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Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducts 36 students into the local chapter of the National Honor Society

Highland High School inducted 36 students into the Terralta Chapter of the National Honor Society in evening ceremonies at the high school on Thursday, April 3. The new inductees joined 20 seniors and 30 juniors in the current membership. Students are eligible for inclusion in the National Honor Society at the end of their sophomore...
Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Parents, students protest Common Core with exam opt-outs

Last week, students and parents in New Paltz and Highland protested what they see as excessive standardized testing under the Common Core standards by refusing to take state reading exams. According to New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice, on April 1 — the first day of testing — 19.8 percent of students at Lenape Elementary School...
Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

Math error nearly derails New Paltz school renovations

A mathematical error nearly sidelined New Paltz Central School District’s proposed $52 million capital project before it got to voters’ ballots in May. It also exposed a rift on the Board of Education, which voted 4-3 to proceed with putting the renovations to a vote on May 20 — instead of delaying the vote until...
New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

New Paltz High School stages Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella next week

The Drama Club’s spring musical is a New Paltz High School tradition that never fails to pack the Otto Grassel Auditorium on South Putt Corners Road, and the production slated for April 3 through 5 should be no exception. It marks a return to one of the classics of mid-20th-century musical comedy repertoire: Cinderella, the...
Highland High School Model UN Team earns commendations at Boston event

Highland High School Model UN Team earns commendations at Boston event

If the Model United Nations conference held recently in Boston had been the real UN, the delegation from Highland High School (HHS) would have emerged as a world super-power. For the time being, though, they’re happy with the two commendations they received in their first major conference outing. The HHS Model UN after-school club took...
SUNY New Paltz distinguished Speaker Series

SUNY New Paltz distinguished Speaker Series

SUNY New Paltz’s Distinguished Speaker Series announces that Ed Carroll, chief operating officer at AMC Networks, will speak on “The ‘New’ Golden Age of Television” on Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., in Lecture Center 100/102 on the New Paltz campus. A dessert reception for ticket holders will follow the event. In his talk, Carroll will...
Highland Elementary School students learn about STEM careers

Highland Elementary School students learn about STEM careers

Fifth-graders at Highland Elementary School got a close-up look at a 3D printer in a presentation held in the cafeteria on Tuesday, March 4. SUNY Ulster assistant professor Sal Ligotino, who coordinates the college’s industrial and surveying technology programs, visited the elementary school to share his expertise with the youngsters. It was all about getting...
Run, girls, run

Run, girls, run

For girls from the third to the eighth grade, life is becoming more complicated. These kids are growing up and moving into those insecure teenage years. For Amy Frisch, a social worker who deals a lot with adolescent girls, those challenges are at the forefront of her mind. They’re also why she’s starting a local...
Highland High School will stage a spirited “Footloose”

Highland High School will stage a spirited “Footloose”

Given that the musical “Footloose” features a storyline about rebellious teenagers who just want to dance to their own music, it would seem to be the perfect show to stage with high school students. “Definitely,” says Lynda Keech, director of the upcoming production of “Footloose” at Highland High School. “I look at the students I...
Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

Lenape students celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with rally

For kids at Lenape Elementary School, the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was cause to think deeply about injustice, bullying and race relations. During an assembly at the school’s gym last Friday, kids delivered presentations about King, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. But they also heard from County Executive Michael Hein, who spoke...
Banding together to advocate for excellence in music education at Highland schools

Banding together to advocate for excellence in music education at Highland schools

In this era of Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing in the schools, it’s inevitable that when budget cuts are made, the arts are at the top of the casualty list. So when funding for arts education is cut, what can students and their parents do to make the most of the programs they have...
Longtime SUNY New Paltz journalism prof pens story of America’s greatest muckraker

Longtime SUNY New Paltz journalism prof pens story of America’s greatest muckraker

In its ideal form, investigative journalism is part detective story, part philosophical inquiry and part moral crusade. For Seymour “Sy” Hersh, the reporter who broke the stories about the My Lai massacre, the CIA spying on American citizens and torture at Abu Ghraib, his work included all of the above, with a fair helping of...