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Congratulations to our November Students of the Month:
Grade 9: Richard Rayev
Grade 10: Rosie DeVito
Grade 11: Kimberle Granados
Grade 12: Noel Mahabir
Congratulations also to Ms. Rosslee, English teacher, for Staff Member of the Month.


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Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Douglas Smestad

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Calhoun Student Samantha Hernandez is a Rising Star!

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Calhoun Students Take the SPARK! Challenge

Students in Christine Boyce’s Science class at Calhoun recently participated in the North Shore-LIJ SPARK! Challenge.

The students were matched with a facility and were able to shadow people from various fields for a day. This site visit to Glen Cove Hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit was an opportunity to gain knowledge about various aspects of healthcare. Students had hands on experience in recreation therapy and speech pathology, along with physical and occupational therapy.

“Students come away from the challenge with a new respect and empathy for patients that suffer a brain injury,” Boyce said. “They learned first-hand from real health care professionals what life is like to work with patients. Students were also given information about each of the therapy components in terms of career choice.”

Nearly 500 students across Long Island will take part in these shadow days. After their visit, Calhoun students will create a video to show what they learned with the assistance of a mentor from North-Shore LIJ.

“The health care professionals were very forthcoming and excited to tell students about their personal experiences as students had many questions,” Boyce added.

Business Students Compete in Adelphi Apprentice Challenge

Business students from Calhoun and Mepham High Schools participated in the second annual Adelphi Apprentice Challenge at Adelphi University on Nov. 20. Students competed in a social media and marketing plan competition for Live Nation Entertainment.

The students placed in the top two groups, among 150 students in participation from schools all over Long Island.

“Students gained valuable insight into the world of business from esteemed judges in the marketing and entertainment industries,” said Eric Gomez, assistant principal at Calhoun High School.

Using Robots to Connect With Literature

Armed with iPhones and spherical robots, students in Richard Perry’s 11th-grade AP English class at Calhoun sought to make an empathetic connection with their assigned reading lesson, The Grapes of Wrath.

“This project started last year when I found that students weren’t connecting with the book,” Perry said. “This lesson gets them starting to think like programmers while connecting them to the literature.”

The Sphero robots were made possible through a grant from the company who makes them. Perry, an Apple Educator as well, was challenged to come up with creative ways to incorporate them into his classroom. His challenge to students was to have them come up with ways to navigate the Sphero robot - using wireless controls on their iPhones – through a home-built model mountain. Perry noted that the process requires much trial and error and can lead to frustration.

“This allows the students to experience failure, as the Joads did while traveling through the mountains (in the novel, The Grapes of Wrath),” Perry said. “I want them to be able to empathize with the characters.”

At the end of the project, students had five minutes to get the robot from one side of the model to the other. They had to document their attempts and failures.

“This will be used to pass on to the next group,” Perry said.

After navigating the even tiled floor of their classroom, Joe Kennedy equipped his robot with three rubber bands he had on his wrist.
“I put them around the ball to give it more traction,” he said, adding that he thinks this will make the robot be successful when attempting the model.

The connection was made clear to Chad Ackerman when he was watching his fellow students’ robots collide as they all attempted to master a ramp.

“They’re like the Joads and Wilson families fighting,” Ackerman noted to his teacher. “See, I’m making connections, Mr. Perry,” he quipped.

Zachary Neiger Named Long Island Scholar of Mathematics

Calhoun High School student Zachary Neiger was recently selected to the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

“Zach is a friendly and bright student who has a great appreciation for math,” said math teacher Lori Biscardi. “He is very inquisitive and loves to understand the background of mathematical concepts.”

He is among 84 students this year to be named a Long Island Scholar of Mathematics.

There were approximately 600 students nominated by schools on Long Island and selection to the institute implies that the student is among the top one-tenth of one percent in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade.

“The students applied last January when they were in ninth grade Geometry A,” said James Morris, the math chairperson. “Students had to complete an application, which included a letter of recommendation from the teacher, and then they had to take an exam last March.”

Calhoun NHS Raises $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness

Members of the Calhoun National Honor Society raised $1,058 for the American Cancer Society's fight against breast cancer. The top fundraiser was Taylor Munson, who collected $110 for the honor society's effort. In addition, 28 students participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 18.