A Grand Showing of Fiddler on the Roof by wio18411

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   GRAND AVENUE MIDDLE SCHOOL                                             GRAND’S AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER                                                    June 2006

 Lights, Camera, Action!                                                                       Encore, Encore... A Fabulous Peformance
                    A Grand Showing of                                                       By Brenda Diamant                         choreographers. Mr. Gerard Giglio did
                                                                                                                                       an awesome job with the sound. Mu-
                    Fiddler on the Roof                                                           Applause, applause to the Grand      sical director, Mrs. Giglio, did a
By Michelle Dimino                            ing abilities. A special emphasis was put      Avenue Drama Club for yet another         GREAT job as well in training the ac-
                                              on singing due to the nature of the show       excellent performance. This time they     tors and actresses to sing every song
      A “Fiddler on the Roof” wasn’t          and the difficulty of the songs they would     performed the musical, “Fiddler on the    perfectly; let me tell you, that goal was
such an unusual sight at Grand Avenue                                                                                                  DEFINITELY accomplished. Every
on the evenings of March 22nd and 23rd.                                                                                                song was in tune, not a note out of
In case you missed it, Grand Avenue’s                                                                                                  place. Kudos to Thomas Pisano
Drama Club gave another great perfor-                                                                                                  (Tevye) and Emily Freeman (Golde)
mance in this year’s production of Fid-                                                                                                for excellent performances in their so-
dler on the Roof. Set in Anatevka, a                                                                                                   los and duets. More kudos to Amanda
small Jewish village in Russia in the early                                                                                            Breivogel (Tzeitel), Ariella Serur
1900s, Fiddler on the Roof tells the                                                                                                   (Hodel), and Meghan Walsh (Chava)
story of Tevye, Golde, and their five                                                                                                  for also doing excellent performances
daughters, a poor family struggling to                                                                                                 in singing their solos and duets. They
make ends meet. Over the course of                                                                                                     sounded beautiful. Kudos also go to
the play, Tevye’s eldest daughters,                                                                                                    Nicole Mauro (Yente), for having a
Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, search for                                                                                                  believable accent. Applause to you all
husbands, and find them (even though                                                                                                   and even MORE applause to the whole
at times they must go against Golde and                                                                                                cast, too numerous to mention.
Tevye’s wishes), and Tevye abandons                                                                                                          There were also other songs that
some old traditions. By the end of the                                                                                                 the whole cast sang, like “Tradition,”
play, Jews are being kicked out of                                                                                                     “Sabbath Prayer” and “Chava Se-
Anatevka, and Tevye’s family and friends      be performing. There were a series of          Roof.”                                    quence.” What beautiful songs and
pack up to leave their home forever.          call –backs until the final cast list was            Ms. Natof, Mrs.Wolfe and Kelly      done well.
      Ms. Natof and Mrs. Wolfe, the           made up and official rehearsals started        Martin did a GREAT job directing, and           Again, the directors of the play
directors of the play, chose Fiddler on       in January. The cast practiced from four       Mr. Giordano did a WONDERFUL              did a magnificent job. The actors and
the Roof because it’s one of her favor-       to five days a week, usually until around      job, as well, with the set design and     actresses were SUPERB! You would
ite musicals, and since it’s a junior ver-    five o’clock.                                  lighting. Cecelia Muscarella and Casey    think you were watching profession-
sion, it’s better suited for middle school           After all the hard work the direc-      Casamassino also did great jobs as                        continued on page 10...
students. The long road to the perfor-        tors and the cast put into perfecting the
mance started in November with the            play, Ms. Natof described what it was         actors, singers, dancers, and stage crew   Jane Tracy.
auditions. First, there were a few days       like to see the finished result, saying, “I   member who made the play turn out so             “Being in Drama was like being in
of music rehearsals to help those trying      was so proud of how everything came           well. “Drama was so much fun! I made       a huge family; from spending everyday
out become familiar with the different        together and how everyone worked as           new friends and was able to learn more     after school with one another to being
songs and roles they would have to per-       a full cast. Everyone gave one-hundred-       about acting. It was a lot of hard work    able to perform together. Everyone did
form during auditions. During the audi-       and-fifty percent!”                           and the last week before the show was      such an amazing job!” adds Amanda
tions, everyone trying out was graded                Being in Drama was also a very         crazy. In the end, everyone was so         Breivogel. “Drama was a great experi-
based on their singing, dancing, and act-     enriching, enjoyable experience for the       proud of what we’d accomplished,” says                  continued on page 10...

    The Changing                                               Rachel’s Challenge                                              Sports Briefs
    Faces of Grand                                                Follow-Up
                  Pages 6 - 9                                                       Page 3                                               Back Cover
                               An Honor for All In Attendance - the Honor Sociey Hits the Road
The Grandstander, June, 2006

                               By Michelle Dimino                                off on a Cruise around Manhattan. On          Society - it is truly an honor. Mem-    an experience I’ll never forget,” says
                                                                                 board, the students, as well as the           bers had to receive an overall average  Stephanie Catalano. “It was a great
                                    On the morning of April 27, 2006             teachers and chaperones, relaxed, had         of above a ninety for all four marking  experience and a lot of fun. It was a
                               the members of Grand Avenue Middle                a nice dinner, enjoyed the stunning           periods of seventh grade and the first  great way to be rewarded after work-
                               School’s Honor Society boarded the                view and danced the night away with           two of eighth grade, or have a cumu-    ing so hard in school,” agrees Samara
                               buses that would take them on their               friends.                                      lative average of ninety-two or above   Nelson.
                               exciting thirteen-hour “grand” trip.                    “It was one of the most suc-                                                                           “The dinner
                               The day began with a stop at Sports               cessful honor society trips I’ve ever                                                                  cruise around Manhat-
                               Plus in Lake Grove, where the stu-                been on” said Mrs. Griggs, Grand                                                                       tan was definitely the
                               dents played games, went bowling,
                               and ate lunch. Next, they headed off
                                                                                 Avenues honor society advisor, “Ev-                Honor Society members had                           best part of the whole
                                                                                 erything was perfect, from the be-                                                                     trip. We got to dance,
                               to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in               ginning to the end, and it was obvi-               to receive an overall average                       eat, and hang out with
                               Garden City. Of course, there had to
                               be some educational aspect to the trip,
                                                                                 ous to all how much everyone en-                  of above a ninety for all four                       all our friends. It was
                                                                                 joyed the trip.”                                                                                       so cool to see the
                               so the students viewed an I-Max pre-                    “It was a great trip. Everyone en-            marking periods of seventh                         Statue of Liberty up
                               sentation about the exploration of the
                                                                                 joyed it so much, and it was wonder-                  grade and the first two of                       close!” adds Jane
                                                                                 ful to see students enjoying themselves                                                                Tracy.
                                    For the final stop of the trip, the          for something they worked so hard for,”                 eighth grade, or have a                              “It was so much
                               students were bussed to pier 81, where
                               they boarded a Cruise Ship and set
                                                                                 agrees Mr. Nislow. Students did have                    cumulative average of                          fun and I had a great
                                                                                 to work very hard to get into Honor                                                                    time with my friends. It
                                                                                                                                     ninety-two or above for the                        definitely rewarded us
                               A Grand Night of Honors                                                                                     six marking periods.                         for our hard work,”
                                                                                                                                                                                        agress          Rachel
                               By Dylan Friedenberg                                Then, the microphone was                                                                             Waldmann.
                                                                         turned over to Ms. Griggs, the head of                for the six marking periods.                  At the end of the day, it was clear
                                     On March 30 , at 7:00 PM, the the Honor Society at Grand Avenue.                                But their hard work paid off, and to see that everyone had really enjoyed
                               eighth grade Honor Society Induction She announced the names of the stu-                        all the students involved seemed to re- themselves on the Honor Society trip,
                               took place in Grand’s auditorium. Par- dents, and by row, they came up to shake                 ally enjoy themselves. “The Honor and that they felt it was well worth their
                               ents, siblings, and relatives filled the hands with Mr. Serra, Mr. Giacalone,                   Society trip was amazing, and it was efforts.
                               seats. The students being inducted filed and Mr. Cozine. The students received
                               into the auditorium and sat in the seats a certifificate and a plaque, honoring them
                               up front. Mr. Serra gave a speech con- for their achievement. Once all the
                               gratulating the inductees and their fami- names were announced, the students and
                               lies. He also explained what being in their families went into the cafeteria for
                                                                                                                                  Congratulations Grand’ s
                                                                                                                                  Congr             and’s
                               the Honor Society means and what re- refreshments. It was a very enjoyable
                               sponsibilities members have to fulfill.
                                                                                                                                   8th Grade Graduates of
                                                                                                                                   8th Grade Graduat
                                                                         evening and a rewarding experience.
                               The Grandstander                                          Learn Well, Stay Safe, & Graduate

