Student Workers for Building Cleaning
Elementary school students from Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary schools commemorated the culmination of their primary education during individual moving up ceremonies. Each of the honored guests offered words of advise on excelling in middle school and in life. Forest Lake elementary School Principal Anthony Ciuffo encouraged the students to be the best person they can be and to serve others. “Go make a difference in someone else’s life and you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes in yours,” he said.
Nine of the district’s music ensembles participated in the New York State School Music Educators Association Major Organization Evaluation Festival at Hofstra University. Six of the ensembles received gold ratings, with the high school wind ensemble receiving the highest rating of gold with distinction.
The Wantagh School District is pleased to announce John C. McNamara as the new assistant superintendent for instruction, effective July 6. Mr. McNamara joins Wantagh from the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, where he served as the middle school principal for the past six years. Mr. McNamara has also worked as an assistant principal in the Harborfields School District and as a social studies department chairperson for Island Trees Middle School. Currently, he serves as executive board secretary for the Nassau County Middle Level Principals Association. He began his educational career as a social studies teacher.
Several hundred works featuring top student-artists from the high school and middle school were on display during the district’s annual Art Festival. Many of the photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures were previously selected for exhibitions and scholarships across Long Island, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, the Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibition at the Heckscher Museum, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artists Program and more. In addition, Advanced Placement students were on hand to describe and answer questions about their individual galleries.
More than 100 high school seniors were recognized for outstanding achievements during the annual Senior Awards Night held in the school auditorium. This cherished tradition recognizes the student’ overall academic accomplishments, community service, extracurricular involvement and abilities to overcome obstacles during their four years of high school. During the ceremony, the students received approximately $20 thousand in scholarship money from local community businesses and organizations, as well as special honors from government officials.
The Wantagh School District will hold a public hearing to share our plan for the use of the “Smart Schools” funds which have been allocated to the district. During the hearing district administration will present plans to use the State’s allocation of $1,587,330. The Smart Schools Act, approved by the voters last November, authorized the release of funds to school districts for State-approved plans to provide access to classroom technology and high speed internet connectivity...
In order to make sure everyone feels included at recess, Mandalay Elementary School has dedicated a Buddy Bench on the playground. Spearheaded by the student council and Principal Marie Pisicchio, the program encourages students who feel isolated or left out of the fun during recess to sit on the Buddy Bench. A volunteer “bench scooper” will then approach the student and help them to engage in playground activities.