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Garden City Life - Schools

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.


Basketball Drug Diaries

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:00

Chris Herren shares painful and personal odyssey

Despite the crowd of more than 400, you could have heard a pin drop, during the recent airing of Chris Herren’s introductory video and live presentation at Garden City high school on March 25. It was a very emotional evening as the former professional basketball player shared his descent from small town hero to drug addict. The ex-Boston Celtic left little to the imagination as he shared his journey and the details that led to his fall. Parents, students, teachers, school administrators and community members sat transfixed as he shared his painful personal odyssey.

Herren told the riveted audience how he made his hometown of Falls River, Mass. proud. His stellar high school career earned him a spot as point guard for the Boston College Eagles. However, that dream came crashing down with one act that Herren wishes he could change. A fellow student offered him a line of cocaine and urged him on by telling him,  'It wouldn’t hurt him.' Herren rationalized his choice by saying, “I’ll try it this one time.” That one time turned into a 14-year-addiction that led to homelessness, near death and estrangement from his wife and three children.


Afternoon Tea Sold Out

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Garden City Public Schools’ 2014 Afternoon Tea for senior citizens and past parents received a landslide of requests for free tickets to this much-anticipated spring event. Even though the “Tea” has been expanded for the fourth year in a row to include as many attendees as possible, the May 1 event is completely sold out.

Styled after a traditional English afternoon tea, Garden City’s event features musical performances by the district’s talented elementary through high school musicians, a K-12 art exhibit, delicious fare provided by local vendors and the school district’s food services. The light tea meal, tea samplings, and dessert will be served by volunteer high school students on elegantly styled tables fitting a five-star catering hall. Local supporting merchants include The Garden City Hotel, A New Leaf Tea Emporium, Alma-Lillian Abruzzo of The Tablescaper, Honestly Delicious, Bagelman of Garden City, Riesterer’s Bakery, and La Bottega, to name a few.


STEM Is The Mother Of Camp Invention

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Program returning to Garden City

with all new activities  

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Garden City Union Free School District is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades three through six. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.


Getting The Message Out

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:32

Six ninth- and tenth-grade students of Garden City High School Spanish teacher Michael Berg were recently recognized with certificates from the Nassau County Office of the County Executive for their Public Service Announcement (PSA) video entries into the Families Against Drugs program competition. “Two groups of students worked together to make 30-second videos,” explained Berg. “As they are Spanish students, they were also required to include a bilingual phrase.”

To view the students’ video submissions, visit the following You Tube links:;

— Submitted by Garden City Schools


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