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Calendar Changes And Commendations

Snow Alerts/Emergency Alerts

Thank you for everyone’s patience on Tuesday, Jan. 21. On their way home, many of our buses arrived late at their stops, due to the unexpected early arrival of the snow.  Some of our elementary buses arrived at their stops particularly late.

We are working on enhancing our school messenger calling system so that we will be able not only to contact families by individual building and district, but also by bus number. In such a case we would be able to alert families on specific buses that may be running very late, etc. 

Please know that we make our website the source of information for all emergency alerts and information.   For example, we did post the two buses running particularly late on our website, but I am not sure everyone would have known to look there. We will keep our website continually updated with timely and emergency alert type messages. It will be a central place for everyone to be provided with information.  I know that phone lines can sometimes become busy and you might not always be able to get through immediately to the building or district office with your question or concern, so checking the website may be helpful.

 

You can also sign up for updates and alerts on the website.  If you sign up, please make sure you include your email address, check the email box, check the weather box and emergency box.  This will allow you to receive emails from the website when weather and/or emergency messages are sent. If you have already signed up for these alerts, please make sure that you have checked these boxes.  If you need help signing up, please call Susan Checkla at 516-333-1693 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Calendar Changes

The North Side Principal’s Book Club which was cancelled due to the snow day on Wednesday has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Mr. Bloomgarden will be discussing “No Regrets Parenting: Turning Long Days and Short Years into Cherished Moments with Your Kids” by Harley A. Rotbart, M.D.

 

Wheatley’s Incoming Eighth Grade Parent Orientation and High School Curriculum Night have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Parent Orientation which will be held in the Wheatley cafeteria. Wheatley Principal Dr. Sean Feeney will introduce you to Wheatley. During this meeting, parents will get an overview of Wheatley and the programs we provide for our incoming students and families. They will also learn more about the different scheduling options available to students as they enter and progress through Wheatley.

 

Curriculum Night

The Wheatley Parent Curriculum Night which will be held in Room 450 at 7:30 p.m. will address students’ progress through the grades at Wheatley, different scheduling options and new courses and programs. We want our families to have a good understanding of the various curricular offerings at Wheatley. Our department directors and chairs will present overviews of their programs and answer any questions you might have. This is a terrific opportunity to learn about Wheatley’s many offerings in a more intimate setting!

 

Geography Bee Champs

Wheatley Champ:  I am pleased to announce that on January 15, eighth grader Aidan Pereira was honored as The Wheatley School National Geographic Bee winner.  All eighth graders took an in-class preliminary exam and the top 7 scorers were invited to participate in our school final, which was held during a ninth period assembly for the entire eighth grade.  In addition to Aidan, the finalists were Justin Vega, Jason Bergstein, Saman Suleman, Kevin Contreras, Sid Misra and John Li.  Saman was the runner-up.  The finalists were asked geography questions on both national and global topics.  Congratulations to all who participated.  Aidan will now take a written exam in an attempt to qualify for the New York State Geographic Bee.

 

Willets Road Champ:  I am also pleased to announce that on Jan. 15, seventh-grader Brandon Zhu was honored as the Willets Road School National Geographic Bee winner.  All seventh graders took an in-class preliminary exam, and the top seven scorers were invited to participate in our school final.  In addition to Brandon, the finalists were Vedant Singh, John Scudero, Jonathan Hahami, Brooke Schwartz, Fernando Macedo and Caleb Varghese.  Brooke was the runner-up. Brandon will now take a written exam in an attempt to qualify for the New York State Geographic Bee.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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