A Celebration of the Good Things at Parsippany High School Volume 4, Issue 5 (Mar. 2014) Email any newsworthy info regarding the RedHawk Nation to [email protected] March 4- PTSA Meeting 7:15 Hello Students and Parents, I think the snow has finally stopped… After a long winter, PHS is looking forward to spring and some outdoor activities. Thank you to everyone for their patience and cooperation in the long and cold and snowy and icy months. In the meantime, our students continue to make us proud at every corner. Our ACDEC team won their regional competition, collecting numerous honors and advancing to states. Our athletic teams, paced by Indoor Track and Wrestling, have had successful seasons and sent multiple athletes to individual honors. In addition, we have continued to make a difference through our monthly service nights and a new tutoring program with CMS. Thanks, as always, for the support, 4-6 - HSPA (11-13 HSPA Makeups) 12- Band/Chorus Concert 7:00 (Snow Date 13th) 20 - Dodgeball Tourney 7:00 24-28 – Spirit Week 27– 29 Spring Musical 28 – Spring Pep Rally April Dr. Mulroony 5- Spring Dance 7:00 Come see our Spring Musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" March 27, 28 and 29. PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST WINNER As part of Violence Awareness Week, Mrs. Burek and the Art Dept. sponsored a photo contest on Instagram where students had to find pictures that depicted positive messages. The band represents UNITY submitted by Katherine Yang, grade 9. 14 - 18 - Spring Break 24- Talent Show 7:00 25 - AAC Sushi Tea Dance 7:00 29 - Northvail Spring Concert @PHS 30 - World Language Induction 7:00 The dancers represent TRUST submitted by Victoria Dobkowski, grade 9. Many thanks to Ms. Cabezas, our talented and enthusiastic Spanish teacher, who filmed and created the incredible “Happy” video featuring PHS students and staff dancing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Special credit goes to Steven Quigley, Marcus Ng'Oche, and Marvin Vivanco, who helped to create the video, and to Lionel Chambers, who posted it on YouTube where it has gotten over 23,000 views. It should also be noted that the artist, Pharrell, actually mentioned PHS in a tweet with a link to the video! 10 – Student vs. Faculty Hoops 7:00 19 – PTSA Flea Market Here are the winners: PHS GETS “HAPPY” 9 - World Language Department International Day STAFF NEWS: Congrats to Ms. Minichiello, who got married on March 2. Congrats to Mrs. Maucione (English) who had twins, Liliana & Gabriella, on February 11. Congrats to Mrs. Riley-Lazzari (Science), on the birth of her daughter Mackenzie on Feb. 18. Mrs. Engfer became a grandmother (again) on Feb. 22. her name is Charley Anne. Mr. Hernandez (Social Studies) is expecting his first child this summer. BRITE CLUB RETURNS... The re-emergence of the B.R..I.T.E. Club was a success as a group of students traveled to Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School on Tuesday afternoons to complete against 34 other teams on all types of trivia. All students were new to the club this year but performed valiantly for three rounds. We hope to expand the club next year and compete at a higher level. 9TH GRADERS GRAMMAR SONGS Mr. Zacharia and Ms. Connolly's 9th grade classes sound a little like "PHS Idol" this week as students are putting the finishing touches on the grammar and punctuation songs. Students have combed their notes to identify elements of the series comma, appositives and coordinating conjunctions to set these rules to snappy, memorable tunes. Available on iTunes soon... ITALIAN CLUB MAKING A DIFFERENCE The Italian Club and Italian Honor Society this year raised money to donate to St.Jude. We also worked in collaboration with the Sons of Italy of Parsippany to collect canned goods for the Food Pantry and raised $200 in Shop Rite gift cards to donate to the community as well. NEW SOUND & LIGHTING BOOTH Many thanks to our Stage Craft class and Mr. Groome who recently built a beautiful and professional Sound and Lighting booth built in the Auditorium. It looks and works great. GEOMETRY IN THE REAL WORLD All Geometry students will be attending attend Geometry in the Real World on PI Day (March 14th)! in the Real World will