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Middle School Students Conquer Coding

Middle School Students Conquer Coding photo

Middle school students explored the world of coding on Jan. 18, when representatives from KidOyO visited foreign language classes. They introduced students to the “language” of coding through the Python programming system.

Bradley Turney and Sabrina Wagner of the KidOyO learning platform demonstrated and explained basic coding functions, which students followed along with using laptops. They learned to draw a graphic, name it, change its shape and color and make it move. They used turtle images for most of the lesson and attempted to make mandalas using loops. 

For most students, this was their first exposure to programming and they picked up the skills quickly. The district looks forward to more opportunities to further incorporate technology such as this into the classrooms.   

Curriculum Fair Path to Success

Curriculum Fair Path to Success photo

West Hempstead High School welcomed students in grade 8-11 along with their parents for a Curriculum Fair on Jan. 17. This event served as an opportunity to view course offerings and requirements for graduation and paths beyond high school.

Those in attendance were detailed to information on new courses, the registration process, college and career pathways, electives, AP requirements and graduation requirements. Also in attendance were 35 high school student volunteers that were willing to share details about the classes they enrolled in during their high school careers.

Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins delivered a comprehensive presentation in the auditorium regarding the curriculum offered throughout the district and high school. District alumni Chris Mistretta, son of Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Christopher Mistretta, was the evening’s guest speaker and shared his perspective on the importance of AP and college level courses.

“The Curriculum Fair had an encouraging turn out as students and parents are laying the groundwork for paths at West Hempstead High School and beyond,” said Principal James DeTommaso.

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Chestnut Street Rings in 106th Anniversary

Chestnut Street Rings in 106th Anniversary photo

The District acknowledged the 106th anniversary of the Chestnut Street School with a special ceremony at the end of the school day on Jan. 14.

The celebration started last week when students throughout the building learned the poem “I Love My School,” which kindergarten student Zayn Dungersi was selected to over the PA system during the celebration as students were being dismissed. A group of students also joined Principal Faith Tripp to sing “Happy Birthday” in both English and Spanish.

The ceremony was marked by the sounding of the bell that sits atop the building, which was formerly used to signal the start and finish of the school day. Ms. Tripp, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman and other district officials traveled to the top of the building to ring the bell as families picked up students at dismissal.

“We continue to celebrate the tradition of honoring the anniversary of Chestnut Street by ringing the bell and coming together as a school community,” said Ms. Tripp. 

Students shine at science expo

Students shine at science expo photo

Students from the middle school and high school participated in the district’s Science Expo on Jan. 10, showcasing projects they executed following research.

Through authentic research, students cultivated a topic of interest and tested it using the scientific method. They used college-level databases to find articles related to their topic and become more knowledgeable in order to start the process of the scientific method. 

Students were initially judged by their science teachers in the classroom setting prior to the expo. Those deemed to have exceptional projects were judged for a second time during the science expo by another teacher in the school’s library, where projects were displayed.

Winners were announced during a ceremony at the end of the expo following the tallying of votes to determine first, second and third place in each category. Awards were granted to projects in science 7, science 8, earth science, living environment, chemistry and physics.

In addition to student awards, this year’s Joseph Harding Memorial Award was presented to West Hempstead Middle School teacher Dina Gould. The Harding Award is presented to a staff member who thoroughly supports their students through the process of researching and demonstrating scientific method.

The district congratulates Ms. Gould as well as all of the students that presented at this year’s expo!


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Sparking Interest in Teamwork

Sparking Interest in Teamwork photo

The Chestnut Street School was treated to a special visit from New York Islander’s mascot Sparky the Dragon on Jan. 3.

The Islanders-sponsored school assembly program focused on teamwork as a special lesson for the kindergarten students. The event opened with videos showcasing the Islanders and their community service effort, which Islanders Community Events Tour member Dina followed by introducing Sparky. Dina and Sparky engaged the students in lessons on working together and being valuable members of the school and community.

Following the presentations, students took part in a teamwork activity where groups were tasked with dressing an individual in hockey gear. At the conclusion, each student was sent home with an Islanders fan pack.

