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Plainview School News: January 2, 2014

Cross Country Team Wins Sportsmanship Award

The girls’ Cross Country team from the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s John F. Kennedy High School was recently awarded the 2013 Nassau County Track Coaches Association (NCTCA) Sportsmanship Award; this is the second time the team has been awarded this honor in three years. The team was recognized for their exemplary display of sportsmanship during the season. Coaches throughout the county vote every year for student-athletes who exude positive-attitude during all competitions while displaying a high level of respect for the sport and opponents.

Pasadena Students Participate In Pajama-Themed Reading Day

Students and teachers in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District’s Pasadena Elementary School recently participated in “Pajama Day.” Students and teachers wore pajamas to school and took part in various educational activities related to the theme of pajamas and sleep. Students read books and wrote responses to a variety of books, learned about the importance of sleep to the human and learned about the history of pajamas. The Pasadena Elementary School also donated forty pairs of pajamas to families in need as part of the Scholastic Book Clubs’ Pajama Program.

Superintendent’s Highlight Of The Week

We have what I believe to be the best music program in Nassau County. How do I know this? Our students just returned from the All State Concert and a quick glance of the program reveals that we had more students performing than any other school in the state (18). The State generally accepts 8 percent of the qualifying students. They accepted 25 percent from Plainview-Old Bethpage.

And now for the icing on the cake — we have just been notified that we have been selected as a Grammy Signature School semifinalists (www.grammyintheschools.com) for 2014. The Grammy Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools across the U.S. that are providing excellent music education programs for their students. This is quite a prestigious recognition and one deserving of our students and staff.

I have spent the past week attending our holiday concerts and I could not be more proud of the performances. Recently the high school choir dropped by central office and we heard the amazing talent we have in our student body.

They certainly sent us home for the holidays in the true spirit of the season.

— Superintendent Lorna Lewis

News

Oyster Bay Town officials are mulling an override of the state’s 2 percent property tax cap for the second consecutive fiscal year. On Aug. 12, the town held a hearing to approve local legislation, giving the Town Council authority to pierce the cap.

However, according to Marta Kane, a spokesperson with the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor John Venditto and the members of the Oyster Bay Town Council are not certain if they will entertain a repeat of last year, when the board adopted a $277 million budget, increasing the tax levy by $15,964,647 — or 8.8 percent.

Members and guests of North Shore Synagogue’s Brotherhood BBQ and Erev Shabbat Service enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in early July with a classic BBQ and services led by Brotherhood, with help from Rabbi Jaimee Shalhevet and Cantor Rich Pilatsky.   

“This is a wonderful way to connect with other members of Brotherhood, which focuses on building camaraderie among our members, and instilling a strong sense of community away from the hectic pressures of our day-to-day lives,” said  Brotherhood co-president Jeffrey Levine.


Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, Aug. 28

Take A Book On Vacation

Through Aug. 30

Knitting Circle

Tuesday, Sept. 2



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com