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NRHS Principal Tries to Calm Parents in Letter

NEW ROCHELLE– Parents of New Rochelle High School students received this email last night regarding the story we posted about the High School librarian accused of sexual advanced toward a sixteen year old student: Dear Parents, As you may have learned through news reports earlier today, the New Rochelle Police Department has arrested one of our librarians, Marissa Anton. She has been charged with a D felony involving a minor. The allegations involve a male student here at New Rochelle High School. Ms. Anton has been suspended from her assignment until further notice. As with all matters concerning our students, these allegations are taken very seriously.

New Rochelle High School Librarian Charged in Sex Sting

The City of New Rochelle reports that yesterday afternoon a librarian at New Rochelle High School was arrested for inviting a 16 year old student to have sexual contact with her. New Rochelle Police Detectives arrested Marisa Anton, 33, of Yonkers, and charged her with Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors in the First Degree, a Class D Felony. “On May 27, a sixteen year male student at New Rochelle High School appeared at Police Headquarters,” says the Mayors office in a press release, “and reported that for the past several months Ms Anton had been sending him e-mails and other computer data communications of explicitly sexual content in an effort to invite him to engage in sexual conduct with her. Police investigation into the matter confirmed the student’s report, and Police Detectives apprehended Ms. Anton when she appeared at the student’s residence in an apparent attempt to accomplish a sexual encounter.” Ms Anton has been employed by the school district since 2008 and has no prior criminal record.

Coming up: ‘Family U’ at New Rochelle High Tonight

  From New Rochelle Schools:   Billed as an evening of education and information for middle and high school students and their parents, Family University will take place at New Rochelle High School tonight, beginning at 6:30pm. The evening is loaded with workshops aimed at four different categories (Parents, High School Students, Middle School Students and Spanish Parents).  In all categories, there are workshops aimed at students and parents either entering high school or entering college in the fall. Among the workshops being offered are the following: Communicating Effectively With Your Teen Sex in the Suburbs: Raising Sexually Healthy Kids The 12 Deadliest Mistakes Teen Drivers Make Teens N Transition: On and Off Campus Is There a Freshman Friday? There is also a keynote speaker for each track aimed at that particular audience.  Among the topics covered by the keynote speakers will be: Helping Teens Handle Stress The Immigrant Educational Experience in Westchester Food Ads: What’s The Real Deal? Family University is a collaboration between New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances) and the district’s Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative, a federally funded partnership of New Rochelle Schools and community agencies.

Cool Finds: Art Museum in Halls of New Rochelle High

  Right in there with lockers, classrooms and teenagers cruising down corridors, a hidden gem of an art museum makes its home at New Rochelle High School. The only state-chartered museum in a school in New York State, the Museum of Arts & Culture exhibits art created by students and outside artists alike. The exhibit featured in these photos showcases the creations of graduating senior CJ Senerchia. The culmination of CJ’s artistic efforts throughout high school, the exhibit ends with a closing reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. “This was years in the making,” says fine arts teacher Marc Schneider.

Building of the Week: Mahlstedt Lumber and Coal, New Rochelle

Built in 1920 at 415 Huguenot Avenue, New Rochelle. City Historian Barbara Davis says that when commercial buildings were constructed in the late part of the 1800s and early 1900s, no expense was spared. “This was certainly the case when the owner of the J. A. Mahltstedt Lumber and Coal Company (incorporated 1895) erected a handsome Neo-Classical Revival style building for his thriving enterprise’s offices. The limestone two-story structure was prominently sited just opposite the Soldier’s Monument at the west junction of Huguenot and Main Streets.” The lumber yards were located directly behind the building.  The Mahlstedt family had deep roots in the community including running the ice manufacturing business on the lake that is now the Twin Lakes in front of New Rochelle High School.  The pink family home on the lake is now the Huguenot branch (the Childrens Library) of the Public Library.

“Young Artists on the Rise” at MAG

The Mamaroneck Artist Guild was packed Thursday night for the group’s 10th anniversary reception and awards ceremony for the Young Artists on the Rise exhibition currently on display. The show, which includes 90 selected works by very dedicated and talented art students from New Rochelle, Mamaroneck and the French American High Schools, reflect the importance of art instruction in our schools. It was clearly very exciting for parents, students, teachers and their friends to be part of this important community event, which showcases sculptures atop of pedestals and paintings, photographs and mixed media hanging on the gallery walls. The exhibition also identifies the art teachers behind the students. They teach techniques but they also teach confidence and creative process.