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Parents, Students Read At Center Street School

Every year, Center Street Elementary School celebrates PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) week. The PTA organizes PARP week and its goal is to help parents inspire their children to become lifelong readers.

 

 “We want to help make reading fun at school and at home so our children will love reading,” said Christine Liu, PARP committee chair. 

 

PARP week kicked off at the Center Street School with an opening ceremony where students were introduced to their reading challenge through a wildly entertaining, full-costume dramatic performance by teachers and the principal. Next, there was a visit by Brian Pinkney, award-winning author and illustrator.

 

The PARP committee decided to implement a video game theme this year to tackle the challenge of children preferring screen time instead of book time. Instead of leveling up on games, PARP encouraged students to level up their reading. The PARP committee wrote a story line involving some popular video game characters, with a different twist.

 

When decorating the school, the committee integrated books and video game themes to captivate student minds and interest levels.  

 

Center Street was transformed to “CenterLand” for the week. The students were challenged to read each night in order to earn enough gold coins to unlock different “levels” and help free the fair Princess Speech (played by school librarian Mrs. Guarini), who was being held captive in the library by book-hating Mowser, (played by computer teacher Mr. DeCelie).

 

Parents were encouraged to read with their children at home by doing different bonus coin challenges. Every hallway of the school was filled with gold coins, with each representing 15 minutes that a student read. 

 

Principal Bierwiler and Mrs. Korder introduced new books and adventures to the students and Mowser. A wide range of books were featured in each skit to develop the story line.

 

By the end of the week, Mowser had a new appreciation for books and released Princess Speech. 

 

In conjunction with PARP, the school had its Library Sleepover. The children returned to school in the evening, wearing their pajamas, carrying their teddy bears, enjoying story time with their teachers.

 

While the children were at their sleepover, parents were encouraged to visit the PTA Book Fair as well as a presentation by Mr. Beirwiler and Mrs. Korder on “How to make reading more fun at home.”  Approximately 130 parents were in attendance for this presentation.

 

Other highlights of PARP week included a book drive. More than 1,000 new and gently used books were donated to First Book Long Island. A special “Drop Everything and Read” session took place during the week. Children brought in their favorite books and read with their class buddy during this special time. 

 

After all the children leveled up their reading, PARP week closed out with The Principal’s Challenge. The Rocky movie theme song blared through the gym as Mr. Bierwiler had to complete a challenging obstacle course starting with the rope climb.

 

Excitement filled the entire gym as the children cheered their principal past each obstacle. Mr. Bierwiler’s performance rocked the entire gym with laughter, cheers, and applause from beginning  to end. Each child went home with an age appropriate book courtesy of the Center Street PTA. 

 

— From the Center Street School


News

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.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office confirmed it’s investigating allegations made towards a Long Island Little League coach, suggesting he kept $12,000 players raised for a trip to Cooperstown.

 

Parents were outraged and children heartbroken to find the team would not be going to Cooperstown this year. They say Merillon Sharks coach Vincent Carreca, of New Hyde Park, told kids they were ready to go a few days before the trip. Then parents, who called Dreams Park in Cooperstown to confirm meal plans, learned the Sharks were not registered for the event.

 

“This is a horrible thing that happened,” one parent said, who asked not to be identified.


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. 


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Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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