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300 Hornidge Road Mamaroneck, NY 10543

 

Tina Wilson, Ed. D.
High School Principal

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twilson@ryeneck.org
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January Mid-Term Exam Schedule

New School Vaccination Requirements

•  Please click HERE to see the new school vaccination requirements which were passed by the New York State Legislature on June
    13, 2019
•  Please click HERE to see Mandatory Requirement for Students Entering or Enrolling in Grade 7 or 12 by September 1, 2018.

Health Education

•  Health Education Curriculum Outline •  Health Education Advisory Council (HEAC) Recommendations
•  SAANYS Special Report:  Student Vaping - A Growing Threat to Student Health

Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC) 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 PAC Members are:

Theresa Spencer (President - Booster Club)
Marci Caplan (High School PTSA VP)
Martina Stoeckhert
Sally Morningstar
Amy Robertson
Leslie Findlay
Addy Park
Stacy Lavelle

PAC Meetings for 2019-2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 17
Tuesday, December 17
Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday, May 12

Social and Emotional Learning (K-12)

•  Please click HERE to view the Social and Emotional Learning K-12 curriculum information.

Rye Neck Parent & Student Portals

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Current News

Students ‘Escape the Vape’ at Rye Neck High School

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Rye Neck High School students participated in events designed to bring awareness to the dangers of vaping and to increase prevention efforts in their school and community. The events were part of the Students Against Destructive Decisions’ Vaping Awareness Week from Nov. 18-22. 

During the “Escape the Vape” challenge, which was facilitated by high school counselor and SADD adviser Susan Hannon and health teacher Shawn Lincoln in all 10th grade health classes, the students solved a series of puzzle-like activities while learning different facts about the dangers of vaping. Working in groups, they began the challenge by popping balloons that contained facts about vaping and revealed a key. The key led to a lock box which contained puzzles they had to put together. These puzzles contained the next clue that led to another key that opened a miniature locker. The locker had more facts about vaping and a limerick to solve, which then led to a lock box that brought them to the last clue. To complete the challenge, the students were tasked with creating a poster about all the facts they had learned about vaping.

“‘Escaping’ required collaboration, teamwork, quick thinking and definitely patience as they worked through the interactive and challenging puzzles,” Hannon said. “It was so much fun watching the students work their way through the clues. The posters they made were very informative, proving that this was an effective way to get across the message that vaping is unhealthy. It is my hope that the students learned more about the dangers of vaping and will think twice when making decisions to vape or not in the future.” 

In addition to the health "Escape the Vape" activity, all high school students learned about the dangers of vaping and its effect on the brain by viewing student-created public service announcements in their English and social studies classes. This was supplemented by presentations in physical education classes, during which SADD members facilitated peer discussions on the topic. The students were also provided with numerous alternatives to vaping or what to do after they quit, and were provided with information on where to seek assistance, from pediatricians and parents to counselors, coaches and friends, to break an addiction.

“The students really tried to connect with the audience, providing anecdotes, personal stories and their own opinions,” Hannon said. “Students don’t always want to hear from adults, teachers or parents when it comes to their decision making. Sometimes it helps to become aware of the dangers of such decisions like vaping from someone your own age who also needs to make the same decisions.” 

Special thanks to SADD president Katelyn Sansotta, vice president Lucille Velikson, treasurer Natalie Goldberg, secretary Anna Romani and public relations officer Mario Capparelli for their efforts in raising awareness about the dangers of vaping.  

 

Art Students Express Creativity in Printmaking

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As part of a culminating project on design in Jennifer Dallow’s Studio Art class, Rye Neck High School students created colorful and bright prints depicting their favorite foods, from ice cream and tacos to fish and popcorn. 

“The purpose of the project was for the students to learn the art of printmaking and to utilize design elements they have studied such as line, shape and balance,” Dallow said. “They learned to carve out a linoleum block, print several inked prints and assemble a collage for a final product.” 

The students, who have been studying carving techniques, printing techniques and effects, sketched out their images before transferring their final designs onto a linoleum block. After demonstrating proper techniques and safety, they carved out a reversed image. Once the carving was complete, they printed their designs and learned through trial and error the amount of ink to use on a block print, as well as what color combinations work best for their particular design. 

“Students always surprise me with this project,” Dallow said. “Color combinations are the most fun for them. When they peel the first print, it's like a magic trick, and you often hear ‘wow' and see a look of pride on their faces. This project generates a real sense of community in the art room. For example, when they are rolling inks for printing, they often share color blends and then compare results and get excited to do more.” 

Dallow hopes her students took away a sense of confidence and will remember that they have created a great body of work thus far in the school year.  

“They have learned a few tricks that will help them in future art projects,” she said. “I also heard a lot of peer complimenting, and I hope to see that continue.” 
 

Senior Named Semifinalist in Achievement-Based Scholarship Program

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Rye Neck High School senior Grace West has been named a semifinalist in the Coca Cola Scholars Program. She was selected based on her academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. 

West, who was chosen out of 93,075 applicants from across the country, is among a select group of 1,928 high school seniors who are in the running to receive a college scholarship worth $20,000.

