Last month, Garden City High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) members donated coats and accessories from a drive they held to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Donations were provided to the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the profile of volunteerism and increasing the number of volunteers—to make available to member agencies of the Long Term Recovery Group, established in the region to assist relief and recovery efforts.
On April 1, Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget will be voted on by the state legislature. This week’s “Question of the Week” explains exactly what losses have occurred, what future losses the school district will experience, and where you can find additional information about state aid.
A complete listing of the questions and answers to date is posted on the district website: http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
There are several upcoming programs children will love at the Community Church Nursery School (CCNS). Residents are encouraged to look into the following: the 2014 summer program called “Community Adventures” and the 2014-15 school year two-year-old programs, “PlaySchool” and “Next Steps.”
The “Community Adventures” summer program combines indoor and lots of outdoor activities in the beautiful play space that include water play, music, stories, art and craft projects and special days like “Watermelon Wednesdays.” Children will explore the nursery school’s natural playground, ride bikes, make music on the stage, go for sailboat “journeys.” They will tend the beautiful gardens where they will be planting and growing vegetables and flowers. The program is designed to keep bodies busy and minds moving while providing a safe, loving environment where children feel free to explore, learn and most importantly, play.
The Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation, Garden City Community Coalition and the Garden City PTA will host Herren’s jarring presentation on March 25, at Garden City High School at 7:30 PM.
Landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, scoring 2,073 points in his varsity basketball career and heavily recruited by many Division 1 schools—by all accounts Chris Herren, at the tender age of 18, had it all. He made Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. proud and had the beginnings of not just a promising career but the chance at a legendary one. That opportunity was curtailed by substance abuse.
If you have a little one in your life, Resurrection Preschool offers opportunities for the Fall 2014 School year. Held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, two programs are available for children who are two years of age.
Mommy & Me is a classroom setting for children who will be two years of age by December 2014, accompanied by a special adult. The program takes place on Wednesdays and the session is 90 minutes long. Children participate in making crafts, singing, dancing, and socializing. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality one-on-one, instructive time with your child.
Félicitations to the following grade 10 and 11 French students in David Strauzer’s classes (pictured here, left to right with Strauzer [left] and world Language coordinator Peter Giacalone [right]): Dessie DiMino, Elizabeth Rieger, Ally Evans, Alexis Gogh, and Ariella Izzo. They received beautiful certificates of participation and posters from the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) for an essay contest in celebration of National French Week.
The theme was: “Le français—langue du 21ème siècle” (French—language of the 21st century). Students wrote essays in English explaining how and why French is a vitally important language in this century. A job “très bien fait!
An enterprising group of 11- and 12-year-olds from Stewart Manor, Garden City and Westbury who call themselves the Robotic Rebels competed in the 10th Annual Long Island FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) Championship Tournament held on March 2 at Longwood High School in Middle Island. The team gained entry into the championship round after they won the 2nd Place Champion’s Award at a qualifying tournament held in Central Islip last month.
Guided by coaches Steve Giammona and Brian Sanguyu, team members Keith DeStaebler, Steven Giammona, Justin MacFall, Christina Marciano, Ronnie Marciano, Kevin McGoldrick and Anthony Sanguyu worked for six months to build and program a robot to perform challenging missions and completed an in-depth research project to identify a problem and develop an innovative solution with regard to this year’s FLL theme: Nature’s Fury.
There continues to be much discussion surrounding the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards with nearly daily press coverage on the topic. To address specific concerns in Garden City, Dr. Teresa Prendergast, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented a comprehensive report at the Feb. 4 Board of Education Work Session, after which parents posed questions and made statements. The district recognizes and shares many of the concerns expressed by parents and encourages communication with local legislators. As Dr. Feirsen explained, personal letters to these local officials can be the most effective in advocating for change. Dr. Prendergast’s report is available on the home page of the district’s website, under the “Information Updates” tab.
In a heartfelt presentation by Hakeem Rahim, a representative from the National Alliance on Mental Illness who has spoken to over 4,000 students in the last year alone, Garden City High School tenth-graders learned of the warning signs of mental illness and how to help those suffering from the disease. Rahim’s powerful presentation was part of Garden City’s health education program. He shared a wealth of information with the students about the different forms mental illness can take—depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders— and shared statistics: one out of five adolescents and one out of four adults experience mental illness, including well-known celebrities such as Ben Stiller and J.K. Rowling. Rahim also shared his own story about developing panic attacks while pursuing his degree at Harvard.
- Submitted by Garden City Public Schools
The second-graders in my class at Stewart School really enjoy learning about science. Recently, the students studied living things of the past, most notably, fossils. They learned that fossils are the remains of plants or animals that became buried in mud and hardened into rock over time, and they developed and understanding of how paleontologists search for fossils to learn about life from over 65 million years ago.
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