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VOL.. 26, NO. 3
On November 13, 2014 the EVƎN program is sponsoring a day of emotional wellness
programming for the students of BHHS. The entire student body will participate in events
covering a variety of topics ranging from meditation to sleep hygiene to identifying signs
and symptoms of mental health issues.
Following the day of Wellness, the EVƎN program will host an evening event for parents,
educators, mental health professionals and family members. Flyer attached
New BobcatTV Shows!!
Daylight Savings Time Ends!!
November 2:
Sunday, November 2nd
Daylight Savings Time Ends
“Fall Back”
November 3:
BHHS Stage Collaborations (see attached flyer)
Bobcat Boosters @HCC: 6pm
 November 5:
End 1st Marking Period
School Counseling Discussion Group: 9am
First-Year Transition Program for Freshman Parents: 10am
Area All-State Rehearsal @WPHS: 4—9pm
C.H.I.L.D Evening Event @ HCC: 7pm
November 6:
Begin 2nd Marking Period
Area All-State Rehearsal @SUNY Purchase: 9am—3:30pm
Area All-State Concert @SUNY Purchase: 8pm
Registration Deadline for 12/6 SAT Reasoning &
Subject Tests
November 7:
Registration Deadline for 12/13 ACT
November 8:
SAT Reasoning & Subject Tests
November 10:
November 11:
November 12:
November 13:
November 14:
Varsity Ice Hockey Begins
Veteran’s Day: Schools and Offices Closed
Winter Varsity/JV Sports Begin
Wellness Day
BHEF Harlem Wizards: 7pm
November Calendar
Collaborations (Flyer and Ticket
Order Form:)
Stage 2015 (Flyer and Ticket
Order Form:) Romeo and Juliet
EVƎN flyer
Senior Group Picture Order Form
NYS Department of Health Notice
CHILD: Navigating Friendship
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is a program that cultivates the inherent leadership skills in young people by capitalizing on
the best aspects of sport to address social issues. A
male and female scholar/athlete team teaches three lessons to the 6th grade health classes. The lessons focus
on life skills, sportsmanship/civility and positive and healthy
decision making skills. SALT student leaders are empowered to exemplify superior standards in citizenship and
decision making skills and to serve as role models to 6th
grade students. Applications are available from your guidance counselor. All applications are due November 25th.
Senior Class Picture Order
in this Issue
Please return the order form in this issue to
Dr. Abt by Friday, November 7, or send it
Island Photography with your payment.
... *A new Athletic Participation form is required for each season
Important Information on the Advanced
Placement Process for Social Studies
The Social Studies Department has worked hard to create
a process that allows students, teachers and parents to
make a well informed choice regarding their AP placement. This process involves the completion of tiered assignments in the year before a student wishes to take an
AP class. The completion of these assignments allow the
student to gain insight into the level of achievement required to be successful in an AP class. This also allows
the teachers to set common standards and guidelines
across the department. The success of this program allows for more accurate scheduling of courses and more
appropriate placements for our students.
Therefore, it is required that students planning to take
any Advanced Placement course in 2015-2016 complete
and be successful with the AP level tiered assignments
this year. In April, teachers will evaluate the completed
work as a whole in order to make the best decision regarding placement for your son or daughter.
We encourage you to discuss with your child their interest
and readiness to take an Advanced Placement History
course in 2015-2016. Please contact your child's teacher
or Jen Laden, Department Chairperson, with questions.
and can be found on the School District website under
"Athletics" Select: Athletic Participation Forms . This form is submitted directly to the high school nurse and should be completed
least two weeks before the season begins.
The Fall Sports Banquet is scheduled for
Sunday, December 7 at 10:00 AM at the Byram Hills High
School. Please respect the RSVP deadline for the banquet.
