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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

Sanford H. Calhoun High School Building Photo
1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
 
   
Principal:
Ms. Nicole Hollings

  Assistant Principals:
  Ms. Danielle Amato
  Mr. Michael Hughes
  Mr. Mark Melkonian

   
 Attendance: 992-1312, 1353, 1354
 Guidance: 992-1319
 Main Office:
992-1300





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Students Take COORE FEE Biz to Go

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COORE FEE, the Central High School District’s coffee shop run by students in the special education program housed at Calhoun High School, took their business on the road on Feb. 16.

A team of more than a dozen students and staff members traveled to another school in district school, Mepham High School, and set up a shop outside of the cafeteria, peddling coffee, hot chocolate and sweet treats. The trip was organized by COORE teacher/COORE FEE faculty adviser Anthony Rizzo and Calhoun Special Education Chairperson Melissa Rohr.

“While the goal is to always promote functional, life-skills experiences for students, this also is an opportunity to promote socialization, integration and inclusivity,” said Rohr.

The COORE Fee coffee business started in 2019 and was designed to be an opportunity for students to gain vocational experience while in school.

The store is open at Calhoun on Tuesdays and Thursdays during first and second period. However, Rohr said they hope to eventually bring COORE FEE to every building in the district at some point.

“We do incredible work in all of our buildings in Bellmore-Merrick and it is exciting to find ways to integrate with peers and staff in each of the schools,” she added.

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Date Added: 2/16/2024

Calhoun Girls Track & Field are Three-Peat County Champs

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The Calhoun High School girls track & field team clinched the Nassau County championship on Feb. 6. 

Coach Joseph Migliano noted the team “knew they were going to have their hands full this year facing a strong and deep Valley Stream North team.” 

Calhoun graduated amazing talent, totally over 50 points from last year. 

Kaitlyn Stibritz got the team going, setting a personal best and claiming her first All-County honor of the meet, taking third in the 1,000 meters, with Sophia Delcid finishing sixth overall to give the girls seven early points. Yolina Bastien and Danielle Lawrence closed the gap on Valley Stream with a strong showing in the 55-meter dash. 

“Both running personal bests and Yolina going 7.34 to break her own school record taking second overall, while Dani took fourth, scoring 12 points for the team,” Migliano said.

Freshman Alexa Zohar may have been the surprise of the meet, walking a personal best and earning her first ever county title in the 1500-meter racewalk. 

“Her racewalk mentor Taylor Halvorsen took third overall, totaling 16 points for the team and getting them back into the meet,” Migliano added.

During the past six years Calhoun’s bread and butter has been the jumps; and this year was no different. The girls were crowned as the best overall jump team in New York State last spring, but they graduated a big part of that. 

“Sophia Hines led the girls into the long and triple jump,” Migliano said. Sophia became a two-event county champion, leaping 17-9.50 inches in long and 36-4 in triple jump.” 

Yolina Bastien got back on the track and took third overall in the long jump and second in the triple jump, finishing her day scoring 22 points for the team. Danielle Lawrence hit her third personal best in as many events, jumping 16-5 in long and 34-2 in triple jump, and took fourth and third respectively. 

“It’s hard to deny what these three have done for the team and themselves this season,” Migliano added. “They had big shoes to fill and fill they have. They are the heart and soul of this team, and I knew going into the meet, we could only go as far they would take us. These three will go down as some of the best to ever do it at Calhoun, Long Island and New York State.”

The girls scored 44 points over all in the long and triple and took a two-point lead over Valley Stream.

“The girls 4x800m team of Annie Fitzpatrick, Brynn Hutchins, Sophia Delcid and Kaitlyn Stibritz would lead the team to an All-County finish earning six big points,” Migliano added. “The 4x400m team of Makayla Condela, Sofia Zampela, Paulina Kakalos and Emily Tuzzolo, would shock the meet taking fourth overall and knocking Valley Stream out of scoring position.”

Dana Wauchope, who in her first winter season threw a school record and personal best of over 7 feet, took second in the weight throw, breaking up Valley Stream North in an event they should have dominated.

“The girls entered the season with a goal and had a drive and determination like no other,” Migliano said. “All their hard work paid off in the end. The girls demonstrated why track is a TEAM sport and picked each other up the entire night. We are more than a team, more than a program, we are a family. I love these girls like they were my own and words can’t express how much they mean to me. I couldn’t be any prouder of a team than I am now."

