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Calhoun Girls Volleyball Clinches Class A State Championship

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The Calhoun High School girls volleyball team made school history on Nov. 20, winning the Class A New York State championship.

Furthermore, Calhoun is the first women’s team sport in the CHSD to capture a state championship.

Calhoun defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, 25-11, 25-19, 25-19 at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Calhoun went 5-1 prior to sweeting the state final.

Julia Lawrence was named the Class A MVP for the tournament and Ella Maldonado was named to the All-Tournament team. Gianna Lucchi and Maldonado were named to the All-State team and Olivia Katz was named the Team Sportsmanship winner. The entire team also won the Team Sportsmanship Award presented by the National Volleyball Officials Association.

Coach Christina Strezenec, a 2010 graduation of Calhoun and special education teacher in the district’s COORE program, was elated about the historic win.

“This was an amazing performance by the entire time,” she said. “Every single player played at the championship, making it a genuine teamwork win.”

Junior varsity coach Eduardo Martinez was also on hand to assist the team at states.

Date Added: 11/22/2022

Calhoun Girls Volleyball Named LI Champs

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The Calhoun High School girls volleyball team won the Long Island championship on Nov. 11, clinching their first Class A championship in the school’s history.

The Colts beat previously undefeated Sayville High School in three sets, 25-21, 26-24, and 25-19.

The team now heads to states, which are scheduled for Nov. 19-20 at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

The team is coached by Christina Strezenec.

The boys volleyball team defeated Roslyn High School on Nov. 8 to clinch the Nassau County championship. They lost to Hauppauge High School in four sets on Nov. 10 in the division II Long Island championship.

The team is coached by Ryan Pastuch.

Date Added: 11/14/2022

Calhoun’s OTC Hosts Halloween Funfest for Kids

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The Calhoun High School On Tour Company hosted a Halloween festival fundraiser on Oct. 29.

Students offered trick or treating, a monster dance party, story time, a scavenger hunt and more.

Members of the On Tour Company also performed musical numbers dressed up in costumes.

Date Added: 11/1/2022

VIDEO: CHSD Unveils Cosmetology Salon

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The High School District hosted a grand opening of its student cosmetology salon Oct. 20 at Calhoun High School.

More than 40 students are performing salon services in this brand new, state-of-the-art working salon, dubbed Salon Belle Mer. Highlights include utilizing curriculum to learn fundamentals and prepare for New York State Licensing Exam, which is offered on site.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of this renaissance of the cosmetology program,” said Superintendent Michael Harrington. “You are on a pathway for a career or college; wherever this experience brings you.”

The program is overseen by Assistant Principal Mark Melkonian and instructor Jaime Pendl.

“Cosmetology students will learn state-of-the-art trends in styling, hair coloring, nail enhancement, and skin care and have the opportunity to turn their passion into a lifelong career,” said Melkonian.

This new clinic floor simulates a real salon environment so that students can receive the most up to date training giving them an edge over other beauty school students.

“Many of the students have become employed by local salons already and are building a foundation for a lucrative career while still in high school. It is such a privilege for me to be a part of,” added Pendl.

Esther DiDonna, owner of De La Mer Salon & Spa in Bellmore, has partnered with the district to provide mentorship and help grow the program.

“We share the same core values as this program and are grateful to have this opportunity, DiDonna said.

“We are excited to show you [the students] what opportunities are available in this industry,” added salon manager Kim Horn.

Student Rebecca Rosensweige serves as the program’s operations manager, organizing client appointments and managing outreach of services.

“I really enjoy this aspect of the business and I am good at it,” she said. “I have even created a job sheet for future employment opportunities, supply lists and more that keep the program thriving.”

Juniors and seniors from any high school in the district can apply for the program. They attend daily training at the Calhoun-based salon.

On Thursdays, these cosmetology trainees provide free services to the district’s special education COORE students. Clients — students and staff from within the district — can book discounted services on Fridays. Salon offerings include shampoo, conditioning and scalp massages, blow dry styles, hot iron styles, day time makeup applications, manicures, pedicures and waxing.

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The program is hosting a showcase for prospective students on Thursday, Dec. 22. Applications are due by Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 and can be found on the district’s website.

Date Added: 10/25/2022

Voices of the Past Learn from Inspirational Speaker

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Voices of the Past classes from Calhoun High School engaged in an open forum meeting with Laura Lane, the Global Public Affairs Officer at UPS on Sept. 30 at the Brookside building.

A former American embassy officer during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, Lane delivered a popular TED Talk in 2015 about her experiences. She has also spoken at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, at the United Arab Emirates Government in Dubai and more. Lane spoke about her involvement in service and humanitarian rights, as well as how she harnesses her corporate role to assist others in need.

“I leverage the power of a large corporation and get to do amazing things that my company engages in,” she said. “I learned to use the tools at my disposal to make a difference.”

She told students they can lead from wherever they are and to stick to their principles throughout life. Lane also challenged students to purpose things they’re passionate in and devote themselves to that.

“Use past experiences as source of strength and find ways to learn and grow from it,” she added.

Voices of the Past, a class offered to students in grades 10-12, is a joint venture between the English and social studies departments. They focus on the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, Cambodia and International Human Rights violations by looking at case studies such as North Korea.

Christina Cone, a district social studies chairperson, Kim Serpe, a district English chairperson and Voices of the Past teacher Dr. David Goldberg were instrumental in making this program come to fruition.

"Laura Lane's talk impacted students in powerful ways,” Dr. Goldberg noted.“Her stories of heroism and standing up, even in the most challenging of circumstances, and her passion to be a powerful voice for good in the world, are lessons that are key to what we do in the Voices of the Past course.It was a great honor for all of us to have a wonderful dialogue with this extraordinary leader."

Date Added: 10/5/2022

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