Awards and Accomplishments
August 2007 - January 2011
(January 2011 - Present)

 

January 2011

Twelve Students Selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists
The Clarkstown Central School District is pleased to announce that twelve students have been selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The recognized students are:

Clarkstown High School North
  • Anthony R. Conte

  • Christopher B. Emch

  • Nevin Kulangara

  • Jonathan Vayalumkal

Clarkstown High School South

  • Boyu Fan

  • Allen Lipson

  • Connie Lu

  • Srikalyan Megati

  • Brian O’Connor

  • Aaron Palmquist

  • Joanne Rosenthal

  • Divya Shah

 

October 2010

National Merit Scholarship Competition
Once again, Clarkstown students demonstrated their exceptional academic ability in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Several students were honored as commended students and semi-finalists in the annual competition to identify the nation’s top scholars.

Congratulations to all the recognized students, listed below.

Clarkstown High School North
Semi-Finalists:

  • Anthony Conte

  • Christopher Emch

  • Nevin Kulangara

  • Jonathan Vayalumkal

Commended Students:

  • Nicholas Colandrea

  • Bartlomiej Czarnik

  • Kyle Diaz

  • Nora Gorman

  • Thrupthy Jacob

  • Remy Maisel

  • Allison Olinsky

  • Thomas Ryan

  • Sylvan Tsai

Clarkstown High School South
Semi-Finalists:

  • Boyu Fan

  • Allen Lipson

  • Connie Lu

  • Srikalyan Megati

  • Brian O’Connor

  • Aaron Palmquist

  • Joanne Rosenthal

  • Divya Shah

Commended Students:

  • Mishal Aminullah

  • Alyssa Bosso

  • Koeun Choi

  • Nicholas Danyluk

  • Jimmy Joseph

  • Adam Kronish

  • Allegra Kuney

  • Eric Levine

  • Mallory Merryman

  • Neil Munroe

  • Kimberly Xie

  • Benjamin Yi

  • Olga Zubashko




Clarkstown High School South

 

June 2010

Scholarship Winners Clarkstown North

Albrechtsen, John
University of Central Florida - $7,500/yr.
Fred Gabler Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Manhattan College - $13,680/yr.

Alexander, Alison
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences - $8,000/yr.
St. John's University - $11,000/yr.
Stonehill College - $9,000/yr.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia - $6,500/yr.

Atzl, Vicky
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown Education Foundation Scholarship - $1,000
Con Edison Scholarship - $2500/yr.
Stony Brook University Pres. Scholarship - $3500/yr.
University of Connecticut - $12,264/yr.
University of Pittsburgh - $10.000yr
University of Rochester - $18,000/yr.
New City Rotary Club Felix Festa Scholarship - $1,000

Aulakh, Jessica
Dominican College - $8,000/yr.

Bardio, Allison
Arcadia University - $15,500/yr.
Dominican College - $11,500/yr.
Police Steuben Association Scholarship - $450
Seton Hall University - $10,500/yr.
University of Hartford - $16,500/yr.

Bassik, Jennifer
Temple University - $7,500/yr.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst - $ 2,500/yr.
New City Rotary Club Felix Festa Scholarship - $1,000

Bauer, Martin James
SEPTA Award - $100

Becker, Adam
Adam Solomon Memorial Scholarship - $500

Becker, Joshua
Clarkstown Summer Theater Festival - $100
Cue 'n Curtain Scholarship - $50
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Bell, Samantha
Kent State University - $3,846/yr.
Philadelphia University - $4,500/yr.

Bernstein, Chad
Clarkston High School North PTSA - $400
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500

Big, Danielle
Iona College - $10,500/yr.
LaSalle University - $13,000/yr.
Quinnipiac University - $12,530/yr.
Scranton University - $16,000/yr.

Brown, Laurel
Dickinson College - $10,000/yr.
Hofstra University - $14,000/yr.
Northeastern - $15,000/yr.
SUNY Cortland - $2,500/yr.
Western World Insurance Group - $250

Burton, Jessica
Albright College - $10,000/yr.

Buschbacher, Krista
Buffalo State - $500/yr.
Iona College - $11,500/yr.
University of Tampa - $7,000

Cappucio, Nicolette
SEPTA Award

Carroll, Lindsay
Arcadia University - $17,000/yr.
Immaculata University - $11,500/yr.
Knights of Pythias - Steven Rosenbaum $300
LaSalle University - $14,000/yr.
Marywood University - $15,000/yr.
Pace University - $13,000/yr.

Cavazzini, Katherine
Bentley University - $11,460/yr.
Clarkstown Teachers Association - $600
Fairfield University - $12,000/yr.
Felix Festa Middle School PTA Scholarship - $200
Howard M. Balogh Scholarship - $750
Kevin Landau New City Fire Engine Co. No. 1 - $2,000
Quinnipiac University - $14,000/yr.
Siena College - $8,000/yr.
The University of Scranton - $13,000/yr.
Italian Club Scholarship - $25

Chakan, Jesse
Japanese Club Scholarship - $25

Chazan, Lindsay
Spanish Club Award - $25

Chen, Xin
Fairfield University - $20,000/yr.
Rochester Institute of Technology - $1,500/yr.
SUNY Albany - $3,000/yr.

Clune, Christine
Iona College - $11,500/yr.
St. John's University - $12,000/yr.
St. Thomas Aquinas College - $8,000/yr.

Cooper, Jason
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown H. S. North PTSA Scholarship - $400
Emory University - $17,000/yr.
New City PTA Elementary Scholarship - $500
University of Maryland - $12,000/yr.
University of Miami - $24,000/yr.

Cooper, Jillian
Tulane University - $15,000/yr.
University of Vermont - $6,000/yr.

Coppola, Justin
Fourth Quarter Club-Nick Zadrima Memorial Scholarship - $500
New City Rams -Pop Warner - $500
Stonehill College - $8,000/yr.

Coyle, Thomas
Drexel University - $10,750/yr.
Manhattanville College -$11,500/yr.
University of New Haven - $13,500/yr.

Cypes, Llana
Colorado State University - $9,000/yr.
SUNY Oswego - $1,250/yr.
University of Kansas - $1,500/yr.
University of Vermont - $6,000/yr.
Woodglen PTA Scholarship - $750

D'Addio, Peter
Manhattan College Pres. Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
University of Maryland Pres. Scholarship - $5,000/yr.
Villanova University - $3,000/yr.
Clarkstown Teachers Association - $600

Daminai, Thomas
SEPTA Award - $100

De La Pena, Juan Leon Miguel
Dominican College - $11,000/yr.
Fairleigh Dickinson University - $9,250/yr.
Mount St. Mary's University - $12,000/yr.

Denburg, Allison
David Jacob Oransky Educational Scholarship - $1,000
Tulane University - $25,000/yr.

Dietrich, Stephen
Clarkstown PBA - $500
Dominican College - $8,500/yr.
Police Steuben Association of Rockland County - $450
SEPTA Award - $100
St. Thomas Aquinas College - $4,000/yr.
Bill Markiewicz Memorial Scholarship - $300

Dinkes, Noah
Cooper Union - $35,000/yr. (Full Tuition)
Drexel University - $14,000/yr.
Purdue University - $10,000/yr.
Mu Alpha Theta - Joan H. Cooney Mathematics Award - $100

Ehardt, Brittany
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500
Congers Veterans Memorial Association - $500
Fairfield University - $12,000/yr.
Lakewood Elementary School PTA - $500
Loyola University Maryland - $18,750/yr.
Providence College - $8,000/yr.
Santa Clara University - $11,600/yr.
Syracuse University - $12,000/yr.

Etkind, Jamie
National Merit Scholarship - $2,000/yr.
Northwestern University - $2,000/yr.
Robert C. Byrd - $1,500/yr.
Tulane University - $25,000/yr.

Fernandez, Nicole
D'Youville College - Full Tuition/4 yrs.
Drexel University - $16,000/yr.
Northeastern University - $12,000/yr.
Quinnipiac University - $14,000/yr.
Sacred Heart University - $12,000/yr.
University of Scranton - $13,000/yr.

Folie, Elizabeth
Cue 'n Curtain Scholarship - $50

Friehling, Arielle
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500
Duke University - $40,290/yr.
Emory University - Full Tuition + Research Grant/4 yrs.
Fourth Quarter Club - $100
Georgetown University - $21,040.00
National Merit Scholarship - $2,500
Pfizer Science Award - $500
UCLA Berkeley - $12,679.00
Vanderbilt University - Full Tuition/4 yrs.

Galluzzo, Catherine
Dominican College - $9,000/yr.
Iona College - $8,500/yr.
Monmouth University - $4,000/yr.
Pace University - $7,500/yr.
St. Thomas Aquinas College - $6,000/yr.

Goldsmith, Jonathan
Becker College Dean's Scholarship - $10,000/yr.

Goldstein, Kara
Clarkstown High School North PTSA - $400
Eric Kane Scholarship - $1,500
Clarkstown Teachers Association - $600
New City Elementary PTA Scholarship - $500
VAASA Blood Drive Scholarship - $250

Gotlin, Adam
David Jacob Oransky Educational Scholarship - $1,000
Mu Alpha Theta - Joan H. Cooney Mathematics Award - $100
New City Rotary Club Felix Festa Scholarship - $1,000

Graff, Melanie
Indiana University - $9,000/yr.
Tulane University - $15,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $5,000/yr.
University of Maryland - $2,000/yr.
University of Miami - $20,000/yr.

Gram, Seth
American University - $18,000/yr.
University of Central Florida - $7,500/yr.
University of Miami - $20,000/yr.
University of Tampa - $11,000/yr.

Green, Matthew
Muhlenberg College - $10,500/yr.
SUNY Albany - $4,000/yr.
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst - $5,000/yr.
Univ. of Vermont - $5,000/yr.

Greenspan, Daniel
New City Jewish Center - $500
New City Knights of Phythias - $500
Syracuse University - $6,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $9,000/yr.
University of Maryland - $2,000/yr.
Japanese Proficiency Award - $25
New City Knights of Phythias - $500

Guarracino, Lauren
Dominican College - $7,500/yr.

Guerra, Sarah
Fairfield University - $12,000/yr.
Marist College - $10,000/yr.
St. John's University - $17,000/yr.
SUNY Cortland - $2,500/yr.
University of Delaware - $4,000/yr.
Rotary Club of Congers/Valley Cottage Educational School. - $1,000

Handschuh, Alyssa
Indiana University - $5,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $5,000/yr.

Hartzman, Zachary
Blood Center School Honor Society Drives - $250

Heckmann, Megan
Maryland Institute College of Art - $17,000/yr.

Held, Jordan
Woodglen PTA Scholarship - $750

Hobbs, Kaitlyn
Susan Venditti - New City Elementary School $200

Hodgens, James
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500

Horowitz, Jason
DeSales University - $4,000/yr.
Drexel University - $1,000/yr.
Hofstra University - $2,000/yr.
Johnson & Wales University - $7,500/yr.
Long Island University - CW Post - $11,000
Monmouth University - $6,500/yr.

Housman, Joshua
George Washington University - $20,000/yr.
Tulane University - $22,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $12,000/yr.

Jones, Heather
University of Connecticut - $11,616/yr.

Kaloya, Jaskirat
New York Institute of Technology - $13,000/yr.
Pace University - $14,000/yr.
St. John's University - $11,000/yr.

Kantor, Maya
Quinnipiac University - $15,150/yr.
Roanoke College - $14,000/yr.
Springfield College - $28,000/yr.
SUNY Cortland - $2,000/yr.
Susquehanna University - $16,000/yr.
York College - $2,000/yr.
Lewis H. Ross Athletic Incentive Award - $250

Kaplan, Randi
Cue 'n Curtain Scholarship - $50
Child Development Scholarship - $250

 

Kapusta, Gregory
SEPTA Award - $100

Keung, Darwin
Japanese Achievement Award - $25

Kim, Jennifer
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500

Kim, Semi
Boston University - $7,150/yr.
New York University - $21,130/yr.
SUNY Stony Brook - $4,970/yr.

Kranes, Steven
Hofstra University- $10,000/yr.
Plattsburgh State University - $1,000/yr.
Univeristy of Tampa - $7,000/yr.
University at Buffalo - $3,500/yr.
University of Hartford - $20,800/yr.

Krouskoff, Lauren
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500.00
David Jacob Oransky Educational Scholarship - $1,000

LaCavalla, Jaclyn
Syracuse University - $3,000/yr.
SUNY Buffalo - $2,500/yr.
University of Massachusetts - $5,000/yr.

Leiter, Samuel
Clarkstown North PTSA - $400

Li, Celine
Stony Brook University - $4,000/yr.

Licker, Justin
University at Buffalo - $1,250/yr.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst - $5,000/yr.
 
Lundgren, Patrick
Manhattan College - $11,000/yr.
Northeastern University - $13,000/yr.
SUNY Buffalo - $5,000/yr.

Maas, Kristen
Bryant University Archway Scholarship -$10,000
Manhattan College Dean's Award - $7,000
Rider University Provost Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
Siena College Scholarship - $10,900/yr.
University of Scranton - $8,000

Maddalena, Vincent
SEPTA Award - $100

Madden, Michael
Julius Denton Scholarship - $400

Margolis, Jenna
SEPTA Award - $100
Susquehanna University - 16,000/yr.
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Marks, Justine
Cue 'n Curtain Scholarship - $50

Martin, Erin
Helping Little Hands Club Scholarship - $125

McGlynn, Richard
College of Mt. St. Vincent - $13,000/yr.

McKaba, Alycia
Iona College - $13,500/yr.
St. Thomas Aquinas College - Full Tuition/4 yrs.
Susan Venditti - New City Elementary School - $200

McManus, Kieran
Drexel University - $13,000/yr.
Manhattan College - $11,000/yr.
Northeastern University - $12,000/yr.
NY City Police Dept. Holy Name Scholarship - $1,000
SUNY Albany - $4,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $7,000/yr.
SUNY Buffalo - $500/yr.

Mejia, Nelson
Catholic U of America Scholarship - $16,000/yr.
Manhattan College Dean's Award - $7,000/yr.
Seton Hall University Scholarship - $10,500/yr.
York College - $2,000/yr.

Mellion, Nicole
Clarkstown Summer Theater Festival School - $10

Miller, Dominique
Julius Denton Scholarship - $400

Minoff, Marisa
Cazenova College - $5,000/yr.
Drexel University Award - $1,000/yr.
Endicott College - $5,000/yr.
SEPTA Award - $100
Philadelphia University - $6,000/yr.
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Motto, Steven
SEPTA Award - $100

Nabors, Justin
Boston University - $20,600/yr.
Congers Civic Association - $350
Fairfield University - $18,900/yr.
Felix Festa PTA - $200
Fordham University - $7,000/yr.
George Washington University - $24,800/yr.
Lauren Barsamian Memorial Scholarship - $1,250
Manhattanville College - $23,295/yr.
Rockland Negro Scholarship Fund - $500.00

Ng, Cheng
Drexel University - $25,100/yr.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science - $12,000/yr.
Skidmore College - $15,000/yr.

Nimick, Francis
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500.00
Felix Festa Middle School PTA Scholarship - $200.00
New City Elementary PTA Scholarship - $500.00
Northeastern University - $36,348/yr.
Palisades Federal Credit Union - $750.00
New City Rotary Club Felix Festa Scholarship - $1,000

O'Connor, Dillon
Landmark College - $28,000/yr.
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100
SEPTA Award - $100

Opperman, Cali
Tulane University - $22,000/yr.
University of Pittsburgh - $10,000/yr.

Ortiz, Lorena
SEPTA Award - $100

Park, Hyungin
George Washington University Alumni Award - $4,900.00
George Washington University Pres Scholarship - $20,000
George Washington University Tuition - $30,000

Raines, Josh
Ohio State University - $9,900/yr.
Tulane University - $25,000/yr.
Westchester Lower Council for Soc. Studies - $500
Bill Markiewicz - Excellence in Mathematics & Athletics - $100
Westchester-Lower Hudson Council for Social Studies - $500

Reemer, Marni
Monmouth University - $14,500.00
Northeastern University - $12,000/yr.
Stony Brook University - $3,500.00
Strawtown Elementary PTA Scholarship - $500
University of Delaware - $1,000/yr.
University of Miami - $10,970.00

Reilly, Rebecca
Drexel University - $11,000/yr.
Little Tor Elementary School PTA - $500
Manhattan College - $14,000/yr.
The Catholic University of America - $18,000/yr.
Clarkstown Secretaries Scholarship - $1,000

Ribaudo, Kellian
Morning Music Club Award - $1,500

Ritholtz, Samuel
Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship - $500.00
David Jacob Oransky Educational Scholarship - $1,000
Susan Venditti - New City Elementary School - $200

Roughan, Kathleen
Boston University Deans Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
Dominican College - $11,500/yr.
Drexel University Deans Scholarship - $27,125/yr.
Manhattanville College - $13,500/yr.
Siena College - $16,900
St. Joseph's Presidential Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
University of Scranton - $12,000/yr.

Schnapper, Samantha
CHSN Child Development - $250
Howard M. Balogh Memorial Scholarship - New City Jewish Center $750
New City Jewish Center Men's Club - $500
University of Hartford - $11,000/yr.
University of Rhode Island - $5,000/yr.
Child Development Scholarship - $250
Edward Grupper Scholarship - New City Jewish Center - $300

Schneider April
New England College - $12,500/yr.

Shah, Rutu
Lakewood Elementary School PTA - $500

Sherman, Lindsey
Cue 'n Curtain Scholarship - $50

Sherry, Kate
Iona College - $10,500/yr.
Quinnipiac University - $5,500/yr.

Shiekhmamouasl, Laila
Fred Gabler Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Shtaynberger, Michael
SEPTA Award - $100

Sidhu, Nilofer
Northeastern University - $15,000/yr.
Stony Brook University - $3,000/yr.
SUNY Albany - $4,000/yr.

Silkowski, Michael
SEPTA Award - $100

Skiba, Victoria
Iona College - $12,500/yr.
Ithaca College - $7,500/yr.

Spellman, Molly
University of Vermont - $5,000/yr.
Arthur Orlando Scholarship - $250

Studwell, Jonathan
Northeastern University - $12,000/yr.
The University of Vermont - $6,000/yr.

Tanowitz, Michael
Arthur Orlando Scholarship - $250

Tarle, Lara
Mary Nagle Multifaceted Scholarship - $3,000
James D. Nelson Memorial Scholarship - $500

Tobias, Molly
Eric Kane Scholarship - $1,500
Tulane University - $25,000/yr.

Toporek, David
St. Andrews Presbyterian College Athletic Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Western New England College - $11,000/yr.

Torkildsen, Kimberlee
Sacred Heart University - $5,000/yr.
St. John's University - $17,000/yr.
University of Scranton - $15,300/yr.
Western New England College - $15,250/yr.

Trainor, Christopher
Fourth Quarter Club - $500
Clarkstown Teachers Association - $600
Adam Solomon Memorial Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown Teachers Association - $600
Japanese Club Scholarship - $25

Trombetta, GianPaolo
Ed Finan Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Turkel, Simon
Oberlin College - $11,000/yr.

Valente, Geraldine
Elizabeth Lynch Award in Memory of Pat McDowell - $1,000

Vela, John
Fordham University - $11,500/yr.
Siena College - $14,200/yr.

Velavallil, Sean
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Science - $8,000/yr.
Long Island University - CW Post - $14,000/yr.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Award - $6,000/yr.
Siena College - $8,000/yr.

Vitro, Sarah
Little Tor PTA Scholarship - $500
New York Blood Center - $500
SUNY Oswego - $500/yr.

Voce, Frank
Felix Festa Middle School PTA Scholarship - $200
Fourth Qtr. Club-Nick Zadrima Memorial Scholarship - $500
NJ & NY Volunteer Firemen's Scholarship - $500
O'Grady-Brown Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Congers Civic Association - $350

Wasserman, Lindsay
Alfred University - $8,000/yr.
Japanese Club Scholarship - $25

Weinstein, Samantha
Wagner College - $16,500/yr.

Weishaar, Alexandra
American Legion Thomas P. Meyer Community Service Award - $500

Werk, Jessica
Mary Ann Prior Nursing Scholarship - $500

Willows, Alex
Muskingum University - $11,400/yr.
University of Hartford - $21,150/yr.

Richard Wu
Clarkstown Education Foundation Scholarship - $1,000

Yun, Janet
Boston University - $10,000/yr.
Lehigh University - $7,680/yr.
Northeastern University - $48,616/yr.
Rutgers University - $10,000/yr.
Stony Brook University - $4,000/yr.
University of Rochester - $10,000/yr.
 

Scholarship Winners Clarkstown South

Abraham, Joel
Viking Store Assistance Scholarship - $250

Amador, Julianna E.
Plattsburgh State University Freshman Merit Scholarship - $10,000

Arendt, Tyler
Roger Williams University Achievement Scholarship - $9,000/yr.
Catholic University of America Scholarship - $8,000
Catholic University Parish Scholarship - $3,000
University of Hartford Alumni Grant - $10,000/yr.
Western New England Dean’s Scholar Award - $11,000/yr.
SUNY Plattsburgh Merit Scholarship  - $4,000
Widener University Presidential Scholar - $15,000/yr.

Bello, Danelly
University of Albany Presidential Scholar Award - $4,000/yr.
Mathew Leano Award - $150
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship - $500

Bergling, Heather
Caitlin Powers Memorial Scholarship - $750

Beutel, Stephen
Clarkstown South PTSA Academic Scholarship - $450
University of Delaware Merit Scholarship - $9,000/yr.

Buchanah, Leah
SEPTA Award - $100

Bunyan, Richard
2010 Policemen’s Benevolent Assoc. of Westchester County, Inc. Scholarship Award - $1,000
Clarkstown Council of PTA Academic Scholarship - $500

Cannataro, Frank
University of Vermont Trustees Scholarship - $3,000/yr.
University of New Haven Distinguished Scholar Award - $12,500/yr.
College of Mt. St. Vincent Erasmus Scholar Award - $15,000/yr. College of Mt. St. Vincent Alumni Award - $2,000/yr.
Rider University Provost Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
SUNY – Oswego Merit Award - $2,000/yr.
Strawtown PTA Scholarship - $500
Viking Store Excellence in Management Scholarship - $500

Caruso, Analisa
Pace University Trustee Recognition Award - $13,500/yr.
St Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholarship Award - $7,000/yr.

Castelli, Kathryn
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Celio, Nicole
New York City Department of Sanitation Retirees Scholarship - $1,000
Bentley University President’s Scholar Academic Scholarship - $17,180/yr.
Fordham University Loyola Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Fordham University Tuition Award - $3,600/yr.
Indiana University Bloomington IU Distinction Scholarship - $9,000/yr.
SUNY University at Buffalo Provost Scholarship - $5,000/yr.

Chae, Grace
2010 National Merit Commended Student

Chase, Matthew
Western New England College Presidential Scholar Award - $15,250/yr.
Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship - $13,000/yr.
Hofstra University Scholarship for Excellence - $2,500
Hofstra University Assistance Grant - $1,000
Scranton University Loyola Scholarship - $13,000/yr.
Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship - $9,000/yr.
University of Vermont Presidential Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Clarkson University Clarkson Scholarship - $2,303
Clarkson University Grant - $13,797

Chernichaw, Michael
MSG Varsity Broadcasting Scholarship - $1,000

Chin, Joanna
Link Elementary PTA Ruth Hess Academic Scholarship - $300
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship - $1,200
Clarkstown South PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450
Flo Laverty Excellence in English Award - $200

Como, Victoria
SUNY – Plattsburgh Freshman Merit Scholarship - $4,000
Hofstra University Achievement Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Hofstra University Grant - $2,000/yr.

Danahy, Joan
NYU College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship - $12,500/yr.
Fordham Loyola Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Marist College Presidential Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
Drexel University Dean’s Scholarship - $16,000/yr.
University of Vermont Presidential Scholarship - $6,000/yr.

Dansoh, Lucinda E.
Plattsburgh State University Freshman Merit Scholarship - $10,000

Day, Sean
2010 National Merit Commended Student
Harry Walten Scholar Athlete Award - $1,000

Denicola, Dakota
Anna Maria College - $3,000/yr.  grant
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $300

Donnelly, Alexander
Laurel Plains PTA Scholarship - $400
Clarkstown Council of PTA Community Service Scholarship - $500
The Kenneth P. Zebrowski Memorial Scholarship - $450
Northeastern University Dean’s Scholarship - $17,000/yr.
Syracuse University Founders Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
University of Maryland President’s Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
George Washington University Presidential Scholarship - $20,000/yr.
Boston University Dean’s Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
University of Delaware - $15,000/yr.
Clarkstown Police Benevolent Association Scholarship Award - $1,000

Dooley, Theresa Ann
Le Moyne College Leader Scholarship - $11,000/yr.
Syracuse University Grant - $22,700

Dorfman, Jodie
Clarkstown Council of PTA Community Service Scholarship -  $500
SUNY Cortland Merit Based Scholarship – $10,000
SUNY Plattsburgh Academic Excellence Award – $14,000
Provident Bank Charitable Foundation Community Scholarship – $2,000
County of Rockland Youth Bureau/Joseph A Myers Service To Youth Award - $1,000

Dwyer, Laurie A.
Dominican College Presidents Tuition Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
Drexel University Dean’s Scholar Academic Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
Ithaca College Shirley Hockett Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholarship - $10,000/yr.

Elaahi, Kevin A.
Stony Brook University (Engineer Scholars for Medicine
Presidential Scholarship) – tuition fees for four years
University of Maryland Honors College Presidential Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leadership Award and Grant - $20,000/yr.
Rutgers University Honors – James Dickson Carr Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
Rutgers University Engineering Dean Merit Scholarship - $3,000/yr.
Drexel University Deans Scholarship - $11,000/yr.  

Feldman, Dylan
National Merit Commended Student

Fernandez, Christine
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Filali, Naji
MSG Varsity Broadcasting Scholarship - $1,000

Fiume, Marco
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $125
Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship - $9,000/yr.
Manhattan College Grant - $7,000
Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship - $15,500/yr.
Siena College Presidential Scholarship - $8,000/yr.

Fleischmann, Michael
Pace University Incentive Award - $12,500
Fairleigh Dickinson University Provost’s Scholarship Award - $8,000
Manhattanville College Presidential Scholarship - $9,500
Manhattanville College Community Service Award - $3,000
St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Dominican College Academic Grant - $9,000
Judith Trust Memorial Scholarship - $450

Fletcher, Justin
2010 National Merit Commended Student
2010 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - $1,500/yr.
American University Presidential Scholarship - $27,000/yr.
Tulane University Presidential Scholarship - $25,000/yr.
McGill University Entrance Scholarship for Excellence - $5,000/yr.

Foley, Cora

University of Denver Scholarship - $28,000/yr.

Giordano, Dana
Endicott College Presidential Academic Scholarship - $5,000/yr.
Elms College Presidential Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
Champlain College Presidential Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Adelphi University Dean’s Award - $10,000/yr.
Adelphi University Recognition Award - $1,000/yr.
Order Sons Of Italy In America Rockland Lodge College Grant Scholarship

Gisonni, Michael
American International College Provost Scholarship
 - $13,000/yr.
Viking Store Excellence in Management Scholarship - $500

Guevara, Alexandre S.
Stevens Institute of Technology Edwin A. Stevens Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
Drew University Drew Tuition Grant - $10,000/yr.
Drew University Dean’s Award - $18,000/yr.
Case Western Reserve University Provost’s Scholarship - $20,000/yr.
Case Western Reserve University CWRU Grant - $3,000/yr.  
Oberlin College and Conservatory Oberlin College Grant - $14,301/yr.
Oberlin College and Conservatory John F. Oberlin Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rensselaer Leadership Award - $5,000/yr.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rensselaer Grant - $19,000/yr.
Rochester Institute of Technology RIT Presidential Scholarship - $12,000/yr.

Hallas, Branden
Congressional Certificate of Merit
West Point United States Military Academy

Hamlet, Camile
Dominican College Kaplan Foundation Scholarship - $25,560/per yr.
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Stockton Scholarship - $4,000/yr.
CUNY Lehman College Scholars Prgm and Foundation Scholarship - $4,600/yr.
SUNY Brockport Presidential Scholar-in-Residence Scholarship - $4,500/yr.
Howard University Legacy Scholarship - $18,121/yr.
SUNY Plattsburgh Award for Academic Excellence - $3,500/yr.
Molloy College Dominican Scholarship - $13,000/yr.

Hanos, John
Hartwick College – Judge William Cooper Scholarship - $18,000/yr.
Iona College Scholarship - $10,500/yr.
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $250
Clarkstown South PTSA Sunrise Rotary Scholarship - $450
Marist College Alumni Scholarship - $6,000
Marist College Music Merit Scholarship - $2,000
Arcadia University Achievement Award - $15,500/yr.
Rider University Dean’s Scholarship - $13,000/yr.
The College of Saint Rose Provost’s Scholarship –$7,000/yr.
The College of Saint Rose/Saint Rose Award - $1,000/yr.

Herman, Harrison
University of Delaware Grant - $2,000

Hopkins, Brian
Clarkstown Council of PTA Academic Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown South PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450
University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellors Award
Siena College Presidential Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Siena College Dean’s Scholarship - $8,400
Siena College Franciscan Scholarship - $6,000
University of Rhode Island University Scholarship - $20,000

Istrefi, Blerona
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Scholarship - $250

Jain, Chirag
New City – Orangetown Lodge Knights of Pythias Scholarship

Jimenez, Daniel
2010 National Merit Commended Student

Juan, Matthew
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Kim, Timothy
2010 National Merit Scholarship Winner (Washington University)
2010 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - $1,500/yr.

Ko, Harnsowl
2010 National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Lent, Victoria
Forever Jordan Foundation Scholarship Award - $1,000
Link Elementary PTA Ruth Hess Achievement Scholarship - $300
New City Rams Football & Cheerleading Scholarship - $500
Felix Festa Middle School PTA Scholarship - $200
Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship - $1,400

Lion, Adam
SEPTA Award - $100

Lorenc, Alex
Saint Joseph Scholarship - $7,500/yr.
Mitchell College Academic Merit Scholarship - $7, 000/yr.

Madden, Michael J.
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Scholarship - $250

Maisano, Anthony
West Nyack Elementary PTA Scholarship
Robert Washburn Scholarship

 

Maloney, Meghan
SEPTA Award - $100

Mana, Gary
2010 National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Mapelli, John
2010 National Merit Commended Student
Clarkstown Council PTA Academic Scholarship - $500
New York Blood Center Scholarship - $250

Martucci, Nicholas
Monmouth University Academic Grant - $7,000/yr.
St. Thomas Aquinas Merit Scholarship - $4,000/yr.
Iona College Scholarship - $10,500/yr.

Mathew, Justin
2010 National Merit Scholarship Winner - $2,500
Clarkstown Council PTA Academic Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown Education Foundation Scholarship - $1,000
2010 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - $1,500/yr.
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship - $500
The Coca-Cola Co. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship - $2,500/yr.
Clarkstown Police Benevolent Association Scholarship Award - $1,000
Elks National Foundation MVS Scholarship - $1,000
Mu Alpha Theta Scholarship - $4,000
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Scholarship - $500
Wyeth Science Scholarship - $1,000

McKiernan, Connor D.
United States Naval Academy at Annapolis
Congressional Certificate of Merit

Meara, Kelly
Quinnipiac University Dean’s Scholarship - $12,000/yr.
Quinnipiac University Grant Award - $3,650/yr.
Quinnipiac University Supplemental Grant Award - $3,370/yr.
Felix Festa Middle School PTA - $200
Christine Mackey and Michael Emanuelo Memorial Pop Warner Scholarship - $500
Vincent James Bernardone Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club Allen Dykstra Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Caitlin Powers Memorial Scholarship - $750

Mehta, Ashni
2010 National Merit Commended Student
Clarkstown Council PTA Community Service Scholarship - $500

Messina, Steven
SEPTA Award - $100

Min, Su
Vincent Festa Memorial Math Award - $200

Monaco, Jake
West Nyack Elementary PTA Scholarship Thomas E. Reed Scholarship - $250
West Nyack Rotary Service Scholarship - $
Clarkstown South PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450

Montera, Matthew
Widener University Presidential Scholarship - $16,000
Widener University Widener Auction Grant - $3,700
University Of Scranton Loyola Scholarship - $8,000
Manhattan College MC Grant – In – Aid - $8,000
University Of New Haven Presidential Scholarship - $16, 000
University Of New Haven Dean’s Scholarship - $2,000

Morelli, Katie
Oswego Merit Award - $500/yr.
Plattsburgh Scholarship - $3,500/yr.
Rider Provost Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
University of New England Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
University of Rhode Island Scholarship - $5,000/yr.
Plymouth State Scholarship - $4,500/yr.

