Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
Maddalena Buffalino, a former Carle Place High School student and current social studies teacher at the school, was recently named the recipient of BOCES Most Innovative Educator Technology Award.
The award commends Buffalino, a Westbury resident, as a “teacher who demonstrates creative, resourceful uses of technology that significantly impacts student achievement,” according to BOCES.
“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. The social studies teachers I had like Joan Caliendo and Jeananne Sullivan influenced and solidified my decision to become a social studies teacher,” said Buffalino, a Siena College grad who is currently working toward earning an administration degree at Stony Brook University.
The Carle Place area has a history of retaining its residents – as evidenced in the many generations of families living in the hamlet – and one could argue that the school district is a reason why some never leave.
“I loved growing up in Carle Place and it is a dream come true to work there. The students are enthusiastic, caring and dedicated. I love working with the kids outside of the classroom as a coach, key club advisor and class advisor. I hope to make a difference in and outside of the classroom in my students’ lives,” Buffalino explained.
The Podolski Awards, created in 2011, is an annual program that honors one teacher and one administrator each year. Educators nominate administrators who have taken a visionary role in the implementation of technology, demonstrated a commitment to serve the educational needs of students and provided support to teachers.
Buffalino, who described winning the award as a “great accomplishment” in her teaching career, has been teaching social studies at Carle Place High School since 2005 and currently teaches Advanced Placement world history, ELL American history and AIS for students in grades seven through 12.
In addition, Buffalino has acted as Key Club advisor, field hockey and lacrosse coach, class advisor, yearbook advisor and website designer for various school clubs.
She also facilitates professional development workshops for her colleagues, such as the faculty presentation on the importance of blogging, the Superintendent’s Day YouTube course, Superintendent’s Day grade-keeper course and staff development day technology course. She has been heralded for incorporating technology into her classroom and her district.
“Congratulations to Maddalena Buffalino in representing the Carle Place community,” said David Flatley, superintendent of schools. “We are proud to have her on our staff.”
For more information, contact Carle Place Public Schools at (516) 622-6440 or visit the web at www.cps.k12.ny.us.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.