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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Recent events at Martin Van Buren High School

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:44 am

Annual auction carnival fundraiser

Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village held its annual Auction Carnival Fundraiser on April 1 in the student cafeteria. All student-run clubs, teams and groups set up food and individual game booths for the public to play and win prizes. Halfway through the games, food and festivities, a live auction took place, where items donated from the community went on the auction block. All proceeds from the event went to funding much-needed student supplies, gear, scholarships and more. The picture shows the school's Student Organization Executive Board, with COSA Brian Greenspan, thanking HTC for their donation to the school. Greenspan says of the dozens of corporate headquarters he and the students reached out to, HTC was the only positive response he received.

Danielle Rooplal iinterning as a school counselor

Danielle Rooplal is a graduate student at Queens College who is interning as a school counselor at Martin Van Buren. She started her internship in September 2015 and will finish in May 2016 when she graduates. She helps the students apply to college. She has also attended La Guardia Community College and Hunter College and is fluent in American Sign Language. Two things she remembers fondly at Martin Van Buren is that last December, due to an initiative by Michelle Obama, a college march was held around the building and then students mailed out college applications. The other thing she marvels at is that sometimes college officials come into the school to do interviews and accept students “on the spot.”

Scholars Program

Students from the Scholars Program in Martin Van Buren High School are working with Junior Achievement and Teaching for a Day at nearby PS 33. The scholars prepare lessons and then spend one day teaching K-2 and another day teaching third- through fifth-grade children. The lessons teach how to save money and about job opportunities in their community. Student volunteer

Mehreen Shah said that Teacher for a Day, “Showed us how to lead a class and do teamwork.”

Sumba Syed commented that, “It allows us to experience what teachers do on a daily basis.” The advisor of the program is English teacher Ms. Pamela Fried.

Leading the anti-bullying effort

Shown are some members of the Leadership Class supervised by the Martin Van Buren High School Coordinator of Student Affairs Mr. Greenspan. The students went to classrooms throughout the school carrying the photos they are holding. They asked the students what they thought the students in these photos had in common. The answer is that the students in the photos all committed suicide because of bullying by other students. During this Anti-Bullying program, which is taking place in all city high schools, five tips were presented as a way to stop bullying. First, be a friend. Second, tell a trusted adult. Third, help them get away. Next, don't give bullying an audience. Lastly, set a good example.

Creating the Student Government bulletin board calendar

Juniors Nadia Mignauth and Maham Hayee, right, the publicity coordinators for the Student Organization, creating the Student Government bulletin board calendar, listing all the important events taking place each month in the main hall of the school.

Some of the Scholars groups are shown left relaxing in their room in the basement of the school. The advisor is Ms. Pamela Fried. Scholars on the bases of academic achievement, character and the desire to do school and community service such as tutoring other students and helping charities. The Scholars can come to the office to relax, socialize, have a snack and sign up for community service when their classes are ended.

The Arista Honor Society of Martin Van Buren requires its members to do school and community service. Activities include toy drives, clothing drives, and food drives, raising money for UNICEF and breast cancer, and volunteering at PTA events with parents. On the right are Vice President of Arista Sabila Rana, left, and President Alpi Amin.

Murals of scientists on old lockers outside science classrooms in the halls on the second floor of Martin Van Buren have been decoratively painted. Mr. Antonio Montalvo’s Extended Learning Time classes have been painting murals on the lockers for the past three years. Now, the halls are certainly brighter and very colorful.



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