Two teachers in the Island Trees School District have been selected as the recipients of the Harvard Club’s “Distinguished Teacher of 2014 Award,” for their dedication as educators.
Lori Christensen has been an English teacher in the Island Trees School District for 17 years, and currently serves as Chairperson of her department. She proudly advises the National Honor Society, teaches The College Process, a senior elective and mentors new teachers.
Ms. Christensen describes herself as defined by the “three Rs: Running, Reading, and wRiting.” During the year, she is known for attracting teens, teachers, and friends alike for book chat; and during the summer enjoys jogging the Long Beach Boardwalk each day before relaxing with a good book.
The Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad Competition was recently held at C.P. Weber Middle School. The competition was intense, but when it was over the team from Island Trees Middle School finished 18th in a field of 40 teams. The achievement was the result of the hard work, skill and dedication of students who represented Island Trees at the competition.
Ms. Sultana’s Reading groups recently explored the characteristics of narrative and expository text. During the lesson students learned that expository text contains facts and provides information to the reader, whereas, narrative text is made up, has characters, and often includes dialogue.
Each year, Levittown’s Division Avenue and MacArthur high school students display Dragon and Generals pride during the district's yearly Spirit Week festivities. The classes competed for points each day by dressing in their class colors and participating in select activities, including Sports Apparel Day, Pajama Day, Formal Attire Day and various other dress days. The halls were decorated and the week concluded with a battle of the classes on Spirit Night, where participants competed in a myriad of physical and fun-filled activities.
This year, MacArthur High School sophomores were the winners, scoring one point over the senior class. The senior class at Division Avenue also scored enough points to become this year’s most spirited class.
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
Levittown’s MacArthur High School administration and staff are pleased to announce that Belinda Grunfeld and Mira Sobhy are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014.
Grunfeld is an Advanced Placement student with Distinction and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll for all four years of high school. She is a NASA Texas Aerospace Scholar, the recipient of the Teacher’s Choice Award and a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music, Foreign Language and Mu Alpha Theta (Math) honor societies. Grunfeld has also played at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as a member of the Gemini Youth Orchestra. Her extracurriculars include being a Peer Leader, a member of the Key Club, mathletes, Amnesty International and the international Art club, as well as the art and recycling clubs. Last year, Grunfeld was one of five MacArthur High School students chosen to compete in the Nassau County Math Competition and had a poem published in
“A Celebration of Poets.” She also served as a volunteer for Tom Souzzi’s democratic campaign for Nassau County Executive. She has not chosen a college at this time, but plans on studying economics this fall.
The Division Avenue High School administration and staff is pleased to announce that Savvas Papadopoulos and Lyndsey Petrofsky have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectfully, of the Division Avenue High School Class of 2014.
Papadopoulos is an Advanced Placement student with Distinction and a 2013 recipient of the Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Papadopoulos is the president of both the Science Olympiad team and student council and is a member of the National Honor Society, robotics team and Math Honor Society. Papadopoulos also helped renovate the entrance to the Levittown Historical Society as part of his Eagle Scout project. He plans to attend Cornell University this coming fall, where he will study engineering.
Chinese lanterns and dragons hung from the classroom walls and students donned masks as third graders at Abbey Lane Elementary School celebrated the Chinese New Year. For the past several weeks, the students have been studying the geography, government, culture, famous sites and history of China and have compared this newly acquired information with life in the United States. The students also studied what life as a child would be like in both countries.
As a culminating activity, class parents delivered Chinese food for all of the students to taste.
— Submitted by the Levittown Public Schools
Levittown School District Board of Education members recently presented certificates of merit to several members of the district who had achieved notable levels of recognition. Among them were the Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board and Co-Presidents; Brandon Soedarmasto of the Division Avenue Bowling Team; Kaitlyn and Kelly Gerdes of the MacArthur Girls Soccer Team; and Boy Scout Michael Etzel for achieving the Eagle Scout Award.
(Photo by Chris Boyle)
Levittown students Bhargava Arunachalam, Khushi Desai and Caroline Doglio of Wisdom Lane Middle School and Casey Butcher of MacArthur High School are among 50 Long Island students who have been selected to attend Hofstra University’s MathApps Saturday Academy.
Levittown residents suffering with a severe case of cabin fever this winter found the perfect antidote at the community's 13th annual WinterFest on Feb. 15.
It truly did seem to be just what the winter-worn public needed. “This year was an even bigger turn out than usual. Maybe our biggest yet,” proudly proclaims Tom Kohlman, co-president of the Levittown Community Council, which hosts the free event at Levittown’s Town Hall.
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