Upcoming Dates
November 2
November 10
November 12
December 1
Dec. 4, 5, & 6
December 7
Dec. 20
Dec. 22 - 25
Dec. 26 – 31
Jan. 1
Jan. 2-3
January 10
January 16
Feb. 16 - 21
February 23
March 8
March 9
March 15
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Varsity Ice Hockey begins
Varsity/JV Winter Sports begin
Freshman Basketball begins
Winter Classic Basketball Tournament
Fall Athletic Banquet @ BHHS
Regular Athletic Schedule
No Athletic Events
Regular Athletic Schedule
No Athletic Events
Regular Athletic Schedule
Wrestling Tournament
Dance Expo (Snow Date Jan. 17)
Regular Athletic Schedule for
Varsity Sports Only
Pre-Season Meeting for HS Spring sports
Daylight Savings Time BeginsVarsity/JV
Spring Sports begin
Winter Athletic Banquet @ BHHS
On October 28th, twenty-one seniors were inducted into the Cum Laude Society, the high
school’s academic honor society. Cum Laude is modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, as the high school equivalent,
to recognize the scholastic achievement of seniors. There are over 350 chapters in the United States.
Those seniors who have achieved grade point averages in the top ten percent of their class are selected as
Mr. Michael Gulino and Mrs. Joanna Lewick gave the Cum Laude addresses. Joanna Lewick and Michael
Gulino were elected to faculty membership in the society.
The following seniors were inducted:
Nolan Abramowitz
Alison Bidjarano
Elise Briody
Gregory Carlin
Nicholas Contillo
Alisia Escobar
Katy Gallagher
Samantha Gold
Eden Gordon
Lucy Greenwald
Nicole Hoffman
Catherine Jankovic
Amos Jeng
Bessie Jiang
Elizabeth Kingsley
Payton Levine
Guinevere Mesh
Brian Schoenfeld
Ella Taubenfeld
Kyle Vacco
Ross Weinfeld
Each year, the Byram Hills Central School District establishes interview teams for the hiring of teachers and adminis‐
trators. The District has been very successful in hiring and retaining excellent teachers and administrators as a result of teacher and parent commi ee par cipa on. Jen Lamia, Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources, will be offering two opportuni es for parents and teachers to a end a training session in order to be part of a hiring commi ee in the future. If interested, please e‐mail Mary Jones at [email protected] with one of the following session dates: Session 1: Thursday, November 20th 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM or Session 2: Thursday, December 1st 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Both sessions will be held in the District Office Boardroom. PSAT Exam Results Information
Juniors took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15th. The College Board will mail the scores to BHHS
at the beginning of December. Once the scores arrive, the staff will mail them to parents. Our school
counselors will discuss the PSAT scores with juniors in individual college planning meetings
(December and January) and in family college planning meetings (January and February).
Lockdown Drill—REMINDER
Byram Hills High School will be conducting our annual Lockdown drill on Wednesday, November 7th
from 8:40-9:20 AM in coordination with the North Castle Police Department. Parents and visitors
will not be permitted to enter or leave the building during the drill. The Lockdown drill is an
important part of our emergency preparedness program. All schools in the district will be conducting Lockdown drills on that day. Please contact Chris Walsh or Ken Cotrone if you have any questions about the drill.
Join Us! Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Ticket Orders
COLLABORATIONS is a Benefit Concert. All tickets are $20.00. All seating is reserved.
Proceeds from this event will support the Stage 2015 season:
Romeo & Juliet: November 20, 21, 22, 2014
South Pacific: March 5, 6, 7, 2015
Little Shop of Horrors: May 14, 15, 16, 2015
Special Contributions
Stage 2015 appreciates donations from Sponsors, Benefactors, Angels and Friends. Donations
received by October 29, 2014 will be recognized in the COLLABORATIONS Program.
YOUR NAME: __________________________________________________
Email Address/Phone Contact: _____________________________________
Total # Tickets @ $20.00 each: _____
Amount Due with this Order: $______
All tickets will be held in your name at the Box Office.
