October Brag News
RHS KEY CLUB:
Ms. Donnette Wilson-McLaughlin, our RHS Advisor of Key Club, hosted it’s 4th Annual Car Smash for Breast Cancer Awareness event on Pink Day, Monday, October 22nd through Wednesday, October 24th during our school’s Spirit Week. Key Club raised $300.00 and are still collecting donations.
Key Club would like to send out a “thank you” to all the students, teachers, coaches, security personnel, custodians and Officer Anton who secured the vehicle for the event. A “special thanks” would like to be made to the Key Club board members for all their hard work in planning and executing this event. In addition, Key Club would like to thank the parents who donated cash, snacks and water.
RHS SPIRIT WEEK:
Our Co-Advisors, Kerry King & Sharon Stephenson, for Student Advisory Council (SAC) announced that Ramapo High School had their traditional Spirit Week events, which took place Monday, October 22nd through Friday, October 26th. Our events were:
Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Twin/Mix & Match Day
Wednesday: Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day
Thursday: Throw Back/Character Day
Friday: Class Color Day ~
White: Freshman, Black: Sophomore, Gold: Junior & Green: Senior
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY GROUP AWARDS:
Vicki Liner, Director of the East Ramapo Teachers’ Center, has advised that two of our Ramapo High School’s faculty members have been awarded a Professional Learning Community Group Grant for the following projects:
Donna Avino: Social Studies teacher ~ $3,240 For Liberties Sack: A Study of Key United States Foundational Documents.
Daphnee Momperousse: Speech Therapist ~ $2,430 For Black Panther: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Analytical Skills.
Ms. Avino and Ms. Momperousse will be sharing the results of their projects with other teachers via an informational workshop being held between April 2, 2019 and May 17, 2019. Congratulations!
RHS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR NEW ATHLETIC FIELD:
Karen Babb-Hunt advised that on Tuesday, October 23rd @ 5:45 p.m. RHS had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, both in our school’s auditorium and on the new football field. We were pleased to have Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, our Superintendent, as well as East Ramapo Board representation and Regent Judith Johnson, Assembly Member Ellen C. Jaffee, Senator David Carlucci and Supervisor Michael B. Specht from the Town of Ramapo. In addition, we had a performance from our East Ramapo Marching Band.
THE R.I.S.E. AMERICA GRANT FROM NBC RE PRODUCTION OF HAIRSPRAY:
The Rockland Journal News dated October 6th printed an article explaining how a Cincinnati based Education Theatre Association & Foundation helped the network NBC offer 50 grants of $10,000 each to help schools across the country cover production expenses, master classes or any critical needs to put on a production of the Broadway musical Hairspray. This musical is about the racial integration of a Baltimore teen-dance TV show in 1962.
Hastings High School won the grant and the creative team needed to come up with a way to tell this story about racial integration when, according to state records, only 14 of your 490 students are African-American. Hastings reached out to actors of color from across the Lower Hudson Valley for a production slated for February 1-3, 2019.
Steven Branford, our former theatre director, was quoted in the article as having the opposite situation of Hastings when casting our 2016 production of Hairspray. We had mostly all students of color and one or two white students. Our school filled the various parts needed for “white” actors with Latino or Filipino students. Mr. Branford was quoted in the article as saying that our show was already integrated and that as long as the production is working from a message where schools are trying to bring the community together, that is the admirable thing.
MID-HUDSON SCHOOL STUDY COUNCIL AWARDS:
On October 18th, The Mid-Hudson School Study Council held their annual awards program. The Award for Excellence honorees included four members of the East Ramapo Central School District family, one of which went to Karen Babb-Hunt, Teacher Aide at Ramapo High School. Karen received this Award for Support Staff Services. Congratulations!
ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE/THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY:
The holidays will be upon us soon, and unfortunately some families will struggle to prepare a holiday meal! RHS is collecting 600 boxes of mashed potatoes to help make someone’s Thanksgiving Day Holiday brighter! RHS will be collecting the boxes until November 13th and the items will be distributed to families in need. We need to make the world a better place!!
DOCUMENTARY: “HAITI, A COUNTRY BEING HELD HOSTAGE”:
Our French teacher, Ms. Betty Gerard, has advised that she had recently visited Haiti to film, produce and direct a documentary about this country. Ms. Gerard is inviting all faculty and staff to a private viewing of this documentary on November 30th at 7:00 p.m. in our school’s auditiorium. Donation of snacks will be most appreciated! Ms. Gerard would love to see you all in attendance