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
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.
The Island Trees High School and Chamber Orchestras, under the direction of Mrs. Leiann McGrory, and the Island Trees High School Chorus and Jazz Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Susan Oliveto, presented their Winter Concert at Island Trees High School. The orchestra also featured the conducting skills of SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music student teacher, Mr. Andrew Tilles. The performing ensembles featured the music they have been working diligently on these past months. The students were well prepared and their talent shined. The finale of the concert was the Orchestra and Chorus performing the “Hallelujah Chorus” by composer G.F. Handel. Congratulations on a job well done.
— Submitted by Susan Oliveto, Island Trees HS Music Department Chairperson
In line with a longstanding school tradition, Division Avenue High School’s top 22 achieving seniors of the Class of 2014 were invited to attend the annual Blue and Silver Luncheon. Also in attendance were Superintendent of Schools James J. Grossane, members of the district’s administration and Board of Education, and school counselors.
Prior to a delicious catered meal, the students were asked to introduce themselves, state their choice of college and potential major, describe their most memorable high school moment, and explain what they will miss most about Division Avenue High School.
Many of the guests of honor will pursue careers in the sciences and engineering.
To honor the strength and courage of a classmate’s battle with neurofibromatosis, Levittown’s Division Avenue High School designated Nov. 1 as Bailey Gribben Day. In honor of this occasion, the junior and senior classes, student council and Cooking Club organized fundraisers, while the Quarterback Club contributed Snack Shack proceeds from the Friday night game to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization which takes a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of those affected with NF. The highlight of the evening came during the halftime festivities, when Bailey was presented with an honorary game jersey on behalf of the Division Avenue High School football team.
Just prior to the Thanksgiving holidays, Division Avenue High School’s World Language Honor Society, working in conjunction with the English as a Second Language Department held a Thanksgiving luncheon for English language learners in the Levittown School District. Students from Jonas E. Salk Middle School and Division Avenue High School attended the event at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, where they learned more about the history and significance of Thanksgiving.
The Abbey Lane Elementary School Student Council collected leftover Halloween candy for American troops. The children stuffed more than 200 Treats-for-Troops bags, which will be sent to active servicemen and woman. Each bag contained a note to thank those currently serving for their sacrifice and bravery.
(Photo provided by Syntax)
Each year the students in second and third grade participate in the Levittown Fire Department poster contest. Pictured are this year’s winners as well as Fire Commissioner Joel Bearman, and Art Teacher Tracy Kozloff. The overall winner for 2nd grade was Amber Mohmand and the 3rd grade winner was Amanda Ruiz.
The newly-implemented Common Core learning system has raised issues across Long Island and New York State, however, the Levittown Board of Education has chosen to take a stand against the new system.
“Resolved, that Levittown Public Schools calls upon U.S. Congress and the Administration, to reduce federal testing mandates and support the role of and focus on multiple measures of student learning and school quality in accountability systems,” read Dr. James Grossane, superintendent of schools.
At the meeting, parents came out in droves to protest against the Common Core as well as inBloom, a company that hosts student data on a cloud server.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy. Despite being called a town hall-style forum, many local school districts were not invited to attend, many were not offered ticketed seating for the Mineola forum.
“We were disappointed that tickets were allotted to a few Nassau districts, but not to all; with that said, I hope Commissioner King and Chancellor Tisch listen to the concerns presented by school administrators, teachers, and most importantly, parents,” said Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk. Martins’ team selected 38 questions out of 250 submitted by interested parties. The primary concerns stemmed from four main issues: application of the standards, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.
Parents angrily questioned the one-size-fits-all approach that seems to underlie the standards—the “common” in common core. Mineola parent Gina DaRocha was first up, and said that the new state standards will hinder teachers instructing students with disabilities, who need extra help.
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