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Sleepy Hollow High School 2013-2014 News

Senior Art Exhibition and Art Honor Society Induction

Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium

Thursday- April, 24th - 6:30-8pm

Honor Society Induction will begin at 7:30

Come out and support your local artists! 

Senior Art will be on view through June.  

Guest speaker and alumni, Nick Perlman will be speaking about his experience as a film director and editor.  (Posted 4/23/14)

Every Kid Healthy Week

Sleepy Hollow has recently created a wellness committee that consists of a dedicated group of teachers, administrators, nurses, parents, students, food service representatives, and community-based organizations.  The committee serves as an advisory group that addresses the health and well-being of students as well as staff. The committee is dedicated to assessing the school health environment, programs and policies, and identifying ways to strengthen these areas to improve the overall health of students and staff, which, in turn, contributes to academic success.

At present, the committee has three goals: to implement sustainable policy and practice changes that improve healthful eating and increase opportunities for physical activity school wide, to find new and exciting ways to create the awareness of health, nutrition, and fitness in our school district, and to get students, staff, and community members more involved in creating a healthier school environment.  The committee is teaming up with a representative from Healthy Schools NY, a grant-funded program through NYSDOH that will assist Sleepy Hollow in reaching its intended goals. 

One of the first initiatives the committee is launching is to celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week.  Every Kid Healthy is a national movement to make all schools healthier places.  The movement is focused on the nation’s problem of childhood obesity as well as on its solutions – sound nutrition, regular physical activity, and health-promoting school programs.  Action for Healthy Kids recognizes Every Kid Healthy Week during the last week of April (April 21-25 2014).

Thanks to our Middle School teachers Mayerlin Strippoli and Lisa King, Sleepy Hollow schools are on a secret mission to “Catch a Kid Eating Healthy”.   The idea is to promote healthy eating habits and to have students swap unhealthy foods for a variety of more filling, healthier foods.  Whether they bring lunch from home or buy lunch at school, Sleepy Hollow is encouraging them to always include a healthy choice.  If they are caught eating something healthy, a teacher will take their picture and post it on the new lunchroom bulletin board.  Placing a photo of this positive behavior on display will encourage students to make healthier choices and to be proud of fueling their bodies with nutritious foods. (Posted 4/18/14)

Parent Portal Survey

The Infinite Campus Parent Portal* is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain access to firsthand knowledge of your son(s)/daughter(s) academic performance and attendance. Teachers regularly update the Portal with attendance, homework, quizzes, tests, essays, and projects.    

Parental involvement is one of the most important predictors to student success.  With that in mind, we would like to assist you in gaining more access to your son(s)/daughter(s) academic performance.   The enclosed survey, in regards to the Parent Portal, can be taken online If access to a computer is limited, the hand-written (please use print) version can be submitted.  If hand-written, please have your son(s)/daughter(s) return the form to my mailbox.  The survey will hopefully provide us with information on how to better assist you with use of this tool.  We will be pleased to organize a tutorial/workshop to support you.  We look forward to answering your questions and sharing information about the Parent Portal site.

We appreciate your involvement and the time it will take to complete the survey, which hopefully, will be minimal.

 Sincerely yours,

 Daniel J. Larkin

Math Department Chair

* The Infinite Campus Parent Portal is a secure and confidential site that provides authorized parents/guardians access to real-time school-related information on their child(ren).  The District is currently providing information on schedule, attendance, health immunization records, report cards, gradebook (6-12 only), NYS Assessments and the opportunity to update email addresses through the portal.

El Campus Portal de Padres Infinito * es una maravillosa oportunidad para que usted pueda tener acceso de primera mano a información academica y la asistencia de su hijo ( s ), / hija ( s ).  Los profesores utilizan regularmente el Portal para tareas, cuestionarios , pruebas , ensayos y proyectos.

Participación de los padres es uno de los predictores más importantes para el éxito del estudiante . Con esto en mente , nos gustaría ayudarle a obtener más acceso a  la información academica de su hijo ( s ) / hija ( s ). La encuesta  contiene preguntas  del Portal de Padres y se puede tomar en línea Si el acceso a una computadora es limitado , use letra de molde en la versión escrita a mano .  Si usan la versión escrita a mano por favor pedimos que su hijo ( s ) / hija ( s ) devuelva el formulario a mi buzón.  Esperamos que la encuesta nos proporcione información sobre cómo ayudarle mejor con el uso de el Portal de Padres. Queremos organizar un taller para apoyarle. Esperamos poder contestar  sus preguntas y compartir información sobre el Portal de Padres.

Agradecemos su participación y el tiempo que se tardará en completar la encuesta .


Daniel J. Larkin

Director de Matemáticas

* El Campus Portal de Padres Infinito es seguro y confidencial que proporciona a los padres / tutores autorizados  acceso a la información relacionada con la escuela en tiempo real sobre su hijo (s ) . El Distrito le ofrece información sobre los horarios , asistencia, registros de vacunación de salud , las boletas de calificaciones , libro de calificaciones (6-12 solamente), NYS evaluaciones y la oportunidad de actualizar las direcciones de correo electrónico a través del portal .

