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Our elementary schools celebrated a day in February designated as 'Global School Play Day'.

February, 2017

District Highlights:

  • This Week: Mamaroneck High School Music Dept. Presents West Side Story
  • Middle School Unites Community on Behalf of Beloved Science Teacher
  • District Literacy Coach Wraps Up Feb. Literacy Workshops at Elementary Schools
  • Mamaroneck Ice Hockey Team Captures Second Consecutive Section 1 Title; Advances to Regionals
  • Hommocks Robotics Students Bring Home the Awards
  • MHS Students Recognized for Original Science Research
  • VIDEO: A Peek Inside the MHS Design Program
  • FBLA Students Kick Off Season with Strong Showing
  • Dr. Nora Mazzone Expected to be Named Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services
  • Save the Date: L-M STEM Alliance's Mini STEM-Tastic Event Set for March 24
  • Celebrating Our Senior Athletes
  • La La Land Producer/MHS Alum Fred Berger to Speak at Continuing Ed Event

Don't Miss It! West Side Story Runs Thursday - Saturday

More than 100 Mamaroneck High School students are involved in staging West Side Story In McLain Auditorium this Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, March 4.

Mr. Martin Charnin, who played the character Big Deal in the Original Broadway production of West Side Story, recently visited MHS and conducted a Masterclass with the West Side Story cast members.

"West Side Story is a very challenging musical, not performed very often by high schools. Mamaroneck is very fortunate to have the talent to take it on," Mr. Charnin said.

Hoops for Hope: Our Middle School Unites Community on Behalf of Beloved Science Teacher

Mamaroneck Schools’ community members, students, faculty and parents will have the chance to experience the connection of community and friends when they come together next Wednesday, March 8 for Hoops for Hope, a fundraising event sponsored by Hommocks Middle School faculty to benefit a beloved science teacher, Pauline Cardillo, and her family.

Ms. Cardillo was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a degenerative disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. She continued to work as long as she could before taking a medical leave of absence last spring. Ms. Cardillo began teaching in 2000 and also played a leadership role as science department chair and a mentor for Science Olympiad, a precursor to STEM. With the support of her husband Jose, a New York City police officer, and Hommocks staff, Pauline has been battling the disease while raising her two children, Anthony and Pauline, ages 2 and 3. Hommocks staff collectively donated $13,000 to defray the family’s bills and also joined the Westchester County Walk to Defeat ALS, raising more money for medical research.

Hoops for Hope will emphasize the “fun” in fundraiser. Students can purchase $7 tickets to watch teachers play and cheer for their team. The event also includes a Dribble-a-Thon Relay Race challenging students at halftime, a DJ, posters and signs created in art classes, and a performance by The Gamblers, the staff rock band featuring Mr. Nobles on vocals, guitarists Mr. Barnett, Mr. Franze and Mr. Sussman, and drummer Mr. Nelson. T- shirts supporting each team, cookies and other baked goods will be sold. Tickets go on sale beginning March 2 during lunch periods at Hommocks.

Literacy Workshops Well-Attended at Elementary Schools

District Literacy Coach, Laurie Pastore, has been leading a series of informative workshops this month at our elementary schools for 1st and 2nd grade parents about understanding and supporting young readers. The workshops, which are aligned with the District's emphasis on support for our youngest readers, have been well-attended.

Mamaroneck Hockey Wins Section Championship; Advances to Regionals

The Tigers defeated Suffern 4-0 this past weekend to become the Section 1, Division 1 champions for the second straight year. Mamaroneck goalie Tommy Spero had his 19th career shutout, which ties the State record. The team, defending its State Championship title, moves on to Regionals vs. Monroe Woodbury this Saturday, March 4th, 4:30 pm, at the Ice Time Arena in Newburgh, NY.

Photo Credits: Sandra Wong Geroux. The team enjoyed its post-game fire truck escort back to school.

