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A Summer Treat

Pre-K students got a special treat recently, as the Early Years Institute (EYI) donated over 300 pencil cases to students at Dryden Street School. The pencil cases are intended to help maintain what the children have learned throughout the school year while also helping to avoid the “summer slide”.  Research studies define the “summer slide” as the academic losses that occur over the summer months.   EYI’s goal was to continue developing fine motor skills through cutting, writing and gluing while school is out. 

 

The motivating factor for the donation was based on data from The Early Development Instrument (EDI).  EYI helped bring the EDI to the Westbury School District in 2010 and again in 2012.  Teachers complete the EDI questionnaire for each child in their classroom. 

Questions are based on the five nationally-recognized measures of school readiness – physical well-being, social competence, emotional maturity, cognitive development, and communications and general knowledge. 

 

According to EYI’s Director of Early Learning Colleen Multari, “Based on the EDI data, we know that children in Westbury have

vulnerabilities in fine motor skills. The items in the pencil case were selected in order to help children practice and hone their fine motor skills over the summer.  The cases include pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, crayons and a glue stick.”  

 

Dryden Street School Principal Dale Telmer stated, “It’s one thing to send home important review material.  It’s another thing to know that the children have the tools that they need to complete them.  EYI made that possible.”

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

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.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


Columns

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