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Letter: Escobar Responds To Norma Busching

Thank you for your concern and I am sorry that you feel that way. I want you to know that I welcome a dialogue with you concerning the High School and our students’ academic achievement. I agree that academics is the primary reason students are in school and I am proud of the academic achievements of our high school students.

 

During the year we honor students for their many different academic accomplishments. This year alone we celebrated the successes of a National Merit Semi-Finalist, AP scholars, the National Honor Society which is a nationally recognized organization for our juniors, the National Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society to name a few.

 

Actually, Newsday just reported that Mineola High School did very well in recent graduation and regents statistics. Our graduation rate was 93.7 percent which was comparable, if not better, than many Nassau County school districts. 

 

At the Junior Honor Society Ceremony I gave a speech to the students and parents honoring their academic achievements, their service to the school community and their leadership. I told them that they are the future leaders of our school community. 

 

At Mineola High School, we recognize all of our students’ diverse achievements and as educators we prioritize academics. 

 

I understand your concern and I welcome your input in making Mineola High School a better place.

 

— Edward Escobar


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

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