To become a finalist, West must submit a detailed application, write an essay, provide her high school transcript and recommendations. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select 250 regional finalists by the end of January to proceed in the competition before 150 scholarship winners are announced in March. 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is a corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program that has provided more than $72 million in scholarships over the last 32 years. 
 

Chemistry Students Etch Images on Copper Metal

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Rye Neck High School students – who have been learning about oxidation reduction reactions in Kelly Cappa’s Chemistry of Art class – recently worked in groups to etch images on copper metal to bring their studies to life. 

As part of the science experiment, the students used a black and white picture that was printed on a press-n-peel paper and transferred the image onto a square sheet of copper. Then, they hooked up the copper to electrodes, placed it into a sodium chloride solution and turned on the electricity to begin the etching process. 

“Etching is an example of an oxidation reduction reaction,” Cappa said. “The copper being etched is oxidized by a saltwater solution. Oxidation is often seen through rusting, but it is found in so many more places. This project gave my students a hands-on experience with one of the processes used.”

Rye Neck Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Italian Language

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Two students from Rye Neck Middle School and three students from Rye Neck High School were recently honored for their accomplishments in and dedication to the Italian language and culture. 

Seventh grader Abigail Weidemann, eighth grader Tyler Sergio, sophomore Emelin Echeverria, junior Matteo Renda and senior Giulianna Miceli were recognized during an awards ceremony on Oct. 21. Accompanied by their Italian teachers, Davide Bianco and Rosina Martinelli, they were among students from throughout the county to receive the recognition. 

“The world language department at Rye Neck is extremely proud of all of the hard work and dedication that these students put into the Italian language and culture,” Martinelli said. “We are very fortunate that we are able to celebrate these students and their accomplishments.” 

In addition, Miceli was among 20 students who received a scholarship during the awards ceremony. She was chosen to receive the scholarship for her outstanding achievement and excellence in the Italian language and culture. 

The awards were given by the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations to outstanding students who study the Italian language in Westchester County.
 

Rye Neck High School to Stage “Time and the Conways” as Fall Play

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Featuring a group of talented cast and crew members, Rye Neck High School will present “Time and the Conways” as its fall drama production on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center. 

“Our cast and crew members are tireless and devoted,” theater director Scott Harris said. “They create the entire production and give up countless hours to make it all happen. There are many freshmen and sophomores working on this year’s show; it’s been a real pleasure to see all these new students step up and take the place of last year’s departing seniors. They all worked together with our returning upperclassmen and created a beautiful, moving piece of theater.”
 
“Time and the Conways,” a British drama by playwright J.B. Priestley, was first staged on Broadway in 1938 and then not again until a celebrated Broadway revival two years ago by the Roundabout Theatre Company. It is a time-traveling story of the prosperous Conway family, full of optimism and excitement after WWI ends in 1919 England. 

“But almost 20 years later in 1938, everything has gone wrong,” said Harris, who described the show as a gripping and emotional drama. “Kay, one of the sisters, starts to feel that time has worked against the family, and wishes she could go back and change things. In the last act of the play, she wakes up in 1919 with the strange sense that she can make a difference.” 

Performances are on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Rye Neck High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. They will be available at the door, general admission.
 

Senior Awarded Scholarship for Excellence in Italian

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Rye Neck High School senior Giulianna Miceli has earned special recognition for her accomplishments in the Italian language. During an awards ceremony at the Westchester County Board of Legislators headquarters in White Plains on Oct. 7, she was recognized for her excellence in and appreciation of the Italian language.  

Miceli, a student in Rosina Martinelli’s Advanced Placement Italian language class, was among 17 students to receive the award. 

“The world language department of Rye Neck is extremely proud of this outstanding accomplishment and recognition of Giulianna Miceli as October is Italian Heritage Month,” Martinelli said.

Post-It Notes Send Positive Messages to Rye Neck High School Students

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Members of Rye Neck High School’s Mind Your Mind Club are sending simple, yet powerful messages to their peers thanks to Post-it notes they left throughout the building. Ranging from “You Are Enough” to “Kindness Changes Everything,” “Love Yourself” and “Be Brave,” the messages were designed to spread positivity. 

“We know that school days can sometimes be stressful due to academic or social reasons,” said Nicole Crispinelli, school psychologist and adviser of the club. “Our hope is that a small and thoughtful positive message may serve as a reminder to someone to take a deep breath, remember that feelings are temporary, and that they are supported at school by friends and staff. We all could benefit from viewing these positive messages in the hallway as we are walking around the building.” 

With assistance from Crispinelli and Principal Tina Wilson, members of the Mind Your Mind Club placed the Post-it notes in the shape of a heart on a wall outside the dining hall, as well as in the girls bathrooms around the building. 

Lilly Morningstar, a junior and president of the Mind Your Mind Club, said that while the messages are simple and short, they resonate with her peers and can make a big difference in spreading positivity. 

Throughout the school year, Mind Your Mind Club members raise funds for different mental health organizations and practice different mindfulness techniques, including breathing exercises and yoga, to help them relax and calm down. In addition, in honor of World Mental Health Day, they have been raising awareness about mental health and advocating against social stigma.