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Chestnut Street Students Make Their Mark

Chestnut Street Students Make Their Mark photo

Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School “made their mark” by participating in International Dot Day on Sept. 15.

Throughout the day, classes read “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, a story about a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”  

Motivated by the story, the students exercised their creativity in various dot related activties. Students traced their names ith bingo stampers, counted water beads, tie-dyed coffee filters, colored paper headbands and formed circles with shaving cream. They also drew dots on classroom banners to signify that every student is different and unique. 

Board of Education Regular Business Meeting/Board Recognition Notice - October 17, 2017


Homecoming 2017

Homecoming 2017 Pic

Students, school administrators and community members were filled with Ram pride as they gathered under overcast skies for West Hempstead’s homecoming on Sept. 16.

A Message from the Superintendent regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences


Stuff The Bus 2017


Welcome Back Students

Welcome Back Students photo

Doting bright smiles and backpacks full of supplies, West Hempstead students received warm welcomes on the first day of school at their respective buildings on Sept. 5. The district wishes them an outstanding 2017-2018 school year.

West Hempstead Class of 2021 Receives Warm Welcome

West Hempstead Class of 2021 Receives Warm Welcome photo

West Hempstead High School administrators, student volunteers and staff welcomed the Class of 2021 during an orientation at the school on Aug. 30.

Approximately 165 incoming freshmen spent the morning becoming familiar with the building and receiving tips for success in their high school careers. Led in groups by upperclassmen and members of Athletes Helping Athletes, the ninth-graders participated in ice breakers, met their guidance counselors, reviewed their schedules, and gained a better understanding of the expectations, challenges and extracurricular activities that lie ahead.  

High School Principal Alvaro Escobar and Assistant Principals Adam Hopkins and Michelle Lambo-Maron look forward to working with the Class of 2021. 

The High School Leadership Team imparted an inspiring message to the incoming freshmen. “The formula for success at the high school is first, to take ownership for your learning in every class; second, to utilize our support system to help you navigate your high school journey; third, to find your passion, whether it is a team, a club or a course; and finally, to challenge yourself to make the high school a better place than when you first arrived and to develop into a more well-rounded and educated individual.”

West Hempstead Sixth-Graders Tour New School

West Hempstead Sixth-Graders Tour New School photo

West Hempstead Middle School hosted an orientation for sixth-graders on Aug. 29 to familiarize the students with their new school.

The annual program commenced with introductions and welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, middle school Principal Dina Reilly and Assistant Principal Joseph Pumo. 

In her welcoming address, Sullivan-Kriss recognized the sixth-graders’ concerns of entering a new school and offered sage advice as they continue their academic journey in the district. 

“We’re excited to have you move on to middle school following your elementary years,” she said. “We’re here to help you learn, have fun and make West Hempstead Middle School the most respectable school possible.” 

Reilly also imparted words of wisdom to the incoming class. “I wish you tremendous success, lots of laughter and good times as you study hard over these next three years,” she said. “Remember that you always represent West Hempstead Middle School, so be the best person you can be both inside and outside of school.” 

During the presentation, the sixth-graders received their schedules and were given an overview of middle school expectations and challenges, as well as extracurricular opportunities that lie ahead.

The day concluded with a tour of the school building led by members of the National Junior Honor Society, an opportunity for the incoming students to practice their locker combinations, and a question/answer session with the school’s upperclassmen. 

West Hempstead Welcomes New Staff

West Hempstead Welcomes New Staff Photo
The district welcomed 10 new faculty members with a two-day orientation program on Aug. 29-30. 

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Daniel Rehman and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations Emmanuel Glasu offered words of advice and encouraged the new cohort to make an impact in their students’ lives and heighten academic success. 

Over the course of two days, the program’s participants were given an overview of district goals, the Annual Professional Performance Review process, and digital technology and programs. They also participated in seminars to enhance their educational practices.

To further facilitate their start in the district, new employees were paired with seasoned educators. For more than 10 years, this mentor program enables new teachers to learn best practices, become familiarized with district procedures and feel supported during their first year at West Hempstead. 

