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Funtastic Field Day

By Tina Torre

This year was the first time in three years that NHP has held Field Day for the junior high students. Seventh grade field day was held on Monday, June 6, and eighth grade field day followed, taking place on Tuesday, June 7. Both days were held on NHP’s home turf, with activity stations set up around the track.

Source from Ms. Jacqueline Rizzuti

The seventh grade blue team concentrates on the hula hoop chain race.

Field Day is an event filled with games, exercise and fun for the students at NHP. This year, the seventh and eighth grade students engaged in physical activities, such as ring toss, tug of war, water balloon toss, hula hooping and relay races.

“It is so much fun for the students. The blue and white teams get out and interact with each other. We enjoy it so much,” English teacher Ms. Katz said.

In addition to the team teachers and physical education staff overviewing and planning the two days, junior and senior gym leaders helped run activities and encouraged their younger peers. The seventh and eighth grade teachers also assisted, with one leader and one junior high teacher running each station. The blue and white team teachers and students were overjoyed to partake in the events and see the outcome of competition.

Source from Ms. Jacqueline Rizzuti

Seventh graders assemble in their respective team colors to prepare for blue vs. white activities.

Teachers, members of leaders gym and junior high students shared their excitement before Field Day.

Source by Ms. Mary Kay Mannle

Eighth graders engage in a Spikeball tournament.

“It’s going to be fun and exciting. I'm team white. We are just excited to be off and have the day off together. It’s also going to be competitive,” eighth grader Jobran Kassim said.

Source by Ms. Mary Kay Mannle

Eighth graders compete in the over-under hula hoop relay.

"Hopefully it will be fun. I'm excited to be with the kids in my group. It's a great way to end the school year," seventh grader Regina Mejia said.

Source from Ms. Jacqueline Rizzuti

The seventh grade white team hustles in a beach-themed relay race.

“The Leadership PE Program will be helping with the seventh and eighth grade field days," leaders gym teacher Ms. Rizzuti said. "It's a great way for the junior and senior leadership students to interact with the younger students. It's a fun-filled day for all involved, and the leaders look forward to it each year.”

“Field day is a fun opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and some friendly competition," junior leader Matthew Zatz said. "I believe that field day is a great event because it gives kids a break from school work and allows them to interact with others in their grade. As a gym leader, I will be facilitating the activities throughout the day and making sure everyone is having a fun time.”

Source from Ms. Jacqueline Rizzuti

Seventh graders strategically compete to build the tallest block tower.

“I think having a field day brings back a sense of normalcy, especially due to the fact that this year is the first in-person year of school for these seventh and eighth graders,” senior leader Muskaan Kapoor said.

“I’m looking forward to the food. I'm also looking forward to the fun,” seventh grader Tommy Tan said.

“It’ll be fun. I hope there is ice cream. It’s gonna be a really hot day. White team is gonna win, of course,” eighth grader Harsukh Singh said.

Source from Ms. Jacqueline Rizzuti

The seventh grade students eat lunch after a long day in the sun.

"I'm excited for this new adventure and to see how it all comes out. I'm looking forward to seeing all the smiles because we are all having fun," seventh grader Anarelis Fernandez-Avila said.

Source by Ms. Mary Kay Mannle

Balance and team building are the focuses of this eighth grade field day activity.

“I’m just excited because it’s the last year we are going to have it, so I’m going to try to enjoy it,” eighth grader Sa’yuri Chin said.

Source by Ms. Mary Kay Mannle

Eighth graders participate in a game of cornhole on the track.

“Field Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a grade, end the year and celebrate the successes,” English teacher Ms. Kaspar said.


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