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Our families always enjoy their respective elementary school's International Fair. Chatsworth Ave. School featured above. Murray Ave. School will hold its International Fair this week.

January, 2017

District Highlights:

  • Annual MLK Assembly Gives Students Time to Pause & Reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Messages
  • Hommocks Continues Tradition of Inauguration Community Viewing
  • February is Kindergarten Registration Month at New Family Information Center
  • Dual Language Program Incoming K Parent Info Meetings Feb. 9
  • 1,000 Combined Wins in Two Sports for Coach Mike Chiapparelli: A Rarity in High School Athletics
  • Energy Dashboard at MHS Measures Electrical Use in Real-Time, Provides Unique Learning Opps
  • Two Students Selected to represent MUFSD at All Eastern Honors Ensembles
  • MHS Senior Named Regeneron Science Semifinalist for Developing Secure 'Internet of Things' Home Automation Device
  • January BOE Study Session Features Up-Close Look at MHS's APPLE Program
  • Video: This is what a Robotics Competition Looks Like
  • MHS Student-Athlete Honored at National Football Foundation Dinner
  • FBLA Students Ring Closing Bell at NY Stock Exchange

200+ MHS Students Participate in Assembly to Honor the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly at Mamaroneck High School featured 200+ MHS students with the theme, “Where is the Love?” singing, dancing and performing to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who lived his life serving others. A special piece dedicated to Dr. King was written and performed by the Multicultural Club members (a parody of Alexander Hamilton). As always, a special thank you to MHS Social Studies Teacher Shannon Turner-Porter for her hard work and dedication organizing this terrific event!

Additionally, Hommocks Middle School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday with its annual assembly dedicated to his legacy. The program featured music performed by the jazz band, orchestra, and chorus, as well as a biographical video and student performances based on renowned Langston Hughes poems, such as “I Too Sing America.” The 7th grade chorus lead a school-wide singing of “This Little Light of Mine.”

Hmx Students Continued Inauguration Viewing Tradition, Witnessing Democracy/Peaceful Transfer of Power

Every four years since 2008, Hommocks Middle School students have discontinued all school activities on January 20 from 12:00-12:30 to watch the Oath of Office administered to the new President. Seventh graders learn about the Inauguration when they study the Constitution; every May, eighth graders visit the Capitol building in Washington, DC, where the ceremony is held.

February is Kindergarten Registration Month: Registration Taking Place at District's New Family Info Center

The Mamaroneck School District has launched its new Family Information Center, just in time for February’s Kindergarten Registration Month. About 400 families with students entering Kindergarten in fall, 2017 -- plus an anticipated 600 or so other families with children (at every grade level) entering Mamaroneck Public Schools for the first time next school year -- will visit the Center to submit their registration forms. Tell your neighbors & friends: All registration forms can be downloaded from www.mamkschools.org and must be returned in person to the Family Information Center located at Mamaroneck High School (using the main Boston Post Rd. entrance).

“We wanted to take some existing available space and turn it into a child-friendly area to welcome families to our district and make sure they feel comfortable as they are completing forms and gathering the necessary information for their students’ new educational experience,” Dr. Michael Kollmer, Director, Director of Research, Assessment & Accountability
Above, from left to right: Family Information Center staff Theresa Bisceglia, Leila Bahoui, Betiana Alcantara Fernandez, Katherine Veith-Vrahimis and Dr. Michael Kollmer

Incoming K Parents: Learn about the District’s Gr K-5 Dual Language Immersion Program

The District's Dos Caminos program serves both English and Spanish-dominant students from MUFSD's all four elementary school zones. Information meetings for interested Incoming K parents will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 (9:15 -10:15 am and 6:30-7:30 pm) at Mamaroneck Ave. School, where the program is housed.

'Coach Chap' Hits 1,000 Wins for Hockey, Baseball Combined, An Achievement Rarely Seen

Coach Mike Chiapparelli is the first coach from Section 1 to reach 1,000 wins while coaching two sports (in which his teams have won three combined State titles). “For Chiapparelli to accumulate that amount of wins with that kind of winning percentage, it’s off the charts…He's the guy who’s been the most successful multiple-sport coach. I don’t think there’s anyone who even approaches him. To be able to win state titles in two different sports is incredible." Pelham coach Mark Finegan

Energy Dashboard at MHS Measures Electrical Use in Real-Time, Provides Learning Opps

Mamaroneck High School has become the first existing public high school in the state of New York to install an innovative energy & environmental digital data dashboard that generates real-time hour-by-hour data on energy consumption in the building and can ultimately serve as a springboard for “real-world” lesson plans tied to subjects such as Environmental Science, Math, and Physics. The dashboard -- which is used by colleges/universities such as Cornell, Colgate, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, SUNY and CUNY colleges, as well as many schools outside New York -- was made possible by generous donations from families in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck community, combined with a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (MSF).

MHS Students Selected to Perform for Audience of Thousands at 2017 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

Two Mamaroneck High School students were selected to perform in the 2017 National Association for Music Education's All-Eastern Honors Ensembles this April, along with 700 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States. William Fishell (Trumpet – band) and Molly Sloane (Alto I – Mixed Chorus) will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors at this biennial event.

MHS's Andrew Katz Named 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Semifinalist

APPLE Program Examined as Part of District's Annual Review Process

The District has had a multi-year commitment to annually review selected programs to determine if the programs are meeting intended goals and/or if adjustments are recommended in order to improve program outcomes. Reports generated from these reviews are presented to the community at Board of Education meetings and used as the basis for discussion. At the January Board of Education Study Session earlier this month, APPLE program staff led by Linda Sherwood presented the history and current structure of APPLE, a school within a school at Mamaroneck High School that serves up to 64 students in grades 9-12 who benefit from smaller class sizes and individualized attention. The staff -- along with District Administration and Board members -- looked at the program's goals to deliver a supportive and intimate learning environment to help at-risk students earn a high school diploma and discussed the program's design to address both academic and social/emotional needs. The report incorporated feedback through interviews with key stakeholders, including faculty, parents and students, and provided the recommendation to "consider expanding and/or redesigning APPLE from a four-year cohort model to a more fluid, flexible, needs-based constellation of programs and services."

Have You Ever Seen a Robotics Competition? Watch Video: Mamaroneck Students at Recent Robotics Events

“Robotics is a sport for the 21st century. The skills students can learn, including teamwork, collaboration and problem solving, are the same as those learned in other sports but unlike most sports, robotics provides all students – no matter their background or physical ability – the opportunity to become a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professional.” - FIRST President Donald E. Bossi.
Our Mamaroneck students have fared quite well in two January competitions. They have been debriefing the season, discussing their strengths and weaknesses, and already improving on their systems design so they can start off strong next season. Stay tuned for news about the new underwater robotics initiative.

Exceptional Student-Athlete Daniel O'Rourke Recognized for Academics, Ability, Character

MHS Senior Daniel O’Rourke is a Golden Dozen Scholar-Athlete, one of 12 athletes in Westchester honored at a dinner last week by the National Football Foundation for his academic record, his ability and his character. Additionally, Daniel was named to the NYSPHSAA Sportswriters AA All State Football Team (5th). So proud of this exceptional student-athlete!

FBLA Students Ring Closing Bell at NY Stock Exchange

Thanks to the persistence of MHS student Sophia Danziger, the Future Business Leaders of America's (FBLA) Eastern Region VP, she and MHS's FBLA co-presidents Marie Amelie Morange and Lauren Pogostin, were selected to ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Proudly representing Mamaroneck High School, our students were joined by other national and State FBLA execs, as well as MHS's FBLA Faculty Advisor, Maria Siciliano.

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