A Bowl of RYCE
After months of preparation, the long-awaited restaurant RYCE has opened to the public. According to the front of the house manager Gloria and Chef Jeff Christiano, the opening went smoothly and very well overall. The student-run restaurant will be open from 4:00pm to 9:00pm every day of the week.
When entering the Caribbean themed eatery, you will be greeted by either an East High school student or manager Gloria. The medium sized restaurant can host up to 60 hungry customers. With affordable prices and quality food, Rochester Youth Culinary Experience will be a hotspot for foodies and families alike.
A grand public opening is scheduled on March 7th from 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm, in time with the airing of a segment on RYCE on the news. The recommended dishes for newcomers could be the ropa vieja, $13, a beef dish served best with rice and beans, or the house made Jerk Chicken, $14, served with your choice of side and sweet fried dumplings. Prices are on the lower side, ranging up to $14 at maximum. The restaurant hopefully will continue to grow as a community and a business, feeding hungry people for years to come!
Stay up to date with RYCE by visiting http://ryceroc.com!
On Thursday, February 16th, East held their annual Black History Month assembly for students and staff who signed up to attend. Starting off the assembly, the East Upper School choir sang the National Anthem and then they sang the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Members from both East’s Upper and Lower School Lighthouse Committee scholars recited original poems they wrote. East’s Lower School choir performed just after, singing songs that scholars in the choir chose, that they believed were motivational for the events going on today with the activist group Black Lives Matter and their movement.
Celebrating Black History Month is important in schools, especially urban schools where the majority of kids are of color, because it’s important for students to know the history and achievements of their people. It’s also important for students and even teachers who are not of color to support and help others learn about Black History Month and the true significance of this month in school.
A special thanks to Mrs. Leda Williams-Matthews for all her hard work in making this assembly inspirational and successful year after year!
Black Lives Matter Day at East
Friday, February 17 was Black Lives Matter at School Day, “A Day of Understanding & Affirmation.” According to the Rochester Board Education, Rochester Teachers Association and Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester the resolutions they passed stated that schools “should be places for the practice of equity, for the building of understanding, and for the active engagement of all in creating pathways to freedom and justice for all people.”
Black Lives Matter at school started with a small group of parents and teachers that shared the same vision. They created a website to build the momentum for this day and more to come. The Superintendent’s Offices said it is “important to highlight the value of black lives in a society whose history involves centuries of slavery and denial of civil rights to black citizens.”
At East, we observed this day with activities during family group, in which students explored the topic and found quotes we can learn from to move the race discussion forward. If you personally would like to talk about it you can go to Let’s Talk which is discussing Black Lives Matter with all the students who would like to join in.
Some lower school scholars created a video clip of their work which can be seen on the link below. Great work! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktn6ZbvKCKY&feature=youtu.be
Unhealthy relationships can happen to the best of us. As teenagers we are still figuring out what we want, figuring out who we are, and what we like in people’s personality. There are good, healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships.
Ms. Derizzio, a social worker at East High School, defines an unhealthy relationship as “one person, or actually both of the people in the relationship are not treating each other right.” This is a sign that the relationship might be going downhill. Relationships aren’t always easy to tell if they are unhealthy if you’re the person in the relationship. “What I usually see when the relationship is unhealthy is when the guy, or the girl is controlling in the relationship,” adds Derizzio. “If one person is not benefitting, or the person is not happy, for whatever reason, sometimes that person stays, and deals with the unhappiness, and doesn’t speak up, the couple doesn't communicate as they should.” This is why there are so many relationships fail. When communication fails so does the relationship.
The worse types of unhealthy relationship is when there is physical abuse. When a man hits a women they’re too afraid to speak up. Another type of unhealthy would be emotionally or verbally abusive relationships. When a man tells a woman things such as “I am the only one that will care about you” or “No one will love you,” these are things the man says to make a woman stay in the relationship. Women stay because they believe that these things are true, and that the abuse that they are encountering is normal and healthy, when in reality it’s not.