The program concluded with a bus tour of the district’s five buildings, where the new faculty met with their respective principals and program directors.

The district congratulates and welcomes: Gina Barr, Sara Eivazi, Ciara Byrne, Erin Holtkamp, Christine Lavin, Elizabeth Lindner, Joseph MacEachen, Christine Ragucci, Taylor Turello, and Kailyn Zanella.

West Hempstead Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

West Hempstead Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting Photo

The district held its annual Board of Education Reorganization meeting on July 5. Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss opened the meeting and district clerk Kathryn Girolamo administered the oaths of office.

Joseph Magaraci was sworn in as the newest member of the Board, alongside trustee Vincent Trocchia, who will begin his 10th term and 28th year on the Board. Karen Brohm and Andrea Shinsato were elected President and Vice President, respectively.

Welcome to West Hempstead

Welcome to West Hempstead  Photo
As the 2017-2018 school year begins, the Board of Education is pleased to welcome new administrators, directors and faculty to the district.

Dr. Emmanuel Glasu has been appointed the assistant superintendent for business and operations. With a solid background in financial leadership, Dr. Glasu was an assistant business official in the Valley Stream Central High School District, where he helped manage the business office and supervise the financial affairs of the district. He also spearheaded the development of accurate and reliable financial reports in this position. Prior, he served as an accountant for the Roslyn Public School District, coordinating a $102 million budget for five schools consisting of more than 4,800 students and 500 faculty members to efficiently operate and perform at the highest academic caliber.

Dr. Glasu holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from CUNY York College and a master’s in educational administration from LIU Post. 

Joseph Pumo entered the district as assistant principal of West Hempstead Middle School on Aug. 1. With a passion for science, Pumo has taught Life Science in the Freeport School District and Living Environment and Science in the Oceanside School District. While teaching at Oceanside Middle School, he also became a teacher leader there, a position in which he collaborated with other teachers to write curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. He also served as an administrative intern at Oceanside, where he worked with school officials to revise district policies for the betterment of student learning.  

Pumo received his Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Manhattan College and his master’s in childhood and special education from Touro College. 

Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke will be joining the district as the director of innovative educational opportunities. Beginning his career as a teacher and staff developer, he implemented individual and class positive behavior plans that promoted responsibility, problem-solving skills and accountability. In addition, he collaborated with students at various levels to improve their success through instruction in reading, writing and mathematics. Continuing his career with the New York City Department of Education, Emmanuel-Cooke served as an assistant principal at P.S. 360Q, and later became founding principal of the Dr. Marie M. Daly Academy of Excellence. As founding principal of the academy, he directed curriculum development, school policies, systems and structures, hired instructional staff and established a partnership with the community. 

Emmanuel-Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in childhood and special education from LIU Post. 

Doris Stanojev has accepted the position of assistant director of pupil personnel services for the upcoming academic year. Stanojev served as a speech and educational supervisor, and later as the assistant principal/senior curriculum coordinator, at the Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children. Following, she was the unit coordinator at P.S. 277, integrating the principles of the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) program and Unique Learning System in the school curriculum to accommodate the diversity of all learners. In 2015, Stanojev served as the administrative coordinator for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, where she provided technical assistance, training and information for dissemination and professional development to school districts to improve instructional programs for students with disabilities. Stanojev earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Science in communication science and disorders from Adelphi University. 

The district congratulates and wishes tremendous success to all of the new staff members.   

Fluttering Around The Classroom

Fluttering Around The Classroom Photo

Coinciding with their study of insects, first-graders at George Washington Elementary School learned about butterflies by creating their own butterfly marionettes with the help of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.

The students participated in a videoconference with the Center’s Distance Learning Puppeteer and Presenter, Brian Harrison, who discussed the anatomy of insects, the life cycle of butterflies, and how insects use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Harrison also showed the students a few species of butterflies, including monarchs, swallowtails and Acadian Hairstreaks.

Working with an array of colored construction paper, the students followed step-by-step instructions given by Harrison to assemble their own butterflies.

WHUFSD Photo Gallery

November 2016