Written by Emily Sauchelli, Student journalist, email@example.com Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
It’s that time of year again. Coming-of-age seniors tackled the dreaded college essay (how to write one, and the basics on a good essay) at the Garden City Public School’s summer enrichment program, a course that will also be offered this fall through Continuing Education. In this course, students are taught the importance of what goes into a college essay and how to write one. With remarkable advice and support from Garden City High School English teacher Carlo Rebolini, students are guided in the right direction.
Now-a-days, colleges aren’t looking for just the jock, or the brainiac; they are looking for well-rounded individuals who would add to the university’s or college’s prestige. They want someone with the entire package. It’s a very competitive game out there, so it’s imperative that students try their best, and be recognized for their achievements. Admissions officers are very selective and try to find someone who is different and not the average teenager.
The college essay in particular is one of the most important essays students will write. Students are put into a situation where they must separate themselves from their peers and wow the admissions officers. “It’s very hard to write about yourself, and then trying to focus on something that stands out to admissions and speaks to who you are. It’s a tough chore,” explained Rebolini. It’s a time when students must answer the question, who are you, really? For many students, this is their first time finding that special something that makes a spark (marks a rare quality or characteristic within them), digging beneath the surface and writing about themselves in a way that they haven’t done before. It’s hard for students to think of something that is interesting to admission officers, something that is not easily discernible from their transcript. Students must grasp the task, and answer the ultimate question, “Who are you, really?” For some, this is not a tough nut to crack, but for others it becomes quite the struggle. This class really helps puts things into perspective (and focuses) on who the student is and what they have to offer.
The college essay writing class is an excellent resource for students who may need help finding their inner voice and develop a writing strategy that gets the attention of the admissions counselors. Alexandra, a soon-to-be senior explains, “I had a clear idea of what I wanted to write about but it was hard to get started, Mr. Rebolini really helped me with beginning my story. Mr. Rebolini is great to bounce ideas off of, and this class is so small and relaxed so we all get to share ideas and brainstorm,” and she added, “I’m pretty confident with my rough draft.”
Dr. Teresa Prendergast, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, explained, “We are trying to find a way to help students succeed by lifting some of the weight of the college application process from their shoulders. If you are a student who has a summer job or who is going away, the fall class would be ideal.” The class meets for five evening sessions: Sept. 24-26, and Oct. 1 and 2 in Room 130 at the high school. The course costs $50 and registration is through the Continuing Education Fall Catalog which will be mailed to homes in mid-August. The catalog will also be posted on the district website (www.gardencity.k12.ny.us) under District Offices.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Submitted by Garden City Public School District
The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
We begin this feature below:
What is the Common Core?
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.