Special Contributions (Select One)
Sponsor Donation: $250 or more
Benefactor Donation: $100-$249.00
Angel Donation: $50-$99.00
Friend Donation: $25-$49.00
Donors: Please PRINT your name below as you would like it to appear in the Program.
Make all checks payable to BHHS
Mail to: BHHS Stage 2015, 12 Tripp Lane, Armonk, NY 10504
For additional information call the Stage Ticket Hotline at 914-273-9200, ext. 4550
or send email to: [email protected]
Thank You for supporting BHHS Stage 2015!
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Dear Colleague,
As you know, the problem of heroin and opioid abuse continues to grow at alarming rates both in
New York State and throughout the nation. The percentage of New York State high school students who
reported using heroin has more than doubled in recent years (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2005 and
20111). In 2013, there were 89,269 admissions into treatment facilities for heroin and prescription
opioid abuse in New York State alone, an increase from 63,793 in 2004. During this same time period,
New Yorkers ages 18 to 24 had the largest increase in such admissions2.
This past June, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to develop and conduct a public
health awareness campaign to address the dangers of opioid addiction and heroin use. State agencies
worked collaboratively to develop a new campaign to raise awareness about the risks, inform
individuals about the warning signs and educate the public about resources available to help. The
campaign includes public service announcements, a new website, digital (online) ads, social media and
print materials, featuring real individuals who have experienced the tragic consequences of opioid and
heroin use.
We ask you to help raise awareness by sharing and promoting this information with teachers, school
staff, students, healthcare professionals, patients, friends and family members, and throughout your
community. Visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov to learn more about opioid and heroin abuse. Please also
include this link as a resource on your website. New publications and additional resources are available
free of charge and can be ordered on the site.
Keep in mind, addiction can happen to anyone, to any family, and at any time. We believe by
working together everyone can help make a difference, and we urge you to join us in the fight against
this growing epidemic.
Arlene González-Sánchez, M.S., L.M.S.W.
New York State Office of Alcoholism &
Substance Abuse Services
John B. King, Jr
Commissioner of Education
New York State Education Department
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D.
Acting Commissioner
New York State Health Department
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1991-2013 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at
http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/. Accessed on April 8, 2014.
York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Data Warehouse, April 13, 2014.
As a result of the growing concern about the problem of heroin and opioid abuse, New York
State has developed a campaign to raise awareness about the risks and warning signs of opioid
use and to educate the public about resources available to help. You can
visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov to learn more about this.
While this current campaign focuses on opiates, young people can also experience problems
with alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at
www.drugabuse.gov/parents-educators, or www.powertotheparent.org for up to date
information for parents and educators. You can find information on how to prevent your child's
involvement in alcohol and other drugs and information about how different substances can
affect your child.
We urge everyone to be informed and join the effort against this growing epidemic of heroin and
opioid abuse. We know that addiction can happen to anyone, to any family , in any community,
and at any time.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Student Assistance Counselor, Annie
Kelly, LCSW at 914-273-9200 ext. 4943.
Children Having Individual Life Differences
Navigating Friendship Across the Ages: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Featuring Caren Baruch – Feldman, Ph.D.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.
HC Crittenden Cafeteria
Dr. Baruch-Feldman will advise parents how to help children successfully navigate childhood
friendships, including reciprocal friendships and peer pressure for children both with and
without special needs.
Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. She
maintains a private practice in Scarsdale and works part-time as a school psychologist in the Harrison
schools in Westchester, New York. Her private practice focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
children and adults and Psycho-Educational Evaluations. Dr. Baruch-Feldman has authored numerous
articles and led workshops on topics including cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, helping children and
adults with stress and worry, executive functioning, and psychological assessment.. Dr. Baruch-Feldman
received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College of ColumbiaUniversity and received her doctorate
in Clinical-Child Psychology and School Psychology Certificate from St. John’s University. She did her
internship and post doctoral training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Baruch-Feldman trained at
the Albert Ellis Institute and is a Fellow and Supervisor in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), a
type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Please rsvp to [email protected]