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Spring 2019 Drivers' Education Flyer & Application

High School Extended Day Schedule 2018-2019

2019 Yearbook Ad Form

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Research Presentation from January 16, 2019 Board Meeting


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Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC) 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 PAC Members are:

Elizabeth Thurer
MaryAnn Germani
Barbara Weinstein
Stephanie Victor
Theresa Spencer (President - Booster Club)
Marci Caplan (High School PTSA VP)
Martina Stoeckhert
Sally Morningstar

Rye Neck Parent & Student Portals

Information about the Parent & Student Portals may be found on the About Your High School page.

 

Current News

Senior Earns Gold Key Award in Writing Competition

Senior Earns Gold Key Award in Writing Competition photo
Rye Neck High School senior Risa Liebmann has earned a Gold Key award in the 2019 Hudson-to-Housatonic Writing Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing awards competition for her collection of poems, “Fragments.” 

“What makes Risa unique is her voice – it is real and honest, and a product of her being a wordsmith,” her teacher Melinda Merkel said. “This is her first Scholastic entry, and the result is gratifying, but not surprising.” 

A panel of professional novelists, editors, teachers, poets, librarians and journalists considered 2,151 entries submitted this year. They awarded 345 honorable mentions to promising works, 194 Silver Keys to distinguished works, 120 Gold Keys to the most accomplished works and five American Voice Nominees to the strongest regional works. 

As a Gold Key award recipient, Liebmann has advanced to the national level of the competition. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Manhattanville College on March 3.   
 

Rye Neck High School to Present ‘Grease’

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Rye Neck High School will present the beloved romantic comedy production of “Grease” as its musical from Feb. 28 through March 2. Having worked on the production for months, the dedicated group of performers will inspire audience members to laugh, dance and sing along. 

Directed by theater director Scott Harris, the musical features a talented cast and crew of Rye Neck students who are supported by Francesca DeAngelo as choreographer and Kathryn Krull as music director. Donning their leather jackets and poodle skirts, the students will bring to life on stage the familiar songs and dance numbers, such as “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights” and “We Go Together.”

“It’s nonstop fun right from the get-go,” Harris said. “Each and every one of our students is working their hearts out to put on an outstanding show for the audience and to create something they can be proud of.” 

The musical follows a group of American teenagers attending the fictional Rydell High School in the 1950s as they navigate love and peer pressure. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding greaser, Danny Zuko – played by Ryan Boron– and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski – played by Naomi Young – and how school cliques and peer pressure complicate their love.

During a recent rehearsal, the students were treated to a special visit by actor Carole Demas, who created the role of Sandy in the very first Broadway production of “Grease” in 1972. Having worked with the original composers and writers of the show and starring in the production for several years, she shared insight about each character, provided the students with advice and answered their questions in preparation for their own performances. 

“She had insights into each of the roles our students are playing that only she could give, and the students all left that evening feeling like they’d learned something about their characters, and how to approach performing in ‘Grease’ in general,” Harris said. “We’re very fortunate to have had her here, and we’re very grateful for her generosity.”

As a special treat to its youngest audience members after a child-friendly Saturday matinee performance, Rye Neck High School will invite children to meet the cast in the lobby, come up onstage and take a photograph with the “Greased Lightning” car. Then, children who are interested will be treated to a backstage tour, where they’ll be invited to see how the musical is put together. 

Performances are Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the performances are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. For more information, visit www.rnhssm.booktix.com. 
 

Senior Earns Recognition at Yale Model United Nations Conference

Senior Earns Recognition at Yale Model United Nations Conference photo
Rye Neck High School seniors Maggie Victory, Dasha Boswell, Jose LaTorre, Risa Liebmann and Sandy Zhang attended the 45th annual Yale Model United Nations conference from Jan. 17-20. 

Accompanied by their adviser Thomas Graziano, the students – who were among more than 1,700 student-delegates from more than 80 schools worldwide – stepped into the shoes of United Nations ambassadors to debate a variety of current issues. Zhang represented Panama in the World Health Organization committee, Victory represented Sierra Leone in the African Union, LaTorre represented North Korea in DISEC (Disarmament and International Security Committee), Liebmann represented North Korea in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee, and Boswell represented Panama in ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council). In addition, the students submitted position papers that addressed their assigned topic.

In her essay, “The Ties That Bind Us: International Networks in An Area of Globalization,” Victory wrote about macroeconomics and its effect on globalization. As a result, she earned third place in the essay competition and was recognized by a panel of judges for her passion and interest in the topic she analyzed. Victory’s submission will be published on the website of the Yale Review of International Studies, Yale's premier undergraduate journal of international relations scholarship.

“Maggie is one of the best writers in our Model UN at Rye Neck, and she takes pride in the clarity of her thoughts, as well as in ensuring all of her statements are supported by factual evidence,” Graziano said. “Her background in Advanced Placement European History during her sophomore year, as well as her current AP Macroeconomics class, helped her craft a great essay concerning the impact of globalization and interdependence in the contemporary world.”

