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Volume 1 ● Issue 5
February 2015
challenge
Faculty Meeting
Mon. Feb. 2nd
270
ACT Exam
Sat. Feb. 7th
Report Card
Distribution
Mon. Feb. 9th
Twilight
Ms. Suslovic’s
U. S. History
Review class
PTSO Meeting
Tues. Feb. 10th
6:00-7:00 PM
1/2 Day School
Wed. Feb. 11th
Class Periods
3, 5, 7, 9
Ms. Pollard’s
Living Environment
Review class
PTSO Flower Sale
Fri. Feb. 13th
Midwinter Recess
Mon. Feb. 16thThurs. Feb. 20th
Let Freedom Sing
An Evening of Music,
Rhythm, and Dance
Thurs. Feb. 26th
6:30 PM
Peer
Tutoring
C
hallenge 270 is our commitment to see that at least 270 students graduate this
June. Staff and faculty are working together to keep students on this path. Although this road has many twists and turns, teachers are offering late afternoon
and weekend Regents review classes to better prepare students. Students are embracing
the challenge by volunteering their time to tutor their peers after school. Finally, in the evening, the Twilight program is in full swing helping students earn the credits needed to graduate.
Henninger Black Knights are working to make inroads as they rise up for the challenge!
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Principal DiFlorio’s Message
The Winter
Concert was a
huge success.
Congratulations to
all the chorus and
band members for
their wonderful
performances. I am pleased to
announce that this was our most
attended event at Henninger.
I am also pleased with the
Medical Assistant program and how
well they are doing. The seniors have
started their clinical rotations at the
Syracuse Community Health Center.
The Medical Assistant class
is a great program to be a part of
and I hope more sophomores will
be taking advantage of this great
opportunity next year.
Regent’s week has ended and I
hope everyone did well. I am aware
there are seniors that still need to
pass one or more Regents exams in
order to graduate. Seniors, we are
committed to helping you step up
to the Challenge and successfully
complete all your requirements.
We’re about six months away
from graduation. Presently, we
have about 133 students who will
be walking the stage in June. I’m
sure many of you have seen the
“Challenge 270” posters around
the school. Challenge 270 is what
we are striving for; to have 270
students be a part of the class of
2015. To make this happen, we are
going to need help from everyone;
teachers, students, parents, and our
community as a whole. With your
help we can make this happen.
The Class of 2015 will be
the 50th class to graduate from
Henninger. This class is especially
meaningful to me because I
became principal the day these
students started as freshmen. Over
the last four years, I watched you
mature and grow. I want the Class
of 2015 to be Henninger’s largest
graduating class. Remember, 270
is the magic number.
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College Checklist for juniors
Student Planning Calendar
• Begin conducting college visits
• Learn about the college application process
• Sign up for the May and/or June SAT
• Make an appointment with your child’s guidance counselor
@ 435-4350
• Continue college visits
• Inquire about AP, college level classes and other senior
classes with articulation agreements with colleges
• This is a great opportunity to transfer high school credits
into a college level program
• Begin discussing financial aid with your family
• Continue to seek out scholarships on Naviance and at
http://fastweb.com
• Talk to Say Yes consultants
• Start gathering information about financial aid
• Look for a summer job that relates to your career interests
• If possible, begin to save money to offset college costs
• Meet with your child’s guidance counselor @ 435-4350 (if
you had not already done so)
• If you travel this summer, consider scheduling a college visit
• Request applications from the schools you are visiting
• If interested in the military, begin the application process
• Review college applications, especially the essays
The Henninger PTSO has funded the After Ball Party
for the Senior Class for a number of years now. It is
a large financial endeavor. It requires nearly $3500.
This has included activities, food, prizes and a
safe haven for our students.
Our primary goal is to keep our students safe.
Each year, it becomes increasingly difficult
to raise these funds. On February 15th,
the PTSO will be sponsoring an Applebee’s
fundraiser on Erie Blvd. We are asking our seniors
to participate by selling a minimum of four tickets at
$5.00 each. The PTSO will receive $3.50 for each ticket sold. The
tickets will be sold on Fridays during all three lunches in school by PTSO
officer, Brian Schroeder.
Other upcoming fundraisers include the Carnation Sale on February 13th
and SU Parking for the Duke game on February 14th. The Prom Fashion Show
and the St. Baldrick’s events will be in March. If you would like to volunteer,
please contact Annie Smith @ [email protected]
Working By Choice
Balancing school and work
Balancing school and a job is stressful to those Henninger students who work and attend school. Students find that they
need to work to earn money, demonstrate responsiblity, and gain independence. Sometimes it can be a sturggle.
Courtney Cole is a junior
at Henninger. She works
at Wendy’s on Park Street.
She is able to manage school
and work by making sure
she doesn’t fall behind in her
studies. She knows that once
she falls behind, it becomes
next to impossible to catch
up.
Linda Archange is a
junior and works at James
Square Nursing Home.
She started working to
buy things that she needs
because she would rather
earn money than ask her dad
for it.
She is finding it difficult
to work at the nursing home
because it is demanding
work. The patients are old
and fragile and she has to
constantly remind herself to
Shamar Lutchman is
a junior at Henninger. He
works at Wendy’s on Park
Street. He finds it easy to
manage school and work if
he gets a good night’s sleep.
Presently, he works twenty
hours a week which is a lot
considering he is still in high
school. However, having a
job teaches him to be a better
person and how to work with
people. But handling rude
customers can be a challenge.
One day, Shamar had a
customer who was in a bad
mood and took it out on him.
With a smile, Shamar tried
Courtney Cole works about 20
hours per week at Wendy’s
She chose to work to be
more productive with her
time and to have her own
spending money.
Working at Wendy’s
has helped her to be more
patient when she deals with
people. She has become better at time management and
her whole life is a schedule.
In addition, Courtney
finds that she has become
a better problem solver
because she has to figure out
what to do when the manager is not available.
Wendy’s was her first
experience at holding down
a job. She’s become a more
responsible and independent
person.
Even though she misses
hanging out with her friends,
going to the mall, and
having time to herself, she
prefers working and earning
money.
TJ Kamanda is a
sophomore at Henninger
and works at Wegmans in
Liverpool. He wanted to
get a job to start saving for
college and to have extra
spending money.
He works about 15 hours
per week as a cashier and
enjoys working there because
the people are friendly and it’s
a great company to work for.
He knows that being
friendly and giving good
customer service is the best
way to keep customers
happy and loyal shoppers.
That is part of working at
Wegmans.
He enjoys the people
but really enjoys earning a
paycheck.
Linda Archange works about 20
hours per week at James Square
be extra careful when giving
them their food and helping
them get around.
She is becoming more
patient and better at time
management. She is more
responsible in getting up and
arriving to work on time.
One change she has
noticed is that she is a better
listener and smiles more
even if it hurts.
She considers it to be a
good thing because she’s
learning about the real
world. One day she’s going
to be a senior citizen and she
hopes to receive the same
treatment as she’s giving.
But most of all, she really
likes getting a paycheck and
saving money.
Shamar Lutchman works 20
hours each week at Wendy’s
to resolve the situation with
kindness. The customer was
satisfied and left feeling better.
This lesson also taught Shamar
about self-discipline and not
reacting without thinking.
His primary reason for
working is to save for a car
by his senior year. He pictures
himself driving around in a
classic BMW.
Another reason he chooses to work is because it keeps
him out of trouble and his
head on straight.
Having a job is a big
responsiblity and worth the
sacrifice of not hanging with
friends.
TJ Kamanda works about 15
hours each week at Wegmans.
In addition to earning
money, he has gained many
new friends who frequently
help each other.
Since he’s been working
he has become more responsible, more comfortable with
people, and better managing
school and work.
He is learning that his
perserverance will later pay
off for him. He feels when
you give it your best and from
your heart, good things will
come.
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He
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What was your first experience
with snow like?
nn i n g er
“It’s fun
because I can
make a lot of
things like
snowmen and
snowballs.”
“The snow is
cold! It makes
me want to
stay home in
bed.”
L World
“It`s
cold!
I like
it.”
Yunior
Guerrero Garcia
Cuba
Hser Ku Moo
Thailand
Noor
Al-Obaaidi
Iraq
“It`s fun. I
like to throw
snow at my
friends.”
Barbaro
Montero-Lamar
Cuba
students recently
Some Henninger
arrived to the U.S.
from Africa,
Asia, Central and
South America. For many, this is
the first time
they experienced
winter. And when I say
winter, I mean real winter.
The kind of winter we
have here in Syracuse, with
snow and cold weather.
