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Hot Cocoa Survey Fuels Research
At Ward
You can help students at William B. Ward Elementary School conduct research by answering a perfect question for the wintery days on the way:

How do you like your hot cocoa?
Teacher Jeannine Shields, who runs #OurSTEAMCafe at the school, has begun, her annual survey to collect preferences of people throughout the United States and in other countries. She calls it the #HotCocoa2019 Project.

When the data is in, teachers and students will touch on a range of subjects. They'll use math to chart people's preferences, geography when they talk about the ways residents in different regions like their chocolaty beverages, and so on.

For now, Shields and the Ward students are counting on plenty of people to take the survey. So find it here, and spread it far and wide.

While you're at it, take a photo of a cup of hot cocoa just the way you like it and post it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HotCocoa2019.
'Portfolio Day' Brings Students Advice from Top Art Schools
Art students at New Rochelle High School received some expert advice as representatives from top art colleges reviewed their work at Portfolio Day. 

Seventy-five students presented their artwork as experts gave them feedback and advice on what it takes to get into an art college.  Representatives from some top art colleges - Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and more-attended the event hoping to recruit talented students to their schools. 

"Portfolio Day is a tremendous opportunity for our students to showcase their talent," said House IV principal Dan Gonzalez. "Not only do they get to share their incredible art, they also get to hone their interview and presentation skills as they meet with representatives from the art schools. These are valuable skills they will carry beyond high school," Gonzalez added.

Students from grades nine through 12 shared their portfolios in exhibition spaces right outside of the Museum of Art and Culture. The student portfolios included paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and architecture.  The College and Career Center worked with the high school to organize the event.

Many of the college and art school representatives return to New Rochelle High School for Portfolio Day each year because they know the caliber of talent within the program.  "When a school comes back and recognizes a student's art work, they feel like their work has been validated.  It means their work and their art is worth doing." Gonzalez said.

Each year, a handful of New Rochelle High School graduates enroll in an art college or university program.  Dozens more study art at traditional universities. 
IEYMS Cafeteria Enlivened with Colorful New Furniture
Students at Isaac E. Young Middle School noticed a dramatic change in their cafeteria recently. The school received 43 new cafeteria tables, new countertop seating space, and 27 new countertop stools as part of an ongoing District-wide capital improvement project.

Many of the tables are customized, featuring artistic renditions of the school name or motivational messages like, "Be Creative."  Other tables feature art that reflect school and District values like "Respect, grateful, kindness." Students commented the bright and colorful designs remind them of seating at a mall. 

Interim Principal Dr. Tawanda Robinson believes the new look gives students a greater sense of pride in their school.

"When you inject color, and art, and motivation into a school environment, the students respond to that," Dr. Robinson said.  "Even something as ordinary as a cafeteria table can remind students that our school is a warm, welcoming place."

Assistant Director of Facilities Keith Watkins says the District began replacing cafeteria furniture in all school locations about a year ago.  Most schools have already received the new furniture with New Rochelle High School and Albert Leonard Middle School still remaining.
Sports Schedule
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Dates to Remember
Saturday, November 16: Trinity Play, "Willy Wonka," 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
Monday, November 18:  American Education Week Begins
Monday, November 18:  Davis Fall Book Fair Begins
Monday, November 18:  Trinity PTA Meeting, 7 p.m.
Monday, November 18:  SEPTA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19:  Jefferson Holiday Shoppe Begins
Tuesday, November 19:   Report Cards for Grades 6-12 available online
                                                        Tuesday, November 19:  Board of Education Meeting, Webster School, Public Portion: 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20:  Webster Colonial School Day - Grade 2
Wednesday, November 20:  Planetarium Show, NRHS, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 21:  TheatreWorks Play, "The Women of Lockerbie," NRHS, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22:  Barnard School Spirit Day
Friday, November 22:  Barnard Movie Night, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, November 22:  TheatreWorks Play, "The Women of Lockerbie," NRHS, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23:  NR Fund Pancake Breakfast, NRHS House IV Cafeteria, 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, November 23: New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade, North Ave. & Eastchester Rd.-Bonnefoy Pl., 10 a.m.
Saturday, November 23: TheatreWorks Play, "The Women of Lockerbie," NRHS, 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Basch and Jamie Cantone rehearse a scene from "The Women of Lockerbie."
NRHS Actors Tackle 'Lockerbie' Play - in Verse
The TheatreWorks actors are rehearsing a play unlike any they've done before. Next weekend, they will perform The Women of Lockerbie, about the downing of Pan Am flight 103 in Scotland in 1988.

The players are no stranger to serious topics. Last year, they staged the Arthur Miller classic The Crucible, about the Salem witch trials. But The Women of Lockerbie depicts the aftermath of a catastrophe that many in the audience will remember.

