Sophomore Patrick McCarthy One of 10 Winners in Syracuse Stage’s 2014 Young Playwrights Festivla

Sophomore Patrick McCarthy was one of 10 winners of Syracuse Stage’s 2014 Young Playwrights Festival. The winners will receive a staged reading of their works on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Archbold Theatre at the Syracuse Stage/Drama Complex, 820 E. Genesee St. Young Playwrights

The staged reading will be performed by students in the Department of Drama (SU Drama). This event is free and open to the public.

For the 2014 Young Playwrights Festival, over 200 10-minute plays and performance pieces were collected by Syracuse Stage from 14 schools across Central New York. From the submissions, 16 semi-finalists were invited to a writing workshop at Syracuse Stage, where their plays were read by SU Drama students and critiqued by Syracuse Stage staff members. Semi-finalists then had a chance to edit their plays based on the critiques and resubmit. Eight finalists were then chosen for their works to be read on April 29.

Well done, Patrick!

FACES Seeks New Board Members

FACES of Nottingham, the organization that supports student and learning activities at Nottingham, is seeking board members and a vice-president for the 2014-15 school year.   Parents, staff, students, alumni and community members can put themselves forward as board members, committing to attend six business meetings per school year and supporting a variety of FACES activities.

For more information about FACES and/or board membership, please contact FACES president Lisa Neville at lneville [at] verizon [dot] net

Nominations will be accepted until May 15, and board members will be voted on at the June 4 FACES business meeting.

If you wish to be considered for board membership, contact a member of the FACES nominating committee:

Reina Aparez – reina [at] syracuserealfood [dot] coop

Paul Harvey – luldoodah [at] aol [dot] com or 1-315-247-4420

Phil Stone at philstone61 [at] gmail [dot] com

Junior Prom is Friday, May 30

Nottingham’s juniors–the Class of 2015–are holding their Junior Prom on Friday, May 30th, from 6:30-10 pm at the Embassy Suites off of Carrier Circle. The prom includes dinner, dancing and a lot of fun.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, May 12, and will be available through Friday, May 23–cost is $65 per person. Late ticket purchase runs until May 27th, but the cost goes up to $75 per person.

Prom-goers are reminded that they need to get to the Embassy Suites by 7:30–no admission after that time. Parents should know that the school does not sponsor an after-party for the junior prom.

Are You Interested in Hosting an Exchange Student?

You can make a dream come true for a student who would love the opportunity to come the United States for a cultural high school exchange year.

The Nottingham High School community is looking for families both traditional and non-traditional to host a student for one school year. By hosting international exchange students through EF Foundation’s Global Community Program, members of our community can truly change the world, one person, one family, one relationship at a time. Families can learn a few words of another language, sample new foods, and make profound personal connections.  Hosting students is one of the most tangible ways that we can promote greater understanding of the world. By hosting an exchange student you can help strengthen our country’s most important community organizations, enriches the lives of their members, and shares the best parts of our culture with the rest of the world. This is a very rewarding experience for you and your family.

Visit   Text ‘Host’ to 30364 or call 1-800-44-SHARE (74273).

For more information, contact  Paul R. Harvey, Nottingham parent, at luludoodah [at] aol [dot] com or Katie Gang, Nottingham teacher, at kgang1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Biology Teacher Naomi Ali Named Master Teacher

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced today that 27 new “master teachers” have been named in Central New York, and one of them is Nottingham science teacher Naomi Ali. Naomi Ali

Cuomo established the master teachers program to focus attention on the state’s most qualified math and science educators. The teachers get a $15,000 stipend each year over four years to engage in peer mentoring and teacher training, In order to apply to be named a master teacher, teachers had to have a minimum of four years teaching experience and teach middle or high-school math or science. They also had to submit their undergraduate and graduate transcripts, their most recent observation report, a personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Scores on Praxis II subject area exams were recommended. The governor named 215 educators from all 10 regions of the state today, bringing the total number of “master teachers” in the state to 319.

Drama Club wins recognition at Michael Harms Theater Festival

Congratulations to Nottingham drama students who won recognition at the Michael Harms Theater Festival on April 12:: Ella Neville – Honorable Mention for individual performance in a musical Outstanding scene work – Cell Block Tango Excellence in choreography Excellence in costume design – Ranya Shannon and Gretchen Horst Technical excellence in lighting and stage management – Xavier Boyer, Austin Shaughnessy Excellence in Musical Performance – Ariel Bryant Redhouse Scholarship (worth $1500) – Jasper Schep 2014 Award of Excellence for High School Theater

Premiere of Changing Sports, Changing Lives on Monday April 28th

A group of Nottingham students have had a unique opportunity thanks to a partnership between the Syracuse City School District and the newly formed Fitness Inclusion Network.

March 5 the boys and girls Nottingham basketball teams took part in a unified wheelchair basketball experience.  The event was designed to  raise awareness about adapted sports for people with disabilities and introduce fundamentals of wheelchair sports.  The experience was filmed by SU Professor Dennis Denninger and his crew, and this footage is now part of the documentary  Changing Sports, Changing Lives.IMG_8744_2