Written by Levittown Tribune Staff Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
To honor the strength and courage of a classmate’s battle with neurofibromatosis, Levittown’s Division Avenue High School designated Nov. 1 as Bailey Gribben Day. In honor of this occasion, the junior and senior classes, student council and Cooking Club organized fundraisers, while the Quarterback Club contributed Snack Shack proceeds from the Friday night game to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization which takes a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of those affected with NF. The highlight of the evening came during the halftime festivities, when Bailey was presented with an honorary game jersey on behalf of the Division Avenue High School football team.
“Through his bravery and determination, Bailey has proven to be an inspiration to the Division Avenue High School and entire Levittown community,” said Principal Joan Lorelli.
Neurofibromatosis is an illness characterized by a set of distinct genetic disorders that cause the growth of tumors along various nerve types. The disease can also cause the enlargement and deformation of bones, curvature of the spine, and the growth of tumors on the brain, cranial nerves and spinal cord. Fifty percent of patients with NF also display learning disabilities.
High school junior and student council member Bailey Gribben is the national ambassador for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and has been honored as an NF Hero and a member of the 2013 Racing4Research team, taking him to the Rolex 24 Race in Daytona, Fla. last year. Bailey devotes much of his time to the Children’s Tumor Foundation and, through his fundraising efforts, has raised over $25,000 for the foundation and NF research over the past several years.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.