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St. Mary’s Student Represents Catholic Youth

Written by Mary E. Gorry, Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:49

Saint Mary’s High School student Cara Midwinter is excited to represent not just the school's community, but all Catholic young people on Long Island as a member of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Diocesan Pastoral Council. The advisory council was created in 2008 to foster collaboration and communication between the bishop and the laity.

Midwinter, a junior who graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary School before attending the high school, is one of two high school students from all of Long Island selected to be a member of the council, which consists primarily of lay leadership as well as priests and religious leaders. Grace M. Cavallo, president of the Schools of Saint Mary, had been contacted by Father Irinel Racos, diocesan chancellor, about selecting a junior who was committed to his or her faith, who had a strong voice, and who could represent the teen and young adult perspective as a member of the council. A committee of St. Mary’s teachers and administrators selected Midwinter and sent her information to the diocese for approval. She was ultimately approved and appointed to the council by Bishop William Murphy.


Signs Back In Schools Revamp Project

Written by Rich Forestano, Friday, 14 November 2014 09:26

Each of the five high schools in the Sewanhaka Central High School District will receive electronic signs after a group of Nassau County legislators approved a grant through the county’s Community Revitalization Program. The program, which is giving $250,000 toward the signs, provides infrastructure funding for streetscape, parks and other improvements through the county’s capital fund program.

The signs were originally part of the failed school bond last December. A scaled-back $86.6 million plan was approved in May, without signs.


Curriculum Changes A Work In Progress

Written by Rich Forestano, Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

A select group of teachers argued against proposed middle school curriculum changes, including the elimination of Regents-level classes, during a Sewanhaka Central High School District meeting last week. Adjustments suggested by a committee of district and building administrators include advanced curriculum in seventh and eighth grade as early as next year.

New Hyde Park Memorial High School Guidance Counselor Craig Barbieri noted the classes taken by students leading up to graduation including physics, chemistry, earth science, living environment, geometry, algebra and pre-calculus.


The Courage To Speak

Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, Friday, 07 November 2014 09:19

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this? Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe.

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, will present The Courage to Speak Presentation on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at John Lewis Childs School, 10 Elizabeth St., in Floral Park. All sixth graders and up along with their parents are invited to attend.


A Walk for Ethan

Friday, 07 November 2014 09:18

Students dressed in green hit the track at Floral Park Memorial High School in a walk to support one of their favorite teachers and to raise awareness to Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

A Walk for Ethan was organized for the son of Floral Park English teacher Dustin Demmers. Five-year-old Ethan was diagnosed with DMD, a genetic disorder which causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, in November 2013. Since the diagnosis, the school has held several events to raise funds to help the family with costs not covered by their health insurance.


Floral Park Student-Musicians Honored

Thursday, 30 October 2014 09:09

Four student-musicians at Floral Park Memorial High School have been selected to participate in state and national ensembles based on their musical talents.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has selected Matthew Weigl to perform in the All-National Orchestra at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. Weigl plays bass trombone and is the first student in the Sewanhaka Central High School District invited to play with an All-National ensemble in 11 years.


Pantry Tuesdays At Parish School

Written by Marykate Alkusky and Jean Hill, Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School families became aware of and responded to a need within their own parish when they began the program, Pantry Tuesdays, a food drive benefiting the OLV Church Pantry. Due to the overwhelming generosity of the OLV School families, this endeavor has proven to be a great success.

There are two more Pantry Tuesdays scheduled, on Nov. 4 and again on Nov. 18.


Indians Fly By Gladiators In Win

Written by Michael Florio, Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:57

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in last week’s game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory.

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.

The Indians came in standing at 3-1, and in all three victories, were able to rely on the run game to jump out to an early lead. That would not be the case, as the Gladiators defense would hold up, forcing a three and out for the Indians on the first possession.


National Merit Honors For Floral Park Senior

Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:20

The 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized Floral Park Memorial High School senior JoAnna Ast as a commended student. Ast was presented with a letter of commendation by Principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile on behalf of the school and the program. Approximately 50,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although these students will not continue in the 2015 competition for Merit Scholarship awards, being named a Commended Student recognizes that these seniors are amongst the top third of the students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


Sewanhaka Commends Merit Semifinalists

Written by Floral Park Dispatch staff, Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:19

The Sewanhaka Central High School District announced that three students have been selected as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Anjali Abraham, a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Shahzaib Saleem, a senior at Sewanhaka High School and Kacie Candela, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School were recognized in the 60th annual competition.


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