Tiger Leaps Progress Update from Tenafly High School March 23, 2017 English



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Progress Update from Tenafly High School

March 23, 2017




English

The English Department congratulates student writers for achieving honors in state and national competitions. Tifarah Melman’s poem, “The Fountain of Youth” earned a Creative Communication Award. The following Tenafly students earned impressive awards and honorable mentions from the 2017 Northeast Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition: Maya Amitai, Yuri Han, Daniel Jung, Katherine Kaplan, Lauren Kim, Sunmin Kim, Vivienne Lu, Alexandra Nelson, Minkwan Seo, Seo Young Seok, Alisa Wadsworth, Benjamin Wenzelberg, and Demi Yona. In addition to earning the Northeast Scholastic Gold Key in Journalism for her THS Echo article “Viva la Social Media”, Susan Wie earned a National Scholastic Writing and Art Award Silver Medal in Journalism. Many congratulations to these talented teen writers and their teachers!


For the first time this year, Tenafly students exercised their language skills in a challenging linguistic competition. On January 26, 2017, students Erin Aslami, Camryn Bolkin, and Peter Prastakos participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad at Montclair State University. During the event, students successfully tackled analytical language puzzles and logic games. Teachers Ms. Dana Maloney and Ms. Moia Packer encouraged these students to participate.

The classroom Chromebooks have allowed English teachers to continue embracing technology as a means for collaboration and creation. Ms. Erin Schwartz has employed the use of Google Docs to facilitate shared writing experiences for her freshman, including the composition of collaborative responses to the reading of Interpreter of Maladies and the subsequent viewing of Indian art and architecture. Ms. Alexandra Helmis has used the online discussion feature of Google classroom to facilitate a digital discussion of Salinger’s Nine Stories beyond the walls of the classroom. Ms. Lauren Malanka has also employed Google classroom online discussions with her seniors.

Ms. Lori Hampson’s sophomores will soon begin writing creative short stories inspired by their study of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Juniors in Ms. Hampson’s classes wrote macabre short stories to cap their reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” After reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Ms. Hampson’s seniors will visit the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on April 21, 2017.  Seniors in the other War and Literature classes taught by Ms. Alexandra Helmis and Ms. Lauren Malanka will join this field trip.
Ms. Lauren Malanka’s AP Language and Literature juniors will participate in the New York Times third annual Student Op-Ed contest.  For this contest, they will emulate the ethics, methods, and writing techniques of New York Times’s editorial writers to research and offer their perspective on an issue of personal importance.
Ms. Amanda Oppedisano’s Humanities students completed MacBeth projects that encouraged students to use contemporary lenses to analyze and respond to Shakespeare’s seminal drama. Students wrote ghost scenes, reinterpreted stage directions, and incorporated music and film.

Mr. Gary Whitehead’s Creative Writing Honors I, II, III students have explored nonfiction writing this quarter, drafting and revising a personal essay, an expository essay that uses classification or division, and an essay focusing on nature. In addition, each student researched and presented on a contemporary piece of creative nonfiction. Mr. Whitehead and Ms. Mimi Tang-Johnson’s seniors are wrapping up a poetry unit, during which they studied over a dozen modern and contemporary poems, memorized and recited Poetry Out Loud poems, and wrote poems of their own. Mr. Whitehead’s AP Language and Composition students are currently studying texts, films, art, and music in a unit on slavery, racism, and civil rights.

The English department is excited to share that Mr. Gary Whitehead will deliver the B. Christopher Bothe Memorial Lecture, a poetry reading, at McDaniel College on March 28, 2017. His poems are forthcoming this spring in Ploughshares, Epoch, and the Anthology City & Sea. Congratulations to Mr. Whitehead on these accomplishments.
Finally, students in Ms. Dana Maloney’s English classes and Ms. Lisa Allen’s art classes collaborated on an interdisciplinary exhibit titled: “Art Begetting Art”. Students in Ms. Maloney’s World Literature II classes wrote compositions responding to and inspired by the paintings of Ms. Allen’s art students. Senior A.P. Literature and Composition students curated the writing and created projects responding to their recent reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The classes shared these creations in a student-curated multimedia exhibit in the THS library. Ms. Lauren Malanka’s Creative Writing students and Ms. Moia Packer’s students responded to the “Art Begetting Art” exhibit; they will add to the exhibit their art, verse, and prose inspired by their peers’ creations, thereby begetting more art.

Social Studies
The Bergen County Transition Fair, held at Paramus HS on Thursday, March 16, was extremely well attended this year. A wide variety of service providers and representatives from college programs, post-secondary placements and services, were on hand to share valuable information with parents and students, including our Transition Counselor, Mr. Jack Mullen.

In February, with assistance from Detective Barnes, students in Mrs. Tara Haggerty’s Transition 9-10 class were given personal tours of the Tenafly Police department, Fire Department, and Ambulance Corps. Students were able to see equipment used, learn about job responsibilities and requirements, speak to emergency personnel, ask career-related questions and experience first-hand how those in our community serve and protect us. Students were then able to relate content learned in their Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security career cluster unit to new information garnered on the field trip.

The state-mandated PARCC assessments in English, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be administered from March 28 to April 6 for the majority of our 9th to 11th graders who will take one unit per day, starting in the morning. Further details for each day can be found on our high school web page. Educator, parent, and student resources are available on line at: http://www.parcconline.org/resources. Teachers have examined sample alternative versions of PARCC and corresponding tutorials to help our students prepare.
Teachers continue to use department time to collaborate on re-designing lessons and units for next year’s longer periods in Study Skills and Academic Support, with renewed inspiration provided by Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ recent professional development afternoon presentation.
Mathematics
The Math Team competed in the Pi Division of the AMTNJ. For the third year in a row, the team has placed first in the Pi Division of the AMTNJ math contest held on December 7, 2016.   Team members worked hard to bring the victory home.
The AMC 10/12 contests were administered on February 7, 2017 under the tutelage of Ms. Wissler and Dr. Yi. Thirty-one students participated in the contests. This contest is a prerequisite for the prestigious AIME contest. We are proud to say one of our students qualified for the AIME.

The Bergen Co Math League holds six meets from October to March each year. This year there were 27 schools from Bergen County with 270 students participating. Tenafly is in Group 3 of the six Bergen County groups. Tenafly had an outstanding year. Here are the results for Tenafly HS: 2nd in County – Simon Sun  and  Yunseo Choi  (tied), 1st in Group 3  –  Jin Suh, 2nd in Group 3 –  Jincheol Jeong, 1st in School – Will Chi, 2nd in School  – Sanghyeon Kim, Jin Ryu, Daniel Shin.


In the Classroom

Technology:

Mathematics classes are employing the Chromebook in a variety of ways. Google classroom is used for posting information and submitting work. Interactive labs, using apps and websites, to explore mathematical concepts are being integrated throughout various classes.
M & Ms in Math?

Who knew that M & Ms are a teaching tool in math? The different colors and the distribution of colors make the candy an ideal tool for exploring various concepts. PITCH classes explored exponential growth functions and statistics classes graphed distributions using the candy.


Science
Congratulations to the Science Research students who were accepted to present their authentic research projects to the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair this past Friday and Saturday at Rutgers University.  Also, congratulations and many thanks to the Science Research teachers for their guidance and hard work:  Mrs. Helen Coyle, Mrs. Anat Firnberg, Mrs. Grace Woleslagle, and Mr. Laux.
AWARDS for THS STUDENTS:
1st Place Award: Engineering (top 22 out of 140 projects) Justin Wong
2nd Place Awards:

Behavioral Sciences: Nicholas H. Cohen  

Chemistry and Material Science: Ahri Han 

Engineering: JackHenry Hyslop 


3rd Place Awards:

Animal Sciences: UnBi Kim 

Biomedical Science: Lauren Kim 

Environmental Science: Katherine N. Sung 

Microbiology: Zemei(Emma) Zhou 
Honorable Mention Award:

Bioinformatics: Kaitlyn Ann Espiritu 


Karen Kranz Memorial Award: EmilyPress 
NJIT Academic Fellowship- First Alternate for 4-year fellowship at NJIT: JustinWong 
Air Force Award: Jack Henry Hyslop and Noah Vardy 
North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society Chemistry Award: Ahri Han

