--Congratulations to all of the outstanding classroom winners who participated in Calhoun’s school wide Poetry Out Loud competition on Tuesday. It was one of the closest competitions we have ever had, and all participants performed well. A special congratulations goes to the top two winners: in second place was senior, Penelope Orlando, from Dr. Wiener’s class and in first place for the second year in a row was sophomore Ryan Karis, from Ms. Boland’s class. Ryan and Penelope have qualified to move on to the regional competition in February. We know they will represent Calhoun well.
Who We Are
Ms. Kim Serpe
Congratulations to Ryan Karis and Penelope Orlando who competed in the regional competition of Poetry Out Loud at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum on Monday. The competition was fierce. A special congratulations goes to Ryan who qualified for the final round and was the second place winner of the entire competition! She will be competing in the state finals at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan on March 9. We all wish Ryan well as she competes against the other New York regional winners in a few weeks.
Voices for Truth and Humanity Essay Contest Winner
Congratulations to Calhoun senior Nickolas Mascary for his outstanding achievement in winning the Voices for Truth and Humanity essay contest. This prestigious competition was established with the aim of providing high school students a platform to showcase their knowledge of the Holocaust, and their understanding of society’s role in fighting hate and preventing future genocides. Participants were tasked with addressing the following thought-provoking prompts: "What do you believe are the lessons societies should learn from the Holocaust, and how do you think those lessons are still relevant and applicable today? What might be some examples from history and today that can help us better understand these events? What inspired you to participate in this essay contest?" Nick learned about the Holocaust and other genocides in a year-long course called Voices of the Past. In his essay, Nick wrote, "After witnessing acts of bias and prejudice in my surroundings, I assumed the role of president in my school's Racial Equity Club, creating opportunities for open forums and discussions about race and the Holocaust. Meeting Holocaust survivors like Leo Ullman strengthened my resolve to educate others about the largest atrocity in history and work towards preventing another Holocaust." From a pool of entrants in Nassau County, three exceptional winners were chosen, each of whom received a well-deserved $1000 award.
Pictured in Photo from Left to Right: David Goldberg (Voices of the Past Teacher) Nickolas Mascary, Tanya Cestaro (Voices of the Past Teacher)
Congratulations to all of the outstanding classroom winners who participated in Calhoun’s school wide Poetry Out Loud competition on Tuesday. It was one of the closest competitions we have ever had, and all participants performed well. A special congratulations goes to the top two winners: in second place was freshman, Kara Dobbs and in first place was freshman Ryan Karis, both from Ms. Ritaccio’s classes. Ryan and Kara have qualified to move on to the regional competition in February. We know they will represent Calhoun well.
What We Are Reading
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondō
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.
The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House.
by Stephen King
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents - telekinesis and telepathy - who got to this place the same way Luke did.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Freddie Mercury: His Life in His Own Words
by Greg Brooks
Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World) and as a modern phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of America” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). It is, quite simply, an outstanding work of literary imagination that will endure for generations.
Reading Six Feet Under: TV to Die For
by Janet McCabe
Praised for its unabashed portrait of the 'death care' industry, HBO's 'Six Feet Under' is less about the business of death than the art of living well. It was created by Alan Ball ('American Beauty') and centres on a Pasadena undertakers run by two brothers, with their mom and teenage sister making up the dysfunctional family quarter.
The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly.
I'm Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title.
by Bernd Heinrich
In his new preface Bernd Heinrich ranges from Maine to Alaska and north to the Arctic as he summarizes findings from continuing investigations over the past twenty-five years--by him and others--into the wondrous "energy economy" of bumblebees.
* All book quotes are from Amazon.com