Social Studies

Social Studies Department
Jeannette Balantic, Curriculum Coordinator
478- 2850
balanticj@gcufsd.net

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SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS

Overview of all Summer Reading Assignments (9-12)
AP World Malala -- Reading Guide
9R, 9H, 10R Summer Reading Current Events Assignment
11R Summer reading guide
AP US History Summer Assignment 2014
12th grade Government and Economics Summer Reading​​
AP Psychology Summer Reading Directions and Guide
Generic Summer Reading Guide

2013-2014

AP US Government Students Participate in Hofstra's Presidential Leadership Symposium and Essay Contest
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On March 6th, Hostra hosted a Presidential Leadership Symposium. Senior Presidential Scholars Howard Dean and Ed Rollins shared political insight with local high school students.

AP US Government teacher, Dr. Quigley, took students Elizabeth Gee, William Herlihy, Joe Monaco, Emily Quigley, Brian Schulman and Andrew Tomitz to the symposium.  The event provided students and teachers with a view of presidential leadership from the perspective of two seasoned political analysts.

Prior to the event, students wrote essays on one of three topics about engaging young Americans in the political process.  Elizabeth Gee's essay was selected as a winning essay and will be published with the other winning essays. 

2014 QUIZ BOWL FINALS
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Over 25 Teachers, administrators and staff members and over 80 students participated in the 18th Annual Intramural Quiz Bowl Competition organized by Mr. O'Hagan.  Every year, this tournament gives staff members and students a fun and competitive way to celebrate the extensive and eclectic knowledge they possess.

Finalist pictured above: English teacher Diane Dolan, English Teacher Samara Skolnick, Patrick Dolan, Steven Menelly, Justin Gong, Brian Shulman, Tim Josephs, Jon Toto, Brooke Warhurst (Master Scorekeeper/Timer!), Owen Lucano, Dessie DiMino, Esteban Ortiz, Sean Knowles.  (Not pictured -- Richard Liu and Math Teacher Peter Santoro.)​​

​​​2014 Champion Team Shot:  English Teacher Diane Dolan; students Brian Shulman, Tim Josephs, Jon Toto


BOBBY MENGES SELECTED AS 2013-2014 JUNIOR AMBASSADOR
Bobby will attend monthly CPOA meetings and serve as a student ambassaor in order to learn more about the local government of Garden City and the importance of civic participation. Congratulations Bobby!

JUNIOR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM CONTINUES
Garden City High School will seek to continue its partnership with the Central Property Owners’ Association (CPOA) with its participation in the Junior Ambassador Program. The goals of the program are to introduce students to the unique form of government that has guided Garden City since its inception 140 years ago and to promote active, civic participation in our community.

 

The program has been expanded; students who live in Garden City but attend private schools will be considered for the position. By mid-October, a Garden City resident who is a junior will be selected to participate in the program.  (The student who served as a junior this year will continue as a Junior Ambassador in his senior year.)  The students will be assigned a mentor from the CPOA and will be expected to attend the monthly CPOA meetings and an occasional Board of Trustees’ meeting. They will also attend a meeting of the various Village Commissions and CPOA special events.

The Junior Ambassadors will be encouraged to participate in the meetings they attend and to offer their points of view on Village issues. They will be asked to share their experiences with fellow students by contributing articles to the school newspaper, The Echo, the CPOA Newsletter, and other media including local newspapers and websites. Students will also report their reactions and progress to their respective social studies teachers. 

Applications are due September 30th and can be found on the Central Property Owners website:
Junior Ambassador Application


 



A Look Back at the 2012-2013 School Year

STUDENTS COMMEMORATE THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
On April 18th, Garden City High School Students attended a symposium at Hofstra University to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation.  Students met with university professors and students from Hofstra and across Long Island to discuss the issues of slavery, emancipation, racism and the current implications of race, education and diversity on Long Island and in our nation. They attended a panel discussion and participated in small group discussions of the above issues.

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GARDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN THE REGIONAL LEVEL OF THE ACADEMIC WORLD QUEST COMPETITION.

