On Feb. 27, Floral Park Memorial High School hosted the second annual Faculty Basketball Game. Faculty and staff played an intense game to raise funds for the lacrosse program at the high school. Pictured in front (left to right): Joseph Botka, Christopher Merle, Chris Renner, Ryan Obloj, Michael Spina, Jason Wachs, Keith Dunbar, and Dimitrios Drivas. Back row (left to right): Kevin Pokojny, John Matteo, Sean Freely, Matt Baccarella, Jamie Abrams, Amanda Abbott, Susan Bach, and Samantha Barbaro.
Students in Mrs. Vascellaro’s morning Pre-K class at the John Lewis School celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Mrs. DeVita in the library.
The mission of the Hance Family Foundation’s Beautiful Me program is to extend the lessons which the Hance sisters, Emma, Alyson, and Katie, taught through their examples—that being comfortable with who you are makes you a better sister, daughter, and friend.
This project is designed to teach girls of all ages how to think positively and with assurance about their bodies, their skills, and their relationships with others. A curriculum based program administered in three hour-long sessions by a qualified teacher or social worker designed around three core content areas: Emma’s Example, Alyson’s Art, and Katie’s Kindness.
My First School will be enjoying a distinguished milestone this year as they prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their school. Located inside the United Methodist Church on Violet Ave. in Floral Park and originally called the Floral Park Methodist Cooperative Nursery School, it was begun in 1963 by church members Caryll Winkler and Fanne Smith. There was a desire for nursery school services in the community with an emphasis on parental involvement throughout the program.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District is considering new options to renovate and repair its five high schools, two vocational buildings and sports fields. School reps said talks have occurred, but nothing is official yet.
The district’s 20-30 member ad hoc committee, which was formed in October of 2012 to assess school revamps, has reconvened, according to school board president Dave Fowler. However, no formal presentation has been made to the board. The committee will meet again on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in Sewanhaka High School.
Supermarket Fun Night
Sewanhaka High School PTSA presents Supermarket Fun Night on Friday. March 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. in the Sewanhaka High School Student Cafeteria, 500 Tulip Ave. in Floral Park. Admission is $5 and includes two boards, coffee, dessert, and door prizes. Raffles and 50/50 will be available. Call 516-488-9607 for tickets. Proceeds support the Senior Scholarship Fund. No one under 18 will be admitted.
High School Musical
The Floral Park Memorial High School Music Department will present Seussical, The Musical! at the school’s Hayden Auditorium on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m., on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in the school’s music department for $10 (cash or check made to: Floral Park Memorial Music Dept). Admission for the March 27 show at 4 p.m. is free for elementary students and senior citizens. Contact Mrs. Kolb or Mrs. Koch for information at 516-488-9327.
Floral Park Memorial Junior Senior High School student, Eric Afflerbach, 13, competed Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Third Annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. Like many other students, he was nervous before the spelling began, but he braved the stage for a few rounds.
He spelled words including “vigilante” and “subterfuge”, and competing until he was among the last 30 spellers. Even though he was knocked out of the competition by difficult words, he still enjoyed competing.“I am very happy to have this opportunity. It’s very exciting. I’ve enjoyed spelling since first grade,” he explained.
Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School honored Anthony Fitzgerald, class of 1975, as this year’s distinguished graduate. OLV School board member Tom Weissler eloquently introduced Fitzgerald at a recent school mass. Several past recipients of the award were also in attendance.
Fitzgerald lives his life with an incredibly positive attitude and strong faith, which blossomed during his years at OLV School. He reflected warmly on the wonderful education he received at OLV, as well as the lifelong bonds he formed while a student there - bonds that helped him face incredible challenges following a devastating accident 27 years ago.
Fitzgerald encouraged the students to approach every day with positivity and a determination to be kind. He attributes his success in life, professionally and as a talented athlete, to that approach and his strong faith.
— Tricia GaNun
Ling Song of Floral Park High School recently received the Go APE Award from the Art League of Long Island.
Song’s pastels work, “Untitled,” was honored as one of the top 14 works in the Art League’s Advanced Placement Student Exhibition. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates exceptional artwork of AP art students in Long Island high schools, as selected by their teachers.
Also taking part in the program and exhibiting were Floral Park students Ariel Bouderan, Lorraine Hickman and Mike Nelson.
Their works were exhibited in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills from Feb. 7 through 14, with a reception on the closing evening.
The 165 students participating in the exhibit represented 47 high schools.
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