Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Students at the Jonas E. Salk Middle School in Levittown have supported the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc’s Trivia Challenge Contest for over 20 years. Each year the National Junior Honor Society conducts a contest for students in grades 6-8.
Students compete in teams of four to answer 100 questions on diverse academic and cultural topics. The winning teams, a grade 6 team and a grade 7- 8 team, then represent Salk at the countywide contest at the UCPN Roosevelt Center. Students participating are encouraged to bring in monetary contributions to sponsor them in the contest.
Over the years, Salk students have contributed significant amounts of money to UCPN. This year, students raised over $2,500 in support of UCPN's research and equipment. The students are rewarded by UCPN with individual prizes based on the individual’s contribution. In recognition of Salk’s efforts, Salk has been recognized with an Award of Excellence. This plaque is prominently displayed in the school’s main office.
In the past, Salk students have won the county competition, enabling them to house the winning trophy in the school for the year.
Winners this year include:
Grade six: Declan Gillespie, Mairead Gillespie, Jason Razzo, and Vlad Rudnick
Grade eight: Timothy Konovitch, Jared Schwartz, Robert Wright, and Andrew Zabatta.
These students will represent Salk at the February competition. They are anxious to return the trophy to Salk once again.
“We are so grateful to the students, faculty and families at Jonas Salk who show us such great support,” says Charles Evdos, development director at UCPN. “We truly appreciate their efforts and congratulate them on making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.”
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. has been assisting individuals with disabilities since 1948.
For more information go to www.ucpn.org or call 516-378-2000.
— Submitted by the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County
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.