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Principal: Deanna Sinito



The West Hempstead Union Free School District recognizes the unique value of each student. It is dedicated to the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education. Each student will be challenged to achieve mastery in all subject areas in an educational atmosphere that strives to build positive self- esteem, mutual respect for others, and life-long quest for learning.

Students Build Websites to Increase Tourism


Students at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School recently delved into a project-based learning assignment initiated by STELLAR teacher Stacey Weinberg that embraced technology, web design, research and geography. The project challenged the fourth- and fifth-graders to build websites for the travel agency Liberty Travel that will increase tourism to major U.S. cities.

 Working on school-issued Chromebooks under the guidance of Ms. Weinberg, the students researched popular cities, for which they identified three major attractions, two sports arenas, local restaurants and hotels, and transportation. Building off of their research, they used the website builder Weebly to design two-page sites that would entice travelers to their destination city. One page displayed the student’s research, while the other shared his or her information as web developer. The students personalized their sites with a variety of color palettes, fonts and designs.

Ms. Weinberg was very impressed by the students’ perseverance in completing these websites. “They should be really proud of their work,” she said. “I hope they remember the process it took to get to the final stage of their websites and see how much they’ve grown since the beginning of the project.”

The project culminated with a Website Design Expo at the school on Feb. 3, attended by Liberty Travel reprentatives as well as families, teachers, administrators and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. Among the major cities showcased were Austin, Orlando, Boston, Honolulu and Seattle. As guests visited classrooms in rotation to scroll through the websites, they were asked to leave positive comments about the students’ work.

Following, all attendees gathered in the cafeteria for a closing ceremony to acknowledge the web developers’ hard work. Liberty Travel representatives Felicia Mulhearn and Lauren Erkens awarded six students certificates of recognition for their research, design and implementation skills.

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Publishing Party

Publishing Party

Joseph Pappas and Dianne Hawxhurst’s fourth-grade class at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School showcased their original writing during a “publishing party” at the school on Dec. 20.

Over the course of three months, students penned narrative stories about a significant moment in their lives. The writings touched on a vast range of personal memories, including visiting their native country, getting stitches, celebrating on New Year’s Eve and having a sibling leave for college.  

This exercise in the writing process taught the fourth-graders how to create lead-in and conclusive sentences, establish dialogue between characters and write multiple endings for a story. They also learned about the editing process by reviewing their own work for grammatical errors and then peer editing their classmates’ work, offering constructive feedback.

Using their school-issued Chromebooks, the students typed their final drafts and assembled their work in a professional manner using the school’s binding machine for the publishing party.

On Tuesday, families, teachers and administrators gathered in the cafeteria to read the students’ unique narratives. The guests rotated among the students, reading each story and leaving a positive comment about it.


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