District Announcements

  • 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

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  • 2017-2018 school budget review sessions begin March 9

    In preparation for the May 16 school budget vote, the City School District of New Rochelle Board of Education will be holding its 2017-2018 school budget review sessions. The district welcomes the community's input.

    The district's finance staff is working on crafting a proposed budget to present to the board for adoption at its April 19 meeting. Final numbers for the proposed budget will not be available until April. 

    Meetings will take place on March 9, 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. at the New Rochelle High School Library. All meetings will be broadcast live on the district's website and rebroadcast on Cablevision Channel 70 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30.

    Putting together a school budget in New York State is complex. The district continues to follow zero-based budgeting development practices, meaning all expenses must be justified for each new period, starting from a "zero base," with every function analyzed for its needs and costs.

    "We stay focused on what's most important, and that is providing the best educational programs and services to our students, while making sure everyone's needs are met in a healthy and safe environment," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.  "We prioritize continuing approaches that are working, and then we look at what enhancements we can make to better support all our students."

    Questions about any aspect of the proposed budget can be emailed to the district at budgetquestions@nredlearn.org.

    Osborne stressed that the community's involvement is important. "The input that we receive matters, and we appreciate the engagement of the community."

     

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  • Rent the Runway making prom magic for seniors

    New Rochelle High School seniors will have the opportunity to walk into their prom in June dressed in free high-end designer clothes, courtesy of Jennifer Hyman, a NRHS alum and CEO of Rent the Runway.

    Hyman, Class of 1998, made the generous offer in October when she was inducted into the New Rochelle High School Wall of Fame. She said the gift was her way of giving back to her alma mater, where she developed the confidence to face the world.

    Rent the Runway is a successful New York City-based online service that provides designer dresses and accessories for rent at a fraction of the retail price. The company also has a handful of stores in major U.S. cities, including New York City.

    On Friday, March 24, starting at 8 p.m., Rent the Runway's flagship store at 30 W. 15th Street will be open exclusively to NRHS seniors. Students can visit the store to select dresses and accessories.

    Students who are unable to go to the store will receive a free promo code that will allow them to rent their dresses and accessories entirely online. Their selections will then be mailed to their homes.

    "That will be a lot of pressure off parents because it's very expensive to dress for the prom," said NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson. "With Rent the Runway, every girl can dress in high quality designer clothes. Jen is giving our students the opportunity to experience a rite of passage that isn't affordable to everyone in our community."

    This is the second time that Hyman has provided prom dresses to NRHS seniors. She made the offer last year as well, but because the announcement came in May, most students had already made arrangements for their prom dresses. Only 80 students availed themselves of the opportunity.

    Richardson said details of the Rent the Runway offer came early enough this year to greatly increase the likelihood of participation. 

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  • Jefferson teachers moving beyond traditional methods

    At a recent meeting, teachers and administrators from Jefferson Elementary School shared with the Board of Education how professional learning strategies are impacting classroom instruction. The instructional practices they discussed were student-driven and focused on the application of acquired information, as well as problem solving.

    When discussing literacy instruction, Principal Kimmerly Nieves shared that teachers at Jefferson are going beyond traditional methods. She was particularly excited about the success students are having when they use an instructional practice called accountable talk.  Accountable talk involves collaborative discussion among students and includes repeating what was read, clarifying the meaning, making connections and revising understanding upon further reflection.

    Teacher Stefanie Syken shared how Jefferson teachers are supporting their students in mathematical investigations that are leading to higher understandings. The guiding principle of these investigations is that students come to school with existing ideas about numbers and then build upon those ideas when provided with the proper environment, interaction and support.

    Regardless of the subject, the students at Jefferson are being provided with valuable opportunities to talk with their peers about their ideas, discuss different viewpoints and continually add to their prior knowledge. And through ongoing professional development and colleague support, educators are learning how to better support their students in their investigations and discoveries.

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  • New Rochelle schools host immigration workshops

    Hundreds of local residents packed New Rochelle High School and Columbus Elementary School last month to attend immigration rights workshops held just days after the Trump administration announced measures that would greatly expand the deportation of illegal immigrants. The workshops were planned in response to anxiety expressed by residents who were hearing rumors about immigration raids.

    At NRHS, three student groups - Hispanic Culture Club, United Cultures Club and Newcomer Ambassadors - asked the school to host a workshop. Columbus Elementary opened its doors after Councilman Louis Trangucci reached out to Principal Michael Galland and voiced the need to come together to squash rumors and reassure residents that New Rochelle is a welcoming and caring community that values all law-abiding people and families.

