May 18, 2007
Health class brings hygiene to forefront
BY VANESSA LOBO
NEWS For the past few months, Lonnie Wilson’s health classes have been working on advo- cacy projects in order to make a difference in the school. Groups in Wilson’s Block Two and Block Seven classes decided to take on the issue of hygiene in the high school. Be- cause of their efforts, the school was recently able to purchase hand sanitizer dispensers, which students and faculty alike can use to make themselves and their environment cleaner.
The groups chose to advocate this issue after they witnessed the unsanitary behav- ior of some of their peers. A survey taken by one of the groups showed that many stu- dents do not wash their hands after using the bathroom. Others come to school sick and do not wash their hands after sneezing or coughing. Furthermore, many students
felt that the recent construction occurring in the school was making it even more unsani- tary. “There’s a lot of potential for germs and unsanitary conditions in the school, es-
pecially under the new construction,” Zoë Scharf commented. Scharf, who
senior is one
of hand sanitizers after she ing Purell hand sanitizer at
remembered us- Camp Eisner.
The groups arranged the purchase of these dispensers with help from a few staff mem- bers. School nurse Nancy Hammond and head custodian Mike Pilczuk did research to find the hand sanitizers for the school. In the end, the school ordered dispensers with alcohol-free foam from the Betco company . So far, the school has only received seven dispensers but the administration hopes to order additional ones. The hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in both cafeterias, at crossroads and in the girls’ and boys’
A few have already been in-
stalled, including the one in room. Students should feel
Wilson’s class- free to use the
way to clean their hands.
dents should know that the new hand sani- tizers are not a substitute for hand washing. Wilson encourages students to wash their hands with soap and water. Using the hand sanitizers too frequently can sometimes lead to the germs becoming resistant to the anti- bacterial, rendering it ineffective. Washing one’s hands frequently is the most effective way to make the school more hygienic.
Both Wilson and the advocacy groups are pleased with the results of their efforts. “I think this group realized that by talking to the right people, you can make things hap- pen,” Wilson expressed. Hopefully these ef- forts will help make the school healthier and more hygenic.
Music groups plan to end year with a bang
BY KAELA BAMBERGER
NEWS On May 24, Concert Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will be teaming up to perform the score from the movie “Al- exander Nevsky.” Not a recent movie, “Alexander Nevsky” is a historical drama directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The score of this movie was written by Sergei Prokofiev, a ground breaking composer of his time. This unusually difficult music is different from most orchestral music because it requires a chorus as well as an orchestra.
The film itself reveals the story of the Russian hero, Al- exander Nevsky. “Nevsky was at the head of the Russian Army in the thirteenth century,” explained music teacher Brian Mooney. “The Russians were fighting the Germans, or Teutonics. We’re doing the opening, a battle scene, a victory march, and a couple speeches. The battle scene we‘re doing is the highlight of the movie.” During the con- cert, video clips from the movie will be played to accom- pany the music.
Foreign language director Edward Alston recently taught Concert Chorale the words to the music, which are in Rus-
sian. “Mr. Alston is really funny and has fun teaching the words,” said freshmen Macie VanNorden. “It’s just
ally amazing music.”
The one solo in
us re- be
This is not the first time that the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Chorale have collaborated to perform a great piece of music. In the past, they have performed such pieces as Mozart’s Requiem. Past performances have sold out or come very close. When asked why he chose this work, music director Chris Neubert said, “I love this work… what really separates Nevsky is that some people consider ‘Alexander Nevsky’ the greatest film score ever written.” For their last concert, Concert Chorale and the Symphony Orchestra plan to go out of 2007 with a bang.
Niskayuna Sylvan Learning Center St. James Square 2321 Nott St. East Suite 2 Niskayuna, NY 12309
Order forms for the concert can be obtained at the music office and tickets can also be purchased at the door. Adult tickets cost $5 and students get in for free, but must still get a ticket.