consist of a series of three presentations given by professionals and hobbyists who use Geometry. Some of the presentations include: blood spatter analysis, fire fighting, interior design and various types of engineering. The program was developed to encourage our students to recognize Geometry in their world. HOFFMAN AT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Erin Hoffman attended the NJ State Elks 26th Annual Youth Peer Leadership Conference February 7-9 in Long Branch. The conference centered around leadership skills and using those skills to effectively create positive change in your school and environment. SCIENCE COMPETITION Congrats to Nick and Matt Tomaro (6th place in Boomilever), Michael Michalik and Parth Chokshi (4th place in Scrambler) for the success at the Science Olympiad in January. SAVE THE DATE! REDSTOCK WILL BE HELD AT PHS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7TH!! SPANISH 5 VISITS TROY HILLS SCHOOL The Spanish 5 students recently visited Troy Hills Elementary School for World Travels Day. They taught a variety of lessons in Spanish for children in grades K-5. Our kids served as excellent role models for the little ones. WINTER CHEERLEADING UPDATE The PHS Cheerleaders have just wrapped up their winter season. For most, it was a long season, as they have been going strong since August. This winter was the first time that we were able to have 2 winter teams, the Red team and the Gray team. We were happy to welcome 10 new freshman and we hope to have them back next year. On a bittersweet note, as all seniors must move on, we would like to wish "GOOD LUCK" to our captains Kayla Fales and Gina Pasquale. Both girls have cheered four years on the winter squad and they will be missed by their coaches and their team. BAND & ORCHESTRA HONORS Music Student of the Month at Mayo Performing Arts Center (February): Joshua Lustig (Guitar Player of the Month Honoree); Phyllis Chou (String Player of the Month Honoree). Region Band: Kyle Ting (Trombone) - Symphonic Band; Lawrence Lin (Clarinet) - Wind Ensemble Region Orchestra: Christopher Tang (Violin); Winston Yeh (Violin); Phyllis Chou (Cello); Lawrence Lin (Clarinet). Junior Region Band: Stephen Giercyk (Trombone); Eric Lai (Mallet). All-State Band: Lawrence Lin (Clarinet) CUPCAKE WARS Parsippany High School Advanced Foods students baked off in a Cupcake Wars competition! Each team chose its own special recipe to prepare completely homemade cupcakes, frosting, and decorations. Six lucky judges made up of PHS faculty acted as judges. Each team’s cupcakes were judged on creativity, taste, texture and appearance. Our Advanced Foods students really demonstrated their impressive baking skills and creativity! Winners of the competition will be showcased in the Main hallway soon! SOPHOMORE LOCK-IN The Sophomore Lock-In was a huge success this year. Over 100 sophomores were “locked in” the school overnight. They participated in a variety of activities including sporting events, video game competitions, movies, and an assortment of other team competitions (even a few makeovers). Special thanks to the teachers (especially Mrs. DeGironimo & Ms. Wong), administrators, custodians, and senior helpers for making this memorable night run flawlessly. ROTARY AWARD WINNERS Congrats to Mrs. Colello-Kim (English) and Andrew Herrera (12) who were honored by the Parsippany Rotary with Distinguished Service Awards in Feb. 4 HOURS 4 CHANGE WINTER FORMAL Interact hosted 4 Hours 4 Change Student Council hosted the winter formal and the a service night that brought clubs school elected a the snow king and queen. It was antogether who completed projects other great night for our students. such as jean donations, bracelets 9th: Gianna Arnaldy & Ian Schey for cancer research, and 10th: Tayler Teta & Rushil Desai shamgrams. Money collected 11th : Phoebe Nelson & John Loaiza will be donated to the Water Pro- 12th : Jasmine Chen (QUEEN), Sam Corbel, Alyssa ject and cans are donated to the Murray, Ruchi Chothani & Megan Maxwell local food pantry. Will Kinzer (KING), Lionel Chambers, Nick Tomaro, Andrew Aguilera & Kyle Jones FRESHMEN RED HAWK AWARD A DAY IN THE LIFE 9th grade teachers continue to recognize students who exhibit the values