As the warmer weather sets in, the beginning of prom season takes off at the beginning of June like clockwork every year. For the autistic students at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services however, the May 31 prom was a first this year.
The residence program administered by the center educates kids with autism up until age 21, according to Beth Hudson, the senior director at the school. There are 25 students between the Lido Beach and Glen Cove houses, Amy Keegan, assistant director of community resources at the center, said.
The 24th William A. Haps Scholarship Awards were presented in ceremonies held at Wantagh Fire Headquarters on June 3. The awards are in memory of the deceased firefighter who passed away July 20, 1989. He had served the community for some 42 years.
Seven students were honored this year. Chairperson Don Snyder spoke of the student achievements as family, friends and firefighters looked on. Making the presentations on behalf of the late William and Dora Haps was grandson and Ex-Captain Bill Bischoff and granddaughter Diane Geddes. Also present was Assistant Principal Anne Rao of MacArthur High School and Frank Muzio, director of the guidance department at Wantagh High School.
Eighth graders Selena Rodriguez, Bianca Marinelli and Korey Magnus, members of the second place team, designed a device to dispense medication. By creating a lever that pulls out one tablet at a time, the group brainstormed a project that ensures that a person cannot dispense more than one pill. Each student who won second place will receive a $500 savings bond.
Each year students in New York State participate in the prestigious eCYBERMISSION Competition sponsored by the United States Army. In the eCYBERMISSION Competition, students are challenged to brainstorm an invention and test their creations.
Third-grade students at Abbey Lane Elementary School have been studying Mexico’s culture, language, flag and points of interest. The social studies unit then culminated in a Cinco de Mayo celebration in each of the grades’ classrooms. Students were encouraged to bring in their favorite Mexican foods to share with classmates while listening to Spanish music.
There were also many educational activities. In Susan Zizza’s classroom, the students decorated sombreros using a directional glyph (color-by-choice exercise) and wore their new hats to their Mexican feast. In Vicki Bartolomeo’s class, the unit of study culminated in a celebratory snack of popular Mexican food.
Most adults remember the popular Chia Pets with their growing grass hair advertised on television in the 1980s. For Mother’s Day, students in Valerie Kovel’s class at East Broadway Elementary School decided to make a simplified version of this creation with grass planters decorated with a face on the front of a cup.
Congratulations to the Island Trees girls’ varsity bowling team on making it to the team and individual county championships. Joanna Viscuso, Emily McLaughlin, Julia Petry, Megan Ng, Melissa Jorgensen, and Chelsea Anderson placed 12th at the team championships held at Garden City recently. Viscuso and McLaughlin had a strong season and qualified for the individual county tournament against the best bowlers in Nassau County.
Island Trees High School Senior Kathryn Gundersen has earned a Scholastic Art & Writing Award for 2013. Gundersen was selected as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation.
Fervor and excitement were in the air at Lee Road Elementary School as students throughout the school prepared for the first annual Math Madness competition. Under the direction of math teacher Kelly DiPretoro, students rivaled for a winning spot in the finalist round of the competition by providing the answers to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems with speed and accuracy. The winners were crowned and photographed for the Math Wall of Fame.
Sixth-grade students in Laura Koenig’s class at Wisdom Lane Middle School in the Levittown School District have raised over $3,300 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon, 50 Wisdom Lane students sharpened their math skills while helping children with serious illnesses. For 24 years, Wisdom Lane Middle School has raised approximately $115,000 by encouraging its students to participate in the math-a-thon, in which participants are sponsored by friends and family to solve math problems.
Wisdom Lane Middle School’s participation in the math-a-thon helps to provide the best possible medical care for patients, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to the money raised, the students learned about the importance of helping others. Ms. Koenig is proud of all the students who participated in this annual event and is thankful for the support provided by the school staff.
Students wrote a short biography about a special person during VIP Day.
Photos provided by Elizabeth Sobel/Syntax
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