More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
This summer, local teen volunteers tended the Bea Shacknow Memorial Garden in the fifth year of the very successful program. The vegetable and herb garden, located at the back of the Plainview Old-Bethpage Public Library is a memorial to Bea Shacknow, a beloved member of the Family Center staff. The produce grown was all donated to the food pantry at Our Lady of Mercy in Hicksville.
Young adults from the middle school and high school watered, tended, weeded, pruned and picked a wide variety of produce, all cultivated from seeds. This year’s participants were particularly dedicated and diligent in their efforts. For their time, the students received community service credits, useful to fulfill school requirements as well as for their resumes for college.
The conclusion of the popular Summer Reading Program at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library came on Sunday, August 11. This program has become a highlight of the summer for many of the district’s students and this year has been no exception. This year’s enrollment of 1,581 participants broke records with a new all-time high. There were 5,153 books read by the younger participants and 287,091 pages read by students entering Grades 5 through 12 and participating in a prize incentive program.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education presented a slideshow update on the new turf field being constructed at Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School during a school board meeting last Monday, which was unamiously approved by the Town of Oyster Bay earlier this year.
The project is entirely funded by the Town, and will replace a natural grass surface. According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Ryan Ruf, the district has not been notified of a price for the project, however the Town projects to come in on budget, which was stated back in March to be approximately $2 million dollars. This represents the total cost of the turf field.
Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.
Instead, the scores create a new benchmark for measuring student performance going forward. This test was the first based on the “common core learning standards,” developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with state education officers, and voluntarily adopted by the NYS Board of Regents in 2010.
Jeremy A. Levine, of Plainview has been named to first honors on the Clark University Dean’s List. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2013 semester.
To be eligible for first honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s).
More than 2,000 high-achieving students have been named to the Hofstra University Dean’s List for Spring 2013. Students who began their studies before Fall 2012 must earn at least a 3.4 grade point average to qualify. Those who entered the university after Fall 2012 must earn a grade point average of 3.5. Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Herman A. Berliner congratulates these students on their impressive academic achievement.
The following local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester:
Christine Ryan, Plainview is a member of the Class of 2014 and is majoring in Communication.
Daniel Ventricelli, Woodbury is a member of the Class of 2014 and is majoring in Communication.
Joshua Wurtzel of Plainview graduated first in the 2013 graduating class of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Joshua won the prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Award for having the highest GPA in the entire graduating class of 399 students.
The following students were named to the Dean’s List of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., for the 2013 spring semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.85 grade point average or higher to be named to the Dean’s List.
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