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On March 6th, Garden City High School students Steven Menelly, Michael Padala, Nikhil Patel and Patrick Dolan participated in and WON the Regional Academic World Quest Competition.  The competition was held after school at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and was sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association of NYC and the World Affairs Council.   

The
three-hour competition consisted of ten rounds of questions on varied topics including: US Education Competing Globally, US Energy Policy, US Economic Competitiveness, the Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan, China, UN Millennium Development goals, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Geography and Great Decisions. The teams had fifteen seconds to answer each question.

Garden City’s winning team earned a spot in the national competition in Washington DC to be held in the spring where they will compete against students from across the nation and around the world.  The Garden City Academic Quest team was organized by Social Studies teachers Lauren Dunne and Michele De Collibus. 


Garden City High School Students Participate in Cablevision's Challenge

The Challenge is an award-winning, academic competition for high schools in the tri-state area.  featuring students in the tri-state area. Students from local schools are tested in the areas of history, arts and literature, science, math and current events. The show, broadcast on Cablevison’s MSGVarsity channel, consists of four rounds:Multiple Choice, Lightning Round, Free Response, and the Complete 180Round. Schools advance in the tournament through a series of elimination rounds after which, one school in each region is crowned regional champion. 

Garden City High School’s Challenge Team (pictured above) -- Steve Menelly, Zachary Naglieri, Jon Toto, Nikhil Patel, Tom Mage and Timothy Josephs, led by Mr. O’Hagan and Ms. Dunne, competed against other Nassau schools in this year's tournament.  Log on to http://msgvarsity.com/long-island/the-challenge-seaford-vs-garden-city-1.1341298 to see Garden City take on Seaford in Round 1.  Subsequent rounds of The Challenge can be seen on Sundays at 6:30 on IO Channel 14 or at www.msgvarsity.com.

2013 Intramural Quiz Bowl – February Madness !!!

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The Intramural Quiz Bowl 'Team Dunleavy' which was comprised of seniors Nikhil Patel, Matt Conway, Brendan Quinn and science teacher, James Dunleavy was crowned 2013 Intramural Quiz Bowl Champions. 

A record-setting twenty four teams participated in this year’s competition!  Each team was made up of one teacher and three students.  The competition had multiple rounds where teams competed against one another to try to answer 100 Jeopardy-style questions. Social studies teacher, Kevin O’Hagan, organized the entire competition and wrote all of the questions for this very popular annual event.

Team Dunleavy competed in three preliminary rounds and a semifinal round before going up against the formidable Team Esposito (science teacher, Dom Esposito and students Zach Naglieri, Jon Kramer and Michael Padala) and Team Skolnik (English teacher, Samara Skolnik  and students Steve Menelly, Patrick Dolan and Justin Gong) in the Quiz Bowl Finals. 

Garden City High School's World Quest Team Selected
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) will host its seventh WorldQuest New York competition for New York City area high schools in mid-December. 

A flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, WorldQuest is an intensive high school level team competition designed to challenge its players on their knowledge of international affairs, geography, culture, and history. The game pits each team of four against one another as they answer multiple-choice questions related to previously selected categories. WorldQuest New York serves as a regional qualifier for the national Academic WorldQuest competition.

Ms. Dunne is organizing the team from Garden City.  The four-member team that will represent our school includes: Nikhil Patel, Michael Padala, Steven Menelly and Patrick Dolan.  Students had to take a qualifying World Quest Quiz – the four students with the highest scores were selected for the team.

C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus Comes to Garden City High School

In conjunction with the third presidential debate hosted at Hofstra University, the C-SPAN 2012 Campaign bus visited Garden City High School on October 16th.  Students had the access to C-SPAN’s extensive resources and were able to gain insight into the news coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election.

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JUNIOR AMBASSADOR SELECTED
Junior, Steven Menelly ,was selected as a Junior Ambassador to the CPOA.  He will join senior, Nikhil Patel in attending and participating in CPOA meetings in order to become more familiar with the local Garden City government.  Together, they will collaborate to discuss and resolve community issues.  This is a unique opportunity for our students to be actively involved in their community.

