Written by Dr. Elaine Kanas, East Williston School District Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
As you know, New York State has signed on, with the majority of other states in the country, to implement the Common Core Curriculum, a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. This year you have received information regarding the Common Core from various sources, including parent workshops sponsored by your PTOs and the District. For the first time, the state ELA and Math assessments in grades 3-8 will reflect students’ grasp of the new common core material.
In the past, I have shared with you an informative New York State Education Department website, Engageny, which has lots of information and resources on the Common Core and its implementation. This site is used by many New York State Educators. New York State has recently updated the website, providing a special section just for parents. I think you will find it very interesting and helpful as you partner with us in your child’s education. Go to www.engageny.org and click on the upper right-hand box, Parent & Family Resources. On the left-hand side of the page you will see Parent Resources that you can click on for further detail. These include parent Guides to the Common Core Standards, videos and some educational activities you can do at home with your child, in support of their learning.
As you know, one of the things I first noticed when coming to the district this year, is the terrific blend of educational excellence and a culture of strong commitment to students’ social and emotional development. I wanted to share with you a wonderful new pilot program that is now taking place between North Side and Wheatley. High school volunteers recently participated in a training session with Wheatley Assistant Principal Karen Klapper, North Side Assistant Principal for Elementary Education James Foy and me where they learned how they can be helpful friends to elementary school bus riders. The high school volunteers each choose one or two days a week when they ride a North Side bus and assist the younger students with finding seats and getting backpacks off and on laps, while engaging the younger students in interesting conversations. After the elementary students are dropped off at home, a school bus brings the high school volunteers back to Wheatley. Thank you very much to our high school volunteers. If you have a high school student who might also be interested in volunteering, please ask them to contact Mrs. Klapper.
A group of our students flew off to Italy for a week of language and cultural experiences that can only enhance their Italian language study here at Wheatley. We wish them a wonderful trip and look forward to their sharing many stories regarding their rich experiences and their newfound understanding of the global world.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Roslyn High School girls’ lacrosse squad ended the regular season playing the same consistent ball they had all year. In early May, the Lady Bulldogs topped both Wheatley and Great Neck North, while losing a close match to conference rival MacArthur.
The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a sterling 10-5 mark overall and a 5-4 winning record in Conference IV play.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Old Westbury Gardens recently held its 11th Annual Taste of Spring on the grounds of the Phipps Estate, a gold coast mansion built in 1906. More than 300 people attended, drinking a variety of wines and dining on gourmet hot foods served up by local chefs. One of the favorites was a chicken with peas topped with a fragrant winter lavender sauce cooked by Jeff Lawton. Other delicacies included duck, gnocchi, tacos, meatballs, prime rib, baked brie, and quiche followed by an assortment of chocolate desserts and crème Brule.
Long Island notables were also in attendance including author Nelson DeMille and Peter Tilles, a prominent developer. As guests mingled they also were treated to a special show of vintage bridal gowns staged throughout the house, many of the dresses dating back to the 1900’s and some worn by member of the Phipps family.
Proceeds from the event and the silent auction went toward the estate. Beverage and tasting sponsors included Banfi Vintners, Bryant and
Cooper Steak House, Chi, Dessert Diva, Elegant Affairs Catering, Jeff Lawton Catering, La Bottega, Robbins Wolfe Eventuers and Sterling Affair Caterers.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.