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Co-President`s Letter - White Plains Public Schools
The Official Publication Of The White Plains High School PTA
[email protected]
September 2013
Volume 33, Number 1
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Co-President’s Letter
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
I look forward to working
again with our Principal, Ms. PTA’s efforts to encourage
Ellen Doherty. Her emphasis community service among
our students.
on improving focus on the
students and continued leadership is appreciated. We will It was a privilege to host
miss Mr. Spatafore as Assis- Jacy Goode – courtesy of
the White Plains Public
tant Principal, but there’s
comfort in knowing that he is Library – for the May meeting on Texting and driving.
providing a strong guiding
Texting Kills thumb rings
hand as Principal at Highwere handed out as a relands. We welcome Mr. Orcutt to the administration as minder in hopes that parAssistant Principal; he is well ents and young adults alike
refuse to text or speak on
liked among both the stutheir cell phones while
dents and parents.
driving.
It seems fitting to recap all
Heidi Sobo and Lori Nicholthe wonderful events that
took place at the school in the son chaired a fabulous
spring. Steven Crabbe gave a luncheon for the high
presentation on “Raising Fi- school staff; there were donations from many White
nancially Responsible Children” – everyone in the room Plains restaurants includlearned a bit more about how ing Don Coqui, Gaucho
Grill and Pranzi. The Meltto allocate and save money.
ing Pot came with a chocoThe PTA provided grants to
the Safe School Ambassador late station, which included
fresh strawberries, pound
program and the Wise procake and brownies. It was a
gram for seniors. Both of
lovely event in honor of the
these programs are part of
staff for all they do for our
what makes our school so
special. Please check out the school and for our children.
Welcome 9th grade students
and parents, and welcome
back to all upper classman
and parents. I hope that
you’ve all enjoyed your summer.
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 7
2013 Seniors Receive WCWP Scholarship - Page 8
2013 Seniors Awarded at
Engineering Fair - Page 9
Inside this issue:
A Message From The
Principal
2
Mr.Russo Appointed as North
House Administrator
3
WPHS Hall Of Fame Induc- 5
tion on October 24th
PTA Executive Board &
10
Committees - Open Positions!
2013 PTA Senior Recognition Award Recipients
13
2013 PTA Calendar
14
Become a Member! PTA
15
Order SpiritWear Now ’til
Sept. 27th!
17
high school website
(www.whiteplainspublicschoo
ls.org) to learn more about
these two programs. Events
were held at Applebee’s and
Sam’s to support our Senior
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 19th – Meet and Greet
with Principal Ellen Doherty and other Administrators.
Nov 21st – topic TBA
Jan 23rd – Curriculum night
March 6th – topic TBA
The High School hosted the
Engineering Expo and the May 8th – topic TBA
Loucks games. These are
You too can make a differhuge events that attract
ence by showing your supstudents from all over the
port by coming to the meet-
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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.
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.
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.
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
Un Mensaje de la 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
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Note from Mark Russo, Newly Appointed
North House Administrator
Dear White Plains Families,
On July 15th, 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.
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
Due to the critical role that parents and Phone: (914) 422-2142
guardians play in facilitating student Email: [email protected]
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
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 17-5.
Even more impressive, they brought a
league title to White Plains for the
first time in 34 years!
Although the Tigers have said good bye
to several seniors who were integral to the team,
they are looking forward to another exciting season
in 2014. Go Tigers!!!
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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 Email News updates.
Please email [email protected]
any questions that you may have
about any of the PTA volunteer opportunities.
I look forward to seeing you at the
September 19th meeting.
Judy Eisele
WPHS PTA Co-President
914-260-3270
[email protected]
Un Mensaje del Presidente
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
(www.whiteplainspublicschools.org)
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.
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-
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 Email News.
Por favor envíenos un correo electrónico
(e email) al [email protected] 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
914-260-3270
[email protected]
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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 www.stopandshop.com/
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 # 06441 =>
 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!
