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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Principal's News


Christopher Cummings, Principal
Chris Mercurio, Assistant Principal
Alfonse Davino, Assistant Principal


As we become engaged in the Holiday Season, I hope that we can take some time to pause from all of our commitments in order to count our many blessings and enjoy the time spent with family and friends.  On behalf of all of the Faculty, Staff and Administrators, I wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable HOLIDAY SEASON!


Dec. 09        Parents for Lakeland Penny Social

Dec. 15        Parents for Lakeland meeting

Dec. 21        Winter Concert – Band

Dec. 22        Winter Concert- Chorus & Orchestra

Jan. 11         Parents for Lakeland Meeting

Jan. 12         8th Grade Orientation  

REMINDER – The entrance closest to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is for buses only between the hours of 7AM-7:30 AM and 1:45 PM -2:15 PM.

CONGRATULATIONS -We are proud to announce our top students for the graduating Class of 2016.  Congratulations to our Valedictorian, Kathryn Schore, and Salutatorian, Ashley Jimenez for their outstanding commitments and hard work in achieving academic excellence.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – We were pleased to induct 80 students into the NHS on October 26. Students have completed the necessary 80 hours of community service in addition to achieving the unweighted GPA of 88 or better. Underclassmen hoping to qualify for NHS must accrue 80 hours of community service to be eligible in their service year.  It is never too early to start working toward that goal.

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP - Daniel Delayo has been named Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34, 000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 competition.

RED RIBBON WEEK (October 24-28) - This year’s theme was “Elect to be Drug Free-Make Lakeland Great!” Thank you to our SADD Club for running a great week of activities.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lakeland High School Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Team! They made it 8 state titles in a row on Sunday, November 13. It was Lakeland’s 11th state title, all under Coach Sharon Sarsen. Congratulations to Coach Sarsen and the entire team.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING - The annual Lakeland food drive took place again this year giving to hundreds of local families who are especially in need during the holiday season.  LHS supported United for the Troops again this year by donating “wish list” items that will be wrapped and sent in care packages to our soldiers.








This year we are excited to announce that students will be able to order all of their AP Exams online by registering at the Total Registration website:

 Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Registration Begins, Cost = $97
  • Thursday, February. 2, 2017 - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $13 late fee per exam.
  • Friday, February 17, 2017 - Registration Ends

If you have any questions regarding the AP Exams or the registration process please contact Alfonse Davino at 914-528-0600.


Yearbooks can be ordered through May 1st

**Order your yearbook directly from Herff Jones on-line or by phone.

Phone:  1-866-750-1367


Senior ads are due by February 1st; you must complete your ad online.

In order to place your ad, please log on to

Use Order number 14091

Senior sibling photo’s will be taken December 13th & 14th from 10am-2:30pm. We ask that students use their lunch periods to have their picture taken. The photographer will be in the library reference room.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Apostolico or Mr. Staub @ 914-528-0600.


This honor is bestowed on students who have demonstrated exemplary effort in one or more areas of academics, citizenship, school pride, and character.  The LHS administration team sponsored a quarterly Recognition Breakfast, which was held on November 16th.

Art:  Brianna Banscher, Kellie Smith, Ishika Patel, Matthew Lewin, Lily McConnell, Angelina Pharmakides

Band: Sara Senerchia, William Ferri

Chorus: Gabrielle Sansone, Oscar Garcia

Early Childhood Education: Kristen Spedaliere, Kayla Petrilli

English: Christian Jimenez, Benjamin Mandel, Jennifer Puglisi, Nicole Pemberton, Emily Weinbaum

FBLA: Shrudhii Kundu

Foreign Language: Cassia Shoulders, Sarah Hajkowski, Matias Prando, Nicholas Sanchez

Health: Alexis Pappas

Mathematics: Michael Gajdosik, Alexis Pappas, Angelique Fonseca, Lourdes Vivanco, Elliette Reyna

