From May 8-10, Island Trees Memorial Middle School’s eighth grade class embarked on an incredible adventure to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
During the trip, the eighth graders met with politicians, visited historic monuments, explored some of our national museums, and experienced the culture of one of the most important cities in the world.
Each year students in the local area compete in a contest sponsored by New York State Senator Kemp Hannon entitled, “There Ought To Be A law.” Students in the sixth grade work with their social studies teachers to brainstorm issues that could be resolved by creating laws. The entries are submitted and winners of the contest are honored in the spring.
This year Erin Maguire, a sixth grader at ITMMS, has been named a finalist in the competition. Maguire will be honored at Levittown Hall on May 22, when he will be presented with a citation from the office of state Sen. Kemp Hannon. At the end of the ceremony, the Grand Prize Winner will be announced.
— Submitted by Island Trees Memorial Middle School Principal Dr. Roger Bloom
The Island Trees High School Chorus, along with choral director Susan Oliveto, attended the Broadway musical Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City.
Wicked is an immensely popular musical which originated in a novel by Gregory Maguire which shows a very different take on The Wizard of Oz.
Division Avenue High School in Levittown held its first Night of Honor in which 100 students were inducted into the art, business, math and world language honor societies.
In her opening remarks, Assistant Principal Linda Dolecek welcomed students and their parents during this special celebration that recognizes the hard work and dedication, as well as the unending determination, displayed by each of the inductees in their respective disciplines.
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.
The National Honor Society of MacArthur High School in Levittown inducted 111 students during a traditional candlelighting ceremony in the auditorium. The evening was punctuated with words of wisdom, ceremonial milestones, musical interludes and the honoring of teachers and staff.
“You have gotten off to a very good start; what happens from now on is up to you,” said Principal Kathleen Valentino. “We have many people here wanting to help you along that path and it gives us much pleasure to do so.”
The Division Avenue High School music department presented Into the Woods, a magical adventure with a moral and political point of view by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, for three stellar performances. Director Ryan Nolin and vocal director Lisa Levenberg directed the two-act play, and the orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Bastone, provided musical accompaniment.
The Jonas E. Salk Middle School gymnasium in Levittown was transformed into an arena on April 11 for an epic rumble between some of World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest All-stars, to help raise money for the Lee Road Elementary School PTA.
The crowd was electric, as dozens of screaming fans, both old an young, flooded the schoolhouse for the chance to meet some of their all-time favorite WWE Wrestling stars, including: Matt Hardy of the Hardy Boyz, Jake “the Snake” Roberts and Mick Foley aka Mankind, aka Dude Love, aka Cactus Jack. After snapping several photos and collecting autographs, children and parents took their seats as the pros prepared to go head-to-head in the ring.
Brownie Troop #3633 Island Trees spent an evening making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a local church, to be distributed to those in need in Wyndanch. The girls, along with parishioners, made 600 sandwiches that night.
(Photo submitted by Brownie Troop #3633)
Recently the National Junior Honor Society of Island Trees Memorial Middle School became involved in working with Liam’s Lighthouse Foundation, a group that is dedicated to advancing research, awareness, and support for histiocytosis. Mr. Chris McGowan, a sixth grade teacher at ITMMS, brought attention to this cause because his close friend’s daughter suffers from histiocytosis, a blood a disease that causes organ damage and the formation of tumors. After learning about histiocytosis, the members of the National Junior Honor Society became passionate about the mission, raised funds, and donated $250.00 to Liam’s Lighthouse Foundation. Thank you to the members of the Memorial Middle School National Junior Honor Society, Mr. McGowan, Mrs. Nieves, and Mrs. Harouche for coordinating this important endeavor.
More information about the mission of Liam’s Lighthouse Foundation can be found at http://www.liamslighthousefoundation.org/.
—Submitted by Island Trees Memorial Middle School Principal Dr. Roger Bloom
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