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  • Introducing Carmel's New Superintendent of Schools

    On July 1, Erin Meehan-Fairben, Ed.D.  will take over as the Carmel Central School District's new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Fairben, who brings a wealth of experience, a proven track record of educational leadership and a deep commitment to student success, was appointed by the Board of Education in February.

    Dr. Fairben has been an educator for 32 years. She has taught at elementary, middle and high school as well as college-level courses for aspiring educators at SUNY Brockport, St. John Fisher, and Hobart and William Smith colleges.  She has held various leadership roles at both the building and district level including Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Special Programs, Superintendent of the NYS School for the Blind, Director of P16, Assistant Superintendent and most recently as an Associate Superintendent at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. Throughout her career, Dr. Fairben has worked tirelessly to support all students and has expanded educational opportunities for students through collaboration, effective communication, and visionary leadership.  Dr. Fairben brings with her decades of leadership experience in building strong relationships with her staff and community.   

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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2024

    Carmel High School’s 331 graduates enjoyed music, speeches and memories of their years together as they said goodbye Thursday to the Carmel Central School District.  

    “We began classes on Zoom and disguised ourselves under masks for some years,” Salutatorian Jennie Belle Aliaga said. “Further, we recall color day. The day most deserving of a bright blue sky was tainted by a deep orange hue. Thanks, Canada.  All this to say these misfortunes ended up making our high school years a little more unique and memorable.” 

    Her advice to the class: “Don’t wait. The best time for action will always be now.” 

    Valedictorian Luke Walters used his speech to share the glory and highlight the accomplishments of others in the class of 2024. He encouraged all his fellow graduates to aim high.  

    If we leave here today and we give it 100%, our chances of success, be it professional, economic or even spiritual, will soar,” Luke said. “If we find great mentors along the way, they will teach us and they will help us to take risks that put us in the best position for success and, if the fates allow us to be at the right place at the right time, perhaps some of us will someday change the world. 

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  • Science and Surprises for Research Students

    At the Carmel Science Research Symposium in May, seven seniors presented high-level research projects that ranged from topics like nicotine, to volcanoes, to the effect of noise pollution on songbirds.  

    But as the 30 science research students in grades ten through 12 displayed their projects to curious teachers, parents, administrators and friends, several mentioned all the non-scientific things they learned by joining the three-year program.  

    “It’s all about your own self-discipline,” said Halina White, a junior. “I think it really prepares you for adult life and college.” 

    Halina’s project this year was “Analyzing Awareness and Interest in Different Sustainability Methods in Putnam County.” Students can change projects from one year to the next or expand upon a project in successive years.  

    Junior Maia Thompson agreed that the science research program teaches independent learning.  

    “I really like the fact that the research is all student-led,” Maia said. “I got the opportunity to explore my own interests.” 

    Dr. Nicole Griffin, who has taught the science research program since 2015, said that helping students to become independent thinkers who follow their own interests is a foundation of the program.  

    “I was a student in science research when I went to school here,” said Griffin, a Carmel High School alum. “It was the same way back then.” 

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  • Carmel High School Teacher Heads to Court

    Carmel High School Social Studies Teacher Susan Tornatore will travel to Washington, D.C. in June to attend the prestigious Supreme Court Summer Institute.  

    Tornatore teaches senior Economics and Law, a required course at Carmel High School.  

    “The institute will enrich my understanding of how the SCOTUS operates, selects cases and makes decisions,” Tornatore said. “I am eager to learn how I can integrate recent Supreme Court decisions into our law curriculum in a way that is meaningful for our students. The activity I am looking forward to the most is being present for a live reading of a decision by the justices at the Supreme Court on June 13th.” 

    The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methods for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars, and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. A recent evaluation of the Supreme Court Summer Institute found that, after the program, teachers who attended felt much more confident discussing controversial issues and Supreme Court cases in their classrooms, discussed Supreme Court cases and used interactive teaching strategies more frequently, and gained critical knowledge about the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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  • Recognizing Musical Talent

    At its May 7 meeting, the Carmel Board of Education recognized music students throughout the district who were selected for the All County and Honors ensembles. The Carmel Central School District Music Department has so much to be proud of each year. 

