by Michelle Beckford, Candie Madera & Emmanuel Jean-Pierre
On Tuesday, April 20, students of the Far Rockaway Mock Trial, Criminology and Law Program went on a trip on to the New York State Capitol, Albany. Mr. Vasquez, the Law Coordinator of Far Rockaway High School, organized the trip.
We then interviewed Taniqua Grant, a student who had the experience of going on the trip. She had this to say, "We met with Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer who told us what she did and who she was. We found out that she was a representative of the state’s counties. Then, we saw the Senate. Afterwards, we went to the State Museum. There we saw many exhibits. We observed the objects of Setember 11, old vehicles and ice-age animals."
Mr. Vasquez added that when the students met with Audrey Pheffer, she emphasized the importance of school. He also added that, at the State Museum, the students saw exhibits of the Harlem Renaissance. They also saw exhibits of the State’s Mental Institutions and found out information about the people who were there and how the state is trying to help these people.
Kudos to Ms. Igneri and the Bilingual/ESL Department who are the recipients of the NYC Department of Education’s $80,000 SIFE (Students with Formal Interrupted Education) Grant. Assistant Principal Igneri has designed a "Path to Success Program" which includes a variety of activities for students and parents of students in the SIFE Program. On this past Tuesday, April 27, 2004, formal staff development began to train teachers who will be working with these students. The program will be on Saturdays and after-school for tutoring and on Tuesday evenings for counseling. There is also a technology component to this grant. We’re going to keep you posted on the trips that the students will be taking as a result of getting this grant.
Now on to sports! Though the baseball team lost its games last week against Townsend Harris (19-9) and Art and Business (14-7) they rebounded on Saturday to win against Queens Vocational (9-5). Congratulations to junior, Raul Marrero; not only was he the winning pitcher, but he was 4-4 with 3 RBI’s. The softball team won a tight game against Campus Magnet last Tuesday (23-20) with Patrice McKenzie as the winning pitcher. However, they lost on Thursday to Martin Van Buren (23-8). Our soccer team also had mixed results last week. Last Monday, they won their games against Beach Channel (4-1). Congratulations to forward, Troy Ann Bailey and the rest of the team. Last Tuesday, they lost to Long Island City (5-0). They ended the week last Thursday with a draw against Forest Hills (1-1). After winning against Hillcrest last Tuesday (3-2), the Tennis Team lost against them (5-0) the next day.
Today is the last day of Jazz/ Poetry month. We have enjoyed all of the activities especially the Def Jam Jazz/Poetry assembly. One of the highlights was Nirveeta Charles’ interpretation of her poem, "Just Thought I’d Let You Know." We applaud all of the students who participated. Don’t forget Saturday, Regents Review classes begin this Saturday, at 9 a.m.