2000-05-27 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
FAR ROCKAWAY HIGH SCHOOL
by Stuart L. Astor

Students Tour Caverns…

On Monday, May 22, 32 students from earth science classes in FRHS’ Bilingual Program were introduced to "hands-on" earth science by a visit to the Lost River Caverns, in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. During the guided tour of the caverns (which maintain a naturally air-conditioned temperature of a chilly 52 degrees) students saw five chambers of crystal formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, drip stones and flow stones. On the way back through New Jersey, the group also visited the Northlandz Museum in Flemington, home of the world’s largest miniature railway (125 trains on 8 miles of track) and theater pipe organ with 2000 pipes. Not only did our bilingual students enjoy themselves, but the staff and guides of both institutions complimented them on their unusually polite behavior and enthusiastic interest. The trip was arranged and conducted by Rainbow Team Coordinator, Mrs. Ignieri.

Virtual Enterprise Room Dedicated…

Several past columns in The Wave have been devoted to the activities of our Virtual Enterprise program and its virtual products, Etc!, Inc. fashions for teens. The program’s activities take place in a room designed and furnished as a large corporate office. In addition to electronic equipment -- 25 computers, a network server, printers, a copier and a fax machine -- the room features a reception area and conference facilities, all provided by a grant from the Board of Education and the worldwide Virtual Enterprise organization. On Thursday, May 18, this facility was officially dedicated. Queens High School Superintendent John Lee cut the tape before an audience consisting of Virtual Enterprise and Board of Education representatives, Principal Thomas Cunningham, program coordinator Barbara Saber, Etc!, Inc. CEO Moses Polonio and the 25 student FRHS virtual enterprise class. The event was followed by an open house in the virtual enterprise room and a luncheon for interested staff and students.

Lower School Representatives Visit FRHS…

Tuesday, May 23, was "Articulation Day." Administrators and guidance counselors from most intermediate schools and elementary schools on the Rockaway peninsula (both public and private) were invited to tour our school and learn about the many programs and benefits their graduates can enjoy here as high school students. Principal Thomas Cunningham and our administrative staff introduced the group to the "new" Far Rockaway High School, with improved city and state test performance, weekend and evening classes (or "institutes") for students and parents, and regularly offered SAT preparation. The visitors toured the virtual enterprise facility and the piano lab and were entertained by our new band and our two choirs (the gospel chorus and the jazz choir). They were also particularly interested in Mr. Nuszer’s description of our new gym program, which stresses preparation for the physical requirements of such civil service positions as the police, fire and sanitation departments.


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