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Mineola American - Schools

New Jackson Avenue Principal Named

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

The Mineola School District selected Janet Gonzalez to fill the open principal’s post at Jackson Avenue School. Outgoing principal Patricia Molloy retired on June 30.

The district interviewed candidates at a closed meeting on June 27. It is unknown who else met with Mineola.


Gonzalez will start her new position on Aug. 5 but could not be reached for comment because she was on vacation, district reps stated. She currently serves as assistant principal at the Stratford School in the Garden City School District.


Graduation, Last Day At Willets Road

Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

Middle schoolers Rikki Gassman, Talia Rosen, Caroline Crimmins, Jamie Horowitz, and Hallie ArbitalJacoby are elated for their last day at Willets Road on June 21.

Photo by Randy Horowitz


Jackson Avenue Quiet Zone Comes Alive

Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00

A group of fourth-graders at Jackson Avenue School were recently inspired to build a nature habitat after reading the article “Schoolyard Alive!” by Anna Mearns. The group of approximately 16 students decided to clean up the school’s “Quiet Zone,” a place where students can go during recess who just want to read a book or have a few quiet moments in between their play.

The cleanup, supervised by teachers, was also an opportunity for students to learn about gardening and different types of weeds and plants. The group has already volunteered six of their recess periods to clean up the space and will continue to clean it through the remainder of the year. They are even hoping to host a few fundraisers in order to raise money to purchase a butterfly bush and birdbath for the space.


6th Annual Graduation At Kornreich Early Learning Center

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

The Kornreich Early Learning Center held its 6th annual graduation ceremony June 12 at the Jackson Avenue School.  Councilman Ferrara and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel came and gave out certificates.


The children performed the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “One Love” by Bob Marley, and “You are my Sunshine.”


Mr. and Mrs. Kornreich gave out two books to each child for graduating. Thirty students graduated this year and got a great start to their educational journey. Teacher Divya Narvekar said she is very proud of them.


Field Day Fun At Meadow Drive

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Everyone was out at Wilson Park for Meadow Drive School’s annual field day celebration. The day featured face painting, an egg toss, a potato sack race and much more. Students took a break from the fun only to enjoy the lunch organized by Meadow Drive’s PTA.


Mineola Grad Up For Teaching Grammy

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Audrey Rome, a Mineola High School class of 2005 and LIU Post alumni is a quarterfinalist in the inaugural Grammy Music Educator Awards, a new category announced this year to honor music teachers.


Pet Of The Week

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Willy is a 9-month-old Tuxedo cat. He likes to stand on his hind legs and box whoever is up to the challenge. Willy was born outside and endured Hurricane Sandy until he was adopted. 


Want your pet featured in the Mineola American? Email a high quality photo taken with a digital camera (no cell phone pictures please) and a brief, funny description to Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Entries will be published in the order they are received.



Mineola Golden Age Club Happenings

Written by Joanne Fitzgerald Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

April and May were especially lively and active for the Golden Age Club. Program chairperson Mary Duffy arranged for a return visit from Eranga and Prianga, from Sri Lanka, who are considered “International Singers.” This friendly couple entertained members with songs from Russia, Israel, Greece, and Jamaica. Their rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Una Paloma Blanca” had Golden Agers singing and moving, as did “I Will Survive” and songs by Abba.


Chaminade Grad Gets Degree

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

C. Spencer Schwacke, 2009 graduate of Chaminade High School, received his bachelor of science in engineering from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in a ceremony held in Annapolis, Maryland on May 24. Schwacke was presented his diploma and commission by featured speaker President Obama.


He attended high school in New Zealand and at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York and thanked Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch for their nominations.


Poem In Your Pocket

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

In coordination with the study of poetry, Jackson Avenue Elementary School’s librarian Judy Shaughnessy kicked off a weeklong “Poem in Your Pocket” event. All students were asked to keep a poem in their pocket each day throughout the week, to share with peers and present to a teacher or staff member if asked. Every student was asked to share a poem at least once, and a prize was given to those who were “caught” with a poem. Students got creative and hid poems in their hair and shoes when a pocket was not on them, and prizes included sports posters, trading cards, books and coupons to local eateries. 


“The library always tries to support what is being taught in the classrooms with appropriate activities, computer lessons and books to feature,” Shaughnessy said. Students either selected one of their favorite poems to carry, or wrote an original on their own.


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