Summer Reading 2019 Grades 9-12
Important Message from the Principal re Graduation
June 19, 2019
Dear Class of 2019 and Parents:
We are moving forward with the Commencement tonight. Student must be in the gym by 6:00 PM. There is a possibility that we start the ceremony a bit early, 6:45 PM, to get ahead of the predicted rain. Please be in your seats by 6:45.
Caveat: Please understand that tonight's ceremony is 100% outdoors and cannot be moved indoors. If, at any point tonight, the weather changes and conditions become dangerous - the District may decide to halt and move to our rain date. This is highly unlikely, but the District feels it is important for you to be aware of all scenarios.
Only if absolutely necessary :
Rain Date: Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 - RAIN OR SHINE
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
Mahopac Indians Baseball MVP Joseph Lacoparra Earns All Sectional Honors and Signs with Manhattanville College
Usually in baseball, what happens in threes are not a good thing, but recent Mahopac High School graduate Joe Lacoparra has been hit with three major achievements, including:
- Mahopac Indians Varsity Baseball Team MVP
- All-Section Honors
- Scholarship to play Men’s Baseball for Manhattanville College
For the 2019 season, Lacoparra, pitcher and designated hitter (DH), had a batting average of .375, 13 runs batted in (RBIs) and two home runs. He also had a 2.59 earned run average (ERA) in 27 innings pitched with 25 strikeouts.
“You can do it and I believe in you” was something Lacoparra heard often from his parents growing up and attributes to his accomplishments. He started learning and loving baseball with his father when he was 4 years old. What many people may not know is he also has rheumatoid arthritis and suffers chronic pain.
“Joe was born a preemie at 30 weeks with the odds stacked against him. He grew up managing his pain and it was very important to him that people do not feel sorry for him,” said his mother, Carolann Lacoparra.
Perhaps this is why Lacoparra is looking to pursue nursing. No matter where his path takes him, it will surely involve helping others.MHS News & Headlines
A first for MHS: Karla Jimenez goes to Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
True to the teaching reputation of Mahopac High School, ENL teacher Alicia Manguso demands excellence in and out of the classroom. Such was the case when Manguso helped junior Karla Jimenez be the first-ever Mahopac High School student to participate in the annual Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI), held March 9-11, 2019, in Albany.
The Institute is an innovative collaboration with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS El Futuro conference, Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies, the New York State City Board of Education, and other agencies. The overall purpose of the PR/HYLI is student empowerment and the development of leadership skills in Latino/Hispanic Youth.
Along with about 200 other Hispanic/Latino students from around the state, Jimenez participated in three days of activities, which focused on building and presenting a voice in their community. From team-building exercises and a Mock Assembly session conducted in the New York State Assembly chamber, to a student recognition dinner and career development workshops, Jimenez was immersed in educational opportunities about laws and rights and how to be an advocate like Del Toro, the founder of the program.
Del Toro was a public servant of New York during his 20 years in the Assembly. He was the first Hispanic Chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus, Chairman of the Social Services Committee for 10 years, and Chairman of the Assembly’s Education Committee from 1990 to 1994. He is known for giving a voice to the Hispanic/Latino community. Going through the New York public school system himself, Del Toro was an advocate for public school education and educators.
“This was an amazing experience to meet other students like me from all over the state, to learn from elected officials, educators and business leaders,” Jimenez said.
Leading up to the PR/HYLI, Jimenez, with help of Manguso, went through two application processes and six workshop sessions at Vassar College. They met with the local group for several months in preparation for the event. She was enthralled with and inspired by the opportunity.
“She was selected based on both her academics and her character. She understood the potential of what the Institute has to offer and has taken full advantage of the chance to learn and develop her leadership skills,” Manguso said.MHS News & Headlines
Regents Exam/Bus Schedule June 2019
Please click on this link for the June 2019 Regents Exam Schedule. Please note that this is an interactive page. You may click on exam titles for information on testing locations, etc. Students should arrive to their exam location 20 minutes prior to the start of the exam.
Please click on this link for our Bus Transportation Schedule June 18th-25th
Students are expected to take the regular morning bus to school for their examinations, unless they have arranged their own transportation to school.MHS News & Headlines
Top Ten Percent of the Class of 2019
We are pleased to announce MHS seniors who rank in the top ten percent of their senior class.MHS News & Headlines