Morgera, Frank
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $400
Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Hofstra University Grant – 11,500/yr.
New York University Polytechnic Grant - $18,000
Drexel University Grant - $13,700/yr.
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship  - $500
West Nyack Elementary PTA Scholarship Odena Kling Scholarship - $250
United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award

Mulholland, Thomas
Clarkstown South PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450

Murphy, Kaitlin
Clarkstown Education Foundation Scholarship - $1,000

Navarro, Jaclyn
Marist Alumni Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
St. John’s Academic Achievement Award - $8,000/yr.
Siena College Mission Scholarship - $3,400
St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Scholarship - $10,000/yr.

O’Neill, David
Laurel Plains PTA Scholarship - $400
Clarkstown Council PTA Academic Scholarship  - $500
Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship - $2,000
Clarkstown South PTSA Service Scholarship - $450

Osgood, Thomas
University Of Rhode Island Centennial Scholarship - $40,000
Roger Williams University Achievement Scholarship - $36,000
Hofstra University Presidential Scholarship - $14,000/yr.
Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship - $9,000/yr.

Pica, Joseph
SUNY Fredonia Dean’s Scholar Award - $2,000/yr.

Piscitelli, Michele
St. Thomas Aquinas College Honors Program Scholarship
 – Full Tuition 4 years
Iona College Academic Excellence Scholarship - $13,500/yr.
Siena College Dean’s Scholarship - $1,900/yr.
Siena College Franciscan Scholarship - $6,000/yr.

Pragdat, Matthew
David Hirsh Scholarship Award - $750

Proano, Katherine
Link Elementary PTA Ruth Hess Achievement Scholarship
 - $300
Pace University Trustee Recognition Award - $13,500
Pace University Pace Grant - $6,500
St. Thomas Aquinas College STAC Academic Scholarship -
$9,000
St. Thomas Aquinas College STAC Aquinas Grant – 1,000
Manhattan College MC Grant-In-Aid - $12,000/yr.
Iona College Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
Iona College Grant - $4,500

Prosapio, Alexander
SUNY Fredonia Dean’s Scholar Award - $2,000/yr.
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $250

Quigley, Sarah
Lycoming College Academic Scholarship - $11,000/yr.
Lycoming College Leadership Award - $4,000/yr.
Monmouth University Academic Excellence Scholarship - $10,000/yr.  
Catholic University Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
Drew University Dean’s Award Scholarship - $11,000/yr.
Manhattan College Presidential Scholarship - $9,000/yr.
Marist College Alumni Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Rider University Provost Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
Rider Assistance Grant - $2,000/yr.  

Quinlan, Brian
Northeastern University Scholarship Award - $10,000/yr.
Manhattan College Scholarship Award - $11,000/yr.
Catholic University of America Scholarship Award - $18,000/yr.
Western New England College Scholarship Award - $15,250/yr.
Fordham University Scholarship Award - $16,800/yr.
Roger Williams University Scholarship Award - $16,000/yr.
University at Buffalo Scholarship Award - $5,000/yr.
SUNY Stony Brook Scholarship Award - $4,000/yr.

Quinones, Alexa
Link Elementary PTA Gwen Simeral Future Teacher Scholarship
 - $300
Villanova University Scholarship Award – $35,500/yr.
Quinnipiac University Scholarship Award – $26,670/yr.
Monmouth University Scholarship Award - $14,000/yr.
Boston University Scholarship Award - $13,400/yr.
Fordham University Scholarship Award - $9,000/yr.
Oswego SUNY Scholarship Award – $4,400/yr.
University of Rhode Island Scholarship Award - $3,000/yr.
Cortland SUNY Scholarship Award - $2,500/yr.

Rahaniotis, Anjelica
Pace University Incentive Award - $11,500/yr.

Rich, William
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $250
Rockland County Music Educators Association Senior Scholarship - $2,000

Sahn, Jordan
Ithaca College/John B. Harcourt Scholarship - $7,500/yr.

Schiffman, Samantha
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Merit Award - $6,500/yr.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Misher Grant - $5,000/yr.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Deans Scholar Award - $5,000/yr.
Adelphi University Dean’s Award - $10,000/yr.
Adelphi University Recognition Award - $500/yr.
University of Rhode Island University Grant - $3,000/yr.
SUNY Oswego Merit Scholarship - $500/yr.

Schmidt, Johann
Clarkstown Council PTA Academic Scholarship - $500
Clarkstown PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Leadership Award - $10,000
Clarkstown Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship - $250

Schwartz, Daniel
2010 National Merit Winner Scholarship - $2,000 (Univ. of Florida)
University of Florida Scholarship - $24,000/yr.

Seo, Janet
University of Arizona Excellence Award - $4,000/yr.
University of Arizona – MacBook
University of Vermont Trustees Scholarship - $3,000/yr.
University of Massachusetts Chancellor’s Award Scholarship - $5,000/yr.
Saint Louis University Ignatian Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship - $500

Shaw, Kyle
Five Towns College WXRP Scholarship - $2,000

Sheehy, Brianne
NYSSE Student Achievement Award - $100

Shepard, Andrew
Brandon Berman Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
SEPTA Award - $100

Silva, Jessica
Viking Store Excellence in Management - $1,000

Singer, Carrie
Johnson and Wales University Presidential Academic Scholarship - $6,500/yr.

Singh, Mridul
Viking Store Excellence in Management - $1,500

Solar, Erin
University of Maine Dean’s Scholar Merit Award - $6,000/yr.
Clarkstown South PTSA/Sunrise Rotary Service Scholarship
 - $450
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship - $500

Solomon, Ian
Syracuse University Dean’s Scholarship - $6,000/yr.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor’s Award Scholarship - $6,500/yr.
Clarkstown South PTSA Viking Scholarship - $450
Clarkstown Teachers Association Scholarship - $500

Steen, Hillary
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $150

Studnitzer, Joshua
2010 National Merit Commended Student
Clarkstown South PTSA Academic Scholarship - $450

Sulkies, Jason
Pace University Honors Scholarship - $15,000/yr.
Marist College Academic Merit Scholarship - $8,000/yr.
Quinnipiac University Dean’s Scholarship - $10,000/yr.
Brandeis University Alumni and friends Scholarship - $26,000/yr.

Tesser, Randall
Westchester-Lower Hudson Council for the 2010 Social Studies Scholarship Award - $500
2010 National Merit Scholarship Winner (Tufts University) - $2,500

Twitty, Raymond
SEPTA Award - $100

Vandeputte, Nikki
Ben Lasner Memorial Scholarship - $750
Clarkstown Teaching Assistant Scholarship - $500

Vazquez, Alisha
West Nyack Rotary Vocational Scholarship

Ventouris, Andrea
Clarkstown Teaching Assistant Scholarship - $500

Weber, Rebecca
2010 National Merit Winner/Ithaca College

Woolley, Douglas
Laurel Plains PTA Scholarship - $400
Clarkstown Council of PTA Community Service Scholarship
 - $500
Marist College Alumni Scholarship $6,000/yr.
Iona College Iona Scholarship - $10,500
University of Scranton Xavier Grant - $13,400
Saint Joseph’s University Achievement Award - $3,500/yr.
Clarkstown South PTSA Service/Rotary Scholarship - $450
Felix Festa Middle School PTA Scholarship - $200
Police Steuben Association of Rockland County Scholarship - $450
Clarkstown PBA Scholarship - $1,000
New City Rotary Club Felix Festa Scholarship Award - $1,000
New City Rotary Club Scholarship Winner - $1,000

Yaeger, Adam
Clarkstown South Music Parents Association Scholarship - $150
Ithaca College – Flora Brown Award - $5,000
Ithaca College – Access Grant - $4,700
University Of Massachusetts Amherst - The Director’s Award

Zeman, Michael
Viking Store Assistance Scholarship - $250

CCSD Food Services Awarded $15,000 Grant
Through the efforts of Food Services Director Rob Preiss and his team, the District is the recipient of a $15, 000 equipment grant from the American Dairy Association. The money will be used to purchase seven new merchandising refrigerators for Lakewood, Link, Little Tor, West Nyack, Bardonia, Laurel Plains, and New City this fall. "In this time of significant pressure on our school budget, this is very welcome news. This pro-active effort by Rob Preiss provided needed resources for our schools at no cost to the district."

“Because I Knew You, I Have Been Changed for Good…”
– Thank you to Dr. Lisa Lieberman for Nine Years of BOE Service


Students Darian Marchetto, North High School, and Samantha Weisberg, South High School, sang the song “For Good” to Dr. Lisa Lieberman at the Board Meeting, kicking off a tribute to her nine years of dedicated service as a Clarkstown Board of Education member. Iris Damico, FFMS, later serenaded Dr. Lieberman with “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

Dr. Lieberman is leaving the Board with a legacy of accomplishment (link to list below) and respect from the Clarkstown community for her unceasing dedication to our students. Said Board President Phillip DeGaetano, “We would not have achieved all we achieved this year without her….Every decision she made was in the best interest our children, yours and mine.” Vice-President Donna Ehrenberg added “Before I was a member of the Board and I would call to ask Lisa questions and she always listened. She always made parents feel like they had a voice. As a Board member, she has been a guiding force and able to look at both sides of an issue.” - Dr. Keller-Cogan

Some of Dr. Lieberman’s many accomplishments/contributions in her years of Board service (2001-2009):

  • BOE liaison to Shared Decision Making Team

  • BOE representative to the RCSBA

  • Facilities Improvement, Wellness, Audit, and Policy Committee Member

  • BOE President

  • BOE-President

  • Superintendent Search Committee Member

Supported the following bonds:

  • Turf Fields

  • International Baccalaureate

  • Health/Safety bond including mileage limits reduced for busing

  • Elementary School Pianos, Integrated Education at the Middle School, Technology replacement laptops.

  • Transportation plan to purchase buses

  • Funding for playgrounds

  • Floor tile replacement, boiler replacement at Congers and Bardonia

Supported the following policies:

  • Authored Immunization Resolution which was proposed to the NYSSBA, urging the State Education Department to revise its policy allowing immunization waivers

  • Supported the policy of having two student board representatives included in Clarkstown’s Board of Education meetings
     

Clarkstown Education Foundation Awards $47,000 in Grants and Scholarships
Clarkstown Education Foundation  President Mike Aglialoro and Vice-President Dorie McMaster announced the winners of the Foundation’s 2010 student scholarship and teacher grant competitions. Winners were selected in a blind judging by members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Over $47,000 was awarded from money raised from the Foundation’s various fund-raisers throughout the year.

Students were asked to submit an essay answering the following question: “How has technology improved your learning in Clarkstown and what impact do you foresee technology having on society in the future?

Teachers were asked to identify a program or technology they wanted to add to their classrooms and how it would improve student learning.

The list of winners is below:
 

Student

School

   

Justin Mathew

South

   

Kaitlin Murphy

South

   

Vicky Atzl

North

   

Richard Wu

North

   
       

Teacher

School

Grade

Program/Equipment

Elise Krinsky

Strawtown

5th

SmartBoard

Claudia Bahssin

Strawtown

4th

SmartBoard

Wayne Merket

FFMS

6th

SmartBoard

Georgianna Diopoulos

FFMS

Special Ed

SmartBoard

Danielle Clancy

Link

5th

SmartBoard

Cathy Malgieri

Woodglen

Special Ed

6 Portable CD Players/ 6 Head Phones

Mark Gorman

FFMS

6th

Globe Kit

Debbie D'Addio

Bardonia

Special Ed

Micro Cassette Recorder/Blank Tapes

Vivian Rose

Bardonia

Kindergarten

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Project

Jennifer Steinberg

North

9th

FRESH - Freshmen Mentoring Program

Dawn Veillex and
Maureen DiSavino

South

9-12 Theater

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ

Timothy Ferraro

FFMS

6th

Book Throwdown

Lisa Maher

Woodglen

k-5

Book Fairy Program

David Landres

New City

5th

Elmo  

 

Valedictorians at North and South Win National Merit Scholarships
Arielle Friehling and Justin Mathew, the valedictorians of Clarkstown North and South respectively, are both National Merit Scholarship Winners.

In addition, five Clarkstown students are winners of National Merit Scholarship Program collegiate and corporate awards.

South High School:
Timothy S. Kim - Collegiate (Washington University in St. Louis)
Daniel I. Schwartz - Collegiate (University of Florida)
Randall T. Tesser - Collegiate (Tufts University)

North High School:
Richard Wu - Corporate sponsored award
Jamie Etkind - Collegiate (Northwestern University)

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting entry and participation requirements. The program is extremely competitive.
 

Imagine Being In the Top 15 in the World - Woodglen DIers Get it Done!
Woodglen Elementary School's Creation Nation Imagineers traveled all to Knoxville, Tennessee May 26-29, 2010 for the Destination ImagiNation (DI) Global Finals. They were among 15,000 participants who gathered for the world's largest problem-solving program for youth from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. The event marked the conclusion of a year full of problem solving, innovation and creativity from some of the world's most intelligent youth. The competition was held at various locations throughout the city.

Woodglen students, Gene Bae, Mia Belovsky, Alexandra DiNardo, Matthew Jaynes, Paulina Kanburiyan, Scott Martin, and Jill Teitelbaum competed in the Improvisational Challenge. They were coached by Dimensions teacher, Lisa Imperial. The team finished in 13th place out of 62 teams!
 

May 2010

It’s Root, Root, Root for Clarkstown North as Blood Drive Effort Wins Championship
This week, Clarkstown North won in the “Most Improved High School” category for Hudson Valley in the 2009-2010 New York Blood Center/New York Yankees High School Championship program, bringing in 119 more units of blood this year than last year. At the May 26th drive, 146 donors registered, resulting in 123 units of whole blood. The drive was coordinated by the school’s National Honor Society in partnership with the New York Blood Center.

The addition of 16 year old donors to the school’s blood drives for the first time last spring, coupled with the work of North’s seniors resulted in the school’s two best blood drives ever in November and March.

For their win, North received tickets to the Yankees game

South Student To Compete in Problem Solving Challenge National Final
South student Boyu Fan earned a top score within New York State in the Problem Solving Challenge Exam sponsored by the American Society for Mathematics. Boyu has been invited to represent Clarkstown High School South and our District at the U.S. National High School Mathematics Championships to be held in June in Oklahoma City.

Richter Takes Top Prize at Holocaust Museum Competition
Elyse Richter, a junior at North, took 1st prize in the High School Visual Arts category in The Holocaust Museum and Study Center's Siegelbaum Literary and Visual Arts Competition. The theme for the 2009-2010 competition was Choosing Humanity.

Bardonia and Congers Care for Our Environment
Bardonia Elementary under the direction of 5th grade teacher Ms. Del Valle started an Environmental Club. The children participated in a school-wide contest to create a logo to represent the club. The winner is Luke Pallogudis. Bardonia students have some great projects in the works and have collected over 20 pounds of used batteries in just two weeks for recycling

Sedona and Sean Boyle, 3rd and 1st grade students at Congers Elementary School, won a $100 gift card in a drawing through the America's Greenest School contest. Sedona and Sean then donated the money back to the school's Kids for a Clean Environment Club in recognition of its efforts on behalf of our environment.

Birchwood Poets to be Published, Win Creative Communication Competition
Birchwood teacher Ms. Deborah Testi entered student work in a contest sponsored by Creative Communication. Two students, Heather Helprin and Tom Emmet, were selected as winners and will have their poems published. They will go on to compete for prizes and to be named among the Top Ten poets in the competition. The poems will appear in an anthology entitled An Anthology of Poets.

Winter’s Wanderer
The moon is a wanderer.
The moon is frozen-without feeling.
He is frostbitten.
He is depressed.
The wanderer always seems to return
to the same location.
Would you welcome him?
The moon is a wanderer.
He stays for the night.
The moon is then off again, but will return
for another long, dreary winter night.
He has overstayed his welcome this year.
The moon is a wanderer.

     - Heather Helprin
The Cabinet of Life
(Inspired in Debbie Testi’s English Class)
With its legs worn to the bone
And its drawers nailed closed
The Cabinet of life stands with me
juxtaposed
Its wood finish
Still fading away
The Cabinet of life has nothing to say
Tired and worn,
Wasting away
The Cabinet of life sits closed all day
Till the night approaches
And its drawers are open
The last few moments
Have finally been chosen.
   - Thomas Emmet

For State Winners, It’s Off to National History Day Finals
Once again, Clarkstown students excelled at the state-level National History Day competition at Cooperstown, New York, on April 30. All of the winning students below will advance to the national finals to be held in June at the University of Maryland.

