Tarmac II March Edition

Devices in the New Science Building

By Kieran O'Brien '19

With Science and Technology jobs being the future, Chaminade has invested in a new science building which is supposed to be completed by January. The building is expected to have many high tech machines and tools. A few of the standouts are the Anatomage, a virtual anatomy table which was discussed by writer Sam Ferrara in the December issue, and the possibility of 3D printers.

One group of interesting biology related technologies that will be in the new building are high power microscopes, with digital capability, allowing students to take somewhat of a screenshot of what they see in the lens. Another interesting application that may be in the Science Center is a Laminar Flow Hood, which can be used to grow certain cells. In addition to this, a machine similar to this one that we will have is an incubator, which allows students to grow and study The new science center will also contain PCR/thermocycler. This machine amplifies segments of DNA and has the ability to facilitate temperature sensitive reactions. With access to all of the high tech machines in the new building, students will have to opportunity to actually see some of the stuff they learn about, which proves for a more complete learning experience in the field of biology.

A major feature of the labs is that there will around 100 temperature and humidity probes. These high tech probes take readings, which will then be uploaded to the central hub in the building, and then from there they will transmitted directly to the students iPads.

The new building has an estimated opening date of January 2018.

On the roof of the building, there will plants planted in lightweight soil that will insulate the building in the winter, and block some of the sun, keeping the building cool in the warmer months. There will also be an observatory, allowing students studying astronomy to observe the sun and possibly other stars or planets. In the basement, there will be a fabrication lab, along with something known as a maker space. The fabrication lab will be an open area in which allows for the creation of customized products such as plastic parts and other creations with the use of 3D printers and other advanced machines. The makerspace will involve the field of robotics and computers programming for all of the students interested in creating or studying these types of machines.

This new Science Building will provide students with the opportunity to use and gain experience with some of the machines used by professionals in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, oceanography, and geology. This will provide By this time next year, students should have some classes or clubs in this building, using and taking advantage of the state of the art technology that this new science building will provide.

The History of Lent

By Daniel Troy '19

On March 1, Catholics all around the world marked the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent, as did we here at Chaminade. While most of us know that Lent is a period for fasting and prayer, just where did this season and many of its traditions originate? To truly grasp the importance of this season, it is necessary to understand both the origins and practices of Lent. Having emerged during the earliest days of Christianity and developed during the Middle Ages, Lent has a storied history influenced by many of Christianity's brightest minds. Additionally, comprehending modern-day Catholic practices is paramount to the proper observance of Lent.

The idea of Lent has its biblical roots in Jesus's period of temptation in the wilderness. Before beginning his mission, Jesus spent forty days fasting and praying in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil. Likewise, the forty days of Lent are supposed to prepare us for Holy Week and the celebration of Easter. The first mentions of Lent come from Church fathers such as Saint Irenaeus, who described the tendency of early Christians to spend a few days fasting and repenting before Easter. In 325 AD, the First Council of Nicaea instituted a forty day period of prayer and fasting for would-be converts before Easter, but this practice was soon adopted by all members of the Church. In the late sixth century, Pope Saint Gregory the Great declared that Lent would begin on a new holy day, Ash Wednesday. Gregory is also credited with beginning the practice of marking Catholics with a cross of ash. In the early Church, strict fasts, which allowed for only one meal without meat or eggs a day, were observed for the whole season. The strict nature of these requirements led many to try and make the most of the time before Lent, leading to the creation of Mardi Gras. However, these restrictions gradually loosened over time (especially following the Second Vatican Council), and today, Catholics aged eighteen to fifty-nine are expected to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Additionally, Catholics above the age of fourteen are supposed to abstain from meat every Friday during Lent. Just like early Christians however, we are also asked to spend time in prayer and reflection. Finally, while many people choose to give up certain foods or vices during Lent, Catholics are also called to perform acts of charity and kindness.

Hopefully, having learned a bit more about the history of Lent you can better understand why we, as Catholics, do the things that we do during this season. Use this time before Easter as it was intended, to better yourself before the holiest time of the year. From Saint Irenaeus to Pope Saint Gregory the Great, from Nicaea to the Vatican, and from ancient to modern times, Lent is a key part of the Catholic faith.