    “This year, we had over 50 students perform in Area All State,” said Music Department Chair Meghan Cabral. “We also had students perform with New York State School Music Association's All State festival and the New York State Band Directors' Association honor bands. Our George Fischer Middle School students stood out at the Putnam County Music Educators' Association all county festivals, too. This year we had over 70 students accepted! Each year we also have students earn Excellent and Outstanding ratings at the NYSSMA solo festival.”   
    Carmel Schools have been recognized as one of the best communities for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants’ (NaMM) for seven years running.   

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  • The 40th Annual CHS Student Art Show

    Ren Collina can easily rattle off the names of all the art classes that Carmel High School offers: Studio Art, Mixed Media, Drawing & Painting, Ceramics, Photography, Graphics, AP Portfolio and AP Art History. 

    She should know, she has taken most of them.  

    “I took seven art classes in high school,” said Ren, a senior who is headed to Ithaca College in the fall to study theater production and design. “I was basically in the art rooms all day. It is such a welcoming place. It was a great community to be part of.”  

    Ren was just one of 500 students whose work was displayed at the 40th Annual Carmel High School Student Art Show at Casey Hall in April.   

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  • Mental Health and Wellness at Carmel High School

    The hallway outside the gymnasium was filled with Carmel High School students who came to the school’s annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair to see what services local organizations offer.  

    “It’s a good way to get exposure to all the options that are out there in our community,” said Anabella Marte, a junior, who quickly finished work in her English class so that she could tour the fair.  

    Students picked up brochures, pinwheels and mints that the groups offered while they stopped to talk to representatives from agencies including the Putnam Community Action Program, the Putnam County Youth Bureau and the LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center. 

    Perhaps the biggest draw, however, was Mia, the therapy dog who came with representatives of Exceptional Sidekick, a nonprofit that provides service dogs to disabled teens and young adults.  

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  • Science Research Students Reach for the Stars

    The high-achieving Science Research students at Carmel High School have a lot to be proud of. 

    “We had one student place first and another student place third at the Eastern Junior Science and Humanities Symposium,” said Dr. Nicole J. Griffin, the Science Research Coordinator. “Being chosen to present your work is an honor and all of the chosen students did a wonderful job presenting their research.” 

    Two CHS students have received prestigious internships, Dr. Griffin said. 

    Then on Saturday, March 16, ten CHS juniors and seniors competed at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

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  • Woodshop Students Build Coyotes to Scare Geese Away

    Justin Dalli remembers the first thing he ever built.  

    “When I was about 10, I bolted wheels to a pallet and just drove it down a hill,” Justin, a Carmel High School sophomore, said. “I managed to not get hurt.” 

    Justin is one of a group of creative woodshop students who built coyote silhouettes to help scare geese off Carmel Central School District fields.   

    “I call them ‘the crew,’” said Technology Teacher Don Saldico. “These are the kids who come into the woodshop in their free time because they like to make things and fix things. They are a tremendous help to us.”  

    The crew made the coyotes using the Computer Numerical Control machine, or CNC, in the woodshop classroom, said Don Saldico, a technology teacher. 

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  • Broadway Quality Musical at Carmel High School

    The classic stage show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” may bring back memories to a lot of people. But few will have as detailed memories of the popular musical as Peter Bellantoni, the Music Director for the play at Carmel High School.  

    “I played trumpet in the pit orchestra for “How to Succeed” when I was in high school,” said Bellantoni, the high school’s orchestra teacher. “I still remembered a lot of the vocal cues for the songs to start when we started rehearsing.”  

    The Carmel High School Music Production Workshop will present the show on Friday, March 15 at 7p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at George Fischer Middle School. 

    Tickets can be purchased at for $18 in advance or $20 at the door.  

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