Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
As we approach the upcoming school year, we will be celebrating the 85th year of instruction in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. Before our students arrive in September, our professional staff will return on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 for our Opening Day Program during which we will welcome new and returning faculty and staff. We also will honor our Teachers of the Year and employees who have been with the district for 25 years or more. Our goal continues to be to ensure that each child is provided with an education designed to meet his or her needs. We believe that our professional staff is instrumental in providing for this success. The district will introduce and welcome Mr. Kevin O’Brien, assistant superintendent for finance and Operations. In addition, Ms. Regina Agrusa has been promoted to the position of assistant to the superintendent for pupil personnel services; and Ms. Arlene Mishanie has been promoted to the position of supervisor of special education services.
During the summer months, there have been several capital projects underway and the goal remains to complete these projects prior to the beginning of the school year. At New Hyde Park Memorial High School, a new track has been installed and I am certain that our students and community members will enjoy this new facility. At Sewanhaka High School, a significant paving project was completed on the west side of the building. Floral Park Memorial High School’s locker rooms will also receive new ventilation fans.
Finally, the football field at Floral Park Memorial will be reopened for play by football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams during the 2013-14 school year.
The Board of Education has continued its work regarding a potential bond referendum that could be put forth to the district’s registered voters during the late fall of 2013. An Ad Hoc Committee on Facilities that was composed of residents from each of the four component districts reviewed the district’s facilities and prepared a comprehensive proposal that was presented to the board during the spring. You can locate the most up-to-date information regarding this potential plan on the district website.
With the school year just around the corner, we hope that you and your family members enjoy the remainder of the summer and begin to plan appropriately for the upcoming school year. In the near future, the fall athletic teams will begin their preparations, the marching bands will initiate rehearsals and the building administrations will complete the scheduling process in preparation for September. This time of year is always filled with anticipation and excitement and we are certainly looking forward toward working with your child (ren) during the 2013-14 school year.
As in the past, let us all continue to work collaboratively to ensure that our children get off to a good start this school year, developing those study routines that are most likely to lead to academic success. As always, the district’s goal is for our students to benefit from all that our schools have to offer. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s counselor if they have any questions about what they can do to promote their child’s academic success and personal well-being in school.
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The first-grade classes at Hillside Grade School recently held its Thanksgiving Feast. The students made “apple turkeys,” recited poetry, sang songs, and made butter for their corn muffins. During class, they learned about the first Thanksgiving and how children long ago lived.
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A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.