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A Story Becomes A Book

Gabi Oliva, a third grade student at Old Bethpage Elementary School, was surprised on her birthday Tuesday afternoon when the Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School National Art Honor Society, during their induction ceremony, presented an illustrated book they crafted out of a story Oliva had written titled “Someday.”  

Led by Adrian Kim, who is valedictorian of the class of 2013, Kim said the NAHS took an estimated two months to complete the book, which is 20 pages and features colorful artwork.  Others in the NAHS who worked on the project include  Samantha Sheinwald, Jena Stark, Madeleine Schultz, Samantha Valenza, Christina Billias, Dori Gronich, Ariel Borowsky, Amanda Slomovitz, Farrah Su, Brooke Holoman, & Bing Ying Xia.

The idea was first conceived by Superintendent of Schools Lorna Lewis, when she read Oliva’s story and asked her to read it at a board of education meeting this past December.  

Filled with excitement, Oliva surprised her family and administrative members even more when she said it took only twenty minutes to write the story.  With the premise of thinking about the future, the story ends with the lines: “Someday, the world will be as one, but for now, we’re only halfway there.”

Copies of the book will be made available through the district, and sold at fundraisers.

News

If you’re like most people, your medicine cabinet might be a jumbled assortment of boxes, bottles and tubes.  

That innocent bit of disorganization in your medicine cabinet might actually pose a risk if you’re not careful, according to Leonard Langino, a pharmacist with North Shore Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Group, who recently held a lecture on the subject at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

In a pronounced response to the New York State Common Core standards, more than 800 Plainview-Old Bethpage students opted out of the English Language Arts and Mathematics exams, according to New York State Allies for Public Education.

In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.  


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