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1 The Official Publication Of The White Plains High School PTA You too can make a difference by showing your support by coming to the Volume 33, Number 1 September 2013 Co-President s Letter PAGE 1 Special points of interest: Message from Superintendent Tim Connors - Page 6 Guidance Meeting Series begins Sept. 12th - Page 9 Volunteer FOR PTA! Snack Bar Info & Positions on Page 10 & 11 SpotLight On: Coach Galligani Varsity Baseball - Page 3 Honors String Ensemble Receive Highest NYSSMA Award - Page Seniors Receive WCWP Scholarship - Page Seniors Awarded at Engineering Fair - Page 9 Inside this issue: A Message From The Principal Mr.Russo Appointed as North House Administrator WPHS Hall Of Fame Induction on October 24th PTA Executive Board & Committees - Open Positions! 2013 PTA Senior Recognition Award Recipients PTA Calendar 14 Become a Member! PTA 15 Order SpiritWear Now til Sept. 27th! 17 Welcome 9 th grade students and parents, and welcome back to all upper classman and parents. I hope that you ve all enjoyed your summer. I look forward to working again with our Principal, Ms. Ellen Doherty. Her emphasis on improving focus on the students and continued leadership is appreciated. We will miss Mr. Spatafore as Assistant Principal, but there s comfort in knowing that he is providing a strong guiding hand as Principal at Highlands. We welcome Mr. Orcutt to the administration as Assistant Principal; he is well liked among both the students and parents. It seems fitting to recap all the wonderful events that took place at the school in the spring. Steven Crabbe gave a presentation on Raising Financially Responsible Children everyone in the room learned a bit more about how to allocate and save money. The PTA provided grants to the Safe School Ambassador program and the Wise program for seniors. Both of these programs are part of what makes our school so special. Please check out the high school website (www.whiteplainspublicschoo to learn more about these two programs. Events were held at Applebee s and Sam s to support our Senior Recognition scholarship fund. 59 student s scholarships were awarded. A special thanks to Angel Tinnerello and Claire Strati for all of their efforts to raise funds and make this such an important part of the PTA s efforts to encourage community service among our students. It was a privilege to host Jacy Goode courtesy of the White Plains Public Library for the May meeting on Texting and driving. Texting Kills thumb rings were handed out as a reminder in hopes that parents and young adults alike refuse to text or speak on their cell phones while driving. Heidi Sobo and Lori Nicholson chaired a fabulous luncheon for the high school staff; there were donations from many White Plains restaurants including Don Coqui, Gaucho Grill and Pranzi. The Melting Pot came with a chocolate station, which included fresh strawberries, pound cake and brownies. It was a lovely event in honor of the staff for all they do for our school and for our children. The High School hosted the Engineering Expo and the Loucks games. These are huge events that attract students from all over the county and state. The PTA ran the snack bar at both events with all money raised going to the Senior Scholarships fund. Many thanks to Kathy Marks and Mike Bambace for all their hard work at the snack bar, we will miss them this school year. There is currently a need for another PTA co-president. Co-presidents have the opportunity to work with the administrators, teachers and parents to keep our schools strong and keep all areas of communication open. The PTA acts as an advocate for all the students and since it is a volunteer organization, it relies heavily on everyone pitching in to the best of their ability. An hour or two of your time, can make a big difference! Please be sure to mark your calendar for the following PTA Meetings: Sept 19 th Meet and Greet with Principal Ellen Doherty and other Administrators. Nov 21 st topic TBA Jan 23 rd Curriculum night March 6 th topic TBA May 8 th topic TBA

2 PAGE 2 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 Message From The Principal, Ellen Doherty Dear White Plains High School Families, A new school year presents an opportunity for new beginnings-a chance to reconnect or to meet new friends, teammates, new teachers, new coaches, new courses and classmates -new challenges and triumphs. Long summer days filled with rest and relaxation can be great rejuvenators and; as we approach a new school year, the end-of year pressures that plagued us in June are memories now. We are excited to begin our work integrating the Common Core standards into our instruction and learning. The greatest joy in working with adolescents is in the understanding that they are in the midst of discovering right and wrong ways to behave, of understanding, experiencing, accepting and embracing empathy, of imagining a world in which they will have influence- in separat- ing from friends and sometimes family- as they form an identity based on their own experience of the world. We are here to support our students, and you, during these wonderful, challenging, teenage years. Each year we take great pride in adding new personnel to our highly qualified and dedicated faculty. Please join me in welcoming: Erick Larson, Vincent Licciardello, Michael Nangle and Danielle Orellana, Science; Kara Ross, Library Media Specialist; Jaime Caruso and Lauren Lowenhaupt, Social Studies; Silvana Vitiello, Special Education/Math; Danielle Wagner, Foreign Language; Zachary May, Music; Jeffrey Hirsch, Guidance Counselor; and Erica Crocco, Speech and Language Specialist. Fred Rickles joins the Social Studies department on a full time basis. Seren Cepler and Nicole Derungs return from leave. Un Mensaje de la Principal Changes in Administration include John Orcutt, Assistant Principal and Mark Russo, North House Administrator. We also welcome new department coordinators, Jennifer DeSena, Athletics & Physical Education, and Greg Gorman, Math. I encourage you to use the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus to monitor your child s attendance, academic progress and to view report cards and health records. We also encourage you to reach out to us when you have concerns, ideas or questions. I look forward to meeting you at our Open House on October 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Regards, Ellen Doherty Principal Estimadas familias del White Plains High School, Un nuevo año escolar presenta la oportunidad para nuevos comienzos- un chance para reconectarse o conocer nuevos amigos, compañeros de clase, nuevos maestros, nuevos entrenadores, nuevas clases y compañeros de clase- nuevos retos y triunfos. Los largos días de verano llenos de descansos y relajación pueden ser grandes regeneradores y, al acercarnos a un nuevo año escolar, las presiones del fin de año escolar que nos plagaron en junio son solamente recuerdos ahora. Estamos muy animados para comenzar nuestro trabajo integrando los estándares del Common Core dentro de nuestra instrucción y aprendizaje. La mayor alegría de trabajar con adolescentes está en el entendimiento de que ellos están en el medio de descubrir lo que es bueno y lo que es malo en sus formas de comportamiento, de entendimiento, experimentando, aceptando e identificándose con los sentimientos de otros, de imaginarse un mundo el cual ellos puedan influenciar- en separarse de amigos y algunas veces de la familia mientras ellos se forman una identidad basada en su propia experiencia del mundo. Nosotros estamos aquí para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, y a ustedes, durante estos años maravillosos, y difíciles de la adolescencia. Cada a164o nos sentimos orgullosos de añadir nuevo personal a nuestra altamente calificada y dedicada facultad. Por favor únanse a mí en darle la bienvenida a: Erick Larson, Vincent Licciardello, Michael Nangle y Danielle Orellana, Ciencias; Kara Ross, Especialista en Media y Biblioteca; Jaime Caruso y Lauren Lowenhaupt, Estudios Sociales; Silvana Vitiello, Educación Especial/Matemática; Danielle Wagner, Lenguas Extranjeras; Zachary May, Música; Jeffrey Hirsch, Consejero; y Erica Crocco, Especialista en Habla y Lenguaje. Fred Rickles se une al Departamento de Estudios Sociales a tiempo completo. Seren Cepler y Ni- cole Derungs regresan de su permiso. Los cambios en la Administración incluyen a John Orcutt, Asistente a la Directora y a Mark Russo, Administrador de la Casa Norte. También le damos la bienvenida a los nuevos Coordinadores de Departamento Jennifer DeSena, Atletismo y Educación Física, y a Greg Gorman, Matemáticas. Yo los animo a usar el Parent Portal en Infinite Campus para monitorear la asistencia, el progreso académico y ver los reportes de calificaciones y records de salud de sus hijos. Nosotros también les pedimos nos llame cuando tenga preocupaciones, ideas o preguntas. Espero conocerlos en nuestro Open House el 3 de octubre del 2013 a las 7:00 PM. Saludos, Ellen Doherty Principal

