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Garden City Life - Schools

Band Director Retires

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

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.

 

Patriotic Preschoolers Celebrate Memorial Day

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

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.

 

Lutheran Preschool Celebrates 50 Years

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

At the annual Family Day and Art Show Celebration recently at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Lutheran preschool celebrated its 50th birthday. The children decorated the gym with class-made party decorations and adorned the hallways and classrooms with beautiful art work. The family worship service reflected the theme of the year, “Fruits of the Spirit.” Children all wore their special 50th T-shirts and sang and danced to songs learned throughout the year.

 

Garden City Public Schools’ Question of the Week: May 17, 2013

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-14 budget, the district continues its Question of the Week feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents.

Question of the Week:

I’ve never voted in a school election before. How do I go about voting?

It is every U.S. citizen’s right and privilege to participate in the election process. Garden City residents who are registered voters in Nassau County and have voted in a local, state, or federal election in the past four years can vote in the school election and budget vote on May 21 in the gymnasium at Garden City High School from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Burt Young To Receive Honorary Degree

Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00

Adelphi University will honor Burt Young for his accomplishments in acting with a Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the university’s commencement ceremony that will be held on May 19 in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Burt Young’s career spans many platforms in show business, including on stage, on screen and in print. He was primarily on the off-Broadway stage before making the leap to film in 1970. Numerous supporting roles preceded his memorable role in 1976’s Rocky (1976) as Sylvester Stallone’s ill-mannered brother-in-law, Paulie Pennino. He reprised that role in all of the subsequent Rocky sequels while enjoying turns in a wide variety of films and TV series, most notably a guest spot on The Sopranos.

 

Garden City Public Schools’ Question of the Week

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-2014 budget, the district continues its “Question of the Week” feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents. A complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district’s website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.

Question of the Week:

What happens if the 2013-2014 school district budget fails?

 

High School’s U.S. News Ranking Moves Up

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

On April 23, U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of “Best High Schools” based on three data sources: U.S. Department of Education website (enrollment, ethnicity and other profile information from all public high schools in the United States), The College Board (Advanced Placement test data), and, if applicable, International Baccalaureate test data.

According to the U.S. News website, “U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia [and] joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage, so families can see how their public high school stacked up against rivals within the community and across the country. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.”

 

Garden City Public Schools’ “Question of the Week”

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-2014 budget, the district continues its “Question of the Week” feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents. A complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district’s website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.

Question of the Week:

What exactly does the proposed 2013-2014 school district budget preserve, and what would be cut?

The 2013-2014 school budget retains nearly all aspects of the district’s comprehensive educational program, and will be “very, very close to what we have this year,” Superintendent Feirsen explained at the April 10 board of education budget adoption meeting. Two contributing factors, an increase in state aid and the Appellate Division’s reinstatement of the County Guaranty,” have enabled the district to propose a budget that requires no major changes.

 

Garden City Public Schools Behind-the-Scenes: Employee Spotlight

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Each month the district honors valued employees whose exemplary efforts improve the quality of our children’s educational experience in Garden City Public Schools.

This month’s “Employee Spotlight” focuses on Stratford’s custodian, Kevin Bauman. “In every school building, there are people working behind the scenes to make the school a wonderful place,” commented Stratford principal Eileen Vota. “At Stratford, we celebrate Kevin Bauman, one of our custodians. Kevin is not just our custodian, but assists within the district whenever he is called upon. For example, he is the district’s main painter, moving from building to building as needed. This year, he has assisted with all the timely construction matters, and filled in for other custodians, too. He has a keen eye for detail and takes great pride in his work.” 

 

Garden City Public Schools’ “Question of the Week”

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

In order to clarify the complex budget issues facing Garden City Public Schools as it formulates the 2013-14 budget, the district continues its “Question of the Week” feature to provide information and address concerns expressed by residents. A complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district’s website: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us.

The next question and answer concerns obligations for school improvement projects and the bonds to fund them:

Question of the Week:

In addition to mandated pension contributions, a second driver of the 2013-2014 school district budget is debt service. When will these obligations be fulfilled?

 

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