A Nassau County student group has made it a mission to help delete cyberbullying.
David Zhao and Samuel Lam, juniors at Jericho High School, recently created a coalition of peers called End to Cyber Bullying, which aims to mobilize teens at their schools to raise awareness about the dangers of online bullying. The effort was sparked, in part, by the story of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him in 2010.
"When adults tell you not to cyberbully, it's not as effective as when teens do it," Zhao said. "The goal is to curb cyberbullying and change the attitude of teens. It's better to be an upstander than a bystander."
The first meeting, which was held at Jericho Public Library, consisted of a PowerPoint presentation and dialogue on ways to raise awareness at schools, Zhao said. Ideas ranged from hosting awareness weeks to starting anti-bullying clubs to showing educational films.
Several group members also recently visited Friends Academy in Locust Valley to educate children there on the dangers of cyberbullying.
"It's wonderful to watch our students take such an active role toward ending cyberbullying," said Jericho principal Joseph Prisinzano. "I have long been a believer that children can solve the world's problems. Here is a perfect opportunity for our students to take the lead as active citizens and role models and put a stop to a serious problem facing our world."
Music in Our Schools
Unqua Elementary School students had the opportunity to learn from a professional musician last month during an instructional visit from James McWhorter, a cellist who played in the White House orchestra under former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. His visit was held in conjunction with the National Association for Music Education's Music in Our Schools Month.
PORT WASHINGTONFocus on the Chinese
Manorhaven Elementary School students recently experienced Chinese culture during a Cultural Studies Week that included everything from wonton-making lessons to calligraphy workshops. Kids also were issued mock passports and received a stamp representing China alongside stamps from countries that were the focus in previous years, such as Ireland and Guatemala.
"Studying another culture in depth not only provides an opportunity to celebrate that culture, it also helps us develop pride in our own heritage," said former Manorhaven principal Linda Welles.
The week was renamed in honor of Welles, who started Cultural Studies Week in 1990.
Anzalone has served as the district's director of curriculum and assessment for prekindergarten through 12th grade since 2007. Before that she was a kindergarten and language arts lead teacher in Oceanside.
"My established relationships with administrators, classroom teachers and staff at all schools will allow me to build bridges in curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development," she said.
All National Honors fest
Twelve Long Island high school students were among 19 statewide and 300 nationwide selected last month to participate this summer in the National Association for Music Education's All National Honors Festival at Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
"[We] are thrilled to have such a representation from New York," said Marc E. Greene, president of the New York State School Music Association. "It shows that our music education programs are strong, despite current economic challenges we are all facing."
Selected students were: Remy Martin of Central Islip High School; Conor Simons, Thomas Lynch and Andrew Stack of Chaminade High School in Mineola; Collin Richardson of Huntington High School; Sara Barsky of Jericho High School; Megan Chang of Manhasset High School; Sarah Losner of Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick; Rosina Bellocco and Suehyun Park of Syosset High School; Daniel Wang of W. Tresper Clarke High School in East Meadow; and Francesco Logozzo of Westhampton Beach High School.