As reported by the Journalism Club
Led by Whitney Reidlinger, the school had its first Special Olympics Unified Bocce Ball Tournament. Two teams participated. The boys team was Liam Baum, Isaiah Brodie, Morgan Grant Robbie Matz and Daniel Sarlo. The girls’ team was Mackenzie Bennett, Taylor Duchemin, Juliana Figueroa, and Paula Retana. Liam Baum led the Pledge of Allegiance. Joan Branche’s class presented the colors. Angelina Modica led the chorus in the Star Spangled Banner with Isaiah Brodie reciting the athletes’ oath. Mr. Lappin from the PTA sports booster committee cut the ribbon to start the match. This committee donated the money for the court. As for the match, the boys rallied to win 16 to 13.
Eighth-graders raised more than $1,000 in the pie sale toward their Boston trip. The class is selling tickets for a fundraising breakfast sponsored by the Springs Fire Department on November 30, assisted by math teacher Laura Foti.
Eighth-graders in Katie Farmer’s social studies class wrote letters to soldiers who were deployed in Afghanistan to thank the soldiers for their service. The students received three letters back from the troops.
Principal Eric Casale announced the school’s first Turkey Trot, sponsored by the PTA to raise funds to support the swim program and an ice skating event at Buckskill. This fun walk/run open to all students and staff will blast off the morning or November 24, with the theme of team spirit since the race is untimed, Mr. Casale encouraged, “We are hoping for 100% participation.”
On November 13, Pierson High School students will be teaching all students in eighth grade CPR and AED so that they will all be certified in these life-saving techniques. Organized by science teacher Lisa Seff, the CPR/AED certification is a continuation of an on-going wellness program.
The Student Council election was close. The elections were organized by Ray Wojtusiak, with Mary McDonald and Melanie Quiroz chosen as co-presidents and Anna Rafferty as the vice president. The council is currently putting together a junior high lunch fundraiser, a holiday dance and restoring pizza Fridays in the junior high.
Angelina Modica, the new chorus and music teacher introduced her junior high chorus at Spirit Meet on Tuesday, singing a piece called “Thank You Soldiers,” to honor the veterans who attended the morning celebration.
As part of the Visiting Artist program, Scott Bluedorn worked with the sixth-graders in illustrating techniques of watercolor. Cynthia Lowen displayed her landscapes as the first show of the season. Now the Springs Student Alumni (coordinated by Carly Haffner), have their art on view. As part of the Green and Gold Alumni Art Show, Carly Haffner, Grant Haffner. Robin Mapes Tomlinson, Kate Castoro Nicolai, Oliver Peterson and Alexander McCue displayed their art in the hallways with a little bio, including the year they graduated from Springs.
The Springs Teachers Association Community Outreach Committee is sponsoring a Thanksgiving food drive through Friday, November 21. The Committee will collect food to distribute to Springs families. Each classroom has been selected to donate for the drive.
The fifth grade traveled to the Central Park Zoo and the Museum of Modern Art on November 12, with art teacher Sherry Williams and organized by Colleen McGowan. Students will be learning about Henri Matisse and his exhibit, The Cutouts, thanks to the Visiting Artists Program.
All of the fourth-graders received their own Chromebook devices and have started using Google Classroom. They are now able to access assignments and share documents with their teachers and with each other as part of a school-wide literacy initiative.