The Division Avenue High School competitive marching band, under the direction of Michael Bastone and student drum majors Anthony Montoya and Jason Tiemer, placed second at the first competition at Brentwood.
A score of 64.60 places the Levittown band fourth in the state out of the 12 bands in their class.
The band will be working hard throughout the season to improve their show in preparation for the final competition at Syracuse University this fall.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
The Levittown School District is pleased to announce that student-musicians Matthew Brzezinski from Division Avenue High School and Whitney Sun and Jenna Thomas from MacArthur High School have been selected by the New York State School Music Association to participate in All-State ensembles at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. from Dec. 4-7.
Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.
Brzezinski will sing in the All-State Mixed Chorus, Sun will play the viola in the All-State string orchestra and Thomas will play trombone in the All-State symphonic band.
In addition, Division Avenue High School students Kara Burke (alto II), John Genzale (bass I) and Jillian Power (snare drum) and MacArthur High School students Paul An (violin),
Brianne Giuliano (double-bass) and Whitney Sun (violin) have been selected as NYSSMA alternates. Although these students will most likely not attend the Winter Conference, being named an alternate is a prestigious honor and indicates that they are among the top musicians in the state.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Island Trees High School students were recently treated with a surprise visit from Jesse Kinch, a 2012 Island Trees High School graduate and recent winner of the ABC reality television show Rising Star.
After visiting with his former principals and school teachers, Kinch spoke to a small group of Island Trees high school music students about his experience on Rising Star.
Kinch talked about how the producers of Rising Star saw his performances on YouTube and called him to see if he could audition for the show.
With backpacks filled with no. 2 pencils and other school supplies, kids from all across the Levittown and Island Trees school districts hopped aboard the bright yellow school buses, this past week, to return to the classroom, on Sept. 3, for the start of a new school year.
For more photos and coverage on the start of the 2014-2015 school year, see page 6.
Prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, incoming Levittown sixth-grade students from Jonas E. Salk and Wisdom Lane middle schools attended orientation assemblies to prepare for the first day of school.
Each year the Mercury Club, parent booster club for the MacArthur Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track and Field teams, gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating male and female. This year’s winners were Kristyn Alonzo and Sean Sorg, pictured above with Mercury Club Co-President Cheryl Clifford. Kristyn will be attending Ithaca college in the fall. Sean will be attending SUNY Farmingdale.
— Submitted by the MacArthur High School Mercury Club
The Levittown School District Board of Education and administration reorganized for the official start of the 2014-2015 school year at its July 9 meeting.
Dressed in patriotic colors, first-grade students at Abbey Lane Elementary School in the Levittown School District concluded their study of the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance with a Flag Day celebration attended by parents, faculty and local dignitaries. Flag Day is typically celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the 1777 adoption of the American flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
Waving miniature flags, the students and their teachers led the audience in the singing of patriotic songs and educated their guests with presentations about famous Americans, American symbols and the heads of state imprinted on coins. The ceremony also recognized audience members who have served the country.
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
The applause and well-wishes of administrators, faculty and family resonated throughout the auditorium at Wisdom Lane Middle School as 183 students received their certificates of completion from the Levittown School District’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center program on June 10.
In her opening remarks, Principal Joan Lorelli told the students that she is humbled to be their principal. She also explained that GC Tech is at the forefront of offering both college-ready and employment certification. “The world of work is the endpoint for all of our students,” she said. “Thanks for shining a spotlight on career and technical education.”
The crowd was roaring with cheers and applause as the Island Trees High School Class of 2014 marched across the track for the 58th Annual Commencement ceremony.
On June 27, 210 Island Trees High School seniors received their diplomas, signifying the next step on the road to adulthood.
During the ceremony, Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles J. Murphy addressed the graduating class with a quick anecdote about how he was once in their shoes. He recalled how in 1984, one teacher warned him, “don’t even think about being different or I’ll kick you out of the ceremony.”
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