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Garden City Life - Schools

Writing Well

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

“Look at that handwriting!” many parents gasp in horror when their children take pen in hand. “When I was your age, I wrote in beautiful script.”

While Mom and Dad may be “mis-remembering” their own youth, there is some truth behind their consternation. After all, the need for proficiency in penmanship has diminished with the rise of technology. Laptops, iPads and smart phones have made communication so easy, that for many students, traditional handwriting has been relegated to the land of dinosaurs.

 

Waldorf School At Harmony Sweepstakes

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

Garden City’s Waldorf School has announced that Andrew Fallu, Waldorf’s music and choral teacher – and his a capella singing group Satellite Lane – will perform and compete in the March 30 New York Regional competition of the Harmony Sweepstakes.

“Out of the 100+ groups that applied for the New York regional this year, only ten were chosen to compete,” said Fallu. “My friends and I in Satellite Lane are so proud to be one of them.”

 

Students Making Music On An All-County Level

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

A total of 80 Garden City music students who were selected for this year’s Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All-County and/or Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) concerts. A rigorous selection process makes the All-County designation an important one for young musicians. The concerts bring together students from across Nassau County to perform in various specialized groups at the Tilles Center and Hillwood Commons, L.I.U. Post.

 

Jr. Robotics Make Mark

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Just like the older kids that make up the more senior Garden City robotics teams, the members of Team Fun and Crazy Creators, GCRL’s two Jr. FLL teams, participated in the 5th Annual Jr. FLL Expo held at Longwood High School in Middle Island on Sunday March 3. The event is sponsored by The School Business Partnerships of Long Island.  Longwood Central School District hosted the event and is one of the event sponsors. Team Fun won the Team Spirit Award and The Crazy Creators won the Teamwork Award.

The Crazy Creators, all third-graders, are Charlie Ambach, Julian Bubniak, Riley Sanz, Max Sclafani and Nicholas Stamidis and are coached by Ken Ambach and Constantine Stamidis.

 

Scholarships For Seniors

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

The Western Property Owners Association (WPOA) is once again participating in the Garden City High School scholarship program this spring. The Association will continue to award two scholarships of $500 each. While one will remain named as a WPOA scholarship, the second will continue to be awarded in memory of WPOA past presidents, John F. Traxler and Paul J. Muscarella.

Student candidates must:

 

Reversal Of Fortunes?

Written by Michael Scro, gardencity@antonnews.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Board considers creating

tax certiorari reserve fund

The Garden City school board held a budget session on Tuesday, March 5, where a presentation on the district’s tax certiorari was held by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.

The meeting’s topic came as a result of the Nassau County Appellate Court’s decision to reverse Nassau County’s tax certiorari shift of liability for settlements to schools districts.

 

Two More Merit Finalists

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Jacquelyn Seskin and Neil Quigley became the latest Garden City High School students to be elevated to finalist status of the National Merit Scholarship competition. With the addition of these two scholars, Garden City High School has had 17 finalists and 40 commended students named in the highly competitive program since the 2009 school year.

 

 

Advance In The Challenge

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Garden City High School has advanced to the second round of MSG Varsity’s, The Challenge, and took on Valley Stream North on Sunday, March 10. Garden City was joined by 15 other Nassau County schools as they progressed through the Regional Rounds in trying to qualify for the Tri-State Championship Playoffs. Host Jared Cotter, of MSG Varsity’s Talent Show, was moderator. The Challenge includes 192 high schools from the entire tri-state area, with Long Island being represented by 32 high schools from Nassau County and 32 high schools from Suffolk County. A new match-up can been seen every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 pm, on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s Optimum Channel 14. 

 

Students Art at Post

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

Garden City High School seniors Anne Foxen and Tiffany Liang were selected for the ‘Advanced Visions’ exhibition for high school art students at LIU Post in Brookville, said Advanced Placement (AP) art teacher Shawn Uttendorfer

The Advanced Visions exhibition of AP art works took place through January 30 at the Hillwood Commons Student Art League Gallery, C.W. Post. This year, 35 high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties submitted drawings, paintings and photographs created by Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Portfolio Preparation art students.

 

Waldorf School Book Drive

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

The small oceanside city of Long Beach has been steadily recovering since Hurricane Sandy smashed into this south shore Long Island community on Oct. 29. In the Long Beach School District alone, hundreds of thousands of book were lost and destroyed due to the storm. Enter the Waldorf School’s Parent Association and PA Co-Chair Nina Justman-Wozniak who wanted to help as well as engage the entire Waldorf school community at the same time.

“This was a terrible thing and I wanted to find a way for our children to help our neighbors in a meaningful way,” said Justman-Wozniak. “Many of our children have old books that are no longer read and I had a friend who told me that the Long Beach schools needed books.”

So for a week, families at Garden City’s Waldorf School collected over 1,000 books and donated them to the Long Beach Public School District. “We asked our families to donate their gently used children’s books that were suitable for children ages 5-18 years of age,” said Justman-Wozniak.

 

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