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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

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Calhoun’s Shardul Singh Accepted into Gifted Program

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Shardul Singh, a student at Calhoun High School was accepted into the Institute for Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.

He is one of 84 students accepted into this unique program out of 525 from across Long Island. Those selected for the institute’s three divisions by competing against approximately 600 of the top-ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade.

The institute was founded in 1992 to enhance mathematical and creative-thinking skills for gifted students in grades five to 10.

Calhoun’s On Tour Company to Live Stream Performances

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Even while facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s drama program at Calhoun High School, On Tour Company, is preparing for its 35th annual Shakespeare performance, “The Comedy of Errors.”

On Tour was established in 1973 and taken over by the current director, Sal Salerno in 1985.

“Salerno, alongside the student president, Nolan Donohue, and student assistant directors, Claire Levasseur, Sharyn Schweitzer, Breana Raehse and Max Unlu, have been learning to navigate the rehearsal process while also following social distance protocols, i.e. mask wearing and utilizing larger rehearsal spaces that can accommodate the entire cast, such as the courtyards at Calhoun High School,” explained Principal Nicole Hollings.

This year’s production includes two casts and two groupings of performances.
“in order to give as many students the opportunity to perform as possible, since so much is unknown about what the future holds for theatre,” added Salerno.

Cast A’s performances include Zach Pakula and Max Unlu as Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse, and Stephen Rini and Nolan Donohue as Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. Cast B includes Isabelle Oliver and Megan Tragesser as Antiphola and Dromio of Syracuse, and Georgia Koutsouras and Caitlyn Raehse as Antiphola and Dromio of Ephesus.

On Tour is a largely student run and operated program that works with adult supervisors, Alex Austein, Lydia Gladstone, Tony Melfa and Mark Tarantino.

“Students in the program put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the production of each show and are given the opportunity to learn the importance of working closely together,” added Salerno.

Prior to the school closings of last year, the On Tour Company had been preparing for its opening of “The Secret Garden,” a musical adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel. Although it was heartbreaking that the production was not allowed a performance last year, Salerno has hopes of remounting the production at a later date.

Tickets for the live streaming performances on Nov. 20, 21, 23, 24, 27 or 28 can be obtained by accessing the following website; Family tickets are for multiple viewers in one home. People outside would have to buy a single ticket or a family ticket for multiple viewers in one household.

Future On Tour Company performances include two entirely new productions; Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” and “Something Rotten!” by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick.

Calhoun Student Uses His Musical Talent to Give Back

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Joseph Darcourt, a ninth grader at Calhoun High School, recently set up his cello in front of the New York Public Library recently in effort to raise money for Long Island Cares The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

After learning about the organization’s need for donations in order to assist people who struggle with hunger across Long Island, Darcourt said he wanted to give back to the community. Utilizing his cello case as a collection box, Darcourt raised $400 in one day.

Darcourt is also a pre-college cello student at Juilliard who has played the instrument since elementary school.

While he donated $100 to The Harry Chapin Food Bank, the remaining $300 will fund a project he is working on at The Juilliard School, called Artist as Citizen, which fosters meaningful connections, strengthen community and inspire social change. His M&M/Music and Meditation project aims to bring meditative music practices to public school children through the United Nations for Youth.

“Breathing meditation helped my music journey,” Darcourt said. “Stress is the no. 1 issue in my generation, and I believe that music and meditation can help youth for their mental well-being. I am still trying to figure out how to collaborate this project with the United Nations for Youth, that's why I am keeping on saving the coins for one day I figure out.”

His science research teacher, Christine Boyce, suggested Darcourt weave his musical talent and interest in meditation into his science project as well.

“This is very exciting for me that I can continue what I did at the beginning of Juilliard project, maybe starting to collect the data of brain weaves and heartbeats for science research,” he added.

Calhoun Teacher Honored With Public Service Award

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Dr. David Goldberg, a social studies teacher at Calhoun High School, has been awarded the Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Michael Hughes, an assistant principal at Calhoun. “One of many that Dr. Goldberg has received during his tenure at Calhoun.”

Dr. Goldberg has been a social studies teacher in Bellmore-Merrick for 17 years and founded the Voices of the Past interdisciplinary program, where students learn about man’s inhumanity to man and solutions in a yearlong English and social studies program.

“In that program, I have developed an on and off-site speaker program, which has included audiences with former presidents, prime ministers…governors, senators, university presidents, chief executive officers, chairs of corporate boards, military officers, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps representatives, and genocide rescuers and survivors,” he explained.

In addition, currently he is an Engaging Eurasia Fellow at Harvard University.

This prestigious accolade is bestowed upon a Binghamton University alumnus whose life, work, career and contributions exemplify the highest standards or service and deepest dedication to the sustenance of the common good.

“They have certainly chosen wisely with Dr. Goldberg,” said Board of Education Vice President Edward Corona at the Nov. 4 board meeting. “He has been an invaluable member of the Calhoun Social Studies department for 17 years. Dr. Goldberg is constantly seeking out avenues to enrich his own knowledge and the lives of students. The learning opportunities in which he has created for countless students have been designed to enhance their understanding of the global community and inspired them to make a difference moving forward.”

Ben & Jerry’s Founder Zooms with Calhoun Club

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As part of the Activism Club’s goals at Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, members raise awareness of social issues and connect students with community-based initiatives.

With this in mind, a member recently reached out to Calhoun alumnus Jerry Greenfield to participate in a Q&A session about activism efforts on a national and even global scale.

Greenfield and his partner Ben Cohen, both Class of 1969 Calhoun graduates, started an ice cream store in 1978 with limited experience and grew it into a successful global company, Ben & Jerry’s.

“The brand has been involved with many important causes over the years,” explained Erin Mormando, the club’s faculty adviser.

Students questioned Greenfield about maintaining profitability while supporting such historical movements.

“We had no idea was socially responsible business was or activism was,” Greenfield explained. “It was something that developed as the business evolved. Business is a very powerful force in our country,” he continued. “It tends to act in its financial self-interest without thinking of the needs of everybody and we didn’t think this was right. People in the community then want to support that business in return. It’s almost a spiritual law that the good that you do comes back to you.”

Ben & Jerry’s tries to partner with nonprofit organizations that are on the ground level, harnessing their consumer influence.

“What you guys [Ben & Jerry’s] are doing is a model that other businesses should follow,” said Kacie Moschella, student moderator and club founder. “Even if we do small community-based activities, we can contribute to the lives around us.”

Greenfield was impressed with the club’s existence, which started last school year.

“We’re just trying to bring social issues to light to see what we can do as a club together to help the community,” student Conlan Shea explained.

“Just the fact that you guys are doing this is so inspiring and I really appreciate it,” Greenfield added.

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