Written by Elizabeth Sobel Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
The atmosphere was filled with much excitement as the 258 graduates of the Class of 2013 as Division Avenue High School proceeded onto the floor of Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex to take the first step in the next chapter of their lives. Under the direction of Mark Martufi, the Division Avenue High School Orchestra played “Pomp and Circumstance” to announce the beginning of Division’s 54th annual commencement exercises. Student Council President Felicia Comuniello led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, while the Senior Chamber Singers sang the national anthem.
Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni welcomed guests to the special occasion. In his address to the graduates, Dr. Ianni noted that it is their job to take Division Avenue pride to another level. “Don’t be a name on a roster,” he said. “Bring your story loud and clear; it is up to you to stand tall and be heard.”
Senator Charles Schumer, Councilman Gary Hudes and Legislator Dennis Dunne reflected on their past experiences and encouraged the students to reach for their dreams, work towards their goals and remember that parents are parachutes that will always try to keep them safe.
In his address to fellow classmates, valedictorian James Reilly explained that we are all authors to our own novels, of which there is only one copy. “Be your own writer, editor, publicist and critic,” Reilly advised. “You want to be satisfied with your work. Personalize it and enjoy every minute.”
Salutatorian Sukhneet Sahota asked the rhetorical question, “What do you want to do?” She explained that each graduate could answer this question if they do not succumb to fear. “You make the world what you want it to be for yourself,” she stated.
In a cherished tradition, the audience and graduates took time out from the celebratory speeches to watch a commemorative video presentation that featured photographs and short video clips of the seniors’ last year together.
Board of Education Vice President Peter Porrazzo then certified that the seniors had met the requirements for graduation, upon which each graduate was called to the podium to receive their diplomas and become an alumnus of the Levittown School District.
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.