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  • 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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  • 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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  • Please, Write on Your Desks

    Three sophomores are chatting and scribbling on the tables with markers during math class. The teacher notices what they are doing and quickly walks over. “Do you need help?” asks high school teacher Lauren Pizzolla. The students are in an Algebra 2/Trigonometry class and writing on the desks has become not only acceptable but encouraged. The three small tables have whiteboards for surfaces and the students finding working together much easier. “They’re easier to write out work and to help someone else without ruining their paper,” says Sara Murphy. “In the past we’d have to walk over with our notebooks and lean over to help.” Pizzolla got the idea for the whiteboard tables from a teacher she follows on Instagram. She applied for and received the tables through a mini grant from the Somers High School Parent Teacher Association, all within six weeks.

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  • Stitching Class Together

    Stitching together a semester’s worth of fashion when you have not spent a semester’s worth of time in school is difficult. Typically, at this time of the year the students in the Fashion Marketplace class at Somers High School would be putting finishing touches on their creations for the annual fashion show. But like so many traditions, this one had to be modified. “Some of these students were in the Fashion Fundamentals class last year when we shut down for COVID, so they didn’t have a lot of sewing experience to begin with,” says teacher Chrissy Brooks. “It would be asking a lot of them to create outfits now, so we are making the most of it.” The students who are not yet ready to design and sew articles of clothing are instead working on a beauty and fashion blog, www.SomersStyle.blog.

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