                                Dylan Friedenberg                                                           Michelle Dimino            Assessing the One, Two, Three’s
                                                                   Associate Editors                                           By Jeanne O’Connor and                     math teacher, Mrs. Weiskopf, said,
                                Alisa Batcher                            Brenda Diamant                      Abidur Rahman     Brenda Diamant                             “I felt that certain questions were
                                                                         Copy Editors                                                                                     stressed and repeated more than
                                Salimat Ayinde                       Jeanne O’Connor                           Dan Mariano          There were many varied opinions       others. There are some topics that
                                                                    Technical Editor
                                                                                                                               about the math assessments. These          are in the curriculum that weren’t on
                                                                         Matt Sadofsky
                                                               Photographers & Artists                                         tests were given to every student at       the test at all. There should have
                               Sal Curasi                Jon Aldstater        Carlo Limbog                   Brendan Hussey    Grand Avenue on March 15 and 16,           been more of a variety and not the
                                                                                                                               2006. Here are some opinions of what       same topics on all three parts.”
                                                                            Reporters                                          a couple of students thought of the math         “This was the first year it was
                                                                                                                               assessments.Rachel Robinowitz said,        administered to the 7th graders. This
                               Nicole Balzafiore         Jessica Strumeyer                                Thomas Fitzsimmons
                               Brandon Rosenel
                                                                                  Taylor Sottilo                               “The tests were mainly easy, but a few     is the 7 th year for the 8 th graders.
                                                         Nick Ferreiro            Katie Vicario           Shannon Costello
                               Jon Meshnik               Chris Diano                                      Alex Salamone
                                                                                                                               questions were hard.”                      Grand Avenue’s math teachers work
                                                                                  Brianna Lent
                               Alyson Sandler            Rosa Mejia               William Ringer          Nghi Doan                 Kate Vicario responded, “Part         diligently to ensure that the students
                               Carly Schneer             Faseeh Ahmed             Paige Passman           Michael Rivera       one of the test was easy, but part         were prepared for the exam. Over-
                               Olivia Wynn               Alex Liquori             Angelica DeVictoria     Jessie Eisemann      two was hard.”                             all, the exams were fair. However,
                               Angela Xerakias           Paige Siegler            Jonathan Schutzman      Valerie Batcher
                               Marissa Young
                                                                                                                                    While some students found the         students needed to read the prob-
                                                                                                          Rachel Gordon
                               Natalie Khourywad                                                                               math tests difficult, others found it      lems carefully, and I am confident
                                                                            Advisor                                            simple. Here are some opinions of          that the students did their best on
                                                                           Ms. Bergida                                         the math assessments from a teacher        the exams,” 8th grade assistant prin-
                               GAMS                                Bellmore, New York                                  11710
                                                                                                                               and a staff member. Eighth grade           ciple Mr. Giacolone said.
Rachel Scott’s Legacy...

                                                                                                                                                                         The Grandstander, June, 2006
Months Later Students Still Rising to Meet Rachel’s Challenge
     In the months that have passed since Dana Scott, Rachel Scott’s sister, visited Grand Avenue to discuss Rachel’s Challenge, it is clear that Dana’s
words, and the beliefs of her sister, resonated with the Grand student body.
     Rachel Scott was, “a talented, considerate, loving girl who tragically lost her life during the Columbine tragedy of 1999,” according to Michelle
Dimino’s article in the March Grandstander. Rachel’s Challenge stemmed from this tragic day to perpetuate the beliefs that this young girl held so
dear. The challenges presented to the students, faculty, staff, and administrators at Grand were: Eliminate Prejudice, Write Down Your Goals, Choose
Your Influences, Little Acts of Kindness go a Long Way, and Start a Chain Reaction.
     The following interviews were conducted by students selected to be part of Grand’s Chain Reaction student body representatives.

                                                     The first question the students were asked was:
                                                            What was your impression of the
                                                            Rachel’s Challenge presentation?

                                                 The second question the students were asked was:
                                                Now that some time has passed, do you feel that the
                                        presentation has changed you or the school environment in any way?
                                                            If so, how or in what way?

Interviewer: Alex Salamone                                                          Interviewer: Jessie Eisemann
Interviewee: Carlo Limbog                                                           Interviewee: Jillian P.
    1. I thought the presentation was emotional. Anything can start a chain             1. The presentation was good.
    reaction.                                                                           2. It did change the school because now people are trying to help out
    2. Yes. The presentation shows how to be a better person and shows that                 more.
        you should treat other with respect and how a little kindness goes a long   Interviewee: Jamye Batcher
        way.                                                                            1. It was powerful.
Interviewee: Nichole Roth                                                               2. It was powerful because it changed how people treat each other.
    1. It was emotional and gave light through the other victims of the             Interviewee: Anthony Duranona
        Columbine shooting.                                                             1. It was good.
    2. I think people have shown RICE more than they had in the beginning of            2. It made people change the way they think about people and how
        the year.                                                                           valuable life is.
                                                                                    Interviewee: Eric Feldman
Interviewer: Nghi Doan                                                                  1. It was powerful to change how people think about each other.
Interviewee: Muhammad                                                                   2. The presentation changed everyone’s ideas about life.
    1. Good, because it was very emotional.
    2. No, because you already knew about it.                                       Interviewer: Valerie Batcher
Interviewee: Alex                                                                   Interviewee: Michelle Lulic
    1. It was very moving; meaning, it made me think.                                   1. Michelle thought that it was very interesting and that it would change her
    2. No, because everything is still the way it is.                                       views of other people’s feelings.
                                                                                        2. Michelle thinks that it improved the acceptance of others. She also feels
Interviewer: Alisa Batcher                                                                  people have been acting better and accepting others.
Interviewee: Sarah Seger                                                            Interviewee: Nick McCormick
        1. Sarah thought it was very moving. It made her think about what she           1. Nick thought that Rachel’s Challenge presentation was a very moving
            could do to make a difference, like Rachel.                                     experience. Nick feels as if his school environment has changed for the
        2. Yes, because many people joined/volunteered for Rachel’s                         better.
            Challenge club/group and it made people realize that they could
            make a difference in the world too.                                     Interviewer: Rachel Gordon
                                                                                    Interviewee: Alyssa Aiello
Interviewer: Michael Rivera                                                             1. I felt it was sending a message to all children not to bully each other and
Interviewee: Rachel Waldmann                                                                to treat everyone equally.
        1. I thought that Rachel’s Challenge helped me think of others and treat        2. Yes, I think we have come together a little more, with the banner. I think
            people with respect. I think that Rachel Scott had a great idea and             it helped Grand because we thought about if this happened to our
            by having this program in memory of her, I think it’s a great way to            school.
            spread her idea. I think that if she was alive today, she would be      Interviewer: Danielle Durels
            proud of just how many people she has changed.                              1. I thought it was interesting and it really impacted me and it taught me
        2. I don’t really feel that Rachel’s Challenge has changed the school               how much words can impact a person’s life.
            too much, because we already have RICE. I feel that even though             2. It changed me because it taught me about name calling and hurtful
            Mr. Serra related the presentation to RICE, the school still talks              words. I think it also impacted the school because people are more
            about RICE too much in order to let in room for Rachel’s Challenge.             considerate with what they say.
The Grandstander, June, 2006

                               Let Your Creativity Shine...                                                               As Grand Avenue’s Best
                                Literary Art                              for journal writing but artwork can be
                                                                          done at home or in the art gallery. The
                                                                                                                         Put Their Minds to the Test
                                                                          Literary Art Club puts in feel-         Student Network for Cooperative Science
                                  Journal                                 ing and emotion to make a
                                                                          good magazine and you’ll By: Alyson Sandler, Rosa Mejia,    up with an idea that balsamic
                               By: Alex Liquori, Paige Siegler,
                                                                          have a great time. This is the club and William Ringer      vinegar kills the fruit flies.
                               Taylor Sottilo, and Katie Vicario
                                                                          for you if you like to write and draw.                                     They also go on many different field trips.
                                                                                                                             The Student Network for Coop- One field trip they went on was to
                                     The Literary Art Club is very in-                                                 erative Science (SNCS) is run by
                               teresting. Ms Zambori and Mr. DiNucci
                               are the Literary Art Club supervisors of
                                                                               Art Club                                                              the Science Congress. They met the
                                                                                                                       Ms.Cruz. She is a science teacher for
                                                                                                                                                     people who are in the Science Congress
                                                                                                                       7th and 8th graders. She selects the stu-
                                                                                                                                                     and they talked about what they do and
                               seventh and eighth graders who like to     By: Bobby Hayes and Vincent                  dents that are in the SNCS. There are
                                                                                                                                                     about different things in the science
                               draw and write. The club writes poems      Villarico                                    about three to seven students in this club.
                                                                                                                                                     world. They meet in room 205 on Mon-
                               that relate to school work and they take                                                This club does a lot of interesting things.
                                                                                                                                                     days, Wednesdays and Fridays after
                               any seventh or eighth graders’ work. It          Mr. Giordano runs the Art Club. They did an experiment for a school. They have this club to help the
                               does not matter whose poem or short        The Art Club is entertaining for kids that restaurant that had fruit flies environment and to learn more about the
                               story it is, as long as the whole club     want to express themselves through art. in their kitchen, so they came different things in science.
                               agrees that it is good.                    In the Art Club, you can paint a picture,                                        Ms.Cruz loves what she does. She
                                     The kids are usually focused and     sculpt, draw, and take trips to the mu-                                    has been doing this club for four years.
                               on topic. They are a little silly at times,
                               but they always get back on track. The
                                                                          seums to learn how to paint the pictures
                                                                          from the museums. If you like a club          Science Club                 If you have any questions about this club
                                                                                                                                                     you can ask Ms. Cruz after school.
                               Literary Art Club meets at 3:00p.m. on     where you draw and paint, this club is
                               Thursdays and sometimes on Wednes-         right up your alley. When working with By: Paige Passman, Angelica
                               days. It ends at 3:30p.m and sometimes
                               at 4:15p.m. if they are working on their
                                                                          art, you can never make a mistake, so Devictoria, and Jonathon
                                                                          there is no stress. If you want to join, Schutzman
                                                                                                                                                                         Odyssey of
                               magazines. The kids work in room 236 see Mr. Giordano.
                                                                                                                              We interviewed Mr. Langer, the
                                                                                                                       Science Club advisor. In the Science
                                                                                                                                                                         the Mind
                                  A Life of Drama                                                                      Club they dissect animals. They also go
                                                                                                                       on field trips. They also compete in the
                                                                                                                       Science Olympics and egg drop con-
                                                                                                                                                                     By: Thomas Fitzsimmons & Shan-
                                                                                                                                                                     non Costello
                                                                                                                       tests. The members dissect frogs, squid,           One of our favorite Social Studies
                                                                                                                       earthworms and fetal pigs. They take          teachers here at Grand Avenue Middle
                                                                                                                       samples of water and soil from the creek      School, Miss Sheppard, runs the Od-
                                                                                                                       right by our school. They also raise          yssey of the Mind Club. She and her
                                                                                                                       money for supplies and other equipment.       seven members have been working on
                                                                                                                                The kids enjoy the club because
                                                                                                                                                                     world issue projects. If you like
                                                                                                                       they like science. Mr. Langer likes the
                                                                                                                       Science Club because he likes giving his      doing projects with problem
                                                                                                                       knowledge to students. The trips they         solving, this is the club for
                                                                                                                       went on this year were to the Museum          you! This year Miss Sheppard and her
                                                                                                                       of Natural History and the Science Mu-        group went to Farmingdale to compete
                                                                                                                       seum in Queens. The Science Club              with other schools. They came in fifth
                                                                                                                       meets at 3:00pm on Thursdays in room          place. We asked Miss Sheppard why
                                                                                                                       205. The club does observations in and        she liked the club and she told us, “Be-
                                                                                                                       around Grand Avenue Middle School.            cause I like the creativity of the kids.”
                                                                                                                       If you want to have fun, join the Science     So, if you want to have fun with your
                                                                                                                       Club!!                                        mind, join the Odyssey of the Mind!

