Message from the Principal
Dear MHS Community,
The first quarter and a half have been amazingly successful here at MHS. Here are some brief highlights:
*1,444 College Applications Processed for 10/15 (or) 11/1 deadline (Early Action/Decision).
*Two MHS Teachers recognized by the Governor and NYS as Master Teachers (Ms. Stephens and Mr. Mahoney).
* MHS Counseling Team awarded 2018 NYS Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award (College Programming)
* Our students participated in multiple charitable events such as Thanksgiving Baskets, Toys for Tots, and the Snowflake Drive
* MHS Faculty kicked off #MHSREADS to model the importance of ongoing literacy
* 8 of our 9 Fall Varsity Teams were awarded Scholar Athlete Team Designations (75% of the team with a GPA of 90 or more)
* Coach DiSanto notched his 400th Section I win (Varsity wrestling)
*Approximately 800 students reached either honor roll or high honor roll
In a few short days we will take our Holiday Recess, and when we return in January our students and teachers will be in full force midterm and finals review. The speed of the school year always amazes me, even after all these years. During these few days, I cannot emphasize enough the importance for our students to take some time to relax and recharge to get ready for the challenges ahead, and to enjoy some time with their families and loved ones.
On behalf of the MHS Administration, Faculty and Staff, I wish you Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year.
Matthew Lawrence, Ed.D.
Principal - Mahopac High School
(845) 628-3256 Ext. 11510
Follow me on Twitter: Dr. Matt Lawrence@PacHS_Principal
MHS News & Headlines
96 Student-Athletes Receive NYS Public High School Athletic Association Academic Award
The Mahopac Central School District is proud to announce the 96 scholar athletes who won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) award. Anthony DiCarlo, superintendent of schools; Michael Tromblee, assistant superintendent of curriculum and professional development; Dr. Matthew Lawrence, high school principal; and Jon Augusta, athletic director, acknowledged the following varsity team students for their academic achievement of a 90 percent and above grade point average:
Alyssa Bellamoli , Cheerleading
Amanda Centrone, Cheerleading
Taylor LaRusso, Cheerleading
Katie McCormack, Cheerleading
Jalyssa Rodriguez, Cheerleading
Nicholas Ahern, Cross Country
Bonney Aidan Cross Country
Frank Cammarata, Cross Country
Peter Clark, Cross Country
Stephen Colbrook, Cross Country
Scott Dancygier, Cross Country
Jorge deClermont, Cross Country
Peter Dorovitsine, Cross Country
Thomas Elliott, Cross Country
Diego Gonzalez, Cross Country
Eduardo Gonzalez, Cross Country
Austin Kuhbier, Cross Country
Matthew Luongo, Cross Country
Michael Mammola, Cross Country
Robert Margiotta, Cross Country
Patrick McMahon, Cross Country
Thomas O'Brien, Cross Country
Eamon O'Gara, Cross Country
George Palmiero, Cross Country
Matteo Perillo, Cross Country
James Russo, Cross Country
Maxerll Semegran, Cross Country
Thomas Zelley, Cross Country
Sophia DeFrancesco, Cross Country
Isabela Frattarola, Cross Country
Kathryn-Alexa Kennedy, Cross Country
Svitlana Malishko, Cross Country
Emily Pontillo, Cross Country
Juliana Stefan, Cross Country
Emily Youngberg, Cross Country
Kate Kasparian, Field Hockey
Devin King, Field Hockey
Paige Kutka, Field Hockey
Heather Magliari, Field Hockey
Mary McDermott, Field Hockey
Brianna McNulty, Field Hockey
Caitlyn Reilly, Field Hockey
Olivia Spano, Field Hockey
Andrea Viaggio, Field Hockey
Simar Bahia, Football
John Carey, Football
Timothy Cegielski, Football
Anthony Corrado, Football
Joseph Harney, Football
Colin McCarney, Football
Andrew Riolo, Football
Chase Santoriella, Football
Thomas Vellek, Football
Mendim Berisha, Soccer
Frank Cammarata, Soccer
Matthew Komosinski, Soccer
Logan MacDougall, Soccer
Patrick McGrinder, Soccer
Joseph Muratore, Soccer
Christopher Perrone, Soccer
John Shea, Soccer
Karl Thimm, Soccer
Kevin Valdes, Soccer
Christopher Walpole, Soccer
Alyssa Chiulli, Soccer
Olivia Conlin, Soccer
Madison DeCola, Soccer
Grace DiVincenzo, Soccer
Emma Goodrow, Soccer
Mia Klammer, Soccer
Zina McInerney, Soccer
Sabrina Nogula, Soccer
Hailey Pereira, Soccer
Carly Steinberg, Soccer
Elizabeth Careaga, Swimming
Alyssa Cataldo, Swimming
Kiarra Condon, Swimming
Emily Dancygier, Swimming
Alexa Gustin, Swimming
Alana Rabinowitz, Swimming
Alexa Tyberg, Swimming
Jacqueline Baron, Tennis
Chelsea Bello, Tennis
Sara Bottema, Tennis
Sarah Castro, Tennis
Sara Lupinacci, Tennis
Jaiden Miller, Tennis
Angelina Rotger, Tennis
Gianna Salhab, Tennis
Meghan Berglund, Volleyball
Caroline Feeley, Volleyball
Angela Rosa Garofalo, Volleyball
Isabella Marinelli, Volleyball
Caitlyn O'Boyle, Volleyball
Jenna Palmiero, Volleyball
Madelyn Stark, Volleyball
At the end of each sports season, the NYSPHSAA honors those teams and individuals that excel in the classroom. Those student-athletes, teams, and schools work very hard throughout the year and deserve to be recognized for their academic success. To receive team recognition with a certificate, the team’s average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90.00.MHS News & Headlines
Teacher Inspires Students to Give with Purpose
When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou
These words apply to no one better than Jennifer Degl, Mahopac High School science teacher and mother of four, author and renowned public speaker.