Occupational Education: Taylor Berta, Laura Nardelli, Ankush Bhakta, John Dowling, Nicole Pemberton, Emily Weinbaum

Orchestra: Emma Halderman, Emily Vesperman

Physical Education: Michael Scotto, Gabriela Espinoza

Science: Gabriel Arroyo, Matthew Rodrigue, Paul Messina, Christopher Kenney, James Walsh

Social Studies: Alexander Mendel, Jothi Ramaswamy, Timothy Callery, Coral DiMichele, Marlon Peak

Strive: Brittney Rustici


Seniors are encouraged to visit colleges.  Some colleges require that you register to attend an open house.  Call or visit the college website for information.  Students visiting colleges are asked to obtain documentation from the college of this visit for attendance purposes.

Seniors are reminded that they must allow teachers and counselors at least ten working days to submit supporting school information for college applications.

“Pending appropriation of state funds,” the 2017 Scholarship for Academic Excellence will be awarded to the top seven LHS seniors based on Regents exam scores.  Congratulations to the students who qualified for the award: Daniel DeLayo, Eric Fitzgerald, Ashley Jimenez, Kevin Moore, Nicole Pemberton, Kathryn Schore and Noah Trungold.

TJ Chin has been selected to represent Lakeland High School at the 2017 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Program next spring.  Meghan Noble was also selected to attend the program.  Jennifer Puglisi was chosen as the alternate.  Students were selected based on demonstrated or potential leadership ability.

Wig ‘N’ Whiskers

The cast and crew of our drama club recently put on a wonderful production of “Almost Maine,” a story about a little town that is so far north it’s almost not in the United States, it’s almost in Canada, and it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just…Almost. One cold, clear Friday night, in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways.  Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. Love is lost, found and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

The production and performances were amazing, and the event was a huge success. Congratulations to Darrin Grimm and his crew who always amaze us! Bravo to the cast!

Sports Literature News

Mr. O’Sullivan’s class visited the studios of ESPN RADIO on December 2, where they learned about the inner workings of a radio station.  They met on-air personalities: ALAN HAHN, RICK DIPIETRO, CHRIS CANTY and STEPHAN A. SMITH.


Art Department News

Congratulations to several of our AP Studio Art students who have been chosen to learn from, and work with the educators at Katonah Museum of Art. They will be working on a professional design workshop day and two professional gallery exhibit training experience days.  These art students include Nancy Cobban, Brianna Banscher, Juliana Iral, Gianna Cocciolillo, and Kathryn Godoy.  Stay tuned for information on several big student art shows and exhibits coming up in the next newsletter.


Yorktown Chamber of Commerce Guest Speaker from Lakeland High School, Lakeland High School teacher, Charlene Nigro, had the opportunity to present at the December 6, 2016 Yorktown Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting held at Frankie & Augie’z Ristorante.  Ms. Nigro presented about two different programs in which community members can assist our students.  As the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) Coordinator, Ms. Nigro explained the unique internship program for seniors.  This program allows our students the opportunity to go out into the community and work world to gain hands on career related experience.  Prior to beginning the experience the students are submerged in learning all the necessary skills including but not limited to time management, professionalism, business etiquette, phone etiquette, career planning and research, job interviewing skills and techniques, child labor laws, workplace safety, resumes, cover letters, listening and communication skills, thank you notes, and follow up correspondence letters.  Community members are able to mentor our students and help prepare them for the future while gaining first-hand knowledge of the career field the students have chosen.  The second program Ms. Nigro spoke about was the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  FBLA is a co-curricular organization at Lakeland High School in which students have the opportunity to participate in projects, competitions, business development, conferences, community service, and leadership opportunities.  Lakeland FBLA is always looking to bring in guest speakers for the students so that they can learn about different skills and careers.  Additionally, Lakeland FBLA is currently planning the District 3S Spring District Meeting (SDM) to be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and is seeking local community members to serve as judges in the performance events.  Another way community members can become involved in FBLA is by assisting with preparation for various competitive events such as insurance and risk management, accounting, video game and computer design, as well as many other areas.  If interested in assisting our students please contact Ms. Nigro via e-mail at  Also, Ms. Nigro offers a very special thank you to the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce for being invited to present at their monthly meeting.