    "Many families are terrified. There is uncertainty, fear and confusion about what the authorities will or will not do, and that stress is being absorbed by children," said Galland. "As educators, our duty is to nurture children emotionally, socially and intellectually."

    More than 500 people attended the Feb. 16 immigration forum at Columbus Elementary, which included a presentation by The Westchester Hispanic Coalition that addressed issues related to immigration laws. Graciela Heyman, the executive director, spoke about the rights of immigrants and offered advice on how to respond when face-to-face with immigration officials.

    Commissioner Patrick Carroll and Captain Adrian Navarrete of the New Rochelle Police Department were present to reassure residents that police officers would continue to focus on the safety of the community.

    More than 200 people attended the workshop at NRHS on Feb. 15. It included a presentation on scholarship opportunities for undocumented students, including those who were brought to the United States as children, currently covered under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

     The discussion was led by representatives of the CUNY Becas scholarship program and The Guidance Center of Westchester. The Hudson Valley Community Coalition also provided information on DACA and undocumented immigrants.

     Officer Edward Martinez of the New Rochelle Police Department addressed the gathered families and told them that officers would not pursue immigrants or ask them to produce documents. Rather, he said, the focus would continue to be on fighting crime.

     Gustavo Barbosa, house principal at NRHS, said the evening was successful because of the support by Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne and other district officials.

     "Not many school districts are willing to provide this level of support to immigrant families," said Barbosa. "In New Rochelle, we really understand that what happens in our community has a direct impact on our students' academic performance and how they feel when they come to school. That's why it was important to reach out."

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  • School Budget Community Input Forum and School Budget Review Sessions

    Please see attached letter to New Rochelle Neighbors from Ms. Rachel Relkin, President, Board of Education

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  • Nicolas Cracco named new principal at Henry Barnard

    The City School District of New Rochelle has appointed Dr. Nicolas Cracco as the new principal of the Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center. The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Cracco at its meeting last week.

    Dr. Cracco was the assistant principal of the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School, P.S. 185, in New York. He previously taught mathematics at Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy in the Bronx.

    "His experience as an educator and administrator will be a great asset as we continue to provide an excellent early childhood education for students at Henry Barnard," said Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne.

    Dr. Cracco received a bachelor's degree in psychology from C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, a master's degree in mathematics from the City University of New York, and a doctorate of education in instructional leadership from St. John's University. He also earned an advanced certificate in school building and school district leadership from St. John's University.

    "It is an honor to come lead a prestigious school such as Henry Barnard Early Childhood Center as its next principal," Dr. Cracco said. "I look forward to building on the programs that are in place and can't wait to begin working with the parents, students, teachers and staff."

    He will join Henry Barnard as principal on Jan. 3, 2017.

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  • Board of Education Appoints Supervisor of Physical Education and Health

    Please see attached announcement.

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  • Thanksgiving Message from the Superintendent of Schools - Español Abaja

    This Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, we, as members of The City School District of New Rochelle, are thankful for and embrace our rich diversity. Please read this message from our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne shared at the November 22 Board of Education meeting:

    Since our last meeting on November 1st there was an election for President of the United States.  In the wake of this Presidential election, many voices have been heard throughout the country and here in New Rochelle. Some of those voices have expressed concern about divisions among us; some have expressed hope that we will be able to come together as one country; and some have expressed messages of hate and contempt for others which are deeply troubling.

    At least for the moment, we are seeing an escalated national level of intolerance, incivility and intimidation.  Our students are well aware of current events, and many have articulated to me that there is fear among some that they will not be afforded the protections they deserve, or will be treated as non-participants in the American dream.

    The success of public education in New Rochelle and the meaning of our mission statement is more important than ever.   As the leader of this school district, I am confident that I speak for our faculty, our administrators, our support staff and our community when I say that our schools will and must be a place of welcome and support for all of our students.  All means All.  Our mission statement says that we embrace our rich diversity.  We are intentional in this language.  It is not our mission to tolerate difference or accept those unlike ourselves. We embrace our rich diversity.

    This means that we actively welcome, celebrate, support, and serve all our students and families, and that the differences among us add value for all of us.  All means all - all ethnicities, all religions, all races, all family structures, all sexual identities, all sexual orientations, all learning challenges, all differences in physical abilities, all places of birth, all immigrants, all income levels, all walks of life.  

