Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Port Richmond High School Celebrates Spirit Week
By Alexa Agnello

During the week of December 11, 2017, Port Richmond High School students celebrated Raider Spirit by participating in a variety of activities. The week began with Raider Red day and culminated with Ugly Sweater Day.   On other days of this week, students and staff members dressed like twins and exhibited cultural pride by dressing in clothing representative of their culture. Interim Acting Principal
Oneatha Swinton participated in culture day by dressing in cultural clothing. PRHS students and staff dedicated one day of Spirit Week to raise funds and awareness for muscular dystrophy.  On PJs for PJ day,  students and staff wore their pajamas to school in honor of a child named PJ who has muscular dystrophy.  Spirit Week culminated with students gathering in the auditorium to watch The Polar Express.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Port Richmond High School Food Pantry
Helps Port RIchmond Community
                                                      By Darien Gayle and Eniola Adeye

At Port Richmond High School there is a food pantry that is open for everyone in  the community. Mr.Candella, director of community schools and NYCID run the food pantry. About 729 people from the Port Richmond neighborhood utilize the food pantry.  The food pantry is stocked with a variety of food items. There is 1,200 pounds of fresh produce in the food pantry. The money to buy the food comes from City Harvest and Food Bank.  These organizations  provide money for Mr.Candella to purchase the food. During  the holidays the food that is ordered changes. This Thanksgiving the food pantry distributed 100 turkeys, donated by the Rotary Club, to  families in need.
The Food Pantry wasn’t always opened to the whole community. “ When we first started it was (not) only opened to our families, but also to P.S 21 and I.S 51,” said Mr.Candella, Community Schools Director. Many people in the community “ knew it was needed “ after a survey that was given out in 2016. Every Saturday morning the food pantry staff picks up fresh vegetables. One future goal of the food pantry is to partner with Wagner College. If there is a partnership established between NYCID and Wagner College, Mr.Candella is hopeful that they will donate hot food to distribute to families on Fridays.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pajama Day at PRHS
By Alexa Agnello

On December 14th, Raiders conducted a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy. The event is called PJ’s for PJ’s. Raiders dressed  in PJ’s and donated $5 to this charity.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

PRHS Thanksgiving Feast
By Alyssamae Gadsden

On November 21, 2017 students and staff gathered together for their
Port Richmond High School’ annual attended the event with friends and family Thanksgiving Feast. About 200 people to enjoy some food made by the Culinary Arts Program. The feast started ninth period, at 2:15, when the school bell rings for dismissal. The menu consisted of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, sweet carrots, stuffing, and bread rolls. Chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch pudding was served for dessert.

Mr.Ryan and Mr. Mulvey and their students in the Culinary arts program prepared the food during the school day. Ms. Woodman, assistant principal, joined in on all the fun by serving food with the students. The students of Port Richmond came together as a family and enjoyed this meal before going home for the holiday and having even more delicious food with their families.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Respectful Kpop Band TWICE

By Alexa Agnello

                   South Korean girl group TWICE has been taking the world by storm. TWICE has earned the title of South Korea’s “Nation’s Girl Group”. This title originally belonged to their senior group Girls’ Generation also known as SNSD. TWICE just released their first full album of their two year career. The title song of their album is “Likey” and the album “TWICETAGRAM”. The album consists of 13 songs.
TWICE was formed by South Korea’s survival show “Sixteen”. The show consisted of many different challenges and various eliminations until the last members were chosen. The show divided 16 girls into two groups Major and Minor. The girls would either move up, stay where they are or get eliminated. On July 5, 2015 the final members were chosen, bringing on back from elimination. They ended up with nine amazing members.
The group debuted on October 20th, 2015 with the song “Like OOH-AHH” and the mini album “The Story Begins”. Their popularity grew when the released their first comeback song “Cheer Up” along with the mini album “PAGE TWO”. The song drew people in when Japanese member Sana’s part blew up on social media. In the first and second verse people fell in love with the line, “Shy, Shy, Shy”. With their second comeback landing on October 24, 2016, they released the song “TT” and the mini album “TWICECOASTER : Lane One”. “TT” also became a world hit and in January became the first Kpop girl group to surpass 200 million views on YouTube. Their third comeback was not so far away. On February 20th, they released their first repackage album “TWICECOASTER : Lane Two”, with the title song “Knock Knock” and the new side track “Ice Cream / Melting”. In May, the group released their third mini album “Signal” with 6 new songs including their title track “Signal”. They made their Japanese debut in July and released their first Japanese music video in October. The latest album “TWICETAGRAM” was released and has so far surpassed 80 million views on YouTube.
There are nine members. Im Nayeon is the oldest member. She is 22 years old and is the lead vocalist and the center of the group. Next up, Yoo Jeongyeon is the second oldest. She is 21 years old and is the lead vocalist of the group. The first Japanese member is Momo Hirai. She is 21 years old and is the main dancer, vocalist and rapper of the group. The second Japanese member is Sana Minatozaki. She is 20 years old and is the lead dancer and vocalist of the group. The leader of the group is Park Jihyo. She is 20 years old and is the main vocal of the group. The last Japanese member is Mina Myoui. She is 20 years old and is the lead dancer and vocalist of the group. Kim Dahyun is 19 years old, she is the lead rapper and vocalist of the group. Son Chaeyoung is 18 years old, she is the main rapper and vocalist of the group. Lastly the youngest member, Chou Tzuyu. She 18 years old, she is the vocalist, dancer and the visual of the group.
TWICE is full of talent ; they are big dorks and watching them become more and more popular as the days go by makes me feel like a proud *ONCE (TWICE's fan name). TWICE has been called the girl group of the generation because of their record breaking songs and interactions with their fans. With 9 talented and incredibly dorky members, listening to TWICE is a very great enjoyable time. “One in a million! Hello We are TWICE!”
(Left to right - Chaeyoung, Momo, Nayeon, Sana, Tzuyu, Jihyo, Dahyun, Mina, Jeongyeon)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Friday the 13th MOVIE night ON THE
By Alyssamae Gadsden

Friday, October 13th 2017 marked the first ever movie night on the Port Richmond High School football field.  Admission was one dollar and students received a free bag of popcorn with their ticket. Mr.Medugno showed It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! to get students warmed up for the movie, Friday the 13th.   The night ended with students dancing to Michael Jackson’s music video, Thriller.   Students brought blankets, chairs and snacks. Three hundred students showed up to the event, snuggling up with their friends to stay warm on a chilly October night. Students danced to music, ran around chasing friends and laughed, enjoying their night.  Some of the laughs turned into screams when a person dressed up as Scream came running out on the field with a plastic machete.
At the beginning of the event, Principal Swinton came up on the microphone thanking everyone for coming out to PRHS’ first movie night. She described the movie night as a “Dope Event”. “ The movie night itself was a great idea. It brought together Port Richmond as a community and inspired a night of togetherness,” said student Kemauri Flowers. “This was our first time doing movie night on the field. It was a great outcome. Perfect temperature, perfect day, everyone loved it,” stated Senior Class President Kiaramar Pichardo.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

History of Halloween
by Alexa Agnello
"The Halloween Pumpkin Man"

Halloween is the scariest day of the year (besides Friday The 13th). Many people of all ages dress up in costumes and go trick or treating. Many scary movies are watched or put in theaters on this day. Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Borrowing from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition.
Halloween has been a tradition for many people for thousands of years. Even though it wasn’t our tradition to start with. Many people make it a competition by decorating their houses to the fullest. A lot of houses on Staten Island take decorating to the extreme. One house in particular takes extreme to a whole other level.
A house in Westerleigh, Staten Island decorates their house with gore and even has a projector in the window of the house. They put up big statues and figures and this year the owners have a smoke machine in front of the house.

Halloween is enjoyed by almost everyone and is enjoyed by people of all ages. Let Halloween begin!