The Webelos II group of the Manhasset Pack 3 Cub Scouts is off to a great start this year. In September, they participated in a cookout at Bar Beach. They helped build a fire and made hot dogs. They learned how to peel and core apples, which they cooked over the fire, turning out a delicious apple crisp. Cooking is an invaluable skill for everyone, and the scouts have a great way of teaching life skills in a fun manner.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 over 60 Scouts and family members headed north for “Scout Day” at West Point Military Academy. The festivities began early with Cadet-led tours of the campus and outdoor activities, followed by impressive Cadet drills on “The Plain” with outstanding performances by the USMA Marching Band, including the National Anthem sung by the entire crowd. For lunch, Troop 71 dined at the home of Col. Ed Naessens, Jr., where the Scouts played an impromptu game of football before hiking to Michie Stadium for the real thing, where the Army Black Knights hosted Western Kentucky for the last home game of the season to a packed crowded, including hundreds of Scouts. The highlights of the day were the pre-game parachute jump over the stadium to deliver the game ball and the halftime ceremonies where the field was completely covered by a massive US Flag. For more information on Troop 71, visit www.plandometroop71.com or find us on Facebook.
The international award-winning hit Legally Blonde: The Musical is coming to Manhasset High School.
The cast of 35 high school students are busy rehearsing with director Robb Fessler, and choreographer Tasha Partee. The show is a hilarious modern-day fairytale that is great for the whole family. It’s a super fun, energetic musical that celebrates female empowerment.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Manhasset and other L.I. towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk. Martins’ team selected 38 questions out of 250 submitted by interested parties. The primary concerns stemmed from four main issues: application of the standards, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.
The Manhasset school district purchased its first iPads three years ago and now owns 57, allocating 45 to staff members and 12 to students, according to Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Libraries Sean Adcroft.
The district initially purchased the Apple technology in response to the Special Education Department’s interest in its associated applications, Adcroft said, noting that many such teachers use iPads directly with students.
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