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Garden City Life - Schools

Cyberspace Upgrades

Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:49

School district launches new website

Garden City Public Schools launched a new, user-friendly website­,, 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, 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, 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.


Outstanding Educator

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Science teacher wins STANYS Award

Garden City High School science teacher Kathy Dubuke was awarded Nassau STANYS Outstanding Teacher Award for her significant contributions in the area of science education, including her efforts to inspire students’ interest in science and her active participation in science professional organizations. STANYS is New York’s oldest professional organization of science educators. Also honored at the dinner was high school senior Michael Cassano. He received a plaque for his outstanding interest and achievement in science research. The awards dinner took place last month at Baldwin’s Coral House.

— Submitted by Garden City Public Schools


Charitable Engineer

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:22

St. Paul’s alum to be honored

The De La Salle School recently announced that St. Paul’s School for Boys alum and long-time De La Salle School benefactor Douglas Valerio will be the honoree at the 12th Annual Spring Gala. The event will be held on Friday, May 16 at Chateau Briand in Carle Place and will run from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  


Budget Vote Slated For May 20

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:21

Please mark your calendars. Budget Vote Day is Tuesday, May 20 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Garden City High School gymnasium. All budget information, including the comprehensive Budget Brochure is available online on the district’s website: On Vote Day, please be sure to visit the K-12 art exhibit taking place in the high school hallways. Also, from 3 to 9 p.m., primary and elementary students can vote for their Field Day snack vote preference, and, at 7 p.m., Jazz Night will take place in the high school auditorium.
Submitted by Garden City Public Schools

Making The Tough Choices

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:46

Board adopts 2014-2015 school budget

Garden City’s Board of Education adopted a 2014-2015 proposed budget of $109,407,138, to be presented to voters on May 20, under an air of resignation concerning state mandates but an affirmation that the budget has been crafted to best meet the district's needs.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen called this year’s budget review process the most difficult and challenging he’s encountered in the nine years he’s been overseeing the budget. He confirmed that the budget presented was based on feedback from the board and community. He assured that the final budget reflected all discussions, comments, inquiries and last minute changes to state aid.


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