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New DPHS Electives Focus on Long Island History and Geography

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Two new electives at Deer Park High School – Long Island History, a social studies course taught by Joseph Alo, and Natural History of Long Island, a science course taught by Kevin Richards – have turned attention on Long Island itself.

In Richards’ class, students learn about the geology and ecology of Long Island, exploring topics such as how glaciers impacted Long Island; the various ecosystems on Long Island, like the Hempstead Plains; and how climate change can affect Long Islanders. Students participate in various lab activities to better understand these topics and attend field trips to explore some of Long Island’s amazing natural environments.

“The course was created to not only educate students about where they live, but hopefully instill a greater appreciation for the place we all call home,” Richards said.

Alo’s class explores Long Island history from its geological origins to the present day. Analyzing the island both as a distinct region and as a case study in the broader history of America, students examine the impact of the ethnic, cultural, political, social and religious diversity that developed over time and gave the island its identity. Field trips exploring the culture and history that Long Island has to offer began with a visit to the Long Island Aquarium and possible future trips to Sagtikos Manor, the Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions, the birthplace of Walt Whitman, Sagamore Hill, a Long Island Ducks game and countless other Long Island historic sites.

“Long Island holds a rich and storied history that is often overlooked in the grand scheme of the study of history,” Alo said. “As Long Islanders, it is important to understand the events and concepts that got us to where we are today. This is history and culture that directly impacts us, rather than reading about distant civilizations. For the first time at Deer Park High School, a course on Long Island history is being offered for students to better understand who we are as Long Islanders. I am honored to be teaching it in its inaugural year.”

Date Added: 11/29/2022

JQA Students Learn to Connect Via Start with Hello

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Teachers Brittany Kappenmacher and Angeline Ramos recently led a Start with Hello assembly to teach students at John Quincy Adams Primary School how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. The students were empowered to end social isolation in three easy steps: See Someone Alone, Reach out and Help, and Start with Hello.

Date Added: 11/29/2022


Deer Park HS Honors 17 Outstanding “Champions”

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The annual fall Breakfast for Champions returned to Deer Park High School’s library on Nov. 16, recognizing outstanding students for their achievements, hard work and determination to overcome obstacles in 17 different categories corresponding to school departments as well as principal’s and teacher’s awards.

The fall 2022 Breakfast for Champions honorees were Alexis Borowski (science), Ava Capone (social studies), Nalasia Chavannes (family and consumer science), Mitchella Etienne (guidance), Emily Franciscovich (athletics), Nathaniel Gordon (Principal’s Award), Anthony Gotay (Teacher’s Award), Angelica Jones (physical education), Colson Lyons (math),  Matthews Mendez-Jara (English as a new language), Joel Nash (technology), Katia Papailler (business), Kayleigh Pellicano (English), Arielle Salgado (performing arts), Gladys Sanchez (world languages), Xavier Sanchez (health) and Kely Surin (fine arts).

“It is always great to see our students being recognized for their various accomplishments,” Associate Principal Garret Noblett said. “These students show exceptional conduct and character on a daily basis, and the teachers and presenters all did a fantastic job in showcasing our champions’ achievements and accolades.”

The breakfast was attended by administrators, teachers and the students’ proud families, and was accompanied by selections of lovely classical music from Deer Park High School’s string quintet of Emily Kleiber (cello), Jayme Lipiec (viola), Eadie Liu (violin), Ryder Min (violin) and Lorelai Silverstein (bass).

Date Added: 11/23/2022

HS Art Club Students Paint “Wakanda Forever” Windows for Regal

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Deer Park High School Art Club members Denise Brown, Emma Burkitt, Emmerson Cadena, Oswald Green III, Aimen Khan, Alexis Lazarte, Kathy Lin, Salwa Waseem and Sara Zirpola recently volunteered to paint five themed windows at the Regal Deer Park movie theater at the Tanger Outlets to celebrate the premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Guided by teacher Joe Mucci, the students had only three days to finish the project, arranged by Regal Deer Park Deputy General Manager Jessica Philips-Harris, a Deer Park High School graduate.

Date Added: 11/22/2022

JQA Shows How to “Bee Kind”

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Every morning, staff at Deer Park’s John Quincy Adams Primary School remind the students of the school’s “4 Bees”: Be safe, be kind, be responsible and be the difference at JQA. For the second consecutive year, JQA celebrated World Kindness Day on Nov. 14 by wearing blue and taking a school photo as a reminder for all to “Bee Kind.”    

Date Added: 11/22/2022