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Notice of Special Board of Education Business Meeting - May 1, 2017


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West Hempstead HS Inducts 155 Into Honor Societies

West Hempstead HS Inducts 155 Into Honor Societies Photo

As a result of their dedication, commitment to excellence and elite academic standing, more than 150 West Hempstead High School students were inducted into the Tri-M Music, Italian, Spanish, Art and National Honor Societies on April 24.

Opening the ceremony, members of the high school Chamber Orchestra performed for the parents, faculty, Board of Education members and district administrators in attendance.

“To our accomplished students, we honor your achievements in four important areas – scholarship, leadership, community service and character,” said High School Principal Alvaro Escobar. “All of you are now leaders who will strive to live up to the expectations and responsibilities of your society, community, school and, most importantly, yourselves.”

Current members of each honor society spoke about the group’s significance, its requirements for induction and the responsibilities of its members. After lighting their society’s candle, the inductees recited their respective oaths, pledging their commitment to the chapter.

This year, the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 15 new members, while the Art Honor Society accepted 35 new creative students. The Italian and Spanish honor societies welcomed 14 and 39 new members, respectively. The National Honor Society inaugurated 52 Juniors and Seniors.

The district is very proud of its newest honor society members and extends its gratitude to the teachers and staff who advise these clubs.

Notice of Special Board of Education Business Meeting Executive Session - May 15, 2017


VIDEO: 3D Printing


In the MAKER SPACE Lab, Cornwell Avenue fifth-graders made multidimensional objects using the school's 3D printers.

West Hempstead High School Spring Musical Another Great Success

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The West Hempstead High School Drama Club presented the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for students, faculty and community members.

Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, the story brings together an eclectic group of sixth-graders, each eager to win the competition for very different reasons. These young students include sweet and timid Olive Ostrovsky, who traveled by bus with her only friend – the dictionary – to compete; the bold and hyper-allergic William Barfee, who plans to use his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; returning champion Charlito “Chip” Tolentino, who struggles with his escalating puberty as he tries to win for the second time; the easily distracted Leaf Coneybear, who entered the bee as second runner-up and is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a competitor; overachiever Marcy Park, who is disappointed by her consistent success; and the politically aware Logainne “Schwartzy”  Schwartzandgrubenierre, who is only competing to impress her father. Through hilarious, touching and catchy songs, the spellers reveal their hopes, struggles and passions as they make their way through the competition.

Captivating the audience from the first act, the cast gave a riveting performance as they embraced their inner tween, spelling challenging words and exposing their ambitions and aspirations for life.

The drama club would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to West Hempstead Director of Music and Fine Arts Jonathan Trapani, production directors Wayne Heckler, Joseph Kane and Nicole Morace, choreographer Melissa Benson and stage director Daniel D’Pasquale for their unconditional support and dedication to another successful spring musical.

To view all photos from the performance visit the photo album link on the high school webpage.    

Leading By Example

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Carly Sills, a student at West Hempstead High School, was one of two high school seniors chosen to speak at the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony for the Island Park School District’s Lincoln Orens Middle School.

As tradition, Lincoln Orens invites the two seniors who hold the highest grade point average from West Hempstead and Long Beach high schools to address the younger students and encourage their academic success in high school.     

Alongside Carly, Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly offered words of advice and inspiration to the 28 newly inducted members. NJHS members are selected based on their demonstration of the society’s five core values – scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship – as well as specific academic requirements.

The West Hempstead School District is proud of Carly for leading by example and inspiring her peers.

Lisette Palomo Named News 12 Scholar Athlete

Lisette Palomo Named News 12 Scholar Athlete Photo

West Hempstead High School senior, Lisette Palomo has been recognized as a News12 Scholar Athlete for her outstanding academic and athleticism. She also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Hempstead branch.

Throughout her tenure at West Hempstead High School, Lisette has been enrolled in Advanced Placement, college-level and honors courses where she earned a 99.86 GPA. On her SATs, Lisette received a 1320. She also is in numerous clubs and organizations at the school as well as plays two musical instruments.

Outside of the classroom, Lisette is on multiple sports teams including lacrosse, basketball, badminton and soccer.

As a member of the girls varsity soccer team since the eighth-grader, Lisette has led the Rams to 43 wins, four playoff appearances and one conference championship.

With 72 points consisting of 49 goals and 23 assists, Lisette currently holds the second highest number of career points in West Hempstead history. Among her accomplishments, she has been named an All-County athlete for three consecutive years, was on the fourth team All-State as a senior, and was featured as one of Newsday’s Top 50 Girls Soccer Players to Watch. She also was voted the Nassau County Girls Varsity Soccer Player of the Year in Conference AB3. She will attend Iona College in the fall.

