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Restorative Practices Workshop Planned for January 7
A workshop on Restorative Practices will be held for parents and guardians of students in New Rochelle High School, Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 in NRHS.

The plan for the workshop stemmed from the high level of interest in Restorative Practices expressed by community members who attended the Board of Education's Nov. 14 Town Hall meeting on the topic.

Parents and guardians who would like to attend the session are asked to register in advance. Register by calling your child's middle or high school or by signing up in person at the school's main office.
App Makes
Home Access Center Information More Convenient
Parents and guardians who review their students' attendance, report cards and other information on the Home Access Center (HAC) can keep track of the information even more conveniently using the center's app.
Available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, the app can be found by searching "eSchoolPLUS Family".

You must have an HAC account to use the app. If you don't have one, sign up here.

Once the app downloads to your device, enter the required information to begin reviewing everything available on the HAC, which includes attendance records, schedules, state test scores and report cards. For middle and high school students, interim progress reports are also included.

Parents and guardians can also use the app to email teachers, and to change the phone numbers and email addresses they have on file with the City School District of New Rochelle. Please note that physical mailing addresses cannot be changed through the app or HAC. Changes of physical address must be made in person, at the main office of your student's school.

Download the Home Access Center app to simplify keeping track of your student's progress.
'Season of Light' Show Stars
at Planetarium
A New Rochelle holiday tradition returns tomorrow - Saturday, December 15 - with the "Season of Light" show at the New Rochelle High School planetarium.

The culturally inclusive show explores the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions such as the "Star of Bethlehem."

"The show explains how different cultures and religions light up the darkest part of the year," said planetarium director Bruce Zeller.

The show, a holiday season favorite in the community, has been presented in one form or another since about 1970. It is free and open to the public.

"Season of Light" will be presented this year on the following schedule:

* Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m.
* Monday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.
* Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m.

Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of each show. Attendees are asked to be prompt; there will be no admission once the show has begun.

The High School planetarium is located at Flandreau and Argyle avenues.
Great Guidance Office Tips
* Seniors: Transcript request forms for the Jan. 1, 2019 college application deadline should have been submitted to your counselor already. If you need to meet the deadline and have not given your counselor a transcript request, please do so immediately.

* Score reports from the October PSAT will arrive soon, but if you took the test, you can already find them in your Naviance account or college board account.
Sports Schedule
For upcoming New Rochelle athletic competitions, check out*

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Dates to Remember
Saturday, December 15: 
Planetarium Show, "Season of Light," NRHS, 5 p.m.

Monday, December 17-19:

Holiday Boutique, Webster

Monday-Friday, December 17-21:
Winterfest, IEYMS

December 17-20:

Holiday Boutique, Columbus

Monday, December 17:
Planetarium Show, "Season of Light," NRHS, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 18:
Board of Education COW Session,
Linda E. Kelly Theater, NRHS, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19:
Holiday Concert, Webster, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19:
WinterFest Instrumental, NRHS, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19:
Planetarium Show, "Season of Light," NRHS, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 20:
Winter Concert, Jefferson, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 20:
WinterFest Choral, NRHS, 7 p.m.

Friday, December 21:
School Spirit Day, Barnard

Friday, December 21:
PTA Holiday Luncheon, Columbus

Friday, December 21:
Popcorn Friday, Ward

Friday, December 21:
Sing-Along, Jefferson, 2 p.m.

Monday, December 24-
Tuesday, January 1:

Winter Recess
New Rochelle Cheerleaders Chasing Squad Goals
New Rochelle Varsity Cheer Squad prepares for run at National, Sectional and State titles.
The New Rochelle High School varsity cheerleading squad earned a bid to return to the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in February. The team qualified after competing at the Small Varsity Division 1 level during the UCA Pocono Regional at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania last Sunday. Teams were scored based on overall performance, motions, tumbling, impression, difficulty of stunts, execution, dance and cheer.

The New Rochelle squad now advances to the Championship event Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Florida, where it will compete in Traditional Cheer and Game Day. The cheerleaders will display the skills they applied while cheering the football team on to the state finals.

The February showdown is the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country, with more than 800 teams and 15,000 athletes participating. It is held at the Walt Disney World® Resort and nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN2.

The squad is coached by Angela Trozzi, Ashley Brennan and James Bench. Trozzi and Brennan cheered together throughout their years at New Rochelle High School.

"We're looking to build upon our performances each week," said Head Coach Trozzi. "The team is predominately seniors, and they are highly motivated to end their season on a high note at Nationals and, hopefully, States."

