2000-02-19 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

March 9 will be the Spring Staff Development Day for Queens High Schools. As a result of the extra day created in this year’s academic schedule by leap-year, March 9 will be a school holiday for all New York City high school students, as well. On that day the faculty of each of our academic departments will gather with their departmental colleagues from other schools to take part (and, in some cases, present) programs and workshops designed to share teaching experiences and techniques. This year, Far Rockaway High School faculty members will be going to several other schools throughout the borough to make such presentations. For example, Ms. Fardan and Ms. Franco of our Foreign Language Department will be acting as program facilitators for language and ESL sessions at Newcomers High School in Long Island City. The English Department will attend Martin Van Buren High School, where Ms. Francine Cappell will be holding a workshop entitled "Point-of-view Writing as an Aid to Passing the English Regents." At Hillcrest High School, Ms. Pamela Martin, earth science teacher at FRHS, will be presenting a workshop on the subject: "Using In-class Laboratory Lessons as Make-up Sessions."

Student Places Fourth In Oratorical Contest…

On February 12, 2000, senior Moses Polonio entered the oratorical contest sponsored annually by New York’s American Irish Historical Society. Moses won fourth place in the contest, which celebrates Irish-American Heritage and Culture Week.

Saturday Counseling Partially Available…

Continuing the recent policy at FRHS, guidance counselors (both English and Spanish-speaking) will be present for walk-in consultation on the morning of Saturday, February 19, from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Because of the Presidents’ Week holiday, however, counseling services will be suspended for Saturday, February 26. They will resume again on March 4 and continue on subsequent Saturdays until Easter.


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