The Meadow Drive School District participated in a special program this holiday season. Students designated a box for letters to Santa Claus and students are being asked to contribute their letter, which Macy’s department stores will convert into $1 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is estimated that for every 7,500 letters Macy’s receives for this program, one wish will be granted for a sick child this holiday season.
Christmastime marks a season of giving, family and holiday spirit. Across Mineola, houses can be seen lit up at night in festive designs from angels, reindeer and Santa Claus. From Mineola Village Hall to the Mineola Fire Department, down near Mineola Middle School and Wilson Park, homes can be viewed spreading Christmas cheer in the silent night of Mineola.
— Rich Forestano
Kindergartners in the dual language program at Hampton Street School celebrated the holiday season with their first trilingual show on Dec. 11. Students sang songs
of the season in English and Spanish, as well as in sign language.
Their program included “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Dreidel Song,” “Con Mi Burrito Sabanero,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, a global statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner who recently passed away. So true. The importance of education cannot be stressed enough and now, more than ever, there’s a need to go to college.
The process of choosing a college can be intimidating. College, for many, is the place to discover one’s self and figure out what you’re going to possibly do for the rest of your life. It’s a place to gain new knowledge and expand your mind—if you haven’t already lost it trying to choose where to attend.
Mineola High School concert signers continued to spread holiday cheer by singing at the 28th Winthrop-University tree lighting on Dec. 4.
The singers have become part of the hospital’s great holiday tradition under the direction of Meg Messina. Also part of the evening’s festivities were remarks by John F. Collins, Winthrop’s president and CEO, and Charles M. Strain, chairman of the board of directors at Winthrop.
Preparing yourself for education beyond high school is a smart plan. Thinking about college though, can be a nightmare for most students and many aren’t sure how to tackle the process on their own. The first step? Talk to your high school counselor.
“Last spring when I was starting to make up my list of colleges, I felt a little overwhelmed because there were so many schools,” Joyce Hwang, a senior at Mineola High School said. “I didn’t know how I was going to choose which ones to apply to. My counselor helped me out by getting a sense of the kind of college I was looking for. We sat together with a book filled with colleges, and she went through each one and recommended colleges that would be a good match for me.”
Forty-five eighth graders from Mineola High School recently joined in a cleanup at Memorial Park. Each month, the MHS Student Service Center gets eighth graders involved in service projects through its "Eight Ways To Serve” program.
Students met at the high school and walked over to the park to rake leaves and give the park a much-needed cleaning. Mayor Scott Strauss was on hand during the cleanup.
Mineola Middle School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2013-14 school year. Only 87 schools in the nation have been selected for the award, which is reserved for those that have demonstrated Apple’s vision of a successful 21st-century learning environment.
“Hate is not a Wheatley value.” That’s one of the slogans cast members donned on the large pins they wore to school attached to black outfits on Thursday, Nov. 21, to signal the premiere of their play, The Laramie Project, that evening.
This was no run-of-the-mill, happy-go-lucky, elaborate musical the school is famous for. It was an incredibly serious undertaking, especially for high schoolers.
The play tackled the real-life kidnapping, brutal beating and murder of an openly gay University of Wyoming college student, Matthew Shepard. The Laramie Project was created by Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of New York’s
Tectonic Theater Company from more than 200 interviews with local residents recounting the event. The drama illuminates how this one horrific act reverberated throughout the world.
Kindergarten students at Hampton Street School recently received a “passport” to mathematics. As part of a fun lesson, each child made a book, or passport, with each page containing a number-based activity. In order to earn stamps in their passports, students had to complete the activity on each page and “travel through math.”
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