John Jay High School
60 North Salem Road, Cross River, NY 10518
Kim Piccolino Antonio Ramos
Business Law Students See Justice Served Firsthand
John Jay High School Business Law teacher Michael Cohen offered his students the opportunity to witness the legal process.
“Part of my philosophy as a business teacher is to use our community as a classroom, and it happens that ‘The People's Court’ is taped in nearby Stamford,” said Cohen.
All 25 students in last year’s class, ranging from grades 10 to 12, expressed a desire to attend and after several calls, they secured tickets to appear in the audience.
“We were in the audience for seven cases, and I could see the students light up whenever they knew aspects of the law that were being applied,” Cohen said. “Upon our debrief, I learned many students reached the same decisions as the arbitrators.”
So far, two episodes featuring JJHS students in the audience have aired on FOX.
This year, Cohen is teaching an additional section of Business Law and hopes to repeat the trips to “The People’s Court.”
“The plan is to go once in the fall as the students are learning the foundations of the law and we can reflect on the cases we saw as we learn throughout the semester,” he said. “In the spring, we will go again, apply the law, keep a record of how each student would arbitrate each case and compare it with the arbitrator of the show.”
Episodes featuring John Jay students will continue to air on FOX on Nov. 25 and two to-be-determined dates in December at 3 p.m.
‘The Dining Room’ Comes to Life at HS
When A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” opens at John Jay High School on Thursday, Nov. 20, audiences will be treated to a non-traditional play.
“It’s 18 scenes that are all unconnected — except they are all set in a dining room,” said Director William Friedman. “While it is daunting logistically, the quality of theatricality is something I really like.”
With no set changes and dozens of characters, every actor has about the same size role.
“It’s a real ensemble,” said Friedman.
Students were intrigued by “The Dining Room” from the start and learned quickly that it’s challenging to transition from one character to the next, from learning lines to portraying mannerisms, as the scenes progress.
“It’s really dynamic and interesting,” said senior Isabel, who plays the roles of Sally, Peggy, Kate and Ruth in the production.
Added Samuel Leo Blum, “I like that everyone gets a chance to play a lot of different parts. It’s challenging to see how I can relate to each one.” His characters are Charlie, Architect, Stuart, Jim and a Party Guest across five different dining room scenes. “The audience may be a little confused at first, but they may want to come see it again,” said the senior.
For Friedman, watching the actors adapt to the format has been inspiring.
“The actors are really smart,” he said. “The audience will never get bored.”
“The Dining Room” – Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
John Jay High School students met some feathered friends as part of the Wilderness Class curriculum.
John Jay High School students volunteered their time over the weekend to
work alongside Lewisboro Garden Club members in planting more than
4,000 daffodils at the school
From the Nurse’s Offices of KLSD
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes been resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.
The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State.
Symptoms to Look For:
How It Is Spread
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with a person who has the virus, or by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
What You Can Do Protect Yourself
It is important to protect yourself and others reminding your children to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza (flu).
These prevention steps are especially important for individuals or persons with family members who are infants, or who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
What to Do If Your Child Feels Ill
If your child is sick with a runny nose, cough, fever, or aches which are signs of an upper respiratory infection, do not send your child to school. Allow them to rest and recover at home. Contact your medical provider immediately if your child becomes seriously ill.
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