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Herricks Students Named Merit Semifinalists

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Every October juniors and sophomores take the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test to gauge their actual SAT scores might be. Juniors who perform exceptionally well on the exam are chosen to be National Merit Semi-finalists; the minimum score required to achieve national merit last year for New York was 219 out of 240. Seven students from Herricks were awarded with this honor: Ankoor Talwar, William Chung, Justin Hsuan, Rifath Rashid, Amen Wiqas, Esther Chen, and Bernadette Haig.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is administered by The College Board in conjunction with the National Merit Scholarship corporation. Sections of the test mirror the SAT itself- two critical reading sections, two math sections, and one writing section.


Prep Course Center Opens

Written by Tim Ahmed Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

Tutoring business focuses on English

The English Skills Center in New Hyde Park has finally opened its doors.  Located on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Hillside Boulevard, the learning facility provides a comfy, after-school learning experience for students preparing for English and Math in high school and college.


Jainy Thomas, a professor in Nassau Community College, noticed how students were not adequately prepared for English in the college level. She previously spent eight years teaching for the City University of New York.


Owen Needs Your Help

Written by Illustrated News Staff Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Donor drive scheduled for November 9

Earlier this year, life seemed perfect for the Hogan family in New Hyde Park. They were selling their house and preparing to move, with a second child on the way, and Owen, their 2-year-old son, was as energetic and happy as any average youngster.


When Tim and Kathleen began to notice that Owen was developing bruises, they thought it was just him being a normal toddler. A trip to their doctor revealed a truth that turned the family’s life upside down...their son needed a bone marrow transplant. Owen has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months and has undergone intensive treatment and multiple transfusions of blood cells and platelets.


Siemens Regional Finalists Named

Written by Rich Forestano, Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:31

Herricks, Wheatley students gear up for competition

Sahil Abbi and Arjun Kapoor found out on Facebook that they, along with Connecticut teammate Connor Abbot, were selected as regional finalists in the national Siemens science competition. This team will be among 100 students nationwide competing for regional prizes of $3,000 in November and possibly a grand national prize of $100,000, to be awarded in December.

Kapoor has worked with Stony Brook math professor Dr. Yeufan Deng for the last two years. After his first year, Kapoor looked to continue his research over the summer and reached out to Abbi to meet with Deng and Abbott.


Common Core On Board’s Mind

Written by Matthew Ern, Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

NHP-GCP Board of Ed question impact on teacher evaluations

Common core state testing standards dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education held a work session meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the standards and the methods of evaluating teachers as “effective” or not.  The common core functions in conjunction with the Federal Race to the Top reform efforts and were implemented to establish a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked.”  

Not all schools have found the CCSS effectively. Many of the tests were put in place before teachers had a full year to prepare students for the new curriculum’s, according to district officials.


Schools Ranked In Newsweek Poll

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Herricks HS slips, New Hyde Park Memorial climbs

Herricks High and New Hyde Park Memorial High School are considered top schools in the country, according to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. Herricks was ranked 177th (96th in 2012) and 30th in New York State while New Hyde Park came in at 256th (373rd in 2012) and 46th in the state.

According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).


The LIRR Massacre: 20 Years Later

Written by Chris Boyle, Saturday, 02 November 2013 00:00

Remembering the victims

On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the hateful and mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.

Ferguson was convicted for his crimes, which sparked a national debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.


Local Civic To Hold Bond Presentation

Written by Illustrated News Staff Friday, 25 October 2013 00:00

Residents For A More Beautiful Garden City Park is hosting a presentation from the Sewanhaka Central High School District on the proposed bond referendum on Nov. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Garden City Park School on Central Ave. The vote is on Wednesday, Dec. 4.


This bond referendum is to address the needs for all five high schools and their grounds through out the district. There will be an opportunity for questions from the community to address the representative from the school district after a PowerPoint presentation.


Training For Crucial Hotline Work

Written by Matthew Ern Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park resident battles breast cancer, offers help


New Hyde Park resident and breast cancer survivor Debra Taylor is one of 11 women newly trained for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.  


Taylor was inspired to volunteer at the program after attending its support group herself.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2012 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and several other surgeries.  In February she discovered the eight-week support group offered by the Adelphi program, which she described as “inspiring.” 


Bond Referendum A Bold Move

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Sewanhaka looking to revamp each high school

The Sewanhaka Central High School District will put up a $99.5 million bond referendum for voter approval on Wednesday, Dec. 4. If approved, all five district high school buildings would see considerable renovations including technology, security, roofing and athletic field upgrades. Roughly 40 percent of the bond would come from state aid.


District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said the annual tax levy increase across the entire district resulting from the bond will be $144.26 per household with the increase phased in over the next three to four years. According to Ferrie, the school district has never floated a bond before voters.


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