 

Past Events
GARDEN CITY STUDENTS COMPETE AT NATIONAL ACADEMIC WORLD QUEST COMPETITION IN D.C.

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 After winning the Regional level of the Academic World Quest competition,  Steven Menelly, Aaron Miner, Nikhil Patel and Michael Padala, (alternate: Jon Toto), competed at the 10th annual Academic World Quest competition in Washington, D.C.  The competition was sponsored by the World Affairs Council of America.

Students were quizzed on issues related to U.S. Education, Competing Globally, U.S. Energy Policy, U.S. Economic Competitiveness, the Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and China. 

This was the first time Garden City HS participated in the event.  They finished in 9th place out of 44 teams from schools across the nation and the world.  They did remarkably well!   

At the competition, students visited the Chinese Embassy where they met Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui.   Pictured here are the Academic Quest team (left to right): Steven Menelly, Nikhil Patel, with Ambassador Yesui, alternate Jon Toto, Aaron Miner, and Michael Padala.  After the four-hour competition, participants attended a panel discussion led by students from Egypt who discussed the political situation ongoing since the “Egyptian Spring”.  They also had the opportunity to go to the Saudi Arabian Embassy where a diplomat discussed  the country’s relationship with the United States. 

Congratulations on a terrific job!
 

GARDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN WORLD QUEST COMPETITION!! 

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On December 14th, Garden City High School students:  Steven Menelly, Michael Padala, Nikhil Patel and Aaron Miner won the regional Academic World Quest Competition sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association of NYC and the World Affairs Council. 

The three hour competition had ten rounds; each round consisted of ten questions on varied topics including: UN Millennium Development goals, NATO operations, Current Events, Afghanistan-Pakistan, and People In The News. The teams had fifteen seconds to answer each question.

The Garden City team scored an amazing 70/100 points unseating last years' regional champions. The team of four students won first place and a spot in the national competition in Washington DC in the spring where they will compete against students from schools across the country.  The first place prize was a plaque and each student recieves a check for $100.

The Garden City Academic Quest team was organized by Social Studies teachers Lauren Dunne and Michele De Collibus. 

GARDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD QUEST COMPETITION.

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) will host its sixth WorldQuest New York competition on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 for New York City area high schools. 

A flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, WorldQuest is an intensive high school level team competition designed to challenge its players on their knowledge of international affairs, geography, culture, and history. The game pits each team of four against one another as they answer multiple-choice questions related to previously selected categories. WorldQuest New York serves as a regional qualifier for the national Academic WorldQuest competition.

Ms. De Collibus is organizing the team from Garden City.  The four-member team that will represent our school includes: Nikhil Patel, Michael Padala, Steven Menelly and Aaron Miner.  Students had to take a qualifying World Quest Quiz – the four students with the highest scores were selected for the team.


From Brown (1954) to Brown (1963) and Beyond: The Challenges of Advancing Race Relations in Schools and Society

Ms. De Collibus and Ms. Mejia brought twenty ninth and tenth grade students to Hofstra University on October 25th to participate in a school symposium entitled: Educational Equity And Race: Views From Middle And High School Students

Students attended a lecture by Millicent E. Brown of Claflin University; Dr. Brown shared her experiences as a young student who helped integrated a middle school in the 1960s.  Afterward, students participated in a round table discussion with students from Hempstead, Levittown, Uniondale, Malverne and Huntington.  They discussed their views and experiences with the role of race in their school experiences and to consider questions such as: Do today’s middle and high school youth understand or support the attempts toward creating integrated school environments? To what extent do they experience educational equity as they negotiate their education? Are Brown’s goals relevant to their lives?


JUNIOR AMBASSADOR SELECTED
Junior, Nikhil Patel ,was selected as a Junior Ambassador to the CPOA.  He will join senior, Franklin Dickinson in attending and participating in CPOA meetings in order to become more familiar with the local Garden City government.  Together, they will collaborate to discuss and resolve community issues.  This is a unique opportunity for our students to be actively involved in their community.


