Football Team Wins LI Championship!

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The high school varsity football team capped off an incredible season (11-1) on Nov. 25 by capturing the Long Island Class I title with a 28-14 win over the William Floyd Colonials at Hofstra University. The Red Devils scored all of their points in the first half, and won their fifth Class I title in seven appearances.

“It never gets old, and this is just as exciting as the first one,” said Coach Russ Cellan. “The kids worked extremely hard since the spring, and everything worked out. Nothing is guaranteed and there’s no substitute for hard work, and I am thrilled for our players to be able to experience this.”

Dodd Musicians Amaze the Elderly

Dodd Musicians Amaze the Elderly

Music students from Dodd spread holiday cheer by performing for senior citizens in the community at the Atria Assisted Living Facility prior to the break. Groups included members of the Jazz Band under the direction of Adam Rubin, the Vocal Tapestry Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Sherill Spruill, and the Select Orchestra under the direction of Candice Mordhorst. Principal Johane Ligonde expressed her appreciation for the groups’ performances, and extended her warmest holiday wishes upon the gracious audience.

Mentorship Magnificence

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Students at Dodd had the opportunity to reconnect with their mentors and express their appreciation to them during the school’s mentoring program celebration prior to the holiday break. The mentoring program, now in its eighth year, connects faculty members with students in a mentor-mentee relationship. The mentors help to ease students’ transition from sixth-grade and prior to high school, and annually offer their time, assistance and leadership to students who seek to make the most of their middle school experience. The event was organized by school social worker Felice Niland, who started the program in 2008 and has overseen its increasing participation since then.

Dodd Donates

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The Future Corps at Dodd visited the Freeport Salvation Army and donated 100 items during the holiday season. The benevolent endeavor served to promote the importance of community service.

Shell Decorations

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Students in Dodd’s 21st Century Expressions Through Art program, led by school social worker Felice Niland, painted shells as part of an art project they selected. The shells, which were supplied by staff member Donna Riso from nearby Nautical Mile, were first scrubbed and then painted by the students.

Dodd’s Mentoring Program

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Eight years ago, Dodd social worker Felice Niland attended a conference featuring speaker John Hershey of the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island, now known as Mentor NY.
    
Hershey charged each participant with returning back to their school and starting a mentoring program, and Niland began the quest right away. During the first year of mentoring, Dodd had 12 teachers mentoring 12 students. Eight years later, Dodd has 53 mentors mentoring 103 students. In November, Dodd was invited to have one of their mentees speak about what mentoring has meant to her at the Mentor NY annual fundraiser at Neiman Marcus.
    
Jasmine Figueroa, now a high school freshman, gave a moving and eloquent speech about how mentoring helped her through middle school. She spoke highly and emotionally about her mentor, Michele Haimes, FACS teacher at Dodd. Haimes mentored Figueroa for two years — informally the first year and formally the second — and provided her with support.
    
Mentoring has been proven to reduce truancy, improve academics and help students feel more connected to school. Eighty percent of students who have had a mentor go on to become mentors themselves later in life.
    
The mentoring program has proven to be a worthwhile initiative, and one the school will continue for many years to come.