March Planetarium Show - March 29, 2017
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Place: New Rochelle High School Planetarium
Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Shows begin promptly and no one is admitted once the door closes
Dear Families and ALMS Students,
We are grateful to work with our fabulous students, talented staff members, and incredible families. Thank you for your continued collaboration as we work to support our students on their quest to become their personal best!
Here at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our entire school community in an academically challenging and supportive learning environment. In particular, we have devoted time at ALMS to promote the up-stander mentality (as opposed to the by-stander mentality) when it comes to bullying.
We thank STOMP Out Bullying (CEO Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets (Mr. Jesse Linder) for coming to ALMS, last school year, and for recognizing our entire school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying in our school. We had a special day with Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker visiting the school and speaking about bullying from both a by-stander and victim's perspective. Although we had a full audience, you could have heard a pin drop as these personal stories were shared with our engaged students. It is quite an honor for Albert Leonard and the district for us to be the first school recognized in The New York Jets' School Recognition Program. Congratulations to all! Mr. Barnes spoke at Met Life Stadium, over the summer, to a panel of educators looking to combat bullying in their school organizations. For more information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org.
Our PTA is actively involved in all aspects of our school, and we are a better school as a result of our partnership and strong home/school connection. This past year, Fran Nordquist and Nancy Podhradsky served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms. Nordquist for her two years of service as our PTA President and will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Kim Castellano for joining Ms. Podhradsky as our 2016/2017 PTA Co-Presidents, and look forward to a great year of working together.
Cheers to a wonderful school community and a phenomenal 2017!
The Eighth Annual Family University will be presented at New Rochelle High School on Monday evening, March 13, 2017 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Family University is a program that brings together middle and high school students and their parents for workshops on healthy adolescent development. A notable keynote presentation by Ty Sells, “Creating Connections that Count” will provide practical and proven ways for parents and students to connect with one another. Spanish speaking parents will have translation headsets available as well as the choice of a workshop conducted in Spanish.
This year we have partnered with the New Rochelle YMCA for registration. Review the attached brochure to select your workshop and register by phone (632-1818), in person (50 Weyman Ave.) or Register Online (detailed online instructions attached). The nominal registration fee of $5.00 per person includes a buffet dinner provided by Gemelli, the choice of a specific educational workshop of interest and the keynote presentation. Although you may walk-in on the night of the event, we strongly encourage pre-registration.
We look forward to welcoming you to our 2017 Family University, sponsored by New York Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in collaboration with the City School District of New Rochelle, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances), the YMCA and the high school and middle school PTA’s.
The YOUNG ENGINEERS SCHOOL (Y.E.S.) is now accepting applications for this summer. This program, now in its’ tenth summer, is an outstanding enrichment opportunity for middle school students who have shown and continue to show proficiency in Math, Science, and Technology Ed. Students must be currently attending the New Rochelle Public Schools. We offer expert instruction combined with fascinating experiments and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities specially designed for middle school students. The program runs in two week sessions at A.L.M.S. Students can sign up for one two week session, during which time a daily snack and lunch will be provided. Transportation is not provided. The hours of operation are from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday., the cost for one two week session is $350.00. For more information and/or brochure/applications please contact Mr. Stephen G. May, in the Technology Education Dept. at A.L.M.S. at email@example.com. Due to the popularity of this program seats fill up quickly. Applications will be accepted until April 21, 2017.
Lily Young (8th grade) has just returned from the National Synchronized Skating Championship in Rockford, IL. She and her teammates have earned the gold medal and National Champion title for the 2nd year in a row. Synchronized Skating – Lily skates on a team of 16 skaters and competed in the Championship against 11 of the best teams from around the Country. Congrats to Lily and all her hard work!
2017 New York National Geographic State Bee
Semifinalist Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Student Named Jeremy Bramson National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society
Student’s Name: Jeremy Bramson
School Name and Address: Albert Leonard Middle School, New Rochelle, NY
The above-named student has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 New York National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017.
This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 29th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 14-17, 2017. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all expenses paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Visit www.natgeobee.org for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
The National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD will air the 2017 National Geographic Bee Championship, moderated by journalist and humorist Mo Rocca, on Friday, May 19, at 8 p.m. ET. Public television stations will broadcast the final round at a later date. Check local television listings for the air date and time in your area.
How would you fare as a Bee contestant? At the school Bees this year, students had to answer questions like these:
The North Platte and South Platte Rivers meet in which state—New Mexico or Nebraska?
Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?
Sea otters sometimes wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away. Sea otters can be found near eastern Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk in which ocean?
The island of Mauritius [maw-RISH-uhs] in the Indian Ocean has multicolored sand dunes. It’s weird, but it’s true! Mauritius lies off the southeast coast of which continent that includes the Kalahari Desert?
What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo or an aquifer?
