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Coffee Talk with Superintendent

Coffee Talk with Superintendent photo
Coffee Talk with Superintendent flyer
Community members of the West Hempstead Union Free School District are invited to share coffee and conversation with new Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman throughout the school year on selected dates.
All students, parents, staff and members of the community are invited to share ideas that support academic success for all students, discuss the latest topics in education or any topics that may be relevant.

The meetings are scheduled to take place two Mondays a month from October through June. The sessions are as follows:

Mondays (3-4 p.m.)
October 15
November 5
December 3
January 7
February 4
March 4
April 1
May 6
June 3

Mondays (6-7 p.m.)
October 22
November 19
December 17
January 28
February 25
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 10

All sessions will be held at 252 Chestnut Street in West Hempstead.

High School Welcomes Constitution Day Speaker

High School Welcomes Constitution Day Speaker photo

In honor of Constitution Day, West Hempstead High School welcomed guest speaker Susan Gottehrer to a pair of classes on Sept. 17. Gottehrer is the director of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

During Mike Paul’s second period 11th grade history class and Colin Grey’s third period AP Government class, Gottehrer focused her discussion with the students on understanding the United States Constitution in addition to the 7 Articles and what was represented in each. She explained to both classes the movement from the 7 Articles to the Constitution.

At the end of each class, students were able to further their knowledge with questions for Gottehrer and discussions as a group before she provided a pocket U.S. Constitution for each student to take home.

VIDEO: First Day for Administrators


Prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, administrators from the West Hempstead School District discussed their feelings about the first day of school and goals for the upcoming year.

District Welcomes Back Students in Style

District Welcomes Back Students in Style photo

Despite humid temperatures, the West Hempstead School District welcomed students back to all five buildings with smiles and enthusiasm on Sept. 5.

The high school and middle school started the day for the district with first-year Principals James DeTommaso and Sean Murray helping to greet students on Nassau Boulevard. At Chestnut Street School, Principal Faith Tripp and staff opened the doors to the young students. Principal Deanna Sinito rolled out a red carpet and handed out sunglasses for students at the district’s new primary center, Cornwell Avenue School. Meanwhile, Principal Michelle Noti helped to direct fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders through the hallways to start the day at George Washington School.

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman and Assistant Superintendent Dina Reilly were among the many administrators to tour the schools on day one to wish all the student well.

The district looks forward to an exciting 2018-19 school year! 

Important Information on District Restructuring

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The district’s Board of Education unanimously adopted a plan at its Jan. 30 business meeting to move forward with restructuring the district’s schools. For detailed information, click here.

Board of Education Policy Meeting Notice - October 2, 2018


Staff and Faculty Convene for Superintendent’s Conference Day

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The West Hempstead School District held it’s annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4 to welcome staff and faculty members into the new school year.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dina Reilly opened the day’s greetings in the high school auditorium. Barbara Hafner, president of the West Hempstead Education Association; Chris Mistretta, on behalf of the West Hempstead Association of Supervisors and Administrators; and Karen Brohm, Board of Education president, all addressed those in the room before handing matters off to Superintendent of School Daniel Rehman. 

Following the opening remarks, attorney Christopher Mestecky, Esq. discussed district procedures and policies. WHEA and WHASA held respective meetings in the high school’s auditorium and library at the conclusion of presentations in the auditorium.

The final few hours of the days concluded with staff members attending faculty meetings in their respective buildings to discuss goals and expectations that will lead to success in the upcoming school year.


Careers Begin for District’s Newest Teachers

Careers Begin for District’s Newest Teachers photo

The West Hempstead School District warmly welcomed newly hired staff members during a two-day orientation program held on Aug. 29-30 at the district office on Chestnut Street.

On the first day, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dina Reilly and Assistant Superintendent for Business & Operations Joel Press addressed attendees with introductory remarks. The staff members were then educated on district procedures, programs and resources, and took part in round table discussions and informative sessions.

Day two opened with mentor meetings and a bus tour of the district. The new teachers were also brought in for West Hempstead Education Association orientation before meeting with respective principals and directors to culminate the program.

The district wishes the new staff members the best of luck as they start their journeys in West Hempstead.

Students Begin New Path at High School

Students Begin New Path at High School photo

Administrators, teachers and other members of the district staff welcomed the incoming class of freshmen to West Hempstead High School during an orientation program held on Aug. 29.

Prior to the first day of school, which will take place following Labor Day, the group of students was afforded the opportunity to tour the building, meet administrators and get to know staff members while also reuniting with classmates and being introduced to new ones. 

With encouragement from first-year principal James DeTomasso, the freshmen signed up for activities and clubs of interest the high school has to offer. Additionally, students tested combinations on their new lockers and began to get comfortable with the hallways before school returns to session on Sep. 5.

DeTomasso concluded the day by challenging the Class of 2022 to “raise the bar” at West Hempstead by “doing an extra homework assignment, going to a club meeting and telling classmates to do the right thing.” 

Murray Named West Hempstead Middle School Principal

Murray Named West Hempstead Middle School Principal
Sean Murray has been named the new principal of West Hempstead Middle School, effective Aug. 24, 2018. His latest appointment follows seven years as an administrator in the Long Beach School District.

“I am eager and excited to lead the students, staff and families that make up the West Hempstead Middle School community,” said Murray. “I look forward to supporting the engaging, student-centered classrooms and continuing the school’s culture of excellence.”

The new West Hempstead administrator started his tenure in Long Beach in July 2011 as principal of East Elementary School. Four years later, he moved to the district offices as director of elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment, a newly established role that he held for three years. The position combined the functions of five K-12 directors – those of English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and English as New Language and world languages. As director he developed district staff development goals for instructional coaching model for embedded professional development in literacy, mathematics, inquiry and best practices, among many other tasks.

Prior to Long Beach, Murray served as assistant principal of Norman J. Levy-Lakeside Elementary School in the Merrick School District for four years. His teaching career began in 2001 as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at P.S. 90 - Horace Mann in Queens. He went on to teach third grade in the Franklin Square School District during the 2001-02 academic year, and then worked for five years teaching fifth grade in the Elmont School District.

Murray graduated from Binghamton University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in English and general literature. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in elementary education from Hofstra University, where he also earned a certificate of advanced study in educational policy and leadership.

West Hempstead Secures Bullet Aid Funding

West Hempstead Secures Bullet Aid Funding

As part of the West Hempstead Board of Education meeting on Aug. 14, New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky was on hand to award approximately $15,000 in Bullet Aid funding.

Senator Kaminsky presented the funds to Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman and Board President Karen Brohm during the meeting. The district intends on using the Bullet Aid towards improvement in safety for all schools.

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