David S. Young Memorial Award (Physics and/or Electrical engineering):  Jack Henry Hyslop 

Geoscience Awards- The Association for Women Geoscientists: Katherine N. Sung 
Innovation Awards:  Ahri Han 
The American Meteorological Society  Meteorology Award :  Katherine N. Sung 
The US Metric Association  Metric Award:  Noah Vardy 
Mu Alpha Theta Awards  Mathematics Honor Society: Zachary Lyandres 
Naval Science Award:  Zachary Lyandres 
Ricoh Sustainable Development Award:  Jack Henry Hyslop 
Rutgers Student Award:  Kaitlyn Ann Espiritu, Bryant Lee, and Michelle Lee 
The NJ Chapter of the American Statistics Association: 

Statistics 2nd Place Award:  Vivian Kim

Statistics 3rd Place Award :  Nichol H Cohen
Stockholm Junior Water Prizes Ahri Han and Katherine N. Sung  

World Languages

To date, over 40 THS juniors have qualified to receive the New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy through our pilot program. In order to qualify, students must achieve the proficiency rating of Intermediate-Mid on the national World Language proficiency scale, determined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students took the STAMP 4s in each language skill area: reading, writing, listening, and speaking over the course of 2 to 3 days after school in late January and early February. Students will receive their NJ Seal certificates in 2018. The STAMP 4s assessment to earn the NJ Seal will be offered in Korean in late April and, in school year 2017-2018, students who wish try again to qualify will have the opportunity to do so during unit lunch in the fall (for seniors) and in February 2018 (for juniors). STAMP 4s is currently offered in French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hebrew, and German. Russian is slated to be released this spring.

In February, Ms. Pelaez-Martinez and Ms. Williams attended the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York City. They shared insights from the conference at a recent department meeting, which focused on Visual Literacies for the World Language classroom and the incorporation of Integrated Performance Assessments as regular ways to gauge student progress.

Congratulations to Mrs. Sung and her students, Ji Chung, Lia Hwang, and Ben Tauber who won first place this week at Rutgers’ Confucius Institute’s Chinese Language Competition for NJ High School Students. Students had to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: making sentences, pronunciation, situational dialogue, writing Chinese characters, and translation.  

Señor Marco’s Spanish 2 Honors class worked in pairs on a project to create presentations about planning a trip to Europe.  The students had 6000 Euros in their budget and were required to create full itineraries for their trips.  Using Chromebooks, students found flights, hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing excursions for each country they visited.  Once students had gathered all of their trip information, they created Google Slides presentations and each team presented to the class entirely in the target language.

Students in Ms. Pelaez-Martinez’s upper level Italian classes visited Maugham School during International week to take part in service learning sharing with the first grade classes. THS Italian students conducted mini-lessons in Italian vocabulary, conversation, and culture through the morning session. Students also read children’s literature in Italian and the first graders shared songs that they had learned as part of their unit on Italy. This was a wonderful opportunity for our highest level students to share their love of learning the Italian language and culture with some of our youngest elementary students!
Special Education
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America in March, Mrs. Alicia Sedlock and Mrs. Dawn Signorile organized high school students to read Dr. Seuss books to Ms. Chanel Carela's Tiger Tots class, then assist the tots in creating a Cat in the Hat mask to take home. This activity not only gave our high school students an opportunity to engage in social interactions with a much younger population, they also got a glimpse of what it feels like to be the “teacher” while sharing their love of reading with our preschoolers. The teachers joined in the festivities by dressing up as The Cat in the Hat. A fun time was had by all!




Fine and Practical Arts Department

'Today was good. Today was Fun. Tomorrow is Another One!'



One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Dr. Seuss

The Bergen County Transition Fair, held at Paramus HS on Thursday, March 16, was extremely well attended this year. A wide variety of service providers and representatives from college programs, post-secondary placements and services, were on hand to share valuable information with parents and students, including our Transition Counselor, Mr. Jack Mullen.

