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.
Alex Della Ratta and Leslie Wann were recently selected as NYSSMA All-State musicians to perform at the annual NYSSMA New York State School Music Association) Conference to be held in Rochester, NY on Dec. 5-8. Michael Crapotta, Justin Gong, and Teresa Pietromonaco were also selected as alternates for this year’s concerts.
As part of the Joseph Napolitano Memorial Lecture series, Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, will deliver the talk “The World Needs all Kinds of Minds” at Adelphi University on Wednesday, Sept. 25. This is her third lecture at the university. Dr. Grandin is a best-selling author and activist on the topics of autism and animal welfare. She is also a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and humane slaughter. The event, which is being co-sponsored with the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, 1 South Ave. in Garden City. Additionally, the lecture will be simulcast in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.
Students in Stratford’s fourth- and fifth-grade science club worked together at their final club meeting to build wind turbines from kits. They explored the different ways that the blades could be constructed in order to be most effective, experimenting with materials such as corrugated plastic and balsa wood. After building the turbine, they tested different blade shapes to see which worked most effectively. The wind turbine project grew out of a workshop club advisor Erin Hegmann attended connecting Common Core Learning Standards to the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards).
“The students were challenged by the project and truly enjoyed working together to explore alternate energy production and test their different blade designs,” explained Hegmann.
The circus was recently in town with “Circus Spectacular” at the Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Garden City Community Church in which 100 children attended. The church has sponsored an educational and fun-filled VBS for many years.
The circus-themed week featured the keywords follow, love, trust and share. Bible stories about how we should follow Jesus, being kind and loving to one another, trusting God when we are afraid and spreading the good word about Jesus.
A special Noah’s Ark project was done. There were coordinated crafts, drama, science, snack time and recreation projects for the enthusiastic children.
Amid fanfare and lots of cheer, the children of Camp Helen Keller literally rocked the house this year during their annual camp show.
This year’s theme was “Rock of Ages” and the children didn’t disappoint, belting out classics like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take it”, among others. Working the lighting and audio controls were volunteers from Adelphi’s student program.
In keeping with the district’s lofty standards, Garden City High School students once again racked up high AP exam scores. The College Board recently released the results of students sitting for Advanced Placement (AP) exams and students at Garden City High School bested themselves in virtually every category. A total of 531 students took AP exams, an increase of 30 students over the previous year.
The 68th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign was recently launched at AAA New York’s headquarters in Garden City. Attending the ceremony was Commissioner Ken Jackson and Detective Richard Pedone of the Garden City Police Department, along with local school children.
Colorful “School’s Open” posters will be mounted in Garden City to warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.“The help that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s traffic safety unit. “We appreciate the efforts of Commissioner Jackson and Detective Pedone, which will result in increased safety for all students,” she added.
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