  • Felix Festa Middle School
    • Website: 1st place – Miskat Rahman
    • Group Video: 1st place – Madison Deming, Shelby Hougui, & Taylor Hughes
    • Group Video: 2nd place  – Jake Gogats and Shivkrish Lingala
    • Individual Video: 1st place – Hannah Levin
       
  • North High School
    • Group Website: 2nd place – Robert Duggan (along with Joshua Berg from South)
    • Individual Documentary: 1st place – Greg Briker
       
  • South High School
    • Group Performance: 2nd place - Rachel Weber and Olga Zubashko
    • Group Exhibit: 1st place - Rebecca Loring and Rebecca Chandler
    • Website: 1st place - Zac Ringer, Alvin Matthew, Dhruv Ragunathan, Tom Safran, and Rohan Patel
    • Website: 2nd place  - Joshua Berg (along with Robert Duggan from South)
    • Group Documentary: 2nd place - Julia Chin, Ashly Elias, and Erica Carchichabla (Advancing to national competition)

South Students Master a Classic Language
The National Latin Exam was recently administered to South High School students and is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. More than 149,000 Latin students from all fifty states and 13 foreign countries participated this year. The test covers knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, mythology, customs, derivatives, and translation abilities.

Though South’s students consistently perform well on this exam, this year marked the highest number of perfect scores (40 out of 40 on the Intro to Latin Exam), and gold and silver medals for upper level students (Latin I and II exams, which are taken by level 2 and 3 students.) Click here for the students and their achievements.

Perfect Scores

2010 National Latin I Exam

Gold Summa Cum Laude

Silver Maxima Cum Laude

2010 National Latin II Exam

Charlotte Basch
Felicia Cippoletti
Mark Eberhart
Brian Lang
Peter Manuel
Sneha Mehta
Joshua Mercado
Abbey Murphy
Corrine Quirk
Thomas Prosapio
John Paul Scouarnec
Julie Yamaner

Perfect Score
Kimberly Xie

Sara Belitz
James Burke
Analisa Caruso
Gina Celio
Chelsea Christonikos
Maryann Gormley
Kiana Heredia
Michael Kelly
Andrew Kim
Jordan Sahn
Andrew Spreckman
Priya Vyas

Jodie Dorfman
Elizabeth Kelly

Gold Summa Cum Laude
Christina Wong
Katherine Zee

Silver Maxima Cum Laude
Mallory Merryman

 

2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition
Several Clarkstown North and South High Schools took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and met requirements to enter the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. With a Selection Index score of 201 or above, each of these students (below) is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants.
 

North High School

South High School

  • Nicholas Colandrea

  • Anthony Conte

  • Bartlomiej Czarnik

  • Kyle Diaz

  • Christopher Emch

  • Nora Gorman

  • Thrupthy Jacob

  • Nevin Kulangara

  • Remy Maisel

  • Allison Olinsky

  • Thomas Ryan

  • Sylvan Tsai

  • Jonathan Vayalumkal

  • Mishal Aminullah

  • Alyssa M. Bosso

  • Ko Eun Choi

  • Nicholas G. Danyluk

  • Boyu Fan

  • Jimmy Joseph

  • Adam R. Kronish

  • Allegra Kuney

  • Eric M. Levine

  • Allen L. Lipson

  • Connie Y. Lu

  • Srikalyan Megati

  • Mallory J. Merryman

  • Neil M. Munroe

  • Brian J. O'Connor

  • Aaron R. Palmquist

  • Joanne M. Rosenthal

  • Divya V. Shah

  • Kimberly Xie

  • Benjamin K. Yi

  • Olga Zubas

Education Hall of Fame Inducts Two Distinguished Leaders
Education Hall of Fame Inducts Two Distinguished Leaders
Dr. Joel Klein and Mr. Jerry Gage were inducted last evening into the Clarkstown Education Hall of Fame. They join a prestigious group of educators who have had a significant impact on our school district during their Clarkstown careers.

Dr. Howard Mandel, chairperson of Psychological Services, introduced Dr. Klein and spoke of his abilities as an administrator, his advocacy for special needs students and his intellect. Dr. Mandel outlined the lasting impact Dr. Klein has had on the district’s special education program and student services in his role as Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, laying much of the groundwork for the programs that exist today. Among his many accomplishments is his role in establishing the Birchwood School. Dr. Klein continues his committement to Birchwood by attending each year’s graduation ceremony as an honored guest. To quote from nominations received, “I was consistently impressed with Dr. Klein’s professionalism and common sense. His sincerity, warmth and understanding created an atmosphere of safety and security for children and their parents, while at the same time integrating his responsibilies as an administrator for the Clarkstown Central School District.” Another identified Dr. Klein simply as “the father” of Clarkstown’s special needs model.


Dr. Deb O’Connell, deputy superintendent, and Ms. Dianne Basso, campus principal of Felix Festa Middle School, introduced Mr. Gage and gave testament to his many contributions during his long tenure with the Clarkstown school district. Mr. Gage held the positions of teacher, principal of Lakewood Elementary, various directorships and ultimately assistant superintendent. He was described as a skillful leader and a true visionary educator. What stands out among his many talents is his unique ability and interest in people, including his commitment to his role as a mentor. To quote a nomination, “Mr. Gage had extremely high expectations for teachers and staff; however, he knew with those expectations he needed to offer support…As we grew in our roles, he served as a constant mentor and reliable source of advice. His caring and support went far deeper than his role required.” Former Superintendent Bill Heebink said of Mr. Gage, “Jerry’s strength was his personal quality. He had a good sense of ‘good people’ and was an excellent recruiter in turn. He had the ability to close the deal. Jerry had a solid sense of good instruction and was an excellent observer of classroom performance. He held passionate beliefs and was not afraid to defend them.”

To Dr. Klein and Mr. Gage, thank you from all of us at the Clarkstown Central School District for helping to build a foundation of excellence that continues today. Welcome to the Clarkstown Education Hall of Fame.

April 2010

Excellence in Teaching - Music
Mr. Patrick Magliano II has been nominated for The Arts Council of Rockland (ACOR) County Executive Arts Awards in the Arts Educator category. Mr. Magliano teaches instrumental music and music technology at North High School.

"The County Executive Awards is an annual celebration of art, those who support and those who create it," said Mark Judelson, ACOR's Executive Director. "These nominees represent community service and artistic excellence." The awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6 at the Cultural Arts Theater of Rockland Community College (145 College Road, Suffern). Orange and Rockland Utilities is the Primary Corporate Sponsor of the event.

The Clarkstown Central School District congratulates Pat Magliano and celebrates his nomination.


Clarkstown Council of PTAs Scholarship Winners

Clarkstown Council of PTAs is proud to announce the winners of its annual Scholarship Program. The PTA Council awards twenty $500 Scholarships to ten graduating seniors at North High School, and ten at South High School. The committee comprises of representatives from our elementary school, middle school and high school PTAs. We commend our Clarkstown schools and representatives who give generously of their funds and time.

This year’s awardees exemplify the well-rounded, academically exceptional students the Clarkstown community continues to produce. Their success is demonstrated in their academic achievements, as well as their participation in organizations, clubs, sports, and their community involvement. The Clarkstown Council of PTAs is very proud of our graduating seniors and believes in recognizing our students for their achievements. Congratulations to all the awardees!

Clarkstown High School North

Clarkstown High School South

  • Vicky Atzl
  • Chad Bernstein
  • Jason Cooper
  • Brittany Ehardt
  • Arielle Friehling
  • James Hodgens
  • Jennifer Kim
  • Lauren Krouskoff
  • Francis Nimick
  • Samuel Ritholtz
  • Richard Bunyan
  • Alexander Donnelly
  • Jodie Dorfman
  • Brian Hopkins
  • John Mapelli
  • Justin Mathew
  • Ashni Mehta
  • David O’Neill
  • Johann Schmidt
  • Douglas Wolley

 

North Students Take Top Honors in SkillsUSA Competition
North High School student Mike Madden earned himself a spot in the National SkillsUSA Competition by his first place finish at the state-level competition. Mike distinguished himself in the area of advertising design and will travel to Kansas City this June to compete in the nationals. In addition, Lesley Martinez, also from North, placed third in the state in the Cosmetology - Junior competition. Both students attend the Rockland County BOCES Career and Technical Education programs. Skills USA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation.

The North "GE" Star
Hyungjin Park of North High School has been designated as a recipient of a 2010 GE STAR Award. In addition to a one-time financial award of $3,500 issued to Hyungjin, the GE Foundation Program also grants a one-time financial award of $500 to the student's high school.

The GE STAR Awards competition is open to children of eligible GE employees and retirees worldwide. Recipients are determined in a highly selective global competition independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization.

Japanese Speech Contest
Sophia Chawala received second prize at the Japanese Speech Contest held on Friday, April 9, at the United Nations International School in Manhattan. Sophia is invited to participate in the National Japanese Speech Contest in Irvine, California, at the end of May.

Junior Statesmen of America
The JSA (Junior Statesmen of America) Chapter at South High School came away with nine Best Speaker Awards from the NYS spring convention last week, representing the most any District team has won at one convention. South also won the Chapter of the Year award for the Northeast region because of the work they have done all year hosting JSA events, including a mini-convention attended by students from all over the tri-state region, and several fundraisers for the annual activism cause (Veterans). The chapter also hosted the first ever Teacher/Student Debate night earlier this year. This is a region-wide award and now qualifies the South chapter to compete in the nationwide level for the National Merit Award.

The following students won Best Speaker Awards:

*  Randall Tesser
*  Chris Barker
*  Cassie Rolnick
*  Harry Adler
*  Heather Bergling
*  Rachel Weber
*  Alvin Mathew


March 2010

Author Expresses "Gratitude" for North Student's National History Day Research
North student Vicky Atzl was recently acknowledged in a newly published book entitled, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, for contributing her National History Day research on the work of her great-grandfather, Alexander O. Gettler, known as the ""Father of American Forensic Toxicology." Vicky met with author Deborah Blum, Professor of Science Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and shared her research.
Prof. Blum stated in a chapter titled "Gratitudes," "Vicky shared with me the really incredible research from an honors presentation she had done on her great-grandfather, which included letters, published papers, and even videotapes. I can't say thank you enough."

Students Art Work Reflects Positively on Clarkstown
Clarkstown High School North student Josh Kim and Lakewood student Erin O'Shea will have their Reflections visual arts pieces displayed at the NYSPTA Convention in November as each received an Award of Excellence at the New York State PTA Reflections Competition.

Woodglen Students Bend Their Minds at Destination Imagination
A group of Woodglen students are the first in Rockland County to take on the challenges at this year’s Destination Imagination Eastern Regional Tournament at Yorktown High School on March 6, 2010. Destination Imagination is an after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. The competing teams are tested to think on their feet, work together, and devise original solutions that satisfy all the requirements of the challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills - they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving.

Woodglen sent two teams, consisting of seven children each, to the regional tournament in Yorktown this past Saturday (March 6). The Creation Nation Imagineers who are Gene Bae, Mia Belovsky, Alexandra DiNardo, Matthew Jaynes, Paulinka Kanburiyan, Scott Martin and Jill Teitelbaum competed in an Improvisational Challenge entitled Do or DI. They researched ten endangered animals and objects and made a value judgment as to whether or not they will save a specific “threatened thing.” Should the landline telephone or the Gopher Tortoise be saved? These DIers made their choices. Although they prepared some of their solution in advance, they were completely unaware of which elements they would encounter on the day of the tournament or which “threatened thing” they would be asked to save. This made much of their solution improvisational. This group practiced strategies that will help them to think on their feet so that they can have great success with their solution.

The Flipsiders who are Kathryn Belkin, Marcus Calero, Brooke Hurwitz, Aruba Kazmi, Carissa Lee and Dylon Wynne worked on a challenge entitled You’re Gonna Flip! They created an original story in which a character changes his or her mindset as a result of some event that has happened. Some examples of this have occurred in literature with the characters Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Each of them began their story with one belief system, which completely “flipped” as a result of an event or a series of events by the conclusion of their tale. So, these brave DIers were challenged to create a story with a similar twist using an original, hand made puppet to assist them in the story-telling.

The teams were coached by Dimensions teacher Lisa Imperial-DiNardo and 4th Grade teacher Ann Zembovictz. They represented our district and our county on March 6th. Creation Nation Imagineers came in second place and were invited to compete in the New York State tournament on April 17 in Binghamton. A first or second place standing at that event will enable the teams to move on to the Destination Imagination Global Finals.

Speech Contest Winners Address Topic “If I Were President….”
From a field of 132 competitors in grades 5-8, Irina Huang, 8th grade student at FFMS, took top honors in the Modern Woodmen of America Speech Contest.  James Wiggins of New City and Rebecca Zeller of Strawtown, both 5th graders, placed 2nd and 3rd . The contest finale was held on March 18th  at Chestnut Grove and included the winners of the twelve school-based competitions. Each competitor gave a two-to-three minute speech on the topic “If I Were President….” Students worked with their dimensions teachers and speech contest facilitators who conducted the building level competitions. Dr. Keller-Cogan, Dr. O'Connell and Dr. Leh presented the awards to the winners. In addition to two trophies, the first place winner received a $50 check from the Modern Woodmen of America. All participants received a number of prizes as reward for their tremendous efforts. Through the work of the speech contest facilitators, student participation rose by 30%. The list below includes the winners and the speech contest facilitators:

  • 1st Place--Irina Huang, 8th grade, Felix Festa Middle School

  • 2nd Place--James Wiggins, 5th grade, New City Elementary School

  • 3rd Place--Rebecca Zeller, 5th grade, Strawtown Elementary School

Contest facilitators:

  • Barbara Modzeleski--Bardonia Elementary School & West Nyack Elementary School

  • Jayme Copans--Congers Elementary School & Strawtown Elementary School

  • Lisa Imperial-DiNardo--Lakewood Elementary School

  • LeighAnn Zeller--Laurel Plains Elementary School & Little Tor Elementary School

  • Christina Paul--Link Elementary School

  • Jennifer Kilb--New City Elementary School

  • Lynne Ritter--Woodglen Elementary School

  • Matthew Younghans--Felix Festa Middle School

 

DECA State Conference Winners
 

School

Student

Event/Position

North

Marni Reemer

1st Place, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event

North

Melanie Graff

1st Place, Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event

North

April Gagliardi

3rd Place, Buying and Merchandising Research Event

North

Katherine Cavazzini

Top Ten Overall, Marketing Management

North

Bruce Rubin

Top Ten Overall, Job Interview

South

 Jodie Dorfman

1s Place, Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

South

Alex Donnelly

1st Place, Travel and Tourism Team

South

Cora Foley

1st Place, Travel and Tourism Team

South

David Kass

1st Place, Wholesale Selling

South

Jake Gelman

2nd Place, Retail Merchandising

South

Heather Bergling

2nd Place, Community Service Project

South

Matt Gottlieb

2nd Place, Community Service Project

South

Andrew Vigotsky

3rd  Place, Internet Marketing Plan

South

David Fiore

3rd Place, Internet Marketing Plan

South

Dean Lata

3rd Place, Public Service Broadcast Advertising

South

Jess Silva

4th Place, Advertising Campaign

South

Alexa DiBenedetto

4th Place, Advertising Campaign

South

Gina DiBenedetto

4th Place, Advertising Campaign

South

Ashni Mehta

5th Place, Accounting Applications

South

Nate Greenberg

5th Place, Principles of Finance

South

Naji Filali

Finalist, Entrepreneurship Written

South

Jun Kim

Finalist, Entrepreneurship Written

South

Mridul Singh

Finalist, Entrepreneurship Written

South

Nathan Karsenty

Top Ten Overall, Business Law and Ethics Team

South

Jake Kronish

Top Ten Overall, Business Law and Ethics Team

South

Harry Adler

Top Ten Overall, Buying and Merchandising Team

South

Cassie Rolnick

Top Ten Overall, Buying and Merchandising Team

South

Cristina Bermudez

Top Ten Overall, Decision Making-Marketing

South

Harnsowl Ko

Top Ten Overall, Financial Analysis Team

South

Johann Schmidt

Top Ten Overall, Financial Analysis Team

South

Jackie Chen

Top Ten Overall, Financial Operations Research

South

Chris Ferrarra

Top Ten Overall, Financial Operations Research

South

Zach Ben-Haim

Top Ten Overall, Principles of Business Administration

South

Kelly Meara

Top Ten Overall, Principles of Marketing

South

Jamie Rubi

Top Ten Overall, Sales Demonstration

South

John Inanc

Top Ten Overall, Technical Sales

South

Ji Sung Kim

Top Ten Overall, Visual Advertising

South

Malika Samuel

Testing Top Ten


 

CCSD Music Students Selected to Participate in Senior All-County Music Festival
Clarkstown North and South music students participated in the Rockland County Music Educator’s Association Senior All-County Music Festival in February at the Chestnut Ridge Middle School. Top music students from all county schools in grades 10, 11, and 12 competed to be chosen to perform in band, chorus, or orchestra. Applicants must each have a high NYSSMA score as well as teacher recommendations to be considered.
Congratulations to our musicians selected to perform:

Band

Orchestra

Chourus

  • Marina Dietrich

  • Alex Donnelly

  • Robert Duggan

  • Boyu Fan

  • John Hanos

  • Andre Jevnik

  • David Jo

  • Andrew Kim

  • Eunice Kim

  • Harnsawl Ko

  • Stefan Lang

  • Tim Mathew

  • Frank Morgera

  • Alex Prosapio

  • Benjamin Yi

  • Dakota Denicola

  • Angelica Ebron

  • Eugene Ghong

  • Esteban Guijarro

  • Aram Lee

  • Allison Olinsky

  • Alyssa Bosso

  • Alyssa Gutierrez

  • Brooke Kallenberg

  • Allegra Kuney

  • Kelsey LaBosco

  • Lisa Lang

  • Meghan Maloney

  • Arven Rulona

  • Andrew Shepard

  • Rachel Streitman

  • Caroline Trugman

 

National Merit Scholarship Program
Once again, Clarkstown was well represented in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to the following students who were selected as finalists in the 2010 Competition for National Merit Scholarships.