that the 9th grade class have chosen as the three most important to the class of 2017: caring, self-discipline and respect. In the past two months the following students have demonstrated these values in an exemplary way: Harold Atienza Alyssa Feola Joshua Flood Ian Schey Christina Shultz Anthony Hill Jake Marlowe Disha Patel Connor Preston We’ve acknowledged these Red Hawk Award recipients by displaying pictures of them in the 9th grade showcase in the PHS main hallway. Additionally, letters were sent home to these students’ parents telling them about their child’s accomplishments, for which they can be very proud. Counselors at PHS have been turning back the clock some 20 years and shadowing students so they can experience “life as a student at PHS in 2014.”It has been enlightening, as well as fun, for both students and counselors. After all the shadowing days counselors are going to report out to the staff on what it was like, and all shadowed students are going to get a pizza lunch! MUSIC AND MEMORY The Freshman Service Project culminated on February 9, 2014, when members of our group visited the nursing home in West Orange where the Music and Memory program is being implemented. We worked with our liaison at the facility and put together the Music and Memory Open House on that Sunday morning. Each student worked with a family to design a personalized playlist for their loved one. That music was then downloaded onto the resident’s IPod. In the months prior to our visit, other members of our group did a fantastic job of collecting gently used IPods, as well as over 100 CDs. The families, staff, and residents were so appreciative of all the students involved in this project who worked so hard to make the program a success. Over 60 of our freshman devoted their time, in one way or another, to this years’ service project. We applaud their dedication, commitment, follow-through, and the maturity they displayed at the facility, as they represented the Class of 2017. In an unprecedented event, the PHS class of 2014 features four Division 1 scholarship athletes. On February 7, we recognized the following PHS studentathletes and their families: Bria Saunders (Rutgers, Track), Krysten Mayers (Cornell, Field Hockey), Samantha Pignatelli (Sacred Heart, Cross Country), Amanda Nardella (Rhode Island, Soccer) and Lionel Chambers (Cornell, Track). PHS HALL OF FAME JAN. & FEB. SCHOLARS OF THE MONTH On February 19th, PHS proudly inducted five new members into our Hall of Fame with a ceremony attended by approx. 150 family members, students, community members and staff (active and retired). The inductees include: Robert Peluso ‘88, Dan Ilic ‘90, Michael Pignatelli ‘80, Jerry Russo– former guidance counselor, and Ron Foreso– former history teacher and NJ Teacher of the Year. See the link for a more detailed story: http://www.dailyrecord.com/ article/20140223/NJNEWS/302230034/ PHS SIGNING DAY WL: Krissy Berrios & Joanne Veloz Math: Billy Snell & Steve Adkins Science: Liliana Ferrara & Declan Devens English: Kasey Hart & Josh Fortes Tech/Art :Kim Lindner & Krissy Berrios PE: Declan Devens & Lilian Tran Guidance: Zakaria Mannan & Elizabeth Tu SS: Samantha Zarro & Alex Bamert ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB NEWS The Environmental Club members filled the courtyard’s trees and shrubs with birdseed covered pinecones. Cleaning and holiday decorating of the school’s greenhouse using recycled Christmas ornaments helped to liven the holiday spirit for students. The club continues its recycling programs and awareness. Through a grant from the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, the club purchased large recycling containers for the school’s copier room and for the popular senior lunch outdoor area. The outdoor containers were fitted with special roller carts to ease the transition of the set-up by the custodial staff. The club wishes to congratulate Mr. Prall, our Head Custodian, who was selected to receive an award by the MCMUA for his recycling efforts. MATH TEAM NEWS The Math Team participated in the prestigious American Math Competition on 2/4/14 and two of our students have made it to the second round! In order to make it to the second round, a student has to achieve a score