                               By: Brianna Lent, Nicole
                               Balzafiore, and Brandon Rosenel
                                                                           with auditions, they pick kids to be in
                                                                           the play. They pick approximately fifty
                                                                                                                        Be an Addition to the Math Team
                                                                           students to perform. This is Mrs. Natof’s
                                                                                                                             What better way to show your skills     advisor, and her members always en-
                                     The club advisor we interviewed first year being in charge of the Drama
                                                                                                                       in math than having a Math Club? The          courage newcomers to join. Ms. Ewen
                               was Mrs. Natof who runs the Drama Club. The play they did this year was
                                                                                                                       Math Club is one of the best ways to          had once before taken the Math Club
                               Club. The teachers in charge of the Fiddler on the Roof. The Drama Club
                                                                                                                       demonstrate your math skills to your          to the State Competition Finals after
                               Drama Club are Mrs. Natof, the direc- works in the auditorium for auditions and
                                                                                                                       friends and also to compete against other     placing third in the Nassau County Com-
                               tor, Ms. Wolfe, the assistant director, and rehearsals. Students at Grand Avenue
                                                                                                                       schools.                                      petition. She wishes to do this once more.
                               Ms Giglio who is in charge of the music. Middle School do this because it is
                                                                                                                             The club meets two times every          If you are interested in math than the
                               Ms. Giglio plays the piano for the club. something fun for them to do. If this
                                                                                                                       month from 2:30 to 3:30 in one of the         Math Club is a great way to show your
                               The Drama Club performs a play and sounds good to you, then try out next
                                                                                                                       math rooms. Ms. Ewen, who is the club         skills and represent your school.
                               acts for others. When they are done year for the Drama Club.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Grandstander, June, 2006
Get Involved...
   Students take a Stand and Take Action Locally and Globally
Yorker Club: Reaching out to the Community, Listening & Learning                                                                         Student Council
By: Lauryn DeMarco, Daniel                retired three years ago and offered Mr.       they raised about $300. The Yorker                   Lends a
Kraus, Dailyn Rivera                      Bargiel and Mr. Rummenie the oppor-           Club also sets up bake sales, food
                                          tunity to run the Yorker Club and they        drives, and candy sales which they sell           Helping Hand
       Do you know what the Yorker accepted. They meet twice a month on                 to students and teachers at Grand Av-        By: Evan Turkel, Courtney
Club is? Have you ever heard of it? Well, Mondays. The club starts in late Sep-         enue.                                        Wellstead, and Michael Faggioni
if you were wondering, the Yorker Club tember and ends in May.                                There are several reasons why we
is a program that sets up fundraisers and       The Yorker Club sets up fun ac-         have the Yorker Club. First, the students          The Student Council takes part in
community service activities. The club is tivities and trips. This year they had a      can make new friends. They also par-         many activities. The Student Council has
a great way to meet new people, make three-on-three basketball tournament               ticipate in community service activities.    been around for about five to six years.
new friends, and learn about the history and trips to the Eastern part of Long Is-      Finally, they learn more about New York      They try to raise money for groups and
of New York.                              land, Yankee Stadium, and the Bellmore        history and about the different areas of     charities. Some activities they take part
       Mr. Bargiel and Mr. Rummenie are Senior Center. They spent a day with            New York.                                    in are collecting box tops, shirt sales,
the advisors of the Yorker Club. They the seniors of Bellmore, singing, danc-                 If you have any questions, you can     stuffed animal drives, and planting flow-
have been advisors of this club for the ing, and playing bingo. The club mem-           ask the advisors, Mr. Rummenie and Mr.       ers with the Lillian Ward Nursery School.
past three years. The Yorker Club bers went apple picking, pumpkin pick-                Bargiel. You should think about joining      With the nursery school kids they did
started many years ago. Ms. Peterson ing, and to an animal shelter for which            the Yorker Club next year.                   arts and crafts and read books.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm...                                                                                                         Mr. Fields and Mr. Langer are the
                                                                                                                                     teachers that run the club. There are
Making A World of Difference Capturing All                                                                                           about twenty-five to thirty kids in Stu-
                                                                                                                                     dent Council. Those twenty-five kids and

                                   stitute of Technology, and CW Post. Those Smiling
By: Kayla Carbone and Erica                                                                                                          Mr. Fields help by donating money to
Goolnick                                                                                                                             foundations. They also go on trips to
                                   They get up bright and early every Thurs-
    Mr. Nislow, the advisor of the day morning and meet in the conference    Faces                                                   places such as the Lillian Ward Nursery
                                                                                                                                     School. The Student Council has done
World of Difference Club, had some          room from 7:15 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. They                                                    many activities and will do many more
words about the club. The World of Dif-     also eat breakfast together.                                                             in the future.
ference is a club that talks about issues         You should join the World of Dif-     By: Elizabeth Aracena, Elyssa
that occur in everyday life, for example,
bullying, peer pressure, and things that
                                            ference because you get a chance to
                                            express your ideas and opinions about
                                                                                        Guarnieri, and Matthew Smith
                                                                                                                                     Think First
go on at home.                              issues. Mr. Nislow enjoys doing the club          The Yearbook Club is responsible       By Kristine Kiefer and Joseph
      The World of Difference Club          and working with the students. The club     for making the yearbook memorable.           Ferreri
members also go on fun trips. They go       will be here next year, so join while you   The students in the Yearbook Club help
to SUNY Farmingdale, New York In-           can!                                        gather information and pictures about              SADD is one of the many clubs
                                                                                        events and sports that take place            we have in Grand Avenue Middle
 The Spoken and Written Word Prevails                                                   throughout the year. The members of the      School. The purpose of this club is to
                                                                                        Yearbook Club are also responsible for       teach kids how to make good choices.
      at the Communications Club                                                        selling the yearbook. The yearbook is        SADD was created after a campaign
                                                                                        sold for $40.00 in the beginning of the      called MADD (Mothers Against Drunk
By Erin McCarthy, Amanda Losee,           questions right and who ever got the          year until October when the price goes       Driving). SADD stands for Students
and Michelle Meisser                      most correct, wins a prize.                   up to $45.00.                                Against Destructive Decisions.
                                                 Ms. Parry is the head of this                The Yearbook Club meets in the               Ms. Santodonato is the advisor of
        In Grand Avenue Middle club along with many of Grand                            East Cafeteria or in room 152. The club      SADD. She has been a club advisor for
School, there are a lot of clubs to join, Avenue’s students. They all work              is held until 4:00pm and sometimes until     13 years and a teacher for 16 years.
but one club                                              together to shine the         6:00pm.You sign up for the Yearbook          SADD was a very good choice for her
stands out the                                            light on the school           Club by listening to the announcements       because of her health background.
most,       the       Twenty years ago, a                 day. Ms. Parry and            and attending the first meeting. There             There are 20 members in SADD.
Communications        student of Ms. Parry’s              the students meet             you answer questions about what you          Everyone meets twice a month at
Club.      The        suggested that we ask               every day before and          would like to participate in. You are then   3:00p.m in room 227. The SADD Club
Communications        questions         with    the       after school. The P.A         divided into groups based on what you        has bake sales and fundraisers. They also
Club does the         morning announcements.              squad meets in the            would like to do. The head of the year-      have a candy guess contest and t-shirt
m o r n i n g         They called them “Super             guidance office, the          book is Mrs. Johnson and Mrs.                sale.
announcements         Sleuth” questions.                  electronic information        Prochilo. They pick the appropriate pic-           SADD went to the Association for
and comes up                                              board students meet           tures to be included in the yearbook.        Downs Syndrome and to a soup kitchen
with “Super                                               in the hallway, and the             Mrs. Johnson mostly worries            in Freeport delivering “Mugs of Love”.
Sleuth” questions. Twenty years ago, Super Sleuth students meet in the main             about the students having the right pic-     SADD talks about smoking, drinking,
a student of Ms. Parry suggested that office. Ms. Parry said that she really            tures and names in the yearbook. Both        peer pressure and conflict resolution.
we ask questions with the morning enjoys this club very much. The                       7th and 8th graders are allowed to be in           We learned all of this by interview-
announcements. They called them Communications Club stands out                          the Yearbook Club. Mrs. Johnson re-          ing Ms. Santodonato on May 2, 2006.
“Super Sleuth” questions. At the end because they put so much work into                 ally enjoys being co-advisor of the Year-    SADD taught us that we can make good
of each school year, the club members the announcements and imagine having              book Club. The yearbook will be handed       decisions. Finally, any of you could make
add up all the students that got the to do this five days a week.                       out at the end of the school year.           a good decision by joining SADD.
                               A Fond Fairwell to Some Fabulous Faculty:
The Grandstander, June, 2006

