Superintendent's Blog

  • Bardonia Fifth Graders Share the Gift of Music at Winter Concert

    Posted by Martin Cox on 12/14/2019

    Music Teacher Jonathan Ross quickly had the attention of his audience at the Bardonia Winter Concert Thursday night.

    The audience, packed into the school's cafetorium, had a taste of some school spirit when Mr. Ross opened the concert by leading his Fifth Grade students with The Bardonia School Song. Written by Mr. Ross and members of the Class of 2016, the song set the stage for the remainder of the night.

    A total of 62 Fifth Grade students, taught by Classroom Teachers Ms. Vivian Del Valle, Ms. Alice O'Hara, and Ms. Cristina Soreco, performed a total of eight selections during the concert in front of parents, students, family, staff, and Principal Ms. Michelle Zerone.

    In addition to The Bardonia Song, selections included Mister Frosty Winter, Watching It Snow, A La Ru, A La Me, Light, A Marshmallow World, When Winter Returns, and 12 Days of Regifted Christmas. Prior to each selection, a Bardonia Fifth Grade student introduced the title for the audience to be informed. Those students included Camryn Koester, Nicholas Podymow, Alessia Frazier, Nathaniel Steele, Riley Drescher, Micah Cruz, Isabella Bicknell, and Joseph Haugh.

    Congratulations to the students, their Classroom Teachers, Ms. Zernone, and Mr. Ross for sharing this wonderful display of musical talent with the Bardonia school community!

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  • South Students Share Talents at Winter Concert

    Posted by Martin Cox on 12/14/2019

    South High School students showed the audience their musical talents Wednesday night.

    The Winter Concert began on December 10 with the Guitar Band followed by the Chorus, Orchestra and Concert Band. In all, three music teachers - Jim Fogarty, Kip Bonsignore, and Lydia Leizman- led students to perform a total of 15 selections.

    Mr. Fogarty's Guitar Band opened the evening when an endless stream of students entered the stage from the left side, a total of 47 guitarists in all. Mr. Fogarty proudly informed the audience that his Guitar Band has grown tremendously from eight students when the band was formed nine years ago, to the current total of 47.  The guitarists played Dans de Nuages, One For Herman and Ex's and Oh's. Emily Piniero performed a vocal solo during the Guitar Band performance.

    Mr. Bonsignore then led his Chorus to selections titled Heal the World, Rocketman: Songs from the Motion Picture, A Cappella Overtures, and Sign of the Times.  In between the four selections, The Troubadours performed Scarborough Fair/The Sound of Silence and Das Sound Machine Finale. Durign the Chorus selections Ivan Lam performed on the piano and Pietro Lorino on the drums.  Gianna Sammarco, Tayka Petit, and Jeremy Bierker were soloists as were Craig Group, Katelin Caban, Ciara Hoehmann and Ethan Miller

    Ms. Leizman led her Orchestra to selections titled Cantata No. 99 "Chorale", Andante Cantabile form String Quartet Opus 11, and Sinfonia No. 2 in D Major, mvt 1.

    The concert concluded when Mr. Fogarty directed the Concert Band students to perform Catalyst, Fantasia from Dargason (from Suite 1 in F) and Tom Sawyer.

    Congratulations to the students, as well as the teachers, for their outstanding performances while sharing the gift of music with the South school community during the Holiday Season.

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  • Art on Display for Festa School Community to Admire

    Posted by Martin Cox on 12/14/2019

    Anna Maria Lalli-Klimasz is proud to share the work of her students.

    I recently conversed with the Felix Festa Middle School Art Teacher while she was busy displaying several colorful drawings completed by her students. As Ms. Lalli-Klimasz was hanging the complete drawings in the B School section of Festa, she informed me of the work done by her Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade students. 

    The Sixth and Seventh Grade students completed their work within Ms. Lalli-Klimasz's Art Classes, while the Eighth Grade students did their work in her Art Media Class. The drawings, and themes for the work, vary according to grade levels. The consistent thread, however, is that all of the drawings are creative, colorful, and are representative of Ms. Lalli-Klimasz bringing out the best talents in her students.

    If you are in the B School section at Festa, behind the auditorium and outside the art classrooms, take a moment to admire the work of the students under Ms. Lalli-Klimasz's instruction and leadership.

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  • North High School Makes An Impact at Rockland Road Runners 5 Mile Turkey Trot

    Posted by Martin Cox on 12/4/2019

    North High School had a presence at the Rockland Road Runners 5 Mile Turkey Trot.

    The event, held last Thursday on Thanksgiving morning at Rockland Lake State Park, included 17 members of the North High School Girls Soccer program. The North runners, led by their Coach, Bryan Smith, were among the 2,188 runners who participated in this 28th annual race sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners. Proceeds from the race were given to the Marisa Fund which supports fundraising research to find a cure for pediatric cancer and to help families with the financial burden of cancer treatment.

    The Marisa Fund was founded by David Goldwasser, and named in honor of his daughter, Marisa Goldwasser, who passed away in 2003 at age of 20 after being diagnosed at age 16 with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Marisa Goldwasser, who enjoyed soccer, lacrosse and ran track, attended Duke University. More information about the Marisa Fund can be found at https://marisafund.org.

    The members of the North High School Girls Soccer program joining Coach Smith on the course included the following: Sydney Rauch, Amit Itzhaki, Sophia Lorenzo, Laura Bialek, Alexa Buxbaum, Jessica Polvino, Hannah McKiverkin, Alaina Oatts, Cayla Davis, Reilly McKiverkin, Lauren Korchinski, Meghan McKiverkin, Katie Jaxel, Kelly Cavanagh, Sam Gelb, Rachel Kurkela and Aly Acosta.

    Also on the race course was North High School Social Studies Department Chair Jordan Turner.

    Adding to the North High School presence was the participation of the school's Mugen Daiko Taiko Team, students performing on their drums at the two-and-a-half mile mark under the direction of Japanese Teacher Akiko Uchiyama Wolham. The sound of the drums were uplifting and inspiring for runners at this halfway mark of the 5-mile course around Rockland Lake. Members of the Mugen Daiko Taiko Team included the following students: Strummer Peterson, Joshua Tatar, Caitlin Valencia, Meghan Rosado, Cole Witko, Megan Martucci, Jennifer Saloutenko, Claudia Matsumoto, and Shiryn Downing. The team also had the following North High School graduates present for the race: Jacob-Henry Rivera, Sammy Sobel, Kara Lau, and Alex Alejandrino.

    "This was our fifth year participating in this event," said Akiko Uchiyama Wolham. "One of the organizers, David Goldwasser, presented us with a special plaque acknowledging our participation. We were humbled and touched by his personal story. We look forward to keep drumming and encouraging over 3,000 runners and share this joyful experience on Thanksgiving Day."

    According to Ms. Uchiyama Wolham, Mugen Taiko was established in 2011 as a part of the Japanese Club at Clarkstown High School North.

    Congratulations to the runners and drummers from North High School on their great accomplishments during this inspiring race on Thanksgiving Day!

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