Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Staples Advances to Moody’s Math Challenge Finals
(Editor’s Note: This updates an item first published on March 25, adding team members names, a picture, and additional details.)
UPDATE A team of math students from Westport’s Staples High School is among finalists in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge.
Team members include (l-r, back row) Madeline Schemel and Chai Kim; (front row) Terrie Yang, Claudia Landowne, and Claire Sampson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Members advanced over the March 21-22 weekend in Philadelphia in the annual applied math contest that gives participants the opportunity to use mathematical modeling to come up with solutions to relevant everyday issues and a chance to win $20,000. Staples last won the competition in 2006. (See WestportNow April 7, 2006)
This year’s challenge was particularly relevant to high school seniors. They were asked to provide cost-benefit analyses of higher education.
Using publicly available data on college tuition rates, scholarships, and financing costs, participants created math models and wrote algorithms to determine the costs actually paid by individuals of various socioeconomic backgrounds, an announcement said.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
National Honor for Laddie Lawrence
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced the induction of longtime Staples High School coach Laddie Lawrence into its National Hall of Fame.
This year’s induction ceremony will take place June 19 at the group’s national convention in Rochester, Minn.
The 2015 class includes 30 coaches from 16 states. His state’s high school coaches’ association selected Lawrence, an announcement said.
Lawrence was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from teaching at Staples in 2013 after almost half a century but continues his running and track and field coaching duties.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Staples Orphenians Burst Into Song in San Francisco
The Staples Orphenians are in San Francisco for the National Youth Choral Festival and traveled to the Twin Peaks overlooking the city and burst into “Dominus Vobiscum” by Sydney Guillaume, a young Haitian-American composer of contemporary classical music and film music. The Grammy award-winning choir Chanticleer chose the Orphenians to be part of the festival based on a performance a year ago. The Orphenians, who also serenaded their Jet Blue crew on arrival (see video here) are the only East Coast group to be invited. More than 200 student singers in 10 high school choirs from across the country are participating. The four-day choral immersion will place the visiting choirs in close, intensive interaction with the members of Chanticleer, who will coach them in all areas critical to the choral art. The final event of the trip is a concert on Monday at Davies Symphony Hall conducted by Ragnar Bohlin, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, in which the Orphenians will perform. Martin Gitlin/YouTube.com
NY Times Columnist Takes on College Admission Mania
There was a standing room only crowd at the Westport Library today for a talk by bestselling author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. He challenges the importance many place on attending elite colleges in his new book “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.” Bruni, who noted the crowd contained more parents and grandparents than college-bound youngsters, said that students today are working to get into the best schools and not focusing on what they are hoping to achieve in their education. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Friday, March 27, 2015
Tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Westport Inn. Among senior cheerleaders, football and basketball players showing off the latest fashions from Westport’s South Moon Under were Sarah Ellman and Jack Marsilio. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Lindsey Giannitti and Will Newman were fashionistas at tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Varsity Vogue in Vogue
Scenes from tonight’s 18th annual Staples Varsity Cheerleading Fashion Show and Auction Fundraiser at the Westport Inn. WestportNow.com photos
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Bedford Acting Group Dress Rehearsal
Scenes from today’s Bedford Acting Group dress rehearsal at Bedford Middle School of the sixth grade play, “Revolting Rhymes & Other Ridiculous Rambles” by Roald Dahl. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students (children under 3 free). Tickets are available online here or at the door, subject to availability. Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
New Long Lots Principal Appointed
The Westport Board of Education tonight approved the promotion of Jeffrey Golubchick to the position of principal of Long Lots Elementary School effective July 1, Superintendent of Schools Elliot Landon said.
Jeffrey Golubchick: current Saugatuck assistant principal. Contributed photo
Golubchick currently is assistant principal at Saugatuck Elementary School. He replaces M. Rex Jones, principal since 2007.
Prior to joining Saugatuck, Golubchick, 35, a native New Yorker, had been director of elementary humanities at North Shore Schools in Sea Cliff, N.Y. and assistant principal at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. He began his career as a teacher in a student-diverse elementary school in New York City.
His educational background includes a BFA in printmaking and a BA in scenography from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo; an MFA in theater arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh; an MA in education from Hunter College in New York City; and, an MA in educational leadership from Brooklyn (N.Y.) College.
Members of the Saugatuck Elementary’s PTA were treated to a walking tour today of works from the Westport Permanent Art Collection (WSPAC) by Linda Gramatky Smith. She is the daughter of Hardie Gramatky, famed Westport watercolorist. SES is home to over 80 art pieces from the WSPAC, including several representing Gramatky’s much-loved children’s books. Gramatky Smith is pictured holding copies of “Little Toot” and “Nikos and the Sea God” beneath original art from those books. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Honors for Westport Schools Music Program
Another honor today for the music program in Westport schools.
The NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its nearly 9,200 members around the world, awarded Westport a Best Communities for Music Education designation. It was one of 12 districts in the state receiving the designation.
Now in its 16th year, Best Communities for Music Education affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of schools’ core curriculum, an announcement said. This year, 388 school districts in 46 states were honored.
“Westport has long possessed a unique insight and understanding of the important role music plays in the education of the whole child,” said Thomas Scavone, district music supervisor.
SRO for Learning About Common Core
There was a standing room-only crowd Monday night at the Westport Library’s McManus Room to hear former state Rep. Jonathan Pelto (D-Mansfield) discuss the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests to be administered to Westport students in third through 12th grades over the next few weeks. Pelto, who served nine years in the state legislature and now authors a blog, Wait What? at www. Jonathanpeltro.com, has been critical of the SABC, calling them “unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory.” The event was privately organized by a group of local parents. A video is available here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Monday, March 23, 2015
Staples Students Excel in History at Regional Tourney
Westport students, especially those at Staples High School, have shown they do know much about history.
They excelled Saturday in the Fairfield Regional History Day in Connecticut contest at Fairfield University. More than 300 students from 16 area communities took part in the competition.
Westport students dominated in the senior category (grades 9 to 12), taking 15 of the 20 top awards in the division while those in the junior category (grades 6 to 8) took two of 26 top slots.
Students who placed in the top three in their respective categories and divisions are invited to compete in the State History Day Contest, which will take place on May 9 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Celebrating Science Win
Bedford Middle School students celebrate Saturday after winning first place at the Science Olympiad state competition held in Farmington. Next step is the national competition in Nebraska in May. The Science Olympiad is a nationwide organization dedicated to promoting science education through conducting competitive science tournaments. Teams of up to 15 students meet and compete in about 23 different science events that cover many different areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some events require constructing a project ahead of time. Others involve on the spot application of skills to a given problem. Individual students win medals for placing in an event, with cumulative scores yielding overall team placement at a tournament. Contributed photo
A Silver Crown for Inklingsnews.com
Friday brought not only a first day of spring snow but also a Silver Crown Award for Staples High School’s student-run online publication, inklingsnews.com, at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st annual Spring Scholastic Convention. Pictured with the award at Columbia University are (l-r) Managing Editor Ale Benjamin, Advisor Cody Thomas, Editor-in-Chief Zoe Brown, Editor-in-Chief Bailey Ethier, Advisor Mary Elizabeth Fulco, and Web Managing Editor Nicole DeBlasi. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo