Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Special Survivor by Josh Stamer

On Friday December 9th, 2015 Brenda Perelman, a Holocaust survivor, visited Port Richmond High School and told the students about her story of perseverance and triumph.

Mrs.Perelman grew up in a Jewish family in a village in Poland. Mrs. Perelman was forced to wear a Jewish star that identified her as a Jew. Mrs.Perelman and her family tried to protect themselves from the Nazis by hiding in a forest and in people's homes. It was too dangerous for Mrs. Perelman’s baby brother Pinchus to hide with them, so Mrs. Perelman’s parents were forced to hide Pinchus with a Polish Christian couple. Although they tried to keep Pinchus safe, he was shot by the Nazis just a month before his second birthday. Mrs.Perelman became emotional as she told this story. She identified it as the most tragic event of the Holocaust. “ It bothers me that I am here and he's not,” stated Mrs.Perelman.
Mrs. Perelman does not hold any anger towards the Nazi’s for the tragic events she experienced.“ If you cannot forgive you cannot move on because you will harvest negativity within you...If you hold on to bitterness it is not good because you will affect yourself and the people around you in a negative way,” advised Mrs. Perelman. While Mrs. Perelman does not hold onto anger, she did hold onto special mementos that were hidden by her father before they were forced to flee Poland.
Her dad buried silver cups and other items in their yard. When the Holocaust was over, Mrs. Perelman went back to her home in Poland and dug up these mementos. The cups serve as a memory of what Mrs.Perelman has survived, and as a memory of her father. Keeping this piece of history alive means a lot to Mrs.Perelman and her family.  

Mrs. Perelman’s life today is much different than it was in the past. She now lives in Staten Island where she has a successful marriage, successful children, and grandchildren. Mrs.Perelman is a retired teacher and says she enjoys spending time with her family. Mrs. Perelman expressed pride for the life she was able to put together, and she is very thankful and grateful for the opportunities she has had, “ I feel like I have special qualities, I appreciate everything I have acquired,” stated Mrs. Perelman. Mrs. Perelman is a special survivor. 
Mrs. Perelman with Port Richmond Students and Faculty from Wagner College. 

Mrs. Pollari with Mr. Discoll, and his fourth period class.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PRHS Band Welcomes Students with Holiday Cheer

Students gathered with Mrs. Woodman in the Main Lobby of PRHS today, December 23, 2015, to welcome students and faculty with holiday cheer. They played Jingle Bells, and other holiday songs. "I loved it; it was a great way to start the day. They also came to my classroom and played Jingle Bells," said Mrs. Bresowsky. The faculty and students love spreading cheer throughout their school. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

SING 2016

 The Port Richmond High School 2015 SING performances were held on November 20th and 21st. The Silverstein Trophy was awarded to the Junmen for their performance of The 5G Grant. The show was written and directed by Kaitlynn Gonzalez. The 5G Grant is about Port Richmond’s Glee Club going to a competition to win a 5G grant. The pressure is on because if they lose the competition against Curtis High School the club gets shut down and the football team gets the money. During the glee club rehearsal a football player gets the setlist from a girl in the club and he gives them to the other school to use in the competition. Port Richmond’s glee club ends up coming up with another setlist and winning the competition. “I’m so happy we won, we all put so much work into the show,” said Gonzalez. The Senmore show,Couples Therapy, is a spin off of a reality television show. Their show is about a few couples who attend couples therapy to have their problems solved. The Senmore show was written by Sydney Russell and directed by Alphie Davis, Eric Greco and Irving Valasquez.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

VNA Community Tree Lighting

     Port Richmond High School students continued their annual tradition of helping to light the Christmas Tree that is in front of the VNA building located at 400 Lake Ave. At the event the school participated in multiple ways.  The Culinary SLC  served cookies and hot chocolate, the marching band performed Christmas carols, and two students came out and sang holiday classics. The two students that came out to perform for the crowd were Kaitlynn Gonzalez and Karinna Ramos. Ramos performed Last Christmas, originally performed by WHAM!, and Gonzalez performed Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), originally performed by Mariah Carey. A week before the event student government members came out and helped Mr. Medugno decorate the front of the building with garland that lights up, hanging ornaments, snowflakes, and poinsettias.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Culinary Thanksgiving Feast

The Culinary Arts Academy held their annual Thanksgiving Feast for the students. The Food was prepared by nearly all the culinary classes, and was served by students that volunteered to help out rather than eat the food themselves. At the event, they served cornbread, stuffing, mashed potatoes, string beans with almonds, carrots, sweet potato cubes, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey. Jessica Gottlieb, culinary student, helped make the sweet potatoes. “The sweet potatoes were fun to make, my hands were covered in sugar. Mr. Ryan outdid himself again this year for the event.” said Gottlieb. Valfred Martinez really loved the food and the mashed potatoes were his favorite. Mr. Marra said the apple pie was delicious and the stuffing, cornbread, mac and cheese were good. Mr. and Mrs. Santos said they loved the apple pie with the great filling. The culinary students and teachers both enjoyed being together at the event.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015


     On Friday, June 5, Port Richmond’s seniors attended the night they were all waiting for, their senior prom at the Hilton Garden Inn. With a Masquerade theme, seniors arrived wearing their unique masks with their prom dresses and tuxedos.  Everyone arrived at the Hilton at around 6:45-7 p.m. The Prom actually started when the seniors were brought into the Nicotra’s Ballroom. At around 8 p.m., the seniors danced and ate the dinner of their choice. Along with the dancing and the food, seniors took a lot of pictures; with their phones and/or by professional photographers. The night ended at midnight, but the memory of the night will last forever.