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.
nationally recognized expert
on the causes and treatment
of dengue fever; M. Howard
Davis, ’54, Supervisor of
Guidance for the White
The Hall of Fame pays tribute
Plains Public Schools Alterto the White Plains High
native and Adult EducaSchool alumni/
tion Programs for 30 years;
ae who have
David Corn, ’77, Chief of
distinguished
the Washington Bureau for
themselves in
Mother Jones, author and
their chosen
political commentator;
careers and/or
Sorraya E. Sampson, ’84,
have signifiPresident and CEO of The
cantly and positively impacted
Urban League of Westthe lives of others.
chester County, Inc.
The 2013 inductees are: Dr.
The honorees will visit the
Scott Halstead, ’47, an interHigh 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!
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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 2013-2014 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
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K12 Alerts
Parent/Guardian Portal in Infinite Campus
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 email/cell phone as a text
message and to update your phone numbers and
emergency contacts.
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.
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WPHS Fine Arts 2013 Calendar
October 2013 to February 2014
OCTOBER
23
Area All State Rehearsal @ WPHS, 3-9 pm
NOVEMBER
6 Area All State Rehearsal @
WPHS, 3-9 pm
7 Area All State Rehearsal/
Concert @ SUNY PURCHASE,
8 am - 10 pm
21—23 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 2014
16 Winter Holiday Concert III, 7:30 pm (Chamber
Orchestra, Mixed Chorus, Chamber Band)
FEBRUARY 2014
13 MidWinter Concert I, 7:30pm (Honors String
Ensemble, Symphonic Band)
2012-13 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,
2013. 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, 2013
10% of proceeds purchased All Day go to WPHS, so just mention us at the
register!
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WPHS Staff Retirements As Of July 1, 2013
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
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!
William Eckfeld - Music, since 1987
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NOVEMBER 28th, 10:30AM
The Woman’s Club Of White Plains Spring 2013 Fashion Show A Success!
14 WPHS Class of 2013 Seniors Receive Awards!
Proceeds from the annual Spring
Fashion Show enabled the club to
raise over $10,000 for the scholarship fund.
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.
Congratulations 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
The 2014 Luncheon and Fashion
Show is scheduled for March 29,
2014. Please come and support
our students! For more information:
http://
www.womansclubofwhiteplains.org/
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.
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4 WPHS Class of 2013 Seniors Awarded at Westchester
Science & Engineering Fair!
They were judged by
local experts in the
fields of life science,
physical science,
environmental studies, psychology and
engineering.
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 9th. 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.
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 4th 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
3rd 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
JAN. 14 COLLEGE PLANNING, 7:30PM
FEB. 6
OCT. 17 GUIDANCE MEETING, 7:30PM
NOV. 7 COLLEGE PLANNING, 7:30PM
DEC. 5 COLLEGE NIGHT, 7:30PM
DEC. 10 GUIDANCE NIGHT, 7:30PM
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
JAN. 9 FINANCIAL AID NIGHT 7:30PM
(college planning)
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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 PTA @
[email protected]
WPHS PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD
& COMMITTEES FOR 2013-2014
[email protected]
Judy Eisele 260-3270
Rhonda Herman ………....….1st VP,Programs
422-3088
OPEN ……………...……..…... Programs Chair
Co-President Opening
Carolina Burnett…….……...7th VP,Hospitality Carolina Burnett……………...Senior Breakfast
686-2603
686-2603
Lisa Sanchez……………..…..Hospitality Chair TBA.…..………..…..…….…….Senior Breakfast
325-8843
Diana McShea…..…...…..2nd VP, Membership
Sue Golden…...…………………….…Secretary
439-0761
682-9329
Sharon Sohl..………......…..Membership Chair
Gail Jasne…………….…..…….……..Treasurer
804-7575
309-2510
Vicki Cignarella.……...…....3rd VP, Newsletter
761-7186 (OPEN—Will Train)
