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New Hyde Park Illustrated News - Schools

Williston Park Fire Department Installation

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

The Williston Park Fire Department recently held its 86th Annual Installation and Inspection Dinner and Dance.  Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell took part in the celebration and expressed her congratulations to 1st Assistant Chief Gary Smithing, 2nd Assistant Chief Anthony Gagliardi and Chief George Jarnoczyk Jr. for their continued service to this organization. Clerk O’Connell presented each of the officers with a County Citation in recognition of their outstanding dedication.  


Book Drive For Literacy

Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00

The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents recently conducted a book drive for literacy purposes of charitable groups in the area that help homeless, impoverished or struggling students. 


This year, the team of superintendents collected over 800 books that were donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.


Robert Katulak, chairperson of the Nassau Superintendent Network Group stated, “The Network Committee of our organization has combined social and altruistic programs for the superintendents this year as a means of bringing us closer together as a professional organization. We are very pleased with our efforts of collecting over 50 cases of books.”


ZumbAtomic With Girl Scouts

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Great Neck Girl Scouts, which has New Hyde Park members, juniors in fourth-and fifth-grade were introduced to Zumba this month with a program designed to get the girls moving. Zumba for kids features easy to follow dance fitness choreography infused with the flavor of international rhythms and music. The girls were engaged as they learned the simple dance routines.


To get your daughter involved with the Girl Scouts in Great Neck, call Harriet Gibaldi with Girl Scouts of Nassau County at 516-741-2550, ext. 238 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


To learn more about Zumba with Elanit, contact her at 516-455-5508 for more information on her weekly classes for people of all ages and skill levels. 


Symphony Awakens the Classics in Children

Written by Sheila Ferrari Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

You’ve probably heard of all of the outreach programs that professional and regional orchestras do for elementary kids.  The kids either get on a bus and travel to a concert hall or the orchestra may even come to the school auditorium and perform at an assembly designed to educate the youngsters about the full symphony orchestra (strings, winds, brass, percussion) medium and to garner interest in classical music.

At Searingtown Elementary School, the full symphony orchestra performing for the students are the students themselves.


Math Fair Showcases Student Smarts

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

The fourth, fifth-and sixth-grade Math Enrichment students of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District recently displayed their independent research projects at the Garden City Park School. Math Enrichment teacher Mrs. Fiorillo, had been working on their research projects since January with the students.


Robotics Club Competes At World Championships

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

After winning the New York City Regional Championship, students from the Sewanhaka Central School District travelled to St. Louis, MO to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships at the Edward Jones Dome. The top 128 out of a total of 2,500 teams from around the world were present and students from Sewanhaka finished in 23rd place in their division with a record of 5-3 in round robin competition.  


The annual FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together all ages for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion in front of a roaring crowd of 25,000.


Herricks Student Shines On History Day

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Rachel J. Kim competed in the New York State Finals of National History Day on April 29. Among tough competition, the Herricks Middle School eighth-grader took third place in the state for her individual performance titled “Separate is NOT Equal: Brown v. Board of Education.”


This is the first time a Herricks Middle School student has advanced to the New York State Finals and Kim’s project reflected a great deal of time, research and dedication.


Her ten-minute performance, in which she portrayed three different characters, addressed the struggles of integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 as well as current day issues surrounding integration.  Kim’s research and script stood out among contributions from other schools around the state.


Herricks Annual Jazz Festival 

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Herricks High School recently hosted its 4th annual jazz festival. Each year bands from around Long Island perform in the Herricks High School auditorium for family, friends, peers, as well as receive a clinic from a renowned jazz musician and educator.


This year’s clinician was saxophonist Dave Pietro, a New York City based musician who has performed with countless jazz luminaries all over the world. The day concluded Mr. Pietro performing with the Herricks High School Blue Jazz band, under the direction of Geoffrey Taylor.


Most of the bands that performed have been to the festival all four years of its existence.


Gold Award For Girl Scout

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Evangeline Giannopoulos of Girl Scout Troop 620, will receive a Gold Award in June for her workshop, which addressed the issue of women being undermined in the world of science. The project involved science workshops for young girls in the New Hyde Park community and is being sustained through a Facebook group.


Center Street Students Build a Bank

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

At Center Street School in Herricks, fourth-grade students created an exciting project. The Gemini program at Herricks supports talented and gifted students with challenging curriculum.


These students established the United Bank of Gemini Students. They were assigned a department of the bank to work in as part of a team.


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