In February, with assistance from Detective Barnes, students in Mrs. Tara Haggerty’s Transition 9-10 class were given personal tours of the Tenafly Police department, Fire Department, and Ambulance Corps. Students were able to see equipment used, learn about job responsibilities and requirements, speak to emergency personnel, ask career-related questions and experience first-hand how those in our community serve and protect us. Students were then able to relate content learned in their Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security career cluster unit to new information garnered on the field trip.
The state-mandated PARCC assessments in English, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be administered from March 28 to April 6 for the majority of our 9th to 11th graders who will take one unit per day, starting in the morning. Further details for each day can be found on our high school web page. Educator, parent, and student resources are available on line at: http://www.parcconline.org/resources. Teachers have examined sample alternative versions of PARCC and corresponding tutorials to help our students prepare.
Teachers continue to use department time to collaborate on re-designing lessons and units for next year’s longer periods in Study Skills and Academic Support, with renewed inspiration provided by Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ recent professional development afternoon presentation.
Visual Arts
Lisa Allen and Dana Maloney have collaborated across their Art and English classes to engage students in exploring connections between visual art and written art. An exhibition of student work that has resulted from this collaboration was on display on the second floor of the Library Media Center.

  • Some of the inquiry questions driving the collaboration and exhibition included: What is the relationship between visual art and written text?


  • How does one "read" art and writing?

  • Are the reading and viewing experiences across media different?

  • How do works of art inspire new works of art?

The students hoped that visitors to the exhibition were able to consider these questions and more.

Andrew Noorily, from Ms. Pacheco's Portfolio Honors class was selected as a Finalist in the 37th Annual College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Photographer's Forum magazine. Andrew's photo along with the other winning photos can be viewed on the Photographer's Forum website in the Winners Gallery and will be published in the book "Best of College & High School Photography 2017.

The THS Photography Club is preparing for a Photography exhibition and the launch of their premier issue of LightLeak, THS's first student photography magazine. The exhibition will be in April at the THS Library Media Center. You can view a draft of LightLeak on the following link: https://issuu.com/lightleakmagazine/docs/ll_final3_2.23_hr



After last years’ successful one-month art exhibition at The Tenafly Public Library, the High School Art Department has been invited once again to display student artwork beginning April 5th through the end of May.  We invite you to stop by, show your support, and view some of the most outstanding artworks created this year by Tenafly High School students.  On exhibit, you will see drawings, paintings, and photography.
Business
Tenafly High School DECA Chapter experienced great success for their second year at Regional and State Conferences. The following students won awards, which allowed them to move on to the State Conference in Atlantic City:


  • Caitlin Laufer

  • Haizhu Hu
  • Jenna Newman


  • Gideon Abramowitz

  • Edward Musheyev

  • William Goldman

  • Ben Altschul

  • Kevin Kim

  • Doron Arnon

  • Ah Young Shin

  • Grace Jang

  • Kareem Talaat


At the state conference, the following students received awards:


  • Kevin Kim (instructional)

  • Gideon Abramowitz (instructional and role play)


Gideon is eligible to move on to the National Conference, which is in Anaheim, California.
Music and the Performing Arts Department
Congratulations goes out to Mr. Ahn-Cooper, Mr. Millar and Mr. Moger on our Sp

ring Musical, Cinderella. The students did an amazing job on the stage and in the orchestra pit! Thank you to all the family and friends who came out to this amazing performance!

Physical Education
Athletics
CHEER
Game Cheer: The THS Varsity Game Cheerleaders ended their season on February 24th after cheering at both the Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball senior nights. The team has done a wonderful job of encouraging the Tiger players and fans throughout the basketball season.

Competition Cheer: The THS Varsity Competition Cheerleaders demonstrated their growing talent over the course of the 2016 – 2017 season. Handling injuries and alterations to their routine each week, the team took second in their division at the Big North Championship and consistently placed in the top three at each of their five weekend competitions. The team also added more challenging skills to their performance as the season went on. Cheer competed in both Big North Conference meets, as well as several local weekend competitions. The team ended their season on a high note with a victory at the Wayne Valley Invitational.