(Posted 4/8/14)

Unified Basketball Team Brings Home the Gold and the Bronze!!

Congratulations to the Sleepy Hollow UNIFIED Basketball team who competed in the Special Olympics Unified state tournament on Sunday at SUNY New Paltz and brought home a GOLD and a BRONZE medal!!!  (There was a controversy concerning the gold medal, but we received confirmation today that we, indeed, won the gold!). The gold medals are being sent out today!

We are so proud of this groundbreaking team, who through their commitment to each other, are breaking down barriers in high school sports and leading the way as ambassadors of change.

Our UNIFIED team consists of the following athletes: Brenda Alfaro, Sebastian Leiva, Katie Bender, Brendan Murphy, Molly Leavey, Felix Veloz, Mikey Fortugno, Sueng Park, Jane Maloy, Jacob Wellen, Hunter Burnett, Sarah McCarthy, Jordan Brown and Linda Myrthil.

Thank you all for your continued support!  We were the only high school team who competed in the tournament.  The rest of the teams were adult teams. That is impressive on its own - but then again - WE ARE SLEEPY HOLLOW!! (Posted 4/8/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Senior Regional Winner for the 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Awards Program

Sleepy Hollow High School senior, Luke Colley, is the Regional Winner for the 2013 President’s Environmental Youth Awards Program for his project “Using Apples as Locally Sustainable Fuel Source in New York State”. Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selects one winner to represent each of its ten regions. EPA Region 2, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is pleased to select Luke’s project as its 2013 winner. Luke and his family will attend the Environmental Quality Awards reception on Wednesday, April 23 in Manhattan. (Posted 4/6/14)

Senior, Imani Ford, selected to take part in Students Inside Albany

Rivertowns League of Women Voters has selected Sleepy Hollow High School senior, Imani Ford, to take part in Students Inside Albany. Students Inside Albany is a conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. The conference is designed to increase students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. High school students from across the state will learn about New York State government and the process by which citizens can prepare in the policy making arena. Conference highlights include: touring the NYS Capitol building; shadowing a NYS Assembly member; learning tips for being a successful student lobbyist; learning about political activism; shadowing a New York State Senator, and engaging in discussion with legislators. (Posted 4/6/14)

Sleepy High School Students Attend Human Rights Institute for Student Leaders at Manhattanville College

Nine of our sophomores attended workshops about human rights along with students from 23 other metropolitan high schools. The main theme was “The Power of One.” Issues varied from water and sanitation to censorship and poverty as well as elderly and transgender abuse, violence against women and honor killings. In addition, three student who had previously attended the institute as tenth graders came back to lead a workshop on the rights of disabled people and to promote the Special Olympics Games that will take place on May 17. The keynote speaker, Alison Crowther, founded the Red Bandanna Project after her son lost his life while helping victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The goal of this institute is to promote activism within the school community. Our students decided to team up with their peers at the Hackley School to create a common awareness campaign against abuse and violence. They are planning activities that will take place during the week of May 19- 23 which has been proclaimed Upstanders’ Week by County Executive Rob Astorino. (Posted 3/30/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (February) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:

English Department:
Jessica Uyaguari
Erika Paute

English as a Second Language Department:
Rosy Morfe Gomez

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Bernardo Rodriguez

Fine Arts Department:
Benjamin Povman

Foreign Language Department:
Ruby Bencosme

Social Studies Department:
Elizabeth Silver
Heidy Arana

Mathematics Department:
Lucia Rodriguez

Physical Education Department:
Manuel Rosario                                             (Posted 3/30/14)

11th Annual Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival

The 11th annual Sleepy Hollow Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, April 4th at 7:30 P.M. in the Kusel Auditorium at Sleepy Hollow High School. It will feature nine of the finest high school jazz bands in the area. It will also be showcasing three extraordinary guest artists: composer and pianist Mike Holober, trumpet player Chris Persad, and Grammy award winning D’Addario performing artist baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian. The students and directors have put many hours of time and effort into their performance and will be sure to impress the most discriminating jazz connoisseurs.

The guest artists will listen to performances by all nine bands and interact with the groups during the day in clinics. They will share their love of music and knowledge of the jazz idiom with the students, and then select three bands to perform in the concert at 7:30 PM. In addition, all bands are eligible for awards such as: outstanding soloist, best brass section, and best rhythm section. The schools participating are Ardsley High School; Blind Brook High School; Lakeland High School; Mahopac High School; Mamaroneck High School; Monroe-Woodbury High School; Port Chester High School, and Sleepy Hollow High School. General Admission Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information contact Micah Sprague at (914) 332-6223 or

This program is made possible by the support of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and the generosity of those attending the concert. A special thank you to D’Addario and Company for supplying prize packs for each participating group.  (Posted 3/25/14)

SHHS Science Research Students Compete in JSHS Science Competition

Sleepy Hollow High School’s science research students competed with students from over 20 other school districts at this year’s Westchester-Rockland JSHS science competition. Congratulations to Liliana Calix for coming in first place in the category environmental sciences in the power point division. Liliana will be representing Sleepy Hollow High School at the state competition in Albany later this month. 

