Students and staff in all seven of Garden City’s public schools showed their colors to stand united as “upstanders” against bullying in all its. Wearing orange marked “2013 Unity Day,” a day when everyone is encouraged to “link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, orange message of support to students who have experienced bullying,” stated the National Bullying Prevention Center’s website (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp).
St. Joseph School’s 7th and 8th-graders put their best moves on display at the school’s recent fall dance. Everyone was on their feet, feeling the music and singing along. Adding to the special night was all the work done by the middle school moms, especially the class moms and decorations committee, who created a British Invasion theme.
Submitted by St. Joseph’s School
Each month the district honors a valued employee whose exemplary efforts improve the quality of students’ educational experience in Garden City Public Schools.
“It is with great pleasure that we shine this year’s Employee Spotlight on Jennifer LaLima,” said Hemlock Principal Audrey Bellovin. “As the primary and elementary ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Jennifer covers a lot of territory, both figuratively and literally. Each year, her students may change, as new students enter into the district and others exit the program.
Suburbanites love their lush green lawns. Whether to pass the football over, run through in bare feet, or simply laid as a welcoming carpet before colorful flower beds ringing home and property, lawn grass is king in the ‘burbs.
Problem is, the use of fertilizers that feed those verdant lawns adds pollutants to the environment. To address the problem, one high school research student imagined a more natural way to dress a property using native grasses that perform double-duty as filters for fertilizer and road salt residues.
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.
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