Sophie Nash Wins Shakespeare Competition

Congratulations to Sophie Nash, winner of Nottingham’s Shakespeare Competition. Lucy Purnine was named runner up, and Kaylee Fierke and Emily Carello received honorable mention. The audience appreciated the variety of monologues, the efforts of all the participants, and, of course, the cookies. Sophie will go on to the regional competition on March 5.

Nottingham Art Students Recognized with Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to Nottingham students recognized in the 2016 Scholastic Art Awards.

Gold Key: December Aung, Fashion, Mixed Media and Sculpture (two awards); Hannah Corer, Sculpture
Silver Key: Hannah Cofer, Mixed Media (two awards); Ema Furuya, Film & Animation; MeiLin Luzadis, Photography
Honorable Mention: December Aung (two awards); Cassandra Guigne, MeiLin Luzadis, Eh Moo Soe, Jerome Ntakirutimana (portfolio).

Details about the competition and a photograph of December Aung’s sculpture are in the CNY section of the January 17 Post-Standard.

Request from Nottingham’s NEW Cooking Club

Mr. Petranchuk and Mr. Smith are kicking off the Nottingham Cooking Club on Wednesday, February 3, and need your support.  They are looking for financial support to purchase supplies or donations of gently used cooking equipment.

You can make out a check to FACES of Nottingham and send it to FACES at 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY or have your Nottingham student give it to Mr. Petranchuk or Mr. Smith.

Here’s what they are looking for:

2 large stock pots                                                                                                              2 saucepans                                                                                                             electric griddle                                                                                                                   2 cast iron skillets                                                                                                              4 cookie sheets                                                                                                                  2 roasting pans                                                                                                                  2 crock pots                                                                                                              blender (any type)                                                                                                     cutting boards, slotted spatulas, silicone spatulas, plastic spoons, whisks, chef’s knives

unused herbs/seasonings                                                                                            unopened pantry supplies (flour, sugar, yeast, etc.)                                                   plastic wrap                                                                                                          aluminum foil                                                                                                             kitchen towels                                                                                                      Tupperware                                                                                                          silverware set                                                                                                             plastic plates/bowls/cups                                                                                          storage totes with lids

Five Interesting Scholarships (Not All For Seniors)

Check out these five scholarships. Some are for seniors but others have broader eligibility. Deadlines are close, so jump on these if you’re interested.

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship                                                         Five awards of $5,000 (Deadline: January 15, 2016)                                                          Student Eligibility: Competition open to all high school seniors who are U. S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government. All awards are for one year.                                                                 Applications can be found by going to: Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards                                                                250 awards of $4,000 (Deadline: January 29, 2016)                                               Student Eligibility: For the 2016 contest, any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2013, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2013, is eligible to apply. The applicant must be a high school senior. Applications can be found by going to: Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

Courageous Persuaders Scholarship                                                                            14 awards of $3000 (Deadline: February 11, 2016)                                                Student Eligibility: Compete for scholarship dollars and a chance to air a commercial on TV. Create a 30-second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking or the dangers of texting while driving. Students can enter separate videos in both categories. The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12. Applications can be found by going to: Courageous Persuaders Scholarship

January 2016 Scholarship Points Award                                                                        10 awards of $10,000 (Deadline: January 31, 2016)                                               Student Eligibility: A) At least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. B) A legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Applications can be found by going to: January 2016 Scholarship Points Award

You Deserve It Scholarship                                                                                            One award of $1000 (Deadline: February 15, 2016)                                                Student Eligibility: A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories B) You must be 16 years of age or older C) You must either be enrolled now, or will be enrolled iin a qualified high school, college or university within the United States. Applications can be found by going to: You Deserve It Scholarship

PE Department Joins American Heart Association HEART CHASE!

On Friday, February 12, Nottingham students will participate in our 2nd annual Heart Chase to raise awareness for heart health and raise funds for the American Heart Association.

This year, unlike years past, all of the signups and donations take place online; students donate to participate and make teams (or join an already established team) and complete challenges around 10 different stations set up in the gymnasium.

See the special section on our NOTTINGHAM PE WEBPAGE www.nottinghampe.weebly.com that explains how students can sign up as well as links to the webpage where parents, students, and community members can make donations.

Our 2015 AHA event raised just over $200; our goal this year is to raise at least $500!

Thank you all for your support.                                                                                  Alissa DeBie & PE Staff at Nottingham

Playwrights, Shakespeare and Swimming Sectionals

As some students are prepping for January regents, others are sharpening their pencils for All Night Playwrights, memorizing lines from Shakespeare or getting in additional laps in the pool.

All-Night Playwrights    Nottingham’s annual play writing event is set for Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16.  Participating students settle in Friday night to write a one-act play, then Saturday cast and rehearse it with student performers.  The reveal is always interesting, often hilarious or moving.  Show is Saturday night, January 16, at 7 pm.  A $2 donation at the door is suggested, but all are welcome.  Participants will be asked to chip in $10 to cover food. For more information, contact Mr. Austin or Mr. Ralbovsky.

Shakespeare Competition   The Nottingham round of the annual Shakespeare competition hosted by the Syracuse branch of the English Speaking Union is set for Wednesday, January 27, at 7 pm in the LGIR.  All are welcome. See more about last year’s competition, where Nottingham’s Lucy Purnine took second place, at this link:  https://www.esuus.org/syracuse/news/issue_30/

Swimming Sectionals    Our refurbished pool means Nottingham is again the site for the boys and girls Section 3 swimming sectionals.  Teams love our pool, and our athletic program benefits from hosting a concession stand during the competition.  This fall we earned approximately $4000 during the girls sectional meet, and we hope to do as well during the boys meet in February. The meet is set for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, February 10, 11 and 14.  More details will follow, but if you can free up your schedule, we could use some help with the concession stand.