New Rochelle High School Chorale and Symphonic Orchestra Performed the Hallelujah Chorus

December 23, 2017 - 13:47

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Now this is how to end the holiday season at school on a high note!

Here's the New Rochelle High School Chorale and Symphonic Orchestra performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah during period 5 today.

The setting - the stacks in House II - was more intimate than the Winterfest Concert in the Whitney Young Auditorium last night. The student singers and musicians brought cheers from their schoolmates and faculty.

Derrick L. James directs the Chorale, Suzanne Morello directs the orchestra.

New Rochelle High School Chorale and Symphonic Orchestra Performed the Hallelujah Chorus

Innovative Classes Debut as Winter Semester Begins

December 23, 2017 - 12:49
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PELHAM, NY -- The New Year is approaching and with it, new creative explorations and adventures!  Winter is perfect for satisfying that urge to create something. Pelham Art Center is offering a rich range of artistic adventures for adults, children and teens. Kids learn STEM concepts through digital art-making with Scratch Coding, Digital Photography, Experimental Animation, 3D Computer Modeling, or 3D Printing and Modeling.  For curious children who love to get messy, there’s Create with Clay, and for adults who want to join the fun we have CLAY ADULT +ME!

Innovative Classes Debut as Winter Semester Begins

Bond Helps Planetarium; Shows Resume in January

December 22, 2017 - 16:03

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Good news for indoor stargazers, science buffs and anyone who enjoys a spectacular show: The planetarium at New Rochelle High School is getting an upgrade.

A brand-new Spitz SciDome projector mounted on the wall will project sharper video shows of heavens and vast landscapes in high definition.

"It's going to look bigger and more spectacular because it's going to be crystal clear," said astronomy teacher Bruce Zeller, who runs the planetarium. "It's beautiful."

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TODAY Show Spotlights Student, Meals on Wheels

December 22, 2017 - 15:59

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Yes, that was New Rochelle High School senior Nicholas Pallotta on the TODAY show recently, helping turn a spotlight on the importance of Meals on Wheels - and offering an example of New Rochelle spirit to a wide audience.

Pallotta's friends told him their relatives from other states called to ask them about the segment.

"It's a very cool experience to think that people around the nation are seeing it," Pallotta said. "I hope there's increased attention to Meals on Wheels, not just in New Rochelle."

TODAY Show Spotlights Student, Meals on Wheels

Columbus Hosts Chess Competition

December 22, 2017 - 15:54

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Five inches of snow did not deter the more than 100 chess players who gathered at Columbus Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 9, to participate in the National Scholastic Chess Foundation Columbus Winter Scholastic. The City School District of New Rochelle was represented by students from Isaac E. Young, Albert Leonard, Columbus, Webster and Ward.

Columbus school chess players (from left) Ignacio Valencia, Giovanna Murgia, Joel Salick, Kaily Argueta, Gianna Murgia, Dylan Solovyev and Naolin Concha

Hands-On Lessons Charge Full STEAM Ahead

December 22, 2017 - 15:48

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Folding sheets of tinfoil, second-graders at Daniel Webster Magnet School created boats to float in small basins of water, then dropped pennies in one at a time until they sank.

From narrow canoe-like craft to flat-bottomed vessels, the boats helped students discover which designs made the most sense (and held the most cents.)

"We can do more!" Aidan Wigfall said as a boat his group devised took on its 26th penny - the number that had sunk their previous attempt. 

Webster second-graders (from left) Joan Pancho, David Weiss and Aidan Wigfall test the buoyancy of a tinfoil boat with pennies.

Civics Symposium Tackles Hot Topics in Community

December 22, 2017 - 15:23

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Community leaders gathered recently in the annual New Rochelle High School Civics Symposium to debate the hot topics of the day, responding to arguments made by NRHS students.

Five students' papers, filled with substantive research, presented positions on gun control, gerrymandering, political correctness, the question of police bias and the disparate effects of the Drug War on people of color. The issues kept the discussion rolling among the panelists, who had been provided with the papers in advance.

Civics Symposium Tackles Hot Topics in Community