(Originally written 12/1/16)
During the last week of November, we had some very special guests at our school, the Middle States committee. Middle States is a committee for higher education and they were here to observe North and decide whether or not they wanted to accredit us for another 7 years. This accreditation means higher viewing standards by colleges and universities. Throughout the week Middle States talked to teachers, staff, students and parents. They observed classrooms, went to numerous meetings with teachers and staff and held group discussions with students to get a feel for the school.
On Friday, December 2nd, Mr.Good spoke on behalf of the Middle States Committee, to give their decision. He started off the meeting by saying we were “a great school, great kids and we really enjoyed ourselves”. He thanked us for having a welcoming attitude and having the committee for the past few days. “Good things are happening here, staff are completely invested in the students and there is substantial student involvement.” These things led the middle states committee to the conclusion that North advances student growth, not only helping students figure out what they want to do but how to get there. They thought that our school’s mission statement was broad and visionary and that the goals are realistic and attainable. The Middle States committee stated they are “confident that the goals and action plans will live on well past this visit” and they awarded us the Middle States Higher Education Accreditation. They thanked us for inviting them into the North Family, as the students would say, even for a short period of time. Ms. Pages then thanked them for coming and for the accreditation and they were on their way.
It’s time to show your school spirit! Three Students, Emma Resnick, Jackie Kaufman and Erin Nagle, created a Rams Nation Instagram account to ramp up the Rams spirit and get everyone to increase their school pride. The account can be found by searching “@chsn_nation” on Instagram. They post photos that showcase CHSN and all its happenings. Some recent posts include photos of sunrises at school, green screen photos in front of the North ram, school trips and football games.
The three students started the account as part of a 20% project for their Marine Bio class.
The 20% project is something that Mrs.Bernasconi does with all of her classes, no matter the grade or class level. The project is hand-picked by the students and can be any subject matter, some students go on internships, research chemicals in food, even create cookbooks. The idea is that students will pick something that they are passionate about, further their learning and curiosity and do good for the community. Since the projects are averaged into their final grades, students get time to work on their projects every Wednesday but also must work on them outside of class in order to be successful.
Erin, Jackie and Emma are going above and beyond by creating a ton of excitement at North. If you want a shout out and to win spirit prizes, follow their account and wait for them to post a North related trivia question. If you are the first to answer the question correctly you can win rams cave gift cards, North colored, purple and gold, bead necklaces or a chsn bracelet.
North Dance Team made it to Nationals! This is the first year ever that they qualified for the Universal Dance Association National Championships Competition which is to be held in Disney. The competition is February 3rd through the 5th and quite pricey. In order to send all team members to the ESPN complex in Disney the team is fundraising.
The Team held a Battle of the beards, ‘No Shave November’ competition to raise money. The battle was between Mr.Cooper and our very own Rams Horn Advisor, Mr.Celini. Both teachers had to start the competition with a freshly shaven face and see who could grow the longest beard by the end of the month. In order to raise money, students had to guess which teacher they believed would have the longest beard by the end of November and place money in a box labeled, Mr.Celini or Mr.Cooper. The team gave out lollipops to anyone who donated money as a thank you.
Pictures were hung in the mansion of the teachers and their beard progress week by week. There were also two thermometer posters tracking the money raised and so everyone could see who was in the lead at all times. Mr.Cooper ended up winning the competition in the end but Mr.Celini put up a good fight and was very humble about his loss but ready for redemption. Mr.Celini stated that he “wants to see all the teachers get scruffy next year…..I challenge all male teachers to a beard bracket next year”.
By Annamarie Pellegrino
(Originally written: 12/5/16)
Matt started his musical journey in 4th grade, where he played the saxophone. This year, he is taking a new route and playing the bassoon as well. Matt has been part of the pit orchestra, school orchestra, marching band and the jazz band which won gold at NYSSMA Majors. “Music is something I’m really good at and something I enjoy” tells Matt. “Always remember to drop it like it’s hot” he adds as a humorous joke towards his musical friends.
By Corryn Mathis
(Originally written on 12/5/16)
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are coming around, and everyone is ready to go shopping and get gifts for their family. When you’re shopping, please remember to pick up a gift for a child in need. Some families are having a rough time and have trouble affording presents for their children for the holidays. Toys for Tots helps these families in need by collecting toys from generous donors. Toys for Tots was founded by the Marine Corps in the 1970’s, with an original intent to supply toys for military families in need. Since then, it has evolved to help any and all families in need, and has collected over 512 million toys for 237 million children. To help this number grow, North has set up collection boxes all over the school, so you can donate a new toy to someone in need . These boxes are set up in the annex and main offices from November 28th until December 16th. This is a great way to give back to the community and help a child in need have a great holiday!