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New Hyde Park Illustrated News - Schools

Field Day At Searingtown Proves Positive

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

The students of the Searingtown School recently enjoyed field day. Potato Sack races, three legged races, kickball and tennis-baseball made for friendly competition between the green and gold teams.


The term “field day” original referred a showy day of military intramurals when generals had to “coax” rather than “command” their soldiers—and the soldiers could show off their skills without risking their lives. Similarly, school Field Days are about bragging rights, not team standings. 


St. Aidan School Class Of 2013

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
The heavy rain on Saturday, June 7 did not dampen the spirits of the friends, family and school faculty who gathered to celebrate graduation day at Saint Aidan School recently celebrated Graduation Day, with eighth graders taking part in a three-part celebration beginning with Mass for the school and parish, followed by a beautiful Communion breakfast hosted by the sixth-and seventh-grade parents.

Sharp Spellers At Hillside Spelling Bee

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

The students of Hillside Grade School, embarked on their 2nd Annual Spelling Bee recently. Two representatives from each class, stood onstage, and spelled their way to victory.

They managed to spell barbecue, chocolate, anxiety, and jovial for an enthusiastic audience made up of parents, teachers, and students. The winners were first-grader, Nayana Chetram, second-grader, Sahara John, third-grader, Lance Ng, fourth-grader, Adithya Krishnan, fifth-grader, Alaina Alias, and a tie shared by sixth-graders, Prachi Shah and Noel Paul.


Sewanhaka Student Designs Card

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Sewanhaka High School student Mahzabin Alam, an eighth-grader in Mrs. Bascetta Spanish class, was a winner in the AATSP- Design-A-Card Contest.   The Design-A-Card Contest is an opportunity for students to create an original Hispanic design for the front of a note card.  The winning entries are printed and sold as a fundraiser to support the chapter’s Judy Abrams NSE Scholarship Fund.


Hillside Grade Moves Up

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The Hillside Grade School held its Moving up Cerermony on Monday, June 14. Sixty-two  students moved up, with both New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District Superintendent Robert Katulak and Principal Karen Olynk addressing attendees.


Matthew O’Neill led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sean Gordon gave the welcome address, with Katlyn Bartoszek giving the fairwell address. The color guard consisted Isha Ilyas, Ayusha Maharjan, Connor O’Brien and Vincent Pugliese.


Scouts Honored

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

County Executive Ed Mangano handed out citations to Girl and Boy Scouts that received their Gold and Eagle Awards in 2013. Eamonn Lennon of Troop 298, Marissa Pugliese of Troop 1586 and Michael Fink of Troop 298 from New Hyde Park received citations for their outstanding achievements.


A Scout’s Eagle Eye

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Alan D. Guerci, M.D., president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital, congratulated new Eagle Scout Jack Giunta of East Williston on his efforts to promote CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training in the community. After attending AED training at St. Francis, where his mother Christine is a Registered Nurse, Giunta decided to base his Eagle Scout project on what he learned.


He and several other scouts became trained as Heartsaver Instructors, raised funds, and held numerous classes at St. Aidan’s in Williston Park. Taking it one step further, Giunta discovered that none of the public libraries in Nassau and Suffolk had updated books on CPR so he applied the funds raised to donate new CPR instructional books to these local libraries.


Williston Park Fire Department Installation

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

The Williston Park Fire Department recently held its 86th Annual Installation and Inspection Dinner and Dance.  Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell took part in the celebration and expressed her congratulations to 1st Assistant Chief Gary Smithing, 2nd Assistant Chief Anthony Gagliardi and Chief George Jarnoczyk Jr. for their continued service to this organization. Clerk O’Connell presented each of the officers with a County Citation in recognition of their outstanding dedication.  


Book Drive For Literacy

Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents recently conducted a book drive for literacy purposes of charitable groups in the area that help homeless, impoverished or struggling students. 


This year, the team of superintendents collected over 800 books that were donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


Robert Katulak, chairperson of the Nassau Superintendent Network Group stated, “The Network Committee of our organization has combined social and altruistic programs for the superintendents this year as a means of bringing us closer together as a professional organization. We are very pleased with our efforts of collecting over 50 cases of books.”


ZumbAtomic With Girl Scouts

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Great Neck Girl Scouts, which has New Hyde Park members, juniors in fourth-and fifth-grade were introduced to Zumba this month with a program designed to get the girls moving. Zumba for kids features easy to follow dance fitness choreography infused with the flavor of international rhythms and music. The girls were engaged as they learned the simple dance routines.


To get your daughter involved with the Girl Scouts in Great Neck, call Harriet Gibaldi with Girl Scouts of Nassau County at 516-741-2550, ext. 238 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


To learn more about Zumba with Elanit, contact her at 516-455-5508 for more information on her weekly classes for people of all ages and skill levels. 


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