In observance of Patriot Day, Lee Road Elementary School students pledged to engage in community service during the 2014-15 school year.
Patriot Day is an annual observance on Sept. 11 to remember those who were injured or killed during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
These Levittown students were not yet born, but the Eileen Vogel’s fifth-grade class commemorated the historic event by studying the bombing of the World Trade Center Towers and the subsequent building of the Freedom Tower, thus acquiring a better understanding of Patriot Day. The students also wrote community service pledges on hearts decorated like the American flag and posted their commitments to help others on the bulletin board.
In an effort to continue keeping children safe as they arrive and depart from school, the Levittown School District provided bus safety training by district drivers. At Lee Road Elementary School, students learned about proper behavior, as well as procedures in the event of an emergency. The drivers then demonstrated how to safely exit from the rear of the bus during an emergency. Lee Road teacher Pamela Smith and bus driver Alu Zuardi helped students exit from the back of the bus, a skill they need to learn in case of an emergency.
(Photo provided by Levittown Schools)
As children all across Long Island head off to school, kids in grades 3-8 brace themselves for a new round of the New York State Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics exams.
In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.
The Division Avenue High School competitive marching band, under the direction of Michael Bastone and student drum majors Anthony Montoya and Jason Tiemer, placed second at the first competition at Brentwood.
A score of 64.60 places the Levittown band fourth in the state out of the 12 bands in their class.
The band will be working hard throughout the season to improve their show in preparation for the final competition at Syracuse University this fall.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
The Levittown School District is pleased to announce that student-musicians Matthew Brzezinski from Division Avenue High School and Whitney Sun and Jenna Thomas from MacArthur High School have been selected by the New York State School Music Association to participate in All-State ensembles at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. from Dec. 4-7.
Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.
Brzezinski will sing in the All-State Mixed Chorus, Sun will play the viola in the All-State string orchestra and Thomas will play trombone in the All-State symphonic band.
In addition, Division Avenue High School students Kara Burke (alto II), John Genzale (bass I) and Jillian Power (snare drum) and MacArthur High School students Paul An (violin),
Brianne Giuliano (double-bass) and Whitney Sun (violin) have been selected as NYSSMA alternates. Although these students will most likely not attend the Winter Conference, being named an alternate is a prestigious honor and indicates that they are among the top musicians in the state.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Island Trees High School students were recently treated with a surprise visit from Jesse Kinch, a 2012 Island Trees High School graduate and recent winner of the ABC reality television show Rising Star.
After visiting with his former principals and school teachers, Kinch spoke to a small group of Island Trees high school music students about his experience on Rising Star.
Kinch talked about how the producers of Rising Star saw his performances on YouTube and called him to see if he could audition for the show.
With backpacks filled with no. 2 pencils and other school supplies, kids from all across the Levittown and Island Trees school districts hopped aboard the bright yellow school buses, this past week, to return to the classroom, on Sept. 3, for the start of a new school year.
For more photos and coverage on the start of the 2014-2015 school year, see page 6.
Prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, incoming Levittown sixth-grade students from Jonas E. Salk and Wisdom Lane middle schools attended orientation assemblies to prepare for the first day of school.
Each year the Mercury Club, parent booster club for the MacArthur Cross Country, Winter and Spring Track and Field teams, gives a $500 scholarship to a graduating male and female. This year’s winners were Kristyn Alonzo and Sean Sorg, pictured above with Mercury Club Co-President Cheryl Clifford. Kristyn will be attending Ithaca college in the fall. Sean will be attending SUNY Farmingdale.
— Submitted by the MacArthur High School Mercury Club
The Levittown School District Board of Education and administration reorganized for the official start of the 2014-2015 school year at its July 9 meeting.
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