AP US GOVERNMENT STUDENTS CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

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On September 15, students in Dr. Quigley’s AP Government attended a lecture and an intergenerational round-table discussion at Hofstra University.  Garden City High School students joined freshmen from Hofstra Univeristy and Long Island community members for Professor Michael D’Innocenzo’s lecture, “Defining Government in Partisan America.”  He compared the political process in the late 18th century and in 2011 and explored the complexities and challenges of governing one of the physically largest, most highly populated and diverse nation in both the late 1700s and today.  The lecture was followed by an intergenerational roundtable where students and community members discussed the problems, obstacles and challenges in our modern democracy  -- issues raised included low voter turnout, the “cash box v. the ballot box”, the information deficit, the role of the media in contemporary politics and how to engage young citizens.    


HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMMIT TO A DAY OF SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE 9/11

In late June, Ms. DeCollibus organized a committee of teachers and students to discuss how we could commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Garden City High School.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, people across the country responded to the horrific events with a selfless commitment to helping those who suffered tragic losses.  People worked together to help rebuild, comfort and support one another.  In 2009, September 11th was officially designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

President Obama recently called on “all Americans to join together in serving their communities and neighborhoods in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks.  Today and throughout the year, scores of Americans answer the call to make service a way of life -- from helping the homeless to teaching underserved students to bringing relief to disaster zones.  I encourage all Americans to visit Serve.gov…to learn more about service opportunities across our country.”

The committee at Garden City High School decided that it would be fitting to commemorate 9/11 by promoting the spirit of volunteerism and service that helped unite and move our nation forward.  Ms. DeCollibus and Ms. Dunne met with students to plan a presentation that would promote the idea of service and to encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to serve their school, neighborhood and/or region.  They designed a pledge card and a commemorative bracelet with the slogan, “9/11/11, Freedom, Community, Responsibility”.

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On Friday, September 9th, student volunteers went into each of the social studies classes to discuss the Service Initiative.  They showed a brief video developed by the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial, “The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond;”  the video introduces people who channeled strong emotions and feelings into constructive acts of human kindness (http://www.911memorial.org/spirit-volunteerism-video ).  Students were then asked to consider making a pledge to volunteer to do a good deed or charitable activity as a way of honoring the victims of 9/11 and those who performed heroic acts in response to the attacks. The site http://911day.org/volunteer has a searchable database students can use to find local volunteer opportunities.  Students were given pledge cards and commemorative bracelet; their pledges will be displayed on the windows of the high school library.

 

In order to create a permanent 9/11 Memorial at Garden City High School, the committee applied for Garden City to be the recipient of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.  Our application was approved; we await notification of when we will be able to secure the steel and move forward with the plan for a permanent memorial.

HIGH SCHOOL CONTINUES THE JUNIOR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH CPOA
Garden City High School will continue its partnership with the Central Property Owners’ Association (CPOA) in co-sponsoring the Junior Ambassador Program. The goals of the program are to introduce students to the unique form of government that has guided Garden City since its inception 140 years ago and to promote active, civic participation in our community.

 

By early September, a junior will be selected to participate in the program.  (The student who served as a junior this year will continue as a Junior Ambassador in his senior year.)  The students will be assigned a mentor from the CPOA and will be expected to attend the monthly CPOA meetings and an occasional Board of Trustees’ meeting. They will also attend a meeting of the various Village Commissions and CPOA special events.

The Junior Ambassadors will be encouraged to participate in the meetings they attend and to offer their points of view on Village issues. They will be asked to share their experiences with fellow students by contributing articles to the school newspaper, The Echo, the CPOA Newsletter, and other media including local newspapers and websites. Students will also report their reactions and progress to their respective social studies teachers.

Click here to access the Junior Ambassador application 2011 .

The application deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011.  All applications must be submitted to Ms. Balantic, Social Studies Coordinator.  A selection committee comprised of GCHS and CPOA representatives will review the applications.  Students will be notified of the committee’s decisions by early September.
 