In the poster division, Elizabeth Sobolik came in first place in biology; Heather Brown came in second place in biology; Javiera Morales came in third place in environmental science, and Johnny Kondratenko came in third place for his work in behavioral science. (Posted 3/25/14)

14th Annual Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

13 Sleepy Hollow High School science research students were among 350 students who competed in the 14th annual Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. The students competed for a variety of prizes and for a chance to qualify for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is being held in Los Angeles, California in May. 

Elizabeth Sobolik qualified for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair and came in first place in the category of Cell Biology.

Javiera Morales won the Environmental Perspiration Award for her field work in the field of environmental science and will present her research paper at the International Energy Environment, Engineering Fair in Houston, Texas in April.

Heather Brown came in fourth place in Cell Biology and won the Society for InVitro Biology Award.

Luke Colley came in fourth place in Environmental Science.

Emily Carter was awarded the American Psychological Association award for outstanding behavioral research, while Kimberly Martinez and Sonya Smith won the Fisher Scientific Award for outstanding projects in the field of behavioral sciences. 

Liliana Calix won the American Meteorological Society Award, the RICOH Sustainability Award, and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Senior, Tim Frankstone, was awarded the Mianus River Ecology Award. (Posted 3/25/14)

College Fair

The Department of Counseling and Guidance Services would like to invite you to attend our sixth annual College Fair which will be held on April 2nd, from 9:00AM-11:00AM in the Middle School Gymnasium. We are pleased to be hosting this event and have confirmed over 80 colleges in attendance.

All of our juniors and sophomores will attend this event.  Their schedule is as follows:

Juniors:  9:00-10:00AM

Sophomores:  10:00-11:00AM

If there are any additional questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school counselor.  We look forward to seeing you at the College Fair. (Posted 3/18/14)

Special Olympics Spring Games
Returns to
Sleepy Hollow High School!

How to sign up:

Click here for the Special Olympics Spring Games – 5/17/14 link

Follow Prompts

  Attend our volunteer meeting – 3/25/14

Questions/ Email: or call 914-332-6201

Model UN Club members attend UNA-USA Members’ Day at UN Headquarters in New York City

Twenty one members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Model UN Club travelled to New York City to attend the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on the theme of The United Nations: Building Peace in an Age of Upheaval.  The conference was held at United Nations Headquarters in the room used by the General Assembly while the official hall is being refurbished. Speakers presented information based on the follow up the campaign for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. International experts participated in a variety of panels included Making Peace, Keeping Peace, Building Peace; What World Do We Want? The Post-2015 Development Agenda: gender, violence and peace, as well as sustainability; and Human Rights Challenges: 2014 and Beyond. Students listened to Tiffany Taylor, 2013 US Youth Observer at the UN.  Our group was joined by two Sleepy Hollow alumnae and former Model UN Club members, now college graduates, who attended such an event as sophomores.  (Posted 3/10/14)

National Merit Finalists

Sleepy Hollow High School is proud to announce our National Merit Finalists: Congratulations to Katherine Clayton, Mackenzie Hodgson, and Lily Sands who are now finalists in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarships. The selection of some 8,00 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress.  This Spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will begin mailing scholarship offers to all recipients.  (Posted 3/9/14)

9th Graders Learn about Healthcare at Phelps Hospital

Special Thanks to Phelps Hospital:  Our 9th graders were given the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers through a special hospital tour of Phelps Hospital on March 4th.  This unique opportunity allowed our 9th graders to interact directly with a variety of health care professionals and learn about the variety of careers available in the field of healthcare.  Sleepy Hollow High School is grateful for the many programs we have in place with Phelps Hospital.  Healthcare Career Day for 9th Graders, Healthcare Summer Camp, our February Break Nursing Internship Program, and their ability to assist in our Senior Internship Program benefit many SHHS students.  We look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with Phelps for years to come.  (Posted 3/9/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (January) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:

English Department:
John T. Starkey
Lorena Sasaguay

English as a Second Language Department:
Daniel Carvajul

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Eamon W. Burke

Foreign Language Department:
Sonya Smith

Science Department:
Tess Weitzner
John Merheb

Mathematics Department:
Sara Friedman
Carlos Barros     (Posted 3/9/14)