To see the full interview, watch News 12’s Scholar Athlete segment beginning on Tuesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Congratulations, Lisette!

Beloved Children’s Author Visits Chestnut Street

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Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School received a valuable lesson in writing when children’s author Suzy Kline paid them a special visit on March 1 and 2.

An elementary school teacher for 25 years, Mrs. Kline applied her experiences in educating younger children to pen the popular children’s book series “Horrible Harry.” She shared some of the pieces that inspired her writing, including a stub pencil she had received from a student, a sailor hat, a dress scarf and a light bulb necklace. She also read “Shhhh,” her first published story. 

Following the read alouds, Mrs. Kline held Q&A sessions with the young students to answer questions about becoming an author. She also gave each student a copy of “Horrible Harry and the Top-Secret Hideout” and encouraged them to carry a notebook to write or draw about activities that occur in their everyday lives. The Chestnut Street School administration would like to express its gratitude to PTA board member Laurene Baumann for organizing Mrs. Kline visit to Chestnut.      

Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

In honor of Read Across America Day, members of the West Hempstead Board of Education and central administration, as well as local officials, community members and West Hempstead High School students, gathered at Chestnut Street School on March 2 – the birthday of Dr. Seuss – to read to kindergartners.

Among those who read to the students were Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Edward Ambrosino, Board of Education President Karen Brohm, Vice President Vincent Trocchia and trustee Andrea Shinsato, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and members of the high school Key Club, as well as other influential community members including Mr. Thomas Sargent and his son Aidan. They also spoke to the kindergartners about the importance of reading and how it has helped them become successful adults.

Additionally, classes gave a nod to the beloved children’s author by wearing red and white striped hats, cat whiskers and bow ties similar to the Cat in the Hat’s, eating green eggs and ham, and voting on their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Video: Love Is Universal

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Love and kindness filled the hallways of West Hempstead High School as students participated in the school’s Love Is Universal Week held Feb. 6-10.

Over the five days, students, teachers and administrators engaged in activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. They received badges for completing random acts of kindness, contributed to a paper “kindness chain” by linking kind-hearted words together, and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers during lunch periods.

The week concluded with P.S. I Love You Day named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke and Jaimie DiPalma who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wore purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.    

In recognition of this day, the entire student body and staff at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-It–Note activity, for which the lobby was filled with colorful Post-Its bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else.

Family Literacy Fun

Family Literacy Fun

The district welcomed students and their families to its Family Literacy Night at West Hempstead High School on Feb. 16. The annual event serves to strengthen the school-community connection while encouraging literacy amid a myriad of games and activities.

During the evening celebration, guests filled the cafeteria and gymnasium to participate in activities and win prizes. In the cafeteria, students and families painted with watercolors, built structures out of Legos, had their faces painted and created colorful splatter paint murals using spin painting machines. Children could also take home books from the large collection of gently used books that lined the tables. In the gymnasium, guests viewed a fairy tale performance of “Little Red Riding Hood” staged by West Hempstead High School’s Drama Club, played word games and participated in read alouds.     
Kathleen O’Farrell, the district’s Director of English, Reading and Library Services, recognized all of the administrators, teachers and student and parent volunteers who made this year’s event a success. 

“We read, danced, created, wrote, won prizes and gave away over 40 cases of books tonight,” O’Farrell said. “My sincere thanks to everyone who made this night truly remarkable.” 

PARP Celebration

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Chestnut Street is supporting PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) throughout the month of March with school-wide 'Fun Friday' activities that encourage reading.  Friday, March 17th was "Headbands Day." Each class had a theme such as sight words, shape words, days of the week, months of the year, colors, seasons, etc. Students wore their headbands all day and practiced reading one another's words in passing, at lunch, and by visiting other classrooms.


Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Ninth graders at West Hempstead High School taught fellow students about self-sufficient living during the Middle Ages when they displayed their creative research at the school’s fourth annual Medieval Manor Museum on March 9.

In their Social Studies classes, the students learned about feudalism, manors and the daily lives of villagers, lords and farmers in the Middle Ages. They were then tasked with creating realistic replicas of manors where people could live and flourish on the land. The displays were made using posters, Styrofoam boards, food items and computer programs such as Minecraft to build manor houses, churches, farmlands, meadows and rivers.  

At the museum, fellow students viewed the projects and voted for the manor that was best suited for self-sufficient living.