2011 CLASSICS CHAMPION NAMED

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On June 8, 2011, Thomas Adams was crowned the champion of the Third Annual Classics Championship that culminates the Greece & Rome Rediscovered course.  Thomas and fellow competitors, Jeffrey Fehmel and Peter Menelly faced tough questions from teachers Mike Stratis (Social Studies) and Carlo Rebolini (English) as students, faculty and administrators cheered them on.  The 2010 Classics Champion, Christopher Ajemian, crowned the new champion; 2009 Classics Champion, Bridget Digan was also on hand for the event.  Once again, the students of the Greece and Rome elective course have astonished with their grasp of ancient Greek and Roman history.  Congratulations to all for a job well done!

 

GARDEN CITY HIGH SCHOOL'S CHALLENGE TEAM NAMED

After taking a qualifying quiz, the following students were selected as part of Garden City High School's Team Challenge:

Brian Emmert (12), Mike D'Antonio (12), Steve Jozkowski (12), Jan Gong (12), Nikhil Patel (10).   The team will compete against other schools in the tri-state area in Cabelvision's, The Challenge, an academic trivia contest that will be televised Sunday through Friday at 5:30 p.m.on MSG Varsity, beginning October 31st. Congratulations to the team and good luck!

JUNIOR AMBASSADOR SELECTED

Junior, Franklin Dickinson was selected as a Junior Ambassodor to the CPOA.  He will join senior, Jeff Fehmel in attending and participating in CPOA meetings in order to become more familiar with the local government structure in Garden City and to collaborate on resolving community issues.  This is a unique opportunity for our students to be actively involved in their community.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?                                                                                                           ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS???

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The Challenge is an award winning, academic, televised quiz show for high schools featuring local students in the tri-state area. The Challenge tests students' knowledge of history, arts and literature, science, math and current events. The show consists of five rounds: Multiple Choice, Lightning Round, Head-to-Head, Free Response, and the Complete 180 Round.

Schools advance in the tournament through a series of elimination rounds after which, one school in each region is crowned regional champion. Now in its 14th season, The Challenge can be seen Sunday through Friday at 5:30 p.m.on MSG Varsity, beginning October 31st.

If you are interested in trying out for Cablevision's The Challenge please report to Mr. O'Hagan's room (138) immediately after school on FRIDAY  where you will take a 25 question quiz that will determine the five qualifying team members.


GARDEN CITY STUDENTS ATTEND ROUNDTABLE WITH CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER ANDREW YOUNG

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ERASE Racism, an organization that promotes programs to address institutional and structional racism and increase racial equity in public school education, sponsored a roundtable discussion with civil rights leader Andrew Young.  In addition to being a civil rights leader, Mr. Young is a former ambassador to the UN and Congressional Representative.  History Club advisor, Rob Wiedenhoft, along with six Garden City High School Students -- Meaghan Leahy, Megan Bader, Liza Pititto, Reshima Oodal, Alina Ranjbaran and Courtney Studdert attended the conference.   Young engaged students in a lively conversation about race and racism on Long Island and challenged students to stand up against racism in their communities and on Long Island.


THE SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT TAKES TO THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN, MANHATTAN AND GARDEN CITY

On September 24th three Garden City High School Social Studies teachers, Mark Quigley, Rob Wiedenhoft, and Kevin O’Hagan, joined Dr. Kenneth Jackson on his annual “All-Night Bike Tour” of New York City from 12AM to 5 AM.  Dr. Jackson, Columbia University Professor and acclaimed New York City historian, has organized the 14 mile tour for the past twenty two years for his undergraduate students and was kind enough to extend the invitation to the three Garden City teachers.  The riders started at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus at 116th Street and rode through Central Park, Times Square, Greenwich Village and finished on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.  Along the way, the group stopped to discuss a number of historic sites and participants had the opportunity to ask questions. 

