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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

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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