More Accolades For New Rochelle High School Teachers!

Being a teacher is a difficult and often thankless job, no doubt about it.  Too often, their hard work and dedication goes unrecognized and unappreciated.  This is not the case with Dr. Salinaro of Science Research at New Rochelle High School.  Take a look at the heartfelt thanks his students put on video:

http://youtu.be/c-i43vrqLVM

To the teachers, support staff, security personnel, parents, and all of you who help make NRHS a school where hard work and academic excellence are expected and rewarded – thank you for your dedication. I hope you have a safe and happy summer break!

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It’s back!!

The original YouTube version of the tribute to New Rochelle AP Math teacher, Mr. Rabadi, is back up! Check it out here:

There’s something to be said about the number of New Rochelle High School students and parents who spoke out in support of these students and their teacher. Our children are blessed to have an educator with the drive, passion, and dedication of Mr. Rabadi!

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Lighten up!

 There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the video of a New Rochelle High School AP Math class and their teacher lip synching to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Baby.”  The district’s come under fire recently due to the sexual abuse allegations of a student by a school librarian, and the flames are being fueled by the constant pick, pick, picking of a district parent and blogger who seems to be less than pleased with how the New Rochelle school district is running.

All things considered, I think the blogger is looking for issues where none exist – this is merely a group of good kids and their teacher having some well deserved fun after a grueling year.  Their intent was to emulate the Harvard Baseball team who performed the very same song, in the same fun manner, and then post it for all to enjoy and have fun with.  Nothing more, nothing less.  There are several similar parodies…one even stars our own Commander in Chief and President of the United States – Barack Obama.  In my opinion, any seemingly inappropriate scenarios are the product of an overactive imagination of someone with an axe to grind.

Take a look for yourself and tell me, is this really worth all the angst?  The blogger I refer to is named on this version:

http://vimeo.com/43639340

Here’s the mash up version starring the President:

http://youtu.be/hX1YVzdnpEc

Here’s the video that started it all – you gotta love those Harvard boys!

http://youtu.be/eEWVwgDnuzE

In my opinion, the New Rochelle School District is doing a fine job.  We have the most dedicated teachers and administrators, and some of the brightest and most talented students in the country.  The alleged abuse by a bad apple (and a couple of older bad apples) does not define an entire district, it’s teachers, or it’s students.  Lighten up and have some fun, ok?

GO NEW RO!

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Has your LinkedIn account been hacked?

What a way to start my morning…changing passwords all over the place!  If you haven’t heard, millions of accounts from LinkedIn and eHarmony have been hacked with password info leaked online.  There is a way to check to see if you’ve been compromised as well as details on how to manage password security – go to Chris Schiflett’s blog post to learn more or go directly to his LeakedIn app.  I checked my LinkedIn password and thankfully, I’m safe.  I changed the passwords on all my accounts just  for good measure.  I hope your info is safe, too.

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I wonder if this is how the Backstreet Boys got started…

I was at the Best of Pave 2012 show at New Rochelle High School recently.  The show featured Dance, Music, Theater, and Vocal performances from some of the most talented teens in New Rochelle.  During a vocal ensemble performance, a cluster of four young men caught my eye – It’s clear who the leader would be – check out the young man in the blue shirt and glasses!  The young man behind the one with the blue shirt and glasses reminds me of the late, great Gerald Levert, the guy with the suit is too cute for words, the one wearing white cracks a great smile towards the end…with a little work, maybe they could be next big thing – hey, crazier things have happened, right?

http://youtu.be/cW2xYqX-Pwk

Check out more performances from the evening as well as some earlier PAVE performances  on my YouTube channel – Mary DeSilva Radio.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who worked tirelessly to put on this show.  Your hard work, dedication, and talent are greatly appreciated!

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Pierce Crowley…FOUND!

I think we’re all breathing a collective sigh of relief…Great job by the White Plains Police Department!

http://www.lohud.com/article/20120531/NEWS/305310087/Pierce-Crowley-Rye-teen-missing-since-Friday-found-in-New-York-sources-say?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

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The search for Pierce Crowley continues

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