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  • MCHR Remembers Frank Pellegrino

    February 14, 2017
    Please join the Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary community in offering your thoughts and prayers to Frank Pellegrino’s family. Mr. Pellegrino, longtime supporter of MCHR and co-owner of Rao’s, recently passed away. Since 2005, Mr. Pellegrino helped raise over $2,500,000 for the school through the annual Rao’s Benefit. His spirit and legacy live on through the success of our students.

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  • Graduate Spotlight: Tyler Gaston

    June 2015
    The MCHR graduating class of 2015 features talented violinists, thought-provoking writers, inquisitive scientists, and show-stopping vocalists.  In a class full of all-stars, Tyler Gaston stands out by being a well-rounded Renaissance man.  “Tyler’s enthusiasm for learning and his willingness to help others are outstanding,” says Principal Kaszynski. “He demonstrates true leadership qualities.”

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  • Parent Advisory Council Strengthens School Community

    June 2015
    It takes a village to raise a child, the old saying goes. The “village” of MCHR is led not only by its faculty and staff, but by an active Parent Advisory Council (PAC) whose impact grows with every school year.  “More than thirty years worth of research have proven that children do better when their parents are involved both at home and at school,” explains veteran PAC mother Chével Nelson.  “Grades and test scores climb.  Self-esteem grows.  And, most of all, schools improve.  MCHR PAC was established to do just that.”

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  • Grades 5-7 Join New Partnership Friends at Network-Wide Field Day

    May 29, 2015
    Since its official launch in 2013, the Partnership has brought together students from all six of its schools for memorable events ranging from competitive chess tournaments and holiday parties to basketball camps and political rallies.  This spring, the fun extended to Randall’s Island, where MCHR’s fifth through seventh graders participated in a network-wide Field Day on May 29, along with students from the other five Partnership schools.

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  • Students Develop their Inner Artist with the National Academy Museum & School

    May 2015
    Ask an MCHR student what his or her favorite subject is, and the odds are fairly good that the answer will very enthusiastically be, “Art!”  Under the guidance of art teacher Melanie Ende, students learn to express themselves through drawing, painting, mixed media, and more during weekly art classes. They find freedom in the message that in art class, there is no such thing as a mistake.  For the first time this year, ten students who have demonstrated a particular interest and talent in their art classes took their potential beyond the classroom through a special new partnership that MCHR has established with the storied National Academy Museum and School’s Young Artist Program.  

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  • Benefit with Rao’s Brings Together New Friends and Old

    May 5, 2015
    Eleven years after the first “Italian Evening in East Harlem” benefit was held at Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School, the friendship between Rao’s Restaurant and MCHR is more strongly forged than ever before . The momentum of the 10th anniversary benefit last spring carried over in spades to this year’s event, which was held in the school’s dressed-up cafeteria and gym on Tuesday, May 5.  Ticket sales, auction proceeds, and donations totaled $307,249. This total also includes $48,100 raised for MCHR’s capital campaign, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor and will help fund the new boiler, flooring, windows, and schoolyard pavement being installed this summer.

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  • Prominent Rabbi and Educator Shares Holocaust Survival Story with Students

    May 4, 2015
    Studying the Holocaust came to life for seventh and eighth graders in a powerfully moving way this May, when Holocaust survivor Rabbi Mayer Moskowitz came to visit with the middle school students and share with them his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II.  Principal Kaszynski and middle school social studies teacher Zoraida Hernandez recognized the importance of students hearing about the Holocaust from a firsthand account and so welcomed the opportunity of the Rabbi’s visit.  

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  • Finding Your Part in the Partnership

    December 2014
    We understand that closing the education gap is not just about providing an excellent education in the classroom.  It is also about exposure and experiences outside the classroom. We are developing a volunteer base made of men and women who want a hands-on experience with Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School and our students, and we would love for you to join.

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  • Discovering Fire with Lauren DelFavero, Director of Math Achievement

    December 2014
    Selected by Kathleen Porter-Magee to join the Partnership’s academic team, Lauren DelFavero serves as Director of Math Achievement. Ms. DelFavero comes to the Partnership most recently from Success Academy Charter Schools. Last year, all of her 5th graders passed the NY State math test with 96% of students scoring “fours” – the highest level.  A self-described teacher from the word “go”, Ms. DelFavero looks forward to achieving the same results for all students in the network.

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  • MCHR Track Team Races for Charity

    October 2014
    The MCHR Track Team is training hard this month, with the goal of racing both for victory and for charity at the Ronald McDonald House Fun Run on Saturday, November 8.  Featuring all-star athletes from Grades 2, 3 and 4, the track team practices every Wednesday to build both speed and endurance for Race Day in Central Park.  In the meantime, they are also working together to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House. 

