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 Haldane seniors Michelle McEwen, Shauna Ricketts & Nicole Pidala placed first, second, and third, respectively, in the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. Each student wrote patriotic and eloquent speeches as to why they are proud and excited for the future of America.


Haldane seniors Matthew Drotar and Steven Casement have been selected to attend Boys State from June 27 through July 3, 2014 at SUNY Morrisville State College.

Boys State is a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by the American Legion.  Matt and Steven, good luck this summer!

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Putnam County Youth Awards: Haldane seniors Sarah Warren, Shauna Rickets, and Giana Grandetti.  They were recognized at the Youth Awards Dinner held on March 28th.

The Youth Awards Dinner is an annual event designed to recognize outstanding youth from throughout Putnam
County. The honorees were chosen by a selection committee for their community service efforts benefiting Putnam residents.

On March 20th, members of the high school literary magazine attended the 27th Annual Young Author's Conference at Westchester Community College. Students attended a wide variety of workshops conducted by professional authors. Some of the workshops offered were "Writing from Art: Ekphrastic Poetry" and "Think Like a Screenwriter." Haldane students have attended this conference for over twenty years and each time the conference has proven to be a great success in the view of the students.

Jean Marzollo, the celebrated author of the "I Spy" books, conducted a two day workshop on metric poetry for the students in Dr. Richter's Creative Writing elective. The students brought in favorite objects and created their own "I Spy" photo composition. As a class they worked collaboratively to create the verses to accompany the photograph. The final product is seen here:

2014 Immersion Program: A Success!

Students attending the 2014 immersion experienced dancing, singing, storytelling, and food from around the globe. Students took part in the traditional dance of merengue, which originated in the Dominican Republic, as well as Kompa, which originated from Haiti. 


Congratulations to the winners of the 4th annual Poetry Outloud Haldane High School competition: Lucy Austin and Isabella Convertino.  The Literary Magazine sponsored this contest, during which students recited poems from famous classical and contemporary authors.  The winners will go onto the regional competition to be held on February 6 at SUNY New Paltz.

Good luck to them at the Regional Competition!  Special thanks to Professor McDaniels (pictured), who helped both students prepare for their regional poetry recitation.  


On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, thirty-six Haldane High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Mr. Lou Sassano, National Honor Society Adviser, welcomed all students and families of the new Inductees.

Congratulations to Haldane’s 2014 NHS Inductees!


Haldane teachers brought holiday cheer to the high school on Friday with their "ugly sweater" competition.  Special thanks to Mrs. Peparo for organizing this event.  Congratulations to Ms. Grasso, who "won."

The Reaching Out for Animal Rights (ROAR) interest group recently organized a week long effort to raise awareness for animal cruelty and help those animals in need. The President of the Hudson Valley Humane Society, Ann Marie Gaudio, came to speak to students.  She explained the various cases of animal cruelty from which her shelter has rescued animals. Meanwhile, the group held an animal gift drive that received many generous donations for local shelters.  Led by the group’s founder, Michelle McEwen, the entire project was completely student driven and serves as just another example of the great student initiative happening at Haldane.

Thanks to the generosity of the Haldane School Foundation, Ms. Ortiz's AP Spanish classes and Mr. Schepisi ventured to NYC on Wednesday, December 11th.  They experienced "El Quijote" performed completely in Spanish at the Repertorio Español Theater.  They enjoyed the performance, which depicted Miguel de Cervantes' famed characters Don Quijote and Sancho Panza as they embarked on several zany adventures across 17th Century Spain. After the play, students enjoyed an authentic Mexican lunch at the Mėxico Lindo restaurant.  Students are grateful to the Haldane School Foundation for supporting an informative and entertaining experience.

The Haldane Leo Club recently volunteered for Project Linus.  The mission of Project Linus (named after the blanket-towing Peanuts character) mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Philipstown Resident Joan Deneher organized the extremely successful event.  The group set an original goal of nine blankets.  Joan wrote, “Because of the Leo's diligence,  we now have twenty three beautiful fleece blankets ready for delivery to children in need. The Leos are a great group and I owe the success of the day to them. I can't thank them enough.”  The project used all the donated fleece and even finished a half hour ahead of schedule.   To see more pictures, click here to review the slideshow at

The literary magazine staff went to New York City on October 30th to see a fantastic production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Mr. Dennis Cairl kindly volunteered to help chaperone the trip. Each year the literary magazine staff takes a field trip to see a Broadway show. 

The Senior Trip for the Class of 2014 was a success! 

Haldane High School is honored to be named a Wise Blue Star School for the 2012-2013 academic year.   On the Wise Financial Literacy Certification Test, Haldane's students achieved a 98% pass rate and earned an average score of 86%.  A special congratulations to Mrs. Seideman, who has been recognized with the Gold Star Teacher Award. 

Haldane High School Participates in 9-11 Memories Across the Country Project

Students at Haldane High School participated in a collaborative and reflective 9-11 memorial blog. Students in the History Department interviewed a family member or friend about their memories of 9-11. Students wrote a reflective blog post about how 9-11 has changed the world we live in today incorporating the interviews into their response. The posts were shared at a collaborative memorial blog where students throughout the nation participated.

For more information please visit the blog at: 

The members of the Literary Magazine Staff dedicated Insight 2013 to retiring teacher, Madame Eva Cagianese. 

"By the work one knows the workman."
- Jean de la Fontaine

Pour le maitresse qui adorait la poesie. 
For the woman who loved poetry. 

The 2013 Edition of Insight, the Haldane High School Literary Magazine, is once again loaded with incredibly creative and engaging pieces.  Please enjoy it in digital form.  If you would like a printed copy, please contact Dr. Richter  Cover design by Connor Filardo.

From the Principal

Welcome back to school!  Did you know that parents can access "real time" attendance and grading information via our Powerschool Parent Portal?  You can even set it up so that you receive regular e-mail updates so that you never have to actively check the site.  Call or e-mail the school for your access codes today!

Haldane Continues Virtual High School for 2013-2014
Have you considered taking a VHS "net-course?"  You can browse the online course catalog here, read the description in our course catalog, or talk to Mr. Alm or Mrs. Sautner to learn more about VHS.  VHS courses are open to students who complete the necessary steps outlined on the course registration packet from the guidance office.
Check out the VHS feature on NBC Nightly News.  View the video here.

Blended Learning through OC21
Haldane also belongs to a consortium of schools in the area that offer blended learning (partially online) courses to our students.  Check out the course catalog here.

The H.E.A.R.T. Program  runs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room H110.  All students are welcome to attend for extra help in any subject.  Don't forget that in addition to H.E.A.R.T., extra help is available from individual teachers during 10th period by appointment.
Tuesday, April 22
BOE Workshop/BOCES Budget and Trustee Vote
7:00 PM
Friday, April 25
3rd Qtr. Ends
HS Talent Show
Saturday, April 26
Haldane School Foundation Fundraiser at Glynwood
6:30 PM
"Taste of the Valley"
Saturday, May 3
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Mon, May 5 - Fri, May 9
AP Exams
Tuesday, May 6
BOE Meeting
7:00 PM
Mon, May 12 - Thu, May 15
AP Exams
Monday, May 12
Booster Club Meeting
7:30 PM
Thursday, May 15
HS Spring Concert
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM