On Jan. 25, Garden City High School students competed in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Regional Science Bowl in Upton, N.Y. Garden City fielded the only all-girls team at the competition, an accomplishment that was made all the more timely as the theme for this year’s event was “The International Year of Crystallography,” honoring Rosalind Franklin’s contributions to the discovery of the DNA double helix. Students first heard from Dr. Ken White, manager of educational programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory, who announced the opening of a new supercollider on the laboratory campus, and invited students to apply for summer internships at the labs.
As part of its Black History Month celebration, Nassau Community College (NCC) is pleased to present a program by prominent activist and author Sister Souljah, who will speak about her life experiences. Sister Souljah: My Experience as an Activist will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the College Center building.
It might be cold outside, but at Stewart School, the FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) students are just warming up. If you walked down the hallway of Stewart School recently, you’ve often heard them singing as well as practicing their foreign language skills.
Garden City High School freshmen Anna Reilly and Kimberly Lloret recently won honors in the WordWright Challenge, a national English competition that tests students’ reading comprehension and analysis of texts that range from “short fiction by Eudora Welty or John Updike to poetry as old as Shakespeare’s or as recent as Margaret Atword’s, and to essays as classic as E.B. White’s or as current as a Time Magazine essay by James Poniewozik,” stated a release from WordWright. “We used this program to increase students’ attention to close reading and analysis of a work,” explained English teacher Catherine Oriani.
Last month, three Garden City High School students won top prizes at the 11th Annual Business Leadership Competition sponsored by the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce, a division of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. This was the first time Garden City participated in the event.
Each month the school district honors a valued employee whose exemplary efforts improves the quality of students’ educational experience in Garden City Public Schools.
This month’s Behind-the-Scenes: Employee Spotlight is focused on Linda Caperna, the speech therapist at Locust School. She has worked in the Garden City Schools for the last nine years and has been employed as a speech therapist for almost 30 years. “Linda is dedicated to the children and extremely conscientious,” commented Locust Principal Jean Ricotta. “She is always pleasant, cooperative, and willing to go above and beyond what is asked of her.”
This week’s Common Core “Question of the Week” focuses on the collection of student data by New York State for inBloom. A complete listing of the questions and answers to date is posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
Q: I’ve heard a lot about the collection of student data by New York State and its uploading to inBloom. What is inBloom?
A: InBloom debuted in February, 2013. Funded with $100 million in seed money from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, inBloom is an independent, non-profit data depository in Atlanta, GA. Its mission “is to provide a valuable resource to teachers, students and families, to improve education.”1
Garden City’s Saint Joseph School, which is devoted to integrating the teachings of the Catholic faith within a creative and stimulating learning environment, is hosting an open house on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon., for nursery through grade 8.
The open house will allow parents to see for themselves how Saint Joseph School gives children an advantage for their whole life by providing a uniquely well-rounded education in a nurturing, small-group setting.
With schools back from the holiday break, we finally get to see some of the festivities held to recognize the season. This Christmas spirit was in full swing last month at St. Joseph School. After months of preparing for their moment in the spotlight, the children demonstrated that the true joy of Christmas is best seen through a child’s eyes. In keeping with tradition, the nursery and pre-kindergarten classes sang carols for friends and family. The first grade presented the Nativity and the second grade acted as an enthusiastic choir for the critically-acclaimed Third Grade production of Humbug. The band performed Christmas favorites, old and new, at the annual Christmas concert. Finally, in a special nighttime presentation for the community, the seventh and eighth grade presented their Nativity. The months of practice were evident; all the students should be proud of their contribution as they spread Christmas cheer throughout their school community. A special thanks to our music teacher, Mrs. Kelly, for her tireless effort in supporting these concerts and plays.
Submitted by St. Joseph School
The Masquers presented Almost, Maine, Garden City High School’s fall production, to a delighted audience of more than 400 attendees late in the semester. The interestingly different show is “one of the most popular shows on college campuses,” explained producer Stephen Mayo. Set in the farthest north “town” (well, almost) in the lower 48, Almost, Maine featured a series of vignettes following the people of Almost falling in and out of love.
Submitted by Garden City Public Schools
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