Garden City Public Schools recently announced the appointment of Christopher Uccellini as the new assistant principal at Stratford. He holds a B.A. in history from Post University, CT, an M.S. in early childhood education/childhood education from Dowling College, and a professional diploma in educational leadership from Stonybrook University. Uccellini has been an elementary education teacher in the Copiague Public Schools since 2008. While in Copiague, he additionally served as a coordinator for the mentor program for at-risk students, the peer mentoring program, and the literacy committee. He also holds initial New York State certification in school building leadership and professional certification in childhood education (grades 1-6), and early education, (birth to grade 2).
Garden City residents Sarah Galzerano and Erin Pfail, along with Meaghan Ginty ’13 (Mineola), Ryan Brown (Point Lookout), and Kerianne Moran (Manhasset) were named High School All-Academic by the US Lacrosse Women’s Game Coaches. This honor is bestowed upon female students who demonstrate outstanding lacrosse skills and excellent sportsmanship on the field, meet high standards of academic achievement, and make significant contributions of service to their communities.
The Garden City Class of 1983 will be celebrating its Thirtieth High School Reunion Homecoming weekend. Mark your calendar for this fun-filled event. The festivities begin on Friday evening with casual cocktails at local pubs, meeting and greeting fellow classmates. On Saturday, Oct. 26, alumni will gather at 12:30 p.m. on 7th Street by the AAA building and jump on a long flatbed truck wearing “GC Class of 83” T~shirts and become part of the homecoming parade procession. All are invited on to the float. Then it will be off to the football game to cheer the Trojans on.
In 2009, community members approved an ambitious $36.5 million bond to expand three schools and accomplish comprehensive improvements at all nine of the district’s buildings. One of the three additions was the now-complete art/music and library/media center addition at Homestead. Designed by BBS Architects of Patchogue, NY, the addition was named a winner and recipient of the American School & University 2013 Crow Island School Citation Award as the #1 K-12 Interior Design in America. The addition was completed for the opening of the 2012-2013 school year and has provided beautiful new learning spaces for Homestead’s students.
Dr. Rita Melikian, Garden City Public School’s Director of Educational Technology, was recently selected as “Outstanding Educator of the Year” by The Science Museum of Long Island (SMLI). Dr. Melikian will be honored on Nov. 14 along with Dr. Gayle Insler, provost of Adelphi University (Outstanding Leader of the Year), Frank Pelliccione from Flushing Bank (Roni Reaves Community Service Award), and Kenneth White from Brookhaven National Laboratory (Champion for Science Award) at the 2013 “Big Bang Ball” to be held at the Garden City Country Club.
You know there must be something very special about Garden City High School senior Brianne Griffith if 2013 Pineapple Ball Community Achievement Award winner and multi-year Nassau County Coach of the Year in field hockey and lacrosse Diane Chapman nominated her as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.
Selected as Garden City’s 38th recipient of the distinction, Griffith wound up on a televised segment that aired on Sept. 24 and 25.
From Garden City Public School System
Mark your calendars - Homecoming is Oct. 26. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Seventh Street and winds its way through the annual street fair, the streets of Garden City, and ends on Garden City High School’s Warren King Field where the homecoming football game, the Trojans versus Southside, begins at 3 p.m. Don’t miss the great half-time show featuring the high school’s award-winning Marching Band, kickline, and cheerleaders.
The second-graders in Stella Guiry’s class at Stewart School got to know one another this September by bringing in a “ME BAG.” Inside the bag were many treasures that helped the class and teacher learn more about the interests and hobbies of the students. Some children shared a favorite stuffed animal, a vacation souvenir or a piece out of a special collection. Many shared their family photographs. Guiry modeled this learning activity by sharing her own “ME BAG” the previous day. This activity proved to be an exciting one that enhanced the new second-graders’ oral skills and helped the children make new friends by finding similarities and differences in their classmates’ interests and hobbies.
Stewart and Stratford’s fifth grades, Garden City’s Class of 2021, came together in a meaningful way on Wednesday, Sept. 11 on the middle school’s athletic field for a morning of team building activities. “This is a wonderful experience for both schools to unite and come together,” explained Stratford principal Eileen Vota. Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus echoed the sentiment, “The whole purpose of the activity is to emphasize the students’ connections between and within the schools, and for the students to learn the importance of teamwork and camaraderie.”
Fifteen new teachers and one school nurse were welcomed to the school district at new teacher orientation from Aug. 21 through 23 as the school-before-school commenced with three days of intensive training. The newest members of the district staff were given a guided tour of the village. It was provided as a way to immerse the new staff in the history and culture of Garden City, an important point stressed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, Dr. Teresa Prendergast, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Fino Celano, assistant superintendent for personnel during the event.
The new staff members were welcomed on their first day of training by Board of Education President Barbara Trapasso and Trustee Robert Martin, members of the district’s administrative team, and PTA Executive Board President Yvonne Varano.
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