This Joint is Jumpin’

Jan. 19-25, 2006
This Joint is Jumpin’
By Seton Catholic Central High School
SUN photo(s) submitted
New year — new initiative

BINGHAMTON — Seton Catholic Central has begun the New Year with a new initiative in keeping with its Catholic school identity. Each week the school will highlight the life of a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. This awareness will begin in the morning “Words of Wisdom” as was done on January 4, 2006 by faculty member Brian Hyland who gave a very thorough message describing the life, contributions and heritage of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, one of the patronesses of the school. Hyland’s reflections included his personal devotion to Mother Seton who served as an inspiration for his own mother, Margaret Hyland, who was an integral part of the faculty at Seton High School in Endicott and Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton.

This devotion to the saints will serve as an inspiration and model for the entire Seton Catholic Central High School community.
Media Arts Club: SCCHS and beyond

By Michelle Bombard, Teacher & Media Arts Coordinator

This past summer Fox 40 News of Binghamton generously donated a large amount of television studio equipment to Seton Catholic Central High School. The students and faculty are working hard to put this equipment to great use. Throughout the winter, the Media Arts Club at SCCHS has been training to learn how to use all of the equipment, which includes studio cameras as well as several editing decks.

In addition to the equipment donated, SCCHS has purchased a newsroom software program which will allow students to broadcast the morning announcements into each homeroom. The Saints are excited to take on the various roles played in a newsroom.

The excitement of the Media Arts program has extended beyond the walls of SCCHS and into the Catholic middle schools. With the help of some middle school teachers, younger students have toured the newsroom and have begun their training of the equipment as well.

Students at Seton plan to kick off the third quarter of the school year live as they broadcast the first morning announcements.
“Teen-to-Teen” Christmas Project: An SCCHS Saints Tradition

Seton Catholic Central High School participated for the 8th consecutive year in the Catholic Charities “Teen-to-Teen” Christmas Project. With the cooperation of Kathy Pfaffenbach, Supervisor of Catholic Charities Emergency Services, this Christmas service project began with the support of the students at Seton Catholic Central High School in an effort to help other teens who received few, if any, new clothing for Christmas.

SCC students were asked to purchase an article of new clothing which they would like to receive themselves with the tags left on since their fellow teens rarely had the opportunity to cut tags off new clothing. The Christmas 2005 project was a great success allowing the SCCHS Saints to reach out to other teens in the community with service and caring.

Puppetry Comes Alive at Christmas

As part of SCCHS’s Middle States objective to enhance the visual and performing arts programs, Seton Catholic Central High School formed a unique Artist in Residence alliance with a local professional artist. Robert Rogers, a professional puppeteer, spent six hours a week this fall training six SCCHS students and a teacher in the art of puppetry.

The volunteer troupe, called the SCC Puppeteers, not only mastered the movement of the marionettes but also learned an entire production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The stage show involved over 50 puppets, extensive scenery and many rehearsals over the two and a half month period. The production was offered to the public one evening at SCCHS and twice at the Discovery Center of Binghamton. The SCCHS Puppeteers are Stephanie Wright (9th Grade), Deborah Miller (10th Grade), Martin Murray (10th Grade), Gregory Baldini (11th Grade), Justin Briggs (11th Grade), Dan Puthawala (12th Grade), and Brigitte Harvey (SCCHS English teacher).

New Media Arts Club and Equipment

Last summer, the local Fox Broadcasting Station, Fox 40, upgraded all its equipment to state-of-the-art digital equipment. Station Manager John Leet arranged to donate to SCCHS three television cameras and editing stations that they had been using. Bill Murray, the father of SCCHS sophomore Martin Murray, organized several training sessions for students and the teachers who will be moderating the new Media Arts Club.

The students are developing their skills with the anticipation of being able to produce and edit films for and about SCCHS that can be used for publicity as well as for closed circuit broadcast in the school. Michelle Bombard, SCCHS English teacher, and Kevin Lucia, St. John the Evangelist of Binghamton School English teacher, are creating a curriculum for broadcasting. Stay tuned for breaking news on this endeavor!

SCCHS AP Scholar Awards

Twenty students at Seton Catholic Central High School, Binghamton, New York have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.

Students took AP Exams in May 2005 after completing rigorous college-level courses at Seton Catholic Central High School. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP Exams.

At Seton Catholic Central High School, Monica Allen qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Four students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Monica Allen, Christopher Axtell, Erin Daly and David Ousterout.

Four students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Corey Fiske, Griffith Honsinger, Bailey Meeker and Teresa Phan.

Twelve students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Marissa Bulger, Anthony Donohoe, Zachary Jones, Daniel Komarinetz, William Miller, Robert Osbahr, Joshua Rebello, Sean Reichhold, Caitlan Reilly, Kaitlyn Schneider, Kyle Sever and Samuel Thomas.

Seton Catholic Central High School currently offers 12 Advanced Placement courses in the 2005-2006 academic year. Last year, two of these college level courses were offered to sophomores in the subject areas of biology and world history. The 10th graders performed admirably with 86% of them being recommended by the College Board for college credit in world history and 70% recommended for college credit in biology.

This year the program has expanded to chemistry and U.S. history and will continue to grow in the 2006-2007 academic year.

SCCHS Select Chorus performs at the Grand Ole Opry

Last year, the SCCHS Select Chorus competed at a national festival held in New York City. The Chorus swept the competition, winning first place in every category, including all five soloist awards. In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, the SCCHS Select Chorus has been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry during the national music festival in Nashville. In addition to their competitions, the Select Chorus performs two concerts a year for the SCCHS community. The General Chorus is also highlighted at the two annual concerts.

The instrumental music program at SCCHS makes many contributions to the school’s cultural life as well. The Chamber Group plays at monthly Masses as well as with the Stage Band at two annual concerts. Moreover, the SCCHS Pep Band is the envy of every school in the area: they perform on stage at every home Boys’ Varsity basketball game. It’s hard to beat their signature rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” especially with the Fan Club singing along!

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