Literary Magazines Rank Superior

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Four students holding up the magazines
Fragments and Pegasus, student-published literary magazines at Mepham and Calhoun high schools, respectively, were both recognized as a superior magazine by the National Council of Teachers of English.

Nicole Maresca, Mepham faculty adviser and creative writing teacher, said she was honored, and the rating marked a significant milestone for the magazine's first contest entry.

They are among 375 student publications nationwide that were entered in the contest. With a club staff of approximately 20 students, all are involved in the stages of production, including the creation of literary and artwork, selection of pieces to publish, editing and layout.

The annual publication of Fragments showcases student artwork, poetry, and prose from grades 9-12, reflecting a diverse range of genres and poetic forms studied by the students.

Maresca added that “you will find many poems that illustrate a student's deep understanding of a published work and provide a novel interpretation, an interesting response, or a mimicry of stylistic choices and craft moves.”

“I am so glad that Ms. Maresca and the students have been formally recognized for their effort and hard work,” added Dr. Mary Allegretta, district English chairperson.“NCTE is a professional organization that has been around for more than 100 years, and it's among the most respected professional organizations for teachers of English nationwide. So, this recognition is a big deal.”

Calhoun’s literary magazine earned a rank above last year’s excellent award with their superior rating.

Student contributors selected a theme for each edition, aiming to share both written word and visual artwork connected to that theme.

The magazine had six student magazine staff members, 14 contributing writers, and 13 contributing artists for the 2023 Pegasus edition, which focused on the theme of natural change.

Faculty advisers Dawn Boland and Jason Boland oversee the production.

“The literary magazine at Calhoun is a place for creative minds to contribute to the legacy that Pegasus chronicles,” Dawn Boland said. “As advisers, we are proud of the creative legacy that our students have created.”

The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.

Date Added: 1/23/2024

Calhoun’s Dr. Goldberg Knighted in Florence

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Dr. David Goldberg, a social studies teacher at Calhoun High School was recently knighted by the renowned Parte Guelfa in Florence.

Parte Guelfa is a knighthood dedicated to preserving the world. It is a community of highly distinguished and accomplished people active in sustainable development and building a better world.It was established in 1266 by the Knights of Florence, who received official approval by order of French Pope Clement IV. 

“Honoring the tradition from the 13th century, new Knights like me and Ladies of the Order of Parte Guelfa received Knighthood in much the same way as they have for nearly 800 years,” Sir Dr. Goldberg noted.

The multi-day investiture ceremony included marching through the streets of Florence, past the Duomo to the Basilica De Santa Croce, where Michelangelo and Dante are buried.

“I am deeply humbled by this tremendous honor,” Sir Dr. Goldberg said. "It is a charge to keep empowering my students to reach new heights, and to make a difference for future generations. It is my hope to do just that."

Inductees included those from around the world, including a prime minister, ambassador and Father Bernardo Gianni, spiritual advisor to the pope.

“It is an unbroken chain of individuals who are making significant contributions to humanity,” he added.

Sir Dr. Goldberg teaches social studies, as well as Voices of the Past, a class offered to students in grades 10-12, is a joint venture between the English and social studies departments. 

CHSD Launches Artificial Intelligence Elective

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The district’s new elective course, artificial intelligence with Python, is underway at Calhoun High School.

This is a new, one-year course for upper grades students covers the basic principles of artificial intelligence through exposure to machine learning algorithms in Python.

“We started this course because introducing Python and concepts of artificial intelligence in high school prepares students for college courses and careers in STEM,” explained Danielle Caliendo, a math and computer science chairperson.“It also equips them with the skills necessary for today's world, where artificial intelligence is shaping the way we live and work.”

Teacher David Hendler is currently working on a Chatbot unit.

“We first go through the components of drones, how they work, putting them together and safety precautions before we start flying,” he noted.

Zach Sirof, a junior interested in pursuing computer science or mechanical engineering in college, said he has always been interested in coding but had never been exposed to AI.

“Before the drones, we worked on Chatbotcreating atic tac toe game, where I can basically play against the computer,” he explained. “With the algorithm we made, the computer will always beat you or tie.”

Under a curriculum created by Long Island University, students can obtain college credit from the university. This class is considered a magnet offering, held during first period so that students from the district’s other high schools can also enroll.

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Date Added: 1/16/2024

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