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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

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Women Artists You Should Know

Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

Through Aug. 7



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