"That makes it ten times more intense," said senior Jamie Cantone. She plays a mother, distraught with grief, who travels to Scotland with her husband to find some sign of the son they lost.

"It made them treat the material with more respect," said Dan Browne, the director. A history teacher at NRHS, Browne took the opportunity to teach the students about the event. He also showed them a BBC documentary on the topic.

"It's also a story of healing," said senior Maddie Bamberger, who plays Hattie, a maid to an American diplomat.

It's an ambitious play, written in verse, and Browne said the actors have put in the extra effort to make it come together.
"I liked the play because it is so heavily character-driven," Browne said. "It's an actors' play. They have worked at it like champs."

It calls for a simple set, but Browne has been ambitious in that area as well, representing a river with a trough of actual water.

"The Women of Lockerbie" plays Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. all three days.
From left: Joel Fridovich, Stephanie Wallach and Joyce Klemperer, the daughter of Dr. William Klemperer.
Pilot, Chemist, Educator
Join NRHS Wall of Fame
A pioneering pilot, a groundbreaking chemist and the longtime director of the Alternative Campus School in the City School District of New Rochelle, joined the New Rochelle High School Wall of Fame this week.

"It's always a source of pride to see the alumni on our Wall of Fame," said Interim Principal Joseph Stavaggi at an unveiling ceremony in the House II stack area on Wednesday.

The inductees were:

Dr. William Klemperer , class of 1944. A physical chemist, Dr. Klemperer was a world leader in the field of molecular spectroscopy (the study of light absorption by molecules). He was also a former NASA adviser.

Stephanie Wallach , c lass of 1964. Wallach was among the first female commercial airline pilots and is a co-founder of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.
Joel Fridovich , class of 1970. Fridovich helped start the Alternative Campus School for the City School District of New Rochelle. He served as the Campus School's director from its start 28 years ago until his retirement in June.

Some of Fridovich's former students attended the ceremony. Fridovich thanked the colleagues and others he met over the years, and gave a special thank you to his students who had let him into their lives.

"I have been made better as a result," Fridovich said. "I will always cherish and appreciate all of you."

New Rochelle Board of Education President Amy Moselhi praised Fridovich for his service to the District.

"We thank Mr. Fridovich for starting the Alternative Campus School," she said. "It serves as a setting for students who find it to be a better teaching and learning environment. It is our goal to build on his vision and to move the students to a state of the art facility."

Wallach said she was humbled to join other luminaries on the Wall of Fame, which actually lines two walls along a hallway off the House II stack area.

"I can't think of a nicer honor," she said.

Dr. Klemperer was honored posthumously. His daughter, Joyce Klemperer, attended to express gratitude for the designation.

"New Rochelle was an important time for my father," she said. "I know he enjoyed his years here."

Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo said she was impressed by the inductees and the other members on the wall, spotlighting leaders in the sciences, performing arts, business and more.

"It's an attribute of the high school to have so many great people come from here," she said. "It speaks to the hard work and dedication of all the educators and family members and community members over the years."

Nominations for next year's inductees will be open from Dec. 1, 2019 until May 31, 2020. Instructions on how to nominate alumni will be posted on the District's and NRHS' websites.

Huguenots Take on Utica Tomorrow in Mahopac
The Huguenots return to Mahopac tomorrow to take on Utica Proctor in the a state regional championship.
The New Rochelle High School varsity football team is still undefeated. Tomorrow, the New Rochelle High School varsity football team, still undefeated, heads to Mahopac to take on Carmel High School in the Class AA finals.
Having finished the regular season with a 7-0 record, the Huguenots won the quarterfinal playoff game, defeating Arlington 42-7. They then defeated John Jay East Fishkill 38-14 in the semifinal.
Last Saturday, they defeated Carmel High School 42-14.
Tomorrow's game begins at 5 p.m. at Mahopac High School, 421 Baldwin Place Road, Mahopac.
Baseball Agent to Speak in NRHS on Wednesday
Mark Leinweaver, a professional baseball agent and former college athlete will return to the Whitney M. Young Jr. Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 20, to speak on college athletic recruiting. 

Leinweaver was well received when he spoke in the auditorium last year.

For more information, contact the Athletic Department, 576-4586.
Pancake Breakfast and Thanksgiving Parade Coming, with New Route
The annual Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast and Parade are coming next week, on Nov. 23, and there's a new route for the procession.

The parade will start, as always, at North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 10 a.m., by the Huguenot Children's Library. It will proceed 1.5 miles straight down North Avenue, through downtown to Bonnefoy Place. (It will not turn onto Main Street as in the past.) It is sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

The pancake breakfast comes first. All the pancakes you can eat for $5. The annual event, a fundraiser for the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, will start at 8 a.m. in the House 4 cafeteria of New Rochelle High School, at the entrance off Braemar and North avenues. It ends at 9:30 a.m., in time to start lining up for the parade.