High school and middle school students immersed themselves in foreign language study and world culture during World Language Week from March 8-13. Each day, students had the opportunity to attend and participate in language-based activities to hone language skills and to show appreciation for one another’s cultures.
The Jerusalem Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized high school junior Keriann Steingruebner and middle school seventh grader Jenna Rackley as New York State winners of the 2016-2017 DAR American History Essay Contest. The annual contest was established to encourage students to think creatively about the nation’s history and to learn about historical events.
An article by Elementary Supervisor Jessica Zimmer has been published in the Winter 2017 edition of “Vanguard,” a publication by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Titled “Magical Phrases: Using Words that Connect Us with Parents,” the article describes how certain language not only establishes better discipline, but strongly connects administrators with parents.
Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary school students celebrated the first 100 days of school with various English language arts, mathematics and art activities. In Sarah Danziger’s kindergarten class at Wantagh Elementary School, students painted 100 gumballs on paper gumball machines, built a structure using 100 plastic cups, finished activities in a 100-Day Book, and dressed as 100-year-old people.
During the Board of Education meeting held on February 16, the Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg for the purpose of retirement. Concurrently, the Board unanimously appointed Assistant Superintendent for Instruction John McNamara to succeed Mrs. Goldberg as superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017.
The Wantagh School District will be offering four separate 2017-18 budget workshops for all community residents. There will be three evening workshops on Monday, March 13, Monday, March 20, and Monday, April 3, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wantagh High School cafeteria. For those unable to attend the evening workshops, a morning budget workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 5 starting at 10 a.m. in the Wantagh Public Library Community Room.
While Holtville Hal was looking for his shadow on Groundhog Day, high school students shadowed the district’s elementary school teachers and principals during Groundhog Shadow Day.
The fourth annual TechDay was held at Wantagh High School on Jan. 7, during which more than 120 district students in grades 5-12 expanded their knowledge of game design and programming, and web and mobile development. The goal of the event was to introduce and expand the students’ knowledge of computer science, a field expected to grow rapidly during the next decade.
Residents approved Phase II of construction for the Capital Reserve Fund by a vote of 229 to 47.
The district is proud to announce that the high school varsity football team won the Long Island Class III Championship game against East Islip with a score of 21-14.
The district’s music department is proud to announce that six students were selected by the Long Island String Festival Association to participate in LISFA’s intermediate and secondary festivals.
During the Oct. 20 public meeting of the Board of Education, students, staff, and members of the PTA and supporting district organizations honored the Board trustees for their voluntary service to the district and community. The recognition was part of the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week, an annual celebration that serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding about the essential role school board members have within a school district.
Prior to the Sept. 17 homecoming game, members of the 2016 varsity boys baseball team and their coaches received rings to mark the securing of the 2016 New York State Class A Championship on June 12, the district’s first state baseball championship since 1998. To mark their victory, the players and coaches led the homecoming parade as the grand marshal.
The excitement was palpable as teachers and support staff filed into the high school’s auditorium for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31. In keeping with Wantagh tradition, members of the police department, government representatives and community organization members were also invited to attend the assembly that officially kicked off the 2016-2017 school year.
A rainy morning did not dampen the spirits of students who, toting backpacks full of school supplies, disembarked from bright yellow school buses and carpools ready and excited to start the new school year on Sept. 1.
The district welcomed new faculty during the New Teacher Orientation Program on Aug. 25-30. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction John McNamara introduced the staff to administrators, who discussed technology initiatives, policies and procedures, the district’s special education philosophy and literacy program, benefits and more. There was also time allotted to prepare classrooms and to take a bus tour of the district.
During the July 5 reorganization meeting, members of the Board of Education elected President Anthony Greco and Vice President Michael Cucci. Trustees Kera McLoughlin and Peter Mountanos were also sworn in for additional three-year terms.
It was an evening of pride and excitement as 268 high school seniors celebrated a long-awaited milestone during the district’s 61st annual commencement exercises held at Nassau Community College on June 23. The Board of Education, administration and faculty led the black and gold clad seniors down the isle and to their seats as the high school band played “Pomp and Circumstance,” under the direction of Mindy Dragovich.
It was a day of celebration for the District’s students from Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary schools who commemorated the culmination of their primary education during individual moving up ceremonies.
During the June 16 meeting of the Board of Education, New York State School Boards Association Area 11 representative Robert Schoen awarded trustee Kera McLoughlin with a Board Excellence Award.
The District’s elementary schools were a sea of red, white and blue as Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh students celebrated Flag Day on June 14. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress and is a time to reflect on the importance of this symbol.
The District is pleased to announce that the high school’s varsity baseball team secured the New York State Class A Championship title on June 12 with a 6-5 victory over Williamsville East High School, held at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York. This is Wantagh’s first state baseball title since 1998.
Several hundred works featuring top student-artists from the high school and middle school were on display during the district’s annual Art Festival, held in the high school gymnasium on June 1. 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.
Eighty of Wantagh High School’s most talented business students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the Business Honor Society as permanent and probationary members during a special ceremony in the auditorium. To qualify for membership, permanent members have taken at least three full credits in business courses and have maintained an average of 90 percent or greater while also fulfilling their community service requirement.
The Board of Education and central administration announced the tenure of 10 administrators and teachers during a reception with colleagues and family members that marked this most important milestone of their educational careers.
The district is pleased to announce that Board of Education trustee Kera McLoughlin received a Board Excellence Award from the New York State School Boards Association.
Throughout the district, students celebrated the first 100 days of school with a variety of math and reading activities that reinforced the skills learned in the first half of the 2015-16 school year.
After exploring all other on site options, the decision has been made to move the high school graduation, normally held on the high school athletic field, to the Nassau Community College gymnasium. This indoor venue will easily accommodate our graduating class and guests.
Even though Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, administrators and teachers from the district’s three elementary schools happened to see the shadows of 32 enthusiastic high school students, who followed mentors throughout the school day.
A cold day in January could not stop the enthusiasm of Mandalay first-grade students during Cheryl Schwartz and Hope Rubinstein’s lesson on making vanilla ice cream. This activity applied principles learned about measurements, as well as the differences between a liquid, solid and gas.
The harmonious music of more than 100 instruments reverberated through the halls of the high school as student-musicians in grades 5-12 performed during the district’s 10th annual Band Day Festival Concert, titled “At the Movies,” on Jan. 31. Under the direction of conductors Mindy Dragovich and Dan Aviles, the students performed Jim Henson and Sam Pottle’s “The Muppet Show Theme,” Johnnie Vincent’s arrangement of “When I’m Gone,” Mike Story’s arrangement of the “Star Wars” main theme, Sean O’Loughlin’s arrangement of highlights from “Mary Poppins” and more.
The district congratulates the following athletes on their accomplishments during the fall sports season.
The third annual Wantagh TechDay was held on Jan. 9 at Wantagh High School, during which approximately 130 Wantagh School District students in grades 5-12 expanded their knowledge of game programming, app development, data science and robotics. The goal of the event was to introduce students to computer science, a field expected to grow rapidly over the next decade.
Wantagh High School is one of more than 600 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone™ — an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for their future college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program includes a two-course sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of Advanced Placement® courses and exams.
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.
The Board of Education goals for the 2016-17 school year are listed in the attached document.
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.