Monday, December 5, 2016

National Computer Science Week Hour Of Code: at MPH on Wednesday during tutorial

For Computer Science Education Week our CIS department has put together a variety of activities including an online film festival, Hour Of Code, and a video game challenge. For more information visit or find @MPHtechnology on Twitter for the most up to date information. 

Civil Discourse at MPH

Word cloud based on US students expectations for Civil Discourse

After a bitter and divisive election season, filled with inflammatory speech, misinformation, and personal attacks, we felt that it was important for our community to reaffirm the possibility of civil discourse. Our school is a space where tough political, social and environmental issues can be discussed in a respectful manner, where individuals listen to each other, and where differences of identity and opinion are valued.

A group of student leaders from Student Council, National Honor Society, Gay Straight Alliance and Mentors for Violence Prevention synthesized their classmates' feelings on civil discourse in the following declaration, based on MPH's Five Cs (concern, confidence, consideration, cooperation, courtesy), which will be included in the Palladium for future generations of MPH students:

The MPH Declaration on Civil Discourse 

Dialogue: We seek to grow our understanding through conversation, and sincerely consider what other people are saying, recognizing that there are no winners or losers;
Compromise : We recognize that we must sacrifice some of our wants to reach harmony;

- Respect : We value other people and their perspectives, and respect others’ boundaries and emotions; - Inclusion : We welcome other people’s, perspectives, and opinions into conversation, and allow others to exit the conversation or observe;

- Openness : We are comfortable in expressing our opinions and emotions, and participation conversation to whichever degree that we choose;
- Freedom: We recall our right to “freedom of speech” as promised under the Bill of Rights;

- Self-Awareness : We remember that our actions, beliefs, and the way we conduct ourselves in conversation can either help solve problems or make them worse;
- Disengagement : We end the conversation if it becomes unproductive or counterproductive;

- Appropriate Communication : We use appropriate tones, and respectful verbal and body language;
- Appropriate Settings : We find appropriate times and places for conversation;

- Empathy : We try to understand why people hold their specific beliefs, and why they may react emotionally in certain situations;
- Objectivity : We seek out facts and challenge falsehoods;
- Open-Mindedness : We try to challenge our own opinions and perspectives, and we aren’t afraid to change our minds.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tomorrow is a Dress Down Day!

Tomorrow, Wednesday November 16, is our third Wednesday of the month Dress Down Day!
Please refer to your Palladiums p 22 for further information on Dress Down Days.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Costumes

When Halloween  is on a school day, students may come in costumes provided that they respect the following guidelines:

"MPH students may come in costume, provided that the costume is in good taste (i.e., suitable for viewing by children as young as four). No weapons, real or simulated, are permitted as part of a costume, nor are other items that would not be permitted in school ordinarily (for example, liquor bottles). The dress code is eased for the day for students genuinely in costume. Scary, provocative or gory costumes are not allowed. Costumes perpetuating racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes are not allowed". (Parent Student Handbook - Halloween Costumes, p 21)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Homecoming All School Spirit Dress Down Days: Thursday and Friday

From Student Council:

Thursday Oct. 13: TEAM DAY!!!! Wear gear to rep your favorite college, sports team, or MPH team!

Friday Oct. 14: BLACKOUT!!!!!!! (dress in black from head to toe) Go all out with face paint, beads, and banners for your MPH boys varsity soccer team !!!

Jake Lawless Extraordinary Talent of the Week

From the MPH New Digest:

Senior Jake Lawless was featured this morning on Channel 9's "Extraordinary Talent of the Week" with Carrie Lazarus. Jake was chosen for his many accomplishments as a musician, most notably, his trombone playing.  Not only is Jake a stand-out instrumentalist for MPH, but he has contributed to countless performances all over Onondaga County and plays [...]

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