Written by Christopher Nesterczuk, Manhasset@Antonnews.com Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
There is no shortage of talent and commitment to public service in Manhasset Schools. Thursday’s Board of Education meeting kicked off by recognizing Manhasset students for their remarkable achievements.
Fourth grader Emma Anderson’s art work was selected to be the cover of the 2013-2014 Manhasset calendar. Peter Murphy, a fourth grader at Shelter Rock, was one of 54 national winners of a recipe contest for his hurricane soup and had the honor of having dinner at the White House on July 9 where he met the Obama’s.
Michael Lee was honored for being named the New York State merit winner for the 15th Annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Michael was only one of thirty-four state winners nationwide, and as such is considered a national semi-finalist. Michael’s research consisted of analyzing the effects of caffeine, epranephrine and melatonin, which he hypothesized, would increase the rate of regeneration in plenaria - organisms ideal for stem cell studies.
After a concerted effort, Aden Horowitz attained her goal - raising $13,000 to restore parts of the districts elementary music programs which were eliminated after recent budget cuts. Aden’s organization’s sole mission is to support music programming in the schools, and any donations beyond the $13,000 will go to that purpose.
“This has been the best meeting we’ve had in a long time because we opened up [the meeting] with recognition to our students,” an excited Cardillo said. “It really energizes the district.”
For Manhasset schools, however, it’s not all roses as the student recognition ceremony quickly turned to a discussion of the district’s thorny realities of increased class sizes and loss of security services. Enrollment growth at the elementary levels have been moderate, with Munsey Park opening flat but Shelter Rock increasing by 21 students for a total of 797 students. “Our projections didn’t show growth at the elementary schools,” Cardillo explained. However, the middle school enrollment is down from 594 to 577, while at the secondary school enrollment is now 1,022, up slightly from last year’s 1,000. “We will continue to see growth in the next few years, with peaks in years 2016-2017,” Cardillo elaborated.
The biggest change for students will be in class sizes. At the elementary level, K-6, out of 14 possible classes, eleven have increased class sizes. Grades 2, 3, 4 now see class size increases of plus two over Manhasset BOE established guidelines. “The class sizes are larger than what we are accustomed to,” Cardillo said. Classroom guidelines, established by the Manhasset Board of Education, serve as a reference point for establishing appropriate, well-balanced class sizes. Copy of the guidelines are available for residents on the BOE website. “Last year the average mean class size was 21.6; this year it’s 22.6”, Cardillo said. “The baseline has been eroded,” Cardillo was quick to point out, an acknowledgement to a pecarious slope. That said, Cardillo is confident that the district will continue to provide a “superior” education at all the grade levels.
For Zari Ginsburg, a parent of the school district, school safety is a concern. “So I can get a better understanding”, a concerned Ginsburg asked,”Since December we added security guards in the elementary schools, and now we don’t have them [due to budget cuts], so now we have our greeters. Are the greeters specifically trained?” Cardillo was quick to answer “no.” “Realistically, and in working with the 3rd precinct, whether there is a security person in place or not, tragic events, such as in Columbine, are just not stoppable,” Cardillo pointed out.
“We did work with a firm and did an in-depth review of security at all our buildings and provided us with a comprehensive report,” said Rosemary Johnson. “We did a budget revision to put in place significant security hardware upgrades, so all the buildings have the proper upgrades.” Implementation, including proper training of staff on these access systems, is ongoing according to Johnson. Included in this highs-takes security implementation is the migration of security cameras to a new software protocol. “This has been a very intense and expensive effort,” Johnson emphasized. In time, the district will review the roll out of these security measures and make necessary adjustments.
“We will continue to assess [security] during the school year.” an assuring Cardillo said.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:48
Preparations are underway for the Annual Christmas Tree lighting to be held this Friday, Dec. 6 at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Workers have been busy decorating the gazebo with garland and lights to make the this year’s celebration the best yet. Sponsored by the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, The Town of North Hempstead and the Manhasset Park District, the event will feature holiday music performed by the Manhasset High School Brass Choir.
The program will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and the blessing offered by Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church. The winners of the poster contest will be announced during the ceremony followed by the anticipated lighting of the Manhasset Christmas tree. The Manhasset Parks Department will be dispensing hot chocolate and treats, too.Santa Claus will make a ‘surprise’ appearance on Manhasset-Lakeville’s Fire truck and volunteer firefighters will be handing out candy canes to girls and boys. Come on down and celebrate the beginning of the season.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
It seems as though the real estate market is not the only thing hot in Manhasset. A number of new stores are popping up throughout the community making Manhasset the go-to location for business. On Plandome Road, facades are being renovated to add a fresh new look. The change is updating the appearance of the existing storefronts and causing the opening of new businesses. The exterior facade of Vincents Cleaners, Tony’s Shoe Repair and Manhasset Hair Stylists are brand new both front and back. The renovation beckons customers to come in to shop on a new trendy main street.
Last week a new tenant moved into the space that adorns the renovated new storefront called ivivva. ivivva is a new store from lululemon featuring clothing for young girls age 4 to 14. And the trend continues. Just this weekend, two new businesses, Adelina Boutique and Barrel Grapes, and new members of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce opened their doors here. They held grand opening events on Friday and Saturday night.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.