Pelham Examiner

Cristina Stefanizzi, Executive Editor

Cristina is a senior at Pelham Memorial High School. She is the class of 2023 secretary and the Editor-in-Chief of the PMHS Pelican Yearbook. Cristina is also the co-president/founder of the PMHS Breast Cancer Awareness Club, co-president of the Pelham Together Youth Council, and a president of the PMHS Operation Smile Club, as well as a member of the PMHS Italian Club. She also enjoys participating in the PMHS Concert and Chamber Choruses, as well as the Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theater Department. She is excited to contribute to the Pelham Examiner and hopes to continue journalism in college.

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Notes from Pelham school district:*Regents Assessments based on Common Core Learning Standards have 5 performance levels (Algebra I & Geometry: level 1 = 0-54, level 2= 55-64, level 3 = 65-79, level 4 = 80-84, level 5 = 85-100; Algebra II : level 1 = 0-54, level 2= 55-64, level 3 = 65-77, level 4 = 78-84, level 5 = 85-100; ELA: level 1 =0-54, level 2 =55-64 , level 3 = 65-78, level 4 = 79-84, level 5 = 85-100 ) Regents Assessments based on 2005 Learning Standards have 4 performance levels (level 1 = 0-54, level 2 = 55-64, level 3 = 65=84, level 4 = 85-100)

Regents results: Pelham students attaining proficiency drop in seven of eight exams in 2022

September 6, 2022

Pelham high school and middle school students attaining proficiency dropped in seven of eight Regents examinations this year, with the largest declines coming in geometry, chemistry, earth science and...

Where The Crawdads Sing: Murder mystery film that addresses real-life issues

‘Where The Crawdads Sing:’ Murder mystery film that addresses real-life issues

September 2, 2022

I have to start this review off with a disclaimer. I haven't yet read the book "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. This makes it possible that the differences between the book and the movie are noticeable,...

Pelham one of least equitable school districts in state, says WalletHub report

Pelham one of least equitable school districts in state, says WalletHub report

August 26, 2022

The Pelham Union Free School District is one of the least equitable districts in the state, ranked 630 out of 674 school systems, according to an analysis of income and spending by WalletHub. WalletHub...

Man who killed two women in Pelham apartment 36 years ago released on parole

August 26, 2022

A man who killed two women in a Pelham apartment building 36 years ago was paroled and released from Green Haven Correctional Facility on Monday, said the Westchester Rockland Journal News in an article...

Artists rendering of the lobby of Pelham House.

Village of Pelham board holds final public hearings on Pelham House; residents voice concerns

August 1, 2022

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees heard from representatives of Pelham House LLC and members of the community during two public hearings Tuesday. Representatives of Pelham House LLC gave the board...

PMHS assistant principal leaves job after two years; interim to be named as search begins

PMHS assistant principal leaves job after two years; interim to be named as search begins

July 21, 2022

Pelham Memorial High School Assistant Principal Bethany Antonelli has resigned to take a job in another district after serving two years in the PMHS post. Her resignation is effective Aug. 31, said...

Mt. Tom Road.

Water, water everywhere: Pelham streets flood during Monday storms

July 19, 2022

The Bronx River Parkway was closed due to flooding at about 3:45 p.m. on Monday as thunderstorms deluged Westchester County. Many streets around Pelham were taped off because accumulating water made travel...

Andrew Kelly was named the first place recipient of the W.W. Fairclough Prize, which is awarded to the top three academic students in the graduating class, making him the valedictorian.

W.W. Fairclough Prize and Memorial Tablet winners named at PMHS graduation

June 27, 2022

The winners of Pelham Memorial High School's most prestigious awards, the W.W. Fairclough Prize and the Memorial Tablet, were announced at Saturday's Centennial Commencement Ceremony. The W.W. Fairclough...

Malia McLellan sang the National Anthem.

[Photo] Foto Feature: PMHS Centennial Commencement Ceremony

June 25, 2022

Malia McLellan sang the National Anthem.

Amazons The Summer I Turned Pretty will make fans fall more in love than the books ever did

Amazon’s ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ will make fans fall more in love than the books ever did

June 24, 2022

"The Summer I Turned Pretty" is the key to unlocking that ethereal summer feeling you’ve been yearning for all year. The seven episode series follows a sixteen year old girl navigating the familiar...

Foto Feature: PMHS band, chorus and orchestra spring concerts

Foto Feature: PMHS band, chorus and orchestra spring concerts

June 16, 2022

The Pelham Memorial High School band, chorus and orchestra held their spring concerts on May 19, 24 and June 2, respectively. Musicians played an array of pieces for family members and friends. The band...

With three new trustees starting July 1, school board to vote Wednesday on four-year contract for Champ

With three new trustees starting July 1, school board to vote Wednesday on four-year contract for Champ

June 15, 2022

At its last meeting of the year and with three newly elected trustees set to begin their terms July 1, the Pelham Board of Education plans to vote Wednesday on a new four-year contract for Superintendent...

Senior Garrett Jenkins celebrates a win.

Foto Feature: PMHS Olympics renamed after late superintendent Dr. Charles Wilson

June 13, 2022

The annual Olympics were held Friday at Pelham Memorial High School after the event was renamed by the student association to the Charlie Wilson Olympics in memory of the late Dr. Charles Wilson, who worked...

From left, Hannah Steinberg, Pelham Examiner Opinions & Ideas editor, and Assistant Managing Editor Gabby Ahitow will attend

[Photo] Examiner Executive Editor Cristina Stefanizzi picked to represent NYS at Freedom Forum’s national journalism conference

June 9, 2022

From left, Hannah Steinberg, Pelham Examiner Opinions & Ideas editor, and Assistant Managing Editor Gabby Ahitow will attend

The AcaPelicans.

Foto Feature: 18 groups perform in annual PMHS Battle of the Bands

May 27, 2022

On Thursday night, 18 groups from Pelham Memorial High School performed in the annual Battle of the Bands in the courtyard between the middle and high school. Groups included The M.A.C., The Heartbeats,...

Foto Feature: Project Communitys sixth annual Color Run returns after two-year hiatus

Foto Feature: Project Community’s sixth annual Color Run returns after two-year hiatus

May 24, 2022

Project Community held its sixth annual Color Run on Sunday to support ongoing local initiatives for youth, families and members of the community. The event was postponed for two years due to the Covid-19...

School board certifies election results, says nothing about failure of capital reserve

School board certifies election results, says nothing about failure of capital reserve

May 23, 2022

Though they certified the results of the school district election, Pelham Board of Education trustees made no comment at their Wednesday meeting on the resounding rejection by voters of the proposed...

Caution tape on playground equipment in Juliannes Park in mid-March.

Julianne’s Playground: Broken, taped equipment causes concern for parents, Hutch PTA

May 19, 2022

Julianne's Playground has been a topic of discussion among community members online and in PTA meetings with the school district over the past several weeks due to broken equipment. One installation...

Newly elected board trustees Will Treves, Jackie De Angelis and Natalie Marrero.

Capital reserve rejected, $84.2 million budget approved; Treves, De Angelis and Marrero elected to school board

May 18, 2022

The proposed capital reserve was rejected Tuesday by Pelham school district voters and the $84.2 million budget was approved, while Will Treves, Jackie De Angelis and Natalie Marrero were elected to three-year...

Marin Caiola with her boatmates after placing first.

PMHS freshman wins first, 2 juniors win third for City Island Rowing at N.Y. State Championships

May 15, 2022

PMHS freshman Marin Caiola placed first in girls novice eight at the New York State Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs this weekend. PMHS juniors Reese McLean and Casey Creutz rowed in girls junior...

SECOND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for Pelham rowing with boys second varsity eight win

SECOND STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for Pelham rowing with boys second varsity eight win

May 15, 2022

The Pelham Community Rowing Association's boys second varsity eight boat won the New York State Championship in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, following the girls varsity four-plus win on Saturday. The...

Foto Feature: PMHS students relieve AP testing stress with outdoor fun, balloon animals

Foto Feature: PMHS students relieve AP testing stress with outdoor fun, balloon animals

May 13, 2022

After two weeks of AP testing, students at PMHS have found numerous ways to relieve stress. They have been going to the movies, playing games outdoors and even making balloon animals during free periods.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ lives up to its name with chaotic horror

May 9, 2022

Editor's note: This review contains minor spoilers for "Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Are you happy? I won't know the answer to that question, obviously, because you're on the other side...

Mount Pleasant administrator to be named assistant superintendent for special ed, health services and counseling

Mount Pleasant administrator to be named assistant superintendent for special ed, health services and counseling

May 3, 2022

Traci Holtz, current director of pupil personnel and student services for the Mount Pleasant Central School District, has been chosen to become Pelham's assistant superintendent for pupil personnel...

Juniors Leila Brady and Quincy Stern pose for pre-prom photos.

Foto Feature: Juniors pack PMHS gym for ‘Great Gatsby’-themed prom

April 25, 2022

The PMHS junior class hosted their prom Friday night, the first junior prom since 2019. The class voted on the theme "Great Gatsby" after reading the novel in their English classes earlier in the year....

Girl Scouts sell cookies along Fifth Avenue.

Snapshot: Get your cookies; Girl Scouts sell along Fifth Avenue

April 23, 2022

Girl Scouts sell cookies along Fifth Avenue.

Freshman Liam Ginsburg in award-winning role of Billy in Bright Star.

[Photo] Foto Feature: PMHS Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s stars shine bright in first live musical since 2019

April 7, 2022

Freshman Liam Ginsburg in award-winning role of Billy in "Bright Star."

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