Within our community, there are families that are economically at risk. These families are facing serious hardships and are often unable to provide basic-need items such as food and clothing for their family. The Holiday Gift Giving
Program was created to assist those families within our school district during the holiday season and provides a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference to others. Your generosity can help bring a smile to a child this holiday season — a child who may share a classroom with your own child.
On Oct. 17, the Island Trees High School Marching Band and Kickline, under direction of Greg Warnokowski, and advisors Jerry Nobile and Nicole Santoriello, performed at the Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University. Leading the band were Drum Majors Gabriella Trezza, Bridget Lively, and Peyton Rutigliano, Captains Joseph Falco, James Muscarello, Corrine Carroll, Courtney Weinberg, Rosa Ardezzone, Brett Beiersdorfer, Lauren Darcy and Andrew Taylor.
Levittown’s MacArthur High School has turned 50, and in commemoration of its anniversary, the community has been invited to participate throughout the year in an anniversary brick fundraiser. During a recent school board meeting, a $3,000 donation from the Class of 1972 helped the engraved walkway move one step closer to completion.
Class of 1972 representatives Maria Bekkevold, Patricia Butt, Janette Smith Harden, Kathy Karr Menikos and Deborah Sablich were on hand to present the check to the district. The representatives also donated a tank watch owned by Tyrus Lee (Class of 1972), a highway patrol officer in former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcade detail. The watch had been a present to Lee from the governor.
Division Avenue High School senior Gabriela Pereira has been selected as a 2013 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. Pereira was also recently named an Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board, and she continues to challenge herself with a rigorous load of AP courses. In addition, she was a medalist in the New York State Science Olympiad, is an active member of the National Art Honor Society and is the recording secretary for the National Honor Society. Pictured with Principal Joan Lorelli. Photo provided by Syntax
Alyson Lamonte, a physical education teacher at the J.F. Kennedy School, will be the recipient of the Nassau Zone Amazing Person Award, to be presented at the annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Conference in November. The Nassau Zone is a local division of AHPRERD.
Lamonte is a worthy recipient of this award as reflected in several of her Nassau Zone accomplishments. She is an active board member of the Nassau Zone for over five years and was the program planner for the annual Physical Education and Health Conference. She was on the Get Moving New York Committee that encourages people to “get up and move” based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity. Lamonte recently chaired the Elementary and Middle School Awards Committee that recognizes one male and one female graduate from each school who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in physical education.
She was also the 2013 recipient of the Nassau Zone Service Award.
Lamonte implemented new physical education curriculum while a teacher in Pelham, NY, using grants from the Pelham Education Foundation. Here in Great Neck, she is a member of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
Grant Leadership Committee. This committee strives to align K–12 physical education curriculum in our district. (Great Neck was awarded the prestigious, three-year PEP Grant beginning in September 2012.)
Lamonte has been a presenter at several local and national conferences, and was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department at Brooklyn College. She also coaches field hockey at North Middle and is an assistant varsity softball coach at Garden City High School.
Commenting on the Amazing Person Award, Lamonte said that she is “honored to be recognized as a NYS AHPERD award recipient and to be associated with so many other well-deserving honorees.” She said that she takes her profession seriously and loves working with children. She believes that she “can help my students understand why their health and fitness is so essential. Most importantly, I want my students and athletes to have fun while participating in physical activity.” On a more personal note, she added, “I am fortunate to have great role models in my life. My mother is a retired teacher and my father is a retired teacher and administrator, and I owe my work ethic and success to them.”
South High School will be presenting its annual piano recital on Friday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s music suite room 309, 341 Lakeville Road. Students will perform classical pieces from the standard piano repertoire.
The event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.
Recently, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision) launched “Pie Wars”, a special fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Long Island (www.lls.org). Willing teachers volunteered to have their pictures posted on collection boxes placed throughout the school.
Over the course of two weeks, students placed donations in the collection boxes of the teachers they wanted to see get “pied.”
At the conclusion of the Homecoming Pep Rally on Oct. 10, the two teachers with the most donations, who chose to be pied, were announced. Two students were selected to “pie” the teachers in front of the entire school.
The Salk/MacArthur PTSA will hold their annual fundraiser, An Evening With Renowned Psychic Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Salk Little Theater, at 3359 Old Jerusalem Road. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Group reading begin at 7 p.m. For adult audience only, no exceptions. Seating is limited. Tickets are $35 per person, or two for $60. Due to anticipated sellout, no reservations will be taken without payment. Make checks payable to: Salk/MacArthur PTSA. Mail to: Kathleen Vaughan Ware, 824 Pineneck Road, Seaford, NY 11783 or send in to your school building main office in sealed envelope marked “PTSA Psychic Fundraiser.”For information, call Kathleen at 516-520-8774 or Colleen at 516-428-5830.
Fourth and fifth graders at Lee Road Elementary School participated in the International Day of Peace, an observance of the ideals of peace adopted by the United Nations and observed for the first time on Sept. 21, 1982.
During the week, the students discussed ways to bring about peace and read books on the topic, including Lauren Murphy Payne’s We Can All Get Along: A Child’s Book of Choices and Katherine Scholes’ Peace Begins with You.
The students also decorated pinwheels for peace and wrote pledges to bring peace to their school and the world on dove-shaped paper. The doves and pinwheels were hung in the hallway. Also on display was a large dove cutout on which students signed their names to symbolize their pledge to further the cause of peace in the world.
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