in the top 2% of all scores nationally, so this is quite an accomplishment for sophomore Michael Wang and senior Esther Hsieh. They will be taking the next round of the contest on Thursday, March 13th, so please wish them well if you see them. Also, the current standing of the NJ Math League shows that Parsippany High School is now second in the county and we've cracked the top 20 in the state! Also, Michael Wang is one of only three students in the state who has a perfect score through all five rounds! Congratulations on an excellent showing so far for the PHS Math Team! TECHNOLOGY NEWS After a hiatus of many years, Parsippany High School offered AP Computer Science course to students in 2013-2014 school year. Starting students can try their hands at developing simple apps for iPhones. We have also initiated a Computer Game Design club. This club is entirely student-driven. They asked for it, they learn the technology, teach it, and experiment with it. Computer Science has revolutionized the world, and is one of the most sought-after skills. We look forward to the day when all Parsippany High School students will enjoy the experience of Computer Science. FIRE DEPT. NEWS On February 26, Jonathan Croat became a junior volunteer firefighter for Lake Hiawatha. Thanks to Jonathan for volunteering to make a difference. BUSINESS NEWS Seniors Amogh Karwar, Kesha Patel, Amanda Sorresse and Aaron Wood will be representing PHS at the NJ DECA State competition in mid-March. They will be competing in various marketing events for the chance to move onto the national DECA competition in Atlanta. Mrs. Russell's Marketing & Advertising class has been hard at work selling ads for the 2014 yearbook as well as Restock sponsorships. If you work for a business that is interested in purchasing a yearbook ad, donating a prize for our Restock raffle or setting up a booth during the Restock festival on June 7th, please contact Mrs. Russell at [email protected] Yearbooks are still available @ Jostensyearbooks.com. Order yours while supplies last! CMS TUTORING We are proud to announce another service opportunity for all PHS students. Every Thursday from 2:50-3:50 students are invited to sign up for tutoring with students at Central Middle School. Come to the Main Office for details. (One of our custodians, Joe McManus, tackling the snow. ) FRENCH CLUB This winter students from the French Honor Society instructed over 30 fifth grade students from Northvail Elementary School twice per month during December, January and February. This is the fourth year students from PHS have been working with Northvail students. This year's group was very enthusiastic! PEER BUDDY WINTER BALL The 7th Annual Peer Buddy Winter Ball was held on January 30. Approximately 85 people attended the event and participated in dancing, eating and making friends. Thanks to everyone who attended, especially those who donated prizes for the students. CHOIR UPDATE Our choir and band concert is next Wednesday, March 12th at 7:00 PM. The choir is conducting a food drive to help a local food pantry. Donations can be brought to the main office, the choir room, or to the concert. We had four students accepted into the North Jersey Region I Honors Choir. They are: Sarah Ferguson, Brian Lanigan, Anne Cheng, and Kati Hsu. A few of our choir members will be auditioning for the All-State Honors Choir in April. SWIMMING The Parsippany RedHawks Swim Team had another great building and powerful season. While the wins verse loss ration did not change the spirit, drive, perseverance and dedication was beyond measurable. They would strive to drop time and work harder in practices to achieve that goal. Freshman Mohit Pathak, Sophomore Ryan Lo and Juniors Jason Caprioni and Ronald Tudorache were recognized as Honorable Mentions for the Southern II Conference. The girls squad has the biggest heart on the deck and slowly but surely will be a dominate force. The RedHawks don't let the defeats and losses to bring down their spirits. They are proud to wear their school colors and to swim for Parsippany High School. GIRLS BASKETBALL Despite various challenges all players in the girls basketball program on all three levels fought hard throughout the season and never gave