Financial and high school renovation talks dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education on Monday, Nov.4. Auditor Chuck Scheid delivered a report of the district’s finances. He assessed that the district was in “a strong fiscal position well above the state average.”
“I’m proud to announce that this is the second year in a row we have no recommendations and I think that’s a testament to the board,” Scheid said. “You guys have really set the bar for the other districts.” He also commended the strategic use of BOCES funds in the district.
David Eisermann isn’t one to ask for help. He doesn’t see himself as a charity case and neither do New Hyde Park Memorial High School students Kevin Klimas, Joe Finamore and Brett Baker. But that didn’t stop them from trying to help.
The trio started “Athletes For Eisermann,” to raise money for stem cell therapy for their volleyball coach, which costs roughly $20,000. Students and Eisermann himself shaved their heads, courtesy of the Cuttin Club of Williston Park on
Thursday, Nov. 7. The amount raised was unavailable as of press time.
This is Cleo, who dressed up like Yoda from Star Wars for Halloween. Annoyed she was, but in stride she took it.
Every October juniors and sophomores take the PSAT/NMSQT standardized test to gauge their actual SAT scores might be. Juniors who perform exceptionally well on the exam are chosen to be National Merit Semi-finalists; the minimum score required to achieve national merit last year for New York was 219 out of 240. Seven students from Herricks were awarded with this honor: Ankoor Talwar, William Chung, Justin Hsuan, Rifath Rashid, Amen Wiqas, Esther Chen, and Bernadette Haig.
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is administered by The College Board in conjunction with the National Merit Scholarship corporation. Sections of the test mirror the SAT itself- two critical reading sections, two math sections, and one writing section.
The English Skills Center in New Hyde Park has finally opened its doors. Located on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Hillside Boulevard, the learning facility provides a comfy, after-school learning experience for students preparing for English and Math in high school and college.
Jainy Thomas, a professor in Nassau Community College, noticed how students were not adequately prepared for English in the college level. She previously spent eight years teaching for the City University of New York.
Earlier this year, life seemed perfect for the Hogan family in New Hyde Park. They were selling their house and preparing to move, with a second child on the way, and Owen, their 2-year-old son, was as energetic and happy as any average youngster.
When Tim and Kathleen began to notice that Owen was developing bruises, they thought it was just him being a normal toddler. A trip to their doctor revealed a truth that turned the family’s life upside down...their son needed a bone marrow transplant. Owen has been in and out of the hospital for the last six months and has undergone intensive treatment and multiple transfusions of blood cells and platelets.
Sahil Abbi and Arjun Kapoor found out on Facebook that they, along with Connecticut teammate Connor Abbot, were selected as regional finalists in the national Siemens science competition. This team will be among 100 students nationwide competing for regional prizes of $3,000 in November and possibly a grand national prize of $100,000, to be awarded in December.
Kapoor has worked with Stony Brook math professor Dr. Yeufan Deng for the last two years. After his first year, Kapoor looked to continue his research over the summer and reached out to Abbi to meet with Deng and Abbott.
Common core state testing standards dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education held a work session meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the standards and the methods of evaluating teachers as “effective” or not. The common core functions in conjunction with the Federal Race to the Top reform efforts and were implemented to establish a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked.”
Not all schools have found the CCSS effectively. Many of the tests were put in place before teachers had a full year to prepare students for the new curriculum’s, according to district officials.
Herricks High and New Hyde Park Memorial High School are considered top schools in the country, according to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. Herricks was ranked 177th (96th in 2012) and 30th in New York State while New Hyde Park came in at 256th (373rd in 2012) and 46th in the state.
According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the hateful and mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Ferguson was convicted for his crimes, which sparked a national debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
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