The W. T. Clarke Middle School drama club is currently preparing for its musical, a rendition on the classic story, the Princess and the Pea. The musical is based loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, which was adapted for the stage in 1959 with the name “Once Upon a Mattress.” The Clarke Middle School version will feature new characters, upbeat music and a surprise twist.
Oz is coming to Westbury.
Students in Westbury High School’s theater department are busy getting ready for their upcoming production of The Wiz, a musical based on the Wizard of Oz. While the musical has some similarities to the popular film, The Wiz is set in New York City during the 1970s, which according to choreographer Lisa Nazli, makes it a lot funkier.
“It’s based on the Wizard of Oz but it’s not the same story. It’s all funky music and 70s sounding music,” Nazli said.
It’s been 9 months since the Westbury School District had a permanent superintendent. When Dr. Constance Clark-Snead left, board president Rodney Caines expected to find a replacement quickly.
“What really was incorporated in the time was debating and trying to decide whether to do an internal search or utilizing a search firm. That lended itself to quite a bit of conversation. It took a while for the board to come to an agreement on that,” Caines said.
The Board of Education has to cut around $970,000 for next year’s budget and is hoping state aid will help avoid teacher layoffs.
“We want everyone who’s here to stay employed,” interim schools superintendent Mary Lagnado said.
Carle Place High School recently donated over $16,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The money was raised during their annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause event, where students competed against each other in activities such as pictionary, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and obstacle courses. Various local Carle Place and Westbury businesses, such as the New York Islanders, Bikram Yoga, Benihana, and La Bottega, donated prizes for the top fundraisers for the event.
Students at Woodland Middle School stepped out of their comfort zones at lunchtime and mingled with unfamiliar peers during the school’s annual “Mix It Up Day.” Hosted by the Social Emotional Literacy Committee, the students went beyond their typical social divisions and tried to connect with someone with whom they were not familiar.
Assistant Principal Patricia Graham explained that many students never take the time to introduce themselves to others who share the same lunch period. “This activity is designed to take the students out of their comfort zones and to meet new people and possibly develop new friendships,” she said.
The administration and staff would like to thank the student facilitators from Woodland’s Social Emotional Literacy Committee, National Junior Honor Society Executive Board and Peer Helpers for their assistance in encouraging the students to participate in this fun activity.
Despite being delayed a week by a snow storm and rescheduled for the initial weekend of Spring Break, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center’s Service Leadership Committee’s 2nd Annual Walk for KPTC exceeded the financial success of the previous walk by more than $600.
While attendance was down, donations were up as members of the downstate area K-Family rallied to support the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North Shore-LIJ.
The KPTC Service Leadership Committee wishes to thank all the Kiwanis Clubs, Circle Ks, Key Clubs, Builders Clubs and K-Kids that contributed to the success of this event. Special thanks also go to the many local businesses that took ads on the Walk T-shirt, the Joey Foundation for its “over the top” donation and the Hallett family for soliciting many of the ads and getting the shirts made. This event’s success was only possible through the combination of a wonderful committee and the fantastic downstate K-Family.
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