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Join Len Warner for a fascinating look at this hominid ancestor who roamed Europe and Asia for almost 300,000 years

Posted on June 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (64)

Lenny Warner (Wiener) is giving a lecture on Neanderthal advanced culture and recent discoveries at Blue Heron Park Nature Center, 222 Poillon Avenue, this coming Friday, June 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The topics being covered will be Neanderthal burials, religious beliefs, cannibalism, caring for their fellow Neanderthals, interactions with Cro-Magnon people, advanced tools and ornamentation, Neanderthal DNA and genome, Neanderthal DNA in modern man, discovery of the Denisovans, recent discoveries, and extinction.

Join Len Warner for a fascinating look at this hominid ancestor who roamed Europe and Asia for almost 300,000 years

Friday evening, June 19, from 7:30– 9:30 PM

Blue Heron Park Visitor Center, 222 Poillon Avenue near Amboy Road

Take Hylan Blvd. to Poillon. On the corner of Hylan and Poillon there is a Greenside Up Nursery sign. Coming south from Great Kills, turn right onto Poillon; coming north from Huguenot, it is a left hand turn, toward Amboy Road. You will pass a few houses on both sides of the street, a wooded area, then a pond (Spring Pond), another stretch of woodlands, and then you will see the entrance gate on the left hand side to the Blue Heron Nature Center and the parking lot.

What is Sea Perch?

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What is SeaPerch?

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications. Building a SeaPerch ROV teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering. How do I bring this to my school or organization? The Navy City Outreach program coordinates a SeaPerch program in the Greater New York area. You can join our 20 schools (high school and middle school) who are building these hands-on educational tools in their classrooms. The Navy City Outreach Officers will help get teachers trained in this fun and challenging program and introduce you to a curriculum that meets national learning standards and integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The Students follow steps to completely assemble a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), test it, and then participate in launching their vehicles. How come the Navy is involved in STEM education? The Navy is a technologically superior service that shares in our Nation’s responsibility to promote Science, Technology and Engineering and Math among our nation’s emerging leaders. The SeaPerch program shares Navy because it builds teamwork, inspires young minds, encourages STEM career discussions and helps students learn best by doing. Competition After the SeaPerch robot is constructed, students are encouraged to test their vehicles, deploy them on missions, and compete in a culminating Greater New York Regional SeaPerch Challenge on March 28th, 2015 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens NY. Events at the Challenge can include: Vehicle performance - maneuvering and recovery Innovative design Poster presentations - oral presentations to judges STEM Outreach Winners of the Regional Challenge will be invited to compete in the National SeaPerch Challenge which will be held May 19/20 2015 in Dartmouth, MA For more Information Contact NCC Freddie McAbee at and LCDR Michael Fourte at and visit

Robert Sarnoff, Founding JDHS Art Teacher, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on September 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Robert Sarnoff is being honored by the Brooklyn College Alumni Association for his life's work in the creative arts on Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10:30 AM, at the Brooklyn College Student Center.  A continental breakfast will be served.

Sarnoff's body of work includes art education, art production (drawing, painting, sculpture), writing (editorial cartoons, plays, screenplays, books), acting, and film-making (directing and producing).  Read Mr. Sarnoff's bio and see samples of his work at

For more information, or to purchase tickets for the awards ceremony and luncheon, please call 718-951-5065 or email .  RSVP's are requested by September 8.  


Lenny Warner (Weiner) wins an award!

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (18)

It was given on June 2, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Manhattan.

The plaque reads:

The Edith Potter/Anne Reel Award

The United Federation of Teachers' Retired Teachers' Chapter

Is proud to Present This Award To

Leonard Warner

In Recognition of his Dedication And Endless Energies Expended

As an Instructor For The SI Beagle Learning Center

And for his Commitment to Lifetime Learning

I have been working at the center for 13 years since 2001 and teaching my many subjects in Evolution, Anthropology and Archaeology. I am presently involved in teaching a 4 year program on ancient Rome, a course in the origin and development of Christianity (in association with Rome), an ongoing series on Human Evolution, and a mini-course in Plains Indians.

Reunion Committee Meeting Tonight

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (23)

Planning for the all class 45th reunion on Oct. 18, '14 is under way!

Here's the link for Tuesday April 22, 2014 meeting spread it around it opens at 530 closes at 8:30 though we will be done earlier. also make sure your Google hangouts id turned on!" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://

Save The Date!

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (22)