Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00When our [school] family got word last summer that our principal was being replaced, we all felt a sense of loss and apprehension. Now eight months later that feeling has changed dramatically.
Northside Elementary School has been fortunate over this year to have Mr. Frank Mortillaro as our interim principal. A product of Levittown education, he has served our community and our school in a manner that would make any parent, community member or taxpayer proud.
Our children are greeted by name and assisted out of their parents’ car at morning drop-off with a smile by Mr. Mortillaro. He has been spotted after school playing an impromptu game of football with the children. He is in their classrooms with regularity, making his presence and availability known to the students.
Similarly Mr. Mortillaro makes himself available to the parents, always asking, “How’s everything…is there anything you need…is there anything I can do for you?” He participates in every event, activity and function with an enthusiasm and energy that can only be described as “pleasantly contagious”.
When the fifth-graders were on their annual overnight trip to Greenkill in March, Mr. Mortillaro surprised the children one day by making the long trip there to check up on them; and perhaps let them know that even though they were away from the school building, he was still there for them.
Although we are approaching the end of our year with Mr. Mortillaro, we do not want the imprint he has made on our community to go unnoticed. As interim principal we were prepared (now more like ill-prepared) for the possibility that we would have to say goodbye. We would like to do so by acknowledging Mr. Mortillaro’s contribution to our school, our community, and our children. This brief letter does not speak to the vast majority of what he has done for Northside Elementary School, but I hope this quote coveys the greater sentiment:
A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. — Forest Witcraft
We thank you Mr. Mortillaro and wish you every success in all of your future endeavors! You will be missed!
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.