Lisette Palomo Named News 12 Scholar Athlete

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West Hempstead High School senior Lisette Palomo has been recognized as a News 12 Scholar Athlete for her outstanding soccer skills. She was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

As a member of the girls varsity soccer team since the eighth grade, Lisette has led the Rams to 43 wins, four playoff appearances and one conference championship. 

With 72 points consisting of 49 goals and 23 assists, Lisette currently holds the second highest number of career points in West Hempstead history. Among her accomplishments, she has been named an All-County athlete for three consecutive years, was on the fourth team All-State as a senior, and was featured as one of Newsday’s Top 50 Girls Soccer Players to Watch. She also was voted the Nassau County Girls Varsity Soccer Player of the Year in Conference AB3. She will attend Iona College in the fall. 

To see the full interview, watch News 12’s Scholar Athlete segment beginning on Tuesday, March 28 5 p.m. Congratulations, Lisette!

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PARP Celebration

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Chestnut Street is supporting PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) throughout the month of March with school-wide 'Fun Friday' activities that encourage reading.  Friday, March 17th was "Headbands Day." Each class had a theme such as sight words, shape words, days of the week, months of the year, colors, seasons, etc. Students wore their headbands all day and practiced reading one another's words in passing, at lunch, and by visiting other classrooms.

 

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Beloved Children’s Author Visits Chestnut Street

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Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School received a valuable lesson in writing when children’s author Suzy Kline paid them a special visit on March 1 and 2.

An elementary school teacher for 25 years, Mrs. Kline applied her experiences in educating younger children to pen the popular children’s book series “Horrible Harry.” She shared some of the pieces that inspired her writing, including a stub pencil she had received from a student, a sailor hat, a dress scarf and a light bulb necklace. She also read “Shhhh,” her first published story. 

Following the read alouds, Mrs. Kline held Q&A sessions with the young students to answer questions about becoming an author. She also gave each student a copy of “Horrible Harry and the Top-Secret Hideout” and encouraged them to carry a notebook to write or draw about activities that occur in their everyday lives. The Chestnut Street School administration would like to express its gratitude to PTA board member Laurene Baumann for organizing Mrs. Kline visit to Chestnut.      



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Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

In honor of Read Across America Day, members of the West Hempstead Board of Education and central administration, as well as local officials, community members and West Hempstead High School students, gathered at Chestnut Street School on March 2 – the birthday of Dr. Seuss – to read to kindergartners.

Among those who read to the students were Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Edward Ambrosino, Board of Education President Karen Brohm, Vice President Vincent Trocchia and trustee Andrea Shinsato, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and members of the high school Key Club, as well as other influential community members including Mr. Thomas Sargent and his son Aidan. They also spoke to the kindergartners about the importance of reading and how it has helped them become successful adults.

Additionally, classes gave a nod to the beloved children’s author by wearing red and white striped hats, cat whiskers and bow ties similar to the Cat in the Hat’s, eating green eggs and ham, and voting on their favorite Dr. Seuss book.





Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Ninth graders at West Hempstead High School taught fellow students about self-sufficient living during the Middle Ages when they displayed their creative research at the school’s fourth annual Medieval Manor Museum on March 9.

In their Social Studies classes, the students learned about feudalism, manors and the daily lives of villagers, lords and farmers in the Middle Ages. They were then tasked with creating realistic replicas of manors where people could live and flourish on the land. The displays were made using posters, Styrofoam boards, food items and computer programs such as Minecraft to build manor houses, churches, farmlands, meadows and rivers.  

At the museum, fellow students viewed the projects and voted for the manor that was best suited for self-sufficient living.





Video: Love Is Universal

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Love and kindness filled the hallways of West Hempstead High School as students participated in the school’s Love Is Universal Week held Feb. 6-10.

Over the five days, students, teachers and administrators engaged in activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. They received badges for completing random acts of kindness, contributed to a paper “kindness chain” by linking kind-hearted words together, and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers during lunch periods.

The week concluded with P.S. I Love You Day named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke and Jaimie DiPalma who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wore purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.    

In recognition of this day, the entire student body and staff at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-It–Note activity, for which the lobby was filled with colorful Post-Its bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else.


Middle School Sixth-Grader Named National Geographic Bee Semifinalist

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West Hempstead Middle School sixth-grader Mouhammad Seck has been named a National Geographic Bee semifinalist and will compete in the New York State Geographic Bee 2017 in Albany on March 31.

After winning his school’s geography bee in January, Mouhammad took the online written qualifying test, earning a spot among the top 100 scorers in New York State.

Should he become the state champion, Mouhammad will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, and qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship, to be held in Washington D.C., May 15-17.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, $500 cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

The district wishes Mouhammad much success as he continues in the competition at the state level. 

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Scientists of Cornwell Avenue

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Students at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School recently showcased their experiments during the school’s annual fifth-grade science fair.

Over the course of a month, all fifth-grade students employed the scientific method to conduct experiments on a topic of their choosing. During the experimental phase, they gathered materials needed, performed the experiment, compiled necessary data and drew conclusions based on their findings. Among their experiments, they studied water absorbency with different paper towel brands, tested an eggshell’s durability, and created film canister rockets, lava lamps and rock candy.

On Jan. 31, families, teachers, administrators and fellow students were invited to view the fifth-graders’ work at the fair. The cafeteria was transformed into an exhibition site where students displayed their findings on detailed posters and replicated their experiments for the attendees.

The district would like to thank all of the fifth-grade teachers for providing their students with an opportunity to conduct experiments and nurture their passion for science.


Family Literacy Fun

Family Literacy Fun

The district welcomed students and their families to its Family Literacy Night at West Hempstead High School on Feb. 16. The annual event serves to strengthen the school-community connection while encouraging literacy amid a myriad of games and activities.

During the evening celebration, guests filled the cafeteria and gymnasium to participate in activities and win prizes. In the cafeteria, students and families painted with watercolors, built structures out of Legos, had their faces painted and created colorful splatter paint murals using spin painting machines. Children could also take home books from the large collection of gently used books that lined the tables. In the gymnasium, guests viewed a fairy tale performance of “Little Red Riding Hood” staged by West Hempstead High School’s Drama Club, played word games and participated in read alouds.    

Kathleen O’Farrell, the district’s Director of English, Reading and Library Services, recognized all of the administrators, teachers and student and parent volunteers who made this year’s event a success.

“We read, danced, created, wrote, won prizes and gave away over 40 cases of books tonight,” O’Farrell said. “My sincere thanks to everyone who made this night truly remarkable.”  





Walking Through History

Walking Through History

West Hempstead High School Juniors commemorated Black History Month by creating an in–class museum to showcase the accomplishments of prominent African Americans in U.S. history.

Michael Paul’s and Stephanie Withopf’s Social Studies classes researched historical figures, events and groups that have impacted black history. Applying their research and creativity skills, the students developed exhibits using posters, trifolds, Prezi presentations, dioramas and books to highlight historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Madam C. J. Walker, Medgar Evers and Michelle Obama.

As peers, teachers and administrators walked through the exhibits on Feb. 16 and 17, museum goers were prompted with questions about how students’ researched individuals had made a significant impact on society.

Among the visitors to the museum was Sen. Todd Kaminsky who spoke to Paul’s and Withopf’s classes about the importance of celebrating Black History Month and answered questions about his duties in office.   





Small Change Makes A Big Difference

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West Hempstead Middle School recently held a Pennies for Patients fundraiser, collecting more than $2,900 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The two-week fundraiser asked students in grades 6-8 to donate spare change during their homeroom periods. The students created their own collection boxes to accept donations from friends, families and neighbors, as well.

