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Starting A New Academic Adventure

Both Victoria DeMatteo and Robert Wertheimer beam with pride when they talk about their son Trevor’s acceptance into Regis School in New York City.  And they should.  According to Wertheimer the prestigious Jesuit college preparatory school has only about a 14 percent acceptance rate.  “It’s extremely competitive,” he said.  But he added, so is Trevor.   

 

Trevor, now 14 and an eighth grader at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown, said he is up for the challenge.  A successful two-time Science Olympian, Trevor’s seventh grade team beat his school’s eighth grade team, and his current eighth grade team is now also headed to the demanding state competition in Rochester, said he’s ready to test some new skills. Regis, Trevor said, has a very strong debate team.  “I’m considering taking that up.”  

 

And the debate team might be just the place to put his vast knowledge of American History to the test.  While he recently read the books “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln” for enjoyment, one would be both surprised and impressed to hear his familiarity of a more recent president, but still before Trevor’s time, Gerald Ford’s tumultuous relationship with New York City, and Trevor’s understanding of the actual nuances behind the immediate headlines.  But his mom isn’t surprised.  “Trevor is very unique.  He is beyond his years,” said DeMatteo. 

 

The Journey To Regis

While Trevor will be commuting to his new school starting September 2014 by LIRR and possibly subway or bus, his true journey to Regis started in spring 2013 with a teacher recommendation.  Trevor originally planned to go to Chaminade, but heard accolades of

Regis through a teacher and decided to set his sights on that academic opportunity.  

 

Trevor needed to be at the top of his class to even apply.  The application process included a test, an essay and an interview discussing his opinion on the recent government shut-down and who was to blame for the fiasco.  

 

Trevor knows his new school, as a Jesuit learning institution, will focus heavily on community service, giving back to others and helping those less fortunate. Trevor said, “Anyway I can help people is nice.”  

 

Trevor said his though favorite subjects are Social Studies and history, but he also excels at Science and Math and has informally tutored peers in those subjects during final exam time.  He also assisted teachers in grading papers.  And Mother Nature’s recent wrath has given him another opportunity to help by shoveling out some elderly neighbors’ homes. 

 

The Future

Trevor said he isn’t sure which college he’d eventually like to attend, but right now said he might be interested in a career in law.  His dad, an investment manager, said “Trevor is also pretty good at economics.”  And his mom, a marketing professional, said at one time he expressed an interest in medicine.  When a bike accident landed Trevor in the hospital for a week Trevor took the time to read, “Angels in the ER.”  Trevor said he might be interested in the medical field and is fascinated by the heart and nervous system. 


News

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.

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.”


Sports

 

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. 

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.



Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

Lecture - October 24


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