A Special Thanks to the Music Booster Association

The Sleepy Hollow Music Department would like to thank the Middle and High school music booster parents for their gift of a beautiful new piano!  The music parents have been a wonderful resource on many levels!  They have sacrificed their time and gave great support by raising money through events such as the all-counties, dramas, variety shows, breakfasts, and hosting community performances to name a few!  We would also like to thank those of you who helped contribute to the booster cause by being a member!  We can not thank you enough for your generous gift and support!  If you would like to become a member of this wonderful organization contact the music department.  We would happy to help you!  Thank you again! (Posted 2/27/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students Visit Hudson River Museum to Learn about Chemistry and the Sublime

Sleepy Hollow High School, in partnership with Hudson River Museum, introduced students to the aesthetics and science behind the museum’s exhibition, Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York’s Rivers, 1900-1940. Sleepy Hollow High School art teacher, Angela Langston, was able to use the exhibition to allow her studio art students to examine the links between American Modernism and Hudson River School painting. In six sessions student learned that the ideals expressed in Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century expressed a vision to which many artists clung decades after great physical change to the region’s landscape. Other artists, though, some from the Ashcan School, eagerly turned towards the Machine Age, and painted, not majestic mountain ranges, but arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners moving in and out of the city’s harbor. In hailing the new, these artists created a fresh vocabulary for their century.

In two workshop sessions, art students explored the making of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. They investigated the forces that are exerted on bridges and learned the basic components of a bridge. They then constructed a cable-stayed harp bridge out of paper. The model was then built to a prescribed scale. Art students added embellishments to their models, such as the river, trees, roads and surrounding land mass, thereby making a complete model of a bridge and its surroundings. They will take a close look at the aesthetics of bridge design along with its particular geometry and patterns.

Science teacher, Jason Choi, utilized the exhibit to present modern alchemy to his Advanced Placement chemistry students. As Choi notes, the science of chemistry has its origins in the murkier art of alchemy - an effort to turn base metals into precious gold. Although the alchemists were unsuccessful, their discoveries and revelations opened up a new branch of material science which we call chemistry. Chemistry allowed us to transform the world around us, ushering in the industrial revolution and the Industrial Sublime. Mr. Choi's class mixed gravel, sand, cement, and water to transform these seemingly useless materials into concrete - the building blocks of the modern world. Moreover, the students were charged with making the concrete even stronger by reinforcing it with a metal lattice structure, in their case, a twisted metal clothes hanger. After the concrete had dried and hardened, the students took a hammer to their creations to test for hardness. While the students enjoyed pounding the concrete, they were surprised by how hard the reinforced concrete was compared to the plain concrete. 

The experience gave students a historical perspective regarding the impact of science on society, particularly its ability to change an agrarian society into one of metal and concrete.  The experiment with concrete inspired students to think about the impact of science, particularly chemistry, on their everyday lives.  (Posted 2/7/14)

Kosovo Delegation Visits Sleepy Hollow High School Seniors

Six visitors from Kosovo came to speak to seniors attending a Participation in Government and Contemporary Issues class. They were introduced by Dr. Sheila Gersh, Director of Mercy College’s Center for Global Engagement and presented several of the economic, political, social and legal challenges faced by Kosovo, a small Central European nation located in the Balkans. Although an independent state since 2008, Kosovo is still in the process of receiving official recognition from the international community, including the European Union and the United Nations as well as the International Olympic Committee.

After a brief presentation from Mr. Besnik Berisha, students were invited to participate in a question and answer session. They learned about the challenges of nation building following a major conflict, moving from ethnic violence toward reconciliation, creating a just and fair legal system from scratch, electing a female president as a first leader, and educating students from six different ethnic backgrounds.  On several occasions, the main speaker highlighted the important positive role the United States continues to play in the region.

Students responded positively to the informative visit. “It was fascinating to learn about a country that is very new and developing….The speakers were very motivational.” “I was unaware of how young the population was. [Sixty percent are under thirty years old.] I hope to see Kosovo grow in the near future.” “The most interesting part was learning about the cheap [higher] education in foreign countries as opposed to the US.[$7,000 to $10,000 or two years’ salary.]” “The information they gave us made me want to learn more and even visit the country someday.”

All speakers have extensive legal backgrounds and were part of the first Kosovar delegation invited to the United States by the Open World Leadership Center based in Washington, D.C. where Kosovo established an embassy. The Center sponsors interactions between representatives from post-Soviet era nations and members of the US Congress to help foster partnerships and the establishment of democratic institutions. For more information, visit

Although it holds an embassy in Washington, D.C., Kosovo is currently seeking membership in the European Union and the United Nations.(Posted 2/7/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (December) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:

English Department:
Claudia Maxi
Sere Politano

English as a Second Language Department:
Jessica Zhinin

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Simon Geisker

Foreign Language Department:
Jennifer Rodriguez

Science Department:
John Caraballo Rivera
Joanna Veras

Mathematics Department:
Esmeralda Perez
Carol Uguna

Social Studies Department:
Gabriella Chebetar
Diosmary Perez Trinidad

Music Department:
Regina Martin

Health and Physical Education Department:
Zoe Kaplan
(Posted 1/28/14)

Sleepy Hollow  HS to Host Lego  Robotics Challenge

The HS Science Department will host the FIRST Lego League robotics competition on Saturday, February 1st.  The event, for the second year in a row, will be held in the Sleepy Hollow Middle School gymnasium between 9 AM and 3 PM.  Middle schools students from lower Westchester will be competing while Sleepy Hollow high school teachers and students from the Science Honors Society will judge and run the tournament. 

