Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
Where can I see my fellow community members’ ideas and suggestions about the future of our district?
All responses from the forum are posted on our website on the strategic planning initiative page (see directions above to view the page). In addition, you will see a section of other suggestions and ideas both in response to the Forum questions and general feedback and ideas that community members have shared with me. We will continue to update this site.
It is important that the strategic planning process, which will set the direction for our district over the next five years, involve all of us. As such, the district and the Strategic Planning Committee will be sure to keep all of you in the loop by consistently sharing information with you and providing opportunities for feedback and comment on suggested proposals, goals and implementation steps to be recommended to the board of education.
The East Williston School District is fortunate to have so much expertise within our community, which is so generously shared in support of our district. As do all the board committees, the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee provides an important source of consultation to the board of education. At a recent meeting, the CFAC reviewed a draft of the facilities evaluation prepared by our district architect and his engineer. The evaluation, which lists a detailed review of required and suggested facilities projects over the next five years, itemized in detail potential capital projects which can be incorporated into long-range planning.
Categories include: educational/programmatic projects - potential projects that benefit building occupants from an educational standpoint, e.g. the science lab for Willets Road that was approved last year, to be constructed this summer; and nuts and bolts projects - potential projects such as site work, athletic facilities, building envelope, including exterior walls, windows, doors, roofs, HVAC (boilers, hot water heaters air handling and ventilation equipment, etc.), plumbing, electrical, handicapped accessibility and environment and indoor air quality.
Each board committee has a representative on the Strategic Planning Committee. CFAC representative Burt Roslyn will report on the facilities evaluation at the initial meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee which will be scheduled soon after the New Year. We will post information on our website regarding the report to keep you updated. Some aspects of the report will need to be considered for next year’s budget (2013-14) planning process, as well.
Newsday ran an article that New York State was one of five states to increase class time in some schools. Several of you emailed me to ask if this affected any schools in our district. At this time it does not.
This is a three-year pilot program affecting students in only 40 schools. As reported by the Associated Press, there are long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools especially those that serve low-income communities.
Due to scheduling conflicts, I was not able to attend all of the musical performances of the past couple of weeks. The concerts that I had the good fortune to attend represented the high quality and committed work of our students and faculty in the entire arts arena. For example, if I closed my eyes this morning while at the holiday concert at Old Westbury Gardens, I could have easily imagined I was sitting at Carnegie Hall, listening to the amazingly talented Wheatley Honors String Ensemble, under the direction of Ms. Angela Luftig.
Speaking of the arts, there are new works by our talented and hard-working students hanging in the Wheatley Gallery.
If you are in the building be sure to stop by and enjoy the students’ strong and creative works.
Just as I am finishing writing this newsletter, news has come about the terrible tragedy and shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut. Here are some links that can provide you with information on supporting your child when they hear upsetting news.
The first link is for parents of younger students and the next for parents of older students:
You can find additional links on the district website.
Our school psychologists and guidance counselors are, of course, always available for your questions and to support our students with concerns or anxiety they may express. I will follow up in communications next week.
East Williston Superintendent
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Even rain couldn’t put a damper on children’s faces as they marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with bated breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.
As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.