BHHS School Newsletter ing !! m o C 5-7 ch Mar Vol. 26, No. 6.5 February 15, 2015 Byram Hills HS Excels in Science Olympiad Competition On January 31, Byram Hills HS hosted the Lower Hudson Valley Science Olympiad regional competition. Forty teams from Rockland and Westchester counties came out to compete in a myriad of science events. We are proud to announce that Byram Hills had a fantastic showing and our A team came in second place earning them an invitation to compete in the State competition at LeMoyne College. Our B team also had a great showing coming in 12th place. The A team received medals in 13 of the 19 events and the B team received medals in 7 of the 19 events. If you see any of our Olympians, please congratulate them on their amazing achievements. Medal winners: A Team Kevin Chang and James Bremner - air trajectory (5th) Nicole Kim and Miriam Lachs anatomy and physiology (2nd) Audrey Saltzman and Billy Markowitz astronomy (3rd) Kevin Chang and Carl Ranieri - bridge building (6th) James Bremner and Billy Markowitz bungee drop (2nd) Nicole Kim and Ella Taubenfeld - cell biology (5th) Kevin Chang and Lizzy Kingsley - chemistry lab (7th) Sarah Crucilla and Andrea Cornelius dynamic planet (5th) Sarah Crucilla and Andrea Cornelius - forensics (1st) Miriam Lachs and Andrea Cornelius - fossils (6th) Audrey Saltzman and Yasamin Bayley invasive species (1st) Nicole Kim and Lizzy Kingsley - mission possible (3rd) Yasamin Bayley and Carl Ranieri - scrambler (1st) B Team Jared Okun and Dominick Rowan - air trajectory (9th) Chad Schwam and Noah Koster - cell biology (6th) Emily Resnik - entomology Emily Resnik and Ramy Berenblum - forensics (7th) Jordan Levin and Jared Okun - game on (1st) Timmy Eng and Ramy Berenblum geological mapping (2nd) Timmy Eng and Jonathan Mui - it’s about time (1st) New Shows from BobcatTV!! Upcoming Events February 16—20: Winter Recess—Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports February 23: Pre-Season Meeting for Spring Sports 7pm February 26: Site Based Team Meeting: 4-6pm at HCC March 3: Principal’s Coffee: 9am March 4: Midpoint 3rd Marking Period March 5 - 7: Stage 2015: South Pacific - 7pm LOOK FOR THESE AT TA C H E D F LY E R S : ² ² ² ² ² ² February Calendar Counseling Notes Stage 2015—South Pacific PTSA - Science of Happiness PTSA College Chat PTSA - New Members 2014 The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Eden Gordon, Grade 12, has won regional recognition for her writing at the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers. Eden received the highest honor of Gold Key in the following areas: Short Story for ‘Howls’; Poetry for ‘Summer Home, Becoming Water, Resuscitation, Slate Blue, Foam-Born’; Poetry for ‘Peels, Cleaning, Islands, Sacramento, Suidae’; Poetry for ‘Brush Creatures, Insomnia Blues, Certain Things Cannot Be Said Via Text, Scars, 17’ Eden also received the Silver Key in the following areas: Short Story for ‘Corianthe’ and Short Story for ‘The Fall of Rome’. In addition to an Honorable Mention for a Writing Portfolio for ‘Seasonals’. In addition, Siobhan Lowe, Grade 10 was awarded Honorable Mention in Short Story for ‘Nightly Escape’. Over the past 90 years the list of young writers recognized by The Awards has included Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, and Lena Dunham. Across the nation, tens of thousands of teen submissions are judged each year. For 2014, young writers submitted over 1500 works from Westchester, Fairfield, and Putnam counties. Of those, 142 Gold Key Medals, 210 Silver Key Medals, and 314 Honorable Mentions have been awarded. The full list of young writers receiving regional recognition can be viewed here. BYRAM HILLS ADVANCES TO THE STATE JUNIOR SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM FOR THE NINTH STRAIGHT YEAR The results from the regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium are as follows: Bessie Jiang: 2nd place in category for her phone app to help students reach 911 in a crisis situation Alison Bidjarano: 2nd place in category for her study documenting the efficacy of a new fish sedative Ella Taubenfeld: 4th place in category for her work on using Human Skin Equivalents in the treatment of Scleroderma Chris Hadiono: 5th place in category for his engineering improvements on a bioreactor for creating brain tissue Jake Pincus: 5th place in category for his study of the effect of soil amendment with biochar Samuel Barnett: 2nd place in category for his poster of his study of the relationship between economic interdependence with the United States and anti-American sentiment Noelle Love: 3rd place in category for her poster of her study on parental opinion of genetic testing for ACTN3 in athletes ***OPERATION PROM*** On Tuesday, March 3rd, the senior and sophomore grade activities boards are sponsoring an event right after school in the cafeteria. Besides food and activities, students will be able to donate used prom dresses and tuxedos to help less fortunate high school students in our area. Operation Prom is the local charity that sponsors this program. How to determine if your prom dress is appropriate to donate: -prom, bridesmaid, or formal gowns (short/long) -trendy and fancy (appealing to high school students) -free of damages and stains -no long sleeves or velvet -sizes 0-26+ You can also donate tuxedos, evening bags, jewelry, and shawls. You cannot donate shoes, suits, or other clothing. Please join us for this event. Have fun and contribute to a memorable prom for needy students. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sandra Abt or Mr. David Hubbs. COMING SOON: A Grade Activities Board event to in honor of the Senior Class of 2015 FASHION BY BHHS: Going Out in Style…. A Fashion show starring the Class of 2014 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:30 p.m. BHHS Theater Any parents interested in helping please contact Jennie Croke [email protected] The District Site-Based Team will meet on February 26th from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at HCC. We are pleased to be joined by Social Studies Department Chairperson, Jen Laden, who will discuss the new NYS Social Studies Framework and the impact the new standards have on the social studies curriculum in grades 6 through 12. Ms. Laden will present from 4:00 - 5:00, and then our regular site-based team meetings will take place at 5:00. The Library @ BHHS ... uses LibraryThing to showcase new books added to the collection. LibraryThing uses tags to describe books and offers suggestions on what to read next based on your current reading. Find us at LibraryThing LibraryBHHS. There is also a link from the library homepage. Questions, contact the librarian [email protected] Feb. 16—21 Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Only Feb. 23 Pre-Season Meeting for High School Spring Sports 7pm March 8 Daylight Savings Time Begins March 9 Varsity/JV Spring Sports Begin March 15 Winter Athletic Banquet @ BHHS March 28-31 Regular Athletic Schedule April 1 Regular Athletic Schedule April 2—5 No Athletic Events April 6 and 7 Regular Athletic Schedule May 1 Spring Sports Barbeque June 1 Pre-Season Meeting for High School Fall Sports June 14 Spring Athletic Banquet @ High School *All parents and student-athletes are strongly encourage to attend the pre-season meetings for Spring Sports (High School meeting - February 23). Attention Parents of Spring Athletes: If your child is planning to participate in a spring sport here at BHHS, now is a good time to send their updated physical exam into the nurse’s office. Any student who plans to play a sport must have a copy of a physical exam that is less than 12 months old in the nurse’s office in order to be cleared to play. Please either fax, scan or drop off these updated physical exams at your soonest convenience. Thanks, Julie Gallagher, RN Good Fan Behavior & Positive Sportsmanship Cheer as loudly as you can FOR YOUR TEAM. A traditional cheer for Byram Hills is: “Oh when the Hills…” You should not make comments towards opposing players, team members, fans or officials. Respect the feedback from the adult supervisors with regard to any cheer which in their opinion is inappropriate. Remember your role as a spectator is to encourage your team. The competition takes place on the floor, not in the bleachers. Be loud and be proud! Go Bobcats!! February 2015‐FOCUS SUNDAY MONDAY 1 8 2‐SNOW DAY 3‐8 Bobcat Boosters @ BHHS 7 pm AMC Math Test period s 7 + 8 Board of Ed. Mtg. 7:30 pm (Tentative) 9‐SNOW DAY 10‐3 One World/ Byram’s Got Talent Event 7:30 15 22 4‐A 11‐4 THURSDAY FRIDAY 6‐2 7 ACT Test (not available in NYS) 12‐5 13‐6 17 18 19 20 23‐7 24‐8 25‐A 26‐1 27‐2 Site‐Based Team Meeting @ HCC 4 – 6 pm Schools Reopen Pre‐Season Meeting for High School Spring Sports 7 pm 14 Flower Delivery Period 1 ‐ Senior GAB 16 Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Winter Recess Schools Closed/Offices Open SATURDAY 5‐1 Board of Ed. Mtg. 7:30 pm WEDNESDAY BHEF Board of Directors Mtg. @ DO 7 pm Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Winter Recess Presidents’ Day Schools & Offices Closed TUESDAY Last Day for Schedule Changes Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Winter Recess Schools Closed/Offices Open Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Asian Lunar New Year Winter Recess Schools Closed/Offices Open 21 Regular Athletic Schedule for Varsity Sports Winter Recess Schools Closed/Offices Open 28 Phone (914) 273-9200 -- Ext. 4930 February 2015 COUNSELING STAFF Chairperson—Dr. Michael McGrath Counselors—Susan Buchman, Anne Kaplan, Gary McCarthy, Robert Sammon, and Kristina Wilson Secretaries— Margherita Nordstrom and Kathy Triolo COURSE SELECTION Beginning in late February, students will meet with the counselor to discuss their course selections for next year. Parents will be able to see the student courses in late April in eSchool Data portal, and will have adequate time for review and input before the schedules are finalized. Mid-year grades are being sent to every college that a senior student has applied to, including those accepted through Early Decision, Early Action and Rolling Admissions. Grades will not be sent to schools that denied admission to a student. Seniors should continue to work hard as acceptances are based on the successful completion of the senior year. The Junior Parent’s Night was held on December 3, 2014. The counselors provided detailed information regarding the college selection process. Parents also had an opportunity to meet with their child’s counselor for small group question and answer discussions. All junior parents are reminded to set up their family conference with their school counselor if they have not done so already. th We will be meeting with 10 grade classes in March to provide a program called “Sophomore Success.” The counselors will visit individual classes to present an interactive activity where students will explore some of their strengths and how they could relate to possible college and career choices. Importantly, sophomores will start to create resumés for the college search process and part-time employment. Now that mentor has ended, we encourage students and parents to seek out their school counselors if any concerns or issues arise. IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER IN FEBRUARY February 16 – 20……….