Garden City High School is gearing up for its performance of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine. Get ready to hike as far north and east as you possibly can on U.S. soil to Aroostook County, Maine: 6,453 square miles with just 40 people per square mile. Within this vast expanse sits Almost: population 300. It’s not quite, but it’s just about, a town. As one of its residents explains, “See, to be a town you gotta get organized. And we never got around to gettin’ organized, so … we’re just Almost.”
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk.
Garden City High School has always been considered one of the top schools in the country. Its efforts have consistently found students scoring high on numerous lists tabulating top high schools around the country. According to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States, the school was ranked 140th (107th in 2012) and 25th in the state.
Garden City’s Genevieve Halka, daughter of Diane and Christopher Halka and a senior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.
A day after last month’s Sparks, NV middle school shooting, Nassau County officials announced a new panic alarm program which will allow each school in the county to connect directly to the Nassau County Police Department in case of an emergency.
Despite the publicity behind this county-sponsored program, information provided to the Garden City Public School District has been scant according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
In contributor Ed Rotondo’s cover story about Homecoming that he wrote for last week’s issue of Garden City Life, he did a wonderful job not only recapping the Trojans 42-7 drubbing of rival South Side, but painted a nice visual of everything else that was going on between the 34th annual Fall Festival and an appearance by the NFL-sponsored Huddle Shuddle. Space limitations prevented us from giving you a wider breadth of what Ed’s experience was like covering one of Garden City’s most-anticipated annual events.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Garden City High School commanded the football field at Manhasset High School which was filled with music, banners and parades of high school marching bands from all across Long Island. The stands were alive with spectators viewing the pageantry of each individual high school marching band performing in the battle of the bands. As host of the Third Annual Marching Band Invitational, Manhasset was not scored in the competition. Nevertheless, under the leadership of Randy Knudsen, Manhasset High School Marching Band is a four time New York State Group 1A Champion Marching who performed “Les Miserables.”
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.
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