New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized John Stampfli and Ashley Thomas as Students of the Month. Stampfli was honored for his achievement in the 10th-grade advanced regents chemistry class. He is an enthusiastic science student with incredible potential. Stampfli has superb problem-solving skills as well as incredible insight. He enjoys snowboarding and is also an active member of the track team.
Thomas is a student in Ms. Livoti’s drawing and painting class. She has shown an exceptional talent in drawing and she has a true passion for art. Thomas participates with enthusiasm, often taking part in outside of school art competitions. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society, where she helps with school beautification projects and fundraising.
For Susan Hassett it wasn’t over until the last dog barks.
That was Feb. 27, when she closed the door on the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter for the last time as its director.
It has been a long run for Hassett. She started working at the shelter, which is tucked at the end of a winding avenue in Port Washington, for 36 years and has been its director for the last 25.
But now it is time to go; it’s just too difficult to stay. “Emotionally, it’s very, very hard,” Hassett said. “I need to find some peace.” A successor has not been named.
One-year-old James Zingone has already discovered the joy of reading, flipping through My Daddy by Guido Van Genechten in the Parkville Library, at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Demetri Heliotis and Sarah Maxwell as its Students of the Month.
The Academy of Finance recognized Heliotis as an outstanding academic student. His teachers report that he is a dedicated student who is a pleasure to have in class.
Heliotis is also quite involved in school and community activities. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Each semester seventh and eighth graders are nominated for demonstrating good character and leadership abilities in class as well as at school-related events. Character Counts is an initiative founded by the Shared Decision Making Committee at Sewanhaka High School, which consists of students, teachers, a parent representative and administration collaboratively seeking to bring about positive change in school by empowering students to make sound decisions that support the committee’s mission.
— From Sewanhaka High School
Fifth-grade students from Center Street Elementary School in Williston Park, under the direction of teachers Madeleine Maier and MaryEllen Guarini, performed Harmony High at the Herrick Community Center for the senior citizens in the district on Feb. 6.
The students had been practicing for the last five months, learning songs and dance routines. They learned skills that allowed them to overcome shyness and build self-confidence by playing a variety of characters on stage. The theme of the show, “We
all try to get along because life is a beautiful song,” teaches great lessons about friendship and acceptance of differences. Students worked before and after school and during lunch recess to perfect their singing and dancing.
The visit to the senior citizens was a reminder of the special link students have with the community. Later the students went into the audience to talk to attendees.
Herricks High School senior Kristina Dolan was recently chosen as the winner of the 2014 Nassau County Art Supervisors Association Senior Art Scholarship Award. Dolan will receive the award at a special ceremony at Adelphi University’s Ruth Harley Hall on March 16 at 11 a.m. The award is given to a deserving senior who has consistently demonstrated exemplary talent and passion in two-dimensional visual art forms.
“One of the goals of the Art Supervisors Association is to encourage our young artists. Our mission is to honor and recognize an outstanding senior from each member district in Nassau County who will likely pursue further studies in the fine and visual arts,” said Mary Passero, Herricks School District arts and business chairperson and immediate past president of the Art Supervisors Association.
The 53rd annual District Music Festival and Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Sewanhaka Central High School District, will be held at H. Frank Carey High School on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The event features talented young musicians from each of the district’s five schools.
More than 300 students from all five high schools will participate in the music festival. Tickets are available through the music departments of all the schools for $8.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Aisha Abdelhamid and Jerin Abraham as Students of the Month. Abdelhamid is a seventh grade student in Mrs. Caliendo’s Italian 7 class. She is a hardworking and dedicated student. She achieves excellent test and quiz grades and completes all tasks in a timely fashion. Abdelhamid works well with other students and is always willing to help those around her.
Notre Dame Parish kicked off Catholic Schools Week with a 9 a.m. family Mass where Pastor Father Slater gave a beautiful homily and school president Sophia Montini spoke of her experience at Notre Dame School for the past 10 years on Sunday, Jan. 25.
Notre Dame School held an open house after the Mass. Families were greeted by Principal Mrs. Durkin and administrative assistants Mrs. Breen and Mrs. Reagan as well as parent representatives. Seventh and eighth-grade students gave tours of the school. The hallways were filled with projects and artwork that demonstrates the knowledge and creativity of the Notre Dame students and teachers.
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