February 3, 2009

February 3, 2009


Dear LoMA Family,


Welcome back to a new semester and congratulations on your good work on Regents and mock Regents. The incredible 95% pass rate on the English Regents, with 23% earning about an 85, is a testament to the power of hard work by our 11th graders and great teaching by Ms. Louisdhon and Ms. Brettman. As this new semester begins, Mr. Fry and his science club is beginning the recycling program  I mentioned a few weeks ago. He wrote the rest of this week’s newsletter to tell us all about it.


Work hard,


Mr. Wenk


 “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”

-        President Obama on January 20, 2009

With each new phase is a new opportunity.  Each new marking period is an opportunity to perform better than the previous one.  Our president knows this and asks us, as Americans, to step up and take a leadership role in doing the right thing.  In the past decade, I have witnessed climate changes due to global warming.  Hurricane Katrina was a huge wake-up call that global warming is real and that it can directly affect us.  Huge portions of our Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets have melted, and it may not be long before the only polar bears we see are digital animations in Coke commercials.

            Generating cans, bottles, cartons, and paper requires energy.  Currently, most of the everyday items we use are manufactured by burning fossil fuels (oil).  These processes put tons and tons of carbon dioxide into the air and greatly contribute to global warming.  Wouldn’t it be great if LoMA could do something about this?

            LoMA has decided to take on President Obama’s challenge and begin a recycling plan in our school.  Recycling is the process of separating our paper, bottles, cans, and cartons from the regular trash, so that they can be reused.  By using reused containers and paper, we are reducing how much carbon dioxide we put into the air.  Not only is this a fantastic way to conserve and save money and our environment, but it is also the law in NYC.  We will no longer be throwing out our bottles, cans, cartons, and paper into the garbage.  Be on the lookout for recycling bins that will be located throughout the entire school.  Our plan is to have everyone recycling by this Thursday. 

            Everyone has a responsibility.  If you are unsure where to throw something out, just ask someone, or read the sign above the bin.  As advisories, if we communicate effectively, we will be able to start recycling right away and do our part.  Let’s show the rest of this campus that LoMA is serious and ready to take on this new era of responsibility by helping to conserve our environment.  REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE.