As part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, Garden City Public Schools sponsors two robotics teams—the LEGO Monkeys and Trojan Army. These two teams and four additional teams supported by Garden City parents competed in the 10th Annual FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments held at Central Islip High School on Feb. 1 and 2.
Two Stewart Avenue students of art teacher Melissa Pashayan were selected by Anton Newspapers to be featured in its 2014-15 calendar. Third-graders Vanessa Law (pictured at right), who created a winter landscape, and Gabriel Psilakis’s cave art project each received its own month, and were featured on the calendar cover. “It was very exciting to see the students’ artwork in big print,” said Ms. Pashayan. “For the polar bears, the students created a snowy landscape using chalk pastels and then drew their own polar bears. For the cave art project, I demonstrated how to crumple, rip, and paint paper to represent the inside of a cave wall. The students then drew animals on the paper using oil pastels. I am really proud of the work my students created.”
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On Feb. 6, students from Garden City Middle School conducted anti-bullying lessons with fifth-grade students from Stratford and Stewart Elementary Schools. In an effort to help build bridges between schools, students worked together to help identify ways of eliminating or standing up to bullying in our community.
A Garden City High School all-girl team recently captured first place for Long Island (of 972 teams) and second place in New York State (of 1,486 teams) in Newsday’s Fall Stock Market competition. “We were really surprised and thrilled because there were so many teams in the competition,” explained junior Deanna DiPierro. “We were fairly sure we put together a good portfolio, though.”
“The girls chose solid companies with a good record of earnings,” said business teacher Reid Sclafani. “They worked as a team and their wisdom and patience paid off.” Garden City High School has now won the high school division of Newsday’s Stock Market Game two of the last three years, first placing in the competition in the fall of 2011. Garden City’s team will be honored at an awards ceremony in June.
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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.”
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