JJHS Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
John Jay High School proudly congratulates two students who were distinguished as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, one who was named a National Achievement Program Scholar, and eleven National Merit Commended Students. All of these honors are based on the studnets’ impressive PSAT/NMSQT scores.
The two National Hispanic Scholar award winners are Isabella Gordon and James Pardo. Isabella has a multitude of interests; she is a member of the Latin Club, GSA, Dance Club, Mock Trial and “Reach out John Jay.” She is the Vice President of the National Honor Society, a volunteer soccer coach, a writer for Focus, and a baker. Isabella’s research project involved gender identity in young adult novels and their effect on adolescent psychology. James is fluent in Spanish and holds the role of Speaker in the Campus Congress. He is also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, plays the flute, and enjoys skiing.
Jordan Johnson is the winner of the National Achievement Program Outstanding Participant Award. Jordan is a member of the State Champion Girls Cross Country Team and the Captain of the Track Team. She has been conditionally accepted to West Point where she expects to enroll in the officer training program.
The Commended Students, who fall within the top fourth percentile of college-bound students, are Alexander (Zander) Bolgar, Rayna Cohen, Kai Davino-Collins, Seth Feder, Jason Fiammetta, Alleta Greenberg, Charlotte Holden, Clinton Kunhardt, Madeleine Leddy, Olivia Paulhac, and John Tobin. Alexander is the lighting designer for the JJHS stage crew and enjoys Ultimate Frisbee. Rayna is the Vice President of both the French Club and a Social Action Youth Group, a member of the Ski Team, and a cellist with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She is also interested in film and digital photography. Kai is one of the leaders of the school’s infamous “Rolling Tones” and is also a member of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He participates in Honest Options for Political Ends (“HOPE”) as well as the Science Research Program, and was awarded for his work involving pitch perception abilities. Seth is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. He plays Varsity Soccer and club soccer, as well as baseball, skiing, and playing the drums. His Science Research project related to more cost effective bio-diesel. Jason has won numerous chess tournaments and is the Treasurer of GSA. He is also a member of Mock Trial. Charlotte is a dancer who practices approximately fourteen hours per week. She is a member of “The Fine Line Theater Arts” in Connecticut where she performs ballet, pointe, jazz and modern dance. Charlotte also enjoys her AP art class and is interested in character design for animated film. Madeleine is the Student Chair for Relay for Life and is also a leader of the amazing “Notables,” a member of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and President of the French Club. She also sings and plays the piano in the Jazz Band. Olivia is the co-founder of “KEEP Girls in School,” an organization that raises money to eliminate sex trafficking. In addition, she is a competitive horseback rider. John participates on the Varsity Soccer, Hockey and Golf teams. He plays the guitar in the Jazz Band and the bass in the Orchestra. John’s Humanities Research project involved the study of viral marketing.
Congratulations to these outstanding students!
Three JJHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
John Jay High School proudly congratulates three students who were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists based on their impressive PSAT/NMSQT scores. Theodore (Theo) Kuhn, Zacchary Lee and Jeremy Morowitz are among 16,000 students in the nation who earned this distinction.
Theo participates in Cross Country and Winter Track, is a member of Campus Congress and “Honest Options for Political Ends,” and enjoys hiking and playing guitar. He is also a Science Research student who has studied storms that produce tornados. Zacchary plays the violin and is a member of both Model UN and Campus Congress. His Humanities Research project involved fiscal policy reform. Jeremy is the Assistant Captain of the Varsity Hockey Team and is also a peer group leader who tutors for “Reach Out John Jay.” Jeremy’s Science Research project dealt with antibody targeting in leukemia and his work with Stephen Chung at Memorial Sloan Kettering is being submitted for publication.
John Jay Middle School Drama Club Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”
In November, audience members at John Jay Middle School were treated to a fantastic performance of James W. Rodgers, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The play was based upon the film by Frank Capra and the story by Philip Van Doren Stern. Teacher David Fritsch directed the show, which was produced by teacher Marcia Daley-Savo.
The students and their teachers did an outstanding job with the set, sound, costumes, props, poster and program, and the entire cast was exceptional! Charles Stewart embodied the role of George Baily, Emily Pardo was an endearing Mary, and Fayth Wisehart was a very convincing Angel. Charles Rusciano, Taylor Standring, Sarah McMahon, Lizzie Birmingham, Isabelle Pierce, Abby Heath, Sabrina Zapson, Mills Reed, Emily Knutsson, Jonah Linz, Ariella Mendes, Anya Rieger, Sharan Uppal, Antonia Tenholder, Catherine Curry, Lucy Fay, Samantha Kaplan, Isabel Davenport, Ava Goodstein, Jenna Luper, Samantha Kaplan, Brianna Garafolo, Hope Young, Natalia Fonte, and Elizabeth Herrick were also excellent actors and actresses. The stage crew included Greg and Paul Esposito, Will Martin, Jack Finney, Joseph Cea, Edward Cohen, Ashley Stagnari, Jessica Hooper, and Hope Young.
