Residents in the Mineola School District may or may not need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being met with this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks based on whether or not they are a veteran, saw combat or suffered a disability. It’s possible to qualify for all three.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Everyone has role models. People to look up to. Someone you respect, admire and aspire to be like in some way. For Mineola High School junior Kelly Behan, her role model is her brother, Tom.
“I have always looked up to my brother growing up,” she said. “He is hardworking, motivated in sports, dedicated in school, while still managing to have a social life. He had an enjoyable and memorable high school experience and continues to succeed in college. I hope that one day, I can be as successful as him.”
Michelle Rodrigues, a Mineola sophomore, took the traditional approach of choosing her role mode: one of her parents.
Mineola Pack 246 recently held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner. The Senior Webelo Scouts bridged to Boy Scouts. Front row, left to right: Kevin Pusey, Addison Granados, Dennis Peitler, Jack Schneider, Miko Amican, Nick Ramos and Thomas Gaines. Back row, left to right: Senator Jack Martins, Trustee George Durham, Senior Den Leader Linda Ramos and Cub Master Jay Schneider.
— From Pack 246
The Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens, located on Willis Avenue in Mineola, announced that the 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 behind the Nassau County Court House off Old Country Road. It will proceed up Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike and end at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue.
First grade students in Maureen Reyhanian’s class at Meadow Drive School recently celebrated the completion of their personal narratives. Following weeks of learning how to develop the beginning, middle and end of a story while incorporating relevant details, each student wrote a personal narrative about a notable event in time.
To celebrate the completion of their projects, the first graders held an Author’s Tea and invited family to hear their finished pieces, with topics ranging from going to the movies to Superstorm Sandy. Finished products will also be submitted to the Nassau Reading Council’s Young Author’s Contest.
— From Meadow Drive School
Fifteen Mineola School District students will attend the 2014 Nassau All-County Art Exhibition in Ruth S. Harley Center at Adelphi University on Sunday, March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. This free exhibition will honor more than 1,200 kindergarten through 12th-grade students who have demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of two-dimensional visual art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics and photography.
College interviews are not a required part of the university admissions process, but an opportunity, for one will allow you to use it as a tipping criteria for admission. Landing an interview can bring a student not only joy and relief, but in some cases fear and concern.
Before the interview, you have to prepare, and, during the interview, you have to perform.
Mineola High School senior Liana Roveda was perplexed as she rummaged through her clothes trying to pick out something to wear to her college interview.
“I was freaking out,” says Roveda. “I wasn’t even sure what I should be specifically looking for and I didn’t know who to ask for help.”
A good interview can lead you right into your first fall as a freshman at the college of your choice but must first properly prepare, according to Felice Kobrick, educational consultant and owner of Kobrick College Consulting LLC of Roslyn. An interviewer most likely has scheduled a multitude of interviews in a day. You need to make an impression, she says.
“Dress to impress. Be well groomed and think “business casual,” says Kobrick. “Jeans are fine if they are neat looking, not ripped or dirty. Boys might want to wear a collared shirt or a button down shirt. Shorts are fine if they are neat and clean but think of golf shorts, not gym shorts. Girls can also wear jeans or a skirt, perhaps with a sweater or cardigan. Nothing too short or too revealing.”
Mineola sophomore Maria Cerqueira has never sat for an interview in her life and the sheer anticipation of one in the near future is enough to give her cold feet.
“I hate not knowing what to expect,” explains Cerqueira. “I’m can’t even fathom the types of questions they could ask me. Will they ask me about my interests? Goals? Hobbies? I have no clue how I’m supposed to prepare for this.”
Kobrick recommends that students practice their interviewing skills through mock interviews and ask a parent or friend to play the part of the admissions representative.
“Role-play potential answers you might give to questions,” she said. “Be clear, brief and thoughtful in your answers. Most of all, be relaxed and be yourself. Questions can range from asking about your academic history, to your interest in activities, to what you know about the college to which you are applying.”
College interviews can be conducted by admissions officers, college students, and or alumni. Some are in person on campus, some are in person in your city, some are over the telephone and some are now on Skype or other virtual methods.
Marissa Karasz, another sophomore, was concerned about format. “I’m not too sure what’s the format of the interviews .Will they ask all the questions,or can I ask too?”
Interviews are either evaluative, meaning the interviewer is evaluating you, or informative, meaning you ask the questions of the interviewer, according to Kobrick.
“Because of the huge number of applications received by colleges, many schools no longer interview applicants,” she said. “Therefore, if an interview is offered, accept it. It gives the interviewer a chance to put a face to your application.”
More than 500 Boy Scouts and adult leaders recently gathered at the Muttontown Preserve to compete in the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby. Troop 45 of Mineola came away with first, second and third place finishes for the Younger Scout division and first place in the Older Scout division.
“The competition was the toughest I can ever remember in my 28 years of involvement with this event,” Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf said. “All the patrols from so many Scout Troop, did a great job and did their best. I am so very proud of my Scouts. They certainly have been preparing for months and have worked hard to prepare for the event. Their efforts yielded an outstanding performance and winning the day.”
Young actors, singers, and musicians hone their craft at St. Aidan School. In a time where budget cuts are forcing many schools to greatly reduce or eliminate arts programs entirely, the theatre, choir, and band programs at the school in Williston Park, continue to thrive.
Starting in 1980, with a small “Salute to Broadway” production with approximately 50 students, St. Aidan’s now runs an annual, full professional-style musical. Last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Junior included more than 100 fifth-and eighth grade students, as actors, singers, set designers and stage crew in Monsignor Kirwin Hall for two sold-out performances.
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