The Arts Thrive at Leonia High School
Recently there has been discussion amongst Leonia High School personnel to lock the little theatre during the day to protect the new piano, donated from a NYC benefactor. However, it has remained open due to the influx of students during the day and after school who play freely, spreading beautiful music throughout the school. It is such a rarity and delight for LHS to have its very own “Piano Bar” within its walls, allowing students to express themselves, relieve stress, as well as practice and refine their talent.
Additionally, Leonia High School’s chorus continued its award-wining performances during the two November days off for the NJEA Teacher Convention, November 9th & 10th. The following Leonia High School students were selected by audition from over 1200 applicants to be members of the 2017 NJ All-State Chorus. They performed on Friday, November 10 in Atlantic City as the Final Event of the 2017 NJEA Convention. Then they performed again on Sunday, November 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts center in Newark New Jersey.
All State Choir:
Sophomore, Justin Hong, was one of only 16 finalists to be nominated for the Governor’s Award.
Congratulations to all students who performed and received accolades for their achievements!
Leonia High School Culinary Academy’s 5th Annual Cupcake Wars
On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Leonia High School’s Academy for Hospitality and the Culinary Arts (L.A.H.C.A.) hosted their annual “Cupcake Wars” and it was a smashing success! Under the advisement and guidance of Debbie Gabrielsen, the academy’s advocate, LAHCA members organized and ran the entire event—they baked the cupcakes, set up the tables and organized the cupcakes judging and distribution, and sold the cupcakes to school and community members. LAHCA members even created lists and schedules to ensure the day ran smoothly.
There were 50 different cupcake entries, with 50 judges participating from the school and local community to taste and evaluate the cupcake in 3 separate categories: Most Creative, Best Taste, and Best Presentation.
For the first time, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes were awarded in each category:
1st Place – Yelanc Hwang – Unicorn Cupcakes
2nd Place – Catherine Bardakh for Coffee Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
3rd Place– Jimmy Lee Ramos – Brooklyn Blackout Cupcakes
1st Place – Yeani Kwon – Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
2nd Place – Damon Peruso – Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcakes
3rd Place – Ryu Katayama – Lemon Cupcakes
1st Place– Sydney and Kelly Sun – Apple Caramel Cupcakes
2nd Place – Jada Cummings – Raspberry Lemon Pop Cupcakes (pictured to the right)
3rd Place – Elle Morse – Churro Inspired Cupcakes
Over 2,000 cupcakes were sold to raise money for the culinary program during the day-long event.
Field Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and French Restaurant "Madeleine Petit Paris"
AP French and French IV Honors enjoyed a field trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 1st. The goal of the trip was to explore the artistic side of French culture by learning about art movements that influenced French artists such as Claude Monet and Édouard Manet. Afterwards, the students visited Madeleine's Petit Paris in Northvale to enjoy authentic French food such as soupe a l’oignon (French onion soup) and crème brûlée.
Leonia High School Pledges to Stop Bullying on #Day1
Leonia High School’s faculty, staff, and students understand the severity of bullying and its consequences. According to senior, Alexis Kim, “It’s important to stop bullying on #Day1 before it leads to larger, more serious issues. Then it cannot develop and become a danger to others.” Junior Isabelle Raskin agreed, saying bullying awareness “prevents bullies from thinking it’s okay before it gets out of hand.”
Leonia High School’s Anti-Bullying coordinator, Marlana LaPera, commented that “The Upstander Pledge is a way for our students to take a stand against bullying. It is our hope that students will take responsibility for their actions and encourage others to do the same. We want to encourage students to take actions when they see bullying occur. These steps can be to stop it, report it, or even reach out to some who they know has been bullied. We want our students to have the tools to recognize bullying when it occurs and to take the correct actions in becoming in upstander in their environment.”
As a result, in efforts first begun by the Tyler Clementi Foundation—whose mission is to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities—members of the school community have pledged to stop bullying on #Day1, working together to educate people on how bullying harms us all. Junior, Benjamin Asciutto’s goal after pledging is to” make everyone feel happy and have strong self-esteem.”
Many students, faculty, and staff have taken the Upstander Pledge, joining thousands of people across the nation who are firmly committed to actively stand against bullying wherever it may be, showing that we can stand up to bullying by expressing how our unique differences and identities make this world a better place. “Everyone should feel welcome and not be afraid to come in every day,” Catalina Castellon, Leonia High School senior, states after pledging. The Tyler Clementi Foundation is an organization created by the Clementi family which seeks to prevent bullying through inclusion, assertion of dignity and acceptance as a way to honor the memory of Tyler Clementi [of Ridgewood, NJ]: a son, a brother and a friend.
In 2010, Tyler’s death became a global news story, highlighting the impact and consequences of bullying while sparking dialogue amongst parents, teachers, and students across the country. The story also linked to broader issues impacting youth and families such as LGBT inequality, safety in schools, youth in crisis, higher education support systems, and cyberbullying.
Bullying can happen anywhere, and today’s youth are especially at risk.
Bullying: Fast Facts
28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 have experienced bullying.
20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying.
9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
55.2% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.
30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
70.4% of school staff have seen bullying.
62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
You too can take the #Day1 Pledge and become an #Upstander in your community: https://tylerclementi.org/pledge/
LHS Blood Drive
LEONIA HIGH SCHOOL
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:00am to 2:30 pm
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L.A.S. - 9th Grade Field Trip
The Leonia Science Academy (freshman class) visited the Meadowlands Environment Center on October 10th. Mrs. Smyth and Miss Shutovsky chaperoned the trip. The class examined many aspects concerning the ecology of an estuary. Chemical field tests were performed and the class took part in a “Fish Murder Mystery”. In this challenging program the students were charged with solving an environmental scenario. The students combined water testing, current events, and map resources to gather and present evidence to support a hypothesis for what caused a massive fish kill.
America’s Most Challenging HS
The Washington Post’s annual rankings of the Most Challenging High Schools
Leonia High School
# 884 in the United States
#35 in the state of New Jersey
#3 in Bergen County
Only Glen Rock and Bergen Tech - Teterboro are ranked higher that Leonia.
Congratulations to our Students, Faculty and Staff!!!
Best High Schools
The U.S. News annual rankings of the Best High Schools
Leonia High School
# 762 in the United States
#35 in the state of New Jersey
#22 among traditional public schools in New Jersey
#7 in Bergen County
Only Ridgewood, Park Ridge, Tenafly, Northern Highlands, Ramapo and Bergen Tech-Teterboro are ranked higher than Leonia.
Spirit Day / Mini ConcertsLHS
Single Session DayAcademic
New Year’s DayAcademic
Home & School Ed. MeetingLHS
M.L. King Day Professional Day – School Closed for StudentsAcademic
Tackling Childhood Stress: How to Raise Happy Kids in a Stressful World
Ridgewood Public Schools Community Outreach Program George Washington Middle School Auditorium, 155 Washington Place, Ridgewood NJGuidance
Home & School Ed. MeetingLHS
Seton Hall Open House
Register at www.shu.edu.visitingGuidance
Grade 8 Scheduling Night for Grade 9 -Little TheatreLHS
Spring Blood DriveLHS