EHS Varsity Baseball Team Fundraiser Dinner

EHS Varsity Baseball Team Fundraiser Dinner

“All you can eat” Sit-Down Pasta Dinner

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30pm—9:00pm @ Eastchester High School Cafeteria

Maitre D’ Coach Jesse Waters

Featuring Master Chef , Mario “Gallopping Gourmet” Astarita

Wait staff: Varsity Baseball Team Members


Salad           Garlic Bread              Pasta              Meatballs and Sausage

Desserts           Soda, coffee and tea

Adults: $18.00                  Students and children over 12: $10.00

Tickets are limited!

Email Coach Waters at to reserve your ticket(s)

Your reserved tickets can be picked up and paid for at the door.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the PLAY FOR 10 FOUNDATION!

The Teacher’s Spotlight: Mrs. Dimase and Bringing Psychology into the Social Studies Department

I have been teaching general Psychology for 5 years, and this is my first year teaching AP. My biggest challenge this year was worrying whether I would be able to fit in all the content in before the exam. As I’m creating my plans I’m hoping that I am able to get the information across to the students in an accessible way- but also while having a little bit of fun. Yes, there still is vocab, reading, and PowerPoint lectures; but I also am challenging myself to have an interesting application activity for each unit. This year, I had students test Neuroscience Technology on each other, we had a sidewalk chalk review, sensation lab (in a 40 minute period!), watched a few TV shows and cartoons, and even created our own Rorschach Ink Blots and analyzed them. I’m hoping to continue to grow and develop the course as well as inspire a few students along the way.

Mrs. Dimase and AP Psychology
Rorschach Ink Blots

Honoring our Veterans While Connecting to Literature

Students in Ms. Maureen O’Connor’s English 12 class were treated to a guest speaker Friday, January 12, as Mr. Randy Ruiz, a 10-year veteran of the Marine Corps who retired as a Major, spoke to the class about his experiences in the Gulf War.  The students, who are reading Tim O’Brien’s award-winning novel The Things They Carried, heard about not only Mr. Ruiz’s experiences, but his own take on O’Brien’s novel.

While there are several differences between Vietnam and the Gulf War – the former lasted eight years while the latter was 100 hours in duration – Mr. Ruiz brought three vignettes from O’Brien’s narrative to life, introducing echoes of his own experiences.

“What I really wanted,” Ms. O’Connor reflects, “is for students to understand the connection between the novel and the world they live in today.  People are still making the same sacrifices.”

Citing the first story in the collection, in which O’Brien describes both tangible and intangible objects carried by soldiers, Mr. Ruiz discussed things that he, himself, carried.  Items circulated amongst the students included: a map of Iraq, a book outlining Iraqi forces, his personal journal, an artillery journal, dog tags, and a P-38.  This final item, a multi-tool used to open cans of food, was nicknamed “John Wayne” by men for its toughness.  Mr. Ruiz also shared his Bible, which he received upon entering Officer Candidate School in 1980.

More importantly, though, students heard about the emotional items soldiers took with them abroad.

Recounting his time deployed in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ruiz echoed O’Brien’s description of mementos from home.

“Letters are more important than paychecks,” he told students, as while paychecks can come and go, “letters…that’s a piece of home.”

Mr. Ruiz took the students through the first section of the novel, in which O’Brien’s narrator mourns the loss of one of his men.  Mr. Ruiz cites this passage as one that resonates with his own experiences, adding, “My job was to get [my unit] there, do the job, and get them back.  I didn’t want to write a letter to a parent saying their son or daughter died.”

He later recounted the sacrifices he, himself, had to make.  Whether it was enduring the mental and physical aspects of OCS, preparing his men for their ultimate deployment in August of 1990, or the months away from home during his two deployments, it was hard work and determination that helped him persevere.

Mr. Ruiz also spoke of his enlistment process, which was quite different from the experiences of many in Vietnam.  Unlike many of the characters in O’Brien’s novel, Mr. Ruiz volunteered his service, enlisting in the Marine Corps during his Junior year of college.  While acknowledging that enlistment was a tough decision, Ruiz drew again from O’Brien’s novel when discussing his choice.

In “On the Rainy River,” O’Brien’s character contemplates running to Canada in order to avoid his draft notice.  Ruiz cites the support provided by supplemental characters as an aspect of the book that rings true with his own, while different, experiences.

“In the story O’Brien is out fishing, and he has Elroy there for support.  I have an Elroy in my life, too.  When I decided to enlist, I had to talk to my mom. She wasn’t happy with it, but she supported me…It’s important that you not judge when you have someone making a decision.”

A consistent theme through the presentation was that of dedication, hard work, and helping others.  Whether discussing his experiences telling men of an impending deployment, recognizing the values of America as a country, or the importance of teamwork in the military, Ruiz reinforced that many of the same qualities embodied by these characters are important for students to possess today, working to achieve Ms. O’Connor’s vision for the presentation.

“The whole concept of social responsibility is extremely important,” she adds.  “It’s about the choices people are making that are not for themselves; they’re thinking of everyone else around them.”

As Mr. Ruiz wrapped the first of two sessions, he offered this advice to the students: “Everything takes determination.  But if you keep working, you can achieve what you really want in life.”


  • Randy Ruiz and the students of English 12


Political Science Club and Model Congress

The Political Science Club attended the four-day Columbia University Model Congress Conference from January 25 – 28. There were 21 Eastchester students who participated in this annual event which attracted over 300 students from public and private schools in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Students engage in a simulation of our Congress, presenting and debating a variety of bills.


  • All business before the Model Congress.....

Sports for January and February

Brid O’Connell broke her own personal best record and the school’s record last set 39 years ago in the 300M.  The new record time is now 41.999.

The wrestling team competed at the Westchester County Championship on and Steven Bilali earned his place as the 2018 Westchester County Champion. Tommy Dell’Aera took home the bronze medal.  The team placed 14th out of 28 teams.



Bilali wrestles his way to the section championship

Steven Bilali vs. Somers Antonio Viera – 170 pound weight class

JazzCo’s Successful Weekend (and Monday) of Dance

Nothing can stop Jazz Co.’s Weekend of Dance, well until as John Gwardyak puts it “windmageddon” happens. Until this year, in all of Jazz Co.’s 34 years of performances, a show has never been postponed and the debut of the renovated Auditorium had to wait just one more night. While some of Westchester County was experiencing a loss of power, the dancers of Jazz Co. were electric. Under the direction of Karen Zambelli, the Jazz Co. dancers opened the show with the traditional 34th performance of “All That Jazz” featuring Jazz Co.’s President Lily Kunda, the entire cast, and a dynamic “Fred” played by Will Winn. The show continued with show-stopping performances of a variety of dance styles including Caribbean, Irish, Belly Dancing, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Broadway, a special dance designated to the gentlemen of Jazz Co., and African accompanied by live drummers. The 2018 Jazz Co.’s Weekend of Dance was upbeat and energetic, filling the renovated Auditorium with powerhouse dance performances. The dancers of Jazz Co. broke a leg and left the audiences hooting and hollering for all of their incredible dance and performance talents. Bravo, Jazz Co. you out do yourselves each and every year!


  • Seniors Say Goodbye With a Kiss

Collaboration Between Disciplines

Ms. Christina Molinari (Spec Ed/Social Studies) and Mrs. Nancy Brown (Library Media Specialist) collaborated on a project about early 1800’s Reforms and Reformers for Ms. Molinari & Mrs. McDevitt’s 11th grade US History class. Mrs. Brown shared materials and strategies she had learned at the Library of Congress Summer Teachers Institute as she guided the students through the analysis of primary source cartoons and images. Students then completed an independent analysis with Ms. Molinari, Mrs. Patricia McDevitt & Mrs. Brown facilitating and providing support. Students were then asked to brainstorm the different groups of people who would have been affected by a specific reform, and to adopt one of those perspectives as they wrote a brief paragraph about the resulting societal upheaval. Finally, using biographical sources provided by Ms. Molinari, students chose one reformer for which to complete a ‘trading card’ of pertinent info, that they will then jigsaw in class. Further collaborations are expected!

Interdisciplinary Work on the Civil War

Ms. Christina Molinari, (Spec Ed/Social Studies) and Mrs. Kristen Bellinzoni (Spec Ed/English) collaborated on an interdisciplinary activity for their 11th grade classes. Students learned about Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from both a historical and literary perspective. In US History, students learned about the speech and its’ importance in the context of the Civil War. In English class, students analyzed the author’s diction and its’ significance, as well as the historical allusions and their impact. This approach provided reinforcement and repetition for students, helping them prepare to analyze and interpret texts successfully with greater confidence in their own skills. The result was a more meaningful experience for the students as they were able to take ownership and engage with a text on multiple levels.

Habitat, Photo Club, Art Club, and Honors Society, Unite!

Habitat for Humanity, Photo Club, Art Club and Art Honors Society are teaming up to fund raise for an art installation, Starlight Park Social Club, at Starlight Park in the West Farms section of the Bronx. The installation will reconstruct an outdoor ballroom from stone and native plants, referencing dances held in the park from the 1900’s through the 1930’s. Club members will assist in the planting session this Spring. Starlight Park Social Club will open at the end of June and remain in the park for one year. At the end of the installation period, club members aim to relocate the stone and native plants to a disused area between the gym and art rooms constructing an outdoor space for relaxation and observational drawing called Friends Garden.


Art Club and Photo Club members ventured into the city braving the cold and rain on Saturday, February 10 to view a variety of exhibitions at MOMA including The Long Run, which chronicles the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, suggesting that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio.


The Art Department hosted its second visiting artist lecture by Peter Hamlin on February 2. Over fifty students from a variety of courses and grades were in attendance. Mr. Hamlin’s artwork envisions a future, where technology will be indistinguishable from life. He uses visual forms of painting, drawing, printmaking and objects informed by elements of storytelling and myth-making. Compositions blend fantasy and science as the spaces breathe with awareness in vibrant, synthetic colors, layers, and delineated systems. This lecture series is made possible with funding from the Eastchester School Foundation. Filmmaker and photographer Shayok Mukhopadhyay will visit in March.


  • Starlight Park Social Club