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From the desk of New Hyde Park Superintendent Robert Katulak: December 7, 2012

The following New Hyde Park-Garden City Park students; Nicole Joseph, grade 6, Vishwajit Sharma, grade 6 Manor Oaks, and Saumya Sharma, grade 6, who graduated from Manor Oaks in June, were selected to participate in the Institute for Creative Problem Solving and were accepted into the SUNY Program. They competed on Dec. 1, in 20 problem-solving sessions at SUNY Old Westbury.

The holiday season throughout the world is rooted in traditions and celebrations. In the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, students celebrate with a display of their talents at the Annual Christmas Concert and art display at each of our four schools. The community is reminded that the dates for these concerts are posted on the district website, and everyone is encouraged to attend, free of charge, for a great night out.

Students also have an opportunity during this season to be of service to the less fortunate in the community and state. Students in each of the schools under the leadership of elected members of each school’s student government are currently involved in a variety of service projects all related to the Character Education Program. Students are currently involved in collecting gloves, hats, mittens and scarves displayed on their “Apparel Christmas Trees,” and other students are involved in food and clothing drives this season for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some schools are working with the United States Marine Corps and doing a “Toys for Tots” Christmas Drive. No matter what the service project entails, the district is extremely proud of all the students and staff for reaching out and helping others.

In an age of educational accountability, this is a demonstration of a well-rounded, productive member of society and a clear fulfillment of our Mission Statement.

Happy Holidays to all.