Annual Black History Celebration
February 11, 2017
NRHS, 4:00 p.m.
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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!
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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Our first winter performance concert is on January 26th for the 6th grade. Please join us as we support our talented student musicians and music teachers. The concert begins at 7pm.
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.
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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.
Jason Newman and Ozzie Kelly-Yuoh led ALMS to first place at he Ward Scholastic Chess Grand Prix yesterday. Jason took first place overall with a perfect score of 4 points. Ozzie came in 3rd overall with 2.5 points. Jason and Ozzie competed in the Championship section.Congratulations!
The "Pay It Forward" club and the ALMS community will be collecting "Toys For Tots" through December 16th. We are asking that each student please try to bring in a small, unwrapped toy, such as a toy car or little doll, so that every child around Westchester County will have a present to open during the holiday season. Collection boxes can be found in the main lobby and it would be wonderful to see them full of toys that ALMS can pass on to others.
THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ALMS!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
6:30 pm Doors ; 7:00 pm Game
Three Levels of Seating Available!
All Ages, Family Event!
Profits from this event will support the ALMS Student Council, ALMS Step Team, and the ALMS Model UN!
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For our next Principal's Corner feature, we hope you will enjoy our newest newsletters The Middle Years ‘Working Together for School Success’ and Helping Students Learn ‘Tips Families Can Use to Help Students Do Better in School’.