OPEN…………....Newsletter Production Chair
Catherine Murphy……….…..4th VP, SnackBar
720-1010
OPEN………..…………..……....SnackBar Chair
Caroline Furry………..…........5th VP, Publicity
949-3948
Angel Tinnirello….…........6th VP, Recognition
830-3367
OPEN……....….…….……....Recognition Chair
Melissa Cardon………....……...…....Craft Fair
831-9223
TBA...…………..….………......….…....Craft Fair
OPEN…………..….………......….…....Craft Fair
Catherine Murphy.Immediate Past President
720-1010
Brenda Velez………………….Staff Breakfast
TBA………...…………..Faculty Representative 946-1160
Aliza Fante….………………….Staff Breakfast
422-2182 (WPHS)
831-8123
Sally Hall………………..Special Needs Liaison
Lori Nicholson……..Staff Appreciation Lunch
844-4170
OPEN…………...….Spanish Speaking Liaison 946-6840
Heidi Sobo……...…..Staff Appreciation Lunch
Vicki Cignarella….…..……………....WebPage 422-3111
761-7186 (OPEN—Will Train)
Fran Cignarella……………...Loucks SnackBar
Karen Reynolds…….….…….PTA Council Rep 686-1104
OPEN…..……….….…………...Loucks Grill Bar
684-0616
Gina Cipriani LaPlaca ..…....PTA Council Rep
Sue Garnsey…....………………..…...SpiritWear
288-8458
997-9317
OPEN….………………...….School Budget Rep Claire Strati……..………………..…...SpiritWear
OPEN………...………...………..Outreach Chair 673-1286
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PTA Happenings
2013 Varsity Football Home Game &
Fall Snack Bar Schedule @ Loucks Stadium
[email protected]
Thursday, Sept. 12 (5- 8pm) Home vs. Suffern @ 6pm
Friday, Oct. 11 (4- 7pm) Home vs. Mt. Vernon @ 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 Bowl @ Home vs. Stepinac @ 10:30am Loucks Stadium
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
Catherine Murphy
720-1010
(Opening to Co-Chair!)
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!
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COLLEGE PLANNING
CHECKLIST
 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
 DECEMBER 1ST IS THE DEADLINE FOR TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS & COLLEGE APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY
 If you are applying EARLY ACTION OR EARLY DECISION, CHECK
IF YOUR INSTITUTION USES THE CSS PROFILE
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.
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.
https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp
 All seniors must have a NAVIANCE ID to process their college
applications. Seniors must see their Guidance Counselor IMMEDIATELY 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!
 FAFSA 2014– 2015 will be available online January 1st, 2014
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm
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!
http://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/1234
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2014 PTA Senior Recognition Award
Now is the time to start working toward this goal. The awards are presented to all
students who:

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

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 2014.
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!
http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
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 10601
Phone: 914-995-5700
Fax: 914-995-3190 914-995-7753
Don’t forget to get an absentee ballot if you are away at college!
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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 Game @ WPHS, 7pm
Clarkstown North
12
PTA Snack Bar - Football Game @ 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 Game @ WPHS, 5pm
Mt. Vernon
16
PSAT/NMSQT – 11:30am dismissal
17
WPHS/PTA Guidance Night, 7:30 pm
24
Hall of Fame [email protected]
25– 11/2TBA – PLAYOFFS (PTA Snack Bar - Football Game)
NOVEMBER
2
SAT Exams
7
WPHS College Planning, 7:30pm
21
PTA Meeting, 7:30pm
21—23 High School Fall Play, 11/21-3:30 pm; 11/22-7 pm;
11/23-2:30 & 7 pm
27
28
Homecoming , 6:30pm
Turkey Bowl PTA Snack Bar Football Game
@ 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 EXAM @ WPHS
Harry Jefferson Basketball Classic, 11:30am
17
Winter Holiday Concert II, 7:30 pm (Symphony
Orchestra, Treble Choir & Choir)
JANUARY 2014
9
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
27-30
Regents & WPHS MIDTERMS
25
SAT Exams
Senior Breakfast, May 31st, 2013
Make A Difference!
Join The PTA
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WPHS PTA MEMBERSHIP FORM 2013/2014
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WPHS SPIRITWEAR! NOW ‘til Sept. 27th, 2013
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