Written by Superintendent East Williston School District Dr. Elaine KANAS Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
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.
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.
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!
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.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.