Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sophomores to Participate in Museum of Jewish Heritage Partnership Program

Thanks to a grant from the Gruss Lipper Foundation, CSIHSIS sophomores will particpate in The Lipper Intern School Partnership Program. This program provides the opportunity for public schools to have a Museum Intern enhance their students' curriculum with a three-part introductory Holocaust/genocide education program. On March 3, 2010, museum interns will conduct a pre-visit session in our students Global History classes. Then on March 10, 2010 the interns will guide our students through the Museum where they will learn first hand from museum exhibitions. Their museum visit will be followed up with a post-visit session in the classroom.

This program will extend our students' classroom learning about the Holocaust and other genocides throughout history. Through experiential learning they will learn about how prejudice and racism are taught and can lead to genocide. We are most excited to be one of the schools chosen as a Lipper Intern Partner School.

The cost of admission, transportation, and workbooks is covered by a generous grant from the Gruss Lipper Foundation.

Monday, February 22, 2010


During witner break our school's indoor track team competed in the PSAL Staten Island Championship. Junior Justin Castro and sophomore Megan Davis became our team's first championship finalists finishing in the top eight in the 300 meter run and 55 meter dash respectively. Junior Shivanna Duncan, freshman Angela Guarino, and freshman Diana Estrada teamed with Davis to form the girl's 800 meter relay that set a new school record. Sophomore Samantha Bruno earned a new personal record in the 55 while freshmen Joseph Rodriguez and Patrick Bonoan and senior Shawn Cybulska set new personal records in the 300 meter run. Congratualtions to all of our athletes and many thanks to Coach Cosentino for all of his hard work and dedication to our team!!!


Friday, February 12, 2010

CSIM Dragons Wrestling Profiled in SI Advance

After a successful inaugural year, as a PSAL wrestling program, our Dragons were the subject of a Staten Island Advance feature story in the Shore Section. The CSIM Dragons finished 8-1 this season, good enough for a 2nd place finish in the developmental division of New York City.

Please visit our website - DRAGONS WRESTLING - to see latest updates, information on joining, and to order team apparel.

Read the SI Advance Article - CLICK HERE

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Expanding Global Awareness

To expand their own awareness about the plight of child soldiers, this month during independent reading our junior advisories have chosen to read A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Baeh. Ishmael's memoir is an account of his life as a child soldier in Africa. Join them in learning more about this pressing issue and in what you can do to help rescue child soldiers. As they read this stunning first hand account, they will be designing a service learning project to help rescue child soldiers and to educate our school and local communities by creating awareness about this growing problem.

The Kaplan Advisory is reading Three Cups of Tea and, through tea sales and penny collections, participating in the Pennies for Peace Project. Pennies for Peace is an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants around the globe. Pennies for Peace empowers communities through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan by helping to build schools in those countries! Did you know that while a penny is virtually worthless in the United States, in impoverished countries a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy?

Join the Kaplan Advisory in reading The #1 New York Times Bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Read about the remarkable journey that led Greg Mortenson, Central Asia Institute co-founder, from a failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2 to successfully establish dozens of schools, and promote girls’ education in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan. Visit www.threecupsoftea.com for more information.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Digital Storytelling CRAZE!

Our 10th grade 21st Century Communications class dove into their creative sides to tackle storytelling. Our classes completed a variety of projects, ranging from "All About Me", to "Family History", and "Going Green" and "Climate Change".

Here is a link to our STUDENT BLOG page. You can see individual student websites by clicking a student name. On their site, feel free to watch their digital stories.

Want a lesson in family history? Check out Andrea Puno's project using Google Maps or Amanda Perdoma's FAMILY ROOTS story. Want to know about Matt Prevosti's family? Well, listen to his DIGITAL STORY RAP!

Want a lesson in Climate Change? Then be sure to look at Jamie Miller's Climate Story.

All of our students did a fantastic job in Semester 1. Be sure to look them all over. The only question now will be if this Semesters batch of sophomores can match the level!