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Letter: Teachers Union Backs Challengers

The United Teachers of Island Trees would like to take this opportunity to offer our support to Mr. Michael Rich, Mr. Paul Giambona and Mr. Brian Fielding as they attempt to gain positions on the school board of The Island Trees School District. The aforementioned gentlemen  possess a similar mindset with regard to our community and the means by which to achieve success. They are enthusiastic and motivated and are prepared to put their ideas in motion if and when they are elected to these very important positions.

It is never the intention, nor will it ever be the intention of the UTIT to speak disparagingly of any board member. It is a thankless, payless job which requires dedication and selflessness. It is not easy to sit before an audience and answer questions with no knowledge of what will be asked.  For the efforts of the existing board members, we offer our appreciation and respect.  Our opinions are not arrived at by any personal feelings toward any individuals.  We simply feel that the gentlemen that are seeking positions on the board are very qualified and are prepared to face the challenges that currently exist.

Mr. Rich, Mr. Giambona and Mr. Fielding have publicly stated how important it is to show support for the teachers and children of this community. The United Teachers of Island Trees will always proudly serve the children of this community. We take great pride in what we do. The children always will come first!  It is with great confidence that we anticipate the results of what these gentlemen have vowed. Our appreciation for any board member will remain a constant.  No matter the results of the elections on May 20th, the members of the UTIT will be prepared to serve the Island Trees community and work in conjunction with the board of education to achieve success for our students.

Charles Smith, UTIT President

Tom Steinmeyer, UTIT Vice President

Doug Rigo, UTIT Vice President

News

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.”

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.


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.



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Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

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