster School.

The District conducts a periodic review of the Kaleidoscope Programs.  The purpose of this review is to insure that the instructional models which are put in place best meet the needs of high ability children and accurately reflect the current research on gifted and talented education. 

For any further questions, please contact (914) 576-6780.