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Superintendent’s Column

Around The District

Strategic Planning – Can You Help?

Thank you to those of you who helped us ‘try out’ the important priority survey we will be distributing to the entire East Williston School District community in March. 

Dr. Feeney On The Radio

On Monday, Feb. 18,  Dr. Sean Feeney, Wheatley Principal, was a special guest on WNYC-FM’s The Brian Lehr Show, which featured a Principals’ Roundtable.  The discussion focused on being a principal in today’s world.   You can hear a recording of the broadcast by going to http://www.  

Leveled Literacy Intervention

Recently, North Side reading and other support teachers participated in a two-day training session in Leveled Literacy Intervention for third grade. (Note: This training is supportive of one of this year’s curriculum goals, implementing our District Response to Intervention Plan.)  The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is a small-group, supplementary intervention program designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily, small-group instruction for children in the early grades.  Next month reading teachers and grade K, 1 and 2 support teachers will participate in the training. 

High School Course Selection

Wheatley is now in the process of scheduling for the 2013-14 school year.  

A Reminder from the Guidance Department:  Have a thoughtful conversation with your child about their course selections.  Students are encouraged to choose courses that challenge their intellect and stimulate their minds. Building a schedule that provides opportunities for research, exploration and critical thinking is important as students look forward to the college years.

New College Seminar Courses Added 

Next year’s juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take two brand new courses.  One is the Junior Seminar, which will involve preparation for the SAT and ACT exams as well as support students in the college search process.  Seniors have the opportunity to sign up for the Senior Seminar where they will work on essay writing, building a resume and other activities designed to support them in their college application process.

Budget 2013-14

Wednesday, Feb.27 was the first Budget Workshop.   At this meeting the district presented an overview of the budget, as well as the administrative and capital components of the budget. Other parts of the budget will be highlighted at upcoming workshops, the calendar of which is listed on our website. Each Friday, I will highlight the key details from each budget meeting in this newsletter. You will also find the Budget Info page on the website updated after each workshop.  [Start at and click on the District tab > Departments > Business & Finance > Budget Info > 13-14 Budget Info. You may also find the Budget Info page in the news box on the home page of the website.]  

Boys Varsity Basketball – What a Team!

Congratulations to Wheatley’s Boys Varsity Basketball team, the number one seed in the Nassau County Class B Championship Tournament. 


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,