Headlines & Features

  • Pomp and Unusual Circumstance

    It has been quite an end to high school for the Somers High School Class of 2021. In March of their junior year, they left school and did not return until the fall. And even then, these seniors were only in class with their teachers and classmates for half the week. The rest of the time they were on a computer, trying to forge connections and soak up knowledge from afar. Some continued to learn from home. “The most challenging aspect of senior year was finding the motivation for online learning,” says senior Kaitlyn DeRosa. Senior Peyton DiSiena echoes those sentiments. “I found the lack of ease of access to different resources was a challenge during online learning,” says DiSiena. The class of 2021 persevered, however, and even encountered some struggles more typical of a regular high school year.

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  • Live from Primrose

    If you have not yet heard of MJ Productions, chances are you will one day. Second graders Molly Miale and Jameson Klepadlo are the "M" and "J" of the talk show duo that get all the big interviews in the Somers Central School District. They have interviewed Matt Carr, SCSD director of human resources and student services, Emmy Award-winning singer/songer writer Kevin Briody, Primrose phys ed teacher Kevin Mallon, and Somers Intermediate School Principal Liz Turner and Assistant Principal Linda Belger, and Superintendent Ray Blanch. "I think it's really interesting to learn about them," says Molly Miale. "If I didn’t interview them I wouldn’t know lots of things, like their pets' names, and who is in their family. We know one side of them, because they work here. But we don’t know the other side, like what they do for fun." The talk show evolved from an assignment given by teacher Cherie Stietzel, who suggested that the students interview their parents. Jameson loved the process so much, he continued with staff at Primrose.

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  • Dancing Towards Graduation

    Seniors who completed their two-year International Baccalaureate dance course put on a recital in the auditorium for some of their peers and faculty. For the last two years, these students have been working on their physical fitness in this Phys Ed/IB class as they studied various types of dances and cultures. In their recital, students performed the dances they choreographed themselves as part of the work submitted to the IB for scoring. They began with American pop culture phenomenon Michael Jackson's Thriller, followed by some solo performances and group numbers influenced by their lessons in Latin Dance, Bollywood and Ukrainian Dance. The student dancers learned to compare and contrast dance styles across geography and history. Watch the group performance here. https://vimeo.com/562817749/c0e57c20ea

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  • Learning Center Students Inducted into Middle School Honor Society

    Two students from the PNW BOCES Learning Center Program at Somers Middle School were among the 85 sixth grade students inducted into the National Junior Honors Society this month. “My parents were really proud,” says Maggie del Puerto-Vitti, who was inducted along with classmate Francisco Duran. Students are invited to apply for the NJHS based on their excellence in leadership, scholarship, attendance, effort, and character. Seventy-nine seventh-grade students and 74 eighth-grade students were inducted this year as well.

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