South

  • Timothy S. Kim
  • Harnsowl L. Ko
  • Gary A. Mana
  • Justin Mathew
  • Daniel I. Schwartz
  • Randall T. Tesser
  • Rebecca J. Weber

North

  • Jamie Etkind
  • Arielle Friehling
  • Francis Nimick
  • Richard Wu

 

February 2010

Mathematics Skills On Display at South
The first place scorers at the January 2010 Rockland County Math League were:
Koeun Choi, Guijarro Esteban, Boyu Fan, Merlin Koppara, Justin Mathew, Sri Megati, Divya Shah and Katherine Zee. Justin Fletcher, Max Gendler, Carisse Hamlet, Andrew Kim, Timothy Kim, Harnsowl Ko, Connie Lu, Josh Studnitzer, Ben Yi and Rachel Weber tied for second place.

The January monthly American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) contest first place winner was Alex Griffith, with Divya Shah earning second place.

The South team comprised of: Boyu Fan, Harnsowl Ko, Connie Lu and Olga Zubashko earned an Honorable Mention in the National High School Mathematics Modeling Contest sponsored by Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. The South team completed a solution paper in a 36 hour time frame to develop models for the occurrences of tsunamis.

The South team finished in second place of all participating schools throughout Region IV (536 local chapters) of the National Mu Alpha Theta in the Log 1 contest. High Scorers for South High School are: in the Mu division Max Gendler, Alex Griffith, Jin Liu, Sri Megati and Steven Messina; in the Alpha Division: Merlin Koppara, and Allen Lipson in the Theta Division Alvin Mathew, Rohan Patel and Rachel Weber.

North Students Honored for Excellence
Congratulations to the 2010 North High School inductees into the National Honor Society. At a ceremony held at North, the following students were recognized for their accomplishments in four areas: scholarship, character, leadership, and service:

Robert Abdallah, Rachel Mae Aguilar, Bareeqah Ahmad, Sabrina Alfassa, Juan Francisco Arreglado, Adam Babat, Jenna Balavram, Lisa Barrett, Caroline Barry, Julia Brehl, Frances Calingo, Brittany Canter, Katherine Cavazzini, Palvi Chadha, Alexandria Chaitin, Eun Byol Cho, Anthony Conte, Haley Coopersmith, Alexandra Danzinger, Gabrielle Delucia, Kyle Diaz, Alessia Difilippo, Christopher Emch, April Gagliardi, Ashley Garces, Grant Germano, Rebecca Giglio, Nora Gorman, Daniel Greenspan, Alexandra Grossbarth, Amanda Gurock, Ross Gusler, Jasmin James, Rajani John, Jared Kash, Dong-Hwi Kim, Eunice Kim, Jeremy Kleiman, Justin Kohlmeier, Steven Kraushaar, Nevin Kulangara, Alyssa Kwartler, Joy Lachman, Grace Lee, Remy Maisel, Kavya Mathew, Nicole McGowan, Mackenzie McIndoe, Emily McKinstry, Nelson Mejia, Fernando Miller, Rachel Mitrani, Jordan Naft, Luis Naranjo, Monica Osher, Vrunda Parikh, Hyungjin Park, Michael Parrella, Swetha Paul, Sarah Price, Karla Rangel-Hernandez, Lauren Rosato, Christopher Rossi, Bruce Rubin, Thomas Ryan, Raed Salam, Dana Sassano, Brooke Schwartz, Julia Sebastian, Jennah Shahid, Marie Sheridan, Scott Silverman, Dan Justin Simpelo, Diona Straub, Mahsa Taskindoust, Christine Tholany, Paul Tomeo, Sylvan Tsai, Gopika Unnikrishnan, Jonathan Vayalumkal, Nidon Vilotijevic, Lara Weiner, Alexandra Yacyshyn, Shelby Zellman, Vicki Zucker

January 2010

South Broadcast Journalism Student In the Spotlight
South broadcast journalist student Samantha Agostino was selected by the MSG Varsity network to appear on their show "Quick: 60" with Mike Quick. Samantha's broadcast segments were chosen out of all the MSG participating schools to air on the show. Samantha and her teacher, Ms. Helene Fishkin Magazine, went to the MSG studio in Long Island on Wednesday. Samantha's segment appeared on channel 14 and was taped for student viewing. Jaclyn Navarro also traveled to MSG to provide behind the scenes reporting footage and interviews.

Sharing Talents to Help Others
High School Students Francis Nimick of North and William Rich of South are giving a piano recital this Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:00 the Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard, Nyack, NY. They will play selections from Bolcom, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms and Takács. Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the Red Cross' relief fund for Haiti.


Students Define Beauty in PTA Reflections Contest
Students responded to the question "Beauty is..." in through visual arts, music, photography, literature, dance choreography, and film production in the annual PTA Reflections competition. Congratulations to all of our student winners listed below. The winning projects will be forwarded to the New York State PTA for judging at that level.

 

Visual Arts

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 9-12

Liam Rigney (Award One)

Erin O'Shea

Josh Kim

Liam Rigney (Award Two)

Jenna Ryu

Music

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Nina Nikpreljevic

Matthew Majsak

Eli Leon Greene

Photography

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Taylor Klink

Shannon Farrell

Literature

Grades 3-5

Grade 6-8

Kobe Lim

Cara Kupferman

Dance Choreography

Grade K-2

Grades 3-5

Kyla Wardhowsky

Ava Gerstein

Alyssa Carbone

Film Production

Grade K-2

Wyatt Mattaway

Michael Kowalski

Creative Projects

Daniel Fulladosa

Francesca Mayeski

Chelsea Kanz

 

Little Tor Fifth Grader Perfect at WordMaster Challenge
 
Little Tor fifth grader Noah Rosenberg earned a perfect score in the year’s first WordMaster Challenge meet. He is one of only 24 fifth graders across the country to achieve perfect results. Outstanding achievements were also earned by fourth graders John Tyrie, Celestine Castillo, Amanda Chazen, Siena Doctorow, Alexander Fetterman, Olivia Hernandez, Elad Raymond and Troy Stein; and fifth graders Juliet Bennett-Levy, Katherine Belkin, Julia Greenspan, Jessica Paley, John Walsh and James Wiggens. The school’s students were coached in preparation for the Challenge by teacher Leigh Ann Zeller.

The WordMasters Challenge is a national language arts competition entered by approximately 215,000 students annually, which consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.

North High School Students on the Red Carpet
Seniors Tyler Silver and Simon Turkel won two prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Awards for their Clarkstown High School North TV Studio work. The two were among only fifteen winners which included entries from Stanford University, Boston University, Columbia University, and the American Film Institute. Clarkstown North was the only institution to win two awards for film making.

Madhuri Vastare, 11th grader, won an honorable mention and $100 in the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) Essay Contest.

Fernando Miller (11th Grade) will be recognized at the Black Achievement Award ceremony to take place at Rockland Community College on February 9 at 7 pm.

December 2009

Clarkstown Musicians and Singers Chosen for Junior All-County Festival
The Rockland County Music Educators Association is sponsoring the Junior All-County Festival at Fieldstone Secondary School in North Rockland on January 8 & 9. Students from all school districts in Rockland County in grades 7, 8, & 9 are participating in the two-day festival. Congratulations to the following student musicians from CCSD who have been chosen to be in the Festival:

FFMS - Orchestra

Band

Chorus

Camille Dietrich
Ryan Frisini
Irina Huang
Jaeyeun Kim
Zachariah Lee
Christopher Yoon

Jared Profenna
Rathna Ramanathan

James Amalathas
Erin Antonella
Shauna Bahssin
Charlsey Coyle
Camille Damico
Madison Deming
Abby Hanania
Nicholas Murphy
Sean Ryan
Ethan Yablanko
Melissa Zeller

 

NHS - Orchestra

Band

Chorus

Gabi Im

Talia Brown
Gia Chawala
Stephanie Duggan
Michael Huang
Peter Kunz
Joel Tom

Caitlin Wolper

 

SHS - Orchestra

Band

Chorus

Yeon Gyeong Lee

Chaewon Kim
Dasoul Ko
Patrick Luce
Devin Solar
Jacqueline Yi

James Benoit
Emily Bowman
Caitlin Brosnan
Elana Rodriguez
Rachel Rohrig

 

South’s Budding Entrepreneurs Take First in Business Competition
Andrew Vigotsky and Richard Bunyan, seniors at South, earned 1st place in the recent Entrepreneurship Competition held at Rockland Community College. The competition was sponsored by RCC and the New York State Association of CPA's. The students were asked to develop a business plan (a prospectus to open a new business) and give an oral presentation of their plan to local business executives and college professors. Andrew and Richard won in the finals against Suffern High, and they each were awarded a $500 prize for their efforts. This is only the second year that South has participated in the competition.

National History Day
National History Day is holding a congressional breakfast in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 26th, and invited Felix Festa Students Gaby Im and Lauren Lee to perform their winning Douglas MacArthur performance to showcase last year’s winning History Day project. They will perform in front of key members of Congress, the Archivist of the United States as well as senior executives from The History Channel. It is an honor to be asked to present at this event. The students graduated from Festa last year and are now attending North High School.

Festa Team Tops in Knowledge Masters
On Wednesday, December 1, the Felix Festa Knowledge Masters Team won first place in New York State and placed 52nd out of nearly 600 teams from around the world.

Grade 6
Hansraj (Raji) Bhandal
Inna Grant
Vincent Pellicone

Grade 7
Jason Adamovich-Zeitlin
Richard Adamovich-Zeitlin
Kobi Axelrod
Ryan Grogan
Melody Henry
Jun Hale (Justin) Kim
Jason Levy
Shivani Parikh
Naomi Philip
Sarah Treanor

Grade 8
Alosh Alex
Chanda Bhandal
Aaron Cherian
Adam Dore
Levi Ioffe
Christina Jacob
Hannah Levin


Christiana Palillo
Miskat Rahman
Rathna Ramanathan
Kayla Rudess
Lauren Sapienza
Elizabeth Terry-Kantor
Susan Zollinger
 

November 2009

NYSSMA Selects Clarkstown Music Students
Clarkstown student musicians of music educators Mr. Kip Bonsignore, Mr. James Fogarty, Ms. Lydia Leizman, Mr. Patrick Magliano II, and Mr. Vincent Reina have been chosen to participate in the NYSSMA Area All-State Festival being held on November 20 and 21 at Liberty High School. We offer congratulations to:
 

South High School
Band Orchestra Chorus
* Marina Dietrich
* Boyu Fan
* John Hanos
* Harnsowl Ko
* Allegra Kuney
* Stefan Lang
* Benjamin Yi
 
* Angelica Ebron
* Eugene Ghong
* Andre Jevnik
* Aaron Palmquist
* Mitchell Schneider
Mixed Chorus
* Alyssa Guttierrez
Women's Chorus
 
North High School
Band Mixed Chorus  
* Eunice Kim
* Tim Mathew
* Rachel Refkin
* Caroline Trugman
* Kellian Ribaudo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2009

Math Adds Up For South Students

  • Ninety South High School students competed at the first contest of the Rockland County Math League at South High School earlier this month. The following students were recognized for outstanding performance:
  1st Place:
Harnsowl Ko
2nd Place:
Sri Megati
3rd Place:
Kevin Elaahi
Timothy Kim
Michael Levy
Justin Mathew
Steven Messina
  • The following students from South High School were recognized at the Monthly Math League Contest of the American Scholastic Mathematics Association:
  1st Place:
Boyu Fan
2nd Place:
Steven Messina
Divya Shah
Olga Zubashko
3rd Place:
Louise Alter
Koeun Cho
Alex Griffith
Philip George
Max Gendler
Eugene Ghong

Brian Lang
Jim Liu
Connie Lu
Teri Mcguire
Matt Pragdat
  • Congratulations also go to the winners of the 2009 New York State Math Poster Contest from South High School. The contest was entitled “Transforming Mathematics Instruction.” Recognized students are noted below:
  Christine Ansalone
Alyssa Bosso
Will Guy
Justin Fletcher
Ali Geister
Alice Kim
Athene Puffer


 

September 2009

Students Selected for 2009 NYSSMA All-State Festival

Congratulations to the fine musicians who qualified for this year’s NYSSMA’s All-State Festival. A special thanks to all K-12 staff who have contributed to their success.

  • Marina Dietrich, South High School, Symphonic Band (clarinet)

  • Allegra Kuney, South High School, Vocal Jazz and Women's Chorus

  • Stephan Lang, South High School, Symphony Orchestra (bassoon)

These students have been accepted as alternates:

  • Hui-Hsin (Rebecca) Lo, North High School, violin and viola

  • Allegra Kuney, South High School, Symphonic Band (clarinet)
     

Clarkstown Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
 

orth High School:
  • Jamie Etkind
  • Arielle Friehling
  • Francis Nimick
  • Richard Wu
South High School:
  • Timothy S. Kim
  • Harnsowl L. Ko
  • Gary A. Mana
  • Justin Mathew
  • Daniel I. Schwartz
  • Randall T. Tesser
  • Rebecca J. Weber

June 2009

Two Clarkstown Teams In Top Ten At National History Day Competition
Congratulations to the students, their teachers and our the National History coordinators for their achievements at the National History Day competition held this week at the University of Maryland. We salute their efforts and the recognition they bring to the Clarkstown Central School District. A special thanks to Dr. Barbara Kalmar for her leadership and guidance of the History Day program in our schools.

  • Number One In The Nation! - SHS Team Takes First at National History Day
    A team of five South High School students took top prize at National History Day for their group performance of “Wall for All.” The competition was fierce with 77 regional championship teams competing. In the end, the performance by South’s Randall Tesser (11th grade), Ankur Mohan (12th grade), Alex Guevara (11th grade), Lauren Altman (9th grade), and Cassandra Guevara (12th grade) proved victorious. Well done Team South!
    ...

  • World War II Special Award - and 6th Place Nationally - Goes to Festa Duo
    Gabi Im and Lauren Lee, two eight graders at Felix Festa, researched primary and secondary sources at the MacArthur library in Virginia as well as West Point for their 6th place winning National History Day junior group performance about Douglas MacArthur. As a result of their scholarly research, they also won the World War II Special Award. Congratulations!

Winning Artists Illustrate the Need For School Bus Safety
For the third year in a row, our students have captured First and Second Places in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest for the Hudson Valley. Their posters have been sent to Albany to compete in the statewide competition in July. First and Second Place winners will receive gift cards from the Lower Hudson Chapter of New York Association of Pupil Transportation (NYAPT).
The winners at each grade level are as follows:

  • First Place Winner Grades K-2
    Carly Donoghue (Link)

  • First Place Winner Grades 3-5
    Brian Huang (Little Tor)

  • First Place Winner Grades 6-8
    Victoria Forlini (St. Augustine)

  • Second Place Grades K-2
    Kiefer Cyrzyk (Lakewood)

  • Second Place Grades 3-5
    Taylor Popkave (Lakewood)

  • Second Place Grades 6-8
    Anthony DePinho (St. Augustine)

Eureka! South Students Strike Gold
South students Christina Murray, Michele Pratusevich, and Emily Sherbany were awarded Gold Circle Awards by Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their articles published in Eureka 2008.

