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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:00 am

Science Department receives $1,300 grant to train physics students

Children for Children, a New York non-profit founded by parents to foster community involvement and social responsibility gave a $1,300 grant to assist Richmond Hill High School students in understanding the many complex aspects of physics. The grant was written by Richmond Hill High School physics teacher Dr. John Antinora. The $1,300 grant will be used to acquire cutting-edge probeware for the physics laboratory.

“We will be fitting the physics lab with probeware equipment for the students,” Antinora said. “Probeware refers to educational applications of probes, interfaces and software used for real-time data acquisition, display, and analysis with a computer or calculator.”

By connecting probes to a computer running suitable software, our students will observe data displayed in a variety of formats as it is being collected. When used in an inquiry-based learning context, learning and understanding is increased. Graphing will be done in real time making the abstract much more concrete.

Frances DeSanctis, the principal of Richmond Hill High School said that she was delighted that Richmond Hill High School was awarded the grant and that it brought state-of-the-art equipment to Richmond Hill High School. “These funds have a direct impact on student learning. Basically, what it is going to do is help students with hands-on conceptual physics. Instead of spending time tediously gathering data, students will have more time for mathematical analysis, pattern recognition and hypothesizing.Having probeware available in the physics lab really is a breakthrough for our students.”

Those seeking additional information regarding this grant may contact Dr. John Antinora directly at RHHS, telephone (718) 846-3335 ext. 310.

Shiro of Japan welcomes Travel and Hospitality students

Students from the Richmond Hill High School of Travel and Hospitality program were welcomed to a late afternoon lunch at Shiro of Japan restaurant in Atlas Park on Friday, Oct. 3.Thirty-one students, accompanied by teachers Ms. C. Pierre and Mr. K. Dornbaum, were treated to a meal of Japanese hibachi and theatrics.

The students will write restaurant reviews of the steakhouse as part of their “Principals of Hospitality” class. During the students’ junior year, they will receive internships at hotels and other hospitality related businesses throughout New York City. Last year students received internships in such places as the Waldorf Astoria, the Musuem of Natural History and AIG, the insurance company.

Green Club students go for a hike in Forest Park

The Green Club is an after school club at Richmond Hill high school currently in its third year. On Oct. 2, Mr. Sharoff, the Green Club coordinator, along with teacher Rachel Vine, led students on a hike through Forest Park. It ended up to be a beautiful day, nice and sunny with a little chill in the air. The group met on Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane after school for the hour and a half hike long in the park.The students picked the red trail off the map to hike on because they thought it would be fun to follow the train tracks for a bit. Mr. Sharoff showed them how to use the trail markers to stay on the trail and not get lost. In case they ever did get lost, they also learned how to navigate in the woods by using a compass.

Along the trail Mr. Sharoff showed the students some of the local vegetation that could be eaten in case they ever found themselves lost in the woods. Most of the plants they wanted to find still had their summer leaves, so they were easy to identify.They saw mustard leaves, ladies thumb, sassafras, jewel weed, and epazote.All of these plants have parts that can be eaten if necessary. Fortunately, no students became lost, and their new woodland survival skills were not needed. Everyone on the hike had a great time and another Green Club hike is being planned for November to take advantage of the fall foliage. Winter hiking and snowshoeing will be offered as well.

Arts Institute Visits

The Art Department from Richmond Hill High School welcomed their annual visit from The Arts Institute, which is located in downtown Manhattan and also has many locations throughout the United States.Andrew, a representative from the school came to discuss with the art students from RHHS about different fields in the arts, which can be studied at The Institute to help prepare them for a career in the arts.

He had a formal presentation showing artwork in the various fields, such as graphic design, animation, gaming art and design, video production, Web design, typography, culinary arts, interior design, fashion design and many other careers. Having a visit like this is valuable because the students have a greater understanding of the purpose of studying art and its importance to society.

At the end of the visit students have a greater knowledge about some of the many careers in the arts and The Art Institute is one of those schools that can help professionally prepare them.

Principal’s Podcast

Richmond Hill High School Principal Frances DeSanctis is among the first high school principals in New York City to podcast. The podcasts, which will be produced monthly, can be found on the new Richmond Hill High School Web site.

Podcasting, which is a form of audio broadcasting that is available on various Web sites, is on the cutting edge of school communication. It is easy to listen to Ms. DeSanctis’s podcast. All one needs to do is have an internet connection and then click on the link on the school’s Web site and up it comes.

In her first podcast, Ms. DeSanctis discussed the successful start of the 2008-2009 school year and also spoke of the school’s most important goal, which is to increase the graduation rate. To listen to the entire podcast, you can go to www.richmondhillhs.org and click on the button on the bottom left side of the website that says “Principal’s Podcast.”

Go Pink Day

Students and staff at Richmond Hill High School are encouraged to wear something pink, if only a ribbon, to support the fight against breast cancer.

On Oct. 19, over 30 students and staff members from Richmond Hill HS will participate in the Breast Cancer Walk in Queens.

Blood Drive

Richmond Hill High School will host its first blood drive this year on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the school auditorium.

Richmond Hill High School has been lauded for its efforts by the Red Cross for its success in its blood drives.

If you would like to participate, please contact Eileen Hudon at 718-846-3335 or e-mail ehudon@richmondhillhs.org.

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