A New Horizon for Chaminade

By Ryan Schmidt '19

On Friday, March 3, 2017, Chaminade unveiled an exciting change for the upcoming school year. Along with the brand new Science Center which will most likely be open for use next January, Chaminade also updated the schedule and curriculum. This new schedule and curriculum would not only mean the maximum usage for the Science building, but also this schedule would benefit the students.

The schedule for next year will be in a block format, not the periods which we have now. Instead of having all six core periods a day, the block schedule will help students concentrate and immerse themselves in only three subjects a day. Currently, some students have 2 tests and 3-4 quizzes on some days. With the new schedule, the assessments will be more spread out, and students will have less subjects to study for on a specific day, so that they can study more for that one test. Hopefully, this will lead students to having higher averages, as a result of the specific concentration. The block schedule will incorporate having 3 core classes a day for approximately 75 minutes. These classes will be at the beginning and the end of the day. In the middle of the day there will be 4 classes for 36 minutes. These four classes will include lunch, gym, study hall, SAT/ACT Prep, art, and computer science and more. This will be very beneficial especially the SAT/ACT prep. Next year, most of us will take these standardized tests that are very key for the college selection process. This course will make sure that we are prepared to do our very best on these exams. Thus, this block schedule will benefit the whole Chaminade community.

Chaminade’s curriculum is also having some changes. Next year, Advance Placement courses are being implemented. The AP’s are challenging but will be very beneficial. Also, instead of Freshman starting out with Earth Science or Oceanography the Freshman will be taking Biology. Also, the Freshman will take geometry opposed to Algebra.

Thus, Chaminade is truly advancing the mission and making sure that the students are best equipped to succeed in the world. Therefore, this block schedule and change in curriculum along with the opening of the state of the art science building are all keys to enhancing the already challenging environment offered at Chaminade. This is a new horizon for Chaminade.

Teacher Feature: Mr. Andrew Corcoran '01

By Philip Arnold '19

Mr. Corcoran is a very valuable member of the Chaminade community. He holds various roles ranging from teaching all the way to the production crew. Within these activities and teaching positions he has impacted and continues to impact Chaminade Men.

Mr. Corcoran himself began his journey at Chaminade by being apart of the class of 2001 at Chaminade. He decided to attend Chaminade mainly to extend his religious life and education, while participating in the best athletics. At Chaminade he was a member of the football team for two years, while at the same time developing and fostering his deep love for baseball by being apart of the baseball team all four years. He also took part in the library service while at Chaminade.

After graduating in 2001, he moved on from being a Flyer at Chaminade to Seawolf at Stony Brook University. During his time at Stony Brook he majored in Biochemistry and graduated in 2005.Once he received his degree from Stony Brook, Mr. Corcoran felt a calling to become a Dentist. He slowly began to realize that this wasn't his calling while being a teacher's assistant. As a teacher's assistant he took interest in performing and teaching labs to the students. This made him come to a realization that math and biology was his calling. He choose these two specific subjects because he took a liking to problem solving, similar to the ones performed in the subjects.

Mr. Corcoran began his teaching journey by retaining jobs at both Half Hallow Hills West High School and Valley Stream Central High School. After short stints at these institutions he returned to his alma mater, Chaminade High School. As a member of the Chaminade family, he performs many roles. He is most famously known by sophomores for being an excellent biology teacher. Mr. Corcoran also teaches the intro to calculus course to seniors and used to teach algebra, trigonometry, and computers. He takes an extensive role in the production crew, which is responsible for providing high quality sound to the A.A.C. for events such as school masses or student assemblies. Mr. Corcoran continues to give back to the baseball community at Chaminade by coaching the J.V. “B” baseball team along with Mr. Caso and Mr. O’Keefe.

On a personal level, Mr. Corcoran is engaged and will soon be married to his fiancé. He spends his free time involved in his hobby, producing soaps such a body soap or shaving soap. Mr. Corcoran looks forward to his new future and begins after recently moving into a house in Babylon. He plans to become a force in the local community by volunteering at his parish St. Joe's. Mr. Corcoran is a extremely valued teacher and member of the Chaminade community. All students are thankful for his positive impact on their life both in and out of the classroom.

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