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Superintendent's Column

 How District Goals Are Progressing

At the October Work Session, the Board of Education reviewed their progress toward completion of their 2012-13 Goals.  


• Support the development of a five year strategic plan to be adopted by Fall 2013


Last school year, at the June 17 BOE Monthly Business Meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee reported their findings, the priority areas identified from the Community Survey.  The Board of Education accepted the priorities at the

July 2 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. The Educational Team has been working to translate these priorities into a timetable for completion, over the next five years. The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting on October 30 to discuss and review the timetable.  The draft outline of implementation will be presented to the Board for discussion at its Work Session on November 4 with anticipated adoption at the November 18 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. 


• Review existing opportunities for secondary students to engage in rigorous/advanced level courses in math and science and explore additional opportunities for consideration for the 2013-14 budget in these as well as other subject areas.


Introduction of a SUPA Forensics course for the 2013-14 school year


• Ongoing mathematics acceleration with virtually all 11th grade students taking pre-calculus during the 2013-14 school year (a significant change from just a few years ago)


• 87 percent passing rate on inaugural administration of the AP World History exam


• Further development of the 10th Grade Research Paper


• The offering of a stand-alone AP English 11 course, enabling more students to take AP English without needing to take the full AP Core program


• A course in Multi-variable Calculus course added for the very advanced students


• Planning underway to add AP Economics for 2014-15 school year


• Increased rigor of Science Research program, with program incorporated into the regular classroom schedule rather than just before or after school hours


• Continue to promote the emotional well-being of our students through successful implementation of the newly adopted DASA Plan


• District staff has been trained for the 2013-14 school year


• All buildings have DASA Committees 


• Upcoming DASA Willets/Wheatley Book Club


• Digital Citizenship Day offered many DASA related presentations


• North Side Bucket Filler Bucket Bucks and Golden Scapular Award Programs continue to grow reminding students and recognizing students for good behavior on bus lines


• Willets Road “New Kid” Assembly planned, Anti-Bullying banner to be signed by all teachers and students and Guidance Lessons continue to focus on character education


• Wheatley Adopt – A – Class is up and running where upperclassmen have been assigned to work with Grade 8 students


• Support the development of an in depth, updated five year facility plan to guide long range budget planning in the area of facilities and capital projects, as well as to provide specific guidance in planning for 2013-14 budget. 

The district architect, with the support of an engineer, provided a list of facility maintenance and improvement needs to the Director of School Facilities and Operations and the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.   The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritized the list for the next five years.  In May, the voters approved a Capital Reserve Fund Proposition, which was recommended by the Financial Advisory Committee. The fund was established to support funding for the identified facility needs noted above.




Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Pete Hamill Lecture - December 5

Chazak Celebration - December 7

More Mussar Programs - January 8


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