1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Eric Gomez
Dr. Neil Testa, Ed.D.
Mr. Ken Zisel


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Important Information


February 2017 PTSA Meeting

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for January:

Grade 9: Sydney Stabile

Grade 10: Jack Brennan

Grade 11: Christine Arnoldt

Grade 12: Eric Yeh

Our Staff Member of the Month is math teacher, Ms. Cronin.


Rank One Sports

The Rank One Sports window for HS spring sports opens February 13th and closes March 12th.

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Class of 2021 Meeting

On Tuesday, February 28th at 7 p.m., we invite all incoming, Class of 2021, Calhoun Freshman, parents and students, to an informational meeting of our academic and extra-curricular activities. Please see revised letter attached

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Senior and Underclassman Portrait Schedule 2017

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Infinite Campus Online Grade Book

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Seal of Biliteracy Program

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National Science Honor Society Application Information

Science NHS Application

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Science NHS Constitution and Bylaws



Scheduling Information for Parents of Juniors

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Graduation Information

Caps and Gowns


Stop and Shop A+ Letter

BUSSES 38, 10, 17, 69

PTSA Executive Board Info

PTSA Membership Form

New Student Information System - Infinite Campus

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Current News

Calhoun Leadership Class Heads South For Cultural Exchange

Calhoun Leadership Class Heads South For Cultural Exchange
Eleven students have been chosen by their peers to represent Calhoun High School in the first leg of a cultural exchange trip to Pascagoula, Mississippi. This is the first time any school in the district has participated in such a program.

“We Facetimed with our host students and exchanged videos explaining what school life is like for each of us,” explained Caitlyn Tolchin.
The students, who depart on Feb. 23, are from the Leadership Class, which promotes community service and fosters leadership skills among students. They will double up with host families and spend one day shadowing their southern counterparts at school.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about their culture but also their food because it’s so much different than ours,” said Jack Roberts.

Melissa Schmidt said she has been following Snapchat where the Pascagoula students have been sending videos of traditional Mississippi fare for them to sample on their trip.

Accompanied by Leadership Class teacher Brian Joyce and Assistant Principal Ken Zisel, the students will attend a family-oriented Mardi Gras celebration hosted by the town. They are also being welcomed with a barbecue celebration that is expected to be attended by the school superintendent, mayor and other local dignitaries.

Zisel orchestrated the trip and told students during a planning meeting that they should be proud they were chosen and he hopes they “get everything they want out of an experience like this.”

Callie Ganca explained how they plan to create a video diary during their trip to chronicle their experiences and show their fellow classmates.

In April, their Pascagoula counterparts will visit Merrick, spending a day at Calhoun High School as well. The trip was partially funded by students’ fundraising but the remainder is being financed individually.
“We’ve already been talking to them about what they want to do when they are here and most of them have never been to New York City, so that seems to be on the top of the list,” added Roberts.

Eight Science Students Present at JSHS

Eight Science Students Present at JSHS
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Eight students from Kennedy and Calhoun high school were selected as semifinalists to present their research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at York College on Feb. 5.

This is the first time in Kennedy’s history that all who submitted were selected as semifinalists.

Kennedy students Max Bazil, Arin Forstadt, Claire Kelly, Jennifer Rakhimov, Michael Sternbach and Perri Zilberman were joined by Calhoun students Samantha Hernandez and Sara Samir.

Based on their scientific research presentations, Forstadt and Kelly of Kennedy were selected as finalists and will compete at York College on Feb 19.

JSHS is designed to challenge and engage high school students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.

Ten Calhoun Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Ten Calhoun Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Calhoun High School announced that 10 student-athletes formally committed to playing a sport at the collegiate level.

“These student-athletes have worked tirelessly to reach the heights that they have attained,” said Calhoun Vice Principal Dr. Neil Testa. “To be a collegiate-athlete on any level is to be part of a select group of individuals. As someone who experienced college athletics first hand, I know of the excitement that you must be feeling knowing that you are able to continue competing in the sport you love.”

The following signed letters of intent: Devon Bayor, University of Colorado – Boulder (lacrosse); Saffron Hughes-McTurk, Misericordia University (soccer); Giana Kapoosuzian, Bryant University (lacrosse); Megan Keener, Adelphi University (lacrosse); Lauren Marinello, Molloy College (soccer); Michael Losak, SUNY Oneonta (baseball); Justin Neugebauer, Manhattanville College (baseball); Jack Roberts, Adelphi University (lacrosse); Shane Sanders, SUNY Purchase College (lacrosse); and Georgeanne Zimmerman, Marist College (swimming).

In a symbolic certificate signing ceremony at the school, the athletes were awarded commemorative Calhoun pens.

“When you begin your college athletic career in a few short months, you will undoubtedly be both excited and nervous,” Dr. Testa told the honorees. “Work hard on the field and in the classroom. Look to be a leader both on and off the field of play.”

Calhoun’s Prep Club Cooks Up Pizza

Calhoun’s Prep Club Cooks Up Pizza
The Prep Cooking Club at Calhoun High School recently worked with a guest chef.

“He taught us how to make pizza from scratch, including flipping the dough,” said special education teacher Christine Celeste. “We learned step by step how to add sauce, cheese and toppings to our pizza. While the pizza was cooking, we were able to ask Chef Sal questions about cooking, and his experiences.”

Calhoun houses the district’s special education program, Prep.

Calhoun ASR Students Awarded NYIT Mini Research Grants

Calhoun ASR Students Awarded NYIT Mini Research Grants

Three students in Calhoun High School’s Advanced Science Research program were each recipients of a $200 research grant for their recent research proposals.

Jonathan Ellison, Zachary Kaminiski and Alex Kuschner were each awarded a NYIT Mini Research Grant. January marks the midyear point where ASR students begin to present their topics at both local and regional research competitions.

“This grant will help to offset the costs involved with materials and/or printing expenses pertaining to their research projects,” said Jennifer Pefanis, the school’s research director. “All three boys have spent the last three years working tirelessly on their projects and it is with great honor that they accept this grant.”

Ellison’s research, The Relationship Between Motor, Cognitive and Quality of Life Scores in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease,” looked to find the relationship between how the caregivers and patients each viewed the patient’s quality of life.

“I looked at motor declines, changes in gait, rigidity, cognitive declines such as dementia,” Ellison said. “I used statistical measures and software to determine that the two scores had a different view.”

Kaminiski conducted “A Comparison of the Effects of Different Electrolytic Solutions, Flow Rates and Cell Designs on the Power Density in Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries.”

“I was trying to optimize the battery, trying to see under which conditions of the battery’s operation would give us the most power back,” Kaminiski explained, adding that he chose this topic because it is part of the clean energy field. “Protecting the environment and clean energy are very important to me.”

Kuschner’s research, “Interactions of MMP14 Between Trilobite Gene Mutation and Kif5B Jaw Phenotype in Danio Rerio,” studied crossbreeds of zebra fish.

“It determined the relationships between certain proteins and genes involved inside zebra fish,” Kuschner explained. “I was able to observe different crosses and matings of this fish.”

Both humans and zebra fish are vertebrates, therefore Kuschner’s goal was to “map out relationships and interactions between the genes of super fish and hopefully find a model that is similar.”

Their work will be presented at the Long Island Science Congress in April.