The FIRST Lego League competition features teams of middle school students charged with using Lego components to build small robots that can successfully complete a mission.  Furthermore, the teams will present their research, robot design, and overall experience to the judges. Although the event is a competition, the ultimate purpose of the program is to get young students excited about science and technology, as well as, teach them valuable employment and life skills. 

Although the mission or the challenge changes from year to year, the robots will perform tasks involving navigating around the competition table and collecting and manipulating objects.  The purpose of the tournament is to show the exciting world of science, technology, and engineering.  Moreover, by researching and addressing real world problems, students get an opportunity to apply what they know, think critically, work together, and showcase their creativity.


The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.  If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact Jason Choi at (914) 332-6226 or (Posted 1/21/14)

Sleepy Hollow High School Teachers to Present Research on Inquiry Based Learning

Sleepy Hollow High School is proud to acknowledge the work of Jason Choi and Elena Pousada who will present their papers at the American Educational Research Association this spring in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over 12,000 proposals were submitted with Mr. Choi’s, “Moving beyond active learning: Deepening learning through reflective lab notebooks” and Ms. Pousada’s, “An inquiry-based approach to the imperative mood in Spanish” being selected for presentation at a symposium entitled, “Tilting towards Inquiry: Implications for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development”. 

Mr. Choi, Sleepy Hollow’s science department chair and chemistry teacher, notes that the research he has completed in partnership with Pace University’s Inquiry Project has helped shape his pedagogy. “I must say my involvement in the program has transformed the way I view teaching and learning…I cannot imagine teaching without it, and as a parent, inquiry is natural and organic.”

Ms. Pousada, who teaches Spanish for heritage speakers of the language, has been actively involved in the Pace University Inquiry Project since 2010. She states, “I firmly believe in the value of students being the constructors of their own education, and immediately grabbed onto the student inquiry model as a means of incorporating this fundamental approach to children and their education into my public school classes.  I envisioned a way in which, by using inquiry, I would be able to open a door and have students naturally pass through it, seeking their own adventures on the other side rather than having me as their tour guide in an unknown land.” (Posted 1/10/14)

SHHS Guidance Events

Sleepy Hollow High School Alumni Dialogues are scheduled for this Tuesday, January 7, 2014 during senior homeroom.  Alumni from the Class of 2013 will be back to meet with current 12th grade students to help with questions like:  What if I don’t get along with my college roommate?, What activities are offered on campus?, What if I feel overwhelmed by college coursework,  .. .etc. – the HS Counseling Department has been encouraging seniors to come prepared to ask questions about the college transition process and make use of this unique opportunity. 

Developing a college list, preparing for a standardized test, scholarships, and all that the college process brings upon us can sometimes seem overwhelming.  It can also be an exciting and rewarding process.  High School Counselors are ready and able to help you navigate this process.  College Night for Juniors will take place on Wednesday, January 8th at 7:30pm in the SHHS Auditorium.  The High School Counseling Department will provide an overview of the college process, distribute SHHS College Guidebooks, introduce parents to our Naviance program, and provide all in attendance with the opportunity to ask questions. (Posted 1/6/14)

   Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (November) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:

English Department:
Gabriella Chebetar
Timothy Tucci

English as a Second Language Department:
Rosicely Fabian

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Alexander Laub

Foreign Language Department:
Diego Arias

Science Department:
Michelle Guerrero
Kevon Lewis

Mathematics Department:
Deborah Duma
Evalyn Hart

Social Studies Department:
Katherine Clayton
Seung Park

Music Department:
Diego Arias

Health and Physical Education Department:
Ariana Davis
Viktoriya Molchanovia

Special Education Department:
Minqiang Li

(Posted 12/18/13)

MetLife Foundation and NASSP
Announce the 2014 Breakthrough Schools

Sleepy Hollow Among Nine Schools Honored for High Academic Achievement Despite Challenges

Reston, VA–MetLife Foundation and NASSP are proud to announce and celebrate this year’s nine Breakthrough Schools for their strong academic success in the face of mounting challenges.

The schools will be officially recognized at NASSP’s Ignite 2014 Conference in Dallas, TX, February 6-8.

Since 2007, the MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools program showcases middle level and high schools that are high achieving or have dramatically improved student achievement while serving large numbers of students who live in poverty.