If you think you might be in an unhealthy relationship, find someone to talk to who can help you through it. At East High, we have counselors and social workers at every grade level who can help you figure things out. People are here to listen and to help. Remember, you're not alone.
lPresidents’ Day is celebrated every year on the third Monday of the month of February. This is an American tradition that has been passed on from generation and that keeps bringing people together since the day of its enactment in 1885 by the U.S Congress. We all know it as Presidents’ Day but it's officially Washington's birthday, according to the federal government.
Originally, Presidents’ Day was celebrated on February 22, on the George Washington’s actual birthday. Currently, it is a day to celebrate all presidents. This holiday was moved to become part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, in an attempt to give the nation’s worker more three days weekend. However, many states have different days to celebrate this special day that does not just celebrates former and current presidents but the great contributions of their service to the this great nation.
Presidents’ Day is a day to remember to be patriotic and proud to be part of our nation and to remind every one of us that the office held by the president is one of immense responsibility. It is a day that goes beyond the rivalry of any political stance. Happy Presidents' Day!!!
Softball Tryouts Coming Up
Modified, JV, and Varsity players, start getting ready for softball tryouts on March 6th after school here at East High School. Softball is one of the most common sports played in high school. This sport is a good way to stay active and develop many skills. This also motivates you to make better lifestyle choices.
As a teenage girl, you have many things going on in your life. You worry about a whole lot of things and sometimes you can use a distraction. Softball can motivate you to make better and healthier choices. It’ll motivates you to eat healthy and try to work out more. You’ll probably want to get better at playing so that will make you want to practice even more. Softball can also help with your social relationships and team working skills. You work with all your teammates to win the game, and you also get to play with other schools so if you’re shy this might help you too. “I love playing softball because I used to get bullied a lot and playing softball made me feel better. My teammates are also a big part because I consider them my family,” said Senior Saranne Kaufman.
Sports provide a distraction, but in a good way. You can’t play if you have bad grades so it motivates you to do better in school too. There are many other sports you can choose from. If you’re interested in trying out, mark March 6th on your calendar. Hope to see you there!
Hitting the Links
East High’s golf team is recruiting new players. Spring golf is right around the corner and Coach Flagler is looking for students who are interested in playing.
Coach Flagler discusses the upcoming season and describes the organization of a typical practice. “Well we always start off with stretching and then after that go on to work on short shots. We also work on drills for our longer shots.” Coach Flagler has many coaching goals for this next season, especially for at least one of our players to qualify for sectionals.
Coach Flagler has been playing golf since he was a young boy. He became interested in coaching at East when there was talk of starting a team. “There was an opening when I first came here and I have always played since I was little,” states Flagler.
If students are curious and would like to know the time commitments and obligations for plating this sport, Coach Flagler said, “We have matches on Mondays and Wednesdays, practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if a player makes sectionals they have to go on the weekends.¨
Golf has been a sport Flagler enjoys and he would love for students to come and play. If you have any questions on when are tryouts please go to his office in the gym.
We had awesome participation in the Mission Patch Competition, with 70 patches received from Upper School and 20 patches from Lower School! The winning patch design for both Upper and Lower School will be made into t-shirts for all the Family Group members in the group that submitted the winning design.
On Wednesday, February 15, I went with the student team to Channel 10 to record an interview for the Rochester in Focus TV program. You can watch it at this link: http://www.whec.com/article/10882/index.shtml (select the episode for February 19 any time from Sunday on).
We have started a Facebook page (East High SSEP) where we post information and updates about the program. Feel free to Like and Follow the page to stay current!
Finally, the segment that ran on Channel 21 last month has been picked up nationally, and will be aired on PBS Newshour sometime in the next month (we don’t know exactly when it will run yet). This will be aired throughout the United States and parts of Canada!
We have the power to change the world,
East High, now let’s go to space!
Giachino Barcelona and Ahmed Mungani received awards from the School Board for Outstanding Academic Achievement! Please join us in congratulating them on their success!
Do you love to write? Could you use some extra cash? There are three opportunities for students to have their voices heard while also refining their writing skills: