“Brooklyn Gym” Keeps on Giving

By Ashley Harris ‘15 “Brooklyn’s Gym” loves to help out its neighbors, including Midwood, by donating its used gym equipment. Harbor Fitness also known as “Brooklyn’s Gym”, is a private gym which has four locations in Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Mill Basin and Marine Park. People can take classes or obtain a membership and use the gym’s equipment such as lifting weights 24 hours a … Continue reading “Brooklyn Gym” Keeps on Giving

Swim Team Makes A Splash

By Miriam Gabay ‘15  In the interest of full disclosure, Miriam Gabay ‘15 is on the swim team.  Starting off the season with five new girls joining the team and 24 returning girls, the swimteam was hopeful to go undefeated in the Brooklyn division. With only four days of practice a week, the girls grew more determined to accomplish their goals. The first meet was … Continue reading Swim Team Makes A Splash

Girls Sprint Into Track Season

By Shanelle Poole ‘15  After years of success, the girls‘ track team is planning on becoming better runners and a better team this season.  Before the races and the medals, the girls track team had to put their best foot forward during practices. The girls track team worked toward cross country by practicing four days a week at Prospect Park. The practices were distance oriented … Continue reading Girls Sprint Into Track Season

Girls’ Team Starts With a Lucky Strike

By Sherry Fung ‘15 Winning five of six games, the girls’ bowling team started off steadily with returning and incoming players. With a “Midwood Hornets!” cheer before every match, the team commenced the season with a winning score of 3-0 on their first official game. From then, the team has been winning most of their games with just one loss on their record. As the … Continue reading Girls’ Team Starts With a Lucky Strike

Former Cheerleader Returns as new Coach

By Feyisola Soetan ‘15 Cheerleading’s new coach was a former Midwood cheerleader herself. Ms. Joanna Alonso ’09 remembers her experience as a cheerleader fondly. “It was a privilege to wear Midwood colors,” she explained when she spoke of how the experience helped her to grow as a person. Ms. Alonso believes that joining the team is a great step towards becoming a functioning member of … Continue reading Former Cheerleader Returns as new Coach

Principal Welcomes Parents Over Breakfast

By Almas Shafiq ‘14 Midwood’s Breakfast with the Principal event on September 29 highlighted a new host, Mr. Michael McDonnell, the new principal. At 10:30 am, parents of incoming students at Midwood, honored staff members, and volunteer tour guides gathered in the auditorium for the special occasion. “It’s a great opportunity for freshmen parents to meet adults who are responsible for instructing their children,” said … Continue reading Principal Welcomes Parents Over Breakfast

Special-Ed Teachers Join Midwood Family

By Yasmine Brown-Williams ‘14 Droves of new educators have arrived this fall, and they are now nestled in our school’s community. Whether they are relatives of current employees (or alum) or not, they’ve become settled in, with the help of their department colleagues and the school administration. Among the latest additions are two special education instructors: math teacher, Ms. Michele Rudolph and, math and science … Continue reading Special-Ed Teachers Join Midwood Family

New College Counselor Directs Students to Success

By Robyn Nagourney ‘14 Hornets welcome Ms. Lorrie Director as a new college guidance counselor this year. Ms. Director fills the spot left vacant by Ms. Nancy Ziselman who left on maternity leave last May. Ms. Director previously worked at Banana Kelly High School, which is a small Department of Education School in the Bronx. “ I wanted a new challenge and a new opportunity,” … Continue reading New College Counselor Directs Students to Success

New Grading System Accurately Reflects School Performance

By Wai Man Wang ‘15 Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that a new grading system for schools will be debuting later this fall in her second policy speech. This new initiative will not only incorporate test scores into the grading system, but will also incorporate other factors that will give each school an accurate assessment. The old system that was brought to light under Mayor Bloomberg … Continue reading New Grading System Accurately Reflects School Performance

Minimum Wage Should Match Living Wage

By Keturah Raymond ‘15 Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order that expanded the living wage law in New York City, raising the hourly wage of $11.90 to $13.13 for another 18,000 workers who do not receive benefits on September 30. A “living wage” is the minimum income required to have, and maintain, a normal standard of living. Mayor de Blasio hopes to match … Continue reading Minimum Wage Should Match Living Wage