At the end of each day, the students sent their donations to the main office of the school, which ultimately sent a grand total of $2,906 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to assist in finding cures and improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

Inspired by the sizeable donation, the Pennies for Patients foundation rewarded the largest middle school donors with a bagel breakfast.

Cornwell Avenue Students Compete in Geography Bee

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Babacar Seck, a fifth-grader at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School proved his mettle as a geography buff when he was named the winner of the school’s geography bee on Feb. 1. He shares the title of school champion with his brother, Mouhammad Seck, a sixth-grader at West Hempstead Middle School.  

After winning their individual classroom bees, Cornwell Avenue’s 12 finalists went head-to-head in a competition officiated by fifth-grade teacher Desiree Karroll. Gathered in the cafeteria, they answered questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.
    
Babacar will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.
    
The district wishes both Babacar and Mouhammad much success as they continue in the competition.  


Jumping To The Heartbeat

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George Washington Elementary School students skipped rope as they participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

During recess, students in grades 1-5 exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope and playing Double Dutch with their classmates. In addition, they learned about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle while raising money for the AHA.

The district is proud of its students for helping the community and becoming enlighten citizens.



West Hempstead MS Inducts Its Largest NJHS Chapter In School History

West Hempstead MS Inducts Its Largest NJHS Chapter In School History

The West Hempstead Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted 68 members on Jan. 27. The largest cohort since 2009.

Teachers, staff and family members gathered in the middle school cafeteria for an induction ceremony of nine eighth-graders and 59 seventh-graders. To become a members of the NJHS, students must maintain High Honor Roll status, which requires an average of 90 or above, for five consecutive quarters. They must also receive a recommendation from four of their teachers and write an essay that explains why they should be inducted into the society.

“I have been the advisor for the National Junior Honor Society since 2009, and this is the largest number of inductees we’ve had since my tenure,” said English teacher Suzanne Parker-Hall. “These students demonstrate the characteristics and ambitions of lifelong learners and enlightened citizens.”

Reaching Out With Role Models

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Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School teamed up with West Hempstead High School seniors Maria Graci and Antonina Kalyuski on Feb. 6 to create cheerful handmade greeting and gratitude cards for U.S. soldiers.

As part of their service learning project for student government, Maria and Antonina came to the elementary school equipped with craft supplies that they purchased with funds donated by members of the West Hempstead and Island Park communities. They described the project to their younger peers, distributed supplies and helped the kindergartners with their creations.

The students created cards in all styles and personalized them with an assortment of decorations and meaningful messages. Their innovative construction paper cards included illustrations, stickers, paper cutouts, thoughtful notes and more.

“We think the soldiers deserve more appreciation,” Antonina said. Both seniors have relatives or family friends who have served and chose this initiative as one with personal significance. Chestnut Street music teacher Karen Banach, whose son recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, oversaw the event and explained its importance to the kindergartners.




West Hempstead Soccer Duo Signs Letters

West Hempstead Soccer Duo Signs Letters

Surrounded by proud family members, school district administrators and their coach, West Hempstead High School seniors Lisette Palomo and Natalia Roberts, both standout varsity soccer players, signed National Letters of Intent on Feb. 3 to continue their athletic careers in college.

As five-year members of the girls varsity soccer team, the two seniors led the Rams to 43 wins, four playoff appearances and one conference championship.

Although a defender, Natalia has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in her soccer career. She was also awarded All-Class designation in her senior year by her teammates. She will attend the University of New Haven on academic and athletic scholarships in the fall.

With 72 points consisting of 49 goals and 23 assists, Lisette currently holds the second highest number of career points in West Hempstead history. Among her accomplishments, she has been named an All-County athlete for three consecutive years, was on the fourth team All-State as a senior, and was featured as one of Newsday’s Top 50 Girls Soccer Players to Watch. She also was voted the Nassau County Girls Varsity Soccer Player of the Year in Conference AB3. She will attend Iona College in the fall.

