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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 Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com