Chess Nuts

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As part of a 10-week after school program funded by the 21st Century Grant, students at New Visions have been participating in Chess Nuts. Chess Nuts provides both beginner and intermediate players the opportunity to learn and sharpen their strategic and critical thinking skills.

At the conclusion of the first of four Chess Nuts sessions, students in grades K-4 received medals and trophies based on the number of matches they won. Fourth-grader Chase Holt won the top prize following victories in four matches.


A Tribute to MLK’s Life and Legacy

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Students and staff at New Visions celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by dressing in black and white and performing a variety of inspirational songs during a special ceremony prior to the national holiday.

The program featured several vocal performances by students in each grade, as well as the presentation of the school’s annual MLK Peace Award to one extraordinary fourth-grader. The award, which recognizes a student’s exceptional contributions of peace and leadership, was presented to Shirley Benavides, who received a trophy, medallion, certificate and the honor of having her name displayed on a plaque inside the school. Benavides was chosen from a pool of five students nominated for the award by their teachers and classmates. Medallions and certificates were presented to the four runners-up to the award.

Dr. King’s dream was celebrated with a variety of songs, including “What a Wonderful World,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and “Hall of Fame,” as well as with a poem titled “Peace” recited by students. Facts about Dr. King’s life were also presented by students throughout the program.

The ceremony celebrated Dr. King’s virtues of leadership and peace, and recognized New Visions’ students who continue to exhibit those ideals daily.

Super Spellers

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New Visions fourth-grader Kiran Manansingh won the school’s Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word, “infuriating.” Second- and third-place winners were Bryana Quiros and Mustafa Asif, respectively.
    
Manansingh will be representing the school in the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra on Feb. 5.

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.”

Hour of Code

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Students at Archer Street and New Visions participated in Hour of Code during the week of Dec. 5-11. The global event, which the school hosted for students in each grade level, introduced students to the basics of computer science and coding.