MacArthur High School students Brianna Abatelli, Mary Cervantes, Clare Del Grosso, Amanda King and Alex Philbin received certificates of merit in the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City’s annual writing contest. In addition, Cervantes was a second-place winner. The five students’ essays were selected from among the submissions of 425 talented writers from 24 schools across Long Island.
The Island Trees High School Music Department had successful Spring concerts in May.
The first featured Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band, under the direction of band director Greg Warnokowski, and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of percussion specialist Gerard Noble. The community choir was also featured at this concert, and was under the direction of Mrs. Chet Lazzara.
The Hartwick College Department of Music recently visited Island Trees High School to perform and talk to all music students. The instrumental and choral groups were under the direction of Dr. Jason Leo Curley, Director of Instrumental Music and Conducting, and Dr. R. Colin Armstrong, Director of Choral Music. Performing groups included Brass Ensembles, Chamber Choir, and A Capella Choir. After the performances, the Hartwick College students introduced themselves, stated the subject they were majoring in at the college, and answered many questions the students had about college life and music opportunities at college for all students no matter what your major is.
— Submitted by Island Trees High School Music Department Chairperson Mrs. Susan Oliveto
Beginning May 28, several hundred paintings and pieces of artwork were put on display to showcase MacArthur High School’s most dedicated artists at the 22nd annual Spring Art Show. The event provided students a chance to take a closer look at some of the techniques used by the best and brightest artists at the school and to encourage their peers to further explore their creativity.
“This show is a labor of love and the culmination of a year’s worth of work and collaboration between talented students and teachers,” art curriculum associate Frank Creeter said. “Beyond applying a medium to a surface, or simply satisfying an art assignment, students inevitably learned that art communicates, evokes emotions and can serve as an outlet for otherwise ineffable ideas.”
Many of the photographs, sculptures, drawings and paintings were selected for exhibitions and scholarships across the region, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, Long Island’s Best, PTSA Reflections, Advanced Visions 10: High School Artists of Excellence and New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon’s Best in Town exhibits.
Division Avenue High School student Joey Nepravishta was the third-place winner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Bridge Contest. Approximately 180 students from 13 Nassau and Suffolk county high schools entered the competition in which they designed and built the lightest model bridge that holds a maximum load of 50 kilograms. Joey’s bridge weighed 12.43 grams and held 44.13 pounds, which is 1,610.38 times its weight.
The goal of the contest was to promote the study and application of the principles of physics and engineering. This activity also helps students develop hands-on skills and to see, first-hand, what it is like to be an engineer who designs structures to a set of specifications.
Division Avenue High School Principal Joan Lorelli, science curriculum associate Kevin McDermott and adviser Gerard Marzigliano congratulated Joey on this outstanding accomplishment.
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
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.
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