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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

  Assistant Principals:
  Mr. Anthony DeMartinis
  Mr. Michael Hughes
  Mr. Mark Melkonian

 Attendance: 992-1312, 1353, 1354
 Guidance: 992-1319
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Students Clean Up Streets to Shores

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Students across the Central High School District have been making their mark in the surrounding communities by creating or participating in environmental cleanups.

Led by their teacher Brian Joyce, the Leadership classes at Calhoun High School organized a Community Cleanup Oct. 9.

“It was great to see our students doing something positive for the neighborhood,” said Principal Nicole Hollings.

The effort was spearheaded by student, Adam Selcedo, who shared that he noticed an abundance of trash on the ground while he was exercising. He brought the idea to classmates who agreed to address the issue head on.

“I couldn’t believe the amount of garbage that was left on the ground…just a couple of feet away from a garbage can,” student Nicole Devlin noted.

Students remarked about feeling accomplished after participating.

“It made me realize how easily I can brighten other people’s day by completing small tasks,” added student Frankie Depalo.

Leadership classes throughout the district are aimed at promoting community service and fostering group process, self-awareness and human relations skills among students.

The Mepham High School LEO Club participated in a Jones Beach cleanup with the environmental awareness group, SPLASH (Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors) on Oct. 17.

“The response by the LEOs was very enthusiastic and I'm so proud of how hard they worked and how they want to play a part in taking care of their environment,” said science teacher and club co-adviser Josephine Parlagreco. “The same day they were asking to do it again.”

Sponsored by the Bellmore Lions Club, the Leo Club’s mission is one of altruism and philanthropy.

Calhoun Teacher Weaves Robots into English Lessons

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Richard Perry, an English teacher at Calhoun High School, has a unique approach to the subject he teaches.

“I have been incorporating robotics and coding with my English classes for the past few years,” he explained.

His most recent lesson involves the book, “The Martian” and poses a challenge of teaching students who are both remote learning and physically in the class at the same time.

“The kids are simulating the recovery of the Mars Pathfinder from its 1997 probe mission,” he added. “I have the kids call out the code, which I enter into the computer and then transmit to the robot.”

He utilizes his phone, which is tethered to the computer, as a camera to give the kids different views of what the robot is performing and if they are coding successfully.
“I am also using a wireless microphone so the kids at home can hear me while I move around the room,” he added. “It’s actually a pretty complex process, but so far it is working.”

Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings said that Perry “consistently offers students unique opportunities to learn coding in his classes.”

“His ability to engage student thinking in English class and use technology in novel ways is inspiring and great for kids,” she added.

Seniors Named All-State Musicians

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Seniors from the Central High School District have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association All-State Music Festival.
· Tara Fusillo (*two-time participant), String Ensemble – Viola (Kennedy High School, teacher – Robert Salzer)
· Jordan Novak, Vocal Jazz Ensemble – Alto (Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)
· Jack Parr, Mixed Chorus – Tenor 2 (Calhoun High School, teacher – Sanford Sardo)
· Jessica Sarubbi – Vocal Alternate (Kennedy High School, teacher – Jeanette Pincus)

The All State Performance Ensembles are honors groups comprised of the top students from school music departments across the state. To be considered, students must receive a certain high score on their NYSSMA solo performance as well as receive a nomination by their teacher.

“This year, the COVID-related cancellation of the 2019 NYSSMA adjudications made the process a little more complex,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of the fine & performing arts. “Since no festivals took place this past spring, students were evaluated based on their tenth-grade scores. The high level of playing these students achieved at such an early point in their high school career is truly remarkable.”

While the usual in-person concert and winter conference will not be taking place, students will be participating in a professionally produced virtual performance.

Calhoun Senior named Distinguished Young Woman of Merrick

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Calhoun senior Jamie Cabán has been named a Distinguished Young Woman of Merrick after participating in the Distinguished Young Women of New York At-Large program, a statewide scholarship program for high school girls.

She will now compete in October against other New York seniors for the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of New York for 2021.

Throughout the year, Cabán will represent the community at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

Founded in 1958, Distinguished Young Women is a free program that encourages participants to reach their full individual potential. The organization’s mission is to empower young women by providing more than $1 billion in scholarship opportunities, developing their self-confidence and participating in the district’s Life Skills Workshops that prepare them for success after high school.

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