Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Middle School students were fortunate enough to receive a very powerful, inspirational presentation made by a former student. Danielle Cassar, an Island Trees alum, visited Ms. Jaime Roche’s health classes to speak about strength and perseverance. Danielle — who has survived cancer and foster care — has clearly overcome greater obstacles by the age of 10 than most people will face throughout their lifetime.
Danielle made it clear that giving up was never an option for her, nor should it be for anyone else. She emphasized how important it is for us to understand that we are capable of reaching our dreams; conquering anything we put our heart into. Danielle is one of the most positive and influential students that has passed through Island Trees. When asked what her biggest obstacle was thus far in life, Danielle stated, “Being a survivor, and knowing there are so many individuals with cancer that are not that lucky.” Danielle’s motto is now to give back. She believes she has been given a second chance for a reason and hopes that she will have the opportunity to touch the lives of many with her positive outlook on life. She is currently a student at Farmingdale State College who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. She volunteer’s much of her time to fundraising for different causes.
She also works at Camp Sunshine, while being a full time student and maintaining a part time job. The students were listening intently to Danielle’s very inspiring, heartfelt message. Teachers and students were both speechless when hearing how her determination paid off and made her the incredible, mature young lady she has become today. The following is an excerpt of what Danielle spoke to the students about.
As I tell my story from beginning to end, my audience will hear me present about all the obstacles I have overcome and the way I have survived in my mere twenty years of life. As I present the challenges in my life such as dealing with the foster care system, dealing with parents who have drug issues, surviving stage 4 Cancer, medical setbacks and lastly adoption, I like to think that anyone who listens can learn and see first-hand that what you go through in life does not define who you are or who you’ll ever be. If you really want something in life, nothing in this world can stop you. I believe that I was given so many chances at life, and many people will call it a miracle. However, it’s really part of a bigger plan in which I am able to talk about, give people strength, and spread the word about what I have learned so others can learn too.
—Submitted by Island Trees School District
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:30
Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:36
Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.