                                 Mrs. Weiskopf: Sums Up Thirty Plus Grand Years!
                               By Brenda Diamant                                                                             morning.” One of Mrs.                    Mrs. Weiskopf, you will be greatly
                                                                                                                             Weiskopf’s special memories is missed. The very best of luck to you.
                                      Grand Avenue’s eighth grade                                                            the morning that it took 2 ½ hours
                               math teacher, Mrs. Weiskopf, has                                                              in a snowstorm to get to
                               announced that she will be retiring                                                           school.
                               and leaving Grand at the end of                                                                     When I asked Mrs.
                                                                                                                             Weiskopf what she plans on       “One of the things I will
                               this school year.
                                      Believe it or not, this is the                                                         doing after she retires, she     especially remember is all
                               only teaching job Mrs. Weiskopf                                                               said, “My son and daugh-         of the intelligent,
                               has ever had, and she has been                                                                ter-in-law live in Manhat-       hardworking, and delight-
                               teaching here at Grand for the past                                                           tan and are expecting their
                                                                                                                                                              ful students I had this year
                               33 years. Besides teaching 8th                                                                first baby so I will be the
                                                                                                                             backup nanny. I also love        and all the previous years.”
                               grade math, Mrs. Weiskopf taught
                               7th grade math for two years. Her                                                             to garden, exercise,
                                                                                                                             travel, visit friends, and
                               favorite topic to teach in math is
                               polynomials.                                                                                  visit my daughter who lives and          Sra. Ulrich
                                      Mrs. Weiskopf has really en-                                                           teaches in Maryland.” Mrs.
                               joyed teaching all these years.                                                               Weiskopf said that she might
                                                                                                                             come back and visit, and she
                               “One of the things I will especially
                               remember is all of the intelligent,
                               hardworking and delightful stu-
                                                                                                                             will be in school to sign our
                                                                                                                                                                       A Grand
                                                                                                                                   As you can see, Mrs.
                               dents I had this year and all the
                               previous years. What I won’t miss                                                             Weiskopf has a lot of things to            Career
                               is the bells ringing and traffic in the                                                       look forward to.                    By Natalie Khourywad

                                                                                                                                                                      Some might say that teaching
                                   A School Steeped in History, Numbers, Names, & More                                                                        Spanish is in Mrs. Ulrichs’ blood – liter-
                                                                                                                                                              ally. Mrs. Ulrich’s father was born in
                               By Abidur Rahman                             R.I.C.E. By now, everyone at Grand came to be when it was approved with Almeria, Spain and was “very proud of
                                                                            knows what it is and what it stands for. the 2005-2006 school budget. Speak- his Spanish heritage.” In fact, it is this
                                     A lot has changed at Grand Av-         Some of you may not know how it ing of time, lunch hours used to be dif- pride and his encouragement that caused
                               enue Middle School from the 1950’s to        started. Roberta Richin created R.I.C.E. ferent. Lunch used to be periods 4-6, Senora Ulrich to embark on what be-
                               today. You’re going to find out what has     in a book she wrote- Connecting Char- but now they’re from periods 5-7.           came a 42 year teaching career.
                               happened.                                    acter to Conduct. R.I.C.E. came to             Language classes also have under-        Before entering the teaching pro-
                                     Grand was built in the year 1957.      Grand in 2004. Mr. Serra wanted to use gone a major change in the last year. 8th fession, Senora Ulrich worked in her
                               Back then, it was called Grand Avenue        it so that students and teachers could graders used to be the only ones learn- family-run restaurant business along with
                               Junior High School. Grades 7, 8, and 9       accept their mistakes, be kind, and be- ing Spanish, French, or Italian. Now, 7th her nine brothers and sisters. Once she
                               were taught here. The first principal was    come better people that everyone will graders are learning these languages, completed her undergraduate degree her
                               Mr. Gus Vorsacki. The second was Mr.         remember.                                too. There are also many new teachers                   continued on page 7...
                               Walter Johnson. The third was Mr. Fred             In 2005, the electronic signboards teaching these lan-
                               Gimpel. Fourth was Mr. Fino Selano.          came. These really have been handy for guages, as well as oth-
                               The fifth and current principal since 2003   students and teachers. They both know ers teaching other sub-
                               is Mr. Lewis J. Serra. There were three      what the announcements were if they jects. This language
                               other junior high schools in the district.   missed something and the signboards al- class change also was
                               They were Merrick Avenue, Jerusalem          ways show the date, time, and whether approved with the
                               Avenue, and Brookside.                       it’s Days 1-6. Mr. Cozine decided to 2005-2006 school
                                     In the late 1980’s, Brookside and      have them installed. The signboards were budget.
                               Jerusalem Avenue shut down, leaving          installed during the summer of 2005. All       Today, there are
                               Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue. In          three of them were connected to the 1,100 students and 94
                               the early 1990’s, 9th grade moved to the     school network system. Mrs. Laun, the teachers at Grand Av-
                               high schools and junior high schools be-     secretary, is able to control the sign- enue Middle School.
                               came known as middle schools.                boards by typing in the announcements Boys and girls take all
                                     Did you know that boys and girls       and also uses a “running loop” to add their classes together,
                               took some classes separately? Home           color to the words on the signboards.    R.I.C.E. has played a
                               and Career Skills used to be known as              2005 also was the start of another huge role, signboards
                               Home Economics (Home Ec.). There             new thing. The school day was extended have been extremely
                               was also another class called Industrial     to nine periods. School used to start at helpful, and the school
                               Arts. Boys took Industrial Arts and girls    around 8:30 AM and end at around 2:30 day is one period longer than it used to many new teachers, and the school got
                               took Home Economics. Boys and girls          PM with eight periods. Now, school be and it starts earlier and ends later. new lockers. Next year (2007), it’s
                               also took separate gym classes.              starts at 7:56 AM and ends at 2:41 PM Also, 7th graders are learning a new lan- Grand’s 50th Anniversary! Time flies,
                                     Another huge change has been           with nine periods. The nine period day guage with the 8th graders, there are doesn’t it?
           Goodbye to Some
Grand Says Ms. Parry Remembers the Past as Greats

