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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

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.”

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.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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