…………. February 23………………….……….. Winter Recess School Closed Schools Reopen SAVE THE DATES April 15…………… College Night for special needs students cosponsored by C.H.I.L.D. and the School Counseling Department May 20……………. BHHS Alumni College Night for juniors cosponsored by the PTSA and the School Counseling Department For Office Use Only Order Name: Order Order Contact Phone and E-Mail March 5 - 7, 2015 Sold by: Byram Hills Stage2015 Thursday March 5, 7:00 PM Adult Tickets @ $15.00 Special Contributions Student/Senior Tickets @ $10.00 Stage 2015 appreciates donations from Sponsors, Benefactors, Angels & Friends. Our donors receive special recognition in the program. Total # Tickets for Thursday, 3/5 Total Thursday Money due with this order Friday March 6, 7:00 PM Sponsor Donation $250 or more Benefactor Donation $100 or more Adult Tickets @ $15.00 Student/Senior Tickets @ $10.00 Total # Tickets for Friday, 3/6 Angel Donation $50.00 Total Friday Money due with this order Friend Donation $25.00 Saturday March 7, 2:00 PM Adult Tickets @ $15.00 Total Special Donations Make Checks payable to BHHS MAIL TO: Stage ‘15, Byram Hills High School, 12 Tripp Lane, Armonk, NY 10504 All tickets will be held in your name at the box office. Student/Senior Tickets @ $10.00 Total # Tickets for Saturday 3/7 matinee Total Saturday Mat. Money due with this order Saturday March 7, 7:00 PM For additional information call the Stage ’15 TICKET HOT LINE: (914) 273-9200, ext. 4550 or email [email protected] Adult Tickets @ $15.00 Because all reservations are processed the day they are received, we regret that no special seating requests can be honored. Total Saturday Eve. Money due with this order Student/Senior Tickets @ $10.00 Total # Tickets for Saturday 3/7 evening Total Money due with this order 2014 - 2015 Season The Science of Happiness Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm @ Byram Hills H.S. What are the advantages that happiness has on our pursuit of success? No matter what your focus is in life, happiness is a key advantage in the pursuit of success. Be it in athletic competition, academic or creative domains, business or parenting, the science of positive psychology offers evidence-based and practical strategies for individuals, teams, and families who strive to realize their potential in both their personal and professional lives. Come hear Dr. Alan Schlechter and Dan Lerner answer this question and many more… In a fun, dynamic, and informative presentation, Dan Lerner and Alan Schlechter will show listeners of all ages how to integrate positive psychology and performance psychology into their lives so that they can be the best — and happiest — that they can be. Dr. Alan Schlechter is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center. His areas of interest are positive psychology and preventive psychiatry. Dan Lerner has long been fascinated with performance excellence and the realization of unique potential. As a strengths-based performance coach, teacher, and speaker he works with both established and high-potential musicians, athletes, and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives to leverage the advantage that a healthy psychological state can bring to their performance both at work and at home. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:30 pm Byram Hills High School 12 Tripp Lane Armonk, NY Presented by the Byram Hills PTSA, Wellness Committee and North Castle Cares Coalition Parent-to-Parent College Planning Coffee What lies ahead in the college search and application process? Knowledge is key. Receive valuable advice and information from other parents who have been through the process. Join us and talk openly in a relaxed setting and get help preparing your child’s high school timeline. When we are less stressed we can help our children stay calm themselves. Hear first hand from other experienced parents on how they guided their children through the process. Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 9:30am – 11:30am Location: 4 Nash Place – Armonk Each child’s path is different and we as parents need to embrace and understand our child’s individual needs and passions. How can we respect and help them to follow their own path? Each parent will receive a packet of folder of useful information. Bring a friend…everyone is welcome. R.S.V.P. please [email protected] or [email protected] Hello Everyone, The PTSA is looking for volunteers to join the Executive Board for the 2015-2016 school year. It is a great opportunity to be involved and a make a difference in your child’s school district. Please join us for coffee at Zanni’s at Mariani Gardens, March 2nd, anytime between 9:30-11am. We will be there to provide information of roles and responsibilities to those interested. Any questions please contact: Petrie Verma ([email protected]) Lauren Karp ([email protected]). Thank you!
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