Good News Archive
NCTE winner Faith Maldonado and her English teacher Mr. Boland
Congratulations to all of the outstanding classroom winners who participated in Calhoun’s school wide Poetry Out Loud competition yesterday. A special congratulations goes to the top two winners: in second place was freshman, Emma Bhansingh from Ms. Rosslee’s class who recited “Invictus,” and in first place was freshman, Reza Aziz of Ms. Ritaccios’s class who recited “Acquainted With the Night”. Reza and Emma have qualified to move on to the regional competition on February 9th at Nassau Community College. We know they will represent Calhoun well.
Congratulations to Reza Aziz and Emma Bhansingh who took the top two places in Calhoun's Poetry Out Loud Competition
Congratulations to Calhoun sophomore, Faith Maldonado for being selected as the 2nd place winner of the Kenneth F. Gambone Writing Contest. Faith was nominated by her English teacher, Mr. Boland to participate in the contest back in March. She submitted an entry about the theme “We are more alike than different” and was selected by the English department as one of four Calhoun representatives. After submitting a second entry about a topic of her choice, Faith was selected by the Long Island Language Arts Council as the second place winner out of all of the Nassau and Suffolk County tenth grade entries. She has been invited by LILAC to be honored for her efforts at their spring luncheon during which she will read her submission, “Internalized Hatred and Other Handbag Accessories of a Teenage Girl.
Participants and judges of The Voice poetry competition strike a pose. Students shared their original poems as part of the competition.
Ms. Johnson’s English class searches newspapers and magazines for the perfect words to create their poems
Congratulations to Calhoun junior Jonathan Lloyd for winning the high school award in the 26th Annual Peacemaking Contest, sponsored by the Community Presbyterian Church of Merrick. Charged with the task of writing an essay or story that detailed a personal experience in which he identified “those things that make for peace,” Jonathan wrote about Calhoun experiences that have significantly impacted him such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Relay for Life. Mrs. Gould, elder in the Community Presbyterian Church of Merrick, stated that Jonathan’s entry was touching in the way that he explained how he has been impacted by character-building experiences at school as well as how family values are instilled at home. Congratulations Jonathan on this important accomplishment.
Photo caption: Merrick Presbyterian Elder, Mrs. Gould is on the left, and Jonathan’s English teacher, Ms. Arresto is on the right.
On November 18th, Ms. Angeles and Ms. Rosslee's English 3 class toured Falaise, a Gold Coast mansion on Long Island's North Shore, after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
The students in Senior Experience read Plunkitt of Tammany Hall and studied the political machines within New York City. They learned about the corruption as well as the good public works that came out of this time period. On November 18, Ms. Caporusso, Mr. Elias, Ms. Separ, and students visited the Brooklyn Bridge, a result of this era.
Congratulations to English 3AP student Zachary Neiger who placed 2nd in Calhoun's Poetry Out Loud Competition! (See video here)
Congratulations to English 1H student Lisa Jose who placed 1st in Calhoun's Poetry Out Loud Competition! (See video here)
Congratulations to all of the outstanding classroom winners who participated in Calhoun’s school wide Poetry Out Loud competition on December 13. A special congratulations to the top two winners: in second place was junior, Zachary Neiger from Ms. Arresto’s class who recited “Jabberwocky,” and in first place was freshman, Lisa Jose of Ms. Cestaro’s class who recited “Famous”. Lisa and Zachary have qualified to move on to the regional competition on February 3 at Nassau Community College. We know they will represent Calhoun well
Students from Calhoun English classes visited the library in celebration of National Poetry Month. Pictured (above) are Ms. Boland’s students working to create magnetic poetry.
The Voice – Poetry Slam Style