Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00
Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.