Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts Announcements

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"The teacher is of course the artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves."

Paulo Freire  

FPCA Events

October 2021

WHHS Band under the leadership of Mr. Ben Coleman will perform to celebrate Board Recognition.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • Time: 7:30 pm.

  • Location: MS Cafeteria

November 2021

  • WHMS Drama Production of Matilda Jr

  • Date: 11- 17 & 18-21

  • Time: 7:00 pm

  • Location: TBD

December 2021

WHHS Winter Concert

  • Date: December 15, 2021

  • Time: 7:00 pm

  • Location: HS Auditorium

Dr.  Nichelle L. Rivers

Dr. Nichelle L. Rivers

Director of Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts



Twitter: @FPCAWest

Welcome to the Fine, Performing and Culinary Arts in West Hempstead Union Free School District. Our students are known for providing performances that are significant for both technical proficiency and artistic excellence. District programs annually place numbers of talented students in the regional, area, state, and other competitions. Whether your children are interested in art, band, chorus, or theatre, we offer outstanding programs at all grade levels. 

Elementary programs educate students' minds, stimulate their creativity, and provide them with excitement and self-discipline that last a lifetime. At the secondary level, fine arts classes center on both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students participate in a variety of activities. The high school recently added Music Technology and a Song Writing class for the 21-22 school year.

Meet the Fine, Performing & Culinary Arts Staff

West Hempstead High School

  • Cassie Ross-Dinin, Art

  • Ellen Layburn, Art

  • Lejla Xhelili, FACS

  • Dan DiPasquale, Orchestra

  • Ben Coleman, Band

  • Nicole Morace-Blier, Music

  • Joe Kane, Music

West Hempstead Middle School

  • Christina Ferrante, Art

  • Laurie Shinners, Art

  • Joe Kane, Music

  • Dan DiPasquale, Orchestra

  • Ben Coleman, Band

  • Nicole Morace-Blier, Music

George Washington School

  • Kathleen Kayton-Courtney, Art

  • Taina Brantley, Music

  • Wayne Heckler, Band

  • Chris Lovasz, Orchestra

Cornwell Avenue School

  • Diana Minerva, Music

  • Laurie Shinners, Art

Chestnut Street School

  • Diana Minerva, Music

  • Kathleen Kayton-Courtney, Art

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