BOWLING
Tenafly Bowling had a great season! This year the team welcomed many new team members from all grades, which has added to the strength and diversity of the team. The boy’s team, under the leadership of co-captains Zach Friedman and Gideon Abramowitz, steadily improved with each match. Some highlights include winning our points against Northern Valley Demarest in 3 seasons. Co-captains Emma Parish and Melissa Frank also led the girl’s team to a number of victories.

ICE HOCKEY
Tenafly Hockey won the Big North Conference Silver Cup in an exciting overtime game, in which Senior Matt Brown scored the winning goal.  The team qualified for the State Tournament and had a 1st round victory over Montclair and fell to a powerful Randolph team in the 2nd round.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Tenafly Varsity Boys Basketball had a successful season advancing to the Bergen Jamboree round of 16.  They also qualified for the State Tournament for the third year in a row. The Freshmen Boys Basketball team won a game in the freshman county tournament, defeating Elmwood Park 38-37 by scoring the winning basket with 5 seconds left!

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Tenafly Girls Basketball qualified for the state tournament for the first time in a long time and ended the season with a much improved overall record.  One of the exciting games was a tough one possession game versus league rival, Teaneck.

SWIMMING

Tenafly boys and girls both finished their season with 8-4 record and losing to Mountain Lakes in the 3rd round of state sectionals. At the Bergen County Meet of Champions the boys got 4th overall with Jacob Baltaytis finishing first in the 100 butterfly. The girls got 7th at the Bergen County Meet of Championships with Cleopatra Lim getting 1st in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly and setting a new county record in both events. Next up is the Individual Meet of Champions at GCIT on March 4th and 5th.


WRESTLING
Tenafly Wrestling had the most wins in a season in ten years.  The teams wrestled tough throughout the season.  Tim Kwon qualified for the Regionals by placing 3rd in the District 2 tournament.

WINTER TRACK
The Tigers enjoyed a successful season as many athletes earned All-Leage and All-County honors.  Ben Stein led the boys as he earned first team all-county in the pentathlon.  Lexi DelGizzo earned her 4th first-team All-County honor, this time in the 800

1st Team All-League

Ben Stein 12th

Matt Soffer 12th

 

 2nd Team All-League

Jin Suh 12th

Colleen Aslami 12th

 

Honorable Mention

Carmel Ohring 9th

Emma Bergman 11th

 

1st Team All-County

Ben Stein – Pentathlon. 

Lexi DelGizzo – 800

 

Team Finishes

Boys – 3rd Place in the League

Girls – 4th Place in the League

 

New School Records

Ben Stein – Pentathlon

Lexi DelGizzo – 800 // She also owns the 200, 300, 400 and 600 School Records

 

State Sectional Placers

Ben Stein 55 Hurdles and high Jump

Matt Soffer 400

Lexi DelGizzo 800

Emma Bergman 800

Sophia Dongaris HJ

 

Go Tigers!!!!


School Counseling
College decisions have been released over the last few weeks and seniors now have the hard task of deciding which college they will attend in the fall. This decision should not be made lightly. We recommend students re-visit campuses, talk with current students and closely examine financial aid packages to help finalize that decision.  After students make their final decision, they need to contact the other colleges they have been accepted to and decline their offer. Reminder to all our seniors PLEASE tell your counselor about all college decisions-colleges often do not relay outcomes to our office!

Juniors who are about to embark on the exciting, but often overwhelming college admissions process are encouraged to visit colleges over the April break. Colleges will be in session and with spring on its way; many students should be on campus and visits will be productive. It is not too late to meet with your counselor to discuss college visit options.

Ms. Thomas recently visited the University of California Berkeley (known as Cal,) the flagship of University of California system. The first of the UC’s, Berkeley is an internationally recognized research institution and among the most selective schools in the country. With an undergraduate population of 27,000, the majority of students (65%) come from within California. Out-of-state students make up 25% of the student body and the remaining 10% are international students. The 165-acre campus offers many diverse housing options with the majority surrounding the campus. Approximately 15% of students participate in Greek life. The College of Engineering, the College of Chemistry, and the College of Environmental Design are direct admit. You will not be able to transfer into these departments from any other department. They also have an approximate 11% admittance rate. Overall, the university has an approximate admit rate of 16%. All accepted students are required to take breadth requirements in seven core disciplines in addition to a student’s chosen major. The admission officer stressed that a strong essay is an essential part of the application process. Berkeley is a university for the independent student. Those who are self-motivated tend to be the most successful. Self-advocacy is necessary at this university.

