Mineola resident Michael Cahill, 70, is one of the many seniors at Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement (PEIR) program, who are proving college doesn’t have an age limit. The PEIR program provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation, cultural
enrichment, and personal growth for retirees or semiretired individuals 55 years or older.
Cahill heard about PEIR from his daughter, who worked at Hofstra University, a few years before he retired. He spent his career as a program manager before 2010. Cahill knew that stimulating his mind and meeting new people was something that he wanted to do, so he joined.
The Mineola High School Drama Club and Thespian Troupe 276 will present Disney’s Mulan Jr. on Friday. May 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. In Asia, the story of Mulan is as familiar as Cinderella is in the United States. Mulan made its film debut in 1998 and was based on the story Fa Mulan by Robert D. San Souci.
Lights, Camera, fashion. Mineola High School presented its annual Junior Prom Fashion Show at the school auditorium on Thursday, April 10. The stage was transformed into a catwalk to rival that of Fashion Week in New York City.
The event featured dazzling ladies and dashing gentleman from Mineola’s Class of 2015. Forty-one models showed off prom ensembles in style. The girls displayed a selection of prom dresses from long and super glam gowns, to flirty dresses in an amazing selection of hues of soft pastels and bright colors. The guys dressed to impress in tuxedos and the look was cool and contemporary.
Mineola High School students came dressed for success and eager to learn about possible career options at the school’s annual Career Day, coordinated by the school’s guidance department. Professionals from more than 50 companies spoke about their careers with the students in roundtable discussions. Among the presenters were Mineola High School alumni and local businesses from the community.
— From Mineola High School
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.
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