Good News from Newburgh School News

On Wednesday, February 6, 2012, two Newburgh Free Academy athletes signed letters of intent with two prestigious institutions.

Newburgh Free Academy linebacker Michael Cerisano signed a letter of intent to attend Division II Southern Connecticut State. NFA Varsity Football Coach Bill Bianco said Cerisano will receive an athletic scholarship/grant package worth about $23,000 annually.

Toussaint Helm, a Newburgh Free Academy offensive lineman, signed a letter of intent on to attend Division I Lafayette. Helm’s scholarship is worth about $57,000 annually.

"February 6th was National Signing Day for football everywhere in the country. Once again, the Newburgh Football Family was blessed to participate in this event with not one but two of our student-athletes,” explained Bianco.

According to Bianco, the two students make the sixth and seventh players to sign a National Letter of Intent to play football on scholarship in the past four years.

“We are very proud of both of these young men and the commitment they have made to our program and their education. They have represented themselves, their families and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District to the best of their abilities and are role models to the entire student body. Once again we are very proud of both student athletes and look forward to watching them continue their careers on the field,” said Bianco.


Meadow Hill Partners with National Heart Health Month

for Third Annual Jump for Johnny

Students Honor Former Classmate During Health Initiative

Recently, Meadow Hill Global Explorations School students in Newburgh celebrated National Heart Health Month in a special way, by honoring former classmate Johnny Sileno, who passed away from cancer in 2010. Now in the third year, Jump for Johnny allows students and staff to take a break from their regular day to celebrate and remember Sileno with joy. One by one, participants laughed and smiled as they “Jumped for Johnny” in the school gymnasium.

PR JumpforJohnny: Meadow Hill Global Explorations School students and faculty, along with members of the Sileno Family, and Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education President Dawn Fucheck, showcase a photo of the late Johnny Sileno following the third annual Jump for Johnny.

Temple Hill Academy and Community Give the Gift of Life

On January 30, 2013, Temple Hill Academy hosted the New York Blood Center for a winter blood drive. The event was organized and planned by Junior National Honor Society students, their co-advisors and the faculty members of the Temple Hill Academy Health and Safety committee. The New York Blood Center staff introduced the ‘Little Doctors Program’ to students in third through eighth grades. The presentations were fun, interactive and supported the New York State science curriculum requirements.

Throughout the day, the blood drive attracted parents, teachers and community members to donate blood and help save lives. In total, 51 units, that will be able to touch 153 lives in the Hudson Valley region, were collected by the NY Blood Center

“Not only was the drive a great opportunity for students to experience the power of life, but it was a great chance for students, parents, teachers and the community at large to give the gift of life to others in need,” explained Temple Hill Academy School Nurse Teacher Maura Koennecke.

Caption: Pictured, Temple Hill Academy Junior National Honor Society students who organized and planned the school’s winter blood drive. Throughout the day, the blood drive attracted parents, teachers and community members to donate blood and help save lives.

Press releases and photos courtesy of Kerry Butrick - media relations specialist for NECSD