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From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Elaine Kanas

 

Program Updates

Unsung Heroes

 

Even on the days that school is closed due to inclement weather, members of our custodial and maintenance staff are working hard to keep the snow and ice at bay so school is ready to open when storms subside. These past few weeks have been very challenging weather-wise.

 

A tremendous thank you to Nicholas Fusco, our director of school facilities and operations, for his hard work and skilled leadership managing our facilities during the weather emergencies.  Thank you, as well, to those members of our custodial and maintenance crews who have worked so diligently during these snow emergencies to ensure our grounds and sidewalks are safe for our students and staff.

 

Teachers Make A Difference

 

Each academic year, students admitted to MIT are asked to share with the school the name of a teacher who has been especially influential in their development. As the MIT Admissions Office Dean writes, “It is a remarkable achievement and a great honor to change a life.”  Congratulations to our Wheatley Social Studies teacher Dr. John Staudt who this week received a letter from MIT congratulating him on being named by Wheatley alumnus Lambert Chu, Class of 2013, as a teacher who has been especially influential in his development.   

 

Goal Setting In Action

At the Feb. 10 board of education monthly business meeting, Wheatley faculty and administration presented new course offerings, which our high school students will benefit from next year.  As I have shared in previous emails and workshops, each year the district’s leadership team sets curriculum and instruction “smart goals” which are designed to support our broader multi-year goals in the various curriculum areas. Just as a reminder, “smart goals” are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound goals.

Social Studies And AP

A smart goal this year is to plan and prepare for the addition of an AP Economics Course for the 2014-15 school year. At the board meeting, Secondary Chair for Social Studies Brian McConaghy presented the steps being taken this year so that our students will have the opportunity to take AP Economics next year. The class will be combined with Honors Government.

 

The course will consist of Advanced Placement Economics and a thorough survey of American government and politics. The Advanced Placement Economics component will be taught at a college level and focus on Macroeconomics, while also introducing

elements of Microeconomics. Students will be required to take the AP Macroeconomic Exam in May 2015.  Additionally, students in the course can do extra preparation to also take the AP United States Government & Politics Exam, if they so choose.

 

The Social Studies Department will also offer AP Government with Honors Economics. This course will consist of Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics with a thorough survey of Economics. The Advanced Placement Government & Politics component will be taught at a college level, will be reading intensive and will rely heavily on current events and classroom discussion. Additionally, the course includes an introduction to the fundamental principles of economics and its role in the world today.

Students in this course will be required to take the AP Government & Politics Exam. They may also choose to do the extra preparation to take the AP Macroeconomic Exam as well.

 

The Social Studies department will also offer an exciting elective next year, Sports in America. It will be a half-year course that takes an in-depth look at the significance of athletics in the United States – past, present and future. It will be open to students in grades 9-12.

 

Math and Computer Science: Strategic Plan 

Last year’s community strategic planning survey identified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as a high priority area. In support of this initiative, Dr. Joyce Bernstein, secondary chair for mathematics, presented new Mathematics and Computer Science courses that will be available at Wheatley next year. Following the community interest in STEM, students will have the opportunity to take a sequence of computer courses that provide opportunities for continued growth for interested students.

 

Grade 8: Lego Robotics

 

Grade 9: Computer Science, Web Design

 

Grade 10: Introduction to Programming with Java

 

Grade 11: AP Computer Science

 

Grade 12: Computer Seminar

News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

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.


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


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
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