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Harvard Club Commends Herricks Teacher

Herricks School District teacher Karen Hughes was recently honored with the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Harvard Club of Long Island.

 

Hughes, who is currently president of the Herricks Association of Administrators and Supervisors, was one of 14 Long Island teachers to receive the award at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s recent University Relations Luncheon.

 

Hughes was nominated by Benjamin Pleat, a former student of Hughes and current freshman at Harvard College.

 

“It meant even more to be nominated by one of the finest students I ever- taught,” Hughes said. “I don’t think you go into education expecting to receive accolades or awards for your work.”

 

Hughes began her career as a student teacher at Herricks High School before teaching at West Hempstead High School for three years after graduation. She returned in 1991 to Herricks High School, where she teaches Advanced Placement chemistry. She has served as chairperson of the Herricks High School Science Department since 2005.

 

Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree from LeMoyne College, a master’s degree in science education from Adelphi University, and a school district administrator certificate from Stony Brook University.

 

“Teaching a perfect class every period, every day is unattainable but if any mortal human could come close it would be Karen Hughes,” said Dr. John Bierwirth, Superintendent of Schools. “She challenges and inspires students. She makes them think. She excites them to learn more not only in her own classes but in all classes and for the rest of their lives.”

 

Pleat described Hughes as “an extraordinary influence.”

 

“Ms. Hughes may have been the best teacher I have ever had in the classroom, but not just because of her unique ability to intertwine amazing life stories,” Pleat wrote in a letter. “For me, it was her ability to inspire a newfound love of science in each of her first-period class members. Personally, I will always be grateful to Ms. Hughes for the invaluable lessons she taught in AP Chemistry, or as the entire class re-named it, AP Chemistry And Other Life Lessons.”

 

Past winners of the Distinguished Teacher Awards from Herricks include Mr. John McManus (2010) and Ms. Renee Barcia (2009).

 

“Our awards recognize teachers who spend unfathomable amounts of time and energy on our Long Island teens, year after year,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, Harvard Club of Long Island treasurer and chair of the Distinguished Teacher Selection Committee.

“Dedicated teachers like Ms. Hughes inspire students to dream, to work to accomplish those dreams, and to think rigorously about what they want their future to be.”


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


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