Learn Well, Stay Safe, & Graduate
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,”
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
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
about the math assessments. These are in the curriculum that weren’t on
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
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
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
While some students found the students needed to read the prob-
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
magazines. The kids work in room 236 see Mr. Giordano.
We interviewed Mr. Langer, the
Science Club advisor. In the Science
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-
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
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
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
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,
Middle School’s it’s like a
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
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
By Alisa Batcher by Mr. Blanco did very well, and their
practicing paid off. The choruses, in-
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.
The Grandstander, June, 2006
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.