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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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