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53rd Music Festival And Art Exhibit

The 53rd annual District Music Festival and Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Sewanhaka Central High School District, will be held at H. Frank Carey High School on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.  The event features talented young musicians from each of the district’s five schools.

 

More than 300 students from all five high schools will participate in the music festival. Tickets are available through the music departments of all the schools for $8.

 

These students, selected by audition, will perform as members of a district orchestra, band and choir under the direction of three guest conductors. These conductors have impressive resumes which have earned them accolades throughout the Metropolitan area.  

 

David Kaufman, band conductor, has been directing the Concert Band and teaching AP Music Theory in the West Islip Public Schools for the past 15 years. He directs jazz quartet, the pit orchestra and the brass ensemble and coordinates several chamber music ensembles.

 

Orchestra Conductor Patricia Koppeis presently serves as musical director and conductor of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Nassau Symphony Orchestra. During her 30 years as a professional educator, Koppeis taught all levels of strings in the Syosset School District. She has conducted several area all-states, honor orchestras and Long Island String Festival Association.

 

Tim Warner, chorus conductor, currently serves as one of two choral directors at Freeport High School. Warner directs the concert chorus, ninth grade select chorus and the madrigal singers. Warner is an active composer and performs regularly with the six-time Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

 

The festival is dedicated to Douglas Libby. Libby retired from active service in Sewanhaka in 2012, after having served the board of education as its counsel for over 32 years. 


News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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