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Letter: A Word Or Two From East Williston Superintendent Elaine Kanas

Math Leaders

Did you know our East Williston School District teachers not only successfully support our students with learning, but are also acknowledged leaders in their various fields, sharing knowledge and collaborating with professional colleagues from across the region and beyond.  This month at Molloy College, our North Side teachers, Donna Casano, Lisa Minerva, Henry Kupstas, Herman Lim and Tracy Kasschau, presented workshops for Long Island educators at the How To Make Math Count Conference sponsored by the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and the Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors. 

Math For Families

Here is a great opportunity for parents and children in grades K-6.   The Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and Nassau County Association of Mathematics Supervisors with the support  of  12 Long Island sponsoring districts, including East Williston, is hosting The Sandy Cohen Family Math Day, a conference for parents and children, on March 2, at Bethpage High School, Bethpage, New York. 

The conference provides a day of excitement and adventure in mathematics for children and their families. Our own East Williston teachers are among the presenters:  Joyce Bernstein, Curriculum Associate for Math; North Side teachers: Susan Soliman, Henry Kupstas, Herman Lim, Tom Greeley and Jessica McGee; and Wheatley teachers:  Danielle Calvagno and Peter Crisci.   You can find out more about the conference and how to register on both the North Side and Willets Road school websites.

January 22 Board Of Education Monthly Business Meeting 

The meeting included a first reading of the new district Concussion Policy.  The policy is posted on the district website > District tab > School Board > Policies Under Review. The Board also discussed the 2013-14 School Calendar.  

East Williston School District Calendar 2013-14

We have just received final information from New York State on the official testing and grading dates for the 2014 Regents exams.  Regents Rating Day is later than usual next year, taking place on June 26th.  This means that school will end on June 26, 2014.  Other specifics and decisions about the calendar were discussed at the January 22nd Board of Education Meeting.  

Faculty Award Winner

Congratulations to Tom Fitzpatrick who has received the Athletic Administrator Award from the Council of Administrators for Chapter 8 (Nassau County). 

2013-14 Budget

Over the past couple of months, the district has been busy working on budget projections.  The first public budget workshop is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  This will be a very challenging budget year for us, as it will be for all school districts.  The district will be facing limited revenues, as a result of a second year of the property tax cap levy, diminishing state aid and the taxpayers’ limited ability to pay. At the same time, districts must pay for new state educational mandates and increases in costs to health insurance and other state mandated benefits. The budget planning process will certainly require us to prioritize and be creative as we work together to maximize program effectiveness in the most economical manner possible. I encourage you to be informed and participate in the budget process by attending upcoming Budget Workshops.

Code Of Conduct

A reminder: The Code of Conduct, Board Policy 5300, was revised this year to meet new DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) requirements.  The revised policy is posted on our district website (district homepage > District tab > About Our District > Code of Conduct).  Please make sure that you and your child are familiar with these guidelines that define district expectations for a safe and caring community.  

As always, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 333-3782 with any questions, suggestions, and or any topics you would like to see for this newsletter.  

Elaine Kanas   

East Williston Superintendent


News

The Village of New Hyde Park adopted its 2014-15 operating budget Tuesday, April 14. The new budget totals $6 million. Last year’s budget topped off at $5.8 million. 

 

The adopted budget holds a final tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.65 percent increase from last year. It’s estimated that residents will need to pay an additional $18 per year in village taxes.

The Village of New Hyde Park held off on its decision regarding the possible reopening of the Angry Gnome Pub. New Hyde Park resident John Murnane is looking to reestablish the bar and its two upstairs apartments at 1217 Jericho Tpke.

 

The pub was devastated because of Hurricane Sandy two years ago. According to village officials, tenants were using “alternative means of heat and air conditioning” which caused a fire in October 2012 after the storm, resulting in two deaths.

 

“It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Murnane. “It’s been a fixture in New Hyde Park for a long time.”


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s girls lacrosse coach Erica Brennan knows something good is going to happen when attacker Skylar Shimansky is sprinting down the field. 

 

“When she’s on the move, shooting, 90 percent of the time, it’s going in,” Brennan said. 

 

The goals have been going in for Shimansky on a consistent basis so far this season. She leads the Indians with eight goals and has scored in each of the team’s first six games.

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.


Calendar

Budget Vote - April 24

Herricks Host Calhoun - April 24

Senior Lunch - April 27


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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