Lakeland Attends FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC) - November 3-6, 2016

Written by Katelyn Heinrich

FBLA’s National Fall Leadership Conference was a great way to start this school year.  This year’s NFLC was hosted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in early November.  Our members landed in Milwaukee and began touring the beautiful city. Lakeland FBLA went to a cheese factory and learned how they make cheese and how to become a certified cheese master.  We also watched an NBA game, the Milwaukee Bucks versus the Indiana Pacers, explored the interactive Harley Davidson Museum, and visited the Milwaukee Zoo and other fun activities when workshops were not in session. For the bulk of the weekend our chapter attended numerous business related workshops as well as both the opening and closing meetings. The entire weekend was filled with a lot of educational workshops and a lot of fun! We can’t wait for the next FBLA meeting!


Lakeland FBLA hears Guest Speaker on November 15 for American Enterprise Day

Written by Katelyn Heinrich

In the library on November 15th, Lakeland FBLA’s Chapter had a guest speaker come and talk during the meeting about entrepreneurship for American Enterprise Day. American Enterprise Day is a day dedicated to promoting capitalism in the United States. Our guest speaker, Mrs. Vicki Lagoudis, owns her own business and is a spiritual healer and life coach. She spoke to our chapter about how to be a successful entrepreneur and her experiences with being her own boss. It was very informative about the importance of entrepreneurs and the hardships that they go through trying to get their product to make it onto the market. At the end of her presentation, Mrs. Lagoudis split us into groups and had everyone participate in a fun activity. This activity allowed us to think of a new product that wasn’t already on the market and try to sell it to the other groups. All the groups became entrepreneurs, and thought of new, interesting products. It was a great way for Lakeland FBLA to learn about entrepreneurship and American Enterprise Day!

Mrs. Lagoudis presenting 

Thank you for certificate from LHS FBLA

Ms. Charlene Nigro, Adviser                                                                                        Lakeland High School 
1349 E. Main Street Shrub Oak, NY 10588                                                              914-528-0600 x275  Fax: 914-528-0521  

October 24, 2016

Dear FBLA Supporter/Prospective Judge:

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Lakeland High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be hosting the District 3S Spring District Meeting at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, NY.

District 3S consists of FBLA chapters located throughout Westchester, Rockland and parts of Putnam counties. The Spring Meeting is our annual district-wide competition for students in FBLA. There are six judged events at this meeting: Basic Decision Making, Client Service, Impromptu Speaking, Job Interview, Public Speaking I and Public Speaking II.

The first through third place winners in each of these events will receive a trophy, ribbon, or certificate. The first and second place winners in each of these events move on to compete in their respective events at the NY FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 5-7 at The Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.

We would like to invite you to participate as a judge of one of these events at the District Meeting on February 9th. If interested, please click on the attached form below and e-mail to, or fax to Ms. Nigro at 914-528-0521, at your earliest convenience. She will be coordinating the judged assignments for this meeting.

All of the events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will last, depending on the event and number of participants, between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. We would ask that you arrive at Lakeland High School no later than 2:30 p.m. for a meeting of all of the judges prior to the events. Following the events all judges are invited to stay for dinner as well as the awards and closing ceremony. We will also make special food accommodations, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

We also welcome any suggestions you might have for additional business or community leaders we could invite to serve as judges.

Thank you for your time and support of FBLA, a wonderful organization for students interested in business and civic activities. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Casey Grosso, State Vice President of District 3S - Lakeland                                                                   

Ms. Charlene Nigro, LHS - FBLA Adviser – District 3S

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