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Robotics Represents

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The CPHS Robotics Club, comprised of 15-20 students, competed at the first robotics competition at Hofstra University against 54 other schools. The team first prepared for the objective of the game that was revealed in January. It then had six weeks to design, build, program and practice with the robot prior to the competition. Students learned about engineering principles, software programming, electrical details, basic use of tools, teamwork and effective problem solving.

High Honors

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Forty-six outstanding students at CPHS were inducted into the Carle Place Chapter of the National Honor Society at a special ceremony. The new members were recognized for the four tenets of scholarship, community service, character and leadership.

Career Day

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One of the focuses of CPHS Career Day was to provide students with opportunities to continue developing their communication skills. Students were divided into groups and were encouraged to approach the professionals representing their respective career fields to ask them questions. The day served as an informative way for students to learn more about not only the fields that interest them most, but also other careers they may not have considered previously.

Power Presentation

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Brad Buonpane’s AP Environmental Science class at the high school welcomed Keith McCoy, director of Small Clean Power Plants (SCPP) of NYC Gas Turbine Operations for the New York Power Authority, for a 40-minute presentation on energy production and distribution. During his presentation, McCoy, who oversees the operation of 10 SCPP in New York, explained the processes of hydroelectric and natural gas electrical energy production to the students. Students also had the opportunity to discuss energy transmission and efficiency, focusing on the technology and regulations that have been implemented to reduce the environmental impact of energy production.

Homestyle Cookin’

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Nine members of the Sparc/Interact Club at CPHS demonstrated their passion for service and compassion by preparing a meal that fed more than 50 family members in residence at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The residents, whose children or siblings are being treated in the adjacent Cohen Children’s Hospital, were treated to a homestyle meal prepared by students under the direction of club adviser Kieran Morris.

Essay of Appreciation

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CPHS sophomore Alexa Ramalhete’s entry in Barnes and Noble’s Favorite Teacher Contest was selected as one of three winners from 300 submitted essays. Ramalhete wrote about teacher Christa Klatsky, “Ms. Klatsky pushes me to reach my potential with my work, as well as pushing me to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be.”

Both Ramalhete and Klatsky were presented with awards at Teacher Appreciation Evening at the Barnes and Noble in Carle Place.

Spreading Spring

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Members of the CPHS SPARC/Interact Club helped create 50 spring goodie bags to be distributed by St. Brigid’s Parish Outreach to local children. Each festive gift bag contained chocolate bunnies, candy-filled eggs, colored grass and friendly cards offering best wishes for a Happy Spring season in English, French and Spanish.

Science Olympiad

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Students in Michael Bello’s and Danielle Foraker’s enrichment classes at CPHS participated in the Division B Science Olympiad. Thirty-nine teams across Nassau County competed in the daylong program held at Kellenberg Memorial High School, and featured 25 tested events that encompassed all four sciences.

The teams placed 22nd and 25th, with two teams earning medals in two events. Molly Rivera & Emily Monferrato took 6th place in the Disease Detectives event, and Lyra Lu & Alexa Mastrangelo took 9th place in Microbe Mission.

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Books Into Boxes

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As part of its March Service Project, the SPARC/Multi Community Exchange group helped load books and school supplies into boxes that will be delivered to Africa. The project was designed to teach students about the importance of helping those who may be less fortunate.

Soccer Success

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The CPHS boys varsity soccer team was recognized at Yankee Stadium during halftime of the New York City Football Club match on March 18. The team was celebrated for being section and Long Island champions this past season. The school name was announced on the loudspeaker, congratulatory text was displayed on the Jumbotron, and the stadium camera captured the team.

Roaring 20s


Ms .Vasilakopoulos’s and Mr. Krummenacker’s eighth-grade social studies classes collaborated with Mrs. Menuzzo’s and Ms. Woznick’s English classes to put together a Roaring 20s exposition. Students conducted historical research on various topics about the time period, read literature written during it, and then demonstrated their understanding by writing research papers, organizing presentations and dressing up as characters from the 1920s. The exposition also featured live performances, including a special guest appearance by Mr. Kavanaugh, who played the drums for a jazz musical performance.

Meatloaf Kitchen

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Under the leadership of advisor Kieran Morris, the CPHS SPARC/Interact Club served more than 300 meals to poor and homeless individuals at the Meatloaf Kitchen, and cleaned and organized the kitchen as well. The team — Tahiya Azrati, Jake Strassenreiter, Frank Ortiz, Rosemary Lin, Jack Phair, Aidan Tammaro and James Tumino — worked with students from Mineola High School as part of the effort.

