From Mr. DiStefano:
• Thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s Having Made A Difference Alumni Dinner held on Tuesday, November 12th. Our recipients – Brian Burke, Anthony Paniccia, Theo Totolis, Johnny Logan (represented by his son, Jim), Joseph Bilik, Damian Sherling, and Isaiah Kacyvenski – spent a portion of the day touring our school and sharing their inspirational stories with our students. Later that evening, over 180 Tigers, Tiger family members, and Tiger friends, enjoyed a traditional Italian-style dinner at our local Sons of Italy Lodge. This year was special as Class of 1984 Honoree Anthony Paniccia shared with everyone some great news: a scholarship foundation has been started by the past distinguished alumni, led by Mr. Paniccia, and, so far, nearly $20,000 has been raised. On behalf of the Union-Endicott Central School District, I would like to thank all past and present honorees for their generosity and dedication to our children.
• UEHS kicked off another year with our anti-bullying Olweus program beginning this month. Inspirational speaker John Robinson (http://www.wmht.org/television/localproductions/get-your-knees-john-robinson-story/), a congenital amputee, shared his life stories of success, drive, and motivation, with our entire student body. This was followed by our annual pep assembly and our first Olweus class meeting of the year. Thank you all students and staff who made Mr. Robinson’s much-appreciated visit as well as the pep assembly possible.
• Another thank you goes out to our National Honor Society for organizing a food drive for CHOW from November 4th through the 20th. Dozens of items have been donated through homerooms and more are coming in. Nice job Tigers and NHS Advisor Tom Mullins!
• Our UEHS Spanish Club was busy during the week of Halloween making kites and flying them on November 1st in celebration of “El dia de los Muertos.” The tradition of flying kites with messages written to loved ones originated in Guatemala and is still widely practiced today…even at UEHS. Thank you Mrs. FloresMeyer for leading this!
• Congratulations to all students involved in the riverbank clean-up sponsored by the Biology Club. Mrs. Konecny (JFS Middle), Mrs. McGovern-Lind, and Mrs. Trupp led our students as well as their own family members to clean up garbage from the Susquehanna River’s banks from the Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome to the Vestal Bridge. The clean-up was sponsored by the Broome County Environment Management Council and organized by Mrs. Trupp. Thank you all!
• Best of luck to all students and staff in the Italian and French Clubs who will be traveling to New York City later this month. The French Club is going to see the Broadway performance “Pippin,” which is based on the story of Pepin the Short, King of France during the 8th Century, and the Italian Club will spend the day in Little Italy.
• A reminder to parents and students that the first quarter is over with. For those who are not quite performing as well as they should be, we have a number of ways for seeking extra help. Teachers are available during extra help period from 8:10-8:30, Monday-Friday, and National Honor Society tutoring will begin this quarter along with our credit recovery program. All interested students, please see your guidance counselor for assistance.