                                                                                                                                                                                 The Grandstander, June, 2006
Writing Her Way to the Top...
                                               she Looks Towards the Future                                                    A Wonderful Journey
                                               an art major. However, she eventu-           sponded by saying, “I hope
                                               ally realized that her heart belonged
                                                to English and literature, and soon be-
                                                                                            that I will continue to               for Mrs. Jacob
                                                                                            spend a lot of time and
                                                came an English major instead. Ms.                                            By Jon Meshnick
                                                Parry combined her childhood dream          energy on digital pho-
                                                with her love of English and literature,    tography and writing                    Mrs. Jacob is retiring after a combined
                                                and became a teacher.                       murder mysteries.” In             thirty-two years of teaching between Kennedy,
                                                      Ms. Parry began teaching at           addition, she hopes to spend      Brookside, Jerusalem Ave, and Grand. She
                                                Calhoun High School in 1973. Ironi-         more time with her family and     went to Bucknell University and majored in
                                                cally, during her first year of teaching,   friends. Ms. Parry is sure to     mathematics. She said, “It is always a plea-
                                                her brother was attending Calhoun as        keep in touch with many of her    sure to be here, and it is great to end my ca-
                                                a senior. While they rarely ran into        former students as well.          reer here.’ She plans to “…read, travel, sub-
                                                each other, the two occasionally met              For over thirty years,      stitute teach and eat lots of chocolate.” Derek
                                                up when her brother needed lunch            Ms. Parry has dedicated her       Grossman said, “Mrs. Jacob taught me a lot
                                                money. Luckily for the children of          time and effort, making her       and we had great times in the 7th period class.”
                                                Bellmore, Ms. Parry ended up in             student be all that they can
By Jessica Strumeyer                         Grand Avenue Middle School where she           be. While she enjoyed
                                             taught various subjects throughout the         teaching many gifted and ex-
      As another school year nears its       years including English, Reading, and          ceptional students, nothing
end, they joy its conclusion bring will be   Writing Enrichment.                            made her happier than help-
overshadowed by a sad event. After                 Ms. Parry has many fond memo-            ing challenged studnets reach
teaching for over 30 years, one of the       ries of her teaching career. One such          their full potential. “The big-
school’s extraordinary educators, Ms.        memory was being the advisor of the Lit-       gest misconception students
Parry, will be retiring. Grand Avenue        erary Art Magazine. She truly enjoyed          have is that teachers always
Middle School will never be quite the        working with the members and witness-          like the perfect students the
same. While everyone at Grand wishes         ing their enthusiasm and good spirit.          best. In reality, the less than
her the best of luck in her future, it is    Nothing makes her happier members              perfect students are often the
apparent that she will be sorely missed.     and witnessing their enthusiasm and good       ones that are perfectly hilari-
      It’s seldom that you find a person     spirit. Nothing makes her happier than         ous and charming,” said Ms.
so devoted to her career. When Ms.           hearing former students speak of their         Parry. Poignant quotes like
Parry was a child, she always saw her-       memories of classes shared together.           this one are sure to be re-
self as an elementary school teacher.              When asked what she will be do-          membered by Grand Avenue
When she began college, she became           ing when she retires, Ms. Parry re-            students for years to come.
...continued from page 6                                                           Perhaps one of the things Sid Kuncham said, “…she was a great math
                                                                            that makes her class “interest- teacher.” In addition she taught Mr.Arresto as
                                                                            ing and amazing,” according to a student in seven advanced. Also, she had
                                                                            a number of students, is that Ariana D’Avanzo’s father as a student. Mrs.
                                                                            fact that she does have such Jacob says “…at least I didn’t have anyone’s
                                                                            travel experience and stories grandparent.” The year has been one we will
                                                                            behind her. Sra. Ulrich has been always remember, thanks to Mrs. Jacob.
                                                                            to all of the European countries,
                                                                            Asia,Australia, Canada, the Car- * You can check out Mrs. Jacob’s con-
                                                                            ibbean, and Mexico! Of course, gratulation and thank you website at
                                                                            her retirement plans include con-
                                                                                                               www.maxpages.com/mrs.jacob. If you
                                                                            tinued travel around the globe –
                                                                                                               would like, you can post messages on
                                                                            perhaps her first born grandson
                                                                            will join her!                     the Message Board for her.
                                                                                   Mrs. Ulrichs classes in-
                                                                            volve some ‘serious’ music, in-
                                                                            cluding a now well known Usher
                                                                            song! In order to enhance learning, Mrs. several placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. She also
first job offer was as a Social Worker School District. As the years Ulrich has created “over 20 novelty gram- received two mini-grants to complete in-
for Middlesex County, but under her ticked on Sra. Ulrich served as mar and vocabulary songs” and incorpo- terdisciplinary cultural projects on Span-
father’s advice and guidance Senora LOTE chairperson and worked in rated them into her units and has passed ish artists and the Quinceanara. And, Mrs.
Ulrich took her first teaching job at Calhoun H.S., Kennedy H.S., and, them on to numerous members of the Lan- Ulrich has done a lot of home tutoring and
Colonia Jr. High School in Woodbridge of course, Grand Avenue Middle guage department. Additionally, just to helped edit a number of district exams
New Jersey. The year: 1964.            School. During the past almost forty name a few other notable accomplish- throughout the years.
       Four years later, Sra. Ulrich years she has been in Bellmore- ments: Mrs. Ulrich mentored and entered                With all of this it is no wonder that
accepted a Spanish teaching posi- Merrick, Sra. Ulrich has done a lot out- many students in the National Spanish Con- many of Sra. Ulrich’s students said she is,
tion at Brookside Junior High side of the teaching world, especially test, sponsored by the Association of “intelligent, fantastic, wonderful, and a very
School in the Bellmore Merrick travel.                                      Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, with fair tester.” Good luck in retirement!
                               Crazy Calendar Corner                                                                            New Faces at Grand
The Grandstander, June, 2006

                                        Your guide to all holidays,                                                              Keep On Smilin’
                                      birthdays, and historic events
                                                             March & April                                                 A Warm Welcome for W.E.
                               By Elisabeth Balash                           forget to “spring” ahead! Also, don’t
                                                                             forget to celebrate Laugh at Work Week,
                                                                                                                              Teacher Ms. Walsh
                                        Yes, I am back, and with more        which spans the first week of April. Na-                                                  went to Niagara University, in Niagara
                                                                                                                          By Marissa Young
                               calendar craziness than ever! This time       tional Week of the Ocean is April 2-April                                                 Falls, NY, as well as Trinity College in
                               though, the information will be purely        9.April10 is National Siblings Day (is it         Ms. Walsh teaches 7th grade Writ-       Dublin, Ireland, on a study abroad ex-
                               focused on spring.                            possible to be kind to them for just one                                                  perience. Currently, Ms. Walsh is going
                                                                                                                          ing Enrichment at Grand Avenue. She
                                         First, let’s begin with March       day?) April 7 is No Housecleaning Day                                                                         to Hofstra to earn
                               which is American Red Cross Month,            so put away the broom! Passover be-                                                                           her graduate de-
                               Deaf History Month, National Umbrella         gins at sunset on April 12 and Easter is                                                                      gree.
                               Month, Youth Art Month, and Music in          celebrated on April 16. “Blah, blah, blah”                                                                          When she was
                               Our Schools Month! National Sleep             Day is April17.April18is home to holi-                                                                        little, Ms. Walsh
                               Awareness Week is from March 27-              days that have absolutely nothing to do                                                                       dreamed of being a
                               April 2—so, be aware of sleep! March          with each other: Arbor Day and National                                                                       lawyer. However,
                               27 is also home to a bunch of other holi-     Hairball Awareness Day. April 30 is, last                                                                     in high school she
                               days: Make up Your own Holiday Day            but not least, Honesty Day.                                                                                   decided she wanted
                               (I like this one!) and Kite Flying Day.                As for history, on April 14 the                                                                      a career that had
                               And on this day, in 1952, the famous          first abolition society was founded in                                                                        something to do
                               musical “Singing in the Rain” opened!         Philadelphia in 1775, Apollo 16 was                                                                           with literature. Her
                               Finally, March 30, has two strange holi-      launched in 1972 and Apollo 13 was                                                                            hobbies include
                               days: Doctor’s Day and Mule Day. I            launched in 1970.                                                                                             traveling, going to
                               wonder why they share the same day!                    Birthdays? Birthdays! Mandy                                                                          the beach, being
                                         Ok, so enough about March.          Moore was born on the 10, Jess                                                                                with her family and
                               Let’s talk about April! April is: Keep        McCartney on the 19, Jennifer Garner                                                                          friends, and reading.
                               America Beautiful Month, National Hu-         the 17, Kelly Clarkson on the 24, and                                                                         Ms. Walsh’s favor-
                               mor Month, National Poetry Month, Na-         Kirsten Dunst was born on April 30.                                                                           ite book is Pride
                               tional Knuckles Down Month, Straw                      So, I hope you’ve enjoyed my                                                                         and Prejudice by
                               Hat Month, and Pecan Month!                   collection of calendar craziness. I’m sure                                                Jane Austen. English was always Ms.
                                                                                                                          grew up in East Hampton, where she
                                         Besides April Fool’s Day on         it will assist you in your daily schedule                                                 Walsh’s favorite subject and she always
                                                                                                                          attended East Hampton High School.
                               April 1, there are quite a few little-known   so check back every once in a while to                                                    did well in it.
                                                                                                                          “I’m new to Nassau County,” she
                               holidays in April. First of all, Daylight     find an excuse to celebrate!!                laughed during her interview. Ms. Walsh          One of Ms. Walsh’s “well-
                               Savings Time starts on the 2nd, so don’t
                                                                                                                                                                       known” projects was to write
                                Your Last Chance to Celebrate May – June                                                                                               a letter to a soldier. She says
                                                                                                                                                                       that she enjoys creative writing a lot.
                               By Elisabeth Balash                       eighth is National Stuttering Awareness          holiday! Last, but certainly not least, is         Ms. Walsh, though asked a tough
                                                                         Week. (I think if someone was stutter-           the Great American Grump Out Day on
                                        Hooray! The school year is al- ing when they spoke, you would already             May 31. Save your bad mmods for this
                               most over! That’s definitely something be aware!) That week ends of May 14,                day. In history, on May 11, 1858, Min-
                               to celebrate. But there are many other just in time for National Family Month              nesota became the 32nd state in the           ...in high school she
                               holidays usually overlooked. Upon care- to start. That ends June 18. May 14 is                              Union.                       decided she wanted a
                               ful examination and some detective laso a very important                                                          After May comes
                               work, I have uncovered the unusual holi- holiday, Mother’s                                                  what month? June!
                                                                                                                                                                        career that had
                               days you MUST know about! So Day (and Ms.                                                                   The month that starts        something to do with
                               please, read on.                          Bergida’s moms                                                    summer and ends              literature...
                                        First, comes May (after all, we birthday!) The 15th is                                             school. But what other
                               must go in order). Although it is a month Chocolate Chip                                                    holidays are celebrated
                               of flowers, May is also Bike Month. Cookie Day (yum)                                                        this month? Well, June      question, was able to pick out her role
                               May 5 is Cinco De Mayo, a perfect fi- and the 16th is Peace                                                 is Candy Month and          models. They were and are her three
                               esta day. May 6 is No Homework Day. Day. That very same                                                     National       Safety       sisters. She admired them because they
                               Shouldn’t that be every day? The eighth day is also National                                                Month, for starters. It     did well in school, sports, and their jobs.
                               is No Socks Day                                Sea Monkey                                                   is also Rebuild Your        Although she would like one, Ms. Walsh
                               and the ninth is Na-                           Day (okay, I’ve heard of a sear             Life month and Adopt a Shelter Cat           does not have a pet. She wishes she
                               tional Teacher Day.                            horse, but never a sea monkey!)             month. June 1 – 17 is National Volun-        had a dog, but says they are hard work.
                               Why they come                                  The 19th is Bike to School Day.             teers Week. International Headache                 “I love when a student feels as pas-
                               right after the other,                         On May 29th, you can celebrate              Awareness Week (again, if you have           sionately about something as I do,” she
                               I have no idea.                                Memorial Day… at home! How                  a headache, wouldn’t you be aware            says. We wish Ms. Walsh a lot of suc-
                               Also starting on the                           lovely it is to have school off on a        of it?) is from the 4th to the 10th.         cess at Grand!

