Magnificent Mock Trialers

The CPHS Mock Trial team won its first case on Feb. 8 at the Supreme Court in Mineola. Students Ben Armstrong, Skylar Reed and Daniela Posillico were the lawyers for the case and prepared the winning arguments, while Sydney Peruzza, James Tumino, and Gabby Dennino were served as witnesses and helped earn the victory against Glen Cove High School.

The team has advanced to the next round and is set for trial on Feb. 15 at the Supreme Court. The students competing will be Katie Hutter, Matt Cardona, Mike Bocouzzi, Jenna Vasilakopoulos, Ariel Salerno and Alexis Ruiz.

Winter Athletic Announcements

Congratulations to our Varsity Competitive Cheerleading team, who advanced to the Nassau County Championship on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Wantagh High School.

Remarkable Wrestlers

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John DeRidder, Matt Teemsma and Chris Moretta earned first-, third- and fourth-place, respectively, at the Nassau County Division II Wrestling Championship. DeRidder will represent the county on Feb. 24 and 25 at Times Union Center in Albany at the state championship.

What a Bowler!

What a Bowler!
Kristen Doherty earned fourth-place in the county at the Bowling Championship. She will represent Nassau at the state championship on March 4 at Great Lanes in Rochester.

Carle Place Students Battle to Fight Skin Cancer

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By: Emily Cotter, Student Organization Secretary

On Friday, February 3rd, the Carle Place Student Organization and Key Club hosted the 10th annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause. The donations raised from this year’s Battle will be donated to the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign. The campaign was founded by Colette Coyne in memory of her daughter, also named Colette, in order to increase public awareness regarding the dangers and causes of skin cancer and the early education of youth, families and the community. The life of Colette as well as Lynn DeVivo-Bao, sister of Carle Place MS/HS Athletic Director Chris Ceruti, and Leanne Kozak, a Carle Place graduate of the class of 2006, were honored through this event.

After numerous months of planning from the Student Organization and the Key Club, students crowded the main lobby, ready to Battle for a cause. Senior Maria Buffolino calls BOTC, “One of the most spirited and unified days of the entire year.” During Battle, students participate in events like ultimate Frisbee, basketball, tug o’ war, relay races, a skit competition, Wii Just Dance, and a new event, the spelling bee. This event shows how much a small town like Carle Place can come together for an important issue.  Students raised over $26,000 for the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign. The goal of this year’s Battle of the Classes was to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer like melanoma and to ensure that students remain diligent when in the sun. Thanks to the efforts of the Student Organization and the Key Club, #BOTC2017 is sure to be a night that will be remembered forever. Student Organization President, Lauren Nagy, stated that “Battle of the Classes is a really rewarding experience. We get to see the different grades work together to achieve something amazing. After we spent so many hours planning this event, the positive feedback from students and faculty alike make the entire event worthwhile.”

Congratulations to our top fundraiser, junior Gabriella Murray and to the class of 2017 for winning the 2017 Battle of the Classes; Battling for a Cause.

Little Doctors

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The Student Council at Rushmore participated in “Little Doctors” program for the New York Blood Center. Students learned about the importance of donating blood, greeted donors and created “thank you” cards for them.

Meatloaf Makers

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Under the leadership of advisor Kieran Morris, seven members of the CPHS SPARC/Interact club served the less fortunate at the Meatloaf Kitchen on Feb. 4. Working with peers from Mineola High School, students served more than 130 breakfasts and prepared 250 meatloaf lunches and takeaway tuna sandwiches in the kitchen.

Author’s Advice

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CPHS alumna and young adult author Jen Calonita visited her former school to speak to students in Cherie Gisondi’s classes about her experiences following graduation. Calonita, with whom Gisondi has worked for several years, discussed her career choice, the processes of writing and editing, and encouraged students to follow their dreams. Calonita’s visit served as a motivational reminder that the education that Carle Place graduates receive serve as solid foundations for remarkable accomplishments in the future.

Sport Successes

Congratulations to the varsity girls bowling team — Emma Beattie, Kristen Doherty, Emily Cotter, Jean-Marie Neave and Ruby Tirone — who placed sixth out of 16 teams in the Nassau County Bowling championships on Feb. 4. Doherty will represent the district in the individual county championship on Feb. 11 at Garden City Bowl.

Congratulations to the varsity wrestling team — John DeRiddler, Chris Moretta, Rich Moretta, Gabe Garcia and Matthew Teemsma — who attended the Division II County Qualifier on Feb. 3, and advance to the Nassau County Championship on Feb. 11 at Cold Spring Harbor.

Heading to Hicksville

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Beginning in January and continuing in February, members of the CPHS Key Club have been volunteering at the Hicksville Boys and Girls Club, which provides a fun, safe and positive environment for students after school. Key Club members have been leading arts and crafts activities, in addition to playing athletic and academic games, with members of the Boys and Girls Club.

Winter 2017 Newsletter


Leadership Conference

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Director of Athletics Chris Ceruti, physical education teacher Conor Reardon and CPHS juniors Christiana Caliendo, Luke Caliendo, Corey Iglesias, Stephen Padilla and Ashley Pereira attended the 14th annual Student Athletes as School Leaders Conference at Hofstra University.

