The RHS Interact Club
THE RHS INTERACT CLUB WORKED ON A HABITAT HOUSE
(May 31, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School Interact Club worked on a Habitat for Humanity House in Mastic Beach as part of a community service effort. They learned Habitat's three R's: raise consciousness about the need for housing, raise money for construction and raise the walls of houses for Habitat. Since 1991 students from over 80 Long Island high schools and colleges have been raising funds and consciousness concerning the need for decent affordable housing. Students have raised the funds for the building materials and have built over 20 houses in Suffolk County communities. In the Fall of each year, all campuses that wish to take part in the Student Build will make a pledge of how much they plan to raise, and work throughout the year fundraising to meet that goal. During the school year, the students will get to come out and help to build the home they've raised funds for.
The RHS SADD Club
THE RHS SADD CLUB IS HOSTING AN "AWARENESS WEEK"
(April 8 - 11, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club is hosting a week of activities focused on raising awareness about topics such as the dangers of drinking and/or texting and driving, toxic relationships, alcohol abuse and bullying.
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say "No" to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for young lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide. (From the online SADD Mission statement.)
At the week's first event, representatives from Allstate Insurance company encouraged students to take a pledge to refrain from "txting" while driving. The students who participated read a pledge, signed a pledge card with their thumb print and received a small " txting kills" ring. Their participation also qualified the students for a chance at a raffle prize. Other students who participated received small gifts by spinning a gift wheel.
Wednesday's topic is "toxic relationships". Thursday's events will focus on awareness about the dangers of "alcohol abuse". The concluding event on Friday will be a school assembly on "bullying" led by a representative from Clean Slate Living.
The RHS Leaders Club
THANK YOU FOR GIVING BLOOD AT THE SPRING BLOOD DRIVE!
(April 4, 2014-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School Leaders Club hosted their second BLOOD DRIVE of the year. They would like to extend a "Thank You" to all of the students and staff who volunteered to give blood on Thursday, April 4th. We would like to thank the Leaders Club for organizing this important effort to save lives.
World Language Students
RHS STUDENTS HOST FUND-RAISER FOR PULSERA PROJECT
(April 4, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) The World Language students, Clubs and Language Honor Society members hosted a fund-raising effort from Monday, March 31 through April 11 selling “pulseras” at Riverhead High School in the cafeteria during lunch periods. The students sold the "pulseras" (bracelets and small purses) to benefit young artisans in Nicaragua, who work with the Pulsera Project Organization.
The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that empowers young Nicaraguan artisans through the sale of their colorful handwoven bracelets (“pulseras” in Spanish) in the United States. Through pulsera sales in schools and other locations around the world, almost 100 artisans are empowered through sustainable fair-trade employment. All the proceeds from pulsera sales are then reinvested in different programs in Nicaragua---including scholarships, micro-loans, support for the “Si A La Vida” kids shelter, environmental programs, workers rights advocacy, and other educational programs.
RHS Spanish teacher Penélope Boerum stated, “The students worked so diligently and well together as a team to raise money for the young Nicaraguan artisans associated with the PULSERA Project!. I am very proud of their efforts.”
For more info you can visit www.pulseraproject.org, or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pulseraproject.
The RHS Key Club
EVERY PENNY COUNTS AND WE’RE COUNTING ON YOU!
(March 12, 2014-Riverhead, NY) Riverhead High School Key Club hosted the Division I Key Club meeting in March. Division I consists of Key Clubs from East Hampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays, Eastport-South Manor, McGann-Mercy, Westhampton and Riverhead. This divisional meeting is being led by Kiera Solomon (Westhampton HS), who is running for the office of Governor at the conference assembly on March 30th.
In addition, the Key Clubs are collecting pennies for a PENNY WAR. They are hoping their Division I collection will be the best in the state. The money raised will be contributed to “The Eliminate Project”, which will save or protect more than 1.4 million women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. As of February 16, 2014, the Kiwanis family has raised more than US $2.59 million for this important cause.