3 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 Note from Mark Russo, Newly Appointed North House Administrator PAGE 3 Dear White Plains Families, On July 15 th, I was appointed by the Board of Education to assume the position of North House Administrator at White Plains High School. My predecessor in this role, Mr. John Orcutt, remains at the high school and is now serving as one of our two Assistant Principals. As many of you may already know, I am by no means a new arrival to the district or to the building. For the last thirteen years, I ve had the pleasure of working as a social studies teacher at the high school. Viewed collectively, my experiences in the classroom have ingrained in me a profound appreciation for the district s diverse student body, parental support, instructional resources, and academic excellence. In truth, I feel nothing short of privileged to have shared my passion for history and for learning with close to two thousand young adults from the White Plains community. As I look back with fondness at my time as a teacher, I am simultaneously filled with tremendous excitement at the opportunities that my new role affords. Chief among my responsibilities as North House Administrator will be providing students and their families with necessary support and partnering with them to address a wide variety of academic, behavioral, and social concerns. While disciplinary matters are one component of this work, the broader purpose of a house administrator is to ensure that each and every young person remains focused on the future and committed to their own success. Due to the critical role that parents and guardians play in facilitating student achievement, I encourage each of you to contact my office in the days and weeks ahead with questions, concerns, or simply an introductory hello. Through continuous communication and mutual support, there are few limits to what we can achieve. Similarly, please make sure that your child is aware of both my purpose and my daily availability in the North House office. With September upon us, the wellbeing and performance of students at White Plains High School are my foremost concerns. I eagerly await the challenges, possibilities, and celebrations that are sure to accompany the new school year. Sincerely, Mark Russo Mark Russo North House Administrator Phone: (914) Congrats to our 2013 Varsity Baseball & Note From Coach Galligani, Varsity Baseball The 2013 Varsity Baseball Team had an unforgettable Spring season. It all began with a Spring Training trip to Tampa, Florida in March. This trip helped the boys develop their skills, as well as bond as a team. The Tigers came back to White Plains with a roar! They went on to split with New Rochelle - after being swept by them last year. Soon after, they swept rival Mamaroneck- beating them twice in one week- something that hadn't been done in 5 years. The Tigers continued to work hard, and finished their season with a record of Even more impressive, they brought a league title to White Plains for the first time in 34 years! to several seniors who were integral to the team, they are looking forward to another exciting season in Go Tigers!!! Although the Tigers have said good bye

