Mineola High School students in the Advanced Placement United States History program, organized “MINNeola Macaroni—Making a Difference” Night in the MHS cafeteria on Thursday, April 3. As part of a service learning project designed to focus on fighting hunger on Long Island, the fundraiser benefited the Mary Brennan INN and Mineola community food pantries. The event raised $3,000.
“Hunger is pervasive in Long Island,” said Nancy Regan, a social studies teacher and project coordinator.
Two Wheatley students won awards in this year’s Italian Poetry Contest recently held at SUNY Old Westbury.
Freshman Rene Venable of Mineola was awarded second place in the Level 2 category for her recitation of “Portami il Girasole” by Eugenio Montale. Senior Caitlin Calio was awarded Honorable Mention for her recitation of Dante’s L’Inferno Canto V in Level 5.
The annual event is sponsored by the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.
Meadow Drive School and Hampton Street School students have been using their hearts for some heart-healthy purposes. Elementary students recently spent time participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program by hopscotching, jumping through hoops, hopping on balls and jumping rope.
Students collected sponsorship money to participate in the program and are still in the process of raising money for the American Heart Association. The students have donated more than $10,000 to the cause over the last few years alone.
— From the Mineola School District
Twenty-two Mineola sophomores exhibited 16 science experiments and projects at the 12th annual Science Fair Molloy College. The goal of the fair is to encourage the next generation of scientists. More than 425 high school students from about 30 schools in Long Island attended the fair, presenting 300 projects on a broad spectrum of topics.
For Susan Hassett it wasn’t over until the last dog barked.
When she recently closed the door on the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter for the last time as its director, she knew she did her job well.
It was a long run for Hassett. She worked at the shelter, which is tucked at the end of a winding avenue in Port Washington, for 36 years and has been its director for the last 25.
“Emotionally, it’s very, very hard,” Hassett said of stepping down. “I need to find some peace.” A successor has not been named.
Everyone, from educators, admission officers and parents to the edgy, nervous, tense, somewhat exasperated and much affected students, have an opinion on it.
“I am so glad that the essay portion is being taken away,” said Mineola High School freshman Emily Wood. “I was going insane trying to figure out how to write a excellent essay in just 25 minutes. It’s a big relief.”
Only time will tell whether the new SAT changes to be introduced in two years are good or bad and whether they will serve the test's purpose—to better assess students preparedness for college. The 88-year-old test will return to its original grading scale of 1600. The exam moved to a 2400 scale in 2005.
Mineola High School freshman Awdifa Abdin was recently honored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. In a national contest with more than 250,000 submissions, she was recognized with a Regional Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2014.
Abdin received the Silver Key award in the category of flash fiction for her work titled Melodic Medicine, which is about a girl who helps her sister with cancer by playing music. She received a pin and certificate.
— From Mineola High School
Eleven Wheatley School students experienced a recent vacation they will never forget. They traveled to Paris and the south of France accompanied by Wheatley teachers Jean François Henley and Laura Gurick. The group spent three days touring the sites of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre while practicing their language skills with the locals.
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix.
To celebrate the diverse cultures within the community, Mineola High School held its seventh annual Multi-Cultural evening on March 4. Parents, students, neighbors and “foodies” showed up at the event to savor world cuisine, broaden their cultural boundaries and get a glimpse of the diversity within the community.
Elsa Coelho, a world language teacher at Mineola High School and program designer, said “our community is extremely diverse. Celebrating the diverse cultures is very important as it helps to better understand and enhance the comfort with people of different race, culture , background and beliefs. Through this evening's events, we are able to open up our students eyes to the global village we live in.”
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