KEY CLUB SHARES A MESSAGE ABOUT "GOING GREEN"
(February 7, 2014) Key Club students are once again in the elementary schools teaching a lesson that focuses on "reducing, reusing and recycling to the District's third graders. The "Going Green" Key club instructors travel, after their own classes end, to each of the elementary schools to present a lesson on decomposition and recycling. Key Club instructors were at Riley Avenue Elementary School on Friday, February 7th. On March 7th they will be teaching at Aquebogue. >More
IT'S SPRING! KEY CLUB SHARES A MESSAGE ABOUT "GOING GREEN"
(April 11, 2014 - Phillips Avenue Elementary School) Members of the Key Club who have been teaching lessons on "Going Green" to the district's third and fourth graders, visited the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. The student instructors once again presented a lesson decomposition and recycling. In addition, some of the instructors began with a presentation on the "Water Cycle". The Club members created a Prezi which helped introduce their younger counterparts to the complexities of the water cycle. (See below.)
4th Annual John Mendreski Memorial Badminton Tourney
(February 26, 2014) The Class of 2014 hosted its 4th Annual John Mendreski Memorial Student / Teacher Badminton Tourney. Thank you for your contribution. Pictured left are the winners of this year's tournament, Mike Himelfarb (science teacher) and Russell Tsang. Mr. Himelfarb and Russell won a $50 Tanger gift card. A hard fought battle for best costume was won by Kelly Evers (forensics teacher) and Sydney Gobrick. Sydney explained that their team was called "Team Everdince" and the splatters on the shirts were representative of blood splatters. As winners of best costume, they each received a $25 Tanger gift card. Twenty-six teams competed and the fund-raiser raised $311 for the John Mendreski (a former principal in the District) Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thank you for supporting this cause.
Riverhead Rotary Students of the Month
(February 17, 2014 by RiverheadLocal) Riverhead High School seniors Stephanie Falisi and Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento were honored as students of the month by the Rotary Club of Riverhead last week.
Stephanie, a member of Riverhead Rotary's Interact Club at Riverhead High School, participates in many community service activities, including Rotary events and activities such as the club's annual spaghetti lunch/dinner, pancake breakfast, and Salvation Army bell-ringing. She has participated in a book drive for Peconic Bay Medical Center, Toys for Tots, and various food drives for local churches. Stephanie has also worked on events to help raise money for the Brendan House group home for traumatic brain injury survivors. She has played varsity softball since 9th grade, and is a member of the varsity winter track and volleyball teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. She plans to major in biology in college and aspires to be a pediatric oncologist.
Ceaser is Riverhead High School's Class of 2014 valedictorian. He has a weighted grade point average of 106.3102. He is president of the high school math club, president of the Leader's Club, a member of Mentathletes, and a member of the National Honor Society. Ceaser has volunteered with the Charity for the Needy in Ecuador and tutors other students. Ceaser plans to major in engineering and would like to attend law school after he graduates from college.
Riverhead Rotary honors outstanding students attending both Riverhead and McGann-Mercy high schools. Students are selected by their high school guidance departments and attend a Rotary club luncheon with a teacher or school administrator as guests of the club. At the luncheon, they are introduced to Rotary members and they are presented with a certificate of achievement. (Also see: Jazz Band at Rotary) (More stories about Interact Club on Facebook)
The RHS Spanish Club
(February 7, 2014) Members of the HS Spanish Club and their advisors took a field trip to NYC to the Museum of Modern Art. The club members were given a guided tour of artwork by Picasso, El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and Joaquin Sorolla, which they had studied in class.
According to Spanish teacher Diana Acosta, “The students loved seeing firsthand artwork that they have learned about in class.”
After they left the museum, the students had an authentic Spanish lunch.
In order to finance the trip, the Spanish Club hosted a number of fund-raisers (their quesadilla sales were very popular).