Four student-musicians at Floral Park Memorial High School have been selected to participate in state and national ensembles based on their musical talents.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has selected Matthew Weigl to perform in the All-National Orchestra at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Weigl plays bass trombone and is the first student in the Sewanhaka Central High School District invited to play with an All-National ensemble in 11 years.
Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School families became aware of and responded to a need within their own parish when they began the program, Pantry Tuesdays, a food drive benefiting the OLV Church Pantry. Due to the overwhelming generosity of the OLV School families, this endeavor has proven to be a great success.
There are two more Pantry Tuesdays scheduled, on Nov. 4 and again on Nov. 18.
Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in last week’s game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.
The Indians came in standing at 3-1, and in all three victories, were able to rely on the run game to jump out to an early lead. That would not be the case, as the Gladiators defense would hold up, forcing a three and out for the Indians on the first possession.
The 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized Floral Park Memorial High School senior JoAnna Ast as a commended student. Ast was presented with a letter of commendation by Principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile on behalf of the school and the program. Approximately 50,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although these students will not continue in the 2015 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, being named a Commended Student recognizes that these seniors are amongst the top third of the students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District announced that three students have been selected as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Anjali Abraham, a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Shahzaib Saleem, a senior at Sewanhaka High School and Kacie Candela, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School were recognized in the 60th annual competition.
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Jessica Dantzler, a new accounting student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, has received a Panther Scholarship from the university.
Panther merit scholarships are awarded to students at the time of their admission based on SAT and ACT scores and high school grades. Dantzler graduated from Floral Park Memorial High School.
Ekanki Govekar has earned Dean’s List honors at the Midtown Manhattan campus of Berkeley College.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.
“They are going to makes sure the [contractors that awarded] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are tight before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] report directly to the architect and the board of education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”
School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.
The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme.
Sewanhaka High School Principal Debra Lidowsky said the day couldn’t have been more perfect.
As children all across Long Island head off to school, kids in grades 3-8 brace themselves for a new round of the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics exams. For the Floral Park-Bellerose School District, the number of students opting out of the state exams stayed relatively low among students. Across Long Island, local “opt out” movements made a huge splash, with nearly 20,000 students—or 10 percent of students in grades 3-8, opting out, according to figures compiled by the New York State Allies for Public Education.
In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.
SUNY Oswego has awarded $3,000 Merit Scholarships to a select group of students who are starting at the college in fall 2014. The award recognizes past academic achievement and potential for success. Local residents who have earned this award are: Akeile Barrett (majoring in biology) and Ian O’Halloran (majoring in public relations).
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