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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 Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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