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Grandstander, June, 2006
Ms. Motley Equals A Great Addition to Grand                                                                                               Ms. Smith’s
                                                               maybe that’s too        Mrs. Motley is definitely a big Jets fan!
                                                               much. But, Mrs.              This 100% Italian mom of three                  Class...
                                                               Motley is a green       “wonderful” teenage children loves to
                                                               belt and did work       travel and loves animals. She went to              Fishing for
                                                               for Grumman as a
                                                               manufacturer esti-                                                          Numbers
                                                               mator on the F-14
                                                               fighter planes be-
                                                               fore coming to                I love math,
                                                               Grand Avenue
                                                               Middle School’s                 it’s like a
                                                               Math Department.
                                                                     Mrs. Motley              big puzzle!
                                                               views math as a
                                                               “big puzzle,” and
                                                               that is why she         St. John’s University where she re-
                                                               loves it so much. If    ceived a BS in Quantitative Math and
By Angela Xerakias                        she weren’t teaching math though, she        was the president of her sorority, then
                                          would have been a physical education         went on to Adelphi where she was
      Faster than a speeding bullet, more teacher. Her favorite sports to play are     awarded her MBA in Management and
powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tennis and kickboxing, and she loves          Marketing. Finally, Mrs. Motley
tall buildings in a single bound... well, swimming. As far as sports to watch:         achieved her MS in Education.

    The A,B,Cs of Writing with Ms. Bergida                                                                                          By Carly Schneer

By Elisabeth Balash                     “Math just never really appealed to me.”       equipment. Things she hates? Not that              When Ms. Smith is not teaching
                                        Before she came to Grand Avenue                many. Besides shopping and board games       math you can likely find her fishing the
        Maybe you’ve heard of her, Middle School she was a leave replace-              that is. “I never really liked shopping,”    waters of Long Island, water skiing, or
maybe you haven’t. Oh, and maybe you ment at a middle school in Syosset.               she states. And board games, well... “I      in the winter months snowboarding, and
know her! She’s Ms. Bergida, a relaxed        Ok, so enough about her professional     like scrabble, but I was never really a      perhaps she’ll have a lacrosse stick in
and fun Writing Enrichment teacher for history. What about her personal life? For      ‘board game person.’” I guess she pre-       hand for a little extra fun. This energetic
the seventh and eighth grades. Whether that you’ll have to continue to read.           fers that great outdoors to sitting on the   math teacher is completing her first year
you know her or not, it’s always inter-       Ms. Bergida lives in Huntington and      floor and moving markers around a board.     at Grand Avenue and loves “being with
                                          is very fond of dogs. Although she does      Can you blame her?                           kids.”
                                          not currently have one, she is consider-           Ms. Bergida has a younger brother            Ms. Smith grew up in Babylon,
                                          ing adoption one. “I’d like to adopt a       by two years and celebrates both Jew-        New York, went to college at Villanova,
                                          lab mutt from a shelter,” she says hap-      ish and Christian holidays, although she     and graduate school at SUNY Albany
                                          pily. Besides her love of animals she is     had a Bat Mitzvah. Her take: “We’ve          and SUNY Stonybrook. A good evening
                                          also very fond of the outdoors. That’s       always celebrated all the holidays like      might be eating sushi and watching Jaws
                                          why she needs a dog “...that can handle      Hanukah and Christmas. It’s just a great     with her Yellow Lab. While this might
                                          the outdoors.” She likes to hike and         way to learn about different religions and   describe a great night, her least favorite
                                          kayak; she even teaches a kayaking           customs.” Ms. Bergida also has many          activity is quarter averages.
                                          class! If she wasn’t a teacher, she would    favorites. She’s a huge fan of sushi and           We are happy to have Ms. Smith
                                          run an outdoor store full of outdoor                        continued on page 10...       as a new addition at Grand!

                                                           Ms. Milack has a Way with Words
                                              By Chris Diano                                                                                       sity.
esting to find out about the secret lives                                  ...the kids are what make it
                                                                                                                                                          When Ms. Milack
and interests of our school’s mysterious         From 7th grade honors and different and exciting...                                               decided she wanted to be
teachers.                                   eighth grade student teacher to 7th                                                                    a teacher she attended
      Ms. Bergida was born on Febru-        grade teacher all at Grand! Seventh                                                                    Adelphi University and got
ary 5. She went to Cold Spring Harbor       grade English teacher Ms. Milack                                                                       her Masters in Secondary
High School, Boston College, and then       celebrates her first year her as a full-                                                               Education, allowing her to
Hofstra for business and C.W. Post          time teacher leaving her marketing                                                                     teach grades 7-12. Since
where she got her masters in English. It    position at Publisher’s Clearing                                                                       then, she said, “I like the stu-
was three years ago she decided for sure    House behind.                                                                                          dents and faculty here – it is
she wanted to be a teacher. “I like to              Ms. Milack hopes to make                                                                       a nice place to work. There
hear what kids say and think,” she says.    Grand her home until retirement and                                                                    is something different ev-
She also realized the thing that mattered   is “absolutely happy about teach-                                                                      eryday and the kids are
to her most was English. In second place    ing!” Her undergraduate degree is                                                                      what make it different and
is History, and math comes in dead last.    in Marketing from Hofstra Univer-                                                                      exciting.”

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                                                                      cotton, nuts, sugarcane, tea, tobacco, silk         Africans put an emphasis on per-
The Grandstander, June, 2006