    In the presidential campaign and the aftermath of the election, the rhetoric of our national political discourse at the highest levels has stereotyped, targeted and blamed many groups by name, provoking fear and doubt.  In response to that rhetoric, let us be clear that embracing our rich diversity means that here in the City School District of New Rochelle, we honor, embrace and celebrate those who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or searching; those that are of African descent, who are Latino or Asian or Indian or Native American, or European; those that are biracial or multiracial; those who are undocumented or documented or citizen, born in the US or anywhere else; those who are differently abled or who learn differently; those whose native language is Spanish or Creole or English or any other language; those who are female, transgendered, cisgendered or male; those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or questioning - and all who are rich and complex intersections.  And we mean this about each one of our children and staff and parents and community members, taking our individual differences not as something to tolerate but as something to celebrate, something that adds value, to be supported and protected.    

    Accordingly, in this time of uncertainty, we reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of each person and the values that reflect the strength of our democracy, and the continuing vitality of our national founding documents:

     

    ♦    Our schools will remain places of civility and respect, and we will not accept abusive conduct towards any student.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students where differences in race, ethnicity or religion will be respected and appreciated

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for students of all gender identities or sexual orientation.

    ♦    Our schools will remain havens of safety for all students of all national origins and without regard to immigration status.

     

    I’ll end the superintendent's update by quoting from Principal Richardson’s powerful letter to students the day after the election: “I want you to know that you are loved and supported by your family,  all of the adults here at school as well as those in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community as New Rochelle.  I ask that you never take this for granted and take full advantage of the opportunities presented by living and learning in a community as diverse as this one.”

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    Desde nuestra última reunión el día 1 de noviembre hubo elecciones para Presidente de los Estados Unidos. A raíz de esta elección presidencial, muchas voces se han escuchado en todo el país y aquí en New Rochelle. Algunas de esas voces han expresado su preocupación por las divisiones entre nosotros; algunos han expresado la esperanza de que podamos unirnos como un solo país; y algunos han expresado mensajes de odio y desprecio hacia otros que son profundamente preocupantes.

    Por el momento, estamos viendo un escalado a nivel nacional de intolerancia, incivilidad e intimidación. Nuestros estudiantes están muy conscientes de los acontecimientos actuales, y muchos me han expresado  que hay miedo entre algunos que no se les dará las protecciones que se merecen, o serán tratados como no participantes en el sueño americano.

    El éxito de la educación pública en New Rochelle y el significado de nuestra declaración de misión es más importante que nunca.  Como líder de este distrito escolar, estoy seguro de que hablo por nuestra facultad, nuestros administradores, nuestro personal de apoyo y nuestra comunidad cuando digo que nuestras escuelas serán y deben ser un lugar de bienvenida y apoyo para todos nuestros estudiantes. Todos, significa, Todos. Nuestra declaración de misión dice que abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad. Somos intencionales en este lenguaje. No es nuestra misión simplemente  tolerar la diferencia o aceptar a aquellos que no son como nosotros. Nosotros abrazamos nuestra rica diversidad.

    Esto significa que acogemos activamente, celebramos, apoyamos y servimos a todos nuestros estudiantes y familias, y que las diferencias entre nosotros agregan valor a todos nosotros. Todos significa Todos - todas las etnias, todas las religiones, todas las razas, todas las estructuras familiares, todas las identidades sexuales, todas las orientaciones sexuales, todos los desafíos de aprendizaje, todas las diferencias en las capacidades físicas, todos los lugares de nacimiento, todos los inmigrantes, todos los niveles de ingresos y diferentes facetas de la vida.

    En la campaña presidencial y las secuelas de las elecciones, la retórica de nuestro discurso político nacional a los niveles más altos ha estereotipado, apuntado y culpado a muchos grupos por su nombre, provocando temor y duda. En respuesta a esa retórica, seamos claros que abrazar nuestra rica diversidad significa que aquí, en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de New Rochelle, honramos, abrazamos y celebramos a aquellos que son musulmanes, judíos, cristianos o los que andan en busca de  creencia religiosa; Aquellos que son de ascendencia africana, que son latinos o asiáticos o indios o nativos americanos o europeos; Aquellos que son birraciales o multirraciales; Aquellos que están indocumentados o documentados o ciudadanos, nacidos en los Estados Unidos o en cualquier otro lugar; Aquellos que tienen diferentes habilidades o que aprenden de otra manera; Aquellos cuya lengua materna es el español o criollo o el inglés o cualquier otro idioma; Los que son mujeres, transgénico, cisgendered o varón; Aquellos que son homosexuales, lesbianas, bisexuales, transexuales, o que cuestionan su sexualidad- y todos aquellos ricos en complejas intercesiones. Y queremos decir esto sobre cada uno de nuestros hijos y el personal y los padres y miembros de la comunidad, teniendo nuestras diferencias individuales no como algo que tolerar sino como algo para celebrar, algo que agrega valor, para ser apoyado y protegido.

