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BOE Change of Date Public Notice - September 12, 2017

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Trustee Vacancy: West Hempstead Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

West Hempstead Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting Photo

The district held its annual Board of Education Reorganization meeting on July 5. Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss opened the meeting and district clerk Kathryn Girolamo administered the oaths of office.

Joseph Magaraci was sworn in as the newest member of the Board, alongside trustee Vincent Trocchia, who will begin his 10th term and 28th year on the Board. Karen Brohm and Andrea Shinsato were elected President and Vice President, respectively.

Additionally, a vacant trustee position is available on the Board. The new trustee will serve through May 15, 2018 when the District Budget and Board of Education elections are held. Community residents who are interested in this position can submit a letter of interest and résumé by Aug. 11 to:

Kathryn Girolamo, District Clerk
West Hempstead Union Free School District
252 Chestnut Street, West Hempstead, NY 11552

or, by email to:

Kathryn Girolamo
kgirolamo@whufsd.com




Welcome to West Hempstead

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As the 2017-2018 school year begins, the Board of Education is pleased to welcome new administrators, directors and faculty to the district.

Dr. Emmanuel Glasu has been appointed the assistant superintendent for business and operations. With a solid background in financial leadership, Dr. Glasu was an assistant business official in the Valley Stream Central High School District, where he helped manage the business office and supervise the financial affairs of the district. He also spearheaded the development of accurate and reliable financial reports in this position. Prior, he served as an accountant for the Roslyn Public School District, coordinating a $102 million budget for five schools consisting of more than 4,800 students and 500 faculty members to efficiently operate and perform at the highest academic caliber.

Dr. Glasu holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from CUNY York College and a master’s in educational administration from LIU Post. 

Joseph Pumo entered the district as assistant principal of West Hempstead Middle School on Aug. 1. With a passion for science, Pumo has taught Life Science in the Freeport School District and Living Environment and Science in the Oceanside School District. While teaching at Oceanside Middle School, he also became a teacher leader there, a position in which he collaborated with other teachers to write curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. He also served as an administrative intern at Oceanside, where he worked with school officials to revise district policies for the betterment of student learning.  

Pumo received his Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Manhattan College and his master’s in childhood and special education from Touro College. 

Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke will be joining the district as the director of innovative educational opportunities. Beginning his career as a teacher and staff developer, he implemented individual and class positive behavior plans that promoted responsibility, problem-solving skills and accountability. In addition, he collaborated with students at various levels to improve their success through instruction in reading, writing and mathematics. Continuing his career with the New York City Department of Education, Emmanuel-Cooke served as an assistant principal at P.S. 360Q, and later became founding principal of the Dr. Marie M. Daly Academy of Excellence. As founding principal of the academy, he directed curriculum development, school policies, systems and structures, hired instructional staff and established a partnership with the community. 

Emmanuel-Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Buffalo and a master’s degree in childhood and special education from LIU Post. 

Doris Stanojev has accepted the position of assistant director of pupil personnel services for the upcoming academic year. Stanojev served as a speech and educational supervisor, and later as the assistant principal/senior curriculum coordinator, at the Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children. Following, she was the unit coordinator at P.S. 277, integrating the principles of the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) program and Unique Learning System in the school curriculum to accommodate the diversity of all learners. In 2015, Stanojev served as the administrative coordinator for Eastern Suffolk BOCES, where she provided technical assistance, training and information for dissemination and professional development to school districts to improve instructional programs for students with disabilities. Stanojev earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Science in communication science and disorders from Adelphi University. 

The district congratulates and wishes tremendous success to all of the new staff members.   

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Trustee Vacancy: Message From the Board of Education

A trustee vacancy exists on the West Hempstead School Board. The Board of Education will fill this vacancy by appointment. The new trustee will serve through the May 15, 2018 Budget and Board of Education elections.

If interested in being considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest and résumé by August 11th to the District Clerk:

Ms. Kathryn Girolamo
kgirolamo@whufsd.com

or, by mail to:

Ms. Kathryn Girolamo
252 Chestnut Street
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Middle School Awaits

Middle School Awaits Photo

Fifth-graders from Cornwell Avenue and George Washington elementary schools culminated their experiences in their respective schools with moving up exercises on June 21. The celebratory ceremonies included musical performances, presentations of distinguished awards and words of wisdom from administrators as the Class of 2017 proceeds to middle school.

At their commencement ceremonies, the graduates were lauded by parents, central administrators, Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and faculty for their five years of academic achievements.

