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Art-Technology Exhibit at South High--June 5-8

South High School’s year-end, annual Student Art-Technology Exhibit will run from Monday-Thursday, June 5-8, during regular school hours, and the evening of June 7, during the Pops Concert. There will also be a reception in honor of graduating seniors on June 7 at 6 p.m. The Exhibit will be held in the General Purpose Room (near the main lobby), 341 Lakeville Road. All grades will be represented at the Exhibit, in many mediums: architectural drawing, ceramics, crafts, drawing and painting, fashion design, furniture design, graphic design, photography, and woodworking. Students are taught by art teachers: Karen Cuchel (department chairperson), Colleen Campbell, Safia Fatimi, Katherine Saltoun, Linda Haase Kane, and Lisa Stancati; and technology teachers: John Motchkavitz (department chairperson), Matthew Corrigan, Michael Passuello, and Jonathan Ruvio. For more information, contact Ms. Cuchel at, or Mr. Motchkavitz at


Stages Production at North High--June 6


North High School’s annual Stages production will be held on Tuesday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. The event is free and the public is warmly welcome. Stages is one of North High’s interdisciplinary elective programs open to students in twelfth grade. It provides seniors with a college-level seminar experience, embracing the disciplines of music, drama, English, and social studies. Throughout the year, students examine, analyze, and create music and drama, culminating in the development and execution of a performable production. This year’s original production by the 2017 Stages class is titled “Rock Bottom.” The story follows Michael Stewart Garret and his daughter, Charley, who have been placed into the witness protection program and find themselves in Rock Springs, Iowa. Like many small towns in America, Rock Springs is facing economic hard times. Perhaps Michael can save the town while the town, in turn, saves him. You will laugh, you will cry, you might even find yourself humming along at various points in the fabulous score. The student-written-and-produced show is guided by Stages teachers Susan Babkes (social studies department head), Jeffrey Gilden (English), and Neil Saggerson (fine & performing arts department head), with additional contributions by Roger Ames, musical consultant. For more information, contact Ms. Babkes at


South Middle’s Outdoor Pops Concert--June 6

Come experience “Tanglewood” at South Middle School at its annual Rebel Pops Outdoor Concert on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the school, 349 Lakeville Rd. The Rebel Pops Outdoor Concert is a brief event held (weather permitting) in the school courtyard. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and sit under the early evening sky as you listen to the Rebel Pops and select Choir members perform music from South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof, and present works written by Schubert and Offenbach, along with other popular pieces. During the concert, feel free to enjoy food brought from home or our complementary dessert. In case of inclement weather, the Concert will be held indoors, in the Choral Room, with dessert following the performance. The Rebel Pops is directed by Alan Schwartz, music department head; the Choir is directed by Shelley Willcox, vocal music teacher. For more information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at 441-4651 or at


North Middle Sixth-Grade Concert--June 7

North Middle School’s Sixth-Grade Choral/Instrumental Concert will take place on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 77 Polo Road. The public is warmly invited and encouraged to attend this free event. The Orchestra will be performing “Honor and Glory,” by Soon Hee Newbold; “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” by The Beatles; “Spring,” by Antonio Vivaldi; and “Uptown Funk,” by Bruno Mars. The Concert Band will perform “Adversary,” by Larry Clark; “Firework,” by Katy Perry; “Crunch Time,” by James Swearingen; and “Defying Gravity,” by Stephen Schwartz. The Chorus will perform “We Know the Way,” by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, arr. by Roger Emerson; “Jabberwocky,” a poem by Lewis Carroll, music by David L. Brunner; “Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little/Goodnight Ladies” from The Music Man, by Meredith Willson, arr. by Cristi Cary Miller; and “Back Home,” by Andrew Grammer and Ryan Metzger, recorded by Andy Grammer, arr. by Mark Brymer. The Band and Orchestra will be under the direction of Anthony Virgilio, Sixth-Grade Instrumental Director. The Chorus will be directed by Arielle Murdocco, Choral Director. For more information, contact Mr. Virgilio or Ms. Murdocco at (516) 441-4551, or at or


South High Pops Concert--June 7

On Wednesday, June 7, the South High School Choir will present its annual Pops Concert in the school’s Ruel E. Tucker Auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The Concert will take place in a cabaret-like setting, with tables on the stage for dining and listening. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Concert at 7:30 p.m. The Mixed Choir will perform “Seasons of Love,” from Rent. The Concert Choir will perform “Finale,” from Sunday in the Park with George. The Soul Sisters and Soul Brothers will perform “We Are the World,” by Michael Jackson. The South Singers will perform “Send My Love,” by Adele Adkins. A Cappella will perform “Supermarket Flowers,” by Eric DeVore. The Jazz Choir will perform “Sing, Sing, Sing,” by Louis Prima. The Broadway group will perform a medley of selections from favorite shows. The Concert will be under the direction of South High Choral Director Dr. Pamela Levy. Admission tickets are $10 (includes dinner and dessert) and will be available at the door.


South Middle’s Theatre Workshop--June 9

SM Theatre

On Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m., South Middle School will present its annual Theatre Workshop. The Workshop features some 15 short, “sketch” shows (5-10 minutes in length) that are student-directed, with such titles as “Decision Time” and “The Juliet Tryouts.” There are comedies and dramas, covering various aspects of life and growing up. Student writers/directors include: Sarah Bernstein, Nathan Cohen, Eli Goodwin, Eden Katz, Erik Lyngstad-Hughes, Ezra Malater, Juliet Rofe, and Elie Weitzman. Theatre Workshop is suitable for all ages. Admission is free and all are welcome! Gabriel Carras, English department chair/drama teacher, is faculty advisor.

Achilles Kids Marathon at North Middle
By Michelle Sicurella

NM Marathon

A new program began this year for North Middle School’s Adapted Physical Education students--the Achilles Kids International Marathon. The event proved to be such an enormous success that there are plans to make it a yearly initiative. Achilles Kids is a running program skillfully designed for students with disabilities to enable them to complete a full 26.2-mile marathon, very much at their own pace. Several incentives kept students motivated and engaged in the event, such as a digital map with a race route, 5-mile bracelet awards, 10K drawstring bags, 13.1-mile medals, monthly awards, including MVP and MIP, and, finally, a pair of Adidas sneakers when the full marathon was complete. The marathon was completed in segments. The North Middle students achieved their goal in five months, with a total class mileage of 318 miles! In mid-May, a culminating event was held at the school track. Events included a 50-meter dash and a 100-meter relay. Members of the administration and staff joined the class to complete the final lap of the marathon, crossing the finish line in “Times Square, NYC.” This marathon also encompassed several other subject areas, making it a truly interdisciplinary project. In art class, under the guidance of Kristin Kirleis, the students designed a poster of the NYC skyline; in health classes, working with Michelle Sicurella, they learned about healthy food choices and created oral presentations; and in music, Robin Golub taught them the words to “New York, New York,” which was sung at the Sneakers Awards ceremony. The Achilles Kids running-walking-rolling program, developed in 1995 by Achilles International, is ongoing in over 350 schools in the U.S., with over 11,000 kids participating. The program is free and Achilles supplies all the training materials.

Michelle Sicurella is North Middle School’s health education department chair and adapted physical education teacher.