FRIDAY ~ FEBRUARY 16, 2018 ~ DAY 1




Congratulations to the following seniors who have been designated as National Merit Finalists:  George Dunhill, Saul Glist, Noah Hellum, Nathan Rosenberg, Patrick Shiels, William Taubner, Jr. and Emily Xue. This is a tremendous honor for these students.


REMINDER TO STUDENTS:  During Olympics week please remember you are to follow all school rules especially the dress code. For example, face mask are not to be worn during the school day and no cut outs on T shirts will be allowed.

Attention student musicians: Registration is now open for the NYSSMA solo festival. The deadline for signing up is March 15th. You can get a form from any of the music teachers. You must perform a level 5 or 6 piece in order to be eligible for the Tri-M Music Honors Society. 


February is Black History Month.  Our very own African-American Culture Committee is sponsoring this year's celebration of Black History Month throughout the month of February. Each day, a new famous or not so famous African-American individual will be featured and posted throughout out the school. We encourage you to look further into their stories and learn about the rich and complex history of African Americans.  Today's individual is: Ella Baker: Baker was a prominent civil rights activist who fought alongside MLK Jr. as a member of the Southern Leadership Conference who advocated for nonviolence.


Your Monday root word of the week is: chron/o which means time. This Greek root appears in many English words such as:  chronic - lasting for a long time; chronological - arranging events in time order, synchronize - happening at the same time.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”  ― Martin Luther King Jr.


Mindful Monday Moment That was Jason Mraz and “Living in the Moment.”  This is the inspiration for your Monday Mindful Moment.  He sings about the importance of letting go of the thoughts that do not make us strong.  One of the central aspects of mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present.  This enables us to give ourselves a free pass for things that didn’t go our way in the past and to give ourselves a break from worrying about things that might not go well in the future. He goes on to sing, “I will not waste my days making up all kinds of ways to worry about all the things that will not happen to me.”  Here is some advice to you as we head into midterms in a couple of weeks: concentrate about what you need to do in the present to prepare yourself; try your best to stay focused and attentive in class; and be confident about the future.  That way you too can be “living in the moment.”  


Wednesday Wellness Wish- That was Imagine Dragons with “Whatever It Takes.”  This is the theme of your Wednesday Wellness Wish.  Sometimes we convince ourselves that we can’t do or accomplish something.  Sometimes we tell ourselves that we’re not smart enough or good enough or talented enough to achieve a particular goal that we’ve set.  Sometimes we blame other people, other forces, or just ourselves.  Part of being a responsible risk-taker is adjusting the mentality I previously mentioned and flipping the script.  If you convinced yourself that you couldn’t accomplish something, work with others to figure out how you can try to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  If you convinced yourself that you weren’t smart or good enough for something, be creative, be persistent and use a whatever it takes mentality to see if you get different results.  If it doesn’t turn out differently, at least you know you tried everything in your power.  We believe in you and will always help you out.


BRAINTEASER: What 9 letter English word is still a word each time you take away a letter? Email your answers to Mr. Rothstein at




Attention students: Effective immediately please do not eat or drink in the hallways or stairwells during PERIODS 7 & 8. The cafeteria is available and open to seating for all who have lunch during those periods.




Cartoon Captions

Wednesday Caption Contest:

Students and staff members, mail your entries to 


Caption #9




The Gaelic League of the Pelhams will meet on Monday, Feb. 26th in room 233 right after Academy Period. We will take our yearbook photo, so all members are strongly encouraged to attend!


ART CLUB will meet Tuesday February 27th in room #117 right after Academy Period.  Newcomers are welcome! See Amber Paulino for more information. 


Anyone interested in signing up for Varsity or JV Boys' Tennis for the Spring, please see Ms. Damiano in the Athletic Department.






Seniors: Are you considering applying to the PMHS WISE Individualized Senior Experience program?   The deadline for the WISE Project Proposal is February 28th.  If you are interested, contact Mr. Doyle.


Seniors - the yearbook needs your help.  If you'd like your clubs/sports/honors societies you've participated in during high school to be written in the yearbook please fill out the Google Form in your school e-mail by this Friday.  If you don't, your information will not be published.