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.
Dressed in patriotic colors, first-grade students at Abbey Lane Elementary School in the Levittown School District concluded their study of the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance with a Flag Day celebration attended by parents, faculty and local dignitaries. Flag Day is typically celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the 1777 adoption of the American flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
Waving miniature flags, the students and their teachers led the audience in the singing of patriotic songs and educated their guests with presentations about famous Americans, American symbols and the heads of state imprinted on coins. The ceremony also recognized audience members who have served the country.
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
The applause and well-wishes of administrators, faculty and family resonated throughout the auditorium at Wisdom Lane Middle School as 183 students received their certificates of completion from the Levittown School District’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center program on June 10.
In her opening remarks, Principal Joan Lorelli told the students that she is humbled to be their principal. She also explained that GC Tech is at the forefront of offering both college-ready and employment certification. “The world of work is the endpoint for all of our students,” she said. “Thanks for shining a spotlight on career and technical education.”
The crowd was roaring with cheers and applause as the Island Trees High School Class of 2014 marched across the track for the 58th Annual Commencement ceremony.
On June 27, 210 Island Trees High School seniors received their diplomas, signifying the next step on the road to adulthood.
During the ceremony, Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles J. Murphy addressed the graduating class with a quick anecdote about how he was once in their shoes. He recalled how in 1984, one teacher warned him, “don’t even think about being different or I’ll kick you out of the ceremony.”
On June 2, over 400 students gathered in the Island Trees High School gymnasium to share their love of literacy through the In2Books pen pal program, now in its fifth successful year.
This year, Mrs. Marks was once again joined by her enthusiastic colleagues Mrs. Link, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Egert, Mrs. Reens, Mrs. Kane, and Mrs. Durando to offer the In2Books program to all of their third grade students at Stokes Elementary.
MacArthur High School students Brianna Abatelli, Mary Cervantes, Clare Del Grosso, Amanda King and Alex Philbin received certificates of merit in the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City’s annual writing contest. In addition, Cervantes was a second-place winner. The five students’ essays were selected from among the submissions of 425 talented writers from 24 schools across Long Island.
The Island Trees High School Music Department had successful Spring concerts in May.
The first featured Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band, under the direction of band director Greg Warnokowski, and the Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of percussion specialist Gerard Noble. The community choir was also featured at this concert, and was under the direction of Mrs. Chet Lazzara.
The Hartwick College Department of Music recently visited Island Trees High School to perform and talk to all music students. The instrumental and choral groups were under the direction of Dr. Jason Leo Curley, Director of Instrumental Music and Conducting, and Dr. R. Colin Armstrong, Director of Choral Music. Performing groups included Brass Ensembles, Chamber Choir, and A Capella Choir. After the performances, the Hartwick College students introduced themselves, stated the subject they were majoring in at the college, and answered many questions the students had about college life and music opportunities at college for all students no matter what your major is.
— Submitted by Island Trees High School Music Department Chairperson Mrs. Susan Oliveto
Beginning May 28, several hundred paintings and pieces of artwork were put on display to showcase MacArthur High School’s most dedicated artists at the 22nd annual Spring Art Show. The event provided students a chance to take a closer look at some of the techniques used by the best and brightest artists at the school and to encourage their peers to further explore their creativity.
“This show is a labor of love and the culmination of a year’s worth of work and collaboration between talented students and teachers,” art curriculum associate Frank Creeter said. “Beyond applying a medium to a surface, or simply satisfying an art assignment, students inevitably learned that art communicates, evokes emotions and can serve as an outlet for otherwise ineffable ideas.”
Many of the photographs, sculptures, drawings and paintings were selected for exhibitions and scholarships across the region, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, Long Island’s Best, PTSA Reflections, Advanced Visions 10: High School Artists of Excellence and New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon’s Best in Town exhibits.
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