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Levittown Tribune - Schools

FACS: Comfort Food Fosters Culinary Competition

Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

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.


Levittown Seniors Are in the Zone

Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

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


MacArthur Students Take Part in Fair Trade Sale

Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

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.


Science Department Embraces Common Core

Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

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.    


Island Trees Middle Schoolers Collect Toys for Tots

Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

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


Levittown Schools Adopt-A-Family

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

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


High School Bands Perform Winter Concert

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

The Island Trees High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Greg Warnokowski , recently presented their Winter Concert at Island Trees High School.  After finishing a successful marching band season, the talented students were hard at work once again to prepare music for this concert.  The evening began with the “Saxletes” performing in the main lobby as guests entered the auditorium.  All groups performed a wonderful selection of holiday music as well as traditional classics, jazz, and popular music.  The concert ended with a traditional rendition of “Sleigh Ride” in which band alumni were invited to perform as well.  The concert also featured the Community Choir, under the direction of Ms. Chet Lazzara.  Congratulations to all performing groups for a well done and well received concert.


— Submitted by Susan Oliveto, Island Trees HS Music Department Chairperson


Super Warriors Give Back

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Super Warriors is a program designed to bring smiles to children on Long Island who are battling medical conditions and illnesses, and to their siblings. We do this by creating “Warrior Gifts,” or baskets filled with toys for these children, in the hope that the special gift will brighten their day, show them that they are never alone on their medical journey, and that their community cares about them.


This year, fourth grade students in Mrs. Rachel Brody’s and Mrs. Condela’s classes sponsored two children and collected gifts for them for the holidays. The family came to visit Stokes Elementary School and the students presented them with their presents. They were excited to meet the kids and spread some holiday cheer. 


— Submitted By The Island Trees School District


Division Avenue High School PTSA Book Fair A Success

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

The Division Avenue PTSA sponsored its annual book fair at Barnes and Noble bookstore, with a portion of each book purchase put toward senior scholarships.  


The day was highlighted by performances from the chamber orchestra and choir, under the direction of Paige Hardison. Division Avenue High School student artwork also decorated the second-floor reading area of the bookstore. Varsity football team players Thomas Deegan, Aaron Gerner, Sean Hayes and Geovanny Quiroz read books to visiting children, while Division Avenue Assistant Principal John Coscia served as a guest barista, serving hot drinks, sandwiches and baked goods to the packed house of holiday shoppers.


— Submitted By The Levittown School District


ITHS Students Win National Bionic Man Challenge

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

Students in the Island Trees High School Robotic Club have just won a $5,000 grand prize in the Incredible Bionic Man Challenge, beating robotics teams from around the country.


The Incredible Bionic Man Challenge—sponsored by the Smithsonian Channel and Cablevision—was part of a STEM initiative to create a bionic body part out of common household items. Rising to the challenge, the Island Trees team submitted a two minute video showcasing their efforts to design, build and demonstrate a robotic arm-hand combination, which vaulted them into a finalist position. 


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