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 The Department of World Languages would like to congratulate the participants and winners of our second annual district-wide contest. Students in grades 7-12 submitted entries in our poem, essay, comic strip, and poster categories. This year's contest focused on the value of multilingualism through the theme of "Multilingualism is a Superpower." Thank you to the entire World Languages department for judging and to the faculty, staff, and students who submitted votes for the poster contest. We wish to thank all of our students who participated and the teachers who helped make this event a huge success.
Félicitacions! Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones!


Congratulations to March Students of the Month:
Grade 9: Cailey Rivas
Grade 10: Erin Conlon
Grade 11: Ryan Elliott
Grade 12: Bianca Liriano
Congratulations also to Ms. Liz Separ, Staff Member of the Month, and Ms. Peggy Schroeder, our paraprofessional of the month.




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Calhoun Cheerleaders With a Cause

Although the cheerleading season may be over, the Calhoun High School cheerleaders continue to cheer for a cause. The Calhoun cheerleading program has a history of being a charitable organization and in the past few years, they have raised money for breast cancer and Relay for Life.  

Keeping the spirit of service alive in the off season, they continued fundraising and giving back. Many of these students are balancing a spring sports schedule, school work and afterschool jobs, along with the commitment to raising awareness.
This past April, the cheerleading program helped fulfill a Make-A-Wish when Calhoun hosted a student for the day. Elsey Kok had the full Cahoun High School experience, including a spirited cheerleading practice in the afternoon. The athletes enjoyed teaching her many cheers and dances they perform on the sidelines at games. More recently, the program hosted a cheerleading clinic, where part of the proceeds raised were donated to the American Cancer Society for the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Relay for Life. It was inspiring to see so many people coming together with a shared love of cheerleading to raise awareness.  

The Calhoun cheerleading program plans to continue their charitable nature throughout the remainder of the school year raising money for the May 13 Relay for Life at Calhoun High School. They are also planning more activities to take place during the fall season.

Calhoun Fashion Show Nets $10K for Charity

This year’s Calhoun High School Senior Experience class presented their 10th annual Fashion Show for charity, raising more than $10,000 for Project Safe Motherhood.

This would not have been possible without Sanford H. Calhoun’s own, Hadi Aziz, a junior, who introduced his uncle’s brave cause, Project Safe Motherhood, to the class.

“They instantly felt a connection to the organization and wanted to offer a helping hand,” said Principal Nicole Hollings.  

Students modeled clothing from local stores, Alta Moda by Josephine, Esquire Tuxedos, InMotion and Joelle Jay. Calhoun staff members modeled clothing from Saks Off Fifth Avenue. For three months, the 2016 Fashion Show interns, Ally Reilly, Kelly Grenham and Sophia Navas, diligently planned and coordinated the seamless night.

The evening is part of the Senior Experience, which offers alternative learning opportunities to graduating students towards the end of their senior year.

Project Safe Motherhood is a non-governmental organization based in Tanzania that assists the government in empowering susceptible communities to fight the cycle of poverty, abuse and exploitation. The organization also helps mothers give birth in a clean and safe setting and gives mothers access to medical care required during pregnancy.

Calhoun Assists With Make-A-Wish Request

It was a dream come true for an international student who chose to spend a day in an American high school as part of her Make-A-Wish request.

Esley Kok of the Netherlands, who recently battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was treated like a celebrity as she rode the bus to Calhoun High School with former Make-A-Wish recipient and current Calhoun student, Holden Smith. She then shadowed senior Meghan Corona as the pair attended classes, took in some extra curriculars and even attempted cheerleading.

Corona, who was granted her own Make-A-Wish in 2013 of meeting the cast of the popular television show, “Glee,” battled a similar disease and said it was easy to bond with Kok.

“I volunteer for Relay for Life and have been involved with Make-A-Wish before, so I was eager to help out with this,” Corona said.
During Michael Goldberg’s Sculpture 4 class, Kok passed out Dutch delicacies, as students gathered around her, eager to learn more about her culture and education and even a foreign language lesson.

“It’s a whole other world back home, as we have smaller schools,” Kok said. “I really wanted to explore American classrooms and see some sports.”

Goldberg said Calhoun is the ideal setting for this because "there's so much here for the kids to bring people together.”

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This fulfillment was a joint effort between Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Make-A-Wish Netherlands.

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Blake Fisher Honored by School Board

After competition at the state level of the Poetry Out Loud competition and representing the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, Calhoun senior Blake Fisher was recognized by the board of education for her accomplishment.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that requires competitors to recite three poems from a selection of specified works at the regionals, state and national competitions. Blake moved on from her class competition to place as first runner-up in the regional competition and then finally representing the district at the state level.

“Blake is enrolled in a rigorous academic schedule, a member of several honor societies, a recipient of All-State and All-County honors as a vocalist, the treasurer of the senior class, a four-year member and current assistant leader of Crescendo, and an active member of Calhoun’s On Tour program,” added Board Trustee Wendy Gargiulo.

Calhoun Student Pens Book About Testing Anxiety

Sparked by the inspiration of an influential teacher and passion about her topic, Calhoun High School senior Bianca Liriano authored and published a children’s book about anxieties surrounding test taking.

Liriano recently addressed fellow students from the district’s Prep program about the messaging in her book, “This Test Does Not Define You.”

“Testing anxiety is an incessant sensation that plagues even the brightest of students,” Liriano said. “This high test anxiety … inevitably lowers test scores, allowing for an inaccurate representation of a student’s academic ability. We should all just try our best, as the test results do not define who you are.”

The idea was born out of a Student Council meeting about ways to honor the late history teacher, Doug Smestad. Liriano then tied this into her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor earned for a Girl Scout. A longtime Girl Scout, Liriano is even featured on the cover of the Tagalongs cookie box.
While Liriano said it required quite an effort on her part, the process was completed fairly quickly.

“You have to write the book, then have people help you edit it, draw things for you, get information from a publishing website and then there was getting it on Amazon,” she explained.

A planned communications major, Liriano advised fellow students to “write about something you’re passionate about.”

The book is available via Amazon.com for $6.