Carle Place Middle School student Gianna Marasco always knew she was good at spelling. When her school spelling bee rolled around, she found out just how good she was.
“I knew I would make it pretty far, but I didn’t expect to make it to the semifinals,” the seventh grader said. “It’s very exciting.”
Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Brian Heid spoke to Carle Place Middle School students recently about Internet safety for teenagers. His presentation included discussions on cyberbullying, social networking, hacking, online predators, sexting, information security and more. Heid, who has prosecuted criminals in Nassau County as part of the technology crime unit, is also a special assistant U.S. attorney who has worked to convict cyber criminals on a federal level.
“The fence line that separates what you do at home and school does not exist for this generation,” said Heid. “Anything between two or more people can become public at any time.”
During the Jan. 9 community meeting of the Carle Place School District Board of Education, students and alumni were recognized for their outstanding creative and academic efforts.
The evening began with the presentation of the 2013-2014 Reflections Awards to Cherry Lane Elementary School students by the board and parent coordinator Nicole Servinskas, who commended the 18 finalists on their submissions in the categories of written composition and visual arts.
The Carle Place High School Key Club recently hosted a schoolwide assembly to jump-start their seventh annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause, a fundraising event that benefits a different charity each year.
In the past, students have raised $75,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dancing Dreams, Autism Awareness, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Ronald McDonald House and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year, students in ninth through 12th grade will compete to raise money for the Lexiebean Foundation for Children with Cancer, whose mission is to help ease the financial and emotional burdens of local families battling childhood cancer. The foundation also supplies care packages to patients, parents and siblings while providing financial aid to families on a case-by-case basis. Lexiebean was founded by Joseph and LeaAnn Falabella, who lost their nine-year-old daughter Alexandra (Lexie) to an infection while she was being treated for medullablastoma, a form of pediatric cancer, in 2009.
The Carle Place Key Club recently braved the cold to raise money for those in need, as they took part in the popular Red Kettle campaign.
The club has volunteered with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program for several years. This year, they rang the bells and sang carols outside a King Kullen in Mineola, an event organized by the Kiwanis Club of Mineola. 20 students participated in shifts throughout the day and the club, in conjunction with Kiwanis representative Luisa Filipe, was able to raise $505.
Carle Place High School students in Julie Norman’s technical drawing class have been using Autodesk 3D Studio Max, a computer graphics program that generates 3-D models, animations and renderings, to redesign the front entrance to their school. The young architects researched examples of institutional designs, including modern, contemporary and traditional, to create their own design.
Guest speaker Dr. Isma H. Chaudhry, executive committee president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, recently educated Carle Place High School students in Maddalena Buffalino’s Pre-Advanced Placement World History course about life as a Muslim.
“Islam is an integral part of this world history course,” said Buffalino. “During Isma’s 80-minute presentation, which included visuals and group discussion, students learned about the historical development of Islam, Islamic architecture, life as a Muslim in a post-9/11 world and, most importantly, tolerance.”
On Dec. 12, the Carle Place School District Board of Education held a community meeting where students throughout the district were recognized for their outstanding academic and community efforts.
Carle Place Middle/High School Principal Thomas DePaola began the evening by presenting certificates of achievement to seven high school seniors who received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service.
“We are here tonight to applaud these young people who have made a positive difference in our community and school,” said DePaola. “It is hoped by their actions that they will inspire others.”
Cherry Lane Elementary School students have been busy making the holiday season brighter for others this month with creative giving projects. With “Kindness Makes the World a Happy Place” as this month’s character education theme, children in kindergarten through second grade are participating in schoolwide activities that are sure to spread joy to others.
Members of the Cherry Lane Building Planning Team Character Education subcommittee facilitated a holiday greeting card initiative in which students created cards to be sent to troops in Afghanistan.
This December, members of the Carle Place High School SPARC/Interact Club, along with club adviser Kieran Morris, traveled to Holy Cross High School in Queens to participate in a group service project. While there, students were introduced to U.S. Army Sgt. Giovanni Carvajal, who served two tours in Iraq and was wounded in action.
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