Hundreds of students gathered at St. John’s University School of Law recently for the annual Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program. The program, which began 11 years ago at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School, now includes 14 participating schools.
St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School sent four teams to the competition this year. The students received case packets early in the year and then formed teams that prepared to argue for the defense or prosecution. Their efforts culminated at the Law School, where 13 trials took place simultaneously in various rooms. Law school professors, alumni, and friends of the law school served as judges to decide each case.
Through the process of preparing and arguing their cases, the students learned to build an argument and gained experience with the workings of the legal system. In addition, they had the opportunity to hone their public speaking and analytical skills.
Westbury Interim Superintendent of Schools Mary Lagnado was recently awarded a doctoral degree in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University.
Lagnado has been with the Westbury School District for 12 years. Prior to her current position as interim superintendent, Lagnado served as Westbury’s Assistant Superintendent of Business and Management and currently oversees that important function, in addition to her superintendent responsibilities.
The Carle Place Key Club recently held their annual Fundraising through Fashion show. More than 50 high school students participated in the event alongside Rushmore Avenue School Staff, CPMS and CPHS staff. Almost $7,000 was collaboratively fundraised to raise awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex and for Zoey Seiling. The Key Club thanks top donors the CPTA, Carle Place Automotive, and Rushmore Avenue School.
Zoey Seiling is a 4-year-old who resides in Carle Place and has been diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex. Zoey’s mom, Renee Trombetta-Seiling, graduated from CPHS in 1998. TSC is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in areas such as the brain, heart, kidneys, skin and lungs. TSC also interferes with the ability to communicate.
The Bowling Green K-Kids kicked off Mother’s Day weekend by dedicating their fifth annual talent show to their mothers, grandmothers and to protecting the connection between mother and child. Money from the event went toward the Eliminate Project, an international Kiwanis initiative to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2015.
Westbury residents came out to voice their opinion on the Board of Education budget recently. Most residents seemed pleased with the budget, which is below the tax cap.
In creating the proposed budget, Superintendent Mary Lagnado stated, the board “wanted to maintain the integrity of our educational programs. That was the most important thing.”
The Drama Club at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School recently staged the Long Island premier of Nora’s Ark- the Jazz Musical. In this modern retelling of Noah’s Ark, Nora is a scientist who predicts the melting of the poles and the flooding of the Earth. Rescuing the animals at the Bronx Zoo, Nora and her daughters rent a cruise ship. It seems all are saved, except that daughter Fitzi forgets to bring food. The predators and prey must work together to find a solution. The show explored the themes of global warming, cooperation, freedom and survival.
Eli Yamin (music and lyrics) and Clifford Carlson (book and lyrics), attended the Saturday night performance with their families. Before the performance, they visited our cast and crew to discuss the creative process behind the show and to warm up the cast.
The Westbury High School Class of 1973 held its 40th Reunion. The festivities began Friday, April 26 where the alumni gathered at the Long Island Marriot in Uniondale. Saturday was a packed day, as the class gathered at the high school for breakfast and then had a “Fallen Dragon” service, to honor classmates and teachers who have passed away, and dedicated a tree and plaque in front of the High School in their memory. After the service, the alumni went on a tour of their old stomping grounds, going through the classrooms, hallways and gym. The main event was dinner and dancing at Mirelle’s on Post Ave., where the class enjoyed a live band and caught up with old classmates. More than 70 people attended the event.
A group of civic-minded young men and women proved without a doubt recently that protecting wildlife certainly is, in fact, for the birds.
A group of fourth graders from Drexel Avenue School in Westbury, creative winners in an ecology sign contest designed to educate the public about local birds, got to see their message given a public forum when their signs were installed along the beachfront at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center at Jones Beach.
Westbury resident Kimberly Nicolas was recently named the recipient of a $2,500 national scholarship. Nicolas, who is a senior at Holy Trinity, was one of 700 national winners of the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Nicolas and Senior Kevin Tripp, of Westbury, also each received a $500 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Nicolas is planning on attending Ithaca College and Tripp will be attending Hofstra University in the fall.
Because of a new Teacher Retirement System (TRS) option, the Westbury School district will be able to save over a million dollars and meet its state mandated tax cap requirements.
According to interim superintendent of schools Mary Lagnado, the TRS board recently voted to give the district reprieve of the high tax rating.
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