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Garden City Life - Schools

Grappling With Educational Mandates

Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:21

Legislative Affairs Committee launches

Garden City Public School’s Legislative Affairs Committee convened for the 2014-15 school year with deep discussions about methods and avenues toward the committee’s goals of assessing the impact of existing and proposed state and federal education legislation, promoting legislation that supports the district’s mission, and communicating vital information to Garden City residents.

With so many issues facing public education, the committee plans to focus its efforts in two areas: Advocacy and Education.

 

Addressing Race To The Top

Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:18

There was plenty to talk about when two representatives from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met with Garden City Public Schools’ district and school leaders late last month. Elizabeth Williamson, Supervisory Education Program Specialist with ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach, and Jacquelyn Pitta, Region II Communications Director, spent several hours with Garden City’s educators for a two-pronged information-sharing session. Williamson and Pitta shared online support resources available for educators during the first part of the meeting. Folders filled with brochures available from ED on a variety of topics from grant making opportunities to bullying prevention were also provided for district and building leaders.  

 

Garden City Welcomes New Staff

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

 

Below are brief bios of new Garden City School District employees:

 

Nicole Bass
Elementary Education
Stratford School

Nicole Bass holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in childhood education from Adelphi University. She served as an elementary leave replacement teacher in Copiague Public Schools from September 2013 to June 2014. Bass holds initial New York State certification in childhood education, grades 1-6, and students with disabilities, grades 1-6. She will be filling in for Lauren Lavelle, who is on child care leave.

 

Getting On Board With Common Core

Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:52

Social Studies curriculum review recently heard

During a recent board of education work session, 6-12 social studies curriculum coordinator Jeannette Balantic presented a comprehensive review of the district’s social studies program. This was the first curriculum review since the district began implementing the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in 2011-12.

“With CCLS, SLOS (Student Learning Objectives), and APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) much of the focus in schools has been on 3-8 ELA and math,” Balantic indicated. “The members of the Curriculum Review Committee are true social studies enthusiasts—the review process provided us with a great opportunity to review and reflect on the work we do, gather data, and develop an action plan for the future of social studies in the Garden City School District.”

 

Cyberspace Upgrades

Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:49

School district launches new website

Garden City Public Schools launched a new, user-friendly website­, www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, just in time for the start of the school year. The site retained the same web address, but offers many additional options. The custom template for the district’s eight home pages and 1,000 support pages utilizes a responsive design that adjusts the viewing size to many phone and tablet screens.

 

Back To School Safety With The AAA

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

This week, the Garden City Police Department and the Garden City School District helped launch the AAA NY 69th Annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign by placing a large 20’ by 2’ banner on the fence of the Stewart Avenue School to remind motorists that thousands of children across Long Island will be starting or returning back to school. Garden City School Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen, Police Commissioner Jackson, and the AAA Traffic Safety Division selected this location because it is a highly visible area traveled by many motorists. In addition, the police department posted several large “School's Open—Drive Carefully” posters at select locations throughout the village. Commissioner Jackson states that the police department, the Garden City School District, and the AAA Traffic Safety Division distributed these posters and banner in an effort to increase the safety of all students.

 

Capital Improvements Completed

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

Students welcomed back to school on Sept. 2

All seven buildings have been made ready for the arrival of nearly 4,000 K-12 students on the first day of school—Tuesday, Sept 2. The board of education and administration wishes each and every Garden City student a successful 2014-15 school year,

Over the summer break, many district-wide facility projects were completed. These include a variety of projects made possible through funds in this year’s voter-approved budget.

 

St. Anne’s School Will Let It Go

Written by Cristina O’Keeffe, gardencity@antonnews.com Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:13

Middle school dance goes with Frozen theme

After rides and games all afternoon at Spirit Day, middle school students are invited to continue the fun at the Middle School Dance Party in the St. Anne’s School cafeteria on Saturday, Sept. 20. This year’s theme of “Frozen”, along with the school’s new air conditioning system, will transport students into a virtual winter wonderland of dancing and music.

“This is such a great event for our middle school students,” says event organizer Barbara Tranfaglia. “It’s a chance for them to continue the momentum of the day in a friendly, safe environment with their friends. We always have great music and it’s a really popular event.”

 

Cream Of The Crop

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Anyone — student, parent, or colleague — who has been in the company of Garden City High School science teacher Michael Stano for even five minutes, knows there is something special about this teacher.

Stano is passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, and brings that passion to bear in the classroom. He teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental

Science at the high school and Regents Earth Science. This year, he implemented the flipped classroom model of instruction for the co-taught Regents class with fellow teacher Allison Moss. “He created a series of 100 videos on various Earth Science topics and has posted them on his You Tube channel and Edmodo page,” explained the school district’s science coordinator, Dr. Elena Cascio. “Mr. Stano generously shares his expertise, skills and knowledge with colleagues and the community.” Mr. Stano also taught and coached two middle school robotics teams this school year, one of which placed first in Robot Performance in the Long Island qualifying rounds of the LEGO FIRST League tournament.

 

Pennies From Heaven

Written by Ken Aneser, gardencity@antonnews.com Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Stewart School sets

cancer research fundraising record

Stewart School students once again eagerly participated in the Pennies for Patients campaign this year. During this community service learning program, which benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, students from the second to fifth grades at Stewart School brought in pennies and other donation amounts into school to help fund cancer research. “This year Stewart School raised a record-breaking $27,515.71 in just three-short weeks. Stewart School has been involved with Pennies for Patients since 2009 and has collectively raised an astounding $77,346.78. They are the highest fundraising school ever in the Long Island program and were recently announced as the sixth highest fundraising school in the nation.” explained Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Campaign Specialist Melissa Pulsinelli.

 

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