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.
Levittown’s MacArthur High School business students proudly displayed group and individual class projects during the business department’s annual student showcase. Volunteering at each of the stations, Business Honor Society members represented each students’ work in the areas of business ownership and marketing, computer programming, desktop publishing, digital media production, introduction to business, computer applications, sports and entertainment marketing, trial law and web design.
The Island Trees Tri-M Music Honor Society, under the advisorship of music teacher Mr. Greg Warnokowski, inducted 22 new student members, on Jan. 14.
Tri-M, which stands for Modern Music Masters, is a program of the National Association for Music Education that recognizes students for their high academic and music achievements.
Picture a creamy plate of mac and cheese with a hint of garlic, topped with perfectly browned bread crumbs. Now, imagine another cheesy dish, baked with sautéed onions and smoky bacon. Next, envision yet another delectable offering of textured pasta drenched in a blend of melted cheeses with just-right crispy edges. Finally, and most satisfying of all, visualize the beaming faces of the student chefs, proudly awaiting the judges’ decisions at the much-anticipated Mac and Cheese Throw-down, hosted by the Island Trees High
School Family and Consumer Science Department. And the winners are….everyone involved in this exciting culinary competition, including the students who prepared the fantastic recipes, the teachers who planned the exciting lessons, and the judges who sampled the savory dishes.
Division Avenue High School students Chris Reilly and Laura Stuart and MacArthur High School students Lyndsey Balder and Erick Finkelstein have been selected as recipients of the Nassau Zone Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes male and female high school seniors, who exemplify outstanding physical performance, scholastic ability and leadership qualities. The students were honored at a dinner held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
A group of students from Mrs. Fritch’s Facing History & Ourselves class created a service learning project to help support women from impoverished countries in their efforts to rise out of poverty.
Working with the non-profit organization Eternal Threads, the students sold handmade artisan goods created by women and girls from India, Nepal, Uganda, and Mongolia. Kaitlyn Maniscalco, Courtney Maloney and Emilie d’Hedouville sold jewelry, bags, headbands and other crafts during their lunch periods and after school the week of December 16-20, 2013. The $650 raised from selling the items will go directly back to the women to help pay for school fees and fight against poverty.
What do the Science and the Common Core Literacy Standards have in common? Much more than one would ever imagine. Leading the charge to bring these commonalities to the forefront is the Island Trees Memorial Middle School Science Department, under the apt leadership of Mr. Wagner.
For the entire month of December, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School’s SADD Club and National Junior Honor Society collaborated to collect gifts for the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. A tremendous amount of gifts were donated by students, staff, parents, and community members.
On Dec. 19, USMC Staff Sgt. Gomez visited the Island Trees Middle School to collect the donated toys. During his visit, Staff Sgt. Gomez spoke to the members of both clubs and thanked them for coordinating the donations. Thank you to the students in both clubs and their advisors—Ms. Lindsay Cain [SADD], Mrs. Debbie Nieves [National Junior Honor Society] and Mrs. Holly Harouche [National Junior Honor Society] for their fantastic work in collecting presents for children in need in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
— Submitted by Island Trees Middle School Principal Dr. Roger Bloom
The generous spirit of the Levittown School District community rang true through the collection of hundreds of items for needy families during the district’s fifth annual Adopt-A-Family program. Under the direction of Gina Interdonato and Esta Lachow, more than 209 individuals will experience the season of giving, evidenced by the collection of toys, clothes and household items that packed the Board of Education meeting room at Levittown Memorial Education Center. On Dec. 16, Board of Education trustees, administrators, staff, students and community members gathered to wrap the gifts prior to distribution.
“Because of the economy, so many families and individuals were in need of our services this year,” Ms. Lachow said. “We really had an outpouring of gifts this year, and they keep coming.”
— Submitted by the Levittown School District
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