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Principal’s Message - June 2018
It is hard to believe that Regents exams and the close of the school year are just around the corner. I wanted to remind you of some important end of the year dates.
Students enrolled in all English courses are required to read additional works of literature beyond the books they choose for leisure time reading this summer. These books will serve as the focus of English instruction during the opening days of the 2018-19 school year. Students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of these books during the first weeks of school via reading and writing assessments.
Please encourage your child to complete the reading in a timely and meaningful manner. We ask that you monitor their reading, making sure they do not opt for shortcuts such as Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes and movie versions of the works. Students who have successfully completed summer reading throughout high school typically demonstrate greater college and career readiness as well as higher SAT scores.
Mahopac Public Library has been notified of this reading requirement. In addition, the Mahopac High School library offers some digital resources to assist students in the completion of the summer reading requirement.
Thank you for your support. We anticipate a successful and rewarding academic year.
The Mahopac High School English Department
August Regents Examinations:
US History & Government
Regents Review Sessions:
Mahopac High School will offer a ten-day preparation course for all subjects listed below. The ten-day review sessions will take place at Mahopac High School and will be split into two sessions: 8am – 9:55am and 10am – 11:55am. This will allow students an opportunity to take more than one review session if they are retaking multiple exams in August. The ten-day session will take place on the following days: July 31-Aug 2, Aug 6-9 and August 13-15.
These free, non-credit bearing review courses will be offered in the following subjects:
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II
Global History, US History
Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry
If you are interested in signing up for a Regents Review Session, please complete our Google Form by Wednesday, July 3, by accessing the link below. Please note that transportation is not provided for these sessions and that you will receive confirmation of the review session time and location by July 13.
Review Session Registration 2018
Please click on the attached letter from Superintendent DiCarlo regarding important changes to the middle and high school schedules for the 2018-2019 school year.
New York Times
By Kate Zernike
April 2, 2018
The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.
“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.
So Mr. Carpenter asked the school nurse about getting the teenager nicotine gum or a patch, to help him get through the school day without violating the rules prohibiting vaping.
E-cigarettes have been touted by their makers and some public health experts as devices to help adult smokers kick the habit. But school officials, struggling to control an explosion of vaping among high school and middle school students across the country, fear that the devices are creating a new generation of nicotine addicts.
In his four years at Cape Elizabeth, Mr. Carpenter says he can’t recall seeing a single student smoke a cigarette. But vaping is suddenly everywhere.
The measure is considered the strictest in the nation. Voters backed it despite an expensive advertising campaign funded by a major tobacco company.
By Jan Hoffman
June 6, 2018
Mahopac High School seniors Megan Fenster, Morgan Kirby, Callie Anderson, Ryan Bloomer, Alyssa White, Joe Cox, Sydney Hughes, Hannah Teligades, Tyler Marques, Rachel Keller and Anthony Sochan each received a New York State Education Department Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship awards range from $500 to $1,500 dollars per year and must be used for colleges in the state of New York.
Mahopac High School Principal Matthew Lawrence is proud of—but not surprised by—his students’ achievements. “This is a rock-solid group of exceptional students who have won multiple awards in many different areas,” he said.