School district resident Christine Grincato is tired of the ongoing issues with the Sewanhaka Central High School District’s bond. She knows the district needs it, but at what cost? The district proposed a $99.5 million bond for various repairs to its five high schools in December, which failed by 293 votes.
“Perhaps, if you had listened to us, you’d be encouraged to provide a proposal that we can live with,” she told the Board of Education at a special meeting on March 18. “We need a bond, but we need one we can afford.”
Students from across the Sewanhaka Central High School district attended Sewanha-Con, the district’s first ever pop culture convention on Saturday, March 8. The event was designed to emulate larger events, such as Comic Con. Students who participated signed up beforehand for different activities, including trivia, anime screenings, videogame competitions and a chance to meet Misako Rocks!, a professional manga artist from Japan who currently resides in Brooklyn.
Also in attendance were members of the 501st Legion, a volunteer group that promotes interest in Star Wars, costuming and charitable work. The district wide event, which was organized by the district librarians, was a great success. Both students and librarians have aspirations for making the event bigger and better in the coming years.
—From Sewanhaka High School
Currently the Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD offers a staggered, half-day program for kindergarten instruction. Each session contains approximately two hours and 45 minutes of student instructional time.
There have been perennial concerns in the community and with the teaching staff that the amount of time afforded to students is inadequate to fully meet instructional goals and provide a strong foundation for succeeding years. The implementation of Common Core Standards and new reading and mathematics programs has exacerbated this concern.
Editors and writers of Sewanhaka High School’s Chieftain attended the Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism held at Adelphi University on March 12. The Quill awards have a time honored tradition of recognizing the best of high school journalism. Many past Quill Award recipients have gone on to careers in journalism and broadcasting. This year, several Sewanhaka High School students added their name to that list of recognized excellence.
Sophomore Emily Spring was awarded an honorable mention in the category of Most Outstanding Reporter for her work on features and editorials. Spring has been chosen as one of the 2014-15 Chieftain editors.
The Sewanhaka Central School District Senior Robotics Club traveled to Syosset High School on Saturday, March 1 with their latest creation to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition. Sewanhaka finished the round-robin phase of the competition in fourth place out of 22 teams that registered and then formed an alliance with the host team, Syosset, and a team from West Babylon to become the overall winners of the competition in the elimination rounds.
This win qualifiedSewanhaka to participate New York City/Long Island Championship at NYU-Polytechnic University where they hope to defend their title from last year.
— From Sewanhaka High School
On Feb. 27, Floral Park Memorial High School hosted the second annual Faculty Basketball Game. Faculty and staff played an intense game to raise funds for the lacrosse program at the high school. Pictured in front (left to right): Joseph Botka, Christopher Merle, Chris Renner, Ryan Obloj, Michael Spina, Jason Wachs, Keith Dunbar, and Dimitrios Drivas. Back row (left to right): Kevin Pokojny, John Matteo, Sean Freely, Matt Baccarella, Jamie Abrams, Amanda Abbott, Susan Bach, and Samantha Barbaro.
Students in Mrs. Vascellaro’s morning Pre-K class at the John Lewis School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Mrs. DeVita in the library.
The mission of the Hance Family Foundation’s Beautiful Me program is to extend the lessons which the Hance sisters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie, taught through their examples—that being comfortable with who you are makes you a better sister, daughter, and friend.
This project is designed to teach girls of all ages how to think positively and with assurance about their bodies, their skills, and their relationships with others. A curriculum based program administered in three hour-long sessions by a qualified teacher or social worker designed around three core content areas: Emma’s Example, Alyson’s Art, and Katie’s Kindness.
My First School will be enjoying a distinguished milestone this year as they prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their school. Located inside the United Methodist Church on Violet Ave. in Floral Park and originally called the Floral Park Methodist Cooperative Nursery School, it was begun in 1963 by church members Caryll Winkler and Fanne Smith. There was a desire for nursery school services in the community with an emphasis on parental involvement throughout the program.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District is considering new options to renovate and repair its five high schools, two vocational buildings and sports fields. School reps said talks have occurred, but nothing is official yet.
The district’s 20-30 member ad hoc committee, which was formed in October of 2012 to assess school revamps, has reconvened, according to school board president Dave Fowler. However, no formal presentation has been made to the board. The committee will meet again on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Sewanhaka High School.
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