Students #GoRedForWomen during American Heart Month

Here at Fanwood, educators believe that, on top of the common core classes, students should also learn to be aware of health, social, and political issues. Led by teacher, Amy Newland, students organized a #GoRedForWomen day, where they all wore red and dedicated part of class time towards learning about the impacts of heart disease.

#GoRedForWomen encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and is also an action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.

In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.

Click below for more of Fanwood’s #GoRedForWomen Pictures

Students Compete in Battle of the Books

battle-of-the-booksFanwood’s Middle School students competed Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books Competition. This is the first time the School has entered into this particular academic competition, and the team felt feelings of excitement and apprehension about what to expect in a “real” match.

The purpose of Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing middle school students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills. Click here for more info about the competition

Their first competition was against the Marie Philip School. The students were nervous at first, but handled their first ever game with poise! It was a very close game, but Fanwood took the win a final score of 36-34.

Excited by their win, and the growing audience of supporters, the team started match 2 vs. Michigan School for the Deaf with confidence.  The final score was 38-26..Fanwood earned their second win!

The team faced Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in the final match of the day. It was the most challenging round yet, but they did a really great job of staying focused. Ultimately, MSD took the win with a final score of 24-42.

The Fanwood coaches, parents, and staff members are proud of the teams success in their first ever competition. They witnessed the hard work and dedication put forth by the students.  Judging by their smiling faces, it was clear the students felt a sense of pride and genuine enjoyment.

Athletes of the Month

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Samantha, a 10th grader, is our female athlete of the month for October. It is her third year playing volleyball. Her leadership and plays on the court have been wonderful since the beginning of the season.

Samantha led Fanwood to a record of 12-12 during the month of October. At the ESDAA Volleyball Tournament, she earned the All Star Tournament Award and led Fanwood to 4th place.

One of highlights during ESDAA Volleyball Tournament was when Samantha ended the game vs. Lexington School for the Deaf with her trademark strong service point. As a setter, Samantha has a natural instinct and drive for the game. She has a really great intuition about which player to give the ball to, or when to try for a kill. Samantha controls the game really well.

Samantha’s expectation for her teammates is always high and this them to improve as players. When other players become frustrated or feel “off”, I love that she won’t let it affect her own performance; she continues to play at her best regardless. This year, her service skills have improved so much. Also, she is able to handle pressure really well. With that being said, she is an extraordinary player and teammate.

Congratulations, Samantha!


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Fernando, a junior grade, is our male athlete of the month for October. This is his third year playing soccer and this year he started as goalkeeper for first time. In the past, he mostly played midfield.

Since Fanwood’s star goalkeeper graduated last year, we started the season without one. Coaches Nicolas and Paul asked Fernando if he would be interested in filing this position. Fernando accepted the challenge and was ready to learn!

Naturally, his first game was not as smooth as we hoped, but the coaches and team have watched him maintain a positive, hard-working attitude in order to become a stronger goalkeeper. Game after game, he improved more and more, and was soon able to consistently make many important saves for the team.

Fernando earned 71 saves during the month of October alone, which is a huge improvement from Septembers 25 saves. Although he showed frustration when he missed saves, he always sought out ways that he could improve, and grow as a player.

The coaches know that Fernando’s leadership on the team will grow and he will become key role on their team. He showed up on time for practice and was always ready to learn something new. Fernando was not a complainer; each time he fell, he picked himself up and readied himself for the next play. This is exactly what is expected of a goalkeeper. The coaches know that he is on his way to becoming a model play for the Tornadoes.

Congratulation, Fernando!

Students Volunteer at the Food Bank For Westchester

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-51-11-pmIn addition to working in the Fanwood Garden, the students have completed over 100 hours of service at the Food Bank For Westchester in Elmsford, NY. This week they proudly received their official Volunteer shirts, in recognition of their time and effort.

Established in 2012, Fanwood’s Food Bank Garden is one of the largest contributors of organic produce to the Food Bank for Westchester. Under the guidance of the Food Bank, NYSD grows organic vegetables and herbs on campus.  The Fanwood Garden contributes well over 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank annually. gardenoriginal

Once harvested, the Food Bank for Westchester distributes the produce to hunger relief programs throughout the county. The garden provides an opportunity for NYSD students to utilize life skills, work on vocational training and give back to the community.  In addition, it provides students the opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning different aspects of how the garden works.

 

Go Fanwood Tornadoes!

tornadoes-editThe Boys’ Soccer team plays at home today vs. The Harvey School at 4:00pm.  Hope to see you there to show your Fanwood support!


Also…the Fall Athletic season is well on it’s way and our student-athletes are working hard on (and off) the field. Click below for updates and information from their season so far. Go Fanwood!

Click here for Volleyball updates

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NYSD Homecoming Wrap Up

There was an added edge to the September 24th Homecoming festivities this year, as the rival team, American School for the Deaf (ASD) is nearing their 200th Anniversary, as well. Both schools were prepared to compete in a friendly, but fierce, competition.

Volleyball Results
NYSD vs American School for the Deaf
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NYSD’s volleyball team opened Homecoming Day with a four set win over American School for the Deaf (25-18, 25-10, 24-26, 25-20).  During the first two sets, the girls played with such high energy and passion. As for our third set, we became a little too comfortable and allowed American School for the Deaf respond with strong play & they won this set.

Our girls were able to escape with a victory after fourth set. Samantha P. led the team with 23 service points, 8 aces, 2 assists, and 5 digs. Anjel P. earned 10 service points, 1 ace, two assists, and a kill. -Head Coach Kandace Morris

Soccer Results
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NYSD’s first game of the season fell on Homecoming this year against American School for the Deaf (ASD).  This was a special game, as both NYSD and ASD are nearing their 200th Anniversary. NYSD started off a little rusty in the first half, but found their stride and played well. ASD managed to get one in the net and then ASD earned a penalty kick from and NYSD foul in the goal zone, ending the first half with a score of 0-2.

NYSD improved their passing game in the second half and stepped up their defensive game. The team earned a penalty kick opportunity in the second half, but unfortunately missed the net.

Player Highlight Statistics
GK Fernando T.- 10 saves
GK Joey P.- 2 saves
Chris M.- 1 shot, 2 saves
Martin T.- 2 shots
Yazeed A.- 2 shots, 3 corner kicks
Carlos V.- 1 shot

Fanwood Welcomes Sunshine 2.0 for Deaf Awareness Week

In honor of the 2016 Deaf Awareness Week, Fanwood was thrilled to welcome RIT/NTID’s Sunshine 2.0!2016 Deaf Awareness Week

The talented group performed for the students and staff members AND provided workshops and activities
highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Literacy, Deaf Culture and American Sign Language.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES FROM THEIR VISIT


White Plains, NY September 2016New York School for the Deaf, also known as Fanwood, commemorates Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) through events and activities with the goal of raising awareness about the Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, and Deaf History.

In a kick-off presentation to students and staff members, Superintendent, Dr. Harold Mowl, shared that “celebrating Deaf Awareness Week cultivates a sense of pride in our students; pride in themselves, and their culture. This is an opportunity for communities all around the world to recognize the language, culture, and experiences of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.”

In honor of the School’s upcoming 200th Anniversary, “Fanwood Deaf History & Culture” will be a recurring theme threaded throughout each activity. Deaf Jeopardy competitions and a campus-wide Scavenger Hunt are planned for later in the week. Students will also have the opportunity to share their summer experience at various leadership and development camps, and Fanwood will host a panel discussion with professionals in the Deaf community.

2016-hc-banner-finalThe week’s activities will culminate in a school-wide Pep Rally, in anticipation of the Homecoming games this weekend. Fanwood’s Volleyball and Soccer teams will compete against American School for the Deaf (ASD), on Saturday, September 24, 2016. There is an added edge to the Homecoming festivities this year, as ASD is nearing their 200th Anniversary, too. Both schools are looking forward to a friendly, but fierce, competition.

For more information about New York School for the Deaf, please visit www.nysd.net