Stratford and Stewart elementary schools are working with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Stratford School and Wednesday, Nov, 19 at Stewart School. Both drives will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the schools’ gymnasiums. All eligible community members are invited and encouraged to consider donating blood.
There is no substitute for human blood. According to the American Red Cross, red blood cells are only viable for 42 days, which makes it necessary to continuously replenish the blood supply, especially since every two seconds someone in the United States is in need of blood. One pint of donated blood is separated into usable components, which can help save several lives.
On Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., the Garden City Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) will present a panel discussion with our district social workers. Learn who they are, what they do, and how they can enhance your child’s educational experience. Join SEPTA as we welcome Lori Kuster, high school; Keegan Baker, middle school; Jennifer DeMieri, primary schools; and Michele Vincent, elementary schools, to this important evening meeting in the high school library.
A school social worker is a member of the support staff who provides a variety of services including counseling, crisis intervention, and in-class presentations on a variety of topics. The school social worker also provides group/individual counseling for children on a variety of subjects including socialization, anxiety, bereavement, divorce, and academic difficulties.
Addressing a district goal for the 2013-14 school year – “Investigate other models for student assessment” – Garden City High School administered OECD’s (Organization for Economic Co-Development: http://www.oecd.org/) PISA (Progamme for International Student Assessment: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/) last spring to 58 15-year old Garden City High School students who were selected at random by OECD to take the test.
OECD proctored and scored the exam, and provided an in-depth analysis of the results. Nine other high schools on Long Island also took the test.
The Village of Garden City has always rightfully prided itself on its school district thanks to its consistently high level of achievement on the academic side of the ledger. Much of it can be traced to the advocacy of Garden City parents, an assertion that was bolstered by the results of a 2014 parent engagement survey according to Superintendent of Garden City Schools Dr. Robert Fiersen, who went over the numbers at a recent school board meeting.
Having begun the survey last spring, Fiersen discussed the district’s motivation, saying, “There is a strong association between parent involvement with a child’s education both at home and at school and student performance in school—it is also related to improved student behavior in school and improved attitudes about schoolwork.”
“Receiving the Schools to Watch Re-designation Award and meeting Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy were highlights of our trip to the 10th Annual National Forum Schools to Watch Conference,” explained conference attendee Kimberly Greenwald. “It’s nice to see so many people working together to make learning a meaningful experience for students.” Greenwald, the 6-8 reading specialist and Anti-Bullying coordinator at Garden City Middle School, attended the conference recently held in Arlington, VA with middle school guidance counselor Robyn Weiner and middle school science teacher Melissa Wolk to accept the Schools to Watch (STW) award on behalf of the entire middle school.
Garden City Middle School science teacher Mark Czachor recently participated in the fourth annual National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Institute at Molloy College. Forty-eight Long Island high school and middle school teachers became students and learned a variety of sustainability concepts they can now share in their classrooms. Pictured from left to right are: Executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Neal Lewis; Dr. Maureen Walsh, dean, division of education and Lou Cino, dean, division of continuing education and professional development, Molloy College; Mark Czachor, and board member of the National Grid Foundation Board member Bob Catell.
Garden City Public School’s Legislative Affairs Committee convened for the 2014-15 school year with deep discussions about methods and avenues toward the committee’s goals of assessing the impact of existing and proposed state and federal education legislation, promoting legislation that supports the district’s mission, and communicating vital information to Garden City residents.
With so many issues facing public education, the committee plans to focus its efforts in two areas: Advocacy and Education.
There was plenty to talk about when two representatives from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met with Garden City Public Schools’ district and school leaders late last month. Elizabeth Williamson, Supervisory Education Program Specialist with ED’s Office of Communications and Outreach, and Jacquelyn Pitta, Region II Communications Director, spent several hours with Garden City’s educators for a two-pronged information-sharing session. Williamson and Pitta shared online support resources available for educators during the first part of the meeting. Folders filled with brochures available from ED on a variety of topics from grant making opportunities to bullying prevention were also provided for district and building leaders.
Below are brief bios of new Garden City School District employees:
Nicole Bass holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in childhood education from Adelphi University. She served as an elementary leave replacement teacher in Copiague Public Schools from September 2013 to June 2014. Bass holds initial New York State certification in childhood education, grades 1-6, and students with disabilities, grades 1-6. She will be filling in for Lauren Lavelle, who is on child care leave.
During a recent board of education work session, 6-12 social studies curriculum coordinator Jeannette Balantic presented a comprehensive review of the district’s social studies program. This was the first curriculum review since the district began implementing the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in 2011-12.
“With CCLS, SLOS (Student Learning Objectives), and APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) much of the focus in schools has been on 3-8 ELA and math,” Balantic indicated. “The members of the Curriculum Review Committee are true social studies enthusiasts—the review process provided us with a great opportunity to review and reflect on the work we do, gather data, and develop an action plan for the future of social studies in the Garden City School District.”
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