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Letter: A Word Or Two From East Williston Superintendent Elaine Kanas

Math Leaders

Did you know our East Williston School District teachers not only successfully support our students with learning, but are also acknowledged leaders in their various fields, sharing knowledge and collaborating with professional colleagues from across the region and beyond.  This month at Molloy College, our North Side teachers, Donna Casano, Lisa Minerva, Henry Kupstas, Herman Lim and Tracy Kasschau, presented workshops for Long Island educators at the How To Make Math Count Conference sponsored by the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and the Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors. 

Math For Families

Here is a great opportunity for parents and children in grades K-6.   The Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors with the support  of  12 Long Island sponsoring districts, including East Williston, is hosting The Sandy Cohen Family Math Day, a conference for parents and children, on March 2, at Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York. 

The conference provides a day of excitement and adventure in mathematics for children and their families. Our own East Williston teachers are among the presenters:  Joyce Bernstein, Curriculum Associate for Math; North Side teachers: Susan Soliman, Henry Kupstas, Herman Lim, Tom Greeley and Jessica McGee; and Wheatley teachers:  Danielle Calvagno and Peter Crisci.   You can find out more about the conference and how to register on both the North Side and Willets Road school websites.

January 22 Board Of Education Monthly Business Meeting 

The meeting included a first reading of the new district Concussion Policy.  The policy is posted on the district website > District tab > School Board > Policies Under Review. The Board also discussed the 2013-14 School Calendar.  

East Williston School District Calendar 2013-14

We have just received final information from New York State on the official testing and grading dates for the 2014 Regents exams.  Regents Rating Day is later than usual next year, taking place on June 26th.  This means that school will end on June 26, 2014.  Other specifics and decisions about the calendar were discussed at the January 22nd Board of Education Meeting.  

Faculty Award Winner

Congratulations to Tom Fitzpatrick who has received the Athletic Administrator Award from the Council of Administrators for Chapter 8 (Nassau County). 

2013-14 Budget

Over the past couple of months, the district has been busy working on budget projections.  The first public budget workshop is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  This will be a very challenging budget year for us, as it will be for all school districts.  The district will be facing limited revenues, as a result of a second year of the property tax cap levy, diminishing state aid and the taxpayers’ limited ability to pay. At the same time, districts must pay for new state educational mandates and increases in costs to health insurance and other state mandated benefits. The budget planning process will certainly require us to prioritize and be creative as we work together to maximize program effectiveness in the most economical manner possible. I encourage you to be informed and participate in the budget process by attending upcoming Budget Workshops.

Code Of Conduct

A reminder: The Code of Conduct, Board Policy 5300, was revised this year to meet new DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) requirements.  The revised policy is posted on our district website (district homepage > District tab > About Our District > Code of Conduct).  Please make sure that you and your child are familiar with these guidelines that define district expectations for a safe and caring community.  

As always, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 333-3782 with any questions, suggestions, and or any topics you would like to see for this newsletter.  

Elaine Kanas   

East Williston Superintendent


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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