HS Science Olympiad Impresses

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John Jay High School’s Science Olympiad team had a strong showing at the Hudson Valley Regional Science Olympiad competition on Jan. 30.
The 29 participants earned an overall fourth-place finish out of 43 participating teams and earned a spot in the New York State competition, which will take place in Syracuse in March. Congratulations to the individual competitors who medaled in their events:

•    Justin McGowen and Akshay Amin – first place in Air Trajectory
•    Nick Aoki and DeeAnn Guo – first place in Astronomy
•    Nick Aoki and Katie Ricca – first place in Disease Detectives
•    Justin McGowen and Serena Chen – first place in Fossils
•    Askay Amin and Justin Chang – second place in Hydrogeology
•    Katie Ricca and DeeAnn Guo – third place in Bridge Building
•    Angela Huang and Amanda Huang – third place in Write It Do It
•    Samuel Chen and Thomas Pickup – third place in Electric Vehicle
•    James Lucassen – fourth place in Game On
•    Lane Carbaugh and Athena Ohnemus – fourth place in Forensics
•    Callista Ohnemus and DeeAnn Guo – fourth place in Robot Arm
•    Jack Brotmann and Gabe Zuckerberg – fourth place in Remote Sensing
•    Angela Huang and Evelyn Mullaney – fourth place in Geologic Mapping
•    Evelyn Mullaney and Athena Ohnemus – sixth place in Dynamic Planet
•    Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – seventh place in Dynamic Planet
•    Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – seventh place in Green Generation
•    Askay Amin and Justin Chang – eighth place in Optics
•    Justin McGowen and Nick Aoki – ninth place in It’s About Time
•    Alex Hall and Danielle Kulick – ninth place in Invasive Species

The John Jay High School Science Olympiad team is coached by Dr. Linda Burke, Emilia Camporese, Matt Funnell, Micki Green, Ann Marie Lipinsky, Daniel Longhurst, Jennifer McLean, Amy Shimberg, Caroline Weldon and Steven Zoeller

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Q and U Tie the Knot at Increase Miller

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The guests were dressed in their very best, the aisle was covered in flower petals, and the officiant, Assistant Principal Andrew Galotti, was ready to deliver the vows as Q and U prepared to tie the knot at Increase Miller Elementary School on Jan. 29.

Kindergarten students and their third-grade buddies looked on as the happy couple came down the aisle and promised to forever be bonded in words, including “quarter,” “queen” and “question.”

“Q – Do you promise to not be used without U, to stick with him in words like ‘quick,’ ‘quiet’ and ‘quack?’” Galotti asked the groom. “If so, please respond by saying ‘qu.’”

After the exchange of vows, the wedding guests enjoyed a toast to the newlyweds by kindergarten teacher Colleen Walsh.

“We are all unquestionably quivering with excitement as we celebrate Q and U uniting to form one sound,” she said. “Please join me in wishing Q and U a long and happy life of making words together!”

The celebration concluded with wedding cake and treats for the guests and a first dance for all.

Important: Requests for Non-Public School Transportation for the 2016-2017 School Year

This is a reminder from the Katonah Lewisboro School District Transportation Department. If your child will be attending a non-public school next year or you are considering sending your child to a non-public school, you must submit a request for transportation before April 1, 2016. Transportation cannot be guaranteed for any requests after this date. The Request for Transportation form is available on the school district website, www.klschools.org (go to the Departments drop down menu and click on the Transportation Guide). Please follow the instructions for completing the form and submit before April 1, 2016. Thank you.

Exploring Egypt in a Virtual Reality

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Sixth-grade students were in awe as they stepped into a pharaoh’s tomb in Egypt, walking through the dark chambers and collecting artifacts – all while seated in their John Jay Middle School classroom.

The experience, offering 360-degree views of the tomb, was made possible through a new virtual reality experience using any smartphone, a free application and a Google Cardboard viewer. Sixth-grade humanities teacher Marcia Daley-Savo saw the technology in action at a recent conference and immediately envisioned classroom applications.

“I was very excited about it,” she said.