2009 RPI Math and Science Medal Goes to South Student
Justin Mathew was awarded the 2009 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) medal as the junior with outstanding mathematics and science achievements.

SHS Students Score Big in Math League Competition
Four South High School mathematics students, Boyu Fan, Emil Guliyev, Michele Pratusevich and Sri Megati were selected to compete on the Upstate New York State Team at the 2009 American Regional Mathematics League held at Penn State University on May 30. Sri Megati tied for the highest individual score for the Upstate New York teams.

South Senior Competes in National Japanese Speech Contest
Jeong Min Han, a South senior, recently represented our region at the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest in Los Angeles. Han competed against 15 regional winners from across the country after having place second in regional competition. Jeong gave a speech in fluent Japanese and was supported in his competitive efforts by Ms. Akiko Uchiyama, a teacher of Japanese at North and South. Sophia Chawara a 10th grader at NHS was also one of the finalists at the Regional Contest 2009.

Clarkstown is one of only a few school districts in New York State to offer a Japanese language program.

CCCSD Bus Driver Wins Hudson Valley Road-eo
Ray DeFiore, a CCSD bus driver, was the king of the road-eo, winning the school bus safety event for the Hudson Valley Area. At the Road-eo, drivers compete against each other using their skills in precision driving and knowledge of laws and safety procedures. Each event is timed or measured. The obstacle course events include backing, parallel parking, right and left hand turns, student loading/unloading as well as written exams on laws, safety and vehicle inspections. Success in these events requires significant skill in handling the vehicle. Ray’s expertise and years of experience as a driver were the keys to his success. Ray moves on to competition in Albany, representing both our district and the Lower Hudson Valley schools. Go Ray!

Roaming Troubadours Entertain Throughout District
The South High School Troubadours, under the direction of Mr. Kip Bonsignore, went "on the road" on June 4 to visit Bardonia, Birchwood, Chestnut Grove, New City, Laurel Plains, and West Nyack schools to perform for staff and students. The Troubadours is a select vocal group whose members sing for many community events as well as at all school concerts. Their accompanied and acapella work includes music of many centuries countries and genres.

Sophomore’s Design is Winning Pick
This year's winner of the Clarkstown Summer Theatre Festival's Poster contest is Danny Scanno, a 10th grader at South. As the winner, Danny will receive a monetary award, two tickets for this summer's show All Shook Up, and a show t-shirt with his design on it. His artwork will be on all posters, 2009 show t-shirts, on the playbills, and in all print advertisements.

Senior Awarded Gold Key for Art Portfolio
Michele Ahn, a senior at South, has been awarded a Gold Key for her art portfolio by The Scholastic Art Awards of New York City. A selection of Michele’s work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and recognize the most accomplished teen artists in the region.

North High School Students Win Tech Wars
After months of working with students to construct a robot, Mr. Batewell’s students at Clarkstown High School North competed in the first annual Tech Wars held at the Jesse Kaplan School. Eight Rockland County Schools competed in three categories. CHSN students Noah Dinkes, Paul Fields, Leland Parkinson, and Jonathan Samudio reaped the benefits of their hard work by being awarded the first place trophy.

West Nyack Rotary Honors Teacher, Volunteer and Police Officer of the Year
On June 3rd, the West Nyack Rotary honored three members of our school district community: Joe Mastropolo, FFMS, teacher of the year; Mike Aglialoro, district parent and vice-president of the Clarkstown Education Foundation, volunteer of the year; and Matt Barry, School Resource Officer at NHS, police officer of the year. Board of Education member Diane Hoeneveld served as the mistress of ceremonies and is also the president of the West Nyack Rotary Club.
 

May 2009

Clarkstown Students Making History at 2009 New York State History Day
On Friday, May 1, more than 420 middle and high school students from 13 regions throughout New York State gathered for the New York State History Day competition held in the Village of Cooperstown. The state contest, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in grades 6-12 to produce exceptional scholarship on topics in history related to an annual theme. As is becoming tradition, Clarkstown students performed exceptionally well, earning many of the top honors. First and second place winners in each category advance to National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June, to compete with history scholars from throughout the country.

Below are Clarkstown's 2009 New York State History Day Contest Winners:

Junior Historical Paper

  • Third Place
    Elizabeth Blackwell: Opening the Door of the Medical Career to Women
    by Joan Lee - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • First Place
    Chiune Sugihara
    by Erica Schutzman - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • First Place 
    Stephen Van Rensslelaer
    by Stephanie Duggan - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • Second Place
    Rich, Respected and Ruthless: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr.
    by Steven Tenzer - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • First Place
    Anthony Wayne Brigadier General of a New Nation
    by Lee Allen - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • Second Place
    Simon Wiesenthal: In the Pursuit of Justice
    by Sam Askenas, Greg Bricker and David Krouskoff - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • First Place
    Douglas MacArthur
    by Gabi Im and Lauren Lee - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • Second Place
    Geraldine Ferraro
    by Katie Dalton - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack

Junior Group Exhibit

  • Third Place
    David Ben-Gurion: Father of Isreal
    by Thomas Beauchemin and Dan Weiner - Felix V. Festa Middle School, West Nyack
    ...

  • Second Place
    Robert Moses
    by Oliver Friedfeld - Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack

Senior Individual Documentary

  • Second Place
    People Power: The EDSA Revolution
    by Rachel Mae Aguilar, Clarkstown North High School, New City

Senior Group Performance 

  • Third Place
    Emmett Louis Till: The Death of Silence
    by Ko-Eun Choi, Rachel Refkin and Rachel Weber - Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack
    ...

  • Second Place
    One for All and Wall for One
    by Lauren Altman, Ankur Mohan, Alexandre Guevara, Randall Tesser and Cassandra Guevara - Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack

Senior Individual Exhibit

  • Third Place
    Woman of Action: Caroline Lexow, Suffrage's Unsung Hero
    by Valerie Champeau - Clarkstown North High School, New City
    ...

  • First Place
    Spreading Hope for a Better World
    by Anne Rodenbach, Shannon Kopunek and Allison Kopunek - Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack

2009 Special Award Winners

  • Senior Group Exhibit - Robert Smalls: History's Hidden Hero
    by Rebecca Chandler and Alyssa Bosso, Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack
     

  • Kalmar and Folk Family Award - Senior Group Documentary
    A Man in History: Elie Wiesel
    by Jordan Naft, Bruce Rubin and Matt Kigler, Clarkstown North High School, New City

North Students Win Awards for Art Accomplishments
North students, Lindsay C. and Krista B. won Honorable Mention for the Rockland Family Shelter Poster Contest. In addition, Ned S.'s work, Rainbow is the New Black, will be a part of the Gay Pride Rockland Exhibit at the Rockland Center for the Arts.

North Students Win Best Chemistry Project at Rockland Science, Invention, and Technology Fair
Ninth grade North High School students, Alex Liebmann and Marc Greenspan, won Best Chemistry Project for their design and research on hydro-fueled engines at the Rockland Science, Invention, and Technology Fair.

Clarkstown South Students Selected to Be Featured at Garnerville Arts Center
Clarkstown South art students, Ji Sung K. and David O. of the Department were selected by a jury of professional artists from among 120 students at the Gaga Art Festival to be featured student artists in 2010 at the Garnerville Arts Center. Only eleven artists were chosen from among twelve participating high schools and 120 students. These two juniors will be working next year with professional artists from the Art Center who will help them to curate a show of their work and give them an opportunity to participate in a true gallery experience. Ji Sung K. takes IB/HL Year I and David O'Neil takes Advanced Art.

Clarkstown North Students Excel in Latin, French, and Italian Languages
2009 National Latin Exam - This year the following students were joined by over 135,000 others from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, English, Italy, Mozambique, New Zealand, Poland, Israel, and Lithuania who were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Latin I
    Marc Greenspan - Gold Summa Cum Laude
    Cheryl Mathews - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Sanju Bose - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Natasha Camille - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Stefan Eapen - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    John Tholany - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Shahrukh Uddin - Magna Cum Laude
    Bartlomiej Czarnik - Magna Cum Laude
    Zhihao Chen - Magna Cum Laude
    Rebecca Vayalumkal - Magna Cum Laude
    Ellen Kulangara - Cum Laude
    ...

  • Latin II
    Vincent Campione - Silver Maxima Cum Laude
    Rajani John - Magna Cum Laude
    ...

  • Latin III
    Matthew Curry - Magna Cum Laude
    ...

  • Le Grand Concours 2009: National French Exam - Natasha Camille has been invited to participate in an award ceremony on June 1, 2009 at Harrison High School, New York. Natasha earned Level 2A honors with a national ranking of seven.
    ...

  • AATI National Contest Examination: 2009 National Italian Exam - This year 110 schools from the following states participated in the national contest: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and one school from Canada. North High School student Daniel Desarlo earned a National Honorable Mention for his achievement on the exam.

 

Clarkstown North PTSA Awards Scholarships
The Clarkstown North High School PTSA awarded four $400 scholarships to the following Clarkstown North High School graduating students. The students were honored at the PTSA Founders' Day on Wednesday, May 13, 2009:
  • Academic Scholarship
    Allison Delay
    Andrew Sherlock
    ...

  • Creative Arts Scholarship
    Elizabeth LaRosa
    ...

  • Extracurricular Activities/Community Service
    Scott Koblick

CCSD Teachers Have Positive "IMPACT" on Education
Our District is proud to announce that six Clarkstown teachers have merited the honor of winning a Westchester/Rockland IMPACT II Developer Award for 2008-9. The award honors innovative teachers who create exemplary classroom-based programs. Winning projects are particularly outstanding in that all applicants are required to demonstrate how their program supports the New York State Learning Standards and aligning performance indicators. The teachers were honored at an awards ceremony on May 14, 2009. Each received an Impact II Developer Grant. Congratulations to all.
 

Name

Program

Karen Davis, New City

"Scrapbook Sensation"
 

Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli,  South   

"Using Mathematics to Explore the Universe"
 

Stephanie Ludwig, South

"MathemARTics"
 

Patrick A. Magliano II, Birchwood

"Creating Groovin Songs Using Music Technology"
 

Vivian Rose, Bardonia

"Bake My Day"
 

Catherine Titone, Lakewood

"Wonderfully Wacky Writing"
 

The Clarkstown Council of PTAs has awarded ten $500 scholarships to the following Clarkstown High School South students. The students were honored at the PTA Council Founders' Day on Wednesday, May 20, 2009:
 

Academic Awards

Achievement Awards

Service Awards

Noah Bacine
Jason Kaplan
Rosemarie Mastropolo
Christina Murray
Michele Pratusevich

Michael Brown
Thomas Martucci

Meghan Hayes
Rebecca Mitchel
Justin Saffar

April 2009

Junior State of America Awards
The Junior State of America chapter at South High School traveled to the Spring State Convention this past weekend in Stamford, Connecticut. Chapter president, Justin Fletcher, won a Regional Lieutenant Governor election. It was a close race, but students from all over the Northeast Region elected Justin as their representative. Two students, Justin Mathew and Naji Filali, won Best Speaker Awards.
 

Model Students - Students from North High School earned honors at Model Congress competitions throughout the Northeast:
Yale Model Congress  
Honorable Mention in Committee: Honorable Mention in Full Session:
  • James Hodgens
  • Josh Raines
  • Drew Sherlock
  • Bryan Babat
  • Alec Bernstein
  • Chad Bernstein
  • Molly Spellman
American International College Model Congress:
2nd Place All Around Speaker: 3rd Place All Around Speaker:
  • Alexis Kantor
  • Valerie Champeau
Best Delegation:  
  • Alexis Kantor
  • Tom Coyle
  • Tyler Esbin
  • Emma Leavy
 
University of Pennsylvania Model Congress:
Gavel as Best Speaker in Committee: Honorable Mention in Committee:
  • James Hodgens
  • Kate Lambert
  • Josh Raines
  • Valerie Champaeu
  • Bryan Babat
  • Brandon Einstein
Honorable Mention in Full Session:  
  • Valerie Champeau
 
Columbia University Model Congress  
Gavel as Best Speaker in Committee:  
  • Alexis Kantor
 
North High School students also earned the following honors at Model United Nations competitions:
Fall 2008 Rutgers Model United Nations Awards:
Distinguished Delegation:  
  • Mark Haber
  • Lexi Studwell
  • Brandon Bass
 
Cornell Model United Nations Conference 2009:
Verbal Recognition - Disarmament and International Security (DISEC): Honorable Mention - United Nations Development Program (UNDP):
  • Alex Leibmann
  • Evan Farrell
  • Frances Calingo
  • Frank Bastone
Best Delegate - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Best Delegate - United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
  • Tarif Ahmed
  • Mark Haber
Honorable Mention - World War I Alliance: Honorable Mention - World War I Entente:
  • Daniel Markowitz
  • Sam Ritholtz

 

Clarkstown Salutes the 2009 Winter Sports All-County Honorees
Several Clarkstown athletes and coaches were recognized for excellence in the 2009 All-County selections. The names and team selections are below. Among the honors, Clarkstown North Hockey forward Matt Williows was named as All-County athlete of the season and hockey player of the year. Matt finished the year with a state-record 87 goals and 138 points. Steven Ramos was selected as wrestler of the year. He is North’s all-time leader in wins and pins with a career records of 169-40 and 44-4 this season. Bryan Bentley, and Jamie Winkler and Sasha Miretsk, were named coaches of the year for skiing and gymnastics respectively. Congratulations to Matt, Steven, Coaches Bentley, Winkler and all of the District’s outstanding All-County athletes and coaches.

 

The Rockland Journal News All-County Athletes Winter 2009 - North High School
The Journal News published its annual All-County Athletes. The following students earned interscholastic winter honors in their respective sports from North High School:
Hockey
Athlete of the Season 2nd Team: Honorable Mention:
  • Matt Willows
  • Mike Kapnick
  • Jake Shuman
  • Evan Byrnes
  • Chris McIndoe
  • Spencer Cohen
Basketball - Boys
Honorable Mention:
  • Josh McKinley
Basketball - Girls
Honorable Mention:
  • Ilyse Schwartz
Track - Boys
2nd Team: Honorable Mention:  
  • Eric Chacko
  • Abel Gilet
 
Track - Girls
2nd Team:
  • Jamie Etkind
Bowling - Boys
Honorable Mention:
  • Dan Hofstein
Bowling - Girls
2nd Team:
  • Winter Ninivaggi
  • Rebecca Radice
Wrestling
Wrestler of the Year: 1st Team: 2nd Team:
  • Steven Ramos
  • Rob Kantrowitz
  • Andrew Greenberg
  • Chris Greeley
Swimming
1st Team: 2nd Team 200 Free Relay: Honorable Mention:
  • Frank Marchionni
  • Frank Marchionni
    (with 3 swimmers from South)
  • Jesse Miara
Skiing - Boys
1st Team:
  • Mike Kahn
  • Connor Darvid
Skiing - Girls
Skier of the Year: 1st Team: Coach of the Year:
  • Jaclyn LaCavalla
  • Erin Pomerantz
  • Bryan Bentley
     
The Rockland Journal News All-County Athletes Winter 2009 - South High School
Hockey
Honorable Mention:
  • Bryan Gabay
  • Eric Jacobs
  • Brendan Myers

 
Basketball First Team Honorable Mention:
 
  • Kevin McCahey
  • Doug Conway
  • Nygel Satterfield
Track - Boys
1st Team: 3200 Relay: Honorable Mention:
  • Joe Fox
  • John Taylor
  • Brendan Hallas
  • Kyle Cranston
  • Mike Bongiorno
  • John Taylor
  • Jordan Friedman
  • David O’Neill
Track - Girls
2nd Team: 1600 Relay:  
  • Deven Coulter
  • Jessica Tobin
  • Chelsa Christprikos
  • Shannon Ford
  • Francesca Jean-Charles
  • Yasmin Seymor
     
 
Gymnastics:
2nd Team: Coaches of the Year:  
  • Kristyn Romaine
  • Jamie Winkler
  • Sasha Miretsky
 
Bowling - Boys
1st Team: Honorable Mention:  
  • Ryan Ventillo
  • Justin Shimborske
  • James Small
 
Bowling - Girls
Honorable Mention:
  • Lisa Lang
  • Kim Maier
Wrestling
1st Team: Honorable Mention:  
  • Matt Pragdat
  • Tom Genovese
  • Nico Matos
  • Nick Obrynowicz
  • Dan Pragdat
 
Swimming
1st Team: 2nd Team 200 Free Relay: Honorable Mention:
  • Eric Farm
  • Bryan Farm
  • Will Guy
  • Rory Vasser
    (with 1 swimmer from North)
  • Brian Foley
  • Pat Neville
  • Johann Schmidt
  • Sean Piacente
Skiing - Boys
Honorable Mention:
  • Luke Jaeger
Skiing - Girls
1st Team: Honorable Mention: Coach of the Year:
  • Josefa Riveros
  • Erin Solar
  • Victoria Lent
  • Bryan Bentley
The Rockland Journal News All-County Athletes Winter 2009 - Felix Festa Middle School
Gymnastics
1st Team: 2nd Team: Coaches of the Year:
  • Dana Schneider
  • Olivia Blachno
  • Jamie Winkler
  • Sasha Miretsky
 

More Buzz About the Bee!
Tyler G., a third grader at the Birchwood School, placed 3rd in the Regional Spelling Bee and competed at the state finals on April 4th in Port Byron, NY. Congratulations to Tyler on his accomplishments. Strawtown 5th Grader Matthew P. placed third in the Westchester/Rockland Regional Spelling Bee. (Last year he was the first place 4th grade winner.)

