Final rehearsals for this weekend’s Yorktown High Fall Drama are from 5-8 p.m. today and tomorrow. The YHS Players proudly present The Boys Next Door, an off-Broadway success.
This very funny, yet very touching play focuses on the lives of four “special needs” men who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker. Filled with humor, the play is also marked by the compassion and understanding as it peers into the half-lit world of its handicapped protagonists.
Performances are Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 and 8 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, Yorktown councilman and 2011 IBM Inventor of the Year Vishnu Patel will work with students in Mr. Paradiso’s 8th grade science class at Mildred E. Strang Middle School on “States of Matter,” how liquids, gasses and solids behave with changes in temperature.
Also on Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., the Culture Club at Strang will host the seventh annual International Night, a celebration of cultures from around the world, including food, music, art and entertainment. All middle school students and their families were invited to attend and enjoy the evening, which is sold out.
“This is one of the school’s most successful student-centered events,” said teachers Marion Ricci and Mary Lou McIntosh, who have coordinated the event since its inception. “The purpose of our club is to teach cultural awareness by having the students learn and respect differences among people, which coincides with other programs at the middle school, such as Bully Prevention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). This year’s theme of world peace was inspired by Dr. Napolitano’s Conference Day presentation in September. It is a continuation of his educational theme, integrating peace, service and compassion.”
They added that this event could not exist without the continued support of the PTA.
The students in the club created a “Blue Ribbon Peace Tree” in honor of this theme and the recent national award the school received. They researched different words for peace to create multi-cultural placemats, decorations and crafts for the event. This year, there will be a raffle with proceeds going to a charity in Somalia.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by students performing dancing, singing and instrumental pieces. Students will present multimedia about India and Africa. There will also be a French bistro, where crepes will be prepared. There will also be a gluten-free table.
On Friday, Nov. 19, Yorktown High math teacher James Barry and his class will host students from Crompond Elementary’s fifth grade “enriched” math classes and their teachers Jill Proskin and Anna Fazio to collaborate and learn about the stock market.
Students in both grades have been researching and investing via a simulated computerized version of the market and will continue this learning exercise together Friday using The Stock Market Game.
All next week the district will be celebrating Strang’s Blue Ribbon Schools celebration. On Monday, there will be a celebration for staff in Strang cafeteria. On Tuesday, there will be three grade-level assemblies to raise the Blue Ribbon flag that Principal Linda Grimm and teacher Sue Gilberti brought back from Washington, D.C., where they represented the school as part of the national awards recognition ceremony.