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From The Desk Of Superintendent Dr. Elaine Kanas

March 6 Budget Workshop #2 Report

At the March 6 Workshop, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, presented a summary of the previous week’s budget presentation, ‘A Budget Overview’..

Building Budgets  

North Side Principal Jim Bloomgarden, Willets Road Principal Stephen Kimmel and Wheatley Principal Sean Feeney, each presented their proposed building programs and budgets for next year. As you know, the District needed to cut about two million dollars from this year’s budget in order to fall within the property tax levy cap. For the full budget presentation go to the district website www.ewsdonline.org and click on 13-14 budget Info in the News Box and then click to get to budget page.

View Online Budget Information 

If you can’t make the budget workshops you can still be informed about the 2013-14 budget.  After each budget workshop the budget presentations and other documents will be posted on the district website.

New York State ELA Content Advisory Panel  

On March 4 and 5, I had a meeting in Albany at the State Education Department. As a member of the English Language Arts Advisory Panel, I, along with my fellow panelists, considered the common core performance indicators for each grade level and recommended draft performance level descriptors for each of the reading and writing standards. These descriptors will help the State determine scoring benchmarks for ‘exceeding’, ‘meeting’, and ‘not meeting’ standards on the New York State ELA tests for grades 3-8.  This year’s spring assessments will be the first to measure student performance on the new common core curriculum in New York State. 

The Wheatley School Orchestras And The Long Island Philharmonic

What a treat! It was my first time experiencing the Wheatley-Long Island Philharmonic program in action. Our school district partners with the Long Island Philharmonic in a student mentorship/in-school performance and instruction program called Performance Partners.   Professional musicians from the Philharmonic coach and mentor our Wheatley student-musicians. The program culminates in a joint concert with our student-musicians and members of the Philharmonic performing side-by-side. In addition to the Philharmonic musicians, our very own East Williston music faculty members, Peggy Ho, Angela Luftig, Stan Orlovsky, Steve Fitzko, Rachel May, Scott Hoefling and Denise Giuliano, wonderful musicians in their own right, perform in the concert with the students and Long Island Philharmonic musicians, as well. Many thanks to Angela Luftig, Wheatley music teacher, for coordinating this program. The Long Island Philharmonic program continues to be supported in the 2013-14 proposed budget.    

Newspaper Award 

I am pleased to inform you that the Wheatley Wildcat, the high school newspaper, was named Best Newspaper at the first annual Long Island University/C.W. Post Best of High School Journalism Awards.  Additionally, Editor-in-Chief, Wheatley senior, Daniela Czemerinski was awarded Best Commentary/Editorial. Congratulations to the Wheatley Wildcat staff and their advisors Jennifer Fatone and Jo Beth Roberts.

Mock Trial Team

Additional congratulations belong to the Wheatley Mock Trial Team who, over the last month, has competed against an impressive field of 50 Nassau County high school teams. With their latest win, the team advances to the “Elite Eight

Upcoming Events

Purchase your tickets online for the Wheatley Theatre Company production of Legally Blonde, the Musical. The performances are April 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. There is a Saturday, April 13 matinee at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and senior citizens are free.  To purchase tickets go to the district website and click on Online TKTS in the News Box. Follow the directions. 


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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