In attendance for the signing was girls varsity soccer coach Michael Scaturro. “We couldn’t be more proud of Lisette and Natalia,” he said, “and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”     





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George Washington Students Receive Visit From Assemblyman Ra

George Washington Students Receive Visit From Assemblyman Ra

Third-graders at George Washington Elementary School learned about local government when they received a special visit from District 19 Assemblyman Edward P. Ra on Jan. 26.

During his visit, Ra described the duties of an assemblyman and gave an explanation of the state budget. He also explained how laws are passed in the state of New York by having students try to pass a law to lower speed limits on major highways. Playing the roles of assemblymen, senators and governor, the third-graders discovered that a majority vote and governor’s approval are needed to create a new law.

In turn, students asked Assemblyman Ra about his work, including how he became an assemblyman, what laws he has helped to enact, and his favorite and least favorite aspects of his position.

The district is proud to offer students an opportunity to speak with their local assemblyman to further their education as informed citizens.



West Hempstead MS Students Compete in Geography Bee

West Hempstead MS Students Compete in Geography Bee

Twelve West Hempstead Middle School students in grades 6-8 competed in the school’s geography bee on Jan. 25, resulting in sixth-grader Mouhammad Seck as the winner.

Prior to the competition, every Social Studies class held its own bee to determine four finalists from each grade to participate at the building level.

Officiated by seventh-grade Social Studies teacher Dean Bourazeris, the finalists gathered in the cafeteria to answer questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.

Mouhammad will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The district wishes Mouhammad much success as he continues in the competition. 



2016-2017 Superintendent's Goals

I. Provide all students with a comprehensive education which prepares them for their postgraduate future. a. Implement, support and evaluate the current writing and reading programs to ensure a cohesive focus, with common language and expectations for all students.

b. Utilize data, from multiple sources, to plan and implement appropriate, differentiated instruction that improves individual student achievement and will result in a 10% increase in scores for all NYS assessments and Regents/ AP exams administrated.

c. Design, implement and evaluate the co-teaching models for the special education and ENL programs to support student academic success.

d. Provide professional development for teachers and administrators to support the implementation of district and state initiatives.

e. To provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) experiences for our students that develop cultural sensitivity, community service and personal attributes that instill in them humanity and citizenship.



II. Provide opportunities to involve the entire school community in the educational program for our children.

a. Engage community learning through parent/community workshops designed for the specific schools/departments.

b. Develop and implement Community/Parent University program that engages community members and parents by developing an understanding of current social, emotional and academic issues facing students.

c. Expand public relations initiatives to include greater utilization of the district website, Parent Portal, and social media.


III. To stabilize the District's financial position through long-term fiscal and
organizational planning.

a. Implement recommendations provided by the State Comptroller and the school district auditor to support the long term fiscal health of the district.

b. Support the implementation of facilities updates outlined in the bond through collaborative work with district architects and comprehensive fiscal planning.

c. Support the implementation of projects to be funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Facilities Update

While teachers, staff members and students were enjoying the summer with friends and family, Director of Facilities Anthony Vecchione and members of the district’s custodial and buildings and grounds staff were hard at work preparing all five buildings for the return of educators and children in September.

Throughout the district, classrooms, hallways, offices and parking lots were repainted and lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles were replaced. Along with facility care, the staff attended to landscaping and masonry projects such as maintaining the quality of the turf fields and beautifying the grounds with trees, shrubs and flowers. Carpentry repairs were completed throughout the buildings as well, including the installation of shelving, handrails, new doors and hardware.

Among some of the larger projects, Chestnut Street received a new awning at the bus entrance to protect students and staff during inclement weather. Computers and phones were rewired at the middle school, while a new circuit breaker was installed in the basement of Cornwell Avenue. Whiteboards and projectors were installed at George Washington Elementary School and the high school, which also received renovations to its radiators.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, administrators and faculty thanked Mr. Vecchione and all staff members involved for making the repairs in a timely and efficient manner and preparing all buildings for learning in the new academic year.

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November 2016