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The All Night Bike Tour was so successful that Mr. O'Hagan and Mr. Wiedenhoft organized a departmental bicylce tour for social studies teachers. On November 10th, nine social studies teachers  participated in a late-night historic bike tour of Lower Manhattan.  The tour began at 11:00 PM in Flatbush, Brooklyn -- riders crossed  the Brooklyn Bridge and ended at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mulberry Street at 2:30 AM.  Tour riders, included Jeannette Balantic, Michelle DeCollibus, Lauren Dunne, Erica Fregosi, Monica Mejia, Mark Quigley, and Allison Wallace; each participant researched a historical landmark and served as an “expert guide” at various sites along the route.

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The departmental bike ride inspired Mr. Wiedenhoft and Mr. O'Hagan to plan and organize a historic bike ride of Garden City for their Long Island History students.  Students were led on an eleven mile historic bicylce tour of Garden City with stops at a variety of landmarks including St. Pauls.

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT -- HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TEACH ECONOMICS LESSONS IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

In late May, over one hundred high school seniors descended on two primary schools to instruct students in economics lessons.  Mr. Wiedenhoft organized this very successful event; he trained the high school students via the Junior Achievement program.    It was delightful to see our seniors in the role of teacher; the elementary students truly enjoyed having the ‘big’ kids teach them for the day.  The teach-in afforded our students a unique, non-traditional learning experience.

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ANNUAL QUIZ BOWL COMPETITION

A record number of student/teacher teams participated in the Quiz Bowl competition this year.  Teachers and students alike enjoyed the friendly competition as they vied for recognition as Garden City High School Quiz Bowl Champions.  Team McAuley (Mr. McAuley, Donald Casler, Zachary Zeno and Peter Cohn) were crowned 2010 Quiz Bowl Champions!   The teams had to answer 100 Jeopardy-style questions per round.  Visit Mr. O’Hagan’s webpage on the high school website to test your own knowledge.

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GCHS HOSTS A JUNIOR HISTORIANS FORUM -- DR. KENNETH JACKSON SPEAKS TO AP US HISTORY STUDENTS

In partnershiip with the Gilder Lerhman Institute, Garden City High School hosted a Junior Historians Forum.  On March 4th, Dr. Kenneth Jackson from Columbia University spoke with AP US history students from Garden City, Wheatley, Carey and Cold Spring Harbor High Schools.  The focus of Dr. Jackson's talk was on the Gilded Age and its impact on US history.  This asssembly program provided students with a unique opportunity to hear a nationally recognized historian and author in a college-like setting.

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HIGH SCHOOL PILOTS
JUNIOR AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH CPOA (Sept. 2009)

Garden City High Schoolprincipal, Nanine Cuttitta, announced that the high school is partnering withthe Central Property Owners’ Association (CPOA) to pilot a Junior AmbassadorProgram. The goals of the pilot program areto introduce students to the unique form of government that has guided GardenCity since its inception 140 years ago and to promote active, civicparticipation in our community.

In October, two students (one juniorand one senior) will be selected to participate in the pilot program.  The students will be assigned a mentorfrom the CPOA and will be expected to attend the monthly CPOA meetings and anoccasional Board of Trustees’ meeting. They will also attend a meeting of thevarious Village Commissions and CPOA special events.

The Junior Ambassadors will be encouraged to participate in the meetings they attend and to offer their points of view on Village issues. They will be asked to share their experiences with fellow students by contributing articles to the school newspaper, The Echo, the CPOA Newsletter, and other media including local newspapers and websites. Students will also report their reactions and progress to their respective social studies teachers.

You can download the application here...Junior Ambassador Application or pick up a hard copy of the application in the main office or the social studies office (room 147). 

The application deadline is Friday, September25.  All applications must be submitted to Ms. Balantic, Social Studies Coordinator.  A selection committee comprised of GCHS and CPOA representatives will review the applications.  Students will be notified of the committee decisions by Friday, October 2nd. 


From the 2008-2009 school year:

First Annual Greek and Roman Classics Championship Final Competition
Students in Dr. Stratis and Mr. Rebolini's Greece and Rome class participated in the First Annual Classics Championship Trivia Competition.  It was an exciting culminating event for the new course!  Congratulations to
Megan Belger, Bridget Digan and Kaitlin Shine for making it to the finals -- their knowledge of Greek and Roman history, culture and literature was truly impressive.   Bridget Digan was crowned the Classics Champion of 2009.

