Written by Superintendent East Williston School District Dr. Elaine Kanas Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00
You can read the latest communication from the Commissioner of Education John B. King, Jr. by clicking on the following link http://usny.nysed.gov/docs/reflections-on-the-core.pdf . With respect to state testing, Commissioner King informs us that the state education department has reduced the number of questions and testing time on the federally required assessments for grades 3-8. In subsequent news, the SED has received the waiver requested from the federal government so that eighth graders taking ninth grade algebra and the algebra Regents exam will no longer be required to take the eighth grade New York State math test.
Thank you to the Interview committees of parents, teachers and administrators who have provided such important insight and assistance to the search process for two new high school guidance counselors. Candidates commented on the rigor and intensity of the process as we committed to finding truly excellent candidates for these key positions. In addition to several interviews, the semi-finalist/finalist candidates made a presentation to a group of parents and students so that we could further assess their communication skills.
The candidate being recommended to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Wang’s resignation is anticipated for appointment at the Jan. 27 board of education monthly business meeting and will begin at Wheatley that week.
We are continuing the search process for a second guidance counselor to take over Mr. Wasserman’s case load when he transitions into the director of guidance position.
Dr. Sean Feeney will be sending out a letter with plan details to the families involved in the guidance transition process early next week.
Thank you to the parents who attended my two recent Coffees with the Superintendent. I appreciate the insight and informative questions. A topic of interest was the college admission process. The high school guidance department and Wheatley administration will present an updated workshop and information on this topic at an upcoming board of education work session.
Registration for the incoming 2014-15 North Side Kindergarten class will be taking place at The Wheatley School in the Library/IMC on Feb. 4, 5 and 6.
A child is eligible for kindergarten next year if they are 5 years of age on or before Dec. 1 (that is, a child born between Dec. 2, 2008 and Dec. 1, 2009). To start the kindergarten registration process and receive a Kindergarten Registration Packet from the North
Side School, please call North Side School’s main office at 516-333-6860. Additional information can be obtained on the website at www.ewsdonline.org > go to schools on the horizontal navigation bar and click on North Side > go down the vertical navigation bar to kindergarten registration Information.
Children with last names beginning with A-F register on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Children with last names beginning with G-L register on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Children with last names beginning with M-Z register on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
On Jan. 9, several district staff members attended and presented at the How to Make Math Count—A Conference for K-8 Teachers at Molloy College. The sponsors, the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and the Nassau County Association of
Mathematics Supervisors were pleased to present Steve Leinwand, principal research analyst and author of Common Core at Work in the Math Classroom as the keynote speaker. North Side and Willets Road teachers presented engaging workshops with innovative ideas to share with fellow teachers who were in attendance.
North Side teachers Henry Lim and Tracy Kasschau presented "Math and Movement" for grades 3 - 5 – The workshop presented ideas that can be used in or out of the classroom. These ideas increase student engagement, boost self-confidence, reach kinesthetic learners and increase math fact fluency for all.
Willets Road teachers Sloane Sepe and Diane Viola presented differentiation in middle school math classes for grades 6 - 7. The workshop presented strategies for differentiation in the middle school classroom.
North Side teacher Mike Mazur presented Got iPads? for Grades K – 2 – An in depth look at using iPads in the classroom.
North Side teacher Lisa Minerva presented Building the Foundations of the Common Core: Numeracy and Place Value for Grades 2 – 4 . The workshop presented many activities for the classroom.
Over the break, The New York Times on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 featured an exciting review of a musical running in New York City, “The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told,” directed by our very own Wheatley English teacher Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson. It is an hour-long family musical that features audience participation and actor improvisation. To read the review and find out performance information go to www.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/arts/spare-times-for-children-for-dec-27-jan-2.html?_r=0
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.