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Holiday Show At Hampton Street

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Kindergartners in the dual language program at Hampton Street School celebrated the holiday season with their first trilingual show on Dec. 11. Students sang songs 

of the season in English and Spanish, as well as in sign language. 


Their program included “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Dreidel Song,” “Con Mi Burrito Sabanero,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad.”


Choosing College: Finding A Good Fit

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, a global statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner who recently passed away. So true. The importance of education cannot be stressed enough and now, more than ever, there’s a need to go to college.


The process of choosing a college can be intimidating. College, for many, is the place to discover one’s self and figure out what you’re going to possibly do for the rest of your life. It’s a place to gain new knowledge and expand your mind—if you haven’t already lost it trying to choose where to attend. 


MHS Singers Star At Tree Lighting

Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Mineola High School concert signers continued to spread holiday cheer by singing at the 28th Winthrop-University tree lighting on Dec. 4. 


The singers have become part of the hospital’s great holiday tradition under the direction of Meg Messina. Also part of the evening’s festivities were remarks by John F. Collins, Winthrop’s president and CEO, and Charles M. Strain, chairman of the board of directors at Winthrop.


Counselor’s A Key In College Readiness

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Preparing yourself for education beyond high school is a smart plan. Thinking about college though, can be a nightmare for most students and many aren’t sure how to tackle the process on their own. The first step? Talk to your high school counselor.


“Last spring when I was starting to make up my list of colleges, I felt a little overwhelmed because there were so many schools,” Joyce Hwang, a senior at Mineola High School said. “I didn’t know how I was going to choose which ones to apply to. My counselor helped me out by getting a sense of the kind of college I was looking for. We sat together with a book filled with colleges, and she went through each one and recommended colleges that would be a good match for me.”


Cleanup At Memorial Park

Written by Mineola American staff Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Forty-five eighth graders from Mineola High School recently joined in a cleanup at Memorial Park. Each month, the MHS Student Service Center gets eighth graders involved in service projects through its "Eight Ways To Serve” program. 


Students met at the high school and walked over to the park to rake leaves and give the park a much-needed cleaning. Mayor Scott Strauss was on hand during the cleanup. 



Mineola Middle School Named Distinguished School

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

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.


Drama Proves Powerful At Wheatley

Written by Sheri Arbital Jacoby Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

“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.


A Passport To Math

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

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.”


The SAT: Stressful But Necessary

Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

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 Heiress Hits Mineola High School This Week

Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00

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.


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