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Letter: Latin Is Crucial In Learning

Mineola was just one of the few schools in the area that offered Latin to our students. I know it would be sadly missed by the students, especially by the Latin Club, which is one of the largest clubs in Mineola High School. I strongly oppose this and am asking anyone, especially Mineola parents to make sure that this does not happen.

 

Latin terminology is vital to learning the advanced academic fields, such as medicine, law, theology and history. It strengthens ones ability to learn French, Spanish and Italian. Oh, and by the way, Latin helps a student maximize their SAT scores.

 

When seeing new words for the first, time, they already know the roots and prefixes; also helps with Math.

 

I will get into the fascinating study of history in just a moment. Please read some quotes below by College Admissions, pertaining to students who have a knowledge of Latin.

 

“Students taking Latin are typically scholarly. They pursue academic study in the purest sense, they are not simply fulfilling a requirement.”—Matthew Potts, admissions counselor, University of Notre Dame

 

This year, I was particularly impressed by a student with average test scores and grades who had taken Latin throughout middle and high school. We ended up offering the student admission, and I think it is fair to say that it was his commitment to Latin that tipped the scales.”—Andrea Thomas, assistant dean of admissions, Hamilton College

 

If we, as parents, can see the value of this in our child’s development and education, can we all save this course at Mineola High School? Our voices need to be heard on this one. Please voice your opinion with this decision to District Superintendent Michael Nagler This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Go onto the Mineola schools website and email the board members on the board of education. Go to our Facebook Page, “Save the Latin course at Mineola High School.” 

 

— Mary Goodfellow

 

Mineola 

 

 


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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