The New Rochelle varsity team won the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in 2013, and is hoping to advance to the finals this year, something they have fallen short of in recent years.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the team will compete at North Rockland High School. The team is also eyeing a trip to the Cheerleading State Championships at the Rochester Institute of Technology in March. After Nationals, the team will compete in Sectionals, which will determine whether it qualifies for the State Finals.
WinterFest Concerts
Coming to NRHS
Choral students prep for their holiday performance with the guidance of Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro.
The sounds of the season will ring out with the voices and musicianship of hundreds of New Rochelle High School students when the annual WinterFest concerts return to the Whitney M. Young Jr. Auditorium next week.

The songs and musical pieces celebrating the holidays, the season and just pure fun span two nights.

On Wednesday, musicians take the stage with the Winterfest Instrumental Concert. The WinterFest Choral Concert follows on Thursday. Both begin at 7 p.m. The Whitney Auditorium is near the high school's main entrance at 265 Clove Road.

The singers and musicians have been practicing for the performances. Wednesday's concert will feature band and orchestra students playing a variety of pieces.

"I wanted the students to be challenged, but I also wanted the music to be really fun so that they would enjoy learning the repertoire and demonstrate that to the audience during the concert," said Orchestra Director Suzanne Morello. She has been preparing the students with Band Director Mark Cooper.

The singers have been training with Choral Director Jeremy Barbaro, who began just this year, and with David Jutt, Choral Co-Director and accompanist.
"There's definitely a broad range of songs and a fresh new feel to the music," said junior Kate Lichtman, a soprano one, who has a solo in Variations on Jingle Bells in the choral concert.

Barbaro has been training the students with the McClosky Technique, which incorporates body alignment, facial exercises, muscle relaxation practices and more to help free the voice. Lichtman said she feels more confident preparing for her solo because of the new training. Sophomore Angelina Hurst said working with the techniques has changed her range.

"I can reach higher notes," she said. "I'm a soprano one now. I was a soprano two."

It is tradition for the choral concert to finish with Chorale alumni joining the singers on stage in performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

Barbaro assured the students that all will go well if they apply themselves one hundred percent.

"Bring your A-game, give it your focus," he said, "and it will come together nicely."
Columbus Students Making Moves at Chess Tournament
Columbus Chess Team members celebrating their Dec. 1 tournament successes.
The Columbus Elementary School Chess Team competed in its first National Scholastic Chess Foundation tournament of the school year on Dec. 1. The tournament, held at Columbus, saw 99 students representing more than 20 different schools from New York and Connecticut compete. 

Students from Columbus Elementary school won eight awards in three sections - Reserve, Booster and Novice - including team successes in all three sections.

"There were many hard-fought battles throughout the day, and many lessons learned," said Chess Team faculty coordinator and ESL teacher Mark Hegenauer - a 2017 recipient of the Scholastic Service Award from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation for inspiring and mentoring young chess players.

Eight Columbus students competed in the Reserve section. The team of Alan Verghese, Ignacio Valencia, Dylan Minchez, Naolin Concha, Dylan Solovyev, Constantine Zelatis, Aiden Rodrigues and Kevin Lopez took 1st Place honors. Individually, Solovyev won a 2nd place, Zelatis took 3rd place and Rodrigues came in at 5th place. Lopez achieved a 2nd place ranking in the under 750 sub-category.

The five-player team of Joel Salick, Gabriela Cesar, Salvador Torres and the Murgias - Gianna and Giovanna - took 1st Place in the Booster section.

The team of Giuliano Murgia, Ashly Corazao, Bryson Sanchez and Tony Zepeda won 2nd place in the 2-3 Novice section. Zepeda also scored an individual award for 7th place.

"We are so proud of our chess players and their amazing chess leader, Mr. Hegenauer," said Columbus Principal Michael Galland. "He and the team from Columbus travel multiple tournaments throughout the school year, including nationals."

New Rochelle was also represented by students from Isaac E. Young Middle School and Daniel Webster Magnet School.
ALMS, IEYMS Students Wow NBC's TODAY  Show Crew
today show
Isaac E. Young & Albert Leonard Middle School students with the TODAY Show's Bobbie Thomas.
Students from both City School District of New Rochelle middle schools were praised for their intelligence, honesty and heart after impressing the crew of NBC's TODAY Show during a segment on peer pressures and the impact of judging less and accepting more.

During the segment - entitled #NoJudgementTODAY - the five students were interviewed by TODAY's Bobbie Thomas. Eigth graders Aurelie Maurice and Marcia Garcia represented Isaac E. Young, while Thomas "Noah" Annarone, Daasabre "Daas" Ohene Clement McPhee-Djan and Emma Farley - sixth, seventh and eighth graders respectively - represented Albert Leonard.

Meeting for the first time shortly before the taping, which took place at Albert Leonard on Dec. 3, the students struck up such a lively and comfortable rapport, it was all but impossible to tell they came from two different schools. Following the interview, they were all dancing in the hallways together.

The segment aired on the Dec. 7. You can watch it here.