“NASSP applauds these schools for understanding the need to prioritize personalization in the classroom and working to meet the specific needs of each and every student,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “The principals of these schools show us all that hardships do not have to mean low achievement, but that with the right leadership, sufficient time and a clear focus,  urban, rural and suburban schools can make great strides in academic achievement and overall school success.”

The 2014 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools are:

·         Alice Ott Middle School, Portland, OR, James Johnston, principal

·         Hastings Middle School, Hastings, NE, David Essink, principal

·         John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, Pasadena, CA, Mark Anderson, principal

·         Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast, ME, Kimberly Buckheit, principal

·         Garner Magnet High School, Garner, NC, Drew Cook, principal

·         Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, St. Louis, MO, Kevin Grawer, principal

·         Oberlin High School, Oberlin, OH, William Baylis II, principal

·         Sleepy Hollow High School, Sleepy Hollow, NY, Carol Conklin-Spillane, principal

·         William Smith High School, Aurora, CO, David Roll, principal

Selection criteria for the award are based on a school’s documented success in implementing strategies that are aligned with the three core areas of NASSP’s Breaking Ranks Framework, including collaborative leadership, personalization, and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

These Breakthrough Schools have shown continuous growth on state assessments during at least the last three years and made progress toward reducing the achievement gap. Success in implementing the strategies is documented and verified through school site visits, including meetings with principals, teachers, students and community leaders.  

The Breakthrough Schools will each receive a $5,000 grant and their principals will have the opportunity to participate in Ignite ’14 and other events throughout the year to share their experiences and successes with other school leaders around the nation.

For more information on the Breakthrough Schools program and this year’s winners, visit (Posted 11/24/13)

African American Heritage Club will hold its first annual Thanksgiving Feast Fundraiser

This Thursday, November 21st, the African American Heritage Club will hold its first annual Thanksgiving Feast Fundraiser.  This event will be held in the Cafeteria from 5:30-7:30PM.  There will be delicious food for a great price and we are also asking for a canned food donation which will be collected for delivery to the local food pantry.

Please stop by and support this event. 

There will be "good food for a good cause." (Posted 11/17/13)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (October) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:  

English Department:
Deborah Duma
Mackenzie Hodgson

English as a Second Language Department:
Yosibel Rodriguez

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Zachary Kaczmarek

Foreign Language Department:
Alexander Basescu

Science Department:
Luisanna Villa
Daniel Yawman

Mathematics Department:
Catherine Brennan
Elizabeth Silver

Social Studies Department:
Dylan Hayes
Sophie Mancini

Music Department:
Diego Arias

Physical Education Department:
Thalia Criollo
Nicholas Gasparre

Special Education Department:
Donna Rodrigues
  (Posted 11/17/13)

Sleepy Hollow Students Attend Ambassadors Conference at Mercy College

Ten students from Sleepy Hollow High School attended a conference organized by Mercy College’s Center for Global Engagement. The Conversation between Ambassador Miculescu of Romania and Ambassador Kamal of Pakistan, sponsored by the Ambassador’s Club of the United Nations, was entitled “Romania in Europe and in the World.” The lively exchange focused on Romania’s transition from dictatorship and Warsaw Pact member to democracy and European Union and NATO member.  The discussion highlighted the Latin roots of Romanian culture as well as its social, economic, and environmental developments since 1990.  As one of only 31 female ambassadors to the United Nations, and the first for her nation, Ambassador Miculescu presented an interesting perspective on the growing role women play in the international community. Our students were warmly welcomed by Dr. Sheila Gersh and had an opportunity to talk informally with Ambassador Kamal during the reception that followed. Students shared positive comments about their experience. “I had a few laughs and learned some interesting information about Romania.” “It is definitely on my list of countries to visit in the future!” “It was very inspiring to hear how Ambassador Miculescu followed her dream and represents the country she loves.” (Posted 11/17/13)

10th Grade Career Day

On Friday, November 22nd  Sleepy Hollow HS is excited to be bringing our 10th graders to a career fair on the campus of Southern Westchester BOCES in Valhalla, NY.  All 10th grade students have been provided with an overview of this event and asked to select two career choices they have an interest in.  Students will then have the opportunity to learn more about their career interests directly from a wide variety of career professionals.   (Posted 11/17/13)

The Sleepy Hollow Players will be presenting the male and female version of "The Odd Couple"

November 14th at 6PM (Male version)

November 15th at 7:30 PM (Male version)

November 16th at 2PM and 7:30 PM (Female version)

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys/girls assembled for cards/trivial pursuit in the apartment of divorced Oscar/Olivia. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that their spouses left them. Late to arrive is Felix/Florence who have just been separated from their spouses. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, they seem suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar/Olivia becomes the one with murder on their mind when the clean-freaks and the slobs ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.-Samuel French. (Posted 11/2/13)

Sleepy Hollow Model UN Club Receives Award for “The World I Want” Video Contest

Members of the Sleepy Hollow Model UN Club participated in a video contest organized by the United Nations Association of Southern New York State Division (UNA-SNY) on the theme, “The World I Want.”  Students involved peers and faculty asking them to describe their ideal world in writing or through interviews in a variety of languages highlighting our school’s diversity. The video, entitled “International Voices”, was edited by Danny Elia; Nick Gasparre composed and played the musical score.  Sleepy Hollow received a Special High School Winner Award at the UNA-USA Westchester Chapter’s UN Day celebration on October 20. Click here for video.