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  • Coming Home to the Partnership

    September 2014
    Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School is thrilled to have the support of the Partnership for Inner-City Education’s new Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Kathleen Porter Magee.  Since joining the Partnership team in August, Ms. Porter-Magee has been working with Ms. Kaszynski, MCHR teachers, and the other network principals to bolster student achievement at all six Partnership schools.

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  • Michael and Marie DeStefano Support Latino Students in Need

    September 2014
    For the past three years, MCHR has partnered with the Latino Enrollment Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of New York to increase outreach and scholarship opportunities to the local Catholic Latino community.  While these Madrinas Scholarships are crucial to helping Latino families enroll, they do not extend beyond the student’s first year – putting each Madrinas Scholar’s future at MCHR in jeopardy on an annual basis.  This summer, Michael and Marie DeStefano stepped in to solve this dilemma by supporting scholarships for sixteen fortunate MCHR students.

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  • Graduate Spotlight: Marcella Clerie

    June 2014
    On paper, eighth grader Marcella C. reads like a model resume.  A star student who has earned honors in every single marking period since she first began at MCHR, Marcella excels both in and outside the classroom.  She earned an Honorable Mention during an Inner-City Scholarship Fund art contest, was named MVP of the ICSF basketball team, and placed second in the District 4/5 speech contest.  This year, her efforts have paid off in a major way: Marcella was awarded a full scholarship to attend Cathedral High School in the fall.

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  • CSF Scholars Rock Out with O.A.R. on “The Today Show”

    June 3, 2014
    MCHR is quickly becoming a staple on the national morning talk show circuit. Following a cameo appearance on Good Morning America last November, seven talented members of the MCHR choir were invited by the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) to sing back-up for the rock band O.A.R. on The Today Show. 

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  • Future Scientists Explore Nature and Beyond with the New York Hall of Science

    May 2014
    MCHR’s second year of science coaching from the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) — NYC’s  only hands-on science and technology center — has seen students’ exploration of science deepen in exciting new ways “Expectations were set in Year 1,” explains MCHR NYSCI coach Jasmine Maldonado. “The science program is completely hands-on, fun, and engaging.  It brings science to life.”

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  • Students Bask in the Bright Lights of Broadway

    May 14, 2014
    Despite being a quick subway ride away from the best of Broadway, many students have not seen a performance on a vaunted Broadway stage—a dream destination for them, having been heavily exposed to the arts at MCHR. This dream came true this year for all Grade 6 and Grade 8 students: both classes received funding  to see Broadway plays based on novels they read during the school year.

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  • Annual Benefit Celebrates a Decade of Partnership with Rao’s Restaurant

    May 6, 2014
    Five short blocks are all that separate MCHR from the legendary Rao’s Restaurant.  Yet ten years ago, those five blocks were widened by a deep cultural chasm—a divide so marked that, beyond their shared neighborhood, any commonalities between the two communities were unrecognizable. So, when Principal Kaszynski made the five-block walk down Pleasant Avenue carrying a handwritten appeal for support in a last-ditch attempt to save the school from shutting down ten years ago, she certainly did not envision Rao’s as the devoted MCHR sponsor that it would become.

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  • MCHR Takes Mathematics Beyond the Classroom

    April 2014
    A mathematics revolution is sweeping through the halls of MCHR.  Gone are the days when students learned the principles of polygons and probability by copying down the formulas their teacher wrote out for them on the chalkboard. The 2013-14 school year marked the first time in which MCHR students visited the new Museum of Mathematics and enrolled in Khan Academy, an online library of mathematics content including lesson videos, assessments, and interactive challenges.

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  • MCHR Earns Accelerated Reader Status for a Third Year

    March 10, 2014
    Students of all grades came together in a school-wide effort to earn the highly coveted “Master School” status through Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Reader program.  This year marked the third time that MCHR achieved this goal since first implementing the program in 2005.

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  • Spotlight on MCHR’s New York Hall of Science Instructor

    January 2014
    Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School students have many opportunities to develop their inner scientist, thanks to MCHR’s partnership with the New York Hall of Science. From getting eco-friendly tips from a professional geologist and scuba diver, to exploring our universe through an in-school planetarium, to dissecting everything from a starfish to a sheep’s brain–it’s no wonder that science is many of our students’ favorite subject!  Check out MCHR science coach Parminne Pitamber on YouTube to learn more about science at Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School.

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  • MCHR Spirit in Full “Swing” during Catholic Schools Week 2014

    January 27, 2014
    MCHR parents joined their students in learning the basics of the rumba, merengue, swing, and more during the kick-off to Catholic Schools Week.

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  • Recent Graduates Return to Volunteer at their Alma Mater

    November 2013
    For many high school students, the thought of returning to the school where they spent the dreaded middle school years is enough to send cold chills down their spines. Not so for recent MCHR graduates, who are flocking to volunteer at their alma mater. Seven St. Jean Baptiste High School seniors along with two Cardinal Spellman freshmen are helping out with everything from assisting in the Pre-K classrooms, to organizing library books, to putting together information folders for prospective students.

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  • Taglialatella Scholars in the National Spotlight on “Good Morning America”

    November 7, 2013
    Thanks to the ongoing support of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Taglialatella, ten MCHR students were featured on yesterday’s broadcast of “Good Morning America.” The students can be viewed proudly representing Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School on national television with GMA weatherman Sam Champion here. All ten students receive scholarships from the Katherine M. Taglialatella Foundation, which Mr. and Mrs. Taglialatella founded in honor of Mr. Taglialatella’s mother. Mr. Champion is chairing a benefit for the KMT Foundation tonight, proceeds from which will fund additional need-based scholarships for MCHR students. The students were thrilled to meet Mr. Champion and GMA anchor Josh Elliott, who invited them into the studio to be a part of the “GMA Live” webcast (which can be viewed here) after the television broadcast. While there, the students asked one another, “Are we in heaven?” We are all very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Taglialatella and the KMT Foundation for making this opportunity possible for them.  

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  • MCHR Takes Top Prize in Annual Library Connections Competition

    October 24, 2013
    Thanks to the generosity of the Library Connections Mini-Grant Program, MCHR is able to promote students’ understanding of real-life issues in their school community for the fourth year in a row. Last year, MCHR was awarded the first prize of $1,500 for implementing a cross-curricular, school-wide anti-bullying campaign.

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  • MCHR’s 2nd Annual High School Preview Night

    October 2013
    The Parent Advisory Council is hosting on Friday, October 11 at 5:30 PM in the cafeteria/gym. All grade 6-8 families are invited to join us in learning more about New York City high school choices, the application process, and financial aid. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from top high schools including All Hallows High School, Cardinal Hayes High School, Cathedral High School, Fordham Preparatory School, LaSalle Academy, and more. 

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  • MCHR Dancers of All Ages are Back in Step

    September 27, 2013
    MCHR’s hallmark dance program swung into motion this week with the return of ballroom dance and the beginning of Alvin Ailey creative movement and jazz/hip-hop classes. Continuing in the tradition of  years of MCHR students before them, our fourth graders took their first steps into the world of ballroom dance on Tuesday, while our more experienced eighth grade class ventured downtown for their first dance class of the year at the American Ballroom Theatre Dance Studio. Ballroom classes will continue every week for the rest of the semester. On Wednesday, our youngest students also had the opportunity to show off their moves for Alvin Ailey Company dance instructor Wendy Rivieccio, who is teaching Pre-K and kindergarten participants the basics of dance through MCHR’s After-School program. Grade 1-6 After-School students will be studying hip-hop and jazz with with Ms. Rivienccio. We look forward to watching our students continue to develop into talented young performers!

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  • Major Capital Projects Completed for 2013-14 School Year

    September 9, 2013
    Thanks to the long-time support of loyal MCHR friends and the Partnership network, MCHR installed a new roof this summer. The lobby was also spruced up in order to welcome students to a fresh new start to the school year.

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  • Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School Joins the Partnership Network

    September 3, 2013
    Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School is thrilled to be one of six Pre-K through Grade 8 Catholic schools in Harlem and the south Bronx that is part of the recently launched Partnership for Inner-City Education network.  These six schools are being managed by the Partnership, an organization that has been integral to the school for many years, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of New York.

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  • Sixth Grader Inducted into REACH Program

    August 2013
    MCHR 6th grader Dramane Doumbia joined a select cohort of young men this year as one of the newest inductees into the prestigious REACH program, a Regis High School prep program that serves Catholic middle school boys who are academically gifted and demonstrate leadership potential. As an honor roll student who also excels in the MCHR Honors Violin Ensemble, Dramane fit the profile.

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  • Students Give Back at St. Francis Food Pantries Benefit

    August 1, 2013
    As any Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School student can tell you, an MCHR education emphasizes the importance of serving others, especially those in need. On August 1st, MCHR’s Honors Violin Ensemble students got the chance to live out this core value on the big stage—at the 11th Annual Women of Valor Awards Tea benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters at the Waldorf Astoria.

