In 2009, community members approved an ambitious $36.5 million bond to expand three schools and accomplish comprehensive improvements at all nine of the district’s buildings. One of the three additions was the now-complete art/music and library/media center addition at Homestead. Designed by BBS Architects of Patchogue, NY, the addition was named a winner and recipient of the American School & University 2013 Crow Island School Citation Award as the #1 K-12 Interior Design in America. The addition was completed for the opening of the 2012-2013 school year and has provided beautiful new learning spaces for Homestead’s students.
Dr. Rita Melikian, Garden City Public School’s Director of Educational Technology, was recently selected as “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by The Science Museum of Long Island (SMLI). Dr. Melikian will be honored on Nov. 14 along with Dr. Gayle Insler, provost of Adelphi University (Outstanding Leader of the Year), Frank Pelliccione from Flushing Bank (Roni Reaves Community Service Award), and Kenneth White from Brookhaven National Laboratory (Champion for Science Award) at the 2013 “Big Bang Ball” to be held at the Garden City Country Club.
You know there must be something very special about Garden City High School senior Brianne Griffith if 2013 Pineapple Ball Community Achievement Award winner and multi-year Nassau County Coach of the Year in field hockey and lacrosse Diane Chapman nominated her as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.
Selected as Garden City’s 38th recipient of the distinction, Griffith wound up on a televised segment that aired on Sept. 24 and 25.
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Mark your calendars - Homecoming is Oct. 26. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Seventh Street and winds its way through the annual street fair, the streets of Garden City, and ends on Garden City High School’s Warren King Field where the homecoming football game, the Trojans versus Southside, begins at 3 p.m. Don’t miss the great half-time show featuring the high school’s award-winning Marching Band, kickline, and cheerleaders.
The second-graders in Stella Guiry’s class at Stewart School got to know one another this September by bringing in a “ME BAG.” Inside the bag were many treasures that helped the class and teacher learn more about the interests and hobbies of the students. Some children shared a favorite stuffed animal, a vacation souvenir or a piece out of a special collection. Many shared their family photographs. Guiry modeled this learning activity by sharing her own “ME BAG” the previous day. This activity proved to be an exciting one that enhanced the new second-graders’ oral skills and helped the children make new friends by finding similarities and differences in their classmates’ interests and hobbies.
Stewart and Stratford’s fifth grades, Garden City’s Class of 2021, came together in a meaningful way on Wednesday, Sept. 11 on the middle school’s athletic field for a morning of team building activities. “This is a wonderful experience for both schools to unite and come together,” explained Stratford principal Eileen Vota. Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus echoed the sentiment, “The whole purpose of the activity is to emphasize the students’ connections between and within the schools, and for the students to learn the importance of teamwork and camaraderie.”
Fifteen new teachers and one school nurse were welcomed to the school district at new teacher orientation from Aug. 21 through 23 as the school-before-school commenced with three days of intensive training. The newest members of the district staff were given a guided tour of the village. It was provided as a way to immerse the new staff in the history and culture of Garden City, an important point stressed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, Dr. Teresa Prendergast, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Fino Celano, assistant superintendent for personnel during the event.
The new staff members were welcomed on their first day of training by Board of Education President Barbara Trapasso and Trustee Robert Martin, members of the district’s administrative team, and PTA Executive Board President Yvonne Varano.
Alex Della Ratta and Leslie Wann were recently selected as NYSSMA All-State musicians to perform at the annual NYSSMA New York State School Music Association) Conference to be held in Rochester, NY on Dec. 5-8. Michael Crapotta, Justin Gong, and Teresa Pietromonaco were also selected as alternates for this year’s concerts.
As part of the Joseph Napolitano Memorial Lecture series, Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, will deliver the talk “The World Needs all Kinds of Minds” at Adelphi University on Wednesday, Sept. 25. This is her third lecture at the university. Dr. Grandin is a best-selling author and activist on the topics of autism and animal welfare. She is also a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and humane slaughter. The event, which is being co-sponsored with the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, 1 South Ave. in Garden City. Additionally, the lecture will be simulcast in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.
Students in Stratford’s fourth- and fifth-grade science club worked together at their final club meeting to build wind turbines from kits. They explored the different ways that the blades could be constructed in order to be most effective, experimenting with materials such as corrugated plastic and balsa wood. After building the turbine, they tested different blade shapes to see which worked most effectively. The wind turbine project grew out of a workshop club advisor Erin Hegmann attended connecting Common Core Learning Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards).
“The students were challenged by the project and truly enjoyed working together to explore alternate energy production and test their different blade designs,” explained Hegmann.
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