Some students come from places
where winters are very mild and they have
never experienced snow before.
They have seen it in movies and heard
stories about it but they never
walked outside, felt the cold winter air
filling their lungs every time they
inhaled. They have never felt soft, white
snow underneath their feet. These
Henninger ESL students finally experienced
snow for the first time. ~A. Junuzovic, Henninger ESL
“Snow is
new to me.
It made me
happy to see
it for the first
time.”
Paw
Say Wah
Thailand
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“It makes
me happy. I
like to play
in the snow,
But I dont
like to walk
in it.”
John Paul
Thailand
“The
snow
was
good.”
“I dont like
walking in
the snow, but
I like to play
in it.”
“It’s cold,
but fun
because
it was my
first
experience.”
Nobie
Htoo
Thailand
Deisy
Placencia-Dorta
Cuba
Amheddey
Ibrahim
Somalia
Messages from the Heart
Love
The most spectacular, indescribable, deeply euphoric feeling for someone. Love is an
incredibly powerful word. This love is unconditional affection with no limits or conditions:
completely loving someone. It’s when you trust the other with your life and you would
do anything for each other. When you love someone you want nothing more than for them to be truly happy no
matter what it takes because that’s how much you care about them and because their needs come before your
own. To make your family, friends and even strangers feel special you can do random acts of kindness. It will let
them know they are important. Sometimes the smallest gesture makes the biggest difference.
Send
a letter
to a
former teacher
letting
them know ab
out the
difference they
made in your
life
ten
loud of
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and sh
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generou
Pick up bottles
or
cans you find o
n the
ground and re
cycle
them
Leave
a generous
tip for your
waiter or
waitress
Donate
old toys to
your local
Goodwill
Shove
l snow
for a
neigh
bor.
Open
the ca
r doo
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your
passe
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a stra find
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its ow s need
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coffee
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Pull out someo
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chair for them
at the
dinner table
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Memories with No Regrets
Your senior year should be exciting, challenging and full of memories. It’s a time of looking forward and a time of
looking back. It’s a time of celebration and time of preparation. In the future, when you look back at your senior year,
you want to remember your achievements without having any regrets. Here are a few things you might want to do
before your senior year is over.
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Do
somethin
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you’ve ne
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but noth one
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crazy or
dangero
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Tell your
favorite teachers
how much you
appreciate
them
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Cha self
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Sit
with a
different
group for
a change
Make
fri
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seem
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Become
the lead
er
of a
group
Celebrate Black History
Month with Us!
Black history and culture is not
only a part of the American fabric, it’s
an integral part of the school curriculum.
Black History Month is an opportunity to emphasize the history and
achievements of African Americans.
Fifty years ago, the idea that an
African American might be president
was unimaginable. How did we get
from there to where we are today?
Black History Milestones
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Featured Club: Book Club
1909: The NAACP was founded
1941: African Americans fight in
WWII
1947: Jackie Robinson becomes
the first African-American baseball player
1954: Brown v. Board of Ed.
1955: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
1964: Civil Rights Act
1965: Selma to Montgomery
march
1972: Shirley Chisholm runs for
president
1995: Million Man March
2001: Colin Powell becomes Secretary of State
2008: Barack Obama becomes
44th U.S. President
2015: Selma to Montgomery
Commemorative March
What we are reading
The Infinite Moment of us
The Shadow Society
The Testing
For as long as she
can remember, Wren
Gray’s goal has been
to please her parents.
Charlie Parker, on the
other hand, is a gentle
boy with a troubled
past, Charlie has
loved Wren since the
day he first saw her. But thought a girl
like Wren would never fall for him.
Darcy Jones doesn’t
remember anything
before the day she
was abandoned.
She couldn’t have
guessed that she
comes from an alternate world where
deadly creatures
called Shades terrorize the human
population.
It’s graduation day for
16 year old Malencia
Vale. All Cia can
think about is whether she’ll be chosen for
The Testing, Armed
with her father’s dire
warnings (“Cia, trust
no one”), she bravely heads off far away from friends and
family, perhaps forever.
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The Lighter
Side of
Henninger
Illustration by Austin Clarke
Only 14
1/2 days of
classes in
February
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Kelley, Chief Academic Officer; Suzanne Slack, Chief Financial Officer. The Syracuse City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees, and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including vocational education
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