Category Archives: Events

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!



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)

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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 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 so we can include those on the site as well.20150312_093809.jpg

Information regarding snowstorm as of 12:00pm 1/26/15

January 26, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

As of noon today, no decision has been made about the closing of school tomorrow due to the snowstorm.  However, plans have been made concerning tomorrow’s scheduled Regents exams.  If schools need to be closed, Regents exams will be rescheduled for later in the week; probably Thursday or Friday.  We will be making phone calls to all affected students, so please anticipate this call.  Please note that this is a change from the past, when exams were not made up.

Sincerely,     Franklin Sim     Principal


26 de enero del 2015

Estimados padres, tutores y alumnos:

A partir del mediodía de hoy, no ha sido hecha una decisión sobre el cierre de la escuela mañana debido a la tormenta de nieve.  Sin embargo, se han hecho planes con respecto a los exámenes Regents programados mañana.  Si las escuelas necesitan estar cerradas, los exámenes Regents serán reprogramados para más adelante en la semana; probablemente el jueves o el viernes.  Haremoso llamadas telefónicas a todos los los estudiantes afectados, así que por favor anticipe esta llamada.  Por favor tenga en cuenta que se trata de un cambio del pasado, cuando los exámenes no estaban reprogramados.

Atentamente,  Franklin Sim    Director

HSVD Community Service Club at Kidney Walk


On Sunday, November 9, members of the HSVD Community Service Club completed a 5K walk to raise awareness for Kidney Disease. The weather cooperated and we enjoyed a beautiful autumn walk from Foley Square over the Brooklyn Bridge and back. We raised money for the cause and helped to raise awareness of this disease. We walked in honor of Manuel Santos, uncle of walker and senior club member Indira Hernandez who recently received a kidney transplant and is recovering well. Walkers included seniors Carolina Gonzalez (club president), Anisha Cartagena, Melisse Valdez, Ayannah Salaam, Indira Hernandez, Brian Ferreira, and Ariel Smith, juniors Gabby Ogando, Dimitri Adams, and Karina Alvarez, sophomore Jacinth Richardson, and Mr. Rau (club advisor). In addition, we were joined by Jacinth’s Dad and Ariel’s sister. Well done HSVD!

HSVD Community Service Club Makes Strides at the Breast Cancer Walk

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, members of the HSVD Community Service Club participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Central Park.  Despite a seasonably cold weather forecast, it turned out to be a great day, weather wise and otherwise.  We raised $148 that will go towards cancer research programs.  Although we were separated into 2 groups during the 5 mile walk, we reunited at the finish line to take a few photos, which can be viewed in the Gallery section.  We look forward to participating in many more service learning projects!  HSVD participants included seniors Carolina Gonzalez (Club President), Anisha Cartagena, Selina Lopez, Jessica Martinez, Einasia Smith, Alexa Nunez, and Kimberly Jimenez, juniors Gabby Ogando, Marilyn Leal, Dimitri Adams, Karina Alvarez, Imani Johnson, and Arleyne Figueroa, along with teachers Ms. Chung, Ms. Siebhur, and Mr. Rau (Faculty Advisor).  In addition, Ms. Siebhur’s brother and Ms. Chung’s sister and friend joined us.  Well done HSVD!