Principal Faith Tripp and all of Chestnut Street thank Sparky and the Islanders Community Events Team for educating the students on teamwork.

Achieving by Reading

Achieving by Reading
Seventh-graders in the West Hempstead Union Free School District’s West Hempstead Middle School earned a classroom celebration on Dec. 21 after being named winners of the Read to Succeed contest through Achieve 3000®.

Students Antono DiConstanzo, Sheldon Leon, Stevie Pacheco, Taylike Singh and Steven Sorriano earned a gift card to spend on a celebration of their choice. With the assistance of their teacher Christa Spano, the students celebrated their achievement with a pizza party.

The Read to Succeed contest is a school-wide race to accelerate literacy growth. The contest ran from Oct. 29 through Nov. 23 and students were able to earn points for their class. Each time a student completed a multiple-choice activity, the class earned a point. Every score of 75 percent or higher earned two points while scores of 88 percent or higher garnered three points.

Each class was eligible to win as long as 75 percent of the students in the class completed at least eight multiple-choice activities during the contest period.

The district congratulates the five students for their reading success! 

Singing the Days Before Christmas

Singing the Days Before Christmas photo

The West Hempstead High School Chorus joined kindergarten students at Chestnut Street School on Dec. 21 to put a twist on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” during the Annual Holiday Assembly.

Members of the chorus organized 11 groups of kindergarten students to create new lyrics for each day in the Christmas song. The traditional “a partridge in a pear tree” remained “on the first day of Christmas” while the groups added unique versions for days two through the end. Among the unique changes was “on the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two large gifts.”

Following the activity, the chorus sang “Santa is Coming to Town” to introduce an appearance from Santa Claus. Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman was in charge of watching the reindeer while Santa passed out candy canes and greeted all in attendance. 

Mr. Rehman thanks Santa for stopping by Chestnut Street and to the chorus for establishing a festive mood.

Athletic Excellence Recognized

Athletic Excellence Recognized photo

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the West Hempstead Union Free School District’s Board of Education and administration honored seniors Isabella Caldwell and Ryell Walker for being selected as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities. Isabella and Ryan are this year’s West Hempstead honorees, and the district congratulates them on this tremendous honor.

The Board of Education meeting also included a performance from the West Hempstead High School chorus. The ensemble provided entertainment by singing holiday classics.


Cards for a Wish

Cards for a Wish photo
The District recently took part in helping to grant the wish of a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania by creating holiday cards.

Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Faulds reached out to Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman to support Maddox Hyde. Maddox, an eighth-grader in Pittsburgh, has been battling neuroblastoma for the past eight years and his request this Christmas was to receive cards from all around the world.

Mr. Rehman asked all five school buildings in the district to support the cause by having each class to make cards for Maddox. On Dec. 14, Lauren collected the cards and drove to Pittsburgh to personally deliver them.

“Community is everything and helping someone out, even if it’s the littlest thing, is the greatest gift you can give,” said Lauren.

Hoops for SIBSPlace

Hoops for SIBSPlace photo

West Hempstead High School boys’ varsity basketball program held its annual “Hoops for Hope” charity game against Hewlett High School on Dec. 12. The team raised $800 to be donated to SIBSPlace.

SIBSPlace is a free program serving children between the ages of 5-17 that live with a sibling with cancer or another illness or a parent with cancer. An affiliate of South Nassau Communities Hospital, the program focuses the attention of the challenges well siblings face in coping with their emotional response to the medical diagnosis of a loved one.

The boys’ basketball program raised money through t-shirt ads, concession sales and donations while t-shirts were also sold at the game. Both teams were presented with certificates of appreciation from SIBSPlace representatives during the Dec. 12 game.

Book Fair Fun

Book Fair Fun photo
The West Hempstead PTSA held its annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Dec. 6 in Carle Place.

Works of art from students throughout the District were displayed around the Barnes & Noble store for the night, where family and community members in attendance had the opportunity to view them. Additionally, the West Hempstead High School Chamber Choir closed out the evening by singing holiday songs. 