MEDIA NOTE: Prior to the state finals on March 31, press materials with additional information about the state- and national-level contests will be posted at natgeo.org/newsroom. To be notified when these materials are available, or for other inquiries, contact Farley Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org / 202-775-6119) with the National Geographic Society Communications Department. You may also contact the State Bee coordinator for additional information.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
Jordan J. Williams (Gr. 6) and Paul Taylor (Gr. 7), ALMS Students, were among the many children that honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Shiloh Baptist Church in New Rochelle, Jan. 15, 2017. Jordan’s essay was the winner in the 11- 13-year-old category in Shiloh’s annual oratorical contest, now in its 19th year. Jordan edged out Paul Taylor, a young man with a booming voice who struggled to recall the words to his speech during last year’s contest. But, Paul returned this year and remembered every word. He focused on the civil rights leader Malcolm X. "Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X also fought for equal rights,” said Paul, 13. “Though their styles were different, Malcolm X was able to encourage, inspire and empower the black community.” The young man’s tenacity won the praise of judges and Shiloh pastor DeQuincy Hentz. “You’re not a quitter,” Hentz told him. “You understand that if I go down I can get back up.”
Congratulations to all the participants!
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The 2nd half of the year Student Pass Metro cards will be available to purchase on line as well as in the main office starting January 24th. Cost is $115.00.
On Dec 8th, Mandarin 2H and 1BH classes went on a trip to China Institute near Wall Street in Manhattan. On the trip, the students listened to a presentation about Chinese artworks from 3 A.D. to 6 A.D., followed by an exhibition of the artworks. Students also had an opportunity to learn to use a Chinese painting brush to draw bamboos.
It was a great experience for the students to understand Chinese culture more. They really enjoyed the trip.
Teachers Ms. Noboa, Ms. Stewart, and Ms. Manjarres, took their Spanish 1B classes to La Herradura restaurant in Mamaroneck on December 15, 2016. The students ordered their food, drinks and dessert in Spanish and enjoyed them. They also watched and helped with a guacamole preparation demonstration. The purpose of this trip was to work on practical application of speaking Spanish in real life and appreciation of a Spanish-speaking culture.
Robin Hood Has Left the Building, A Stellar Performance!
Something spectacular happened at Albert Leonard Middle School on Friday, December 16th. Twenty Nine troubadors with even more supporting backstage crew took to the boards of the Junior Auditorium brilliantly performing “Robin Hood Has Left the Building”, an original satiric one-act play. Edwin Barrios and Yuri Sandmeier ran the sound for the show.
A medieval newsboy (Brandon Maddox) set off the first explosive scene proclaiming headlines… “King Richard in Holy Lands; Peace talks with Saladin!”. The Queen Mum (Sarah Rothenstreich) established herself as the matriarch, crushing her entire Royal Guard in one fell swoop (Estabon Delgado, Bernabe Rangel and Dwight Richards). Oppressed peasants (Heaven Brown, Kathleen Cremins, Peyton Edwards, Dyana Garcia, Hannah Muriel, Carys Nardozzi, Cecilia Roe and Emma Stockhausen) waved demonstration signs spurring the action of the historic fable, crying for an end of the crusades. Prince John (Matthew Dodd) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Matthew Conway) forever at odds, were equally capable of evil, taxing the peasants and pocketing the money. The rich barons (Katie Alago, Brooke O’Brien and Katie Trinidad) swore allegiance to Prince John and signed a Contract of Conspiracy, a redacted document which was impossible to read but clearly a threat to King Richard. Meanwhile Maid Marion (Micaja Lorse) “a modern medieval girl”, spotted the conspiracy and headed to Sherwood Forest to clue in Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Robin (Victor Garcia-Gallet) Little John (Sonia McCuthen) and Friar Tuck (Israel Illa) catch the Barons red handed with hard earned peasant money. Robin and his men head to the castle to take down Prince John. Meanwhile Maid Marion gets kidnapped by the Sheriff and is about to be dealt with along with a line of peasants. Just when the Torturer (Sam Kendall) is about to take care of business, along comes Robin Hood to the rescue. He and his men valiantly attempt to take on the Royal Guard and Prince John with swords and karate chops. Just in time, His Majesty’s Secret Service (Brandon Maddox and Cameron Carter) appear on the scene, scoping out security for the monarchy. Mighty King Richard (Sebastian Delgado) breaks up the party riding in on horseback and introducing Saladin the Brave (Miles Archibald). In a twist ending, the too-cool-for-school Marion winds up marrying hipster Saladin (“My mother was a beatnik”, he says) leaving Robin cold at the altar and everyone calling the green-glad hero a square.
All of the dedicated students put a lot of work into learning their lines at breakneck speed for a performance slated to highlight the newly formed ALMS Rep just before the Winter Holiday Break. The cast included sixth, seventh and eighth grade performers and craftspeople, some who have even been enrolled in both Theatre in a Trunk and Backstage Pass for three years. The two programs have been performing at ALMS since 2013. They have performed original material and occasionally classic plays by William Shakespeare. The productions so far have included “We Gather together, A Zombie Thanksgiving”, “The Deadbeats”, “Little Red: When Fairy Tales Collide”, this winter’s production, and the classic play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Last year we were fortunate to perform “Little Red” at the Ozzie Davis Theatre in the New Rochelle Library as part of “Our Children, Our Artists” celebration. SEPTA and the PTA have been generous contributors to our programs. Sincere thanks to all staff and friends who have contributed their efforts to make this challenging venture a success. Please see the attached statement written and read by Agustino Atallah and Katie Alago on Friday night after the performance. The program notes specify staff and other contributors.
City Hall, Carew Room
City Hall, Carew Room
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