Future Engineers JET to the Top
At Clarkstown North High School, the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) teams were recognized as National Finalists. National Finalists are determined by a team's Part 1 score and state ranking via their division and level. The teams' Part 2 answers are currently being scored and JETS will post National Rankings from the Finalists in mid-to-late April.

Clarkstown Excellence in Math Rewarded
Two South High School students, Emil Guliyev and Boyu Fan, qualified to compete in the 2009 American Invitational Mathematics Examination by scoring in the top 5% nationally on the 2009 American Mathematics Competition. Top scorers on the AMC10/12 include Harnsowl Ko, Srikalyan Megati and Michele Pratusevich.

South students Kevin Elaahi and Michael Levy earned gold and silver medals respectively for oral presentations of their math research during Round Two of the 2009 Greater Metropolitan Mathematics Fair on March 29, 2009. Judging took place at the Polytechnic University in New York City with faculty advisor Meagan Bechard assisting students in preparation for the competition.

Andrew Vigotsky and Amanda Lampel (South High School) were awarded First Place in the Annual Web Design Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and will receive cash prizes for their web design. Computer teacher George Engel is the Faculty Advisor.

The March 2009 issue of Mad About Mu (South High School) was published and distributed by Editors-In Chief, Michele Pratusevich and Emily Sherbany, and Assistant Editors Justin Mathew and Olga Zubashko.

The Thirteenth Annual Pi Day Contests were sponsored by the Mu Alpha Theta Chapter at South High School and the Mathematics Department. An awards ceremony and reception was held on March 16 in the Upper Library Gallery where hundreds of posters, poems, cartoons and tessellations were displayed with this year's theme: 2009 A Blue Moon Year for Celebrating Pi Day. Winning computer programs were demonstrated with Pi Day songs performed live and Pi Day videos displayed on the video projector. Prizes were awarded to students of winning entries. A list of winners in each category is found on the South High School Mathematics Department website as well as on page 5 of the March 2009 issue of Mad About Mu.

The South High School Team of Noah Bacine, Emil Guliyev, Harnsowl Ko and Michele Pratusevich advanced to Round 2 of the 2009 Moody's Mega Math Challenge. This selection was awarded to 66 teams of the 369 competing teams. Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli is Faculty advisor.


All County Chorus Participants
The following Bardonia students are All County Chorus participants: Gabrielle F., Kevin B., Lindsey S., Leon Lei, Mary O., and Andrew M.

Bee Smart
Bardonia students, Leon L. (Grade 5) placed first and John L. (Grade 3) placed second, and Amanda G., (Grade 3) student at Link Elementary place first in the Westchester/Rockland County Regional Spelling Bee held earlier this month at Felix Festa Middle School.

Bus Safety Poster Contest
The following Laurel Plains students are winners of the District-Wide School Bus Safety Poster Contest: Eben W. (Grade 1) and Alexander A. (Grade 5).

Woodglen Principal Adds Some Frizzle
Last week, a small group of Woodglen teachers worked with John Calvert to create a class blog. In addition, the PTA ran a book fair with Scholastic books, as Ms. Maher dressed as Ms. Frizzle.

Mathcounts!
The following Felix Festa Middle School students placed in the County Qualifiers of the Mathcounts competition:

  • Kobi A. (6th)
  • Lauren G. (8th) - 3rd place team
  • Chris H. 8th) - 3rd place team
  • Justin H. (8th) 3rd place team
  • Michael H. (8th)
  • Justin (Jun Hak) K.(6th)
  • DaSoul K. (8th)
  • Alex Koppara ( 8th)
  • Joan L. (8th)- 2nd place team
  • Yeon L. (8th) - 2nd place team - 2nd place individual
  • Jason L. (6th)
  • Haoran S. (8th) - 2nd place team
  • John S. (7th)- 3rd place team - 3rd place individual
  • Elizabeth T.-K. (7th) - 2nd place team
  • Kevin X. (6th)
  • Jacqueline Y. (8th)
The following Felix Festa students advanced to the State Level:

  • Joan L.
  • Yeon L.
  • Haoran S.
  • John S.
  • Elizabeth T.- K.
Japanese Speech Contest Winners
As a follow-up to last week, two high school students in Clarkstown participated in the 15th Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) Japanese Speech Contest for High School Students. Jeong Min Han of Clarkstown High School South took second prize. Congratulations too to Sophia Chawala of Clarkstown High School North who was a top ten finalists but did not place.

Spotlight on South
Clarkstown South students Amanda Lampel and Andrew Vigotsky won third place in the 2009 New Jersey Institute of Technology Web Design Competition. George Engel is the advisor for the team.

Mad About Math
Clarkstown South publication, Mad About Mu, received a Gold Medalist Rating in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association critique for secondary and college publications. Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli is faculty advisor.

Clarkstown South students Noah Bacine, Emil Guliyev, Harnsowl Ko, and Michele Pratusevich were named a Regional Outstanding Team in the Eleventh Annual High School Mathematical Modeling Contest. This designation was awarded to 6% of the competing teams. Faculty Advisor is Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli

Five South students were selected to compete in the Greater New York Metropolitan Math Fair based upon their mathematics research papers: Marty DiPopolo, Kevin Elaahi, Brian Fried, Andrew Geller, and Michael Levy. Kevin Elaahi and Michael Levy advanced to Round 2 of the Math Fair where they were awarded Gold and Silver medals respectively for their oral presentations of their math research.

The South High School team of Noah Bacine, Emil Guliyev, Harnsowl Ko, and Michele Pratusevich have been chosen to advance to the second round of judging in the 2009 Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Only 66 of the 389 teams that submitted a solution paper were selected to advance.

Games of the Science Olympiad
Six Clarkstown South High School students were medalists in the NY Science Olympiad:
  • Justin Mathew and Russell Roth-Peltz: 1st Place, Cell Biology
  • Russell Roth-Peltz and Emily Sherbany: 2nd Place, Write It/Do It
  • Michele Pratusevich and Emil Guliyev: 3rd Place, Physics Lab
  • Michele Pratusevich and Bincy Ouseph: 4th Place, Forensics
  • Katie Reicher and Zachary Ringer: 5th Place, Junkyard Challenge
Young Artist Shines
South student, Michele Ahn, will be displaying work from her gold key Scholastic portfolio at the Brooklyn Museum next month, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Inc.

 

March 2009

Clarkstown North Wrestler Takes Third at States

Clarkstown North wrestler Steven R., coached by Tony Mellino, took third at States in his weight class this past week. This is the best place finishing in wrestling CCSD has achieved since 1968. Steven’s high school achievements include:

  • He took 3rd place at the NYS Championships in Albany for Clarkstown North at 152 lbs., the best since Mike Steckler took 2nd back in 1968

  • Steven won his 3rd Rockland County Tournament and 3rd Divisional Title this year

  • He won his 2nd Section I title and was a 3X state-qualifier ( he was 2nd last year and got into the state tournament as a wild card entry)

  • He has 169 career wins, the highest total in North's history and the 3rd highest total in Rockland County

  • He is also #1 in career matches wrestled at North (209) and career pins at North (122)

  • As an 8th grader, he became the first and only wrestler at North to ever place in the Divisional Tournament taking 3rd place
     

January 2009

Students from NHS and SHS perform at Town of Clarkstown Meeting
The combined North and South High School Select Choirs under the direction of Mr. Kip Bonsignore and Mr. Vincent Reina performed at the January 6th Reorganization Meeting of the Town of Clarkstown at Town Hall.

The students who performed were:

Clarkstown North High School
Alexandra A.
Conor D.
Randi K.
Milan L.
Darian M.
Justine M.
Seth N.
Rachel R.
Kellian R.
Lindsey S.
Rachel S.
Caroline T.
Samantha W.
Alexandra W.

Clarkstown South High School
Theresa F.
Richard J.
Jason K.
Allegra K.
Christian L.
Rosemarie M.
Kara M.
Brittany M.
William R.
Nicole R.
Malika S.
Mitchell S.
Daniel S.
Andrew S.
Martina W.
Annmarie Z.

 

December 2008

Bardonia Elementary Boasts 11 Reflections Finalists
With an impressive total of 175 entries in the 2008-2009 Reflections contest, Bardonia Elementary is proud to announce its eleven finalists who will be moving up to the Regional level of the contest, which will be judged on December 5th. The finalists are:

In the category of literature:
Lindsey (Grade 3)
Matthew (Grade 2)
Thomas (Grade 2)

In the category of photography:
Michael (Grade 1)
Paul (Grade 3)
Kathryn (Grade 5)

In the category of dance choreography:
Wyatt (Kindergarten)

In the category of visual arts:
Molly (Kindergarten)
Leon (Grade 5)
Chris (Grade1)

In the category of musical composition:
Paul (Grade 3)

All of the Bardonia Elementary Reflections entries will be on display at the West Nyack Public Library in January of 2009.
 

October 2008

CCSD Musicians Selected to Participate in 2008 Area All-State Music Festival

The following Clarkstown North and South students have been selected to represent CCSD at the Area All-State Music Festival on November 21 and 22 at Cornwall High School in the following categories:

Women’s Choir
Sarah F. - Clarkstown South

Mixed Chorus
Kellian R. - Clarkstown North
Brooke K. - Clarkstown South
Allegra K. - Clarkstown South

Orchestra
Aram L. - Clarkstown North
Andrew L. - Clarkstown North
Hyung J. - Clarkstown North
Elizabeth S. - Clarkstown North

Lorenz C. - Clarkstown South
Dakota D. - Clarkstown South
Angelic E. - Clarkstown South
Eugene G. - Clarkstown South
Aaron P. - Clarkstown South

Band
Evan F. - Clarkstown North

Marina D. - Clarkstown South
Boyu F. - Clarkstown South
Stefan L. - Clarkstown South
Christian L. - Clarkstown South
Cathleen S. - Clarkstown South
 

June 2008  (back)

South Student Selected to be a Finalist in Japanese Speech Contest
Eleventh grader, Cassandra G. from Clarkstown South, was selected to be one of ten finalists for the Japanese Speech Contest at the United Nations International School in NYC on March 25th. Cassie wrote an essay in Japanese about her love for singing and she memorized the entire 5 minute speech. Her speech was recognized highly by the judges including the Consulate General of Japan, a Japanese professor at Columbia University, a Japanese teacher at the United Nations International School.


The Clarkstown Central School District Transportation Department Congratulates Poster Contest Winners

CCSD’s Transportation Department is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. *** denotes district-wide winner***
 

School
Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Bardonia Elementary
1st Place
Isabella
Rory
John ***
Joseph
Leon ***
Kayla
2nd Place
Chris
Olivia
Hannah
Sophia
Norma
Jessica
3rd Place
Annika
Jordanna
Ryan
Ryan
Jill
Andrew
 
Birchwood School
1st Place
 
Jason
Nicky
 
 
 
2nd Place
 
 
Matthew
 
 
 
3rd Place
 
 
Tyler &
Nicholas
 
 
 
 
Congers Elementary
1st Place
Kianna
Alesia
Alysen
Gerard and
Daniel
Connor
Joseph
2nd Place
Daniella
Marissa
Carleigh
Caroline and
Cecilia
Justin
Iris
3rd Place
Joey
Caroline
Corryn
Anyale
Steven
Savannah
 
Link Elementary
1st Place
Matthew
Jolie
Alexa
Hilary
Kevin
Lauren ***
2nd Place
Grace
J T
Nicholas
Kaitlyn
Cindy
Brianna
3rd Place
Davin
Carly
Marina
Alexander
Carly
Juliane
 
Lakewood Elementary
1st Place
Emily
Sudarshan ***
Joshua
Sophia
Elaine ***
 
2nd Place
Katie
Allexa
Jessica
Ehsssan
Yesil
 
3rd Place
Angeline
Kelly
Briana
Sarah
Christopher
 
 
Little Tor Elementary
1st Place
Camilla
Justin
Julian
Brian ***
Gina
Alissa
2nd Place
William
Sabrina
Caitlin
Katie
Laura
Kathleen
3rd Place
Trevor
Connor
Katie
Jessica
Willy
 Marco
 
Laurel Plains Elementary
1st Place
Eben
Samantha
Aliana
Kerrin
Analeigh
Amanda
2nd Place
Matthew
Dominic
Alby
Grace
Parker
Abigail
3rd Place
Taylor
Aidan
Faith
Anna
Nick
Samantha
 
New City Elementary
1st Place
Jack
Caroline
Claire
Emily
Juliette
 Kaitlyn
2nd Place
John
Caitlin
Ailis
Rachel
Trina
Amanda
3rd Place
Selena
Danielle
Mona
Jenna
Francesca
Maytar
 
Strawtown Elementary
1st Place
Patrick
Sydney
Veronica
Kaitlyn
Jeniva
Karen
2nd Place
Paxton
Victoria
Katie
Jake
Rachel
Alex
3rd Place
Joey
Makayla
Christopher
Taniya
Victoria
 
 
West Nyack Elementary
1st Place
 
Ama
Shani
Olivia
Justin
Abigale
2nd Place
 
Ray
Madison
Dima
Coryanne
Marissa
3rd Place
 
Jami
Kathleen
Katrina
Sylvana
Val
 
Woodglen Elementary
1st Place
Jessica
Aimen
Katherine
Brooke
Ashley
Emily
2nd Place
Judy
Nicholas
Haley
Jillian
Zeanetia
Yanik
3rd Place
 
Jordan
Chien
Anthony
Estrellta
Emily
 
District Wide
 
Uzayr
(St Pauls)
Sudarshan
(Lakewood) &
Yena
(St Augustine)
John
(Bardonia)
Brian
(Little Tor)
Leon
(Bardonia)
Lauren
(Link) &
Elaine
(Lakewood)

Sixth Grade Michael (St Augustine)

Seventh Grade Taylor (St Augustine)

These posters will compete with the entries of other school districts in the Hudson Valley toward the New York State (and perhaps eventually) and National School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

North Students Win Awards at Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest
On May 22, ten North High School students participated in the Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest at the William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. There were over five hundred students from NJ and NY. Twelfth-grader, Keika J., won the honorary prize (4th) for the Native Japanese Level, and ninth-grader, Sophia C., won the 3rd prize for the Intermediate Japanese Level. The contestants included:

Spanish
Christopher E. (Grade 9)
Eun Byol C. (Grade 9)
Cinthya D. (Grade 11)
Emma L. (Grade 11)

French
Dora L. (Grade 12)
Nathaniel C. (Grade 11)
Remy M. (Grade 9)

Japanese
Keika J. (Grade 12)
Joanne A. (Grade 10)
Sophia C. (Grade 9)
 

June 3, 2008
Felix Festa Student Takes Home First Place Award at Rockland County Science, Invention and Technology (SIT) Fair


Avi, a sixth-grader at Felix Festa’s D-School received a first place award for his Earth Science, Invention, 6th - 8th grade at the Rockland County Science Invention and Technology (SIT) Fair held on April 13th at North Rockland High School. He was awarded a US Savings Bond and was invited to present his invention (Tornado Probe Model) at the annual Share Our Success conference for math and science teachers, held at NYU in Manhattan. Other Clarkstown participants included North High School’s Sminu and Festa’s Sanju.

Six Clarkstown Teachers Awarded Adaptor Grants

Six Clarkstown teachers have been awarded “Adaptor Grants” from WESTCHESTER/ROCKLAND IMPACT II Program. These teachers have been selected to receive a certificate and a $300 developer grant to adapt and replicate existing programs.
 
