Monday, April 23, 2018

NEHS Induction Ceremony


Our 12th annual National English Honor Society (NEHS) Induction Ceremony will take place tomorrow, April 24th at 2:15 PM. This year we are inducting 69 juniors from Mepham High School who have done outstanding work in English. As members of the NEHS they understand the importance of communication, the value of listening, and the significance of expression. They have proven themselves capable of serious study of the English language and of pursuing the truth in works of literature or in their own creative expressions of poetry or prose.

Our keynote speaker, Michael White, is the founder and publisher of Greater Long Island Media Group, which publishes community news website that, collectively, were viewed nearly 2 million times in 2017 alone. He's been on the front lines of news and information gathering from New York City, to Long Island's East End, to the boom town that is Patchogue Village, where he launched his first website, GreaterPatchogue.com, on July 1, 2015. Mike has a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a former staff reporter for the New York Post and Daily News, where he last worked in the Police Bureau. In 2007, he wrote the second-most stories of any reporter at the News before leaving NYC in 2008 to edit community weeklies in the towns of Southold and Riverhead on Long Island. Today he operates GreaterPatchogue, GreaterBayShore, GreaterBabylon and GreaterPortJeff. The sites publish local news stories daily, in both print and broadcast style.

We look forward to hear what Mike has to say to our inductees. All students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flipgrid

According to Flipgrid's website, "Flipgrid is where your students go to share ideas and learn together. It’s where students amplify and feel amplified. It’s video the way students use video. Short. Authentic. And fun!" We couldn't agree more! Bellmore-Merrick has provided each teacher with an educator account. BMCHSD teachers - check your email for instructions on how to signup. Flipgrid is super easy to use. Teachers create a "Grid' - that’s our classroom. Add a "Topic" to spark the discussion. Your topics are like your assignments and are completely customizable. Next, you share the topic code with your students. Then they use that code to share short video responses to ignite a dialogue.

Sample Flipgrid Topic
Your technology mentors (Ms. Stack, Ms. Tschan, Ms. Desmond, and Ms. Bretscher) created a topic called Mepham HS Teachers & Admin to introduce the faulty to all our students, incoming and current, and their families (see below).  Mepham teachers, administrators, and staff will continue to add their voices to this topic throughout the year and it will be ready to view at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to see our progress so far. #FlipgridBack2School

Mepham's school-wide Flipgrid: #FlipgridBack2School
Now, students even have a fun place to record their videos in our Flipgrid pop-up tent in the school library. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

TEDxMephamHigh 2018: Here

This year's theme is ​Here. Here because as big as the world is, we are living here in this moment, here on Long Island, here in New York, and America, and also here in 2018 in a world breaking boundaries and changing language; in a world where we can simultaneously stand on American soil and share a moment with people in India, in South Korea, in Africa. We want you Here with us.
TEDxWCMephamHigh Team
What is TEDxWCMephamHigh? It's an event, a gathering, a chance for teens and community members to huddle around the metaphorical campfire and share ideas. TEDxWCMephamHigh is the coming together of an audience of approximately 300 to listen to a blend of live speakers and TED Youth videos curated by TED themselves. It's a lunch, a conference, a celebration of thought. We hope to make you laugh and think and connect or reconnect. We hope to spark a flame or fuel the fire of your intellect and your aspirations. This year's line up can be found here

Join us on Saturday, April 21st at 9:00 am in Mepham's auditorium for TEDxWCMephamHigh. You can purchase tickets here.  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Reading Without Walls

Updated on April 18, 2018: See below.
Since many of our English teachers have created space in the curriculum for independent reading- which in our building means giving students choice in what they read -  this is the perfect year for us to participate in the Reading Without Walls Challenge! The program will run from Monday, April 9 – Friday, May 18. Please encourage all your students to participate.


What is the Reading Without Walls Challenge?
Reading Without Walls means exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Reading Without Walls promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, Reading Without Walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

How do you participate?
It’s simple. Our students just need to follow these easy steps. 
  1. Read a book:
    a.       about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you 
    b.       about a topic you don’t know much about 
    c.       in a format that you don’t normally read for fun (graphic novel, verse, audio book, etc.)
  2. Fill out whichever form (see below) applies to the book you selected and bring it to the school library. We will then post it to our latest bulletin board. We will have more forms in the library and in your English classrooms.
  3.  For each form submitted, students will receive a Buy-One/Get-One FREE entrĂ©e card from Chipotle. Students will also be entered to win a Barnes & Noble Gift Card. 

Our "Reading Without Walls" bulletin board started off like this... 
Update: A week and a half in to the challenge, and the submissions are pouring in. Keep up the good work Pirates!
Too many submissions! We are busting out of the library. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Library-sized Jenga

Created in our MakerSpace, library-sized Jenga! Come in a play a round. All students are welcome.
Students play a nail-biting game of Jenga with Mr. Augugliaro
Photo taken seconds before it collapsed

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mepham Dad Turned Author Speaks to Students

This year we had the great honor to host author Joseph J. Lozito, who is also the father of Mepham senior, Joe Lozito and freshman, Dominic Lozito. Mr. Lozito's autobiography, The New York Subway Hero: My Battle with Evil...and a Spree-Killer!! tells about his experience on a New York City subway car in 2011 when he came face-to-face with convicted serial killer Maksim Gelman. Mr. Lozito discussed the natural fight-or-flight response, which is also called hyper-arousal, or the acute stress response, which is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. He shared with students the most difficult part of his ordeal, which happened during a phone call to his wife while in the hospital. His presentation was engaging, thoughtful and captivated our students.
Packed library to hear Mr. Lozito speak.

Mr. Lozito raffles off 10 copies of his autobiography. 

Mr. Lozito autographs copies of his book for students.

We are so grateful to be able to bring in authors and provide our students with these type of opportunities to hear from real people about their life experiences.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Joseph J. Lozito to Visit Mepham High School

Mepham Father and Author, Joseph J. Lozito
One of the most anticipated events in the school library year after year is our author visit. This year we have the great honor to host author Joseph J. Lozito, who is also the father of Mepham senior, Joe Lozito and freshman, Dominic Lozito. Check out this documentary that details Joseph Lozito's amazing story and is the basis for his book, The New York Subway Hero: My Battle with Evil...and a Spree-Killer!!

Mr. Lozito will join us on Tuesday, March 13th at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. He will read a passage from his autobiography. There will also be a Q&A session, a book raffle, and a chance to have copies of his book signed. This event is sponsored by the National English Honor Society and is a sanctioned ELITE event. You can sign up here.