Written by Charles Cardillo, Manhasset Superintendent of Schools Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
Manhasset continues to be one of the premier school districts in the United States. The beginning of the 2013-14 school year provides us as parents, community members, teachers, support staff, and administrators with a renewed commitment to assure that the needs of all of our students, from grades K to 12, are met. At a time when public education is under attack, providing for the academic, physical and emotional needs all of our students is a greater challenge than ever. State and national leaders have championed a flawed teacher/principal evaluation system with its emphasis on over-testing; such an assessment-driven approach has contributed to undermining public education throughout the country. Additionally, our educational system is under siege by an oppressive tax-levy cap legislation that presents a clear and present danger to schools’ academic and extracurricular programs. In Manhasset, we have felt deeply the impact of imbalanced fiscal constraints and assessment-driven evaluation systems; these have challenged our mission of providing a high-quality education for each and every student in our schools.
Having said this, Manhasset has the good fortune to be blessed with an incredible student body. Ali McNamara, a graduate of the Class of 2013, is now a freshman at the University of Virginia. Ali had very fond memories of Manhasset and stated, “I was lucky to have grown up here, I received a great education and I am very thankful.” Megan Tomei, a graduate of the Class of 2013 who is now a freshman at Fordham University, shared, “I will miss so many opportunities to succeed. I will miss Manhasset.”
Pride in our schools is shared in the sentiments expressed by our staff. Nicole Heimann said “Words cannot express how happy I am to be a second grade teacher at Munsey Park. I am so proud to tell people what I do and where I work.” Joe Capodicasa, music teacher at Shelter Rock, said “I feel privileged to be part of such a distinguished and fine district as is the Manhasset school community.”
It is precisely this great sense of community that resonates in much of what occurs on a daily basis in our Manhasset schools. At the high school, one of our math teachers, Laura Petras, is on the road to recovery following a serious medical issue. Her husband, Paul, wrote me a note in late April after Laura had completed her surgery. Paul’s note to me said “Without a doubt, this school, this community, this greater family have given Laura a lot of strength and positivity through the process.” Paul’s note continued, “So when you list the best characteristics of the Manhasset students and staff with words like bright, energetic, creative, driven, friendly, athletic and talented, please leave some room at the top of the list for ‘loving, caring, and compassionate’. So powerful.”
As Paul’s words suggest, living and working in a ‘loving, caring, and compassionate’ community is quite powerful. With the strength of these qualities at hand, and as we begin the 2013-2014 school year, we do so with positive energy, ready to face the challenges of our times; in this spirit we remain focused on the academic, physical and emotional development of each and every child in the Manhasset schools.
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus.
“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.
Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.