December 8 Calendar Correction
Please note that December 8 is a regular school day. An error in the district calendar indicates that it is a Superintendent's Conference Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.
Dear CSDNR Community,
We are very excited to be opening our doors to the 2016-2017 school year, and welcome our new and returning students, staff, and faculty. This year marks the start of the district’s five-year capital improvement plan; the second year of our district-wide Wi-Fi installation initiative that expands the use of Chromebooks which allows us to further our students’ college and career readiness skills in technology; and our continued efforts to bring the highest quality academic programs into our classrooms. Each of these pursuits emphasizes the district’s commitment to providing a learning environment where our students are challenged, engaged, and love to learn.
The 2015-2016 school year was marked by many student accomplishments including six National Merit Scholarship Finalists, chess teams’ wins, finalists in the MIT Inspire Competition, a U.S. Presidential Scholar, Division 1 college athletic scholarships, winning the SIFMA Stock Market Game, and music, art and theater recognitions.
In the spring, the community approved a $106.5 million capital improvement bond to fund urgent infrastructure needs in every school and address significant and necessary health and safety projects. Of importance with the bond passage is that there is no net increase in debt service over the lifetime of the bond because of completing payments on existing debt and a 48.7% reimbursement rate from New York State on the work. And, Moody’s Investors Service recently affirmed the district’s Aa2 rating and removed its negative rating, reflecting the hard work done over the past two years to put the district’s fiscal house in order, resulting in more beneficial interest rates on the bond.
At this important time in our infrastructure investment we are pleased to welcome Mr. Carl Thurnau as our new Director of Facilities.
The district also welcomes Dr. Magda Parvey to the position of Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Parvey will provide leadership and coordination for the district’s instructional goals that emanate from the CSDNR Strategic Roadmap of 2015. This position is seen as an integral part of the district’s effort to provide all students with rigorous learning experiences and prepare them to thrive as critical thinkers and problem solvers who are college and career ready.
The City School District of New Rochelle is one where successes happen every day, and we are exceptionally proud of each and every one of our students and faculty. There are wonderful things happening in the New Rochelle Schools – we are happy you have chosen to be part of them.
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
and the CSDNR Board of Education
Students from Trinity Elementary School had the opportunity to predict the weather when Diane Delgado's Kaleidoscope/STEAM class used videoconferencing technology to connect with the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
The students were taking part in STORM-E, a distance learning program. At the Wednesday, Nov. 30 class, students became experts in air pressure, humidity, wind, and temperature.
Using maps, graphs, and charts during the simulation, students advised "Weather Central" of changing weather conditions.
"This was a tremendous opportunity for the students to use science, math and technology to record and analyze data in a real life, meaningful way," said Delgado.
Reading fun at William B. Ward Elementary School resulted in students raising the largest amount of money ever in its annual Readathon challenge.
The month-long "I Read! What's your Superpower?" challenge raised $55,958, surpassing last year's $53,000. The results were announced to student and faculty during assemblies held today.
The funds will allow teachers to enhance students' learning experience in their classrooms; for special projects that are not covered by school budgets --- such as the recent full renovation of the school's library; and enrichment materials for math, art, science and music.
In addition, students read a total of 2,812,632 minutes during the month-long event.
"We are so thrilled with the results," said Melissa Panszi Riebe, the Readathon's chair. "Our dedicated volunteers worked with Ward teachers and administrators to ensure students had a fun and memorable experience while showing them how important reading is to their academic careers."
The Readathon featured many community readers visiting the school to explain their roles in the community and then reading a special book to them.
Renowned artist, writer and New Rochelle High School graduate Ted Meyer was recently interviewed by the National Endowment of the Arts. The interview transcript was published on Oct. 27.
Currently an Artist in Residence at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Meyer has worked on a project combining art, and medicine for 16 years. “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars,” features people who have lived through life-altering accidents and health crises.
Meyer is a lifelong patient with Gaucher’s Disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints. Through his art, he seeks the continual improvement of patient-physician care. He has been featured in the New York Times, and the Washington Post. His book, Scarred for Life, is available on Amazon. More of Meyer’s work might be viewed on his website, www.tedmeyer.com.
Troy got up early on New Rochelle and never looked back to advance to the state championship football game next week in Syracuse. For the Huguenots, it was a heartbreaking 20-14 loss at Dietz Stadium in Kingston after an incredibly successfully season (10-1).
Coach Lou DiRienzo said there were some little mistakes that contributed to the loss in the Class AA state semifinal between Section 2 champ Troy and Section 3 winner New Rochelle.
“We’ve had our mistakes along the way (throughout the season) but have never really gotten bit by those mistakes,” DiRienzo said. “We made those tonight and you can’t do that with a team of this caliber. This was a well-coached and well-disciplined team.”
Troy scored a touchdown on the opening drive as Joey Ward ran for 11 yards into the end zone, capping a nine-play, 82-yard drive for the Flying Horses with 9:07 left in the first quarter.
New Rochelle retaliated with just over 2 minutes left in the quarter. Junior quarterback Jonathan Saddler’s 11-yard toss into the left corner of the end zone to senior running back Nashiem Hiland and the extra point tied the game at 7. Troy’s Dev Holmes then ran for 11 yards into the end zone with 10:48 left in the second quarter. And, Ward added a second score, hitting a one-yard touchdown with 3:32 left in the second quarter, giving Troy a 20-7 lead at halftime.
New Rochelle sophomore running back Jordan Forrest scored on the final play of the third quarter (12-yard run) to bring the score to its eventual final of 20-14.
“We were not consistent enough both offensively and defensively,” DiRenzio said. “I wish them well in Syracuse.”
The Huguenots had a potent rushing attack, gaining 153 yards on 45 carries, led by junior Jared Baron’s 78 yards on 18 carries.
“Football is one of the best sports,” DiRenzio said. “It’s great because if you’re a hard worker, if you really work throughout the week, you have to work to get paid on Friday or in this case to play on Saturday.” He said his team didn’t lose because of a lack of effort. Troy was simply a better football team that night. Regardless, he said, “there are many lessons to learn from that game and we did.”
New Rochelle High School football coach Nate Adams and New Rochelle student and football player Omari Walker will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Steve Harvey Morning Show.
The duo will be talking about their relationship as a mentor and mentee, respectively, within President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
In 2015, New Rochelle became the first city in Westchester County to “accept” President Obama’s challenge: to take an intentional, selfless part in improving life outcomes for young people, particularly boys and young men of color. The city has adopted a plan of action of six guide points to guide mentees from “cradle to career.”
Among the program’s first-year accomplishments are: the implementation of the Youth and Police Initiative, which pairs law enforcement officers and students to break down barriers of mistrust; the creation of 14 “pop-up libraries,” designed by pop artist, Charles Fazzino; and a student organized college-signing day for all, not only athletes.
The Museum of Art & Culture at New Rochelle High School will host a traveling exhibit featuring rare photographs and representations of historical events from the life of Anne Frank.
“Anne Frank: A History for Today” tells the story of the German-born Jewish teenager whose diary about life under Nazi occupation has been translated into more than 60 languages. It is presented by the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence and will be on display Nov. 1 to Dec. 7.
Museum hours will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The museum will also be open in the evenings on Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 21. The exhibit will include a small room recreated to look like the one Anne lived in.
Events are free and open to the public.
The exhibit will have the following highlights:
· An opening reception with guided tours will take place Nov. 3 between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
· The film, “My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes,” will be screened at the Linda Kelly Theater at 7 p.m., Nov. 21, followed by a discussion. The evening will commemorate Kristallnacht, the November night in 1938 when Nazis vandalized synagogues and Jewish property, and killed nearly 100 Jews.
· “A Conversation with Anne and Martin” will be performed at the Linda Kelly Theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. The play, from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, will be performed with actors playing Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For more information, and to arrange a tour, contact Andrea Berman at Aberman@nredlearn.org.
New Rochelle High School will hold its Portfolio Day on Thursday, Nov. 10, allowing students interested in pursuing an undergraduate arts degree to showcase their best artwork to college representatives who visit campus.
This year’s Portfolio Day will take place from 9 a.m. and noon, and will be located at the House IV Bridge, by the school museum. This year, the high school is encouraging juniors and sophomores to participate, in addition to seniors, and bring a robust portfolio to show.
Representatives from Alfred University, Hartford Arts School, Tyler School of Art and School of Visual Art are among some of the schools expected to participate. In addition to viewing artwork, representatives will also interview students
A preparatory portfolio workshop will be held Nov. 8 with Rachel Dorsey, a NRHS art department alumni who now works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The coach that trained the Step Team at Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young middle schools has set up the Prestige Step Team in New Rochelle High School.
If 20 students sign up, the team can become a formal high school club, said Karen Johnson, who has been coaching the middle schoolers.
Until now, the middle school steppers have not been able to continue in the high school for lack of a club. Students who wanted to continue transitioned to Vision Steppers located in the Bronx. But expensive dues and late night practice has been a challenge, said Johnson.
The middle school Step Team – U-Knighted Pride – last week traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland to participate in Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention, at Francis Scott Key International Baccalaureate Middle School.
Johnson is hoping more high school students sign up and support the future Step club.
Sara Egan, who graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2003, has been named Museum Art Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Art Education Association in Boston.
Egan works as a School Partnership Manager at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is one of nine art educators in the state who will be honored at Lesley University on Sat. Nov. 12 in Cambridge.
“I am honored by this award, and truly credit my excellent education in the New Rochelle school system for much of my success,” said Egan.
In her current role, Egan connects connect students and teachers with the museum. She teaches Pre-K through 12th grade students in the museum and the classroom, and train and coach teachers in a technique called Visual Thinking Strategies to build critical thinking and communications skills.
She also manages the Gardner Museum's paid Teens Behind the Scenes program that introduces high school students to careers in the arts.
The New Rochelle High School’s Writing and Filmmaking program taught by Anthony Stirpe has been designated a 2016-2017 New York State English Program of Excellence.
The award, given by the state English Council, recognizes unique and effective programs that have been in place for at least three years and which have enriched English Language Arts instructions by offering creative opportunities for students and teachers.
In Stirpe’s class, students use the works of classic and modern authors, and creative writing and filmmaking, to analyze these writings in new ways. Students use iPhones, iPads and iPods to create films around the poems, thereby democratizing the filmmaking process and learning in unique ways.
In the last three years, the program has won the Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the International Society for Technology in Education and the Center for Digital Learning, and the Pioneer award from BOCES.
The Program of Excellence will be awarded Oct. 21 in Albany.
“Really, it is the kids I am excited for,” said Stirpe. “They have demonstrated how innovation can transform a traditional classroom, and it is exciting that NYSEC has recognized the significance of the stories they are creating and the critical thinking that is involved tackling such a significant endeavor. And, I have to admit, it is fun to see kids use their mobile devices as a learning tool, and not just silly Snapchats and Facebook posts.”