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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

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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