    En este momento de incertidumbre, reafirmamos nuestro compromiso con la dignidad de cada persona y los valores que reflejan la fuerza de nuestra democracia y la continua vitalidad de nuestros documentos fundacionales nacionales:

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo lugares de civilidad y respeto, y no ceptaremos conductas abusivas hacia ningún estudiante.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo refugios de seguridad para todos los estudiantes             donde las diferencias en raza, etnia o religión serán respetadas y apreciadas

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas permanecerán como refugio de seguridad para los estudiantes    de todas las identidades de género u orientación sexual.

    ♦          Nuestras escuelas seguirán siendo un refugio de seguridad para todos los estudiantes de todos los orígenes nacionales y sin tener en cuenta el estatus migratorio.

    Terminaré la actualización del superintendente citando la carta del director Richardson a los estudiantes el día después de las elecciones: "Quiero que sepas que eres amado y apoyado por tu familia, todos los adultos aquí en la escuela, la comunidad. Somos tan afortunados de ser parte de una comunidad tan diversa, vibrante e inclusiva como New Rochelle. Les pido que nunca tomen esto por sentado y aprovechen al máximo las oportunidades que ofrece vivir y aprender en una comunidad tan diversa como esta.”

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  • Update on School District Water Testing

    Dear Families,

    Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.  

    City School District of New Rochelle

Message from the Principal

March 2017

Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We welcome March!  We have an exciting month planned at ALMS and hope to see you at our upcoming events. 
 
March 5th we are having the Harlem Wizards play against students and staff! Tickets are still available and will be sold at the door.
March 10th and 11th is our ALMS School Play: Willy Wonka. The show starts at 7 pm and tickets will be sold at the door. Hope to see you there!
March 13th is Family University at NRHS. All MS and NRHS Families are invited to attend.
March 7, 8, 9, and 14th we are having our 8th grade scheduling workshops in the junior auditorium (during the school day) and a PM session on March 15th. 
March 22nd is our Taste of New Rochelle PTA fundraiser.  Our PTA is looking for raffle and gift basket donations.  Please save this date on your calendars and we hope to see you at this amazing event! If you have a donation, please contact Nancy Podhradsky, ALMS PTA President, npodhradsky64@gmail.com
March 28th, ALMS is hosting our Board of Education. Please join us!
ELA State assessments for grades 6, 7, 8 are on 3/28,3/29, and 3/30.

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!

With appreciation,

John Barnes
ALMS Principal

School Announcements

  • PowerPoint presentation - High School Transition/Graduation Requirements

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Registration Now Open for Family University – March 13

    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.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Y.E.S. Program is Accepting Applications

    SESSION II  - IS NOW FULL AND CLOSED

    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 sgmay@nredlearn.org.  Due to the popularity of this program seats fill up quickly. Applications will be accepted until April 21, 2017.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Lily Young and team win gold medal!

    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!

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Local Student Named Jeremy Bramson National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society

    2017 New York National Geographic State Bee

    Semifinalist Press Release

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    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?

    Nebraska

     Which landmark in Washington, D.C., was burned by the British in 1814—the Washington Monument or the White House?

    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?

    Pacific 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?

    Africa

     What is the term for an underground layer of rock that holds groundwater—an arroyo​ or an aquifer?

    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 (ffitzgerald@ngs.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.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Kids honor Dr. Martin Luther King with their oratory

    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!

    See the full article here:

    http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/new-rochelle/2017/01/15/kids-honor-mlk/96617980/

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • 2nd Half of the Year Student Pass Metro Cards

    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.

     

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Mandarin Class Trip

    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.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Spanish 1B Classes trip to La Herradura

    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.

    Albert Leonard Middle School
  • Theatre in Trunk performance

    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. 

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