Most adults remember the popular Chia Pets with their growing grass hair advertised on television in the 1980s. For Mother’s Day, students in Valerie Kovel’s class at East Broadway Elementary School decided to make a simplified version of this creation with grass planters decorated with a face on the front of a cup.
Congratulations to the Island Trees girls’ varsity bowling team on making it to the team and individual county championships. Joanna Viscuso, Emily McLaughlin, Julia Petry, Megan Ng, Melissa Jorgensen, and Chelsea Anderson placed 12th at the team championships held at Garden City recently. Viscuso and McLaughlin had a strong season and qualified for the individual county tournament against the best bowlers in Nassau County.
Island Trees High School Senior Kathryn Gundersen has earned a Scholastic Art & Writing Award for 2013. Gundersen was selected as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation.
Fervor and excitement were in the air at Lee Road Elementary School as students throughout the school prepared for the first annual Math Madness competition. Under the direction of math teacher Kelly DiPretoro, students rivaled for a winning spot in the finalist round of the competition by providing the answers to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems with speed and accuracy. The winners were crowned and photographed for the Math Wall of Fame.
Sixth-grade students in Laura Koenig’s class at Wisdom Lane Middle School in the Levittown School District have raised over $3,300 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the annual St. Jude Math-a-Thon, 50 Wisdom Lane students sharpened their math skills while helping children with serious illnesses. For 24 years, Wisdom Lane Middle School has raised approximately $115,000 by encouraging its students to participate in the math-a-thon, in which participants are sponsored by friends and family to solve math problems.
Wisdom Lane Middle School’s participation in the math-a-thon helps to provide the best possible medical care for patients, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to the money raised, the students learned about the importance of helping others. Ms. Koenig is proud of all the students who participated in this annual event and is thankful for the support provided by the school staff.
Students wrote a short biography about a special person during VIP Day.
Photos provided by Elizabeth Sobel/Syntax
Students enrolled in Levittown’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center acquired 35 awards during the school’s annual showcase and competition. Orchestrated by the technical center’s teachers, this event provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills for prospective employers and colleges, as well as for family and district staff and administration.
During the showcase, students competed against participating schools’ students in the areas of architectural drafting, automotive service technology, carpentry, computer animation, cosmetology, culinary arts, electrical technology, graphic arts, medical assisting and police science. Spectators also enjoyed demonstrations that highlighted mock police arrests and forensic investigations, fantasy hairstyling, and food preparation and baking.
Temperatures were cool but spirits were warm as residents participated in the 27th annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair. Each year, this much-anticipated event precedes a week of school assemblies and activities in the Levittown School District that highlight ways for students to live healthy lives and learn to make decisions that will have positive outcomes.
Nassau BOCES unveiled its communications command center last week, aimed at providing better security to school districts and allowing first responders real time audio and video.
The center in Westbury provides round-the-clock monitoring and security by tapping into a school district’s existing camera system. Operators watch several screens in the room, which brings up live feed. Operators are not looking at video from all the participating schools at one time; instead video only comes up on the screens when an event happens. These events include doors opening, people in restricted areas, or fire/panic alarms going off.
The operator is to use pre-defined responses based on the situation. If a panic button is pushed, a script will come up prompting the operator to contact the police, and providing phone numbers of the superintendent and other personnel. Scripts were negotiated with the police department to ensure the best response was executed for each potential scenario.
Science research student Mira Sobhy, of MacArthur High School, was selected by The Williams Institute as a finalist in the 2013 Ethics Essay Contest. As a finalist, she will receive $500.
The Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank, provides world-relevant research that is disseminated to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. The institute encouraged participants to choose an ethical issue facing the nation, illustrate how it affects people, and describe what changes need to be adopted for the issue to be resolved.
Sobhy’s essay studied the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, a topic explored in David Friedman and Matthew Zausin’s science research class. She highlighted the negative externalities related to extraction (mining and fracking), processing and combustion, as well as the impact on foreign nations. She then provided proposals for a movement toward cleaner renewables.
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