Members of the Island Trees School Board will receive several bids from developers on transforming 11.3 acres of land containing the Geneva N. Gallow and Steven Karopcyc schools on Farmedge Road possibly by the end of this month.
The bids were sent out by Oxford and Simpson Corporate Real Estate Services of Jericho in September and are due in their offices by Monday, Nov. 25, remarked David Penetta, principal at the real estate service. The completed bids will then be passed to the school district.
He told the Levittown Tribune that bids were promoted several ways to garner the most interest among developers, including listing services for developers and property builders, advertising in publications such as Long Island Business
News other local papers, and through social media on a facebook page titled FarmedgeVision.
The Levittown Fire Department completed the 2013 Fire Prevention Program by selecting the winners of the Fire Prevention Essay and Poster Contests. Children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade were asked to submit fire prevention posters to their schools, while students in grades 4 through 8 were asked to submit fire prevention essays.
The schools within the Levittown Fire District, which are: Abbey Lane, Summit Lane, Northside, Sparkes, Stokes, Wisdom Lane Middle School, and the Island Trees Memorial Middle School. These schools then selected one winner per grade and forwarded them to the fire department.
The week of October 28 marked the state’s official School Board Recognition Week. Levittown district’s schools honored members of their board, honored for their service to the Levittown school district, and their commitment to education.
During the Oct. 23 meeting, trustees were gifted with tokens of appreciation including cookies and chocolates from the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center Key Club, education program T-shirts from Salk Middle School’s National
Junior Honor Society, a donation to the Levittown Food Pantry from Wisdom Lane’s student council and posters from each of the elementary schools.
The students and staff at J. Fred Sparke Elementary in Island Trees had a ball celebrating Halloween last week. The celebrations were capped off with a PTA-sponsored assembly program, “Mad Science Spooky Spectacular.”
Within our community, there are families that are economically at risk. These families are facing serious hardships and are often unable to provide basic-need items such as food and clothing for their family. The Holiday Gift Giving
Program was created to assist those families within our school district during the holiday season and provides a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference to others. Your generosity can help bring a smile to a child this holiday season — a child who may share a classroom with your own child.
On Oct. 17, the Island Trees High School Marching Band and Kickline, under direction of Greg Warnokowski, and advisors Jerry Nobile and Nicole Santoriello, performed at the Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University. Leading the band were Drum Majors Gabriella Trezza, Bridget Lively, and Peyton Rutigliano, Captains Joseph Falco, James Muscarello, Corrine Carroll, Courtney Weinberg, Rosa Ardezzone, Brett Beiersdorfer, Lauren Darcy and Andrew Taylor.
Levittown’s MacArthur High School has turned 50, and in commemoration of its anniversary, the community has been invited to participate throughout the year in an anniversary brick fundraiser. During a recent school board meeting, a $3,000 donation from the Class of 1972 helped the engraved walkway move one step closer to completion.
Class of 1972 representatives Maria Bekkevold, Patricia Butt, Janette Smith Harden, Kathy Karr Menikos and Deborah Sablich were on hand to present the check to the district. The representatives also donated a tank watch owned by Tyrus Lee (Class of 1972), a highway patrol officer in former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcade detail. The watch had been a present to Lee from the governor.
Division Avenue High School senior Gabriela Pereira has been selected as a 2013 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. Pereira was also recently named an Advanced Placement Scholar by the College Board, and she continues to challenge herself with a rigorous load of AP courses. In addition, she was a medalist in the New York State Science Olympiad, is an active member of the National Art Honor Society and is the recording secretary for the National Honor Society. Pictured with Principal Joan Lorelli. Photo provided by Syntax
Alyson Lamonte, a physical education teacher at the J.F. Kennedy School, will be the recipient of the Nassau Zone Amazing Person Award, to be presented at the annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Conference in November. The Nassau Zone is a local division of AHPRERD.
Lamonte is a worthy recipient of this award as reflected in several of her Nassau Zone accomplishments. She is an active board member of the Nassau Zone for over five years and was the program planner for the annual Physical Education and Health Conference. She was on the Get Moving New York Committee that encourages people to “get up and move” based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity. Lamonte recently chaired the Elementary and Middle School Awards Committee that recognizes one male and one female graduate from each school who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in physical education.
She was also the 2013 recipient of the Nassau Zone Service Award.
Lamonte implemented new physical education curriculum while a teacher in Pelham, NY, using grants from the Pelham Education Foundation. Here in Great Neck, she is a member of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP)
Grant Leadership Committee. This committee strives to align K–12 physical education curriculum in our district. (Great Neck was awarded the prestigious, three-year PEP Grant beginning in September 2012.)
Lamonte has been a presenter at several local and national conferences, and was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Physical Education and Exercise Science Department at Brooklyn College. She also coaches field hockey at North Middle and is an assistant varsity softball coach at Garden City High School.
Commenting on the Amazing Person Award, Lamonte said that she is “honored to be recognized as a NYS AHPERD award recipient and to be associated with so many other well-deserving honorees.” She said that she takes her profession seriously and loves working with children. She believes that she “can help my students understand why their health and fitness is so essential. Most importantly, I want my students and athletes to have fun while participating in physical activity.” On a more personal note, she added, “I am fortunate to have great role models in my life. My mother is a retired teacher and my father is a retired teacher and administrator, and I owe my work ethic and success to them.”
South High School will be presenting its annual piano recital on Friday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s music suite room 309, 341 Lakeville Road. Students will perform classical pieces from the standard piano repertoire.
The event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.
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