                               Culture Column                         cocoons, fruit, pork, and chicken.
                                                                            The children of China start school
                                                                                                                     sonal appearance. One important ac-
                                                                                                                     cessory is jewelry, made of cowry shells
                                                                                                                                                                       It’s Fashion
                                Learning about                        at age seven. After six years of primary       and similar materials. African masks                Forward
                                                                      school they go to secondary school.            have elaborate designs and are used in
                                   Chinese                            Some students leave school early to help       various ceremonies, along with headgear            Thinking
                                                                      their parents with work. Other students        and dresses. Folktales are popular in        By Salimat Ayinde
                                                                      attend universities to pursue a career.        Africa. They provide a look at their
                               By Jeanne O’Connor                           China is known for many different        culture’s morals and customs. There are             All fashion fans tune into this!
                                                                      animals. One of the most famous ani-           about a quarter of a million folktales in    Project Runaway is a great show on
                                   China is a very interesting and mals in China is the panda bear. Unfor-           Africa.
                               amazing place. It has a larger popula- tunately, these beautiful animals are en-                                                   channel 44. It is a fashion competi-
                                                                                                                                                                  tion. Fashion designers tryout to par-
                                                                         dangered. Another animal that came            ...Fiddler on the Roof continued           ticipate in the show, and sixteen semi-
                                                                         from China is goldfish.                       from page 1                                finalists are chosen. Every week,
                                      These are a few                          The earliest computer was made
                                                                                                                       ence for me. I made a lot of new           those finalists are given a task and
                                    common words in                      in China. It was called the abacus.
                                                                                                                       friends and became closer to old ones.     the judges eliminate the finalists who
                                                                         Paper and fireworks were also some
                                           Chinese:                      of the inventions in China.                   I will always remember the amazing         do not execute the task. The last three
                                                                                                                                                                  finalists go to fashion week where it
                                          Hello = ni hao                                                               times I had. I would like to congratu-
                                                                                                                                                                  is their last fashion show to determine
                                      Goodbye = zaijian                                                                late the whole cast for an amazing per-
                                  Good morning = zao-an                       The Beauty                               formance!” agrees Stephanie
                                                                                                                                                                  the winner. If you want to learn more,
                                                                                                                                                                  maybe you should tune in.
                                    Good night = wan-an
                                                                               of Africa                                      “Amazing is the only word I can
                                                                                                                       use to describe the play. The stage        If you are interested in joining the
                                                                                                                       crew ‘behind-the-scenes’ experience        Grandstander next year... listen
                                                                          By Jeanne O’Connor
                               tion than any other country in the world.                                               was so much fun. The cast was so           to the announcements in
                               About 1.2 billion people live there. Many                                               enjoyable to work with. They all           September! We need writers,
                                                                                 Human culture in Africa is as old
                               people live in the major cities such as as the human race. Africa is thirty mil- worked so hard and it paid off. The               photographers, artists, layout
                               Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, and lion square kilometers and takes up one- stage crew also did a great job on the                    editors, and more!
                               Chongquin. Shanghai’s population is fifth of the land mass on Earth. It con- nights of performances. I wish I’d
                                                                                                                                                                 ...Bergida continued from page 9
                               about 14,190,000 people. Beijing, which tains over fifty countries. Mt. joined stage crew last year so I
                                                                                                                                                                 she likes history. Her last name ‘Bergida’
                               is also the capital of China, has a popu- Kilimanjaro remains capped with snow could’ve had twice as much fun. Con-
                                                                                                                                                                 actually originated in Spain in the 1490’s!
                               lation of about 12,590,000 people. The all year round. The Sahara Desert is the gratulations to the whole cast and
                                                                                                                       crew for an awesome performance!”         She’d also like to travel. “I’d really love
                               population in Chongquin is about hottest and largest desert on Earth.
                                                                                                                       says Danielle Fucci.                      to travel the world,” she says. Who
                               3,002,000 people.                                 There are many tribes and groups
                                                                                                                              The Drama Club packed the          wouldn’t? She has, in fact, been to a
                                     Most of the clothing in China is that represent the cultural diversity.
                                                                                                                                                                 rainforest in Puerto Rico and wouldn’t
                               made of silk. The Chinese have been Many African languages are tone lan- house for both performances, and ev-
                                                                                                                                                                 mind going to the Galapagos Islands
                               making silk for over 3,000 years. The guages. This means that the pitch level eryone was impressed by the talent
                                                                                                                                                                 ‘(In case you don’t know what that is,
                               silk threads come from the cocoon of a determines the meaning of what they are of the singers, dancers, and actors.
                                                                                                                                                                 hint: Charles Darwin), Alaska, Austra-
                               silkworm. Many clothes and products saying. Music and dance are very popu- “Everyone worked very hard, and it
                                                                                                                                                                 lia, or New Zealand. As for music,
                               that people in the U.S. wear and use are lar in Africa. The most widely used mu- showed,” says Allison Balogh. “All
                                                                                                                       of the performers did an awesome          she tends to go for country style. She
                               made in China.                             sical instrument is the drums. Other Af-                                               also plays the piano. Her favorite
                                     One of the popular foods in China rican instruments include the bells, mu- job,” agrees Danielle Parker.
                                                                                                                              Overall, Ms. Natof thought that    movie is Spaceballs and she likes the
                               is rice. The people of China have been sical bow, lute, flute, and trumpet. Dance
                                                                                                                                                                 color of grass. (I know you know what
                               growing and eating rice for more than is a form of communication in Africa. combining the singing, acting, and
                                                                                                                                                                 color that is.) When it comes to T.V.,
                               7,000 years. This food is served with Dancers’ bodies are painted; they wear dancing into one production was the
                                                                                                                       most difficult aspect of the play, but    she usually will watch “24” or “Law
                               many different meals in China. Another costumes, and use gestures.
                                                                                                                       was extremely proud of the wonder-        & Order.” Otherwise, she doesn’t
                               common food in China is soybeans. Soy             Arts and crafts are a rich tradition                                            watch that much TV. Gasp! I sup-
                               sauce can be sprinkled on food and soy- in Africa. Some crafts are woodcarv- ful job everyone did, and how well
                                                                                                                                                                 pose she does better with books.
                               beans are also used to make tofu. Al- ing, leather artwork, sculptures, and the finished result turned out, and she
                                                                                                                                                                 Actually, her favorite book is Ana His-
                               though China has become more mod- paintings. Another form of art is cloth- is looking forward to working with the
                                                                                                                                                                 toric by Daphne Marlatt. Her favor-
                               ern some people still work on farms. ing, which is sometimes used for cer- seventh graders again next year.
                                                                                                                              Congratulations to the talented    ite environment is the beach and she
                               Some of the farm products are grain, emonial and religious purposes
                                                                                                                       cast and crew of the year’s produc-       would love to live on a farm. Her fa-
                                                                                                                       tion on a job well done.                  vorite number is 7, but not because it
                               ...Encore, encore cont. from pg. 1         marry the ones they love. The actors and superb. ENCORE!The audience really            is ‘lucky.’ Actually, “It was the first
                               als on stage. They were all so great in    actresses froze, while Tevye stepped to got involved, especially in between            number on my soccer jersey.” Yes,
                               their parts, I can’t say it enough.        the side and did his thinking out loud . scenes. I could tell the audience really      she played soccer.
                                     Mr. Giordano also did such a good The color of the lighting added to this as enjoyed the performance. They were                      As for her future? “I would
                               job with the set designs and the lighting. well. I thought this effect in the play was clapping to the beat of the music, and     love to write a book.” About what,
                               The backdrop picture of the trees looked a great idea.                                 screaming “WOOOOOOOH!” all the             you might ask? “I have many ideas,
                               real, and the lights during the perfor-           The props in the play and the cos- time. I can’t say it enough: the play was    but I can’t spoil that.” We’ll just have
                               mance added a great special effect.        tumes were so authentic to the time pe- SO enjoyable.                                  to wait and see what this Writing En-
                                     There is one thing I have to point riod in which the story took place.                 EXCELLENT JOB GRAND AV-              richment teacher comes out with. But
                               out. During one of the scenes Tevye’s             Overall, the play was wonderful, ENUE MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA                       one thing’s for sure: It’ll be a good
                               daughters were asking his permission to excellent, awesome, magnificent, and CLUB!                                                book.
                                                                                                       Arts & Entertainment

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Grandstander, June, 2006
       Sounds of Spring put a Spring in Grand
                   Students Steps
By Alisa Batcher                           by Mr. Blanco did very well, and their
                                           practicing paid off. The choruses, in-
                                                                                       Limbog Drawing
         If one were to hear the clapping cluding the select chorus, did very well,
going on in the auditorium during the dif- as did the orchestra – thanks to Mr.
ferent concerts that took place this D’Addio and Ms. Giglio. The students
spring, they would think they were lis- were amazing, and really earned the ap-
tening to the New York Philharmonic. plause. “Hopefully the students will con-                                                                                  Carlo Limbog
Well, maybe not quite, but pretty close! tinue practicing, and become even bet- A Grand Review...
The 7th and 8th grade bands, conducted ter...” agreed the music teachers.

                                                                                                     Music to Our Ears
                                                                                      By Faseeh Ahmed                           are loved by many here are American
                                                                                                                                Idiot by Green Day and Another Brick
                                                                                           Have you ever wondered what the in the Wall by Pink Floyd.
                                                                                      most popular music or the most loved            Some other types of music I would
                                                                                      song of the year is? Well, it may be like to mention is my favorite, RAP which
                                                                                      pretty obvious that the most popular is the second favorite kind of music here
                                                                                      music is rock. Though there are many at Grand. Well, I guess the most popu-
                                                                                      types of rock all types are loved here in lar RAP song would be Lean Wit Rock
                                                                                      Grand. Some really popular bands are Wit It by Dem Franchize Boys. Another
                                                                                      Avenged Soul, Green Day, A.C.D.C RAP song that is popular is Touch It by
                                                                                      and even Pink Floyd. Some songs that Busta Rhymes.

                                                                                         A “Week” Read “So B. It”
                                                                                      Book Review By: Olivia Wynn                   mother’s vocabulary starts to haunt her,
                                                                                                                                    Heidi becomes determined to discover
                                                                                               “So B. It”, by Sarah Weeks, is       the secrets of her past. What Heidi
                                                                                      an inspirational novel about a young girl     doesn’t know is that it will take a cross
                                                                                      who sets out on a life provoking journey      country journey and a little strength to
                                                                                      in order to discover the truth. Heidi, a      get her to where she belongs. “So B. It”
                                                                                      twelve year old girl who lives with her       is a book that captures all the adven-
                                                                                      mentally disabled mother and devoted          tures of a curious young girl on the road
                                                                                      neighbor Bernadette, has a lucky streak       to self-discovery. It is a heart-warming
                                                                                      that has a way of pointing her in the right   book you just won’t be able to put
                                                                                      direction. When a strange word in her         down.

