Saturday, May 7, 2016

Special Recognition


Team Hero teachers are so proud of what our students have accomplished this year so far. They have been dedicated to their studies and to making the world a better place.   Thanks to our students for always showing us your best.


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The English Department is pleased to recognize five students for their success in recent writing contests. Eighth grader Sophia Gresalfi is a runner up at the New York State level in the Letters About Literature contest. In addition, all three of our entries into the NCTE's Promising Young Writers contest, Andrew Apaza, Shin-Young Park and Alice Zhang, all received Certificates of Recognition. Finally, seventh grader Ivy Gu took second place for a poem she submitted to the Kenneth F. Gambone Writing Contest sponsored by LILAC (the Long Island Language Arts Council).

Congratulations to all of these talented student writers, as well as their 6th, 7th and 8th grade teachers! A special thanks to South Middle parents, teachers and administrators for your support of our students and our writing program. (May 2016)

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The English Department hosted a poetry celebration in honor of National Poetry Month. Students stopped by to read their poetry aloud, share their poetry mini-books, take part in creative activities, and enjoy refreshments. Thanks to Team Hero students who wowed the participants with their performances and their mini-books. (April 2016)

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Congratulations to the talented performers who participated in Oliver, our school musical this year. Special thanks to students who were also part of Stage Crew.  You put on a great show! (March 2016)

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Congratulations to students who participated in our multicultural celebration this year.  All your hard work paid off!  We enjoyed your displays and your performances. (February 2016)

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Congratulations to students who earned Honor Roll this year.  
All your hard work paid off!  Keep up the good work.  

Congratulations also goes out to students who were recognized as STARSStudious, Trustworthy, Altruistic, and Responsible.
You are amazing role models for your peers. (February 2016)


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Ms. Kuhn and Mrs. Marr (English Department) are honored to share that The Rebel Pen, South Middle's art and literary magazine, received the rank of EXCELLENT in the 2015 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) national Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM). The program recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing exceptional literary magazines. Its mission is to encourage schools to develop literary magazines and seek excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production. Other schools in our area whose literary magazines received the rank of EXCELLENT include Jericho High School, Manhasset High School, and North Shore High School. South Middle is in fine company! Congratulations to our Rebel Pen staff and student contributors. A special thanks to South Middle parents, teachers, and administrators for encouraging and nurturing our student contributors. (February 2016)

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Thank you to all the performers at the Seventh Grade Talent Show from Team Hero: Nathan, Arianna, Alexandra, Gabriella, Sabrina, Eliana, Amanda, Albert, Chloe, Juliet, Lea, Noa, Kristina, Ivy, Yuna, Zoe, Jillian and Sasha. You certainly impressed me with your dedication and creativity. Thanks to all for being a great audience during the Talent Show and during the Minute-to-Win-It activity. Robert, Oscar, Sabrina and Casey all managed to beat the clock! Congratulations! (December 2015)

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Thank you to all who participated in the Mythology Bee. You represented Team Hero well and all your teachers are proud of you.

Special recognition goes to these students whose performance led to Team Hero being recognized as Mythology Bee Champions: Albert H., Daniel R., Brandon Y., Kevin G., Saif P., and Joonha C. 
(November 2015)

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Team Hero is so proud of our students for their participation in the Thank-A-Veteran Event. Their respectful behavior and intelligent dialogue with the visiting veterans earned them many compliments from the veterans, their family members, school staff and administrators.

In November 2015, the teachers and seventh grade students of Team Hero hosted a special event honoring men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and we will be sharing what we learned in a special history project. Faculty members and students displayed artifacts from family members that have served in the military. Students interviewed veterans from the local VFW in addition to other veterans from the community, and recorded their experiences. In the end, we hope the event instills in our students the importance of showing gratitude and paying respect to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices in protecting our freedom and our way of life. (November 2015)