Broadway Treat

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The CPHS Culture Vulture Crew, under the leadership of adviser Kieran Morris, had the opportunity to watch “The Waitress” musical live on Broadway. In addition, the group enjoyed dinner at Café Europa and went sightseeing on the Red Steps in Times Square.

An All-Star for ALS

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Cherry Lane Principal Susan Folkson was honored with an Education Award at an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ride for Life benefit for helping to raise more than $8,000 for the Ride for Life group. Folkson was instrumental in the fundraiser by demonstrating her outstanding leadership, and received a plaque at the benefit, held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. Her commitment to the cause is a reflection of the compassion and perseverance that is encouraged daily across the district.



Students from Ms. Lorandini's math classes at the high school volunteered as helpers at the Nassau County "Brain STEAM Ahead" event held at Rushmore.

Art Scholarship

Art Scholarship

High school student Natalie Garcia has been named a Farmingdale College scholarship recipient for her original artwork done in Mr. Giacalone's art class. She was one of just 42 high school seniors selected across Long Island. Congratulations Natalie!

Success in Service

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High school student Lauren Nagy was honored for her remarkable volunteer service and selflessness at the Board of Education’s March meeting. Nagy received a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, as well as a President’s Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The Certificate of Excellence, granted to the top 10 percent of all award applicants, honors young people for outstanding volunteer service, and the Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and country.

ENL Parent Night

ENL Parent Night

The district’s English as a New Language Department held an ENL Parent Night for the families of the middle and high school’s English Language Learners. The event was designed to provide information about topics including ENL entrance and placement exams, available student support services, extracurricular activities, BOCES services and graduation requirements. Parents also had the opportunity to ask any questions they had. The information was presented by ENL teachers Sara DeJesus and Rebecca Chiarelli-Shay, along with Spanish-speaking translator José Espinal.

Business Brilliance

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Top students at CPHS have been selected to participate in the fifth annual Nassau County High School Comprtoller’s Business Challenge on April 4 in Mineola. The competition features more than 200 students from various Nassau County high schools who will all be tasked with conceptualizing or developing and bringing to market an app with mass appeal in the fields of healthcare, public safety or homeland security, and then presenting their plan.

Each team will be composed of individuals who will assume leadership roles; Peter Figueroa will be chief executive officer, Preston Monteforte will be vice president of operations, Maria Buffolino will be vice president of finance, Alexandra Docyk will be co-vice president of marketing, Jailene Marin will be co-vice president of marketing, and Ben Armstrong will be general counsel. They will be led by business teacher Toula Tsibidis-Foufas.

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos visited CPHS to meet and congratulate the team on its invitation to compete, wish them luck, and encouraged them to continue reaching new heights.

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Blood Drive

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The CPHS Key Club organized a blood drive for Long Island Blood Services that brought students, staff and members of the community together for a good cause.

Legislator’s Visit

Rushmore Library Media Specialist Marni Nelson arranged for Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer to visit Claire Sohn’s and Jennifer Sussman’s fourth-grade class, and Terri Cottell’s and Nicole Mulhearn’s fifth-grade class. She read the book, “What to Do About Alice: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!” by Barbara Kerley to the fourth-graders, and hosted an informative discussion about local government for the fifth-graders.

Celebrating Seuss the Cherry Way

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Students at Cherry Lane celebrated National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 by participating in a variety of fun and educational activities.

First-graders rehearsed Dr. Seuss-themed Reader’s Theater scripts and performed them for each classroom in the school, and each class created their own Dr. Seuss hat. Students also brought in their favorites books, and second-graders led the school on a parade around the school to music from the “Seussical” musical. All students also took a Reader’s Oath and participated in a silent readathon.

The festivities were designed to promote the importance of reading and to celebrate the life and legacy of an iconic children’s author.

Rushmore Readers

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As part of its celebration of National Read Across America Day and iconic children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2, Rushmore hosted several activities designed to promote the importance of reading. Students were invited to the school library for a collective reading of a Dr. Seuss book, and then participated in the game “Seuss,” modeled on the popular game “Bingo.” The activities were fun and educational ways to encourage students to read regularly.

Making the Connection

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As part of an annual tradition, Cherry Lane hosted Pre-K Connection, featuring families who join the PTA and are invited to various events. Future kindergartners visited the school to listen to a story ready by Principal Susan Folkson, and sang songs with music teacher Andrey Wilkens.