Middle School Sixth-Grader Named National Geographic Bee Semifinalist

West Hempstead Middle School sixth-grader Mouhammad Seck has been named a National Geographic Bee semifinalist and will compete in the New York State Geographic Bee 2017 in Albany on March 31.

After winning his school’s geography bee in January, Mouhammad took the online written qualifying test, earning a spot among the top 100 scorers in New York State.

Should he become the state champion, Mouhammad will receive $100, the National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, and qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship, to be held in Washington D.C., May 15-17.

The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, $500 cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

The district wishes Mouhammad much success as he continues in the competition at the state level. 

Schedule of Upcoming Special Board of Education Meetings


Scientists of Cornwell Avenue

Students at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School recently showcased their experiments during the school’s annual fifth-grade science fair.

Over the course of a month, all fifth-grade students employed the scientific method to conduct experiments on a topic of their choosing. During the experimental phase, they gathered materials needed, performed the experiment, compiled necessary data and drew conclusions based on their findings. Among their experiments, they studied water absorbency with different paper towel brands, tested an eggshell’s durability, and created film canister rockets, lava lamps and rock candy.

On Jan. 31, families, teachers, administrators and fellow students were invited to view the fifth-graders’ work at the fair. The cafeteria was transformed into an exhibition site where students displayed their findings on detailed posters and replicated their experiments for the attendees.

The district would like to thank all of the fifth-grade teachers for providing their students with an opportunity to conduct experiments and nurture their passion for science.

Small Change Makes A Big Difference

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West Hempstead Middle School recently held a Pennies for Patients fundraiser, collecting more than $2,900 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The two-week fundraiser asked students in grades 6-8 to donate spare change during their homeroom periods. The students created their own collection boxes to accept donations from friends, families and neighbors, as well.

At the end of each day, the students sent their donations to the main office of the school, which ultimately sent a grand total of $2,906 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to assist in finding cures and improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

Inspired by the sizeable donation, the Pennies for Patients foundation rewarded the largest middle school donors with a bagel breakfast.

2016-2017 Superintendent's Goals

I. Provide all students with a comprehensive education which prepares them for their postgraduate future. a. Implement, support and evaluate the current writing and reading programs to ensure a cohesive focus, with common language and expectations for all students.

b. Utilize data, from multiple sources, to plan and implement appropriate, differentiated instruction that improves individual student achievement and will result in a 10% increase in scores for all NYS assessments and Regents/ AP exams administrated.

c. Design, implement and evaluate the co-teaching models for the special education and ENL programs to support student academic success.

d. Provide professional development for teachers and administrators to support the implementation of district and state initiatives.

e. To provide Social Emotional Learning (SEL) experiences for our students that develop cultural sensitivity, community service and personal attributes that instill in them humanity and citizenship.

II. Provide opportunities to involve the entire school community in the educational program for our children.

a. Engage community learning through parent/community workshops designed for the specific schools/departments.

b. Develop and implement Community/Parent University program that engages community members and parents by developing an understanding of current social, emotional and academic issues facing students.

c. Expand public relations initiatives to include greater utilization of the district website, Parent Portal, and social media.

III. To stabilize the District's financial position through long-term fiscal and
organizational planning.

a. Implement recommendations provided by the State Comptroller and the school district auditor to support the long term fiscal health of the district.

b. Support the implementation of facilities updates outlined in the bond through collaborative work with district architects and comprehensive fiscal planning.

c. Support the implementation of projects to be funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

Facilities Update

While teachers, staff members and students were enjoying the summer with friends and family, Director of Facilities Anthony Vecchione and members of the district’s custodial and buildings and grounds staff were hard at work preparing all five buildings for the return of educators and children in September.

Throughout the district, classrooms, hallways, offices and parking lots were repainted and lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles were replaced. Along with facility care, the staff attended to landscaping and masonry projects such as maintaining the quality of the turf fields and beautifying the grounds with trees, shrubs and flowers. Carpentry repairs were completed throughout the buildings as well, including the installation of shelving, handrails, new doors and hardware.

Among some of the larger projects, Chestnut Street received a new awning at the bus entrance to protect students and staff during inclement weather. Computers and phones were rewired at the middle school, while a new circuit breaker was installed in the basement of Cornwell Avenue. Whiteboards and projectors were installed at George Washington Elementary School and the high school, which also received renovations to its radiators.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, administrators and faculty thanked Mr. Vecchione and all staff members involved for making the repairs in a timely and efficient manner and preparing all buildings for learning in the new academic year.

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November 2016