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.
New York City FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), along with School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, presented the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament at Hewlett High School in Hewlett. Twenty teams from Long
Island, including Droid Bots from New Hyde Park, took part in the day-long competition. Droid Bots won the Motivate Award and took second place with the Inspire Award.
The Child Development Program (CDP1 and CDP 2) recently worked in conjunction with child psychology students at New Hyde Park Memorial High School on a project called “The Hula Hoop Rug Project.” The goal of this project was accomplished by collaboration and creating a social learning environment for all the students.
Denton Avenue students from kindergarten to fifth grade visited the Denton Computer Lab to learn programming skills from computer teacher Christine Southard. She chose a variety of activities for the students to learn about writing computer code.
Denton kindergarteners explored the LightBot app, a game used to teach basic coding concepts. Third, fourth and fifth graders learned the basic concepts of computer science by participating in a drag and drop programming class at code.org.
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. 6 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.
The Great Neck Library will host a reading of Like Cats and Dogs with Diana Heinlein and David Houston on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. in the community room of the main library at 159 Bayview Avenue.
Like Cats and Dogs is a humorous, one-hour performance reading in the style of radio drama, with music and effects. This reading is taken from conversations and confessions by and about our furry roommates, servants and masters, featuring classics from Thurber, Eliot and Nash.
The Music Department and world language departments at New Hyde Park Memorial High School selected Morgan Roth and Sara Salomon as its students of the month recently. Roth is an 11th-grader and a member of the New Hyde Park Orchestra program. She has played the violin since fourth grade.
Roth is currently a member of the senior high orchestra, string ensemble, pit orchestra for the musical and is the concert mistress for this year’s Sewanhaka District Festival Orchestra. She is also a participant in the Nassau All-County Orchestra this year. In order to be selected to this group, students must have a NYSSMA rating of 6A+100, a rating Roth received last year. She also holds the position of co-vice president of string ensemble and is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Solomon is an eighth-grader in Ms. Mei’s Spanish 8 class. She is a hardworking and dedicated student. Solomon also likes to help her peers when they need help. She is on the twirling team and the volleyball team. Solomon’s hobbies include photography, poetry, reading, listening to music, playing the flute, jazz and classical piano.
New Hyde Park also selected Victoria Lee, Brian Ambadjes and Michael Zornberg from the English and student activities departments as students of the month.
Lee has worked on her autobiographical essay, taking risks in developing a theme within her writing. Her brilliance can also be seen in her collegiate level writing skills in analyzing American fiction.
Ambadjes is the treasurer for the Class of 2014 and has helped out his grade with homecoming and dues collection. Zornberg is the class president and works on various senior events.
The New Hyde Park Village Board voted to grant itself power to exceed the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The plan is to stay within the set limit, however, Mayor Robert Lofaro said it may be tough this year. The village has not exceeded the cap since its inception in 2011.
“We haven’t pierced the cap,” he said. “We hope to not do it this year and we want to put together a responsible budget.”
The interactive science storytellers otherwise known as the Sciencetellers will be presenting a show at the Parkville Branch Library in New Hyde Park on Thursday, Dec. 26. The Sciencetellers teach science to the kids in their audience by telling a lively, interactive and exciting story. At each of these shows, members of the audience are encouraged to volunteer and help the performers present their storytelling experiments and tricks to demonstrate their knowledge. The theme of the show was "Dragons and Dreams."
For more information on Sciencetelling, visit http://www.sciencetellers.com
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