As part of their F.O.C.U.S. (Fifth grade Outdoor Education, Community, Unity, Service) service learning unit, fifth-graders at Stewart and Stratford Schools assisted with blood drives in late November that raised 150 pints of much-needed blood for the American Red Cross. Amy Collioud, acting manager for the Nassau County branch of the Red Cross, explained, “It’s essential that we get community drives going. The commitment of Garden City’s PTA was critical to our success – one pint saves three lives and only takes one hour of donors’ time.” Students helped by checking in donors, supplying a snack at the recovery area, and creating thank you cards. “The support of the American Red Cross is amazing here,” said Lorraine Barker, a volunteer with the program.
Recently, the varsity kickline team and health classes of Garden City High School participated in the Long Island Crisis Center’s (LICC) Suicide Prevention Walk at Long Beach. Students walked to show their support and bring awareness to preventing suicide. This organization has come to the high school’s health classes many times to present information about suicide prevention and cyber-bullying. LICC is 24hours-a-day/7 days-a-week/365 days-a-year suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline. It is an organization committed to people in crisis.
“A fault once denied is twice committed,” was the message written on the classroom’s board when Garden City High School students in Gene Rochler’s College Business Management class and Reid Sclafani’s College Business Law class participated in discussions led by Molloy College professor Ray Pullaro and program coordinator and teacher Jennifer Riano Goez on the topic of ethics and social responsibility. “Ethics is an integral part of who you are,” explained Goez. “Consider the fact that ethics are important on both the individual and global level, and the impact of the decisions you make on the society at-large.”
Students and staff in all seven of Garden City’s public schools showed their colors to stand united as “upstanders” against bullying in all its. Wearing orange marked “2013 Unity Day,” a day when everyone is encouraged to “link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, orange message of support to students who have experienced bullying,” stated the National Bullying Prevention Center’s website (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp).
St. Joseph School’s 7th and 8th-graders put their best moves on display at the school’s recent fall dance. Everyone was on their feet, feeling the music and singing along. Adding to the special night was all the work done by the middle school moms, especially the class moms and decorations committee, who created a British Invasion theme.
Submitted by St. Joseph’s School
Each month the district honors a valued employee whose exemplary efforts improve the quality of students’ educational experience in Garden City Public Schools.
“It is with great pleasure that we shine this year’s Employee Spotlight on Jennifer LaLima,” said Hemlock Principal Audrey Bellovin. “As the primary and elementary ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Jennifer covers a lot of territory, both figuratively and literally. Each year, her students may change, as new students enter into the district and others exit the program.
Suburbanites love their lush green lawns. Whether to pass the football over, run through in bare feet, or simply laid as a welcoming carpet before colorful flower beds ringing home and property, lawn grass is king in the ‘burbs.
Problem is, the use of fertilizers that feed those verdant lawns adds pollutants to the environment. To address the problem, one high school research student imagined a more natural way to dress a property using native grasses that perform double-duty as filters for fertilizer and road salt residues.
Garden City High School is gearing up for its performance of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Get ready to hike as far north and east as you possibly can on U.S. soil to Aroostook County, Maine: 6,453 square miles with just 40 people per square mile. Within this vast expanse sits Almost: population 300. It’s not quite, but it’s just about, a town. As one of its residents explains, “See, to be a town you gotta get organized. And we never got around to gettin’ organized, so … we’re just Almost.”
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk.
Garden City High School has always been considered one of the top schools in the country. Its efforts have consistently found students scoring high on numerous lists tabulating top high schools around the country. According to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States, the school was ranked 140th (107th in 2012) and 25th in the state.
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