Please Join Us For

Financial Aid Night For Seniors

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium

      A financial aid advisor will conduct the presentation and will

be available to answer your questions. (Posted 10/31/13)

SHHS Fall Blood Drive - November 6th



8:00 am -8:00pm


In the SHHS Auditorium/Gym lobby area. Follow the signs and enter at the Auditorium entrance.


Because your blood donations will save lives...every single day.

Because you can safely donate blood every 8 weeks..


Please contact Bonnie Berry, SHHS main office if you have any questions or would like to sign up to donate.

914-332-6201 or

Visit for more information.(Posted 10/31/13)

Concussion Education Seminar

Presented by Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy & Sleepy Hollow Athletics Department

For Athletes, Parents, Coaches, and Administration

Wednesday November 20th 7:00-8:00 PM

Please take advantage of this educational program provided for your school and community.

Overview of seminar:

·                     Concussion: symptoms, warning signs, and what you need to know.

·                     Post concussion management

·                     Concussion screening

·                     Return to play

Registration will begin at 6:30 PM Presentation will start promptly at 7:00 PM


 Lawrence Goldstein, MD, Family Physician and Physician for Sleepy Hollow High School and Middle School.

 Miles Hansen, ATC, Athletic Trainer for Sleepy Hollow High School and Middle School

Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium 

Program is open to the public.

Deadline for registration is Monday November 11th please email with the subject as Concussion Education.  *If registering for multiple people please list amount.  (Posted 10/31/13)

Paw to Paw Supply Drive

On Saturday, October 26, members of the Sleepy Hollow High School club, PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare), collected  shelter supplies to donate to PAW (Pets Alive Westchester) . Advisors Ms. Horn and Ms. Berry, along with students Heather Brown, Kelly Pereira, Timmy Tucci, Eileen Quinonez, Consuelo Madrigal, Marilou Rosas, Diana Deleon, Vanessa Rodriguez and Deborah Duma braved the chilly weather and spent the day outside Stop and Shop in Tarrytown collecting hundreds of items for Pets Alive Westchester.  (Posted 10/31/13)

Homecoming Weekend was a Tremendous Success

The spirit and pride of Sleepy Hollow was alive and well.  Everything that you wanted and athletic event to be was there.  The Friday night bonfire got the community ready for an enjoyable Saturday, and it certainly was enjoyable.  From the NFL Huddle experience, where all our fans were able to see many of the highlights of the NFL, to the wonderful senior ceremony, where we honored 22 senior cheerleaders, football players and their parents, to recognizing the alumni class of 1973 and 1983, it was certainly a special touch to our pre-game and half-time activities.  The game was exciting and was played with a tremendous amount of sportsmanship on the field and when the final buzzer went off and a Horsemen victory was proclaimed both sides engaged in a wonderful sportsmanlike manner congratulating each other on a great performance. 

The Athletic Department would like to thank our entire school community for making this homecoming one of the most enjoyable in my tenure here at Sleepy Hollow.  Spirit week was outstanding.  The cheerleaders were wonderful to watch perform.  The pep band always adds to the enjoyment of our games.  Our student body, spectators and the entire adult community gave wonderful support and showed a tremendous amount of spirit throughout the whole day.  We would be remiss not to thank the Sleepy Hollow policy department, Sleepy Hollow ambulance corps, the Sleepy Hollow fire department and especially Rui Rocha, our head custodian and Angelo Conte, our grounds custodian and their staff for the tremendous job they did helping us to make sure everything was perfect for the bonfire, the NFL Huddle and of course all the activities at the game.   And last, but not least, thank you to our athletes and our coaches for providing us with a big win! Click here for photos.

The football playoffs start this Friday, October 25th at Tappan Zee High School at 6pm.  Come and enjoy another big win for the Horsemen! (Posted 10/22/13)

SHHS Football Photos 9/21/13

Poetry Slam

The Sleepy Hollow High School Latin American Student Organization is extremely proud to be hosting our first Poetry Slam competition on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:30pm in the High School auditorium.  All are welcome! We are honored to have as hosts/performers/guest judges, 2 members of the Nuyorican Poets Café National Slam Team. Jorge Luis Brito and Vanessa Marie Marco have been generous enough to perform at a private assembly for our students on October 11 and will host a private workshop on the 16th ,open for students who wish to participate in the competition on the 25th. Each year, LASO hosts a number of events in order to raise funds for various charities that are near and dear to us. This year we decided to bring a little of the Lower East Side to Sleepy Hollow. The Nuyorican is a world- renowned, multicultural venue for performance arts, “and champions established as well as rising artists from every background imaginable.” Please join us for an evening of poetry, dance and music. Come support our students as they showcase their talents. Tickets are available in advance for $5 each through Mr. Matute or the High School Main Office. (Posted 10/16/13)