up. Ultimately they finished the year with two great wins at the end of the season. The JV team managed to pull out seven wins this season with a roster that consisted of mostly freshmen. Although the varsity level lost two players to injuries, Jennifer Atherton, Angie Gano and Veronica Zoon never gave up and served as valuable leaders. Junior Jennifer Atherton secured a position on First Team All Conference. Seniors Angie Gano and Veronica Zoon both were named to the All Conference Honorable Mention. HOCKEY Our hockey team finished the year with a 7-11 record. They were lead by their core group of seniors (pictured right): Kyle Jones, Mike Ruggier, Casie Farrell, Brian Lanigan, and Ray Lennie. The team’s leading scorers included Nick Grinvalds (21 goals/12 assists), Mike Ruggier (9g/5a) and Alex Wang (10g/4a). ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Congrats to our Baldwin Pizza Athlete’s of the Week for the Winter Season for their dominant performances this season. Ray Lennie (12) Hockey Kayla Fales (12) Cheerleading Cat Lanigan (11) Swimming Malik Francis (11) Track Bria Saunders (12) Track Stephen Persaud (11) Wrestling Leonard Lee (12) Basketball Zack Kovacs (11) Wrestling Jen Atherton (11) Basketball FBLA SUCCEEDS AT REGIONALS This year FBLA had 23 students qualify at the Northern Regional Competition for the state event. In order to qualify, a student needs to place in the top 9. Of the 23 students who qualified, 14 placed in the top 3, the rest qualified from 4th through 9th. This was one of the best performances ever by a PHS FBLA team. BOYS BASKETBALL The Parsippany Boys Basketball had an exciting 201314 basketball season. Despite having a record below .500 the Red Hawks played hard and showed that they can compete with some of the better schools in the county. The players played as a team, always displayed good sportsmanship and were recognized by receiving the Liberty Division Sportsmanship Award for the 2013-14 season. Senior Captain Leonard Lee, a 4 year varsity letter winner was unanimously voted 1st Team All Conference and finished the season ranked as one of the leading scorers in the county while averaging close to 16 points per game. Fellow Senior Captain Lionel Chambers, another 4 year varsity letter winner was voted 2nd Team All Conference. Sophomore guard Declan Devens and junior forward Ryan Orr were both selected Honorable Mention. WINTER TRACK BREAKING RECORDS The Parsippany Indoor Track Team had a record setting season. The girls team placed 2nd overall in the State Sectional Meet and placed 4th in the county. Bria Saunders broke her own school record in the 55m dash, lowering it to 7.21. She placed 4th in the Meet of Champions in the 55m dash. Bria also broke the school record in the 200m dash, running 25.32. Sophomore Allyson Schlosser had a phenomenal season, breaking the school record in the 800 and 1000. The girls Distance Medley team of Samantha Pignatelli, Bria Saunders, Jen Mlynar, and Allyson Schlosser broke the school record set in 2000, running 12:51. The girls 4x800 team of Haley Pignatelli, Jen Mlynar, Kati Hsu and Allyson Schlosser also broke the school record, running 9:58. On the boys side, a new Sprint Medley record was set by Peter Hernandez, Malik Francis, Christian Hulse, and Josh Crawford, running a time of 3:47. The boys 4x400 team of Christian Hulse, Josh Crawford, Aaron Wood and Peter Hernandez advanced to the Meet of Champions in the 4x400 with a season best time of 3:34. The Redhawks look forward to move on to a successful spring track season! WRESTLING Our PHS Wrestling team completed another successful season, finishing the season 12-6 and ranked as the #9 team in the NJAC. The also qualified for the State Sectional Tournament and defeated Lodi at home before bowing out to Riverdell in the semifinals. Individual standouts include: Kevin Jones– 106 (4th MCT, 2nd District 9, 5/6 Region 3) Zack Kovacs– 113 (2nd MCT, 3rd D9, 5/6 R3) Stephen Persaud– 126 (3rd MCT, 3rd D9, 4th R3) Brandon Jones– 138 (3rd D9) Michael Ilic– 145 (6th MCT) Aarin Feliz- (5th MCT, 2nd D9) Nigel Feliz– 170 (6th MCT, 3rd D9) The program also celebrated its 250th win this season in a win over Madison.
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