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  • The New York Hall of Science Helps Students Hone Scientific Research Skills

    December 2012
    Thanks to generous funding from The Partnership for Inner-City Education, MCHR students delve deeper into a wide range of scientific topics with New York Hall of Science Coach Jasmine Maldonado. The Science Coach enhances our science curriculum through in-school instruction as well as working with Grades 6, 7, and 8 in an afterschool CSI Club. Using state of the art equipment including microscopes to study everything from the properties of aerodynamics and gravity to single-cell organisms, MCHR is becoming a center for exploratory learning!

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  • Art for a Better World Fair: Dominic Taglialatella Helps MCHR Artists Shine

    December 4th – 9th
    Dominic Taglialatella, a beloved role model to the MCHR community, was internationally recognized for his generous spirit and remarkable work with the Katherine M. Taglialatella Foundation at the Art Basel-Miami art fair.

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  • MCHR Advisory Board Member Eric Lee Invites Students to the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

    December 1, 2012
    MCHR Advisory Board Member Eric Lee graciously took 10 students to the Alvin Ailey matinee performance at City Center. Moved by the mesmerizing show, our young dancers found themselves in awe of these dancers’ ability to capture such visceral emotion and master so many forms of dance. The support of friends like Mr. Lee enables MCHR students to experience these wonderful culturally enlightening experiences.

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  • Racing for Charity: MCHR Supports Ronald McDonald House

    November 2012
    This past November, MCHR joined over 20 other schools and over 1,000 runners in Central Park for the Ronald McDonald House Fun Run. Through the support of family members and friends, 34 students raised over $5,000 to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provide a “home away from home” for families of children with cancer as well as a supportive, nurturing community. Participating in this event enabled students to learn the importance of philanthropy while reaping the benefits of healthy exercise!

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  • MCHR Students Showcase their Fancy Footwork for the Rt. Honourable Theresia Villiers MP

    October 25, 2012
    Pierre Dulaine, founder of the American Ballroom Theater, hosted the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland, the RT. Honourable Theresa Villiers MP and other esteemed guests in East Harlem. He chose MCHR to illustrate the merits of ballroom dance as he is expanding the Dancing Classrooms Program internationally. Dancing Classrooms’ curriculum encourages a sense of teamwork, respect, camaraderie, and discipline among our students while allowing them to have fun and appreciate the art of dance. Ballroom dance has become an integral part of MCHR’s performing arts program, and one from which all of our students reap incredible awards. The school is especially grateful to Brad and Barbara Evans for supporting the Dancing Classrooms program at MCHR because without their patronage, the students would be unable to have these unforgettable experiences!

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  • MCHR Partners with Horizons Mentoring Program

    Summer 2012
    Four of our current First Graders benefited from a six-week summer mentoring program at St. David’s School, a private all boys elementary school on the upper east side of Manhattan. Horizons provided students with exceptional academic, cultural, and recreational enrichment opportunities including swimming lessons, field trips, and individualized instruction.

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  • Students Explore the Great Outdoors at Rye Nature Center

    Summer 2012
    For the fifth summer in a row, MCHR students enjoyed the stunning natural beauty of Rye Nature Center in Rye, New York. Thanks to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, 26 of our young learners developed an appreciation for environmental conservation issues and reveled in the natural beauty of the outdoors. These unique experiences enabled students to see a new world outside of Manhattan and develop new friendships in the process.

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  • Honors Violin Ensemble Performs at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

    August 2, 2012
    The Honors Violin Ensemble had the privilege of showcasing their talents for St. Francis Food, Pantries, & Shelters’ ‘Women of Valor’ tea. Students reveled in the beauty of the grand ballroom but kept their composure while performing in front of such an esteemed audience.
    MCHR offers violin instruction as a curricular enhancement to Grades 3, 4, and 5. Through our partnership with Ten O’Clock Classics, students in the upper grades have the opportunity to join the Honors Violin Ensemble and further develop their passion for music.

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  • Gospel Choir Joins Critically Acclaimed Violinist Daisy Jopling at Symphony Space

    Impressive musician Daisy Jopling invited MCHR’s Gospel Choir to accompany her and perform at Symphony Space. Our singers serenaded the audience with Christmas Carols sharing their holiday cheer. Given our school’s dedication to dance and music, we always appreciate the opportunity to showcase our love for the arts.

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  • Mr. Stanley Sponsors School-Wide Trips to the Big Apple Circus

    Mr. Stanley’s incredible generosity allowed every student at MCHR School to witness the world-renowned Big Apple Circus. Circus Artists performed spectacular feats ranging from juggling to acrobatics to contortions! This unforgettable show allows students to see the wonderful world of magic and have a ball!

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