This spring, students at Stewart School in Garden City were given the tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand the powerful feeling that comes from doing something to help others. The Stewart School family participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies For Patients,” a service learning program in which students collect spare change after school or on the weekends to help people with blood cancer.
Funds were collected from friends and family in honor of local student survivors and current patients. Parents received notification and were asked to speak to their children about the value of helping others. With the assistance of Stewart schoolteacher and coordinator Brenda McCarthy, many classrooms implemented learning activities that aligned with the New York State Standards. Members of the Student Council were involved with the publicity and coordination of the donations. Total amounts were graphed and estimates and predictions were made. Many students took on additional chores at home to receive donations and were “matched’ by family and friends.
Adelphi University’s Emergency Management program recently inducted its first six students into the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Honors Society, Order of the Sword and Shield.
The Order of the Sword and Shield is the first academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, and all protective security disciplines. The purpose of this organization is to promote critical thinking, high scholarship and professional development, to further enhance the ethical standards of the protective security professions, and to cultivate a high order of personal living. Adelphi University’s Chapter Advisor Meghan McPherson, MPP, CEM, Program Manager of the Emergency Management Graduate Programs and Coordinator of Center for Health Innovation along with Dr. K.C. Rondello, Assistant Professor and Academic Chair of Emergency Management Programs, performed the ritual of lighting four candles to represent the four core values of ethics, excellence, knowledge and peace.
High school can be seen as a challenging time in anyone’s life, however, when there are obstacles, there is also an opportunity to succeed. With that said, it is clear Shannon Carman, this year’s Garden City High School valedictorian, made the most of the last four years by paving her own way through her interests in music, art, language and engineering and of course, she isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Carman carried a 101.16 GPA for seven semesters over the last four years, she said, and has numerous achievements including being named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor and a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.
Whether she was on the volleyball court or not, Jacquelyn Seskin, the Garden City High School Class of 2013 salutatorian, led her way towards academic success during her four years of high school.
Her stats in the classroom include a 100.98 GPA during the course seven semesters as well as being a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, she said.
Early last month, college admissions representatives and alumni representatives visited Garden City High School to share their expertise with students. Representatives from Molloy College, Hofstra University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Briarcliffe College, Hamilton College and Dartmouth College visited the juniors in English classes to give them insights into both the college admissions process and interviewing techniques. Some students volunteered to be interviewed in front of the entire class. “Not only could interviewing be a part of the college admissions and scholarship process,” explained Director of Guidance Gina Christel, “but more importantly, is an important lifelong skill.” Christel and the guidance department along with intern, Gianna Voccola, are grateful to the college representatives for sharing their time and talents with Garden City High School students.
Words fail in describing the fantastic event that was Garden City’s 2013 Afternoon Tea held on May 9. In its fourth year, the “Tea,” as it has affectionately come to be known, welcomed 132 elegantly dressed ladies and suit-coated gentlemen, more than 100 student performers, 40 student servers, and dozens of parents and staff. The event is sponsored by the Garden City Public Schools, the Garden City PTA, and nearly 20 local businesses. Tickets to the Tea are free, and this year, guests were treated to hand-packaged teas by Kimberly Orlic, owner of A New Leaf Tea Emporium on Seventh Street, yummy finger sandwiches and scones prepared by the district’s food services, and an assortment of fancy desserts donated by Bagelman, La Bottega and Riesterer’s. Each table had its own student servers—volunteers from the high school who opted to spend the afternoon getting to know Garden City’s distinguished senior citizens and past parents.
Samantha Derby is a 16-year-old student at Garden City High School. Her aunt is principal of the Children’s Learning Center (CLC), a school for 250 children with developmental disabilities that is affiliated with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. The junior heard the CLC was hosting a ’70s-themed prom for about 80 of its teenaged students and wanted to get involved. Along with other volunteers, she helped transform the school gym in to the “Disco Fever” ballroom. The gift that students received in their goody bags was a wonderful compilation of songs that Derby put together.
Peter Stanganelli, a band director in Garden City Schools for 34 years, has announced his retirement effective July 1. Peter has been a popular teacher in Garden City since the 1980s when he led the Garden City High School Band to international awards in both London and Holland. The Garden City High School band under Stanganelli’s direction also won first-place honors for marching at the Azalea Festival in Virginia in 1990.
Stanganelli transferred to Stewart School in 1991 where he has greatly enjoyed teaching elementary band over the last 22 years. He says that he got a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a beginner student blossom into a fine musician. He especially loved the enthusiasm of his younger music students.
Memorial Day was celebrated with classes at Garden City Community Church Nursery School (CCNS). Little ones marched around the special playscape with handmade flags and construction paper hats. The students lined up together at the end and sang “America the Beautiful” with their families.
“Looking out at a sea of red, white and blue and shining smiling faces, your heart can’t help but swell with pride in America and our children,” said CCNS Director Cathie McCullough.
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