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High School Holds First Early College Planning Night

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The high school’s guidance department hosted its first Early College Planning Night on Feb. 26, spearheaded by Associate Principal Sean O’Brien and guidance counselor Bianca Cannizzaro.

The event introduced freshman and sophomores – as well as their families – to the college application process via an engaging presentation by Suffolk Community College admissions counselor Meghan DeMayo-Dalen. Students and parents received an overview of topics such as extracurricular involvement, the financial aid process, choosing schools that are the right fit and the importance of academic focus.

Early College Planning Night also marked the first time the school utilized Microsoft Translator software to make the event accessible to the community in 68 different languages in real time. Collaborating with English as a new language teachers, guidance staff promoted the event to Deer Park students and their families who are new to the English language and provided invitations in multiple languages.

“We plan to utilize this Microsoft translation tool in more guidance events to support our mission to provide post-secondary planning information to the entirety of the Deer Park community,” O’Brien said.

DPHS Earns Medals and Trophies at State DECA Competition

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A total of 26 of the high school’s DECA students traveled to the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester in February to compete against 2,000 other business students from across the state at the 60th annual DECA New York State Career Conference.

Ten Deer Park DECA students earned top 10 test medal trophies: James Hope (Food Marketing), Ryder Min (Principles of Marketing), Huda Nawaz (Principles of Finance), Omar Rahim (Human Resources Management), Alyssa Robb (Restaurant & Food Service Management), Chaim Shames (Professional Selling/Marketing), Keryn Shames (Hospitality & Tourism/Professional Selling), Jessica Siford (Hotel & Lodging Management), Nicholas Stamatakis (Principles of Finance) and Gavin Thomas (Restaurant & Food Service Management).

Earning top 10 role play medals were Madison Cadena (Principles of Hospitality) and Omar Rahim (Human Resources Management).

Top 10 overall medal winners included Sameem Ahmadzai (Accounting Applications), Saima Hoque (Business Finance) and Tasfia Shaikh (Retail Merchandising).

Named as top 5 overall trophy winners were Jasleen Kaur (first place in Accounting Applications), Isabella Coon and Logan Eisenberg (fourth place in Financial Analysis Team), and Haley Celona (fifth place in Hotel & Lodging Management).

Ahmadzai, Celona, Coon, Eisenberg, Hoque and Kaur all earned the right to compete in at the International Career Development Conference in Nashville. 

Kaur was also elected to serve as New York DECA President for the 2020-2021 school year, and Rahim, Robb and Salim were inducted into the New York DECA Honor Society.    

Frost Students Win Third in LIFACS Sustainability Challenge

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Robert Frost family and consumer science students Jordyn Haskins and Erin Sullivan recently entered the Long Island FACS Sustainability Challenge and won third place. For their project, the pair collected Doritos chip bags from the school’s cafeteria, washed them, dried them on a clothesline and then sewed the bags together, layer by layer, to make an apron.

“We tried to solve the problem of eliminating chip bags going into landfills, and used the repurposed aprons during our FACS classes,” said Haskins. “To make sure that future generations enjoy what we enjoy, we need sustainability. If we can reuse and make different things out of used materials like rubber and plastic, we can make a better future.”

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JQA’s Wacky Seuss Celebration

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Kindergartners in Laura Oddo and Vanessa Pizzo’s JQA class recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday in a creative way, complete with a special visit from the Cat in the Hat.

“The wacky Seuss theme took over math, reading and writing and it was all quite exciting,” said Pizzo. “Hats and drawings were made, and the memory and laughter could never fade.”

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