Student Spotlight

FMHS 10th Grader Yasmine Sanchez accepted to 2016 Manhattan Borough Arts Festival!

posted Mar 22, 2016, 8:40 AM by Ms. Danielle Salzberg

The opening night reception of this highly competitive art show is on June 6th at the Lower Eastside Girls Club and it will be open to the public on June 7-10.  Mark your calendars to celebrate Yasmine and the rest of the artists in the show!

Accepted piece:
"The Other Side of the Story"

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Artist statement:

This piece demonstrates that we need to recognize the problem of police brutality, but like a tape or chalk marking on the ground, we just step right over it like it didn't mean anything. I've had a friend lost to police brutality and this needs to stop. Look at this drawing and tell me there wasn't a time when you weren't looking when someone was in need, but when police came, it resulted in police overusing their power in a hostile way.  Why are we turning a blind eye to this and not fighting against this? Is it because they are of higher authority? The victims tell the story, but it's up to us to not walk over it but place it in the spotlight.


The creative challenges I encountered while creating my piece were the numerous scenarios I could think of to incorporate into one drawing. It was hard because I don’t know everyone’s situation that could convey this meaning. I went and did research to get stories from the public. I used comparisons as seen on the banner in the drawing to show how we once were.


This piece of art changed my thinking because not everything is told. I would strongly dislike being the other side of the story. It made me wonder what policemen had going through their minds. Do they not, when they roam and inspect the streets, see the innocence our neighborhood creates? Or is it because we don't allow them into our society for what they did in the past? Overall, the piece changed me in a way to learn about the victims but also to think about the real culprit. I didn’t want to over exaggerate but to show the real, ugly truth. 

Real World Learning!

posted Feb 5, 2016, 9:55 AM by FMHS Web Admin

As part of FMHS's internship program, Jennifer Moy and Misty Lin interned at city council member Helen Rosenthal's office.  

They recently attended a town hall with Ms. Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer on Senior Housing.  While at the town hall, they met Mayor De Blasio.

Go Jennifer and Misty!

Student vs. Staff Basketball Highlights!

posted Jun 23, 2015, 6:30 AM by FMHS Web Admin

The Student vs. Staff Basketball was great fun this year.  And for the first time in FMHS history the students won!  The final score is 44-31.  Check the highlights!

McCourt News wins First Place!

posted Dec 12, 2014, 6:34 AM by Ms. Danielle Salzberg


McCourt News wins First Place in the Best New Newspaper category in this year's Newsies!  Congratulations to this year's editors and staff, current Advisor, Lina Mai, and founder Leslie Seifert!  Congratulations, too, to former writers and editors as the award recognizes accomplishments of the paper over the first three years.

Bug Life

posted Nov 12, 2014, 11:29 AM by FMHS Web Admin   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 11:31 AM ]

Inspired by the recent plans for a Mars colony, our students have designed and built their own "Ecocolumns" in Mr. Joralemon's Advanced Biology Class. 

The students collected supplies from Central Park and will keep alive crickets, worms, goldfish, and pillbugs in their columns, using the concepts learned  in class!

Congratulations to McCourt News!

posted Oct 31, 2014, 11:45 AM by Ms. Danielle Salzberg   [ updated Oct 31, 2014, 12:45 PM ]

McCourt News and one of our writers were named as finalists this week by The Newsies!, the only NYC high school journalism competition.  The Newsies! Awards are judged by local journalists and newspaper editors and are an opportunity for NYC student journalists to be recognized.  Finalists will be honored and winners announced at a December 11 event at Baruch College.  

Congratulations to Emily Ren and the whole McCourt News staff!  And thanks to staff advisors Lina Mai (current) and Leslie Seifert (former) for working with this amazing group!

FMHS DNA Team completes first project!

posted Aug 18, 2014, 11:13 AM by Ms. Danielle Salzberg   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 11:19 AM ]

Congratulations to Nadia S., Ornella R., Jatna P., Geralyz N. and Cristina G. who just completed the urban barcoding camp! They spent two weeks collecting samples in the field, isolating DNA, and analyzing the results.  They may have actually discovered a new spider!

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