                                                                                        Time for “Nothing but the Truth”
                                                                                      Book Review By Marissa Young                  getting a lot of attention. Philip didn’t
                                                                                                                                    even want the story to be released. It
                                                                                           Summary: This Newberry Honor             changes everything in ways that nobody
          “Fox” By Brendan Hussey, Grade 7                                            book is about ninth grader Philip Malloy.     could have ever guessed.
                                                                                      He gets suspended from school by his                Recommendation: I recommend
The spring arts show took place on May 11, 2006 and was a                             English teacher, Ms. Narwin, for hum-         this book for anybody that is above ten
huge success! Thanks to all who showed their support.                                 ming “The Star-Spangled Banner” in            years old and is interested in an interest-
                                                                                      class. All of a sudden, the story starts      ing book with an unordinary plot.
Ice Age: The Meltdown                                                                                         The Sisterhood
Review by: Dan Mariano                    Now, the ice is melting and, if everyone
                                          doesn’t leave, they will drown in all
                                                                                                          of the Traveling Pants
         The movie “Ice Age: The Melt- melted ice. So, everyone heads for safety      Review by: Angela Xerakias                wear the pants for a week after they re-
down” is a sequel to the 2003 comedy. at the end of the valley. Manny thinks he                                                 ceived it from the other friend who had
“Ice Age” tells the story of how Sid the is not the last wooly mammoth, but ev-                 The movie, “The Sisterhood of it before her. The first girl to start with
sloth (John Leguizamo), Diego the sa- eryone else thinks he is. While they are        the Traveling Pants,” is a wonderful the pants is Tibby who is working on a
ber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary) and Manny moving to the end of the valley, Manny        movie to watch with some of your best documentary at home. The second is
the wooly mammoth (Ray Romano) be- is searching for another wooly mam-                friends. The movie is about four girls Cameron, who went to South Carolina
gan an odd friendship during the Ice Age. moth. But, when he finds another mam-       named, Tibby, Cameron, Bridget, and to visit her father. She then sent the pants
“Ice Age also has a separate story of a moth named Ellie (Queen Latifah), she         Leena, who magically fit into one pair of to Leena, who went to Greece to visit
saber-tooth squirrel trying to get an thinks she is a possum like her brothers.       jeans. The girls decide to wear the pair family. Finally, the pair of pants reaches
acorn. “Ice Age: The Meltdown” con- The movie has some good jokes, but                of pants during the summer vacation and Bridget in Mexico where she is attend-
tinues the story of Manny, Sid, and Di- the music is lame. Some of the best parts     write all the wonders that happen to them ing soccer camp. You will find that
ego in their friendship with the continu- are with the saber-tooth squirrel. I give   while they were wearing the pants.        throughout the movie the girls learn vari-
ing story of the saber-tooth squirrel. “Ice Age: The Meltdown” a 3 out of 5.                The catch is that the girls had to ous lessons about friendship.
Sports Briefs

                                                                                                                                                                                               The Grandstander, June, 2006
                                                                                                                                                      More than
    It’s All Grand: Boys Lacrosse Shoots and Scores!
By Nick Ferreiro                           been the season’s biggest mistake. The              ponents to get on the board. Especially                Running In
                                           team had difficulty pulling it together be-         with powerhouse defense coming from
       The 7th grade Grand Avenue Boys’ fore the close of the game. However,                   Chris Shevins, Michael Izzo, Patrick                    Circles
Lacrosse Team started out their season Mr. Arresto added in the post-game                      Grillo, Kevin Warkala, Trevor Costa,             By Jeanne O’Connor
by winning four out of their first seven wrap-up, “I can tell you guys are a good              and Patrick Coons. Scoring often for
games with a tough loss to Howitt in the group by the way you aren’t messing                   Grand were Nick Olson, Ray McDade,                      The Grand Avenue track team is
second game of the season. But, they around and laughingg after a loss like                    and Brian Creegan. Excellent play from           filled with students and teachers. The
rebounded quickly and well with three that...”                                                 midfielders Vin Moryc, Rob Zecker,               boy’s track team is coached by Mr.
straight victories, after defeating cross-      Throughout their season, leading               Joey Karo, Nick Ferreiro, Ryan Vento,            Nislow. Ms. Perkins coaches the girl’s
town rival, Merrick, in their first game. the team in goal, John Conors and Brian              and Matt Hackett added a balanced at-            track team, and assistant coach is Mr.
With a tough loss to Berner by only 2 Monks made it extremely hard for op-                     tack to the Braves lineup.                       Campbell.
goals, the Braves took Merrick too eas-                                                                                                                The runners can participate in
ily, thirsty for revenge, this may have                                                                                                         events such as the 55m, 100m, 200m,
                                                                                                                                                400m, 800m, and 1500m. Another race
Hit it Outa                                                                                                                                     is the 55m hurdles. There are also field
                                                                                                                                                events. One field event is the long jump,
the Ballpark                                                                                                                                    this is where athletes run and then jump
                                                                                                                                                as far as they can, hoping to get the long-
By Alisa Batcher                                                                                                                                est distance. The high jump is when the
                                                                                                                                                jumper runs before arching his or her
       The 7th and 8th grade girl’s softball                                                                                                    back over the bar, which is set to a cer-
teams showed their tremendous passion,
skill, and pride playing for their school
this year. The seventh grade girls,                                                                                                                          Important
coached by Mr. Howard completed a                                                                                                                        Announcement!
great season. The eighth grade girls,                                                                                                            The Grandstander can be viewed
coached by Mr. Bargiel, also had a won-                                                                                                          on-line at:
derful season and are looking forward                                                                                                            http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us
to playing for their Junior Varsity teams                                                                                                        For the full, un-cut version of all ar-
in high school.                                                                                                                                  ticles, make sure to go on-line!
                                                                     Girls 7th Grade Basketball team bonding off court
 It’s Nothing But Love                                                                                                                          tain height. The third field event is the
                                                against Salk, Woodland, and Merrick, and       move up.
       For Tennis                               with their final loss coming in their second         No matter what their record is, it is      shot put. Girls and boys will throw a
                                                                                               clear that all the girls on the team have re-    heavy ball to the farthest of their ability,
By Michelle Dimino                              match against Mattlin.
                                                                                               ally enjoyed the season. “Tennis has been        while standing inside of a ring. Runners
                                                       The team is made up of seventeen
                                                                                               a great way for all of us to play a sport we     cheer on their teammates when they
          GrandAvenue’s eighth grade girls’     talented and dedicated girls: four singles
                                                                                               love and hang out with our friends, says         aren’t running. “The Grand track team
tennis team started off their impressive sea-   players, eight doubles players, and five al-
                                                                                               Barri Bruno. “Tennis has been a great ex-        was great, and they had great team spirit,
son with a bang, shutting out Hicksville 8-     ternatives. Their rankings were determined
                                                                                               perience this year. No matter what, I al-        said Kaitlyn Bazarewski.
0 in their first match. Although they lost      by having a series of ladder matches, which
their next match to an extremely tough          are best-of-three matches in which a player    ways have and am smiling because the team        such an incredible work ethic, and they all
Mattlin team, they bounced back to win          is matched against the player ranked di-       and Coach Fox are always there for one           come out and practice hard every day,
their next three by beating Woodland and        rectly above them. If they win, the two        another and everyone always make each            even despite harsh weather conditions.
Merrick, and shutting out Hicksville for the    flip-flop spots, and the winner moves one      other laugh,” agrees Renee Silver.               They are extremely dedicated and ambi-
second time. They lost their next match         place above their opponent. If they lose,               Coach Fox couldn’t say enough           tious, not only in tennis, but in their aca-
against Plainview, making their record 4-2      their positions stay the same. Coach Fox       about how proud he is of his team. “They’re      demic endeavors as well. They work to-
as of May 15. Coach Fox predicts that           implements the ladder matches each week        a great group of girls, and I really look for-   gether as a true team, and their record
their final record will be 7-3, with wins       so that every girl has a fair opportunity to   ward to working with them each day. Ev-          stands for itself. I expect to see some of
                                                                                               eryone gets along so well, and they are all      them playing at Wimbledon in the U.S.
                                                                                               very well-rounded. Each one of them has          Open someday.”
   Shooting Hoops with Girls Basketball
       The 7th grade girl’s basketball          Sam Picione, Sarah Seger, Britney Jones,
                                                                                                  Wrestling Their Way Through The Season
 team had a great season, finishing with        and Stephanie Bauman helped the team             By Jon Meshnik
 a record of 6 and 4.Although they              win many of their games. Katie Meyer,
 started out with two loses in the begin-       Tara Waldman and Sam Rothery played                    Grand Avenue wrestling had a good year finishing with a record of three
 ning of the season, by the end of the          aggressive and defense each game. Sh-            and three. Whether working hard in the wrestling room or waiting six hours at
 season the team had won three games            annon McClean, Jessie Eismen, and                a tournament, the team tried their best. The team MVP’s were Neal Schwab
 in a row!! Leading the team in scoring         Morgan Kittone were great all year on            and Chris Alberto.
 and named the MVP of the season was            offense. The managers, Nicole Insardi                  There are two mats, an A mat and a B mat. The starters wrestle on the A
 Beanie Gilroy, a point Guard. The other        and Joanna Ofria were also great all year        mats, which is decided by a series of wrestle offs. Some starters include Eric
 point Guards, Jayme Batcher, Paige             helping the team practice and supporting         Smith, Andrew Madden, Michael Casson, Joey Mahr, Daan Sutherland, Neal
 Savia and Alisa Batcher had a great            the team. Great thanks to Mr.Nislow, the         Schwab, Dan Hellerhan, Jesse Clougher, Matt Dato, J.T., Brian Monks, and
 season. The incredible rebounding by           coach, for his support and Guidance.             Chris Alberto. Neal thinks the coaches taught him a lot this year.

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