4 PAGE 4 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 Message from Co-President (continued) ings and joining the PTA. Please return the enclosed Membership Form. WPHS PTA members are kept informed about important news and events at the High School through our PTA News updates. Bienvenidos estudiantes y padres del grado 9, y bienvenidos de nuevo a los estudiantes y padres de los grados 10, 11 y 12. Yo espero que hayan disfrutado del verano. Yo deseo seguir trabajando con nuestra Directora, Sra. Ellen Doherty. Su énfasis en mejorar el enfoque sobre los estudiantes y su liderazgo son apreciados. Vamos a extrañar al Sr. Spatafore como Director Asistente, pero encontramos consuelo al saber que él seguirá guiando como Director en Highlands. Nosotros le damos la bienvenida al Sr. Orcutt como Principal Asistente, quien es muy apreciado entre los estudiantes y sus padres. Debemos mencionar los maravillosos eventos que tuvieron lugar en la escuela en la primavera. Steven Crabbe dio una presentación sobre Educando a los jóvenes a ser responsables financieramente - todos los presentes aprendimos un poquito más acerca de cómo gastar y cómo ahorrar dinero. El PTA hizo donaciones al programa de Safe School Ambassador y al programa de Wise para los estudiantes de grado 12. Estos dos programas son parte de lo que hace a nuestra escuela tan especial. Por favor visite el website de la escuela ( para aprender más acerca de estos dos programas. Hubo eventos en Applebee s y en Sam s para apoyar nuestro fondo para las becas de Senior Recognition. 59 estudiantes fueron premiados. Muchas gracias especialmente a Angel Tinnerello y a Claire Strati por todos sus esfuerzos en recaudar fondos y haber hecho esto una parte tan importante de los esfuerzos del PTA para motivar el servicio a la comunidad entre nuestros estudiantes. Please any questions that you may have about any of the PTA volunteer opportunities. I look forward to seeing you at the September 19 th meeting. Un Mensaje del Presidente Fue un privilegio tener como invitada a Jacy Goode cortesía de White Plains Public Library en la reunión de mayo sobre Enviar mensajes mientras maneja. Se regalaron anillos como recuerdo para padres y adolescentes que se niegan a aceptar que Enviar mensajes de texto mientras maneja mata (Texting Kills). Heidi Sobo y Lori Nicholson organizaron un almuerzo fabuloso para el personal de la escuela; hubo donaciones de varios restaurantes de White Plains, tales como Don Coqui, Gaucho Grill y Pranzi. El Melting Pot vino con una estación de chocolate que incluyó fresas, pastel y brownies. Fue un evento muy especial en honor del personal por todo lo que hacen por nuestra escuela y por nuestros hijos. El High School fue sede de la Engineering Expo y de los Loucks games. Estos son grandes eventos que atraen estudiantes de todo el condado y de todo el estado. El PTA se encargó del snack bar en ambos eventos y el dinero recaudado es para el fondo del Senior Scholarships. Muchas gracias a Kathy Marks y a Mike Bambace por todo su arduo trabajo en el snack bar, nosotros los vamos a extrañar en este próximo año escolar. Hay en estos momentos la necesidad de otro Co-presidente para el PTA. Los Co-presidentes tienen la oportunidad de trabajar con los Administradores, maestros y padres para conservar nuestras escuelas y mantener abiertas todas las áreas de comunicación. El PTA actúa como un defensor de todos los estudiantes y como es una organización de voluntarios, depende grandemente de la participación, de todos al máximo de su capacidad. Una o dos horas de su tiempo, puede hacer una gran diferencia! Por favor, estén segu- Judy Eisele WPHS PTA Co-President ros de marcar las reuniones del PTA en sus calendarios: Sept 19 Reunión con la Directora Ellen Doherty y Administradores. Nov 21 tópico será anunciado Enero 23 Noche de Curriculum Marzo 6 tópico será anunciado Mayo 8 tópico será anunciado Usted también puede hacer una gran diferencia demostrando su apoyo asistiendo a las reuniones y haciéndose miembro del PTA. Por favor devuelva la forma adjunta de Membership. A los miembros del WHPS PTA se les informa de las noticias y de los eventos importantes en el High School a través de nuestro PTA News. Por favor envíenos un correo electrónico (e ) al con cualquier pregunta que pueda tener acerca de las oportunidades para ser voluntario del PTA. Esperando verlos en nuestra primera reunión el 19 de septiembre. Judy Eisele WPHS PTA Co-presidente

5 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 Register Your Stop & Shop Rewards Card NOW! with White Plains High School AND benefit Student Activities! It s easy to do and you will be supporting WPHS Student Activities! Simply log on to aplus Choose Register your Card => Enter the first 3 letters of your last name and your Stop & Shop rewards number Follow the lists to select WPHS, or enter ID # => Click register! The school reward season is from OCTOBER 4th through MARCH 20th, 2014, so please sign up! Thank you so much for supporting WPHS! PAGE 5 White Plains High School Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony October 24th, 3PM Four White Plains High School graduates have been selected for induction into the school's Hall of Fame this fall. The Hall of Fame pays tribute to the White Plains High School alumni/ ae who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and/or have significantly and positively impacted the lives of others. The 2013 inductees are: Dr. Scott Halstead, 47, an inter- nationally recognized expert on the causes and treatment of dengue fever; M. Howard Davis, 54, Supervisor of Guidance for the White Plains Public Schools Alternative and Adult Education Programs for 30 years; David Corn, 77, Chief of the Washington Bureau for Mother Jones, author and political commentator; Sorraya E. Sampson, 84, President and CEO of The Urban League of Westchester County, Inc. The honorees will visit the High School on Thursday, October 24 and will spend time with students during the day. The Induction Ceremony will take place in the Media Center at 3pm and will be followed by a reception. The public is invited. This is the seventeenth class of distinguished alumni/ae selected since the Hall of Fame was established in 1996, bringing the total number of inductees to 74. It is estimated that more than 30,000 students have graduated from White Plains High School in its 117 years of continuous operation. Please join us and celebrate!

