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Letter: Vote For Navarra

I am writing on behalf of school board candidate Patricia Navarra. I have known Patricia Navarra for the past 15 years.  We have sat side by side for many school functions, including PTA meetings, fundraisers and sporting events. I know her as a friend, parent and neighbor and I have always found her to be an honest and caring person. Patricia and I have had hundreds of conversations centered on education.  We have daughters the same age and grade and have shared their triumphs and challenges.  As parents and teachers between the both of us we have pretty much seen it all. 

 

One common thread in our conversations has always been how different children learn, and why as a society we expect all of them to fit into a “cookie cutter” mold.  Every child is like a snowflake, none the same; yet we expect them to all learn in the same manner. Each and every conversation we had always ended in how can we do better?  Unfortunately we haven’t come up with one perfect answer. We only know that doing it the “old fashioned” way doesn’t work.  As a result Patricia has adapted her “curriculum” to include and embrace all her students no matter what their needs may be.  When she sees something doesn’t work she asks herself “What can I do better/different?” She asks the students their opinion and she makes them feel as though it matters because she uses what they say in a way that they feel valued.  

 

The Mineola Board of Education needs a person such as Patricia Navarra, desperately.  She is one of the most honest and caring people I have ever met.  She genuinely cares about each and every student and it radiates in everything she does. Not everyone can balance politics, fairness, kindness and compassion with grace; yet she does.  Patricia Navarra will be a tremendous asset to Mineola, and she has my vote, and I hope she has yours too.

Cathy Clancy

Mineola School District Parent

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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