Degl and students of her ninth- and 10th-grade Honors Earth Science class and 11th- and 12th-grade Global Environmental Issues class, collected about 150 toys for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Not only was this a lesson in giving but it also offered a perspective on the precious gift of life.
In 2012, Degl’s daughter was born at 23 weeks’ gestation. Weighing just 1 pound, 4 ounces and 11 ¾ inches long, her baby girl was born at the cusp of viability. Maria Fereri’s Neonatal Intensive Cafe Unit (NICU) became a second home for the four months Degl. The more her daughter thrived in the NICU, the stronger her bond and appreciation grew for the work of the nurses and doctors. As a result, she initiated the NICU Parent Mentor Program for which her entire family volunteers. “We also have a large team, ‘From Hope to Joy,’ that walks at the “Go the Distance” walk each year and we typically raise between $5,000 and $10,000 each year for the hospital,” Degl said.
On each day of Hanukkah and on Christmas Day, Maria Fareri gives each hospitalized child, and their siblings, a box of toys. And for the past five years, Degl has organized her students to help with the giving.
This year, much of the high school community was involved: the custodial staff provided the large boxes that were decorated and used for delivering toys; the German Club donated advent calendars; high school principal Dr. Lawrence provided the transportation and her students provided the multitude of toys.
On one of December’s rare sunny mornings, Degl and her student volunteers arrived at the hospital and were immediately greeted by staff who gave the students an overview of what they do and the kinds of patients and conditions treated there. The neonatologist who treated Degl’s daughter personally escorted the students to the NICU. The students were able to tour the NICU and see first-hand the babies who are treated there. They also got to speak to some of the NICU nurses and physicians.
This experience Degl provided to her students truly represents the Mahopac High School’s core values of compassion, resilience, problem-solving and risk-taking.MHS News & Headlines
Celebrating Aging: SAC's Senior Citizen Prom
Although December’s first Sunday brought on the winter chill, things were hot in Mahopac High School at the annual senior citizen “prom.” Over one hundred members of Mahopac’s “golden age” danced to lively music by the Mahopac High School Jazz Band and enjoyed nosh generously donated and served by the Student Athletic Council.
“Coach Dominick DeMatteo and the students of the athletic council put in a lot of work to put on this special event for our local seniors. Honoring them this way is another excellent reflection of the “Mahopac Way,”” said Superintendent of Schools, Anthony DiCarlo.MHS News & Headlines
Real-time Weather Station at HS
Real time weather information for the community and student curriculum
Located on top of the Mahopac High School is now weather station providing real-time weather information for students and the community. Powered by Earth Networks™, the data provided enhances student learning in the classroom and beyond.
“Courses such as Earth Science, Environmental Science and Meteorology incorporate the weather station into lessons. This link provides access to the Online Weather Center which is a web-based visualization tool integrated into our website that provides live weather conditions and images captured directly from the weather station,” said Dr. Matt Lawrence, Mahopac High School Principal.
The high school’s weather station also feeds information to mobile applications like WeatherBug®.MHS News & Headlines
Coach DiSanto Hits 400 Wins!
Mahopac High School Varsity Wrestling Coach Dennis DiSanto attained his 400th win as a Section I wresting coach on November 30 against Ichabod Crane High School in Valatie, NY (71-12.) DiSanto is currently ranked number two on the All Time list and may very well reach the number one spot by the end of the season.MHS News & Headlines
Community Survey: Capital Project Planning
STRONGER SCHOOLS = STRONGER COMMUNITIES: We want to hear from you!
Over the past several years, the Mahopac Central School District has taken great strides to improve and expand upon the academic program offered to students. Now, the district must also focus on the community’s investment in our school buildings to support our students for college and career-readiness.
Capital improvements under consideration include:
- STEAM & Science Instructional Upgrades
- Music & Performing Arts Upgrades
- Renovating Libraries to Multimedia Centers
- Safety & Security Improvements
- Athletic Fields & Facilities
Together, we can develop a plan to address critical issues in our buildings to ensure a safe and strong learning environment for our students. The Board of Education and administration would like the community’s input as it begins to develop this plan.
Please take a brief moment to take the survey, CLICK HERE – this will be open for community input until Friday, December 14.MHS News & Headlines