Graziano said the students who are part of the Model UN Club, which was founded three years ago at Rye Neck, have worked tirelessly to ensure that the club remains a competitive Model UN delegation. 

“Through all of their hard work, afterschool meetings, and trial and error at local Model UN conferences, they have demonstrated that they have the skills and determination to compete on a global level with delegations from around the world,” he said. “They had a great time making deals and friendships with the delegates they met at Yale, and exemplified sheer determination in ensuring that we were able to participate in one of the largest Model UN conferences in the Northeast.” 

Graziano said Rye Neck High School Principal Tina Wilson has been instrumental in the success of the club due to her support throughout the year and providing students with the opportunity to attend multiple conferences. 

“Our students are honing their debate skills but also internalizing the need and ability to be the driving force for change in politics, society, and, hopefully, global affairs in the future,” Graziano said. 
 

Students Sell Bracelets to Raise Funds for Central American Artists

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Rye Neck High School members of the Spanish Club have raised $865 for the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that educates, employs and empowers Central American artists through the sale of colorful handwoven bracelets, or “pulseras” in Spanish. 

Twenty-five students took the initiative to sell bracelets and purses, which were handcrafted by artists from Nicaragua and Guatemala. Led by students Adesuwa Carlton, Kimberly Carlton, Nicole Pereira, Joshua Rubin and Elona Sebbane, who shared the art and stories of the Pulsera Project with their peers, club members sold 143 bracelets and 15 purses. 

"When I first found out about the Pulsera Project, I thought it was an amazing idea,” said Rubin, a sophomore and club president who contacted the organization to receive the materials and instructions. “I immediately knew that I needed to bring this incredible fundraiser to our school. I thought this would be a perfect initiative for the Spanish Club. At the end of this project, everyone who worked on it, including myself, realized the importance of helping others.” 

Each colorful bracelet and purse – which was a one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art – contained a tag with a picture and signature of the artisan who made it. Angie Garcia, a Spanish teacher and club adviser, said the money the students raised will help fund construction of schools, housing and welfare programs in Nicaragua and Guatemala. 

“The unique and colorful patterns, and the connection to the people who made them, motivated the Spanish Club members to want to raise funds,” Garcia said. “The students’ involvement in this project connected to their Spanish studies by providing information about the population, typical dishes, scenery, work and education customs in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The students better understood the economic challenges that young people their age face in these two countries.”

Given the success of this year’s fundraiser, students said they plan on hosting another fundraiser and provide school community members with the opportunity to further enjoy the handcrafted art while also supporting the artists and their families. 

“We are grateful for having the opportunity to help people in Nicaragua and Guatemala,” said Sebbane, a sophomore and events coordinator for the Spanish Club. “The Pulsera Project gave Rye Neck students a chance to become familiar with beautiful works made by hand by many talented children and adults from other communities.” 
 

Students Create Original Spanish Fables

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Juniors – who have been studying Spanish fables by Félix María de Samaniego and deciphering the morals of each fable – recently used their knowledge and mastery of the foreign language to write their own original fables. 

“The fables that the students created were incredible,” teacher Nadia Whiting said. “They were all very excited to create their fables, and I was astonished to see how creative they were.”

The students collaborated in groups and had the option of displaying their final fables in one of three ways – by writing and illustrating a book, creating a slideshow storyboard or producing a video. Some of the fables’ morals were about self-worth and friendship, as well as helping one another while still taking care of yourself.   

“I was proud to see how mature my students were,” Whiting said. “It was a fun project for me to read as well. I learned a lot about how the students think, and that helps me understand them better as a teacher.” 

Whiting said the fables were created at an entry level, as they will be shared with middle school students as a way of encouraging them to study Spanish in the higher levels. 
 

Freshmen Become Orthopedic Surgeons for a Day

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Rye Neck High School freshmen – who had been studying the musculoskeletal system in their biology classes – welcomed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas DeBellis as a special guest at their school on Jan. 3. 

During his visit, Dr. DeBellis discussed his experiences and shared insight into the steps leading to a health or medical career, and provided the students with hands-on training on the basic duties of an orthopedist. In addition, he provided an outline of what part of the body orthopedic surgeons treat and the different types of operations they perform. He also taught the students how to properly name and diagnose a fracture from an X-ray. 

“Our students enjoyed a day with no shortage of shock value,” said science teacher Matt DeBellis, who organized his brother’s visit. “Many students were surprised by the bluntness and simplicity of modern operations in orthopedics.” 

Following Dr. DeBellis’ presentation, the students collaborated in groups at different stations around the room to study 10 real-life case scenarios. The stations were equipped with X-ray photographs from multiple angles, a hyper-realistic plaster model bone with the same fracture and a lifesize clear plastic bone with the appropriate metal plates, screws and rods fixed to the bone that would be used to correct the fracture for each case study. 

“Our students were challenged to diagnose the patient’s bone break by naming the fracture by location, name of bone, fracture pattern and degree of displacement using all of the available case information,” DeBellis said. “A few classes were able to learn how to properly make plaster wrist splints on their peers.” 

The experience allowed students to make a connection between the content they’re learning and the potential careers they could pursue.