Congratulations to JJMS for a successful, captivating show!
John Jay Middle School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week 2013
Red was the color to be wearing at John Jay Middle School during the annual Red Ribbon Week, which was celebrated throughout the country and has been officially recognized by the United States Congress.
Members of the SADD club, under the leadership of School Social Worker Jessica Fulton, organized activities and were instrumental in expressing the importance of making educated decisions. The students worked diligently to adorn each school bus with a giant red ribbon. During the week’s morning announcements, SADD members addressed their peers, sharing pertinent information regarding the dangers of addiction. They discussed statistics, avenues of support, and insight into the origin of “Red Ribbon Week.”
At the end of the week, during lunch periods, students were provided with red ribbons and brochures thanks to the Drug Prevention Council of Bedford-Lewisboro. The SADD club also distributed stickers and asked students to contribute to the “Reality Wall,” which offered them an opportunity to anonymously write about alcohol- or drug-related consequences that affected them, their families, or their community.
SADD meets every other week and new members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Jessica Fulton, John Jay Middle School Social Worker/Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at 763-7669, or visit the KLSD Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Web site via www.klschools.org
Increase Miller Students Embrace Differences Day
In early November, the second and fifth grade classes at Increase Miller Elementary School gathered in the gymnasium for a workshop focusing on disability awareness. This program, entitled “Differences Day,” offered the students a first-hand opportunity to experience challenges faced by those with disabilities. The goal was to help develop positive attitudes and foster tolerance and compassion for people with differences.
The classes rotated through a series of five “simulation stations,” each designed to enlighten students about various disabilities. Each station was comprised of unique activities. SEPTA volunteers and students from John Jay High School’s “World of Difference Club,” led by JJMS/HS social worker Jessica Fulton, assisted at each of the following stations:
Blind and Visual Impairments
Students wore special goggles simulating different types of vision loss. While wearing these “occluders,” students attempted to engage in everyday tasks such as taking a walk, writing their names, and playing catch. Balls replete with special auditory implements (such as beads) were utilized and students were given cards with their names written in Braille.
Deafness and Hearing Impairments
Students began to learn American Sign Language and they were given an “unfair” hearing test simulating hearing loss. They experimented with products designed for the hearing impaired.
Students participated in activities focused on processing information. They were introduced to various disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD.
Gross and Fine Motor Impairments and Physical Disabilities
Students used wheelchairs, walkers and crutches to navigate through the process of completing everyday activities such as carrying a lunch tray. They were provided with cumbersome gloves and asked to complete tasks, thus simulating difficulty with fine motor skills.
Speech and Communication Impairments
Students were involved in activities that simulated articulation challenges. To assist with the challenge, each was provided with a flavored tongue depressor. They were also introduced to the augmentative and alternative communication application on computer tablet.
As they left the gym, students were presented with Difference Day wristbands, a matching game and a sign language riddle. “It’s amazing what you don’t have to think about until you face the need,” noted SEPTA member Judie Frantz. Principal Kerry Ford agreed, “The simulations provide empathy and appreciation of the challenges that other people face.” Teacher Gail Cowan hoped that the students “gained an awareness that everyone is different and that it is important that they understand, respect and accept these differences.”
Special Education PTA (SEPTA) Co-President and Differences Day chairperson Cheryl Orifici explained that the classroom parents run the program after receiving training from the SEPTA parents. She was moved by student response, explaining, “They’re experiencing the frustration felt by students with differences. True empathy and patience is being cultivated.”
Differences Day is presented to second and fifth graders in each Katonah Lewisboro elementary school. The program visits two schools each year, on alternate years. Meadow Pond is the other school to receive the program this year.
Established in 2000, the annual Differences Day program is sponsored by SEPTA, the Katonah Lewisboro Office of Special Services, and the Increase Miller PTA. For more information, please visit the SEPTA website at www.KLSEPTA.org
Increase Miller Students Plant Daffodils for 50th Anniversary
Increase Miller Elementary School celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year! In honor of this milestone, each student planted a white or yellow daffodil bulb around trees and against classrooms in the courtyard during recess periods. The beautiful flowers will bloom this spring.
Very generous Increase Miller parents donated the bulbs, and the PTA Learning and Growing Garden Committee sponsored the activity. Co-chairs Stephanie Sanz and Gretchen Stein organized the planting and explained the procedure to the students. “We wanted to pay tribute to the anniversary by involving a garden, Ms. Sanz explained. “The students will be visually reminded of the experience every spring. We have a nice group of parents that always volunteer.” The committee also helps plant and maintain the school’s organic vegetable garden.
