The Sewanhaka High School musical theater program recently performed the Tony Award winning show, In The Heights. The show was directed by Mrs. Chakira Doherty and starred Joey Mazzeo as Usnavi, a bodega worker in Washington Heights searching for his identity as an American citizen. The musical was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009.
— From Sewanhaka High School
The newly renovated Parkville Branch of the Great Neck Library, at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park, reopened on May 17 after a brief closure to paint and install new carpeting. Parkville’s staff worked closely with main library staff to make sure patron reserves were held or rerouted and that any returned books were cleared on time.
Jayne Alexander, the Parkville branch manager, credits Charles Wohlgemuth, head of maintenance, for the success of the project, and expresses much thanks and appreciation to staff at Parkville and Main for making the renovation/reopening a success. They worked hard to keep everything running smoothly while packing up the items in the building and moving them into temporary storage.
— From the Parkville Library
Jillian Fager and Amanda Kahn were recently announced as Students of the Month by New Hyde Park Memorial High School. Fager is a hardworking and conscientious student. In the beginning of the school year, Fager struggled, but with great perseverance, she is now one of the stronger students.
Fager is always participating and striving to succeed in the classroom. Whenever needed, she is willing to assist others in the class in understanding difficult concepts.
Kahn has proven to be an extremely talented artist through her hard work and dedication. She excels at drawing, painting and printmaking and has created amazing artwork throughout the school year. Kahn’s work has been displayed for the winter and spring concerts, as well as local and national art contests.
She is also a recently inducted member into the National Art Honor Society, where Kahn has already participated in art contests and school beatification projects.
Residents voted to pass the 2014-15 New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District budget on Tuesday, May 20. Board of Education trustee Tara Notine and Vice-President Patricia Rudd were reelected to their positions for a three-year term after running unopposed.
“It passed by a decent percentage and we’re very proud of our community who supports our schools and supports our students. We’re very pleased with the results,” said Superintendent Robert Katulak.
Students from the Odyssey and Math Enrichment programs in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District presented projects they’ve been working on this year at the May 12 board of education meeting.
“We’ve asked some of our students here this evening so you could see some of the outstanding work that’s cultivated by the young men and young women in our district,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said.
Students in fourth through sixth grades from New Hyde Park’s four elementary schools took turns presenting their projects, which covered a variety of subjects from Homer’s Odyssey to cricket to Internet search speeds.
Four-year-old Emily Sudberg likes to come to the Parkville Branch Library at 10 Campbell St. in New Hyde Park and read princess books. Here, she is reading The Princess and the Peas by Caryl Hart.
Your old bike may be doing nothing more than taking up space in your garage, but for people in Africa, a bicycle could be the key to literacy, a higher income, and overall better life. Wheatley School science teacher Steven Finkelstein saw this first hand when he went to Africa
in 1997. An avid bicyclist, seeing how people’s lives were changed with this simple vehicle fueled a passion in him to help bring cycles to Africa.
In 1999, he saw that dream realized as he helped organize the Afri-Bike Coalition at Wheatley. Together with the nonprofit organization the Village Bicycle Project, the group held their first bike collection in 1999, and in 2000, sent 200 bikes to Ghana. Since, then they’ve sent a total of 2,500 bikes to Ghana.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District 2014-15 budget up for vote next Tuesday, May 20 includes a $2,910,204 reduction in spending, with cuts including 13 teaching positions. These teacher cuts were achieved through retirements, 1.5 clerical positions, and cutting 12 teaching assistants.
“Our two guiding principles were to preserve student programs and to preserve as many jobs as possible,” said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Cheryl Champ. “The cuts will really be across all content areas and affect each of the buildings in different ways.”
The budget is in line with New York State's requirement of a 1.56 percent tax levy increase.
Twenty-two Sewanhaka Career Technical Education students participated in leadership and skills competitions at the New York State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference recently held in Syracuse. They were pitted against more than 1,500 students from career centers across New York State.
Gold medal winners have earned the opportunity to represent the Sewanhaka District and New York State at the National Leadership Conference held in Kansas City in June.
This year Herricks High School presented projects that were judged for New York State History Day on Monday, April 28. The district took top prizes in many categories as well as earning special awards. Herricks High School had seven out of their 11 projects win awards and five of those projects will be competing at the National competition in College Park, Md. in June.
•Justin Senzer won first place for his documentary “The Empty Promise of Bhopal: Evolution of a Disaster.” He also won the Bassett Health Care Award.
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