Hommocks Robotics Students Garner 1st Place Award at Hudson Valley Competition

The Hommocks Middle School Roaring Robots – sponsored and led by the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck – were awarded top prize in the Core Values category at the Hudson Valley First Lego® League robotics competition in Chappaqua. Each year, thousands of teams worldwide compete in First Lego® League, striving to complete work in three judged categories: The Robot Games (robot building & programming), The Project (identifying and solving a problem through innovation), and Core Values (adhering to a set of defined values, rules and conduct). In their second year of competition, the Roaring Robots, consisted of two teams working side by side to prepare for their events.

Original Science Research Students Present at Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Congratulations to our Original Science Research students who presented at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). Senior Ali Mann took 2nd Place in the Biology category and now qualifies to present at the upstate JSHS in Albany March 7 & 8, and Junior Tanjina Jalil placed Third in the Neuroscience category.

VIDEO: Class Boat Challenge Highlights Design Thinking

In the Design Studio II elective class at Mamaroneck High School, students were challenged to utilize the design thinking skills they have been learning in class to develop prototypes of boats within a 50-minute period. Take a look inside the classroom and see how this exercise -- just one of many happening throughout the year -- panned out.

FBLA Students Kick Off Season with Strong Showing

Mamaroneck High School’s Future Business Leaders of America students had a terrific showing in the first round of this season’s FBLA competitions held recently at Lakeland High School. Our students brought home four 1st Place wins and two 2nd Place wins. First Place in the Job Interview category was Arthur Thery, senior; Basic Decision Making, Maddie Silverstein, freshman; Impromptu, Abby Troy, freshman; Business Math, Chloe Weiser, Junior. Second Place in Client Services was Marie Amelie Morange, senior; and in Public Speaking 1, Josie Zimmerman, freshman.

Dr. Nora Mazzone Recommended for Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services

The anticipated Feb. 28 appointment of Dr. Mazzone as Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services underscores the District's continued commitment to building and maintaining a high-caliber Student Support Services leadership team at all levels – elementary, middle school and high school.

"Caring for the social-emotional well-being of all of our students remains a top priority," Dr. Mazzone said.

Save the Date: Mini STEM-Tastic March 24 at Hommocks!

The STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck will hold its Mini STEM-Tastic "Choose Your Challenge" family night from 6-9 pm on Friday evening, March 24th at Hommocks. With no admission charge, the event is open to the public and will feature a slew of hands-on STEM activities and challenges, such as the Chain Reaction Challenge, Conductivity & Solar Energy Challenge with The Digital Arts Experience, Rover Rendezvous with Jupiter Joe's Sidewalk Astronomy, and other challenges led by local organizations, the schools and PTAs.

Each Sports Season We Celebrate Our Seniors!

We cherish that one last chance to recognize our seniors for their dedication and hard work put in over the course of a four-year athletic career at Mamaroneck High School. Always so bittersweet to say goodbye and, at the same time, celebrate their successes and wish them well in their next life chapter.

Above is a sampling of our seniors representing a multitude of winter sports at MHS.

La La Land Producer Fred Berger (MHS, Class of 1999) to Speak at MHS as Part of Continuing Ed's 'Notable Neighbors' Series March 8

Fresh from the craziest and most-memorable Oscar ceremony ever, Fred Berger, producer of the Academy Award-winning movie La La Land, will be speaking with his former Mamaroneck High School teacher Dr. Michael DiGennaro at The Center for Continuing Education's "Notable Neighbors" fundraiser at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8 in McLain Auditorium. Berger joins a long list of distinguished MHS alum having success in the film industry, including Matt Dillon, Kevin Dillon, Dan Futterman, David O. Russell, Bennett Miller and Michael O’Keefe. He credits Dr. DiGennaro for inspiring his passion for film.

"It'll be great to be back in the community, but frankly, to have that conversation with him (DiGennaro) and be able to say thank you publicly and wonder where I would be without someone like him? In a weird way, where would 'La La Land' be without Mamaroneck? I have a real reverence for him...Mamaroneck High School places a premium on artistic impression and the arts and that is so vital. You just don't realize it until much later, well after the seed has been planted." - Fred Berger, as quoted in the Journal News
Above, Fred Berger accepting a Golden Globe award in January

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