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FACS: Comfort Food Fosters Culinary Competition

Picture a creamy plate of mac and cheese with a hint of garlic, topped with perfectly browned bread crumbs.  Now, imagine another cheesy dish, baked with sautéed onions and smoky bacon. Next, envision yet another delectable offering of textured pasta drenched in a blend of melted cheeses with just-right crispy edges. Finally, and most satisfying of all, visualize the beaming faces of the student chefs, proudly awaiting the judges’ decisions at the much-anticipated Mac and Cheese Throw-down, hosted by the Island Trees High

School Family and Consumer Science Department.  And the winners are….everyone involved in this exciting culinary competition, including the students who prepared the fantastic recipes, the teachers who planned the exciting lessons, and the judges who sampled the savory dishes.

 

Ms. Rizzo, with the support of Mrs. Alhaverdian, included this project in an effort to promote student choice and voice, in addition to encouraging careful research and cooperative learning. Each group was charged with the responsibility of finding a desirable macaroni and cheese recipe to prepare for a panel of judges. In a couple of instances, students even brought in favorite recipes from home for the group to consider. Once the recipe was agreed upon by the group, they set out to create a winning dish. 

 

On Friday, Jan. 17, the dishes were ready for judging and enjoying. Staff quickly stepped up to evaluate the entries on a set of criteria, including appearance, taste, and texture.  After the winners were announced, the class enjoyed a sampling of the wonderful offerings.

 

Lessons learned? Hard work, collaboration, and research can make a community of learners bustle with the excitement of a little “healthy” competition.

 

— Submitted by Elizabeth Roemer, Administrator for Educational Programs, Literacy, and Staff Development

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


Columns

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