SMC Sophomore Parents Weekend welcomes families to campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed families to campus Friday for the annual Sophomore Parents Weekend. Despite rainy weather and Friday’s breaking news of College President Jan Cervelli’s resignation, students and parents gathered for a variety of activities organized by Saint Mary’s Class Council.Family members participated in activities spanning from a Saturday brunch to pumpkin painting and carriage rides at Saint Mary’s annual Oktoberfest. These events were followed by a closing mass Sunday morning.  “Our main goal is to have events promoting unity for the school,” sophomore class representative Meg Hemmert said. “This year we have a brunch followed by Oktoberfest, [which was] sponsored by Student Activities Board. On Sunday morning, we have a sophomore class Mass at the Church of Loretto.” Tom Pantelleria, who attended the events with his daughter, sophomore Emily Pantelleria, said the Saturday brunch was an especially exciting event.“We got to meet [new interim College President Nancy Nekvasilt on Saturday], which was a relief to us parents,” he said. “We got to talk about the school’s mission of developing confidence and critical thinking amongst the women here. We’re all confident that these young women will grow up to be the next great leaders of our country.” Many families, including sophomore Alison Schibi’s, arrived on-campus from across the country for this weekend. “We flew from Kansas, which is always an adventure itself, but it’s always worth it to see Alison,” Kelly Schibi said about her daughter. “Every opportunity to come up and visit campus is exciting because we just love it here.” Eric Schibi, Alison’s father, said it was an interesting weekend to visit campus after the shocking news of Cervelli’s resignation.“We are so shocked to hear the news,” he said. “It’s very surprising and interesting that all this just happened.”Alison said she was “so happy” that she got to spend time with her family. “I loved having my parents and sister come visit me this weekend,” Alison said. “I know that a lot of sophomore students did not have parents come, so I am very thankful I was able to see mine and spend time with them.” For many families, the weekend was a special time to relax with their daughters.“I’m most happy about seeing my daughter,” Geri Pantelleria, Emily Pantelleria’s mother, said. “That’s most exciting because I have missed her so much.” Emily expressed a similar sentiment, voicing the joy she felt combining her two homes for the weekend.“I love every opportunity to blend my Saint Mary’s family with my real one,” Emily said. “Saint Mary’s is my second home.”Tags: families, parents, Saint Mary’s Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

Take a look! Union Endicott elementary school prepares for upcoming school year

first_img“Signs on the wall,” Kipp said. “Anything you could think of possibly to give as many cues for our kids to stay safe.” Visitors will have to answer ‘no’ to all the questions on the COVID-19 questionnaire at the entrance before entering the building. Elaine Taylor, AGM Elementary principal, says the district has been working hard to make sure each building is ready for the first day of school. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Union-Endicott Central School District has been making changes to keep children safe. Kipp and his staff will put in about 80-100 hours of work placing tape in the hallways to show students with directions they should be walking, setting up classrooms to accommodate ten to eleven students, and sanitation areas throughout the school. Following New York State’s guidelines given to the school district, U-E had over 50 Zoom conference calls on what changes each district building should make. “So actually being apart of the decision making and part of the team setting this up,” Kipp said. “It gives me more comfort of mind knowing that the building is set up as safely as possible.” Jeremi Kipp, Ann G. McGuinness head custodian, says this is a big deal because he has three kids that attend AGM. “We were working hard this summer but our most concern to make sure all students, faculty, and staff are safe,” Taylor said. “And then why we’re all here is for the learning of students.”last_img read more

Joc Pederson makes most of second chance in Dodgers’ win

first_img“Players kind of have a certain DNA but they’re always trying to get better,” Roberts said. “I don’t think Joc enjoys striking out. I don’t think that’s the case at all. He’s working in the cage to get better. … I think that his approach with two strikes has changed, and we’ve talked about that.”Said Pederson: “mechanically, I was doing a lot of stuff wrong last year toward the second half and the end of the first half that was causing me to swing at bad pitches. Slowing it down. I made some mechanical adjustments that are putting me in a better hitting position for me to be able to recognize pitches better. It’s still early.”After Pederson’s home run erased an early 1-0 deficit, Yasiel Puig created the Dodgers’ third run almost single-handedly. He led off the seventh inning with a single, stole second base, then scored when Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford smothered a soft single by Yasmani Grandal in shallow center field but couldn’t throw home in time.That made a winner of Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda (2-0), who was finally scored upon but still hasn’t lost a game in the major leagues. Take away an 81-mph slider to Joe Panik that landed in the bleacher seats, and Maeda could claim the best start to a career by any starting pitcher in Dodger history.Panik’s home run in the third inning ended Maeda’s scoreless-inning streak at 14. Only Dave Stewart and Bob Welch went longer from the start of their careers with the Dodgers without allowing a run.“I wasn’t too concerned with the streak,” Maeda said. “After the home run, I pitched tough.”Maeda allowed back-to-back singles to begin the fourth inning, but got out of that jam thanks to a double-play groundout. He never got into trouble again, cruising through the seventh inning while throwing 98 pitches. He walked a total of three batters and struck out seven.Told he gave Maeda an ERA, Panik quipped, “it’s still a pretty small ERA.”It’s 0.47 ‑ the smallest by any pitcher who’s started three games this season.Chris Hatcher threw a remarkably uneventful eighth inning and closer Kenley Jansen survived a leadoff single in the ninth to record his fifth save in five chances before the announced crowd of 48,911.After taking two of three from the Giants, the Dodgers have an off-day Monday followed by a six-game road trip to Atlanta and Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pederson was penciled into the No. 7 slot in the batting order Saturday, and his number was called in a high-leverage situation. With a runner on third base and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pederson popped out to foul territory. The Dodgers lost 4-3, and Pederson finished 0 for 4 with a strikeout.Roberts dropped Pederson to eighth in the batting order Sunday, which brought him up with two outs and a runner on base in the fifth inning against Jeff Samardzija. A grooved fastball on a 2-2 count must have looked like a beach ball; Pederson clobbered the pitch out to right field for his second home run of the season.“I’ve been working hard all offseason, working on becoming a better line-drive hitter and making more contact,” Pederson said. “That was the last thing on my mind right there, to hit a home run. I guess it worked out well. I was just trying to choke up and put a good swing on it.”Pederson has struck out in 14 of his 20 plate appearances that have gone to two strikes. This was his first home run with two strikes.While Roberts has leaned toward platooning Pederson, shielding him from all but three plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, the 23-year-old has tried to give himself more chances to succeed too.center_img Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes in second chances.For Joc Pederson, his second chance came quickly. The young center fielder couldn’t deliver in the clutch in the Dodgers’ loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. But he was back in the lineup Sunday, hitting a two-run home run that lifted the Dodgers to a 3-1 win.“I really didn’t think about not having him in there, whether he didn’t get any hits yesterday or got four hits,” Roberts said. “It’s a long season and he’s working hard.”last_img read more