Students were excited to celebrate five decades of learning and achievement at Increase Miller Elementary School!
Coach Nohilly Receives National Scholastic Athletic Foundation Award
The Katonah-Lewisboro School District is proud to congratulate Girls Cross Country Coach Tom Nohilly, who was honored by the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation as Coach of the Week! This top coaching award recognizes leaders from every sport, nationwide.
Coach Nohilly has been working with the John Jay team for three years, and has helped them to succeed impressively. The team made school history recently, becoming the first team in any sport to win the New York Federation Championship and beating out the top public, Catholic and private school teams in the state. Shown at the post-race ceremony at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls are, from left to right: coach Tommy Nohilly, Gemma Nuttall, Kathryn Nohilly, Isabelle Page, Jordan Johnson, Brooke Nohilly, Gracie Newman, Ella Boker, and coaches Kathleen Anderson and Paul Saloom.
Read more about Coach Nohilly and his award by visiting the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation’s website: http://www.nationalscholastic.org/coachoftheweek/article/1521
. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Coach Nohilly!
John Jay High School Proudly Presents this Year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian
John Jay High School Congratulates Class of 2014 Valedictorian Seth Feder and Salutatorian Jeremy Morowitz. Seth and Jeremy will be honored in June during the annual JJHS graduation ceremony, where they will address their peers and share inspiring words.
Seth, a National Merit Commended Student, is a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and Varsity Baseball Team. In addition, he participates in club sports, is an avid skier, and he plays the drums. Under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Parnis from the University of Connecticut, Seth completed a two year science research project focusing on methods to make bio diesel more cost effective. Seth plans to major in either a pure science or economics.
Jeremy, a National Merit Semifinalist, is the Assistant Captain of the Varsity Hockey Team. He is also a peer group leader who tutors for “Reach Out John Jay.” Jeremy’s science research project dealt with antibody targeting in leukemia. His work with Stephen Chung at Memorial Sloan Kettering is being submitted for publication. Jeremy hopes to major in biology in college and plans to attend medical school.
Congratulations to Seth and Jeremy! More news about the Class of 2014 will be shared as the school year continues.
John Jay Middle School Hosts Luncheon for Katonah-Lewisboro Seniors
The room adjacent to the John Jay Middle School cafeteria was beautifully decorated in preparation for the annual Senior Citizen Fall Luncheon. Each November, students and parents at John Jay Middle School extend heartfelt invitations to local seniors.
Students did a lovely job preparing the room. On each table, they placed place settings and an autumn themed centerpiece. Soft music played in the background as students mingled with their guests and served a variety of hors d’oeuvres. The buffet table, also intricately decorated with carved pumpkins, plants and a welcome banner, contained delicious hot entrees baked by parent volunteers. The meal was complete with a wide variety of desserts, also prepared by generous participants.
The festivities continued after the feast. The guests entered the theatre, where they were treated to the JJMS drama production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
PTO chair Carol Walsh and committee members Adele Lombardi, Trish Carberry, and Joanne Monteleone organized the wonderful event. Laurie Wiegand, driver for the Lewisboro Senior Center, was impressed and grateful. The guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Many of the seniors excitedly thanked and praised the students for a memorable day. “It’s wonderful,” expressed Connie Bobletz. “The kids are all smiles. They do so many things for us and they’re so sweet. (Events such as this) are good for them and good for us!” Loretta Prato agreed, stating, “It was excellent! What they did was unbelievable. We received very good service!”
The luncheon was a success and is a tradition that the JJMS students and community enjoy hosting.
The Dover Quartet Visits John Jay Middle School Orchestra Students
In mid November, the John Jay Middle School orchestra students were treated to a special visit from the Dover Quartet. Orchestra teacher Jacquelyn Curtis arranged for the visit through the Caramoor Student Strings program. Each year, Caramoor hosts a “quartet in residence” that travels to area schools to have a “Concert and Conversation.” The quartet played for the students in the JJMS orchestra room during two sessions – one for sixth graders and another for seventh graders. Afterwards, they afforded time for a very informative question and answer period.
The guest musicians met at the Curtis Institute of Music, have travelled extensively, and are currently enjoying a one year residency at Caramoor. The two violins were masterfully played by Joel Link and Bryan Lee. Camden Shaw was excellent on the cello and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt is a gifted viola player. They chose to play Samuel Barber’s Opus 11 in B minor and the second movement of Beethoven’s Opus 135 in F major. Although they performed classical music, the group takes pleasure in exploring different genres and they love music of all kinds.
The visit was made possible through the co-service sponsorship of the John Jay Middle School PTO and BOCES. For additional information about the quartet, please visit www.doverquartet.com
Board of Education to Hold Special/Study Session Meeting - November 21, 2013
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