The district thanks the PTSA for putting on a special evening for the students and their families!

Wear Your Words

Wear Your Words photo
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Students at Cornwell Avenue participated in a school spirit celebration titled “Wearing Our Words Day” on Dec. 7 to encourage literacy and greetings between peers throughout the school day.

Virtual pen pals

Virtual pen pals photo

First-grade students Cornwell Avenue School have established 21st Century pen pals by creating videos through the program Flipgrid.

Kara Maguire’s first-grade class at Cornwell began a relationship with students in her sister Meghan Hunt’s first-grade class at Manor School in the Seaford Union Free School District. During the introductory lesson in Mrs. Maguire’s class on Dec. 7, students utilized Flipgrid on an iPad to introduce themselves, share interesting self-facts and ask questions to be answered by Mrs. Hunt’s students through the virtual classroom.

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. For this lesson, the grids act as message boards to create communication between the two groups. 

The classes are expected to continue the pen pal relationship throughout the remainder of the school year in hopes of creating new friendships!

Dworsak Appointed Supervisor of School Facilities and Operations

Dworsak Appointed Supervisor of School Facilities and Operations photo
At a special business meeting on Dec. 4, the Board of Education appointed William Dworsak to the position of Supervisor of School Facilities and Operations.

Mr. Dworsak has served as the head custodian at the high school and middle school since August 2016. Prior to his time in West Hempstead, he held various custodial positions for the Oceanside, Island Trees and North Shore school districts. Mr. Dworsak possesses mechanical, electrical and plumbing knowledge and is very familiar with the buildings and grounds within the district. He is also a volunteer firefighter in Baldwin.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Dworsak as the latest member of our administrative team,” said Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman. “I look forward to working with him for many years ahead as part of our Ram Fam!”

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas photo

Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council had the opportunity to meet with district officials and architects to exchange ideas during the latest meeting on Dec. 6.

Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman gathered the council, comprised of students from each building throughout the district, to sit down with district representatives to review proposed upgrades to the school buildings. Students had the opportunity to offer feedback and share comments and recommendations based on their experiences. The meeting served as a way for district officials and architects to consider the opinions of the students as building enhancements are discussed.

The SSAC ended this month’s session by reviewing what was discussed at their last session and brainstorming topics to discuss in the future. Students returned to their respective schools to report on the meeting and share ideas being discussed.


LIU Post Scholarship Awarded to Senior

LIU Post Scholarship Awarded to Senior photo
Senior Amanda Lashley has been honored as a recipient of the LIU Post Presidential Scholarship. She earned this distinction due in large part to her participation with the school’s Virtual Enterprise program. 

Amanda was afforded the opportunity to meet LIU Post’s Business School Dean, Ray Pullaro, during a presentation at West Hempstead. She also participated in a Leadership Conference at LIU Post this past fall that was designed to connect students who share entrepreneurial aspirations. The conference sessions included developing business concepts, elevator pitches and marketing materials.

Amanda serves as the vice president of accounting and human resources of the school’s Virtual Enterprise company, “At Your Service.” She also a member of the varsity volleyball, lacrosse and tracks teams as well as the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

The district congratulates Amanda on this selection and wishes her luck during her decision process!

Field of Honor Generates Donation

Field of Honor Generates Donation photo

With the help of the local community in sponsoring American flags for a Field of Honor, West Hempstead High School was able to give a $915 charitable donation to the Lift and Shift Foundation on Dec. 4.

Throughout the month of November, members of the district and community were invited to sponsor an American flag that was planted in the Field of Honor outside the high school. The efforts produced a display of nearly 80 flags in addition to the monetary donation.

The Lift and Shift Foundation is a non-profit organization founded and run by American veterans that help to redirect wounded veterans following service. The foundation strives to provide access to hands-on activities in fields of science, technology and engineering. 

“We are thrilled with the results of the inaugural Field of Honor program,” said Principal James DeTommaso. “As a district and school, we are excited to give 100 percent of the profits to the Lift and Shift Foundation.”

