Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Communications High School Radio - Holiday Music Festival!!

From now until the end of Winter Break Communications High School's radio station WCHS will be playing non-stop holiday music 24/7 for your listening pleasure! "But how can I listen to WCHS when I'm not on the campus of CHS?" you may be asking yourself. Well here's how: point your browser to the following link and if you have QUICKTIME you can listen from any computer or device at any time!! http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/p/wchs-listen-live.html http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/p/wchs-listen-live.html

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tune in to WCHS!!!

If you haven't been tuning in to WCHS "A Voice For Communications High School" you have been missing out on ALOT! Music and student productions 24/7 PLUS live shows at 8:55a, 10:45a, and 11:45a. PLUS we are now on Twitter! Follow us at https://twitter.com/RadioWCHS or @RADIOWCHS. Want to tune in live? It's easy...just point your browser, pad, phone, or any device with QUICKTIME to this here URL: http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/p/wchs-listen-live.html and click the LISTEN LIVE link!!! CHEERS! WCHS Staff

Monday, April 7, 2014


WCHS "A Voice For Communications High School" congratulates WCHS alumni and MORE-ON SPORTS RADIO hosts TYLER PALEY and NOAH GORSTEIN on their taking top honors at the SkillsUSA competition in the radio division. You can hear their winning piece here: https://soundcloud.com/wchsradio

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hi everyone... All the latest sound files have been uploaded to the WCHS blog and downloadable sites...including this week with WEEKDAY WARRIORS news where they covered everything from St. Patty's Day to todays wrestling smack talk showdown!!! Be sure to check them out... All our content gets posted to SoundCloud each week...on soundcloud you can listen, comment, download, share to other social media, and don't forget to put the soundcloud app on your phone!! Like us on soundcloud and share your favorite shows!!! https://soundcloud.com/wchsradio All our show are also posted to Blogger. You can catch up with WCHS right on your school email suite. You can also get the Blogger app for your phone!! http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/ http://wchsradioclass.blogspot.com/ And be sure to tune in LIVE all day every day on CHANNEL 63 in the classroom TV's...or online from any computer, pad, phone, or other device with the Quicktime App here: http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/p/wchs-listen-live.html Be sure to like WCHS RADIO CLUB on facebook... Happy Spring -- WCHS Staff!!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CHS History Through Film Class Shares Their 100 Days of Silence

Mrs. O'Keefe's senior Modern History Through Film class just submitted two pieces of art to an exhibit at Brookdale Community College called 100 Days of Silence, which will be opening on April 7th.  The exhibit is in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.  In addition to the awesome job they did on the art pieces the class also put together a basic blog documenting their daily progress.  Check it out here! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Congratulations CHS and WCHS Radio on their first GOLDEN MICROPHONE trophy!!!!

THE DANGER ZONE...Matt Stromberg, Pat Weber, Sean Gilbert, and Kevin Milton...took top honors at the Intercollegiate Broadcast System (IBS) Awards this past weekend!! They won "BEST PODCAST (High School Division)" and are bringing home CHS's very first IBS Golden Trophy!!!!!!!!! Awesome Job, guys!!! Here is the winning Podcast...

Monday, March 10, 2014

WCHS - Frosh Intro to Radio Commercials

At CHS the freshman Intro To Radio class was asked to create effective radio commercials for products they made up. This is what they came back with...

Monday, March 3, 2014

HTHS Students Participate in Slice of Life Challenge!

For the second year in a row the entire freshmen class at High Tech is participating in the Slice of Life blogging challenge!  This year we have a number of students blogging on our private Kidblog, but we also have a number of students blogging publicly.  They would love to hear from you, so feel free to comment on their entries.

The challenge is to write daily.  Students are blogging their slices of life, or stories of small moments in their lives, for at least 20 days this month.  They have been challenged to write a new slice and post it every day between March 1st and March 31st.  While it can be difficult at first, a few students have noted that are already enjoying the challenge and find themselves looking at their daily lives a little differently. They are encouraging one another with comments, too.

If you are interested in checking out their blogs, please see the list below:

  1. Tim's Slice of Life 2014
  2. A Slice of Life: Minecraft Cake
  3. SliceItStuffs
  4. Ten Thousand Leagues to Southward
  5. Seeking Alpha
  6. NP Slice of Life
  7. Dolan Writes
  8. Patrick L
  9. Slice of Life 2014
  10. Drivel and Whatnot by your Local Aspiring Artist
  11. Pop Rock Music Reviews
  12. Larryblogs
  13. Midnight Daydreams
  14. Marchcake
  15. Blog of Whims
  16. Slice of Life 2014 AA Batteries
  17. The Adrenaline Rush
  18. The Very Hungry Human
  19. Jane Has a Blog
  20. I Am a Dandelion
  21. The Weird, the Random, and the Unique: Slice of Life 2014
  22. Story of My Life Starting Now
  23. Pancakes and Sunshine
  24. The Art of Blogging
  25. KB Slice of Life 2014
  26. A Slice of Life
  27. My Life and League
  28. In Liv's Eyes
  29. First Artists Blog
  30. A Camel and His Music
  31. The Making of Me
  32. Orange Alphabet Soup
  33. neparasuram
  34. The Review
  35. The Ramblings of a Techie
  36. Food and Life: What Else Do You Need?
  37. Slice of Life
  38. Only an Ocean Away
  39. The Blog of a Fickle Person
  40. The Inventor of Worlds
  41. Muted Thoughts
  42. Matt's Views

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WCHS Junior Radio Class Marking Period Two - Final Presentations

The students in Mr. Bengle's radio class wrap up their tenure on the air with Final Presentations about some of radio's key players...worth giving them a listen!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CHS Literary Magazine Fall 2013 / Winter 2014

Click here to read a full screen version of the magazine!

CHS Stop Motion Movies

"Shootout", wild west claymation homage to spaghetti westerns by Jordy Lambert, Kevin Milton, Michaela Burke, Connor Albrecht, and Aaron Weisel.

"Hatched", the tale of two eggs by Kaitlyn Hennessy, Michelle Fu, Julia Giardino, Lauren Homack, and Megan Passero.

Zevious, an Old School Video Game from CHS!

James Waring, Senior and Advanced Java Student, created this version of a popular classic arcade game as his final project.  Using his Java programming knowledge, James created this year's best game using Flash and Actionscript 3.0.  Click on the image below to play.

Friday, January 31, 2014

WCHS on SoundCloud and Listen Live on Quicktime!!!

UPDATED TO 1/31/14 go to SoundCloud to listen, download, comment, share, etc. https://soundcloud.com/wchsradio OR to listen LIVE click below and tune into WCHS streaming live audio 24/7 http://wchsradioclub.blogspot.com/p/wchs-listen-live.html

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BTHS students win best in state in the Verizon app challenge!

BTHS juniors Phoebe M., Mathu K., Sara C., Kellie L., Amy L., and Sarah F. have won best in state in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge! Their app concept, called No Species Left Behind, helps better the environment by raising awareness about endangered plant species.

**EDIT: The girls have now won best in region, which means they won $5,000 for Biotech and move on to nationals! Congratulations!!!

The contest web site says that "The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to apply their STEM knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity to develop an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community.

The goal of the Challenge is to increase student interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and mobile technology through an engaging and empowering learning experience."

You can see the winners from all 50 states here

Congratulations, ladies! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

WCHS students win at the IBS Radio Awards!!!

WCHS'ers Sean Gilbert, Pat Weber, Kevin Milton, and Matt Stromberg were finalists in the IBS (Intercollegiate Broadcast System) Awards for BEST PODCAST (High School) for 2014!!!! Great work, guys! CONGRATULATIONS. Here is their Award Winning podcast. Enjoy!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is Coming to a Theatre Near You!

A couple of my ninth graders who have a passion for the digital video field decided to create a movie trailer for the short story we are reading in class: “The Yellow Wallpaper”.
Awesome job!

CHS New Media Class (MP2) Book Podcast

This year, we're trying something different in New Media.  At the start of the marking period, pairs of students selected a book from a list provided by the instructor, read the book, then participated in a podcast recording in front of the entire class.  Students presented the subject matter and their opinion of the book and answered questions from their peers.  A number of books inspired some lively discussion!

The podcast is 2.5 hours long (good books generate great conversation); below are the show notes with the approximate time each podcast starts.  Enjoy!

Ellipses, the CHS New Media Podcast (Download the file via right click + Save Link As)

Episode 1

Introductory song: Twitter Tweetin’ by Carrie Dahlby (courtesy of Music Alley)

Announcers: Chris Napoleon and Francesca Resnick

1 minute: No Safety in Numbers by : Podcast by Ms. Gesin and Francesca
  • Summary of the Book
  • Personal opinions on the book and its characters
  • How the book relates to the The Breakfast Club
  • Criticism of the book
  • Closing Summary

28 minutes: The Dinner by Herman Koch: Podcast by Ashley and Shannon
  • Summary of the Book
  • Thoughts and predictions of how the book will end
  • Analysis of the characters
  • Comparison between the United States and the Netherlands, where the book takes place.
  • Personal opinions of the book
  • Closing Summary

41 minutes: Free by Chris Anderson: Podcast by Megan and Jake
  • Discussion about how companies make money from free services.
  • Story about the Monty Python Youtube channel and marketing plan.
  • Four separate Free Marketing Plans discussed in book
    • Direct Cross
    • The Three Party Market
    • Freemium
    • Non-monetary Markets
  • Overall opinions of book
  • Closing Summary

1 hour: Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie: Podcast by Jackie and Margaret
  • Summary of the Book
  • Personal opinions of the book and of the TOMS business plan  
  • Personal experiences that relate to the topics discussed in the book
  • Discussion about the future of the business world  
  • Closing Summary

1 hour 15 minutes: What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis: Podcast by Ailsa and Chris
  • Summary of Book’s main points
  • Analyzing Google’s philosophy
  • Customer Service Discussion
  • Discussion about the openness of the web
  • Overall Opinions of the book followed by class debate and discussion
  • Closing Summary

1 hour 40 minutes: The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick: Podcast by Andrew and Ronak
  • Purpose and importance of the actual Facebook Effect
  • Comparing/Contrasting “The Facebook Effect” and “The Social Network”
  • How Mark Zuckerberg really started Facebook from his dorm room
  • Exchange of opinions on David Kirkpatrick’s writing and questionable objectivity as author.
  • Discussion of Mark Zuckerberg’s character and personality
  • Analysis of David Kirkpatrick’s predictions about Facebook in the future
  • The Importance of Facebook in modern society
  • Closing Summary

1 hour 59 minutes Monkey Wrench by PJ Tracy: Podcast by Evan and Jake
  • Summary of the Book
  • Opinions of the Book
  • Class-wide discussion regarding violent video games and mass shootings.
  • Observations of the actual reality of the book
  • Audience questions and answers about which video games they wish were real
  • Are violent video games and weak gun laws the cause of these shootings?
  • Closing Summary

Closing song: Facebook Me by Jeff Kornberg (courtesy of Music Alley)

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Media: Yelp, Instagram & 4Square

CHS Junior Ashley Chu shot this video to explain her social media plan for the NY Knicks that incorporates Yelp, Foursquare, and Instagram.