Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.
During the Nov. 12 public meeting of the Board of Education, students, staff, and members of the PTA and supporting district organizations honored the trustees for their voluntary service to the district and community. The recognition came as part of School Board Recognition Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association that honors trustees’ commitment to public education. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg explained that Board Recognition Night celebrates the trustees’ leadership roles and is a way to thank the Board members for their ongoing commitment to education and the students of Wantagh.
During lunch, Wantagh High School students took a step toward being more inclusive and connecting with someone new through participation in national Mix It Up Day. In a Southern Poverty Law Center study, the school cafeteria is the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. Further studies have shown that when students leave their cliques and interact with different acquaintances, biases and misperceptions often decrease.
Concerned Wantagh administrators, students and community members assembled in the high school auditorium to learn how to administer Narcan, an intranasal delivery system that reverses opioid overdoses. The Wantagh 6-12 Association sponsored the event, and Narcan kits were dispensed by Nassau County representatives who were on hand to show support of the training program. The goal of the program was to not only increase awareness of the fast-growing use and overdose of opioids such as heroin, but to also make kits available to potentially save the lives of drug users who overdose.
Forest Lake kindergarten students are learning that each of us possesses qualities that make us special. During a grade-level activity, the students brought to school a rock and were instructed to paint it with a picture that exemplifies their personal qualities. The rocks were then taken to the school courtyard and placed in a circular pattern around a tree in a new Kindergarten Rocks garden.
With banners blazing in the bright early autumn sunshine, the school community took to the streets to celebrate homecoming on Sept. 27, led by grand marshal Cathy Cahill, the district’s director of science and technology, and members of the Board of Education and administration. Beginning on Bunker Avenue, the marchers showed their Warriors spirit, with smiles elicited by bear, bee and dolphin mascots from the district’s three elementary schools. Floats from each high school grade class were on prominent display, with the winner being the sophomores and their creation themed after “The Price Is Right.”