With aid from the Katonah-Lewisboro Foundation, Daley-Savo secured six phones from eBay that can be used with the virtual reality technology. Sixth-graders used the phones, along with Google Cardboard and a free app called Egypt Chamber, as part of their studies on ancient Egypt.

Students were thrilled with the realistic experience the technology offers and said they had fun exploring the Egyptian tomb. Daley-Savo said she hopes to expand the use of the technology in future units and classrooms, as there are many more virtual reality experiences that can tie in with the curriculum. The independent learning experience, she added, also helps students develop real-world skills.

“I want them to be able to problem-solve and help each other,” she said.

The Force is with IMES Kindergartners

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Increase Miller Elementary School kindergartners learned about forces, including pushing, pulling, friction and gravity, during a special workshop on Jan. 25.

Scientist Chris Stetson of High Touch High Tech introduced students to the science behind these forces through a series of hands-on activities in the classrooms. The kindergartners were amazed when they were able to pull napkins out from plates and cups without moving them and set race cars in motion using the north and south ends of two magnets to repel one another.

“When things bump or rub, there is friction,” Stetson said. “A ball will move faster on the gym floor than on the grass because a gym floor is smoother.”

He also demonstrated gravity by dropping two different sized balls onto tables.

“Gravity pulls us all down to the ground,” he said.

Collins Earns First at Geography Bee

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John Jay Middle School’s entire student body held its breath as the two finalists in the school’s Geography Bee revealed their final answers in a tie-breaking round on Jan. 21.

Applause and cheers broke out as teacher Barbara Kessler announced eighth-grader Matthew Collins as the winner of the bee after several grueling rounds and difficult questions about national and global geography.

Collins, who is passionate about geography, was congratulated by his classmates as he was able to breathe a sigh of relief. For the second consecutive year, he had qualified for the school bee by placing in the top 10 of seventh- and eighth-grade students on a preliminary exam. Last year, he placed second in the bee.

“Every day, I set aside an hour to study some sort of map,” he said of his preparation.

Seventh-grader Ryan Kaplan and eighth-grader McQuaid Shin rounded out the top three. Collins will soon take an online qualifying test to determine whether he will continue in the National Geographic-sponsored bee, which includes competitions at the state and national levels.

Assistant Principal Lisa Kor congratulated all of the bee’s participants on their achievement.

“To be chosen out of 500 students to come up here and do this is amazing,” she said.

Brotmann’s Nanoparticle Research Earns Intel Recognition

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John Jay High School is proud to congratulate senior Jack Brotmann on earning semifinalist recognition from the Intel Science Talent Search.

“When I first found out I had been named a semifinalist, I was thrilled and stunned at the same time,” said Brotmann. “I couldn’t believe that all the time I had spent researching my topic, searching for a mentor and conducting experiments in a laboratory had finally come to fruition.”

His project, "Hemoglobin Coated Nanoparticles: A Potential Model for Pro-inflammatory Microparticles in Circulation,” was the result of his growing interest in the wide uses of nanoparticles.

“I thought it would be fun to research such an amazing field with so many potential applications,” Brotmann shared.

He conducted his research last summer at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, mentored by Dr. Joel Friedman and his team of researchers. There, Brotmann was able to test his hypothesis that “hybrid nanoparticles possessing both magnetic and hydrogel properties would be able to be coated with hemoglobin most effectively.”

Through the hands-on experiment, Brotmann learned if a model for red blood cell-derived microparticles were to be developed, it would allow scientists to more easily test their treatments and techniques for vascular, and other types, of inflammation.

Brotmann plans to attend Tufts University in the fall, with a major in either business or science.

“We [the science research teachers] could not be prouder of Jack,” said teacher Erin Asaro. “We know he works hard and it clearly paid off. We hope he has continued success in all future endeavors, both in and out of the sciences.”

Getting Excited About Science

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Increase Miller Elementary School students got excited about science, thanks to a special assembly with a presentation by the New Children’s Museum of West Hartford, CT, on Dec. 22.

The assembly, organized by the school’s PTA, helped launch the road to the school’s 2nd Annual Science Fair, which will be held on Feb. 4 and 5. This fun, exciting and educational opportunity is open to all IMES students.