Ms. Thomas will be visiting Skidmore, Union, Colgate and Hamilton. Ms. Ahn will be joining the Lehigh Valley Tour and she will be visiting Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College and Muhlenberg College in late April. Some of these schools are very popular with our students.

Ms. Weisfelner attended an all-day seminar on March 22nd to learn about Chronic Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Phobias.  She learned about effective ways to help individuals quiet their minds and begin the process of relieving chronic worry.  In an atmosphere of seeing the effects of increased stress and worry in students generally, these topics are increasingly important to understand so our counselors can be most effective.

PARCC testing begins on March 28th in the high school. New Jersey Department of Education has updated graduation requirements. The new assessment rules can be confusing and students and parents with questions are encouraged to speak to their counselor and teachers. Our current 9th graders– students in the Class of 2020 can demonstrate graduation assessment proficiency through the same three pathways ( see below) as those in the Classes of 2017 through 2019, provided that students in the Class of 2020 take all PARCC assessments associated with the high-school level courses for which they were eligible* and receive valid scores. The Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 – Students graduating as members of the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 can meet graduation assessment requirements through any of these three pathways:

(1) Achieving passing scores on high-level PARCC assessments;

(2) Achieving certain scores on alternative assessments such as the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer; or

(3) The submission by the district of a student portfolio through the Department’s portfolio appeals process.

(Special Education students whose Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) specify an alternative way to demonstrate proficiencies will continue to follow the graduation requirements set forth in their IEPs.)


Note: * “Eligible” is defined as a student who is enrolled in a high-school level course for which there is a PARCC test and receives a valid score. This includes all of these courses: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10, and ELA 11.

Support Services
TPS Wins DFC Grant!

Substance abuse continues to be a societal malady. News reports substantiate an increase in use nationwide. This problem is a non-discriminatory issue. It effects all communities, including Tenafly.

In December 2015, a Pride survey, a drug and alcohol use survey, was conducted among our 8th, 10th and 12th grade classes. The results of this survey indicated that not unlike many other suburban communities, Tenafly scored above the average use among teens in binge drinking - 20 % above that average among our senior class students. Based on this data and information received from CAP (our local Chemical Awareness Program) the Tenafly community sought to investigate ways to help mitigate substance abuse among our children. The Wellcore organization was subsequently engaged by the district to assist in writing a drug free grant, a DFC (Drug Free Community) federal grant proposal, to fund initiatives to respond to those identified needs.

In December 2016 The Tenafly School District was awarded a DFC (Drug Free Community) grant, a yearly sum of $125,000, to reduce substance use among our youth. In order to qualify for the grant, a group of twelve community-wide sectors were designated. In compliance with federal guidelines, the twelve identified people representing each sector currently make up the newly-formed coalition, named OCAY (Our Community Allied With Youth). Those twelve sectors approved by the federal grant include a health care professional, and one representative from each of the following groups: the media, local government, local business, the school, the student body, the parent body, a religious or fraternal organization, a civic volunteer organization, a youth-serving organization and another organization representing substance abuse. A few additional sectors have been included as well.

The ultimate goal of OCAY is to be one step ahead of this issue – the issue of substance abuse – through educational initiatives, by teaching community members ways of coping, by providing alternative outlets for at-risk youth and by keeping Tenafly constituents informed. One of OCAY’s first initiatives this year includes training. A kick-off event held most recently at Zingcycle included PSA’s created by our student Teen Pep group which helped to introduce OCAY to the community. On 3/20 our elementary teachers participated in a yoga mindfulness workshop, a wellness technique provided by Zensational Kids. On 3/30/17, “Under Pressure”, an additional OCAY event, will feature keynote speaker and former NFL quarterback Ray Lucas who will share his harrowing story of painkiller addiction, near-suicide and eventual recovery. Following the presentation, a panel of experts will respond to questions about drug and alcohol addiction, underage drinking, binge drinking and abuse prevention. Two future projects include creating a website for OCAY and publishing a newsletter which will be distributed to the entire community.

