Mineola Middle School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2013-14 school year. Only 87 schools in the nation have been selected for the award, which is reserved for those that have demonstrated Apple’s vision of a successful 21st-century learning environment.
“Hate is not a Wheatley value.” That’s one of the slogans cast members donned on the large pins they wore to school attached to black outfits on Thursday, Nov. 21, to signal the premiere of their play, The Laramie Project, that evening.
This was no run-of-the-mill, happy-go-lucky, elaborate musical the school is famous for. It was an incredibly serious undertaking, especially for high schoolers.
The play tackled the real-life kidnapping, brutal beating and murder of an openly gay University of Wyoming college student, Matthew Shepard. The Laramie Project was created by Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s
Tectonic Theater Company from more than 200 interviews with local residents recounting the event. The drama illuminates how this one horrific act reverberated throughout the world.
Kindergarten students at Hampton Street School recently received a “passport” to mathematics. As part of a fun lesson, each child made a book, or passport, with each page containing a number-based activity. In order to earn stamps in their passports, students had to complete the activity on each page and “travel through math.”
There are many reasons to go to college, but preparing for it may be the most exciting and stressful time, simultaneously. It’s is an investment you make for your future and college degree recipients historically earn more, have better economic security, live healthier lives and participate in their communities.
However, the amount of time you spend preparing for college, while it can lead to great benefits, is a tough hill to climb. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the most widely taken standardized college-admissions test. It functions primarily as a factor in admission to American colleges and universities.
The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present The Heiress on Nov. 22 and 23. Students are now utilizing every last minute rehearsing, in effort to perfect their performance.
Director Matt DeLuca, knew that this was the perfect performance for this group of teenagers. He said, “If I’m ever going to do this play, this is definitely going to be the year.” The director, who is aiming to make this high school performance look like a college performance said, “I have confidence in these talented actors and actresses, I am confident that the audience will be amazed.”
DeLuca chose The Heiress because of its well-written content. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and suggested by the Henry James novel, Washington Square, this is the emotionally charged tale of a young woman’s desperate search for the love she has been deprived of all her life. The action takes place in Dr. Sloper’s beautifully appointed parlor on Washington Square in New York City in the 1850s.
The Wheatley Theater Company will present The Laramie Project Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. in The Wheatley School. Nineteen talented teens will portray nearly 70 characters in the emotionally charged, consciousness-raising production.
Based on a shocking event that reverberated around the world, The Laramie Project recounts how a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of
Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with local residents. From these accounts, they wrote the play which chronicles Laramie in the year following the murder.
The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present The Heiress on Nov. 22 and 23. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and suggested by the Henry James novel Washington Square, this is the emotionally charged tale of a young woman’s desperate search for the love she has been deprived of all her life.
The Heiress made its fourth appearance on Broadway last year, starring Jessica Chastain as the shy, plain young heiress, Catherine Sloper, and David Strathairn as her cold and distant father, Dr. Austin Sloper. High school seniors Rebecca B Bastos and Quinn Ginsberg will take on these rich and challenging roles.
The Mineola District Council of PTAs recently announced the Children’s Cultural Arts Series for the 2013-14 school year. The program consists of shows taking place at the Mineola High School Theatre located at 10 Armstrong Road, Garden City Park (one block south of Jericho Turnpike).
The Wheatley School recently announced regional finalists and semifinalists for the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
Junior Arjun Kapoor was announced as a regional finalist. Kapoor worked with Sahil Abbi, a student from the neighboring Herricks High School, and Connor Abbott from New Haven, Connecticut. Their project, titled “The optimization of parallel computing network topologies using simulated annealing with a novel distance recalculation algorithm” was performed at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Professor Yufan Deng. The group was one of only five projects in the New York region chosen as finalists. They will be competing at the Regional Finals competition hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on Nov. 15-16.
Senior Aakash Jhaveri was given the distinction of semifinalist for his project titled “Apol1 variants induce necrotic cell death in human podocytes via increased lysosome membrane permeability”. Jhaveri did his research at the North Shore LIJ Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset.
The Mineola District Council of PTAs recently announced the Children’s Cultural Arts Series for the 2013-14 school year. The program consists of three wonderful shows with the first performance, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, on the best-selling book by Judith Viorst on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Mineola High School Theatre located at 10 Armstrong Road, Garden City Park (one block south of Jericho Turnpike).
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