The circus was recently in town with “Circus Spectacular” at the Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Garden City Community Church in which 100 children attended. The church has sponsored an educational and fun-filled VBS for many years.
The circus-themed week featured the keywords follow, love, trust and share. Bible stories about how we should follow Jesus, being kind and loving to one another, trusting God when we are afraid and spreading the good word about Jesus.
A special Noah’s Ark project was done. There were coordinated crafts, drama, science, snack time and recreation projects for the enthusiastic children.
Amid fanfare and lots of cheer, the children of Camp Helen Keller literally rocked the house this year during their annual camp show.
This year’s theme was “Rock of Ages” and the children didn’t disappoint, belting out classics like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it”, among others. Working the lighting and audio controls were volunteers from Adelphi’s student program.
In keeping with the district’s lofty standards, Garden City High School students once again racked up high AP exam scores. The College Board recently released the results of students sitting for Advanced Placement (AP) exams and students at Garden City High School bested themselves in virtually every category. A total of 531 students took AP exams, an increase of 30 students over the previous year.
The 68th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign was recently launched at AAA New York’s headquarters in Garden City. Attending the ceremony was Commissioner Ken Jackson and Detective Richard Pedone of the Garden City Police Department, along with local school children.
Colorful “School’s Open” posters will be mounted in Garden City to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s traffic safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Jackson and Detective Pedone, which will result in increased safety for all students,” she added.
It’s that time of year again. Coming-of-age seniors tackled the dreaded college essay (how to write one, and the basics on a good essay) at the Garden City Public School’s summer enrichment program, a course that will also be offered this fall through Continuing Education. In this course, students are taught the importance of what goes into a college essay and how to write one. With remarkable advice and support from Garden City High School English teacher Carlo Rebolini, students are guided in the right direction.
Now-a-days, colleges aren’t looking for just the jock, or the brainiac; they are looking for well-rounded individuals who would add to the university’s or college’s prestige. They want someone with the entire package. It’s a very competitive game out there, so it’s imperative that students try their best, and be recognized for their achievements. Admissions officers are very selective and try to find someone who is different and not the average teenager.
For Dana DiCapua the news that she would become the new assistant superintendent for business was “thrilling, really, really thrilling.”
“It’s a privilege to be a part of it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
DiCapua departs from the Wantagh Public School District, where she was also the assistant superintendent for business. She comes to Garden City under the same title. With nine years experience in school business, she has the potential of being a worthy successor to Al Chase, who had served the district for the previous seven years. Prior to her position at Wantagh, she held the same position in Island Trees and similar positions in Plainview-Old Bethpage and Hempstead.
The latest chapter in the ongoing common core state standardized test controversy saw the release of the spring scores last week. This year’s state assessments were the first for New York students to measure the “common core” learning standards for grades 3-8. Across the state, 31 percent of students met (Level 3) or exceeded (Level 4) the proficiency standards in both English and math. In the Garden City Public School District, the number of students meeting or exceeding these standards was nearly double the state average, with grade 7 doing the best (ELA-76.2; Math-75.9) and grade 5 faring the worst (ELA-54.1; Math-59.5). (Grade 8 had the worst overall math score at 57.2).
Given the stellar reputation of Garden City schools, it’s no wonder the test results turned out as well as they did. But these numbers fall well short of the high expectations administrators and teachers have although Dr. Theresa Prendergast, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction feels its not quite feasible to compare this year’s results to those of last year due to a number of mitigating factors.
Students in Mrs. Beovich’s seventh grade Home and Careers classes learned about hunger on Long Island through a unique program with Long Island Cares, Long Island’s food bank and food pantry. They watched a video explaining the origin of the charity, how it works and who it serves, along with information about its founder, Huntington native singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, who died tragically in 1981.
Students used the Peapod website to calculate how much a typical day’s meals cost for each of them. They were then each assigned to an actual person’s biography. These were people (names changed) who had previously been helped by Long Island Cares. Based on the individual’s situation and finances, students calculated how much money they had left from their incoming funds for daily food, after deductions for rent, utilities, transportation and other expenses were made. The students were all surprised to see how little these families had left to spend on food, compared to what the students’ daily meals cost.
Graduation Day turned out to be an event blessed by beautiful weather. It provided relief from an otherwise rainy week and befitted the festive mood of the Buckley Country Day School graduates, their families and friends who had gathered to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2013.
Reverend Joseph R. Gibino, pastor of Holy Trinity R.C. Church in Whitestone and friend of several of the graduates’ families, gave this year’s invocation and offered his blessings and prayers to the class of 2013. He was welcomed to Buckley’s commencement exercises by Ricky Rengifo ’13 who introduced Father Gibino as “a truly spiritual leader and a really great friend, not just to me but the whole world.”
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