The grant recipient teachers who received the grants are:

Teacher School Program
Vivian Rose - Bardonia Elementary - BAM, Baking Activates Math
Vicki Windman - Clarkstown South -Cooking Creatively
Douglas Pritts - Clarkstown South - Design to Sell
Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli - Clarkstown South - Entertaining Mathematics
Stephanie G. Ludwig - Clarkstown South - Journaling
Mary Creagh - Clarkstown South - Let’s Review Together

“We are very proud of these teachers and join them in celebrating creativity in the classroom and successful educational practices,” indicated Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan. “As a district and as educators, we applaud every effort to communicate and share best ideas and practices, which no doubt will lead to more exciting, stimulating and successful classroom environments,” she continued.

IMPACT II is a mini grant program provided through Southern Westchester BOCES which encourages and supports the sharing of creative and effective educational programs. It then rewards teachers who use and adapt a program, created and proven effective by a peer educator, for their own classroom. To be eligible to receive a grant, the potential “Adaptor” must interact with the teacher who developed original program.

 

May 2008  (back)

Clarkstown South

Four scholarships, each in the amount of $250, have been awarded to Clarkstown South seniors. The four winning seniors will be invited to the West Nyack Elementary Moving Up Ceremony on Monday, June 23, 2008 to be recognized and awarded the scholarships.

This year, the following students have been awarded the scholarships:

• The Thomas E. Reed Scholarship: Rachel S.
(Presented to a student with 2.75 minimum GPA and strong community service)

• The Robert Washburn Scholarship: Gregory S.
(Presented to a student with a 3.0 minimum GPA and plans to pursue a career in education)

• The Odena Kling Scholarship: Michael C.
(Presented to a well-rounded student with a 3.0 minimum GPA)

• The Estelle Silberman Scholarship:- Margaret W.
(Presented to a student who has shown improvement and plans to pursue a career working with children)

Bardonia Elementary
Bardonia 5th Grader Wins Multiple Swimming Medals

Nicola, a fifth grade student at Bardonia, won eight medals at the Eastern Zone Swimming Championship held at Erie Community College, Buffalo, early in April. He won four gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal and is ranked first in the US for his age group.

North High School
North Students Bring Home Awards from Cornell Model United Nations
North High School students participated in the Cornell 2008 Model United Nations Conference from April 3-6. The following students won awards:
• Sam L. and Valerie C.: Verbal Commendation in Social, Cultural and Humanitarian
• Sam R. and Brittany C.: Honorable Mention in Social, Cultural and Humanitarian
• Kara G.: Outstanding Delegate in Social, Cultural and Humanitarian
• Gina B.: Honorable Mention in Security Council
• Brandon D. - Honorable Mention in International Atomic Energy Agency
• Kerri B. - Honorable Mention in Indonesia Cabinet

South High School
Clarkstown South Announces Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
The Clarkstown High School South Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees for the class of 2008. This year’s class includes:
• Tom Depatto (posthumously) - Coach & Athletic Director - 1978 Baseball Team
• Barbara Hebel, 1982 - Basketball
• Billy McDonald, 1975 - Football
• John Joyce, 1988 - Swimming

South Teachers Awarded IMPACT II Developer Grants
South mathematics teachers Mary Creagh, Mary Ann Gavioli and Stephanie Ludwig have been awarded IMPACT II Developer grants for innovative projects implemented in the teaching and learning of mathematics and will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on May 29, 2008 at the Southern Westchester BOCES.

South Students Win First Place Medals at Math League Competition
Emil G. and Andre K. from South High School were awarded first place medals for their individual performances on the Rockland Team A at the New York State Mathematics League state-wide competition in Rochester.

South Students Advance to Semi-Finals in 2008 Moody’s Challenge
A South High School team of Andre K., Emil G. and Michele P. has advanced to the semi-finals in the 2008 MOODY's CHALLENGE competition. More than 250 teams of high school students submitted a solution paper to a real-world problem with 56 teams advancing to the next level of review.

South Students Participate in 2008 Greater New York Metropolitan Math Fair
Seven South students were selected to compete in the 2008 Greater New York Metropolitan Math Fair at Brooklyn Polytech: Stephen B., Emily B., Naji F., Chirag J., Allison K., Allegra K. and Katharine Z.. Naji F. and Chirag J. advanced to Round Two where they were awarded bronze and silver medals respectively.

South Students Excel in Math Competition
Clarkstown South earned third place in Region IV of the LOG 1 contest sponsored by the National Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). Emil G., Andre K., Andrew P., Michele P. were awarded 3rd, 12th, 17th, 18th places respectively in the Mu Division of the national competition. In the Alpha Division, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, and 23rd places were captured by South students: Bincy O., Oleksandr O., Abhilash S., Noah B., Dylan F. and Phoebe A.. Boyu F., Steven M., Allen L., Justin M., Olga Z., Srikalyan M. earned 2nd, 4th, 7th,9th, 12th and 14th places respectively in the Alpha Division of the national mathematics competition.

South Student Places First in Regional IV Math Contest
South student, Steven M., was the first place scorer in the Regional IV Contest sponsored by the National Mu Alpha Theta and has been awarded a paid registration to the National Mu Alpha Theta Convention in Sacramento, California in July 2008.

South Math Publications Hit Gold
Eureka 2007 and Mad About Mu, two South High School math publications, were awarded GOLD MEDALS in the annual Columbia Scholastic Press critique competition.

South Graduate is the Recipient of the 2008 Andree Award
South graduate, Kerry K. has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Andree Award, a $2,500 scholarship from the National Mu Alpha Theta given to a former Mu Alpha Theta member preparing to teach mathematics.

South Science Olympiad Team Receives the Spirit Award
South’s Science Olympiad team, consisting of: Jency P., Jaison P., Shweta M., Srikalyan M., Tracy T., Merlyn M., Justin M., Bincy O., Jeff V., Michelle P., Jessica K., Emil G., Ari F., Mike C., Nikolai W., Lakshmi M., and Chirag J., received the "Spirit Award" as well as the following recognition:
• Cell Biology - Tracy T. and Shweta M. - 4th place
• Circuit Lab - Emil G. and Michelle P. - 4th place
• Five Star Science - Jeff V. and Ari F. - 3rd place
• Food Science - Jency P.and Jaison P. - 5th place
• Robot Ramble- Michael C. and Jeff V. - 5th place

January 2008   (back)

Clarkstown South Students Take Home Awards at 2008 Regional DECA Competition
Clarkstown South’s DECA Advisor, Dan Greaven reported the following winners of the 2008 Region 3 DECA competition held in Kingston, NY. Twenty-six out of the twenty-eight attendees placed in their events, with twelve (43%) of the participating students earning 1st place awards.

National Individual Series

 

 

Accounting Applications

Erin M.

2nd

Apparel & Acess. Mktg.

Ashley B.

4th

Automotive Services Marketing

Zach S.

 

Business Services Marketing

Genti B.

3rd

Food Marketing

Eric L.

1st

Hotel Lodging & Management

Tom R.

1st

Marketing Management

Meg W.

1st

Quick Serve Restaurant Mgmt.

Jacob M.

1st

Rest. & Food Services Mgmt.

Melanie K.

3rd

Retail Merchandising

Dan P.

3rd

Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Shane R.

1st

 

 

 

National Management Team Decision Making Events

Business Law & Ethics

Alex D./Elyse V.

1st

Buying & Merchandising Mgmt

Sam M./Giancarlo C.

2nd

Financial Analysis

Joe L./Tom M.

2nd

Hospitality Services

Elyse S./Ellen O.

2nd

Internet Marketing Management Team

Peter H./Chris L.

3rd

Sports & Entertainment Mktg

John L./Eric H.

2nd

Travel & Tourism Mktg.

Ariana B./Alex K.

 

 

 

 

New York State Individual Events

Dec. Making - HR

Heather B.

2nd

Dec. Making - Marketing

J J G.

1st

Job Interview

Matt S.

2nd

Public Speaking - Extemp.

Erin R.

4th

Sales Demonstration

Jackie B.

3rd

Wholesale Selling

Mike M.

1st

Broadcast Advertising

Anthony B.

1st

Public Service Broad. Ad.

Nick F.

1st

Public Service Visual Ad.

Erika D.

1st

Marketing Math

Lisa R.

1st

 

Clarkstown Elementary Students Win Highest Honors in WordMasters Challenge
Two students representing Clarkstown’s Elementary Schools won highest honors in this year’s WordMasters Challenge – a national language arts competition entered by over 230,000 students annually, which consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the Challenge, Laurel Plains fourth grader, Dan, and West Nyack fifth grader, Ryan, both earned perfect scores in the year’s first meet, held in December. In the entire country, only 182 fourth graders and 163 fifth graders achieved at this level. Other students who also achieved outstanding results included fourth graders Conor, Kevin, Matthew, Christopher, Colin, Anthony, Maeve, Anna, Sreya , Nick, Cara, Inna, Caitlin e; fifth graders included Ethan, Taylor Rose, Henry, Garrett, Jonathan, Maggie, Colette, Richard, and Jason. The students were coached by the Dimensions teachers.

Clarkstown Announces Black Achievement Award Recipients
At recognition ceremony to be held on February 5, 2008, in the Cultural Arts Center at RCC beginning at 7 pm, several Clarkstown students will be honored as 2008 Clarkstown Rockland Community College Black Achievement Award Recipients:

GRADE 11:
Dorothy M. – North HS
Ermine D. – North HS
Gloria G. – North HS
Deja E. – North HS
Robert P. – North HS
Daniel O.– South HS – Special Recognition
Sean M. – South HS
Kyle C. – South HS – Special Recognition

GRADE 8 – FELIX FESTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Uchecjukwu
Travis
Monique
Danielle – Special Recognition
Yrvane– Special Recognition
Cassandre – Special Recognition
Natasha – Special Recognition


GRADE 6 – FELIX FESTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Chukuka
Yanitza
Matther
Ifeoma – Special Recognition
Joshua – Special Recognition
Nicholas – Special Recognition
Thalia – Special Recognition
Olufemi – Special Recognition
Christian – Special Recognition
Alexander – Special Recognition

Thirteen Clarkstown South Students Selected as Inaugural Members of the Clarkstown South Marketing and Business Honor Society
The following students were selected as inaugural members of the Clarkstown South Marketing and Business Honor Society through the coordination of their advisor, Dan Greaven: Alex D., Nicholas F., Peter H., Kayla I., Melanie K., Anthony L., Alyssa M., Erin M., Adam P., Jake T., Lauren T., Elyse V., and Margaret W. Criteria for selection include the demonstration of character, leadership, respect for learning, and a substantial interest in a career in marketing and business administration.

Clarkstown North Athletes Achieve Success
North soccer players, Dana D., Abby L., Ilyse S., and Samantha S. received All-League Honors.
Volleyball players, Jessica Z. and Andrea K., received All-League All-County, and All-Section Honors.

The following boys’ soccer players received All-Section and All-League Honors: Michael B., Eric G., Ryan M., and Matthew M.,. Robert V., Daniel N., and Ari N. received All-League Honors.
Field Hockey player, Abby L., received All-League and All-County Honors.
Lucy F., Swimming, received All-League and All-County Honors.

The following football players received honors: Gregory S. (All-League, All-County, Rockland County Player of the Year, and League AA West Back of the Year), John T. R. (All-League and All-County), Eric S. (All-League), and Carmine C. (All-League).

The following tennis players received All-League Honors: Jillian C., Lara T., Laurena P., Jordan K., and Jessica M.

North Students Inducted into the National Honor Society
Clarkstown North congratulates the following students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society: Uswa A., Bryan B., Brandon B., Gregory B., Daniel B., Sminu B., Eric C., Daanish C., Cynthia C., Lindsay C., Kyla C., Allison D., Lauren D., Kevin D., Brandon E., Antoinette F., Brett F., Jessy F., Jessica F., Zara F., Evan F., Andrew G., Juliann H., Jennifer K., Alexis K., Robert K., Scott K., Amy K., Samantha K., Emma L., Andrew L., Abby L., Daniel M., Christopher M., Megan M., Albertina M., Michelle N, Lori N., Jovin P., Lauren R., Brian R., Joshua S., Jessica S., Ned S., Janki S., William S., Molly S., Ella T., Joseph T., Tiffany T., Shelun T. Chin-Chun T., Lauren T., Alex W., Alexander W., Jonathan W., Samuel Y., and Abigail Z.

South Faculty Recognized
Members of the South High School faculty were recognized recently for various accomplishments. Six teachers won Impact II grants from the Westchester-Rockland BOCES consortium of schools. These monetary awards will benefit the further development and adoption of learning activities. The following were the award winners: Ms. Meagan Bechard, Ms. Mary Creagh, Ms. Stephanie Ludwig, Mr. Michael Ludwig, Mr. Bruce Nickels, Ms. Paula Kavanagh, Dr. Mary Ann Gavioli, Ms. Suzanne Pritts – Math, Mr. Douglas Pritts - Business Education, Mr. Ted Mascola and Ms. Vicki Windman - Special Education.

 

November 2007  (back)

Model United Nations Club:
The Clarkstown North Model United Nations Club won Best Delegation Trophy at the Rutgers Model United Nations competition.

September 2007  (back)

CCSD Leads Rockland County In National  Merit Semifinalists
The Clarkstown Central School District is proud to announce that 6 of the county’s 18 National Merit Semifinalists, 33%, are from Clarkstown, 2 from Clarkstown North and 4 from Clarkstown South.
 

August 2007  (back)

CCSD Students Accepted Into Prestigious 2007 NYSSMA All-State Conference
Three students have been accepted and four students selected as alternates into the 2007 NYSSMA All-State Conference, which will be held in Rochester, NY from November 29-December 2.

Clarkstown North
Keryn K. - Violin, String Orchestra
Evan F. – Tenor Saxophone, All State Band

Clarkstown South
Andre K. - Voice, Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Andre K. - Voice, Mixed Chorus
Christian L. - Trumpet, Wind Ensemble

Alternates Clarkstown South
Cassandra G. - Voice
Richard J. - Voice
Andre K.- Jazz piano
Matthew N. - Snare drum

June 2007  (back)

School: Link Elementary School
Link Elementary Student, Ava D., has won an Award of Merit in the
Primary Division for Literature in the National PTA Reflections Competition
As an Award of Merit winner, Ava received a Certificate of Participation, a letter from
National PTA President Ana Weselak, and a silver-plated medallion.

May 2007  (back)

Clarkstown Named “High Performing/Gap Closing” School District
For the third consecutive year, Clarkstown has been named a “high-performing/gap
closing” school district. This honor has been bestowed because the district has met all
applicable State standards for English language arts and math during the 2005-2006
school years as well as made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in English language arts,
math, science and graduation rate during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years.

Clarkstown High School North
North Students Achieve Perfect Scores on 2007 Introduction to Latin Exam
Celine L. and Darwin K. have achieved perfect scores on the 2007 Introduction to Latin
National Latin Exam. Only 463 students out of over 16,553 who participated in the entire
U.S., Australia, Mozambique, Canada, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland,
China, Poland, and Zimbabwe attained this distinction.

North Students Win Student Emmy Award
The cast and crew of Stalking were winners of a National Student Television Award for
Excellence “Student Emmy Award,” in the category of Hubbard Family Public Service
(New York Region). The cast and crew for the winning public service announcement
includes Justin P., Brandon L., Ely L., David H., Eugene L., Christopher M., Sandra L.,
Lauren L., Carly P., Abby L., and Lou M..

North’s Model Congress Earns Several Awards
North High School’s Model Congress team earned the following awards at a recent
competition at Columbia University: Bryan H.-Verbal Commendation; Bryan B.-
Verbal Commendation; Lee R.-Outstanding Speaker (Gavel); Jacob H.-Outstanding
Speaker (Gavel); Seth R.- Honorable Mention in both Committee and Full Session.

Clarkstown High School South
South Sends Six Students to the International DECA Conference in Florida
Clarkstown South DECA (a business and marketing club) is proud to send six students to
participate in the International DECA Conference in Orlando, Florida. These students qualified
due to their success at the New York state competition in March. The conference brings together
over 10,000 business students from all over the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Germany
for testing, handling of real life business problems, and presentations regarding business
proposals. Rebecca F. will be competing in Hotel and Lodging Management, Steven G. and
Lauren S. in Retail Marketing Research, Rachel P. in Wholesale Selling, and Lisa R. in Technical
Sales. Dan P. will be representing the chapter in the Leadership Development Academy.
South Student Achieves Perfect Score on 2007 Introduction to Latin Exam
South’s Justin M. achieved a perfect score on the 2007 Introduction to Latin International
Exam. Justin is one of only 463 out of 16,553 students to attain this distinction. Students from
Australia, Canada, China, England, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the United
States, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique participated.