TUESDAY ~ FEBRUARY 13, 2018 ~ DAY 4




It’s the year of the Dog! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year! 新春快乐!Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is China's most important traditional festival. The first day of Chinese New Year 2018 is on Friday, Feb. 16. The celebrations of the festival include eating reunion dinner with family, giving red envelopes, and setting off firecrackers and fireworks. Welcome to join Asian Culture Club for the Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 15 after academy in room 205!


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.

The PMHS Choruses will be putting on their first Pops Fundraising Concert TONIGHT, Tuesday  at 7:00 PM. No tickets necessary and any amount donation will be accepted. There will also be snacks and T-shirts for sale. Music will include songs from Hamilton and Sweeney Todd, Stevie WonderSimon and Garfunkel, and much more. Both choruses and the AcaPelicans will perform. We hope to see you there.


On Wednesday, February 14th the staff from the BOCES Career Center will be visiting PMHS period 2 in alumni hall. They will presenting program information options such as cosmetology, auto-tech, construction and commercial art.  All current 10th and 11th graders are welcome! Sign up is in the high school Counseling Office. 

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. 


School wide trivia question pertaining to Mardi Gras:


  1. Which aspect of Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans was invented in 1872 to honor visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff? The answer is a Latin word for the person who presides over the parade?

  1. The French Canadian province of Quebec celebrates Carnaval as a winter festival. What is the name of the big, white snowman mascot?


  1. The carnival of Binche, Belgium has been proclaimed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity listed by UNESCO. Its history dates back to approximately the 14th century. During the parade, the men dress up and participate in the parades as a traditional "mascot" of Gilles with wooden shoes, banging drums and throwing what fruit?


Email answers to alivaditis@pelhamschools.org

Learn about rowing - one of the fastest growing sports in the US!

Please join Olympic medalist rower Henrik Rummel TODAY, February 13th at 3:15pm in Alumni Hall to learn about the sport of rowing, and how to get involved. Rowing is a great full body, low impact sport that fosters teamwork, work ethic, fitness, and fun. Rowing is the fastest growing collegiate sport in the US, and Pelham Community Rowing Association (PCRA) is a premier rowing club in Glen Island Park with state of the art facilities and equipment. Rowing is a sport that is quick to pick up - all experience and fitness levels are welcome! PCRA has rowing programs for 7th through 12th grade, no experience necessary! Henrik will be there to answer all your questions and give you more information about how to sign up and get involved. Learn more at www.pcrarowing.com





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: Oprah Winfrey: Oprah is a largely recognized African American talk show host, producer, and philanthropist as well as a leading figure in the fight for civil rights and other social movements.



Spread the love with Spanish Club!  Love is in the air and the Spanish Club is once again selling chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels for Valentine’s Day.  Please see a Spanish club member to place your order.  Orders must be picked-up after school in room 213 on February 14th.  ¡Viva la amistad y el amor! 



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:  “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment” – Oprah Winfrey



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 jrothstein@pelhamschools.org



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 jrothstein@pelhamschools.org 


Caption #9




BASEBALL There will be a brief meeting on Thursday 2/15 in the HS Gym after school for anyone who is interested in playing JV or Varsity Baseball this year.


Happy Chinese New Year! 新春快乐!Asian Culture Club will have the Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 15 at 3:15 in room 205! All students are welcome!


The Political Debate Club will be meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15th @ 3:15 in Room 113.  We will be taking our picture and then discussing the topic of Women's Rights. All are invited to attend.  All opinions are welcome!

Social and Political Activism will be meeting TODAY, Tuesday in room 201 after Academy to plan our next project. New members are always welcome!

ART CLUB will meet TODAY, Tuesday, February 13th in room #117 right after Academy Period.  Come to make art, talk about art and look at art! Newcomers are welcome! Talk to Amber Paulino for more information! 

Peer Tutoring Club will be meeting Wednesday February 14th and Thursday February 15th at 3:15 in the main room of the info center (at the NHS tutoring table). Email harrisonj@pelhamschools.org with any questions.


Boys' Tennis sign-ups for the spring, will be TODAY, Tuesday, February 13th in the high school gym at 3:15 PM.



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.




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