6 PAGE 6 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 Message from Tim Connors Dear Family & Friends of the White Plains Schools, I am honored that the Board of Education invited me to serve as your Interim Superintendent. I look forward to seeing all of you around school and at our athletic and cultural events. If we all work together on behalf of our children and their education, the school year will be a great success for all them and us. Have a great school year! Sincerely, Tim Connors Tim Connors WPCSD Interim Superintendent WPCSD Parent Portals K12 Alerts This is our automated telephone call system that we use to send out announcements and attendance calls (grades 6-12). This system has the ability to send announcements to your /cell phone as a text message and to update your phone numbers and emergency contacts. Parent/Guardian Portal in Infinite Campus Through the Parent Portal, you will now have access to the following information about your children: Attendance, Student Schedule, Immunizations, State Exams, Progress Reports and Report Cards (Grades 6-12 only). Your account information has been sent in the mail for both of these online access systems. Access can be found by selecting the district website Information task bar, [K12 Alerts/ Parent Portal]. If you experience any problems, please complete the HELP form available on the webpage. NEW - Campus Portal mobile app for iphone, ipad and Android is available for download (instructions are available once you log into the parent/guardian portal on this website). The mobile app will only have the following information available: Student Schedule, Grades, Assignments and Attendance. Iphone and Android Mobile App instructions 1. Download the Infinite Campus App from your app store 2. Launch the App and Enter in the District ID: VYPJSS 3. Select Go 4. Enter your Parent/Guardian Portal username and password 5. Select Go/Sign In More ways to learn about our great schools: web, Facebook, Twitter, text message and ! Sign up to receive messages and announcements from your school via text message and

7 V O LU M E 3 3, N U MB E R 1 PAGE 7 WPHS Fine Arts 2013 Calendar October 2013 to February 2014 OCTOBER 23 Area All State WPHS, 3-9 pm NOVEMBER 6 Area All State WPHS, 3-9 pm 7 Area All State Rehearsal/ SUNY PURCHASE, 8 am - 10 pm High School Fall Play, 11/21-3:30 pm; 11/22-7 pm; 11/23-2:30 & 7 pm DECEMBER 5-8 NYSSMA Conference in Rochester (AllState) 12 Winter Holiday Concert I, 7:30 pm (Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band) 17 Winter Holiday Concert II, 7:30 pm (Symphony Orchestra, Treble Choir & Choir) JANUARY Winter Holiday Concert III, 7:30 pm (Chamber Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Band) FEBRUARY MidWinter Concert I, 7:30pm (Honors String Ensemble, Symphonic Band) WPHS Honors String Ensemble Receive NYSSMA Gold With Distinction! Message From Gary West, Fine Arts Coordinator Congratulations to Mr. Eckfeld and students in the WPHS Honors String Ensemble for receiving a Gold with Distinction at the NYSSMA Majors ensemble on May 17, Not only did they receive the highest possible rating, but they performed at level VI, which is the most difficult repertoire they could have performed. Well Done!!! William Eckfeld conducted his final Symphony Orchestra Concert at WPHS on Tuesday, June 4th. The picture to the left are WPHS Alumni who came to watch Mr. Eckfeld s last performance before his retirement after 26 years at WPHS. Come see The WPHS Honors String Ensemble! At The City Center Barnes & Noble Date to be set soon in December, % of proceeds purchased All Day go to WPHS, so just mention us at the register!

8 PAGE 8 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 The WPHS PTA would like to acknowledge this year s staff retirements: Kitty Allen - Library Media Specialist, since 1992 Susan Altman - Social Studies, since 1983 Mark Benevento - Math, since 1983 Brendan Donegan - English, since 1989 William Eckfeld - Music, since 1987 WPHS Staff Retirements As Of July 1, 2013 Mary Fennell - Art, since 1990 Harriet Helfenbein - Speech / Language, since 1977 Cecelia Rollins-Murriel - Special Education, since 1990 Ronald Weinstein - Science, since 2000 The WPHS PTA wishes our retired staff members all the best in their new endeavors! 43rd TURKEY BOWL! SAVE THE DATE! NOVEMBER 28th, 10:30AM Show Your Tiger Pride! SpiritWear Sale NOW & at most Snack Bar & PTA meetings The Woman s Club Of White Plains Spring 2013 Fashion Show A Success! 14 WPHS Class of 2013 Seniors Receive Awards! Students from WPHS participated in the Woman's Club of White Plains 2013 Fashion Show on April 20th to help benefit the 2013 WPHS scholarship fund. Included in the picture is WC Co -President, Susan Doherty, WPHS Principal Ellen Doherty, and WP Fashion Show Chair Ybelize Pilarte. Proceeds from the annual Spring Fashion Show enabled the club to raise over $10,000 for the scholarship fund. The 2014 Luncheon and Fashion Show is scheduled for March 29, Please come and support our students! For more information: Con- gratulations to the 14 recipients of the Woman's Club college scholarship. For over 60 years the Woman's Club has donated funds for college scholarships to deserving high school students in the White Plains Community. The winners, announced in June at the HS annual awards ceremony, are Madelyn Ceballos, Yama Oge, William Pelaez, Julia Gordon, Julianna Bastone, Devon Thomas, Marisa Barzalatto, Tabatha Glashen, Beyrut Stephanie Nunez, Michelle Figueroa, Linda Martinez, Dianna Brice, Susan Speakmaster & Corie Speakmaster.

9 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 PAGE 9 4 WPHS Class of 2013 Seniors Awarded at Westchester Science & Engineering Fair! It is with great pride that I announce that four of seven participants won awards at this year's Westchester Science and Engineering Fair (WESEF) held at Sleepy Hollow High School on Saturday, March 9 th. There were over 350 participants at this year's WESEF competition, representing 33 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Students presented their multiyear research science projects in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations. They were judged by local experts in the fields of life science, physical science, environmental studies, psychology and engineering. White Plains High School senior Erynn McLeod won an American Meteorological Society Award for her study entitled "Usage of Trout as Indicators of Water Pollution in New York State Waterways". Erynn also won an additional award- the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, presented to students with top water-related projects. Senior Lekha Patel won the Excellence in Medical Research Award for her study "Assessing the Risk of Developing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Adolescents Via MP3 Players". In addition, two of our research students placed best in individual categories. Junior Tanveen Dhallu placed 4 th in Medicine & Health for her study "Effects of Lavender Oil Inhalation on Pain and Anxiety of Patients with Diabetic Wounds". Senior Madison Dale-Miller placed 3 rd in Behavioral Science for her study, "Race Versus Gender Preferences and Implicit Attitudes in Elementary School Children". We are so proud of all the students who participated and the incredible work they've accomplished! Kimberly Fleming Science Research-G114 White Plains High School College & Career Dates from Guidance Department New Format! All Meetings in WPHS Media Center SEPT. 12 GUIDANCE MEETING, 7:30PM OCT. 17 GUIDANCE MEETING, 7:30PM NOV. 7 COLLEGE PLANNING, 7:30PM DEC. 5 COLLEGE NIGHT, 7:30PM DEC. 10 GUIDANCE NIGHT, 7:30PM JAN. 9 FINANCIAL AID NIGHT 7:30PM (college planning) JAN. 14 COLLEGE PLANNING, 7:30PM FEB. 6 FINANCIAL AID FORMS 7:30PM (college planning) MAR. 27 GUIDANCE TESTING, 7:30PM APR. 24 GUIDANCE NIGHT, 7:30PM MAY 7 GUIDANCE NAVIANCE, 7:30PM JUN. 4 GUIDANCE NCAA, 7:30PM

10 PAGE 10 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 PTA Happenings It s the 21st WPHS PTA HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR! SATURDAY, Dec. 7 TH 10AM 4PM Shop at over 60+vendors Enjoy Snack Bar refreshments Musical entertainment by WPHS students White Plains High School 550 North Street H Building (Sports Circle) North Street Entrance Proceeds from the Craft Fair support WPHS PTA 2014 Senior Recognition Fund For more information contact WPHS WPHS PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD & COMMITTEES FOR Judy Eisele Co-President Opening Rhonda Herman....1st VP,Programs OPEN Programs Chair Carolina Burnett....7th VP,Hospitality Lisa Sanchez....Hospitality Chair Carolina Burnett...Senior Breakfast TBA Senior Breakfast Diana McShea nd VP, Membership Sharon Sohl Membership Chair Vicki Cignarella rd VP, Newsletter (OPEN Will Train) OPEN...Newsletter Production Chair Catherine Murphy...4th VP, SnackBar OPEN SnackBar Chair Caroline Furry.....5th VP, Publicity Angel Tinnirello....6th VP, Recognition OPEN Recognition Chair Sue Golden.... Secretary Gail Jasne......Treasurer Catherine Murphy.Immediate Past President TBA.....Faculty Representative (WPHS) Sally Hall..Special Needs Liaison OPEN....Spanish Speaking Liaison Vicki Cignarella......WebPage (OPEN Will Train) Karen Reynolds...PTA Council Rep Gina Cipriani LaPlaca.....PTA Council Rep OPEN.....School Budget Rep OPEN Outreach Chair Melissa Cardon Craft Fair TBA Craft Fair OPEN Craft Fair Brenda Velez.Staff Breakfast Aliza Fante..Staff Breakfast Lori Nicholson..Staff Appreciation Lunch Heidi Sobo.....Staff Appreciation Lunch Fran Cignarella...Loucks SnackBar OPEN Loucks Grill Bar Sue Garnsey SpiritWear Claire Strati SpiritWear

11 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 PTA Happenings 2013 Varsity Football Home Game & Fall Snack Bar Loucks Stadium PAGE 11 Catherine Murphy (Opening to Co-Chair!) Thursday, Sept. 12 (5-8pm) Home vs. 6pm Friday, Oct. 11 (4-7pm) Home vs. Mt. 5pm Playoffs run between October 25th November 2nd. If there are any home games, WPHS PTA Snack Bar will operate. Thursday, November 28 (9am- Noon) Turkey Home vs. 10:30am Loucks Stadium We need volunteers for setup, cooking, sales, cleanup, or shopping. Please let us know if you can help out in any way:) Thanks again for your continued support! Lori Nicholson with General Manager, Greg Malara and staff from The Melting Pot in White Plains, who were one of our gracious donating vendors for our Staff Appreciation Luncheon on April 26th. Thank you Lori and Heidi Sobo for their amazing work! The WPHS PTA would like to thank all of our generous contributors: The Melting Pot Don Coqui Abatino's; Ernesto s Ristorante Gaucho Grill Domingo's Pizza & Deli Roosters Market Francesco's Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Pranzi

12 PAGE 12 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 COLLEGE PLANNING CHECKLIST DECEMBER 1ST IS THE DEADLINE FOR TRANSCRIPT RE- QUESTS & COLLEGE APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY Even if you are applying for January 2014 Regular Decision, submit your transcript requests and applications NOW! WPHS Guidance recommends that applications due by January 1st should be completed and submitted by December 1st. This is to guarantee your applications will be processed on time and make the deadline requirement. All seniors must have a NAVIANCE ID to process their college applications. Seniors must see their Guidance Counselor IMMEDI- ATELY if an account has not yet been established. Make sure you have requested Teacher Recommendation(s) from your teacher(s)! You must talk to your teacher in person to find out if he/she will agree to support you...never assume! KEEP WORKING ON YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY(S).Hang in there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Make sure all requirements are submitted with each college application: Transcript, School Reports, SAT/ ACT Score Reports, Counselor Recommendations, and depending on the institution, Teacher Recommendations, SAT 2 Subject Test Score Reports, Student Resume If you are applying EARLY ACTION OR EARLY DECISION, CHECK IF YOUR INSTITUTION USES THE CSS PROFILE If so, check the CSS PROFILE due date to be considered for financial award. For example, if you have applied to Northeastern University Early Action, the CSS PROFILE is due December 1st, 2013 to be considered for a tentative award. FAFSA will be available online January 1st, If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the College and Career Center room C141 at the high school, the staff truly does want to help you be successful in the college application process and are a great source of information. Reminder: Check out the Guidance Calendar or NAVIANCE to sign up for colleges that visit the WPHS College & Career Center! UNIVERSITIES BEGIN VISITING WPHS ON SEPT. 16th!

13 VOLUME 33, NUMBER PTA Senior Recognition Award Now is the time to start working toward this goal. The awards are presented to all students who: Complete 30 hours of service to the school or community between July 1, 2013 & March 31, 2014 (NHS required hours will not be recognized as acceptable PTA Senior Recognition hours) Prepare a written statement about their plans and goals after graduation, topic essay on app also required Mail the completed application packet; must be postmarked by April 4, 2014 Complete all requirements for graduation by June Forms to keep track of service hours will be available on our PTA website, accessed thru the High School main page under Site Shortcuts (click on PTA). The application packets will also be available in the guidance offices in January. The PTA Congratulates the following 59 seniors from the Class of 2013 who received a $250 Recognition Award! Ari Abramson Taylor Falvey Melissa Iarocci Lissette Rodriguez Collette Arnold Justin Fischer Julie Jacob Max Rogovin Christopher Barrera Diego Flores Thomas Jensen Maira Saca Marissa Barzelatto Matthias Fried Robert Lorden Giovanni Sanchez Olivia Bauer Adriana Galeano Lency Luctama Zachary Sands Emily Brotmann Merlyn George Evan Marks Alexandra Smith Ashlee Brown Tabitha Glashen Hannah Matusow Madeline Smith Ceasar Cantori Jonathan Gordon Gina Moricone Megan Snyder Brigida Capicotto Brittany Grahame Briyit Orellana Constantinos Sofos Marena Cassetta Jimmy Gramajo Lekha Patel Tyler Stagg Adelina Colucci Dorchelle Guillaume Melva Pocha Akeyla Sterling Andres Cortes Avia Hawkins Tatiana Pollard Maria Suarez Nayliz Cruz Chelsea Hendry Sean Reid Sara Tuminia Jack Dunning Karina Hernandez Joshua Renfro Heather Ungerer Guido Espejo Timothy Hodges Gabriella Velazquez If you will turn18 years old this year, you can Register To Vote NOW! PAGE 13 Qualifications to Register to Vote be a United States citizen; be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form (note: you must be 18 years old by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote); live at your present address at least 30 days before an election; not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; not claim the right to vote elsewhere Register at: Westchester County Board of Elections 25 Quarropas Street White Plains, NY Phone: Fax: Don t forget to get an absentee ballot if you are away at college!

14 PAGE 14 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 PTA Happenings WPHS & WPHS PTA Calendar Of Events For 2013 to Jan 2014 SEPTEMBER 1 -Sept. 27: SPIRITWEAR SALES 4 PTA Staff Welcome Back Breakfast, 7:30am 11am Freshman Orientation, 8am 12:30pm 7 PTA Snack Bar - Football WPHS, 7pm Clarkstown North 12 PTA Snack Bar - Football WPHS, 7pm/Suffern 19 PTA Meeting, Meet & Greet, 7:30 pm OCTOBER 3 WPHS Open House 7PM 5 SAT Exams 11 PTA Snack Bar - Football WPHS, 5pm Mt. Vernon 16 PSAT/NMSQT 11:30am dismissal 17 WPHS/PTA Guidance Night, 7:30 pm 24 Hall of Fame 25 11/2 TBA PLAYOFFS (PTA Snack Bar - Football Game) NOVEMBER 2 SAT Exams 7 WPHS College Planning, 7:30pm 21 PTA Meeting, 7:30pm High School Fall Play, 11/21-3:30 pm; 11/22-7 pm; 11/23-2:30 & 7 pm Senior Breakfast, May 31st, Homecoming, 6:30pm 28 Turkey Bowl PTA Snack Bar Football WPHS vs. Stepinac, 10:30AM DECEMBER 5 WPHS College Night 7:30pm 7 SAT Exams PTA Holiday Craft Fair, 10 am-4 pm Lynn Kahn Girls Basketball 10 WPHS Guidance Night, 7:30 pm 12 Winter Holiday Concert I, 7:30 pm (Concert Orch, Mixed Chorus, Concert Band, Chamber Orch) 14 ACT WPHS Harry Jefferson Basketball Classic, 11:30am 17 Winter Holiday Concert II, 7:30 pm (Symphony Orchestra, Treble Choir & Choir) JANUARY WPHS College Financial Aid Night, 7:30pm 14 WPHS College Planning, 7:30pm 16 Winter Holiday Concert III, 7:30 pm (Symphony Orchestra, Treble Choir & Choir) 22 Special Needs PTA Meeting, Media Center 7PM 23 PTA Meeting, Curriculum, 7:30 pm Regents & WPHS MIDTERMS 25 SAT Exams Make A Difference! Join The PTA



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18 PAGE 18 VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1 WPHS SPIRITWEAR! NOW til Sept. 27th, 2013 S, M, L, XL

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