Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00
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
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.