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
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.
“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.
“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.