Students on a Roll at George Washington

Students on a Roll at George Washington photo
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A total of 103 sixth-grade students at George Washington School earned placement on the High Honor and Honor Rolls following the first quarter of the year.

Principal Michelle Notti congratulated 82 students that qualified for the High Honor Roll by earning an average of 90 percent or higher. An additional 21 students were placed on the Honor Roll with an average of 85 percent or higher.

Students were commended on Nov. 28 with the awarding of certificates by Principal Notti. Their names will also be listed on the board adjacent to the main office.

“I wish to extend our congratulations to the students on their outstanding scholastic averages,” said Principal Notti. “We hope they are as proud as we are of their achievements.”

That's My Brick Legacy Walk Project

West Hempstead School District and That's my Brick have joined together to create a legacy walk by the gateway entering the high school athletic complex.

We welcome you to be a part of this project and show your "Ram Pride" by purchasing your personalized brick to be installed in the walk.

Installations will be done in phases and will begin after the initial order is complete (est. spring/summer 2019)

Bricks can continue to be purchased after the initial deadline of January 2019 but may be in subsequent install phases.


Student athletes Net Nassau County Awards

Student athletes Net Nassau County Awards photo
A group of West Hempstead High School senior athletes were among the honorees at the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association dinner on Nov. 26 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. They received several distinctions as a result of their commitment to their sport as well as academics. 

Sydney Reitz collected the Conference AB 4 Goalkeeper of the Year award while Sabrina Rodrigues was named All-County. Shyla Burrell earned All-Conference honors, Ashley Obando was named All-Class and Catalina Fader received a Senior Scholar Athlete title.  

The district congratulates these seniors on their accomplishments and dedication on the field and in the classroom! 

STEM Connection With Alumni

STEM Connection With Alumni photo

With alumni home for Thanksgiving break, West Hempstead High School extended a welcome to recent graduates for a STEM Major Alumni Day panel and discussion on Nov. 21.

Current juniors and seniors were invited to sit in as alumni who are majoring in STEM related fields discussed their college experiences. The speakers ranged from Class of 2018 alumni to those in graduate school programs. 

A variety of campuses were represented, including St. John’s University, Johns Hopkins University, Binghamton University, Nassau Community College, Northeastern University, University at Albany and Stevens Institute of Technology. Additionally, students discussed an assortment of majors such as biology, marketing, graphic design, neuroscience, mathematics and engineering.

Topics covered included class registration, living on and/or off campus, the various lab requirements, switching majors, staying close to home and adjusting from high school to college.

The high school and the district thank the alumni for returning to West Hempstead and inspiring their younger peers as they take on the college decision processes. 

ENL Treated to Thanksgiving Dishes

ENL Treated to Thanksgiving Dishes photo

The English as a New Language Department hosted its annual Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 21, when middle and high school students joined together in the high school gymnasium. The festive luncheon serves as an opportunity for ENL students to experience the traditions of a holiday in the United States.

ENL staff members and students worked together to prepare traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pies. Staff members served the food while students enjoyed conversation and interactions. On one half of the gym, a group of students engaged in a soccer game to help work up an appetite.

The district thanks the ENL staff including Director and Chestnut Street School Principal Faith Tripp as well as teachers Nicholas DiBenedetto, Lili Ferguson, Lisa McCarthy and Madeline Valencia for organizing and sharing the traditions of Thanksgiving with our ENL students.

Chestnut Street Holds Thanksgiving Feasts

Chestnut Street Holds Thanksgiving Feasts photo

Classes at Chestnut Street School began their Thanksgiving celebrations early on Nov. 21.

With the assistance of PTA members, students in each classroom participated in activities to help celebrate traditions of Thanksgiving. One highlight featured the creation of necklaces with Thanksgiving-themed decorations and holiday outfits made from grocery store paper bags.

Parents put together plates of snacks for the students before departing for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The district and Chestnut Street School thank the teachers and parents for organizing and celebrating Thanksgiving with our students.

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