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Northsiders Rock At Annual Talent Show

Northside Elementary School’s dancers, singers, comedians and musicians rocked the stage at Howitt Middle School on April 25 for their twenty-first annual “Party Rock” Talent Show.

 

The Talent Show is one of the many events provided by the Northside PTA. Chairperson Dina Viskoc, along with her co-chair Melissa Knudzen coordinated an amazing show. 33 talented acts consisting of over 100 students performed and charmed the audience with their remarkable talents. 

 

Parent volunteers including Mary Mascioli assisted the children on stage smoothly and safely, while backstage Northside’s former students Stephanie Viskoc, Melissa Viskoc, Leanna Costello and Nicolette Mascioli came to lend their help as stagehands for the show and during rehearsals.

 

The Talent Show’s emcee for the evening was principal Elizabeth Garavuso, who kept the show moving with her humorous and admiring narratives. This will be the last talent show for Garavuso as she will be retiring in June. In honor of her retirement some of the teachers at Northside surprised her with an emotional singing performance in her tribute.

 

Not only did the children entertain us for the evening, the kindergarten teachers also did a skit this year with their reenactment of the children’s book Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes. While Garavuso narrated, Northside’s physical education teacher, David Stein rocked out on his electric guitar.

 

Various Northside student’s acts consisted of Charlie Hilton playing 8 Days a Week on Piano, Zombie Girls Malory DiPiazza, Jeanna Hammelman, Julia Harmon, Rebecca Kenjesky, Kairi Knudsen, Marissa Molina, Olivia Molina, and Gabrielle Stein dancing to Thriller, Jordan Schwartzman playing Medieval Kings on the Violin, an adorable What Does The Fox Say dance performed by Jillian, Ryan, Charlie, Olivia, Kelsey, Keira, Ava, Jaxon, Nicholas, Theresa, Dante, Tristin, Jacqueline, Alyssa and Ava Z. The comedy duo Andrew Siegel and Jordan Welch had the audience hysterical with their “It Tastes Like Chicken” skit. The show’s finale was performed by Danielle Costello, Jessicia Viskoc, Gabrielle Mascioli, Sophia Guthy, Gianna Backich, Jordan Schwartzman, Rebecca Scire, Gina Casale, Sarina Napoli and Ani Smith. These fifth grade girls danced and hugged for their final performance together at the Northside Talent Show singing to Grease’s We Will Always Be Together.

 

 

—Photos by Karen Michael and Gina Cassidy


News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

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Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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