Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Tom Fitzpatrick who has received the Athletic Administrator Award from the Council of Administrators for Chapter 8 (Nassau County).
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.
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.
East Williston Superintendent
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The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future.
At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district.
The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments.
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Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.
“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season.
“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”
But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going.
The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang. The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage.
“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “
But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts.