Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
In conjunction with National School Nurse Day and in observation of National Nurses Week, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), who spent over three decades as a nurse before becoming a member of Congress, is introducing legislation today to increase the number of nurses in public schools across the country.
“As a mom and as a nurse, I know that a healthy student is a successful student,” Rep. McCarthy said. “Whether it’s helping to treat the common cold, helping to stop the spread of serious diseases or identifying the early warning signs of depression or abuse, school nurses are the first line of defense in keeping our schools safe. This legislation is a common-sense investment in our future and Congress would be wise to pass it.”
The Student to School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2013 creates federal grants to help states lower the ratio of students to school nurses and would require the U.S. Education Department to report the effectiveness of the program, particularly the relationship between access to student health services and academic success.
There are almost 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools and about 74,000 school nurses in the United States, according to the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, respectively.
“Today’s students face more medically complex conditions and chronic health illnesses, requiring the knowledge, assessment skills and judgment of a school nurse to manage their care,” said National Association of School Nurses President Linda Davis-Alldritt. “By promoting prevention and wellness and providing targeted early interventions – including mental health services – school nurses help reduce barriers to learning and address health disparities. Simply put, school nurses ensure that our children stay healthy, safe and ready to learn.”
School nurses are critical as a first line of defense in preserving the health and safety of schoolchildren, and free up teachers and administrators from monitoring and diagnosing health problems in students, which leads to a loss of productivity for both staff and students.
“School nurses are the health and educational advocates for the student,” said Anne McAree, RN, SNT – a school nurse at Mineola High School. The school nurse is often the first one to identify a medical issue that is affecting learning. The school nurse is the one students turn to for both their physical and safety needs to be met. A school nurse supports the physical, mental and emotional by giving valuable lessons in health care and self care.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.