Each month the school district honors a valued employee whose exemplary efforts improves the quality of students’ educational experience in Garden City Public Schools.
This month’s Behind-the-Scenes: Employee Spotlight is focused on Linda Caperna, the speech therapist at Locust School. She has worked in the Garden City Schools for the last nine years and has been employed as a speech therapist for almost 30 years. “Linda is dedicated to the children and extremely conscientious,” commented Locust Principal Jean Ricotta. “She is always pleasant, cooperative, and willing to go above and beyond what is asked of her.”
This week’s Common Core “Question of the Week” focuses on the collection of student data by New York State for inBloom. A complete listing of the questions and answers to date is posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
Q: I’ve heard a lot about the collection of student data by New York State and its uploading to inBloom. What is inBloom?
A: InBloom debuted in February, 2013. Funded with $100 million in seed money from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, inBloom is an independent, non-profit data depository in Atlanta, GA. Its mission “is to provide a valuable resource to teachers, students and families, to improve education.”1
Garden City’s Saint Joseph School, which is devoted to integrating the teachings of the Catholic faith within a creative and stimulating learning environment, is hosting an open house on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon., for nursery through grade 8.
The open house will allow parents to see for themselves how Saint Joseph School gives children an advantage for their whole life by providing a uniquely well-rounded education in a nurturing, small-group setting.
With schools back from the holiday break, we finally get to see some of the festivities held to recognize the season. This Christmas spirit was in full swing last month at St. Joseph School. After months of preparing for their moment in the spotlight, the children demonstrated that the true joy of Christmas is best seen through a child’s eyes. In keeping with tradition, the nursery and pre-kindergarten classes sang carols for friends and family. The first grade presented the Nativity and the second grade acted as an enthusiastic choir for the critically-acclaimed Third Grade production of Humbug. The band performed Christmas favorites, old and new, at the annual Christmas concert. Finally, in a special nighttime presentation for the community, the seventh and eighth grade presented their Nativity. The months of practice were evident; all the students should be proud of their contribution as they spread Christmas cheer throughout their school community. A special thanks to our music teacher, Mrs. Kelly, for her tireless effort in supporting these concerts and plays.
Submitted by St. Joseph School
The Masquers presented Almost, Maine, Garden City High School’s fall production, to a delighted audience of more than 400 attendees late in the semester. The interestingly different show is “one of the most popular shows on college campuses,” explained producer Stephen Mayo. Set in the farthest north “town” (well, almost) in the lower 48, Almost, Maine featured a series of vignettes following the people of Almost falling in and out of love.
Submitted by Garden City Public Schools
Seventh-graders honed their interviewing skills recently as part of a home and careers unit of study in Connie Beovich’s class at Garden City Middle School. Dressed for success, students took turns being interviewed for various age-appropriate positions. Parents and staff acted as prospective employers for jobs chosen by the students. All were interviewed for entry level positions as babysitters, mothers’ helpers, caddies, clerks, camp counselors, and more. “I was nervous, but then got used to it,” said one student. “It’s hard to sell yourself—you don’t want to seem obnoxious.” Guest interviewers included Christine Bernhard, owner of Honestly Delicious in Garden City. Students prepared for the interviews by filling out job applications, practicing in class, and critiquing each other.
The Garden City Public School District knows that Garden City parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent State mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district continues its “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
The next question has several parts:
Q: Explain the components of the Board of Regents Reform Agenda and how the reforms impact our school district.
In conjunction with the tobacco unit in health class, Dr. Bradley Block (second from left) from E.N.T. and Allergy Associates of Garden City spoke with the Garden City High School tenth-graders about the Great American “Smokeout,” held each year on the third Thursday of November. Dr. Block is board-certified and is a member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He shared some of his surgery stories with the students and educated them about the dangers of tobacco use. Teachers discussed the importance of abstaining from all tobacco products, and students were taught how they can help others quit using tobacco, too.
(Photo provided by Garden City Public Schools)
As part of their F.O.C.U.S. (Fifth grade Outdoor Education, Community, Unity, Service) service learning unit, fifth-graders at Stewart and Stratford Schools assisted with blood drives in late November that raised 150 pints of much-needed blood for the American Red Cross. Amy Collioud, acting manager for the Nassau County branch of the Red Cross, explained, “It’s essential that we get community drives going. The commitment of Garden City’s PTA was critical to our success – one pint saves three lives and only takes one hour of donors’ time.” Students helped by checking in donors, supplying a snack at the recovery area, and creating thank you cards. “The support of the American Red Cross is amazing here,” said Lorraine Barker, a volunteer with the program.
Recently, the varsity kickline team and health classes of Garden City High School participated in the Long Island Crisis Center’s (LICC) Suicide Prevention Walk at Long Beach. Students walked to show their support and bring awareness to preventing suicide. This organization has come to the high school’s health classes many times to present information about suicide prevention and cyber-bullying. LICC is 24hours-a-day/7 days-a-week/365 days-a-year suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline. It is an organization committed to people in crisis.
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