The conference, which celebrates, supports and encourages positive student leadership throughout Nassau County school districts, featured keynote speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez — a high school teacher, motivational speaker and founder of the organization Hope + Future.

Lunar Lessons

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Kindergartners at Cherry Lane learned about the Lunar New Year as part of their social studies curriculum. In class, students learned about the various colors and symbols as they pertain to the holiday, read books and made comparisons to other holidays. In addition, all classes took part in art extensions — such as lanterns or musical instruments — which were used in the culminating Lunar New Year Parade throughout the school.

Squash Out Skin Cancer

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On Feb. 3, CPHS students will be participating in the 10th annual Battle of the Classes: Battle for a Cause event to raise awareness of skin cancer. The event will be held in honor of the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign, which is dedicated to increasing public awareness regarding the dangers and causes of skin cancer/melanoma and the early education of youth, families and the community. In December, an assembly featuring the family of Colette Coyne at Carle Place High School served as an educational precursor to the February fundraiser event. Online donations can be made through this link:

Food for Children

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Members of the district’s SPARC/Interact Clubs gathered in the kitchens of CPHS to bake chocolate chip cookies, which were then packaged with hand-made cards and delivered to Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The center provides meals and housing for families of sick children being treated at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

An INN Effort

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Members of the Key Club volunteered at the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead, which addresses hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services in a dignified and respectful manner for those who seek help. The club sorted donations and helped with meal preparations as part of the effort.

Cartwheeling Gymnasts

The district’s varsity gymnastics team participated in the “Cartwheel for a Cure” gymnastics competition at Cold Spring Harbor High School. The team raised money for cystic fibrosis.

Golden Advice

Golden Advice
CPHS alumnus and Paralympic gold medalist Steve Serio visited the Leadership Club for a question-and-answer session. During the visit, the Class of 2005 graduate passed around his 2016 gold and 2012 bronze medals, and spoke to students about his experiences facing adversity, living in a foreign country and assimilating, what his disability has taught him, and about the importance of being a leader. Serio’s visit served as an inspirational reminder for students to continue working hard to realize their own dreams.

Special Visit

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Ms. Buffalino’s ninth-grade Advanced Placement World History classes received a special visit from Hofstra University professor and Islamic Center of Long Island President Dr. Isma Chaudhry. Dr. Chaudhry, who was born and raised in Pakistan, spoke to students about the history of Islam and Islamic art and architecture — all key components of the Advanced Placement curriculum.

Government in Action

A few years ago, Legislator Schaefer visited a CPHS Government class where students proposed the idea of using monies from the Community Revitalization Project to fund the revamping of the school’s weight room. Recently, the current Government class was invited by Legislator Laura Schaefer to watch the session of the Nassau County Legislature, where the Legislature voted on the bill to actually fund the proposed upgrade to the high school's weight room. The funding for the weight room passed the full Legislature and was approved. It now goes to the Comptroller's office for further review. The experience also offered students a tour of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, the chance to meet with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and to see government in action.

Service Learning

Students from Ms. Woznick’s and Ms. Cavallaro’s English 7 classes participated in a fundraiser for the Water for Sudan organization. The students read the novel Long Walk to Water, which chronicles the difficulties experienced by water-starved communities throughout Africa. To raise funds, the students decided to forgo their purchases of bottled water and other drinks for several weeks, drink tap water instead, and donate the money saved to the Water for Sudan organization to help its efforts to build wells in communities throughout the Sudan. More than $1,000 was donated to the cause.

Video: Elementary Violin Program


Spreading Cheer

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During the month of December, members of the Key Club participated in a gift drive for Winthrop University Hospital and Carle Place Adopt-A-Family. Prior to the break, some members visited Winthrop University Hospital Child Life unit, where they delivered presents and spread holiday cheer through singing carols with the patients.

Toy Drive

As part of its ongoing community service and in a joint effort with state Sen. Jack Martins, Rushmore’s Student Council hosted a toy drive for patients at Winthrop University Hospital. Prior to the holiday break, a representative from Sen. Martins’s office visited the school to pick up the 144 toys collected for delivery.

Cheerleaders Win!

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Congratulations to the high school varsity cheerleading team, which earned first place in the small varsity Division II category at the North Babylon Invitational Competition! Under the leadership of coach Joan Caliendo, the team precisely performed their routines to perfection.

Financial Lessons

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In addition to ongoing character education that includes lessons in generosity and benevolence, students at Cherry Lane are also learning financial literacy. With the support of the school’s PTA, students had the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for the special people in their lives. Parent volunteers assisted students as they selected the perfect gifts for their loved ones.

Festival of Trees

Various members of the Key Club helped set up and ensure the success of the Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for Cerebral Palsy of Nassau (CPN). The students assisted CPN volunteers Karen Kiefel and Tiffany Kiefel-Claeson — who is also a physical education and health teacher at CPHS — with moving, unpacking and sorting boxes to set up a giant display of a holiday village. During the event, the students took surveys, worked the tables for tree bids and assisted in the Children’s Center.