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The Odyssey 
Classics on Tour performed The Odyssey on Wednesday, February 25.  Students in AP European History, Greece and Rome, Latin, Mythology and all 9th  grade students attended the show druing 8th and 9th periods. This event was sponsored by Arts in Education.

  

Annual Quiz Bowl Competition
Teams of students and teachers engaged in a trivia competition throughout the month of February.  Congratulations to Team McAuley -- Pete Cohn, Zack Zeno, Donnie Cassler and Mr. McAuley;  they won the coveted title, Quiz Bowl Champions, 2009.  



Movie Nights
In January, students in Global History had the opportunity to attend a screening of Darfur Now in the high school auditorium.  Ms. DeCollibus hosted the event.
In February, students in Ms. Dunne and Ms. Balantic's US history classes had the opportunity to view Mississippi Burning in conjunction with their study of Civil Rights.
Stayed tuned for future Movie Night offerings!

Eric Foner Spoke with AP US History students! 
Eric Foner, author and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University, spoke with with juniors enrolled in AP US history on Wednesday, December 17. 

Professor Foner spoke about on Lincoln's evolving views on race/slavery and how those views played out in the Civil War and Reconstruction (and beyond).  He drew some interesting parallels to current events and the election of Barack Obama.

Dr. Foner's latest book, Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, was recently published to coincide with the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. 


Cablevision Challenge Tryouts for this year's Cablevision Challenge, an academic TV quiz show for high school students were held on September 11th.  Students were given a twenty question quiz in order to qualify for the one of the five spots on the team.  Garden City's team includes: Seniors Elizabeth Debold and Sarah D'Antonio and Juniors Tom Elustondo, Mike Abetamarco and Peter Cohn. The broadcast of the event aired in February.   Mr. O'Hagan is the advisor for this activity.

Junior Historians' Forum. Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.  On October 27th, twenty-five students from US history classes participated in a Junior Historians' Forum at Sagamore Hill to celebrate the 150th birthday of Theodore Roosevelt.  Students attended a lecture by author and historian, Kathleen Dalton and enjoyed a guided tour of Sagamore Hill. 

  

  

The Brian Lehrer Show Six Garden City High School Seniors participated in a live broadcast of the Brian Lehrer Show.   The show was broadcast from Hofstra University on Wednesday, October 15th, the morning of the third presidential debate.  The program, titled Young People and the Election of 2008, focused on issues that concern young people as well as how they see the candidates and their positions. Garden City High School students,  Megan Belger, Greg Butler, Liz DeBold, Ryan Kennedy, Liz Slattery and Katie Shine participated in the program.  The Brian Lehrer Show is on WNYC, an NPR affilitate (820 AM) from 10AM to 12Noon (President Teddy Roosevelt was spotted at Hofstra University too!)


Psychology Columbia University Neuroscientists, Alyssa Pichhini and Evan Schafer visited Mrs. Caputo's AP Psychology classes on Friday, October 24th.  They discussed the work of neuroscientists, jobs in the field and spoke about their own research and educational experiences.  They also conducted an interactive anatomy lesson using human, rat, mice and baboon brains and the human spinal cord.  Students had the unique opportunity to speak with professionals in the field of neuroscience and gain insights into the workings of the brain.

1776 Students in the History Club attended the play 1776 on Sunday 9/28 at the  John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra Universtiy. The show focused on the the struggle to declare our nation's independence and the dissension among the founders regarding the details and the language of the Declaration of Independence.


National Issues Forums
 (NIF).  Twenty five juniors and seniors participated in a NIF at Hofstra on Friday, September 19.  They participated in a panel discussion with the editorial board of Newsday regarding the role of the media in reporting election issues.  They then engaged in a civic dialogue on the energy crisis; they explored a variety of options to meet the future energy needs of the nation.