English Class - Juniors 2013

Class of 2014 working with Mr. Rau

Freshmen 2013

Sophomores Spring 2014

Freshmen 2013 in Orchestra

Orchestra Concert 2014


Congratulations to the Orchestra program on an amazing concert!

Congratulations to those who performed at the Orchestra Spring Concert of 2016, on another great performance! This year was especially special: we had teachers, a guidance counselor, an assistant principal, and other HSVD staff members performing “Lean on Me”, alongside the entire orchestra program. Another year of hard work, paid off! Thank you to everyone who performed and contributed to this successful performance!



HSVD Community Service Club @ AIDS Walk NY

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, members of the HSVD Community Service Club participated in AIDS Walk NY.  We walked 10 K (6.2 miles) and raised $100 to promote research to fight the epidemic.  Aside from a few sprinkles, the weather held out and a great time was had by all!  Participants included club advisor Mr. Rau, co-advisor Ms. Siebuhr, seniors Ana Portillo, Tatiana Burns, and Shanelley Salcedo, sophomores Ali Shim, Raquel Cruz, and Deondre Williams, and alumnus Melisse Valdez, Brian Ferreira, EinAsia Smith, Ayannah Salaam, Indira Hernandez, nd past club president Carolina Gonzalez (who surprised all of us with her appearance!)  In addition, we were joined by Raquel’s sister Mariel and Tatiana’s friend Dajia.  Well done HSVD!



Community Service Club: March for Babies

On Sunday, April 24th, the members of the HSVD Community Service Club participated in the March for Babies in Manhattan.  We walked 3 miles and raised $126 for research for the prevention of premature births and support for babies born prematurely.  The weather was perfect for a Spring morning and a great time was had by all!  Participants included Club advisor Mr. Rau, co-advisor Ms. Chung, Club president Karina Alvarez, seniors Ana Portillo, Myka Humes, Angelyn Robles, and Vladimir Perez, sophomores Deondre Williams, Ali Shim, and Teresa Peterson, HSVD alumnae EinAsia Smith and Brian Ferreira, two of Myka’s friends, and Ms. Chung’s friend Billy and even her dog Nala.  Well done HSVD!





Thank you Ms. Clark for your work!


In recognition for her efforts in creating the winter performances, Ms. Clark was presented with this certification of appreciation.

Making Strides Walk by Community Service Club (from October)

community service club walk

On Sunday October 18th, members of the HSVD Community Service Club completed the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Central Park. Despite the chilly temperatures, we completed the 5 mile walk and had a great time. We raised $191 in donations so many thanks to all who supported our cause! Participants included senior and club president Karina Alvarez, seniors Javeh Collado, Jonathan Castillo, Imani Johnson, Arleyne Figueroa, Nicole Resto, Myka Humes, Marilyn Leal, Ricsi Bermudez, and former HSVD student Sarah Martinez, sophomores Raquel Cruz and Deondre Williams, club coordinator Mr. Rau, and assistant coordinator Ms. Siebuhr. In addition, we were joined by Ms. Siebuhr’s brother, Marilyn’s brother, Raquel’s sister, and friends of Karina and Myka. Well done HSVD!

Graduation Ceremony



Join us on Thursday June 25th, 2015 in the Morris Campus Auditoirum, as we congratulate the latest batch of HSVDers. If you need a ticket, please email Ms Pentoliros at SPentoliros@schools.nyc.gov or call her on extension 1094.


On Sunday, May 17th, the HSVD Community Service Club participated in AIDS Walk NY in Manhattan. We walked 10k (6.2 miles) and raised $50 towards AIDS research and also raised awareness for the AIDS epidemic. The weather was perfect, a summer preview, and we had a great time supporting a great cause. Participants included:

  • Club Advisor:  Mr Rau
  • Faculty member: Ms Chung
  • Club President Carolina Gonzalez (senior)
  • Seniors: Ayannah Salaam, Ariana Bodden, Ariel Smith, Erick Balbuena, Indira Hernandez, Melisse Valdez, Hazel Sosa, and Alexa Nunez.
  • Juniors: Angelyn Robles and Ileamarys Mateo
  • HSVD Alumni Gisselle Ruiz
  • In addition, we were joined by members of the Morris Leadership Council who attend SFE and Ariel’s sister.


Well done, HSVD!


HSVD Marched for Babies

On Sunday, April 26th, the HSVD Community Service Club participated in the March for Babies Walk in Manhattan.  We raised $110 for research and support for premature babies.  The weather was perfect and we had a great time.  Participants included:

  • Club advisor Mr. Rau
  • Newspaper Club advisor Ms. Siebuhr
  • Seniors: Erick Balbuena, Indira Hernandez, Ayannah Salaam, Hazel Sosa, and Melisse Valdez
  • Juniors: Karina Alvarez, Illeamarys Mateo, and Angelyn Robles
  • Sophomores: Jacinth Richardson, Nicole Rivera, and Dajia Singleton.
  • We were also joined by Jacinth’s Mom and Ms. Siebuhr’s brother.

Join us for the AIDS Walk on May 17th.  Well done, HSVD!

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Senior Trip Pics are UP

Check out the Senior Class trip pictures in our Gallery section.  Make sure you email any pictures to HSViolinDance@gmail.com so we can include those on the site as well.20150312_093809.jpg

What are the 9th graders learning at HSVD this month?

Global-Mr Rau

 In Global II, we recently completed a periodic assessment that compared and contrasted feudal systems in Europe and Japan.  This week, we have analyzed documents related to the period of the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty which are being used in a DBQ essay.  We also analyzed primary and secondary source documents related to the Ming Dynasty period in Chinese history.  Still to come, a study of documents related to the Bubonic Plague and its effects on the world.


English- Dr Feinstein

 In class, students are reading the novel PUSH by Sapphire or the novel THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Alexie and discussing and taking notes on various themes, such as Family, Home, and Persistence.  Students will be writing literary analysis essays on the novel they are reading in class.  That essay will be peer-reviewed and revised.  Students have nightly homework of reading an Independent Reading book for ONE HOUR and also must write ONE PAGE in a Reader’s Journal every night.  Two nights a week, they may do a Free-Write in their Reader’s Journal, but they still mush read for one hour.


 Math –Rubin

 Students are describing patterns in real world numerical data. They have learned the difference between an Arithmetic Sequence and a Geometric Sequence and have learned prediction and summary formulas for both. The Geometric Sequence is a list of numbers that increase by a Common Ratio. An example is 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, … where each term is twice the previous term. They will then apply this knowledge to the study of Exponential Functions and their graphs. Real world examples include the Interest in a Bank Account, Population Growth, and Half-Lives in Chemistry. Features of the graphs include asymptotic behavior followed by an extremely steep slope. For fun, try doubling the value of a penny each day for 30 days.

Chemistry -Chang


Chemistry:  This month in chemistry, students will be learning about organic compounds.  Organic compounds are present everywhere around us, including our own bodies!  We hope that through this unit, students will gain a deeper understanding of organic compounds by studying its composition, purpose, and function, particularly through everyday contexts.

Chem1/Sci and Tech:  This month in Science and Technology, students will be debating the pros and cons of Technology especially in reference to themselves and each other.  Students will also work on their proficiency in programs like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel which will aid them in their future endeavors.