Ten students from The Wheatley School, will receive honors for their performance on the 2013 National Spanish Exam. These awards will be given out at the Long Island Chapter’s annual award ceremony to be held on May 30.
In conjunction with National School Nurse Day and in observation of National Nurses Week, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), who spent over three decades as a nurse before becoming a member of Congress, is introducing legislation today to increase the number of nurses in public schools across the country.
The Jackson Avenue school gym was filled as the PTA recently held its annual Family BINGO Night. Students and their families played numerous games of BINGO and participated in raffles.
Kindergartners from Hampton Street School recently took a field trip to The Long Island Children’s Museum. The children toured the museum and held a turtle. The children had a lot of hands on activities and learned about reptiles and insects.
Mineola resident Danilo Aviles has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. He was honored at a recent luncheon of the club.
Aviles, who has taught at Wantagh High School for eight years, teaches High School Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pit Band, and Percussion Ensemble. He also designs marching field shows and composes original percussion works for the percussion ensemble.
The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.
Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in reading from NYU.
Burke “particularly likes teaching juniors and seniors,” and feels a “responsibility to help them tell their story to college admissions officers.” For the past nine years, Burke has been co-director of the Falk-Sysak Student Service at the high school, the umbrella for the school’s community service and service learning programs since 2004.
Four local boys were awarded the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive at a ceremony on Friday, April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mineola. Matthew Kohl, Kevin Mulder, Jonathan D’Annunzio and Christopher Gavin, from Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 received the Eagle Scout Award for their long term dedication and service to the community. Requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating scout spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.
The ceremony began at 7:30 p.m. as the four boys were brought to the front of the Church and honored in front of their parents and friends and fellow Troop 45 members. Pastor Chester Easton and Scout dignitaries gave short speeches praising the young men on their hard work and dedication in becoming the coveted title of Eagle Scouts.
Mineola High School senior Brandon Lee Heard visited sixth-graders in Staney Jacob’s class at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on March 22 to discuss his senior project. For the project, Lee Heard worked with children to motivate them to do their best despite any extenuating circumstances.
Physical education teacher Christine Gayson organized a fun day of hockey between the second-graders and the staff at Meadow Drive School. There were three groups each of students and adults. A surprise visit from Dr. Mike Nagler and Director of Physical Education, Ralph Amitrano, joined up to compete with the staff. The students received trophies and ribbons for their game and participation.
It was another night of fun and learning for the bears of Williston Park’s Pack 311, who tied themselves into a human knot after learning how to tie some classic and handy scout knots. This den of third-graders meets several times a month to learn about the great outdoors and engage in activities that teach about core scout values, such as honesty, friendliness, and loyalty.
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