Janet Gould, our THS SAC (Student Assistance Counselor), is the grant coordinator for OCAY; Susan Maher serves as the grant director. After twenty-one years of experience working with substance abuse reduction, Janet feels that working with this grant is a perfect fit for her by combining her extensive background with this new endeavor. Enthusiastically, Janet commented: “I’m excited to see what new initiatives we can bring to the community to keep all better informed – students, teacher, parents, all community members – to help reduce substance use. The more aware, prepared and armed you are, the better able you are to either prevent or help prevent substance abuse.”

We applaud OCAY for having made a great start to bring this issue to the forefront and attack it head on.


Library Media Services
Tenafly High School Library Welcomes Astronaut, Author, “Astro Mike”

On March 7, we were happy to welcome Dr. Michael Massimino, astronaut. professor, and author of  “Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” Well over 200 students were in attendance with many more watching across the district via Television or computer.  Students heard a powerful story that enlightened, informed, inspired and motivated.  After Dr. Massimino’s talk, a large crowd of students remained for more than 30 minutes to ask him additional questions about his journey. We have copies of his book in our library and students are encouraged to read it – in it Dr. Massimino brings you through his life’s extraordinary journey.  It is a page turner not to be missed!  Dr. Massimino’s visit came to us through special contacts Jayne Bembridge has with Columbia University. 

 

Toshiba ExploraVision 2017 Honorable Mentions

Students in Nicole Deschene’s Engineering Design 1 and Grace Woleslagle’s Science Research classes won Toshiba ExploraVision 2017 Honorable Mentions for their projects that they submitted to the competition.  Congratulations to the following students!

John Choi, Grade 10, Emily Matteson, Grade 10 - “Wearable Allergen Detector and Rapid Treatment”; Ori Remen, Grade 9, Elad Singal, Grade 9 - “Automatic Self Opening Battery Switch”; Daniel Jung, Grade 10, Dimitrios Mantziaris, Grade 11 - “DNA Replacing Nanobots”; Matt Dreyer, Grade 10, Zachary Lyandres, Grade 10 - "Organ Synthesis through the Combination of 3D Bioprinting, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, and CRISPR"

Fascination with Morse Code

Perhaps its minimalist nature, like texting, makes Morse Code an alluring form of communication for students to explore.   Used since the 19th century, the communication requires coding, decoding, with mental and physical precision.  Freshman Derek Arustamyan informally introduced two Morse Code Keys from our library to a group of seniors during IDT.  These students showed a fascination  and started communicating with the Morse Code keys using a printed out Morse Code guide.  With this interest, Morse Code may serve as an ideal beginning introduction to coding itself for students  ._ | _._. |._. |_ _ _ |… |… |  (A|C|R|O|S|S) the district!   

     

A Visit from Stacey Shapiro, Tenafly Public Library 

Last Friday, we were delighted to welcome Stacy Shapiro, teen librarian from the Tenafly Public Library.   She brought with her a button maker, attracting numerous students.  She also let students know about various programs taking place at the Tenafly Public Library to include a Poetry Workshop, Teen Tuesdays, and a Teen book club.  Informational fliers about these programs can be obtained in the library.  

Biennial Egg Incubation

Senior Andrew Noorily and others have been asking about hatching eggs in the library of which we begin this week.   They remember when we brought 20 chicks into the world two years ago.  Two dozen fertilized eggs wait to be set in our library’s incubator Wednesday.  The eggs have already been used for a lesson  for our preschool class during a Friday library visit.  The lesson, borrowed from this lesson, http://www.aestheticrealism.net/Edu-news-Scope-lc.html  describes the 7000  pores found in the egg shell letting in needed air, and keep harmful germs out.  Learning how egg shells can be a means to help make the embryo stronger, this lesson can help illustrate day to day selections and decisions that can make an individual stronger.  If all goes well, our eggs will hatch just after we return from spring break.









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