Sleepy Hollow High School Students of the Month

The following students have been selected as Students of the Month (September) for their contributions to Sleepy Hollow High School and their community:

English Department:
Carlos Barros
Isaiah San Juan

English as a Second Language Department:
Jivanna Perez

Art and Multi-Media Department:
Remberto Sanchez

Foreign Language Department:
Joanna Veras

Science Department:
Heidy Arana

Mathematics Department:
Dylan Basescu
Kevon Lewis

Social Studies Department:
Nicholas Arduino
Judgette Moen

Music Department:
Isabel Centra

Physical Education Department:
Darlin Rodriguez  (Posted 10/16/13)

SHHS Students Bring Holiday Spirit to Beekman Avenue

Students enrolled in Ms. Dreher's AP Studio Art and Portfolio Seminar classes, haunted the store fronts of Sleepy Hollow's Beekman Avenue.  Special thanks to Robin Pell for inviting us!  Click here for more photos. (Posted 10/1313)

Westchester to Host Two College Conferences

Representatives from more than 300 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, and business schools will participate in the Westchester-Putnam College Conferences. The first Conference will be held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Monday, October 21st from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. A second conference will be held at Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Officers and enlisted personnel from the various branches of the military services will also be on hand to discuss the military’s enlistment and education program such as R.O.T.C., the military academies, and the GI Bill. Also, student loan officers from a number of local banks will have literature and application forms for government subsidized and regular bank loan programs.

The College Conference is a timesaving opportunity for students and parents to gather a lot of information in one day. (Posted 10/9/13)

The Rose Ceremony – Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30 a.m. Sleepy Hollow High School Auditorium

The fall Rose Ceremony starts off our school year with twelfth graders saying “Welcome” to our first graders with a rose and a shirt proudly proclaiming them as Sleepy Hollow’s Class of 2025.  In June there will be a reciprocating ceremony in which the first graders will wish the seniors “good luck and farewell” as they graduate.  Parents of first and twelfth graders are invited to attend The Rose Ceremony. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last for about an hour.   Please note this program is exclusively for 1st and 12th graders and their parents; underclassmen and middle school students are not permitted to miss class to attend. (Posted 10/1/13)

Senior Portrait Sessions

This is a reminder to all seniors and senior parents.  Senior portrait sessions will be on October 4th  at the high school.  If you missed your original appointment, it is important that you have your portrait taken during these dates to ensure that your portrait and pose selection appears in the yearbook.  If you have not yet had your official Lors portrait taken, and are unsure of your scheduled make-up time, please contact Lors Photography at 908-964-0847.  

For information on Senior Portrait Scheduling and Ordering, you can also visit Lors Photography at: or click Like at (Posted 9/24/13)

The Pursuit of Academic Excellence: Three Sleepy Hollow High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Sleepy Hollow High School is proud to announce Katherine Clayton, Mackenzie Hodgson, and Lily Sands as three of the National Merit Semifinalists. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. (Posted 9/21/13)

School Photo Day

This is a reminder to all parents that school photos for students grades 9-11 will take place on October 8th and 9th, during their scheduled Social Studies classes.  . Portrait package information will be distributed to students on Sept. 24th.  Please submit your order via our online pre-ordering system or send the completed form in with your student during school photo day. If you did not receive a photo form or have any questions about placing your order, please contact Lors Photography at (908) 964-0847.  Retakes are scheduled for November 7th. (Posted 9/21/13)

Sleepy Hollow High School Teachers Return from Their Summer Studies Abroad

Sleepy Hollow High School science teacher, Leila Madani, and social studies teacher, Claire Heskestad, used their time away from the classroom this summer to broaden their knowledge of another country’s culture and gain new and valuable life experiences by traveling abroad.

Ms. Heskestad was one of 39 teachers from across the United States, selected out of a pool of 500 applicants, to spend twelve days in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The goal of the program, which is sponsored by the Korea Foundation and the Freeman Foundation, is to introduce Korean studies through lectures, excursions, and other events and to promote cultural understanding between our two nations in a climate of mutual trust and friendship.

Ms. Madani participated in the Educators’ Study Tour to Japan, which allowed her the opportunity to travel to Japan and spend three weeks experiencing, first hand, their culture and educational system.

Both Ms. Madani and Ms. Heskestad will take their experiences and share them in their classrooms with their students. Both teachers note that studying and traveling abroad with other educators is a great way to bring multiculturalism into the classroom, meet and network with teachers from around the world, and observe another system of education and experience a Non-Western culture. (Posted 9/14/13)





































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