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.
Students at the Jonas E. Salk Middle School in Levittown have supported the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc’s Trivia Challenge Contest for over 20 years. Each year the National Junior Honor Society conducts a contest for students in grades 6-8.
Students compete in teams of four to answer 100 questions on diverse academic and cultural topics. The winning teams, a grade 6 team and a grade 7- 8 team, then represent Salk at the countywide contest at the UCPN Roosevelt Center. Students participating are encouraged to bring in monetary contributions to sponsor them in the contest.
Each year the National Art Education Association sponsors a contest for students to design a flag for their annual conference. This year we are pleased to share the news that Audrey Zhang, a fifth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, has been named the overall national champion of the YAM Flag Design Contest. Audrey’s flag will be turned into a digital illustration that will be printed onto the large flag that will fly for all to see at this year’s NAEA conference in San Diego.
Congratulations to Audrey for her fantastic work.
— Submitted by the Island Trees School District
This year, the Science Olympiad team traveled to Yale University for another invitational competition. Teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia competed against the Levittown students in 21 science categories. Division Avenue High School Class of 2011 valedictorian Karolina Ksiazek helped to organize the science events and gave the students a personal tour of the campus.
Last year, Division Avenue High School’s science research and technology students placed third at the invitational Science Olympiad competition at Islip High School. This competition challenged participants to compete as a team in 25 individual science events.
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