Opening the festivities, fifth-graders performed songs reminiscing about their shared learning experiences, laughter and memories over the years as well as the anticipated excitement for their next adventure.   

Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito commended the Class of 2017 for their remarkable accomplishments and encouraged them to use the lessons they’ve learned at Cornwell throughout their life journey.

“To be successful in this world you have to learn to navigate the unexpected,” she said. “You have so much to offer and it is my deepest wish that you use the gifts you’ve been given and continue to grow to make your positive mark on this world.”  

At George Washington Elementary School, Principal Michelle Notti offered words of advice inspiring the students to succeed in middle school.

“As you move on to middle school, please continue to build on your repertoire of knowledge, strive for excellence and take advantage of every opportunity,” Mrs. Notti said. “Like the great thinker Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.’”

A highlight of both of the ceremonies was the presentation of awards including subject area, character and Presidential Awards for Educational Excellence, which are bestowed upon students who demonstrate outstanding academic growth and excellence, achieve highly on the New York State reading and mathematics assessments, and continuously improve in all subject areas.

Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s moving up ceremonies served not only as celebrations of students’ accomplishments thus far, but also precursors to the continuation of their academic careers at West Hempstead Middle School.

For more pictures visit Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s pages for a slideshow of each moving up ceremony.





Recognizing Memories Of Middle School

Recognizing Memories Of Middle School Photo

Celebrating the completion of one academic chapter and welcoming the beginning of the next, eighth-graders of West Hempstead Middle School commemorated their middle school years with a special moving up ceremony on June 23.

The Class of 2017 paraded in the high school auditorium, where proud parents and family members snapped photos, cheered and applauded alongside teachers, faculty members, administrators and members of the Board of Education. Middle School music teachers Wayne Heckler, Christopher Lovasz and Nicole Morace provided musical performances during the event.

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss commended the students on this milestone achievement and encouraged them to explore all the new opportunities the high school has to offer.

“We are very proud of you all and your accomplishments over the past three years,” she said. “As you look ahead to high school, decide what you want to experience and let that passion flourish over the next four years.”

Congratulating the eighth-grade graduates, Middle School Principal Dina Reilly recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the eighth-grade class and offered sage advice as they head into high school.

“Take what you have learned from middle school and let it serve you well as you move forward to high school,” Mrs. Reilly explained. “To the graduating class of 2021 we wish you continued success, good luck and happiness as you become involved, study hard, and forge new friendships over the next four years.”

While conferring the diplomas to the Class of 2017, district tradition invites members of the West Hempstead Board of Education to present their children with diplomas. Board of Education President Karen Brohm and trustee Patricia Greaves presented the honorary certificates to their daughters Melissa and Morgan, respectively.

Another highlight of the ceremony was the distribution of awards and scholarships to graduates for academic excellence, outstanding character and good citizenship. In addition, Anthony Coppola and Paraskeve Tsirakidis were presented with the Senator Todd Kaminsky Junior Public Service Leadership Award for their leadership qualities, community service and accomplishments as students.

Welcoming the future West Hempstead High School Class of 2021, Principal Alvaro Escobar advised them to strive in their classes, develop their passions, practice tolerance, actively engage in helping the community and continue their quest of being lifelong learners.

The district congratulates the middle school graduates on this significant academic passage and wishes them continued success at West Hempstead High School.     





West Hempstead Middle School Eighth-Graders Take The Challenge

West Hempstead Middle School Eighth-Graders Take The Challenge Image
West Hempstead Middle School continually seeks to provide rigorous educational opportunities for all students with various academic programs. Eighth-graders can obtain high school credit in our Regents-level Living Environment course by enrolling through traditional measures and the school’s Challenge Up initiative.

Students who elect to take part in the Challenge Up program are afforded the opportunity to excel through progress monitoring and academic support both inside and outside the classroom. Support includes peer tutoring by the school’s National Junior Honor Society members and participating in the Living Environment workshops taught by Science teachers.

Since the program’s inaugural year, the number of students taking Regents Living Environment as an eighth-grader has grown. Over its three years, program enrollment has increased 80 percent, from 50 students in year one to almost 90 this fall.

“The success of the program is attributable to the commitment of the students and parents as well as the expertise of the teachers,” said Joseph Cangemi, the district’s director of STEM. “We are proud to announce that our passing rate is 100 percent, while the mastery rate [students who earn 85 percent or higher] is more than 70 percent.”    

West Hempstead High School Celebrates 63rd Annual Commencement

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June 25 was a day of celebration for the West Hempstead Class of 2017 when 13 years of hard work culminated in a graduation ceremony at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

The seniors paraded down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance,” performed by the West Hempstead High School orchestra during the event, for which Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins served as master of ceremonies. Senior Class Co-Presidents Sofia Gutierrez, Natalia Roberts and Tina Tudisco delivered the farewell address, reminiscing about the accomplishments, memories and obstacles the graduates had faced over the past four years. Tudisco, also the class’s salutatorian, said she would cherish the friendships that had developed along the way.

“We have achieved great things together such as receiving scholarships at competitions, putting on amazing theatrical productions, surviving the rigors of Advanced Placement courses and working through the college process,” she said. “I’m sure everyone can agree that they would not have been able to get to this moment without the help of their friends.”
 
Valedictorian Nathaniel Vaduthala urged his fellow classmates to embrace their individuality and reminded them that they can all make a difference in the world moving forward.

“The Class of 2017 is diverse and talented, each in his or her own way, so let’s not waste time trying to live someone else’s life,” he said.

Musical entertainment was also provided by the chamber choir, which performed the high school’s alma mater and the Beatles’ “Blackbird.” Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and Principal Alvaro Escobar shared advice and encouragement before the students received their diplomas.

“Along your journey, may you reflect kindly upon your years in West Hempstead,” Sullivan-Kriss said. “We send you forth with great pride and lots of love, eager to learn of your future successes in life.”

“Your knowledge has grown with your years, building on itself as your curious minds expanded,” Escobar said. “You faced challenges, forged friendships, overcame obstacles, conquered doubts, surprised yourself and, most of all, learned, prospered and succeeded.”



 

Middle School Awaits

Fifth-graders from Cornwell Avenue and George Washington elementary schools culminated their experiences in their respective schools with moving up exercises on June 21. The celebratory ceremonies included musical performances, presentations of distinguished awards and words of wisdom from administrators as the Class of 2017 proceeds to middle school.

At their commencement ceremonies, the graduates were lauded by parents, central administrators, Board of Education members, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and faculty for their five years of academic achievements.

Opening the festivities, fifth-graders performed songs reminiscing about their shared learning experiences, laughter and memories over the years as well as the anticipated excitement for their next adventure.   

Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito commended the Class of 2017 for their remarkable accomplishments and encouraged them to use the lessons they’ve learned at Cornwell throughout their life journey.

“To be successful in this world you have to learn to navigate the unexpected,” she said. “You have so much to offer and it is my deepest wish that you use the gifts you’ve been given and continue to grow to make your positive mark on this world.”  

At George Washington Elementary School, Principal Michelle Notti offered words of advice inspiring the students to succeed in middle school.

“As you move on to middle school, please continue to build on your repertoire of knowledge, strive for excellence and take advantage of every opportunity,” Mrs. Notti said. “Like the great thinker Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.’”

A highlight of both of the ceremonies was the presentation of awards including subject area, character and Presidential Awards for Educational Excellence, which are bestowed upon students who demonstrate outstanding academic growth and excellence, achieve highly on the New York State reading and mathematics assessments, and continuously improve in all subject areas.

Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s moving up ceremonies served not only as celebrations of students’ accomplishments thus far, but also precursors to the continuation of their academic careers at West Hempstead Middle School.

For more pictures visit Cornwell Avenue’s and George Washington’s pages for a slideshow of each moving up ceremony.

Cornwell Avenue Moving Up

 

George Washinton Moving Up

 

West Hempstead’s Vaduthala, Tudisco Ranked Top Two in Class of 2017

West Hempstead’s Vaduthala, Tudisco Ranked Top Two in Class of 2017 Photo
West Hempstead High School has named Nathaniel Vaduthala and Tina Tudisco the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017. Both seniors reflected upon their tenure in the district following years of dedication to academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. 

Garnering No. 1 ranking in the class with a weighted GPA of 102.31, Nathaniel enrolled in as many Advanced Placement, college-level and honors courses as he could take. With a passion for science, he applied to multiple research programs prior to his sophomore year. He attended Bio Tech camps at both the Dolan DNA Learning Center and Stony Brook University, being one of only 15 students accepted into the latter program. Through the high school’s Science Research program, he further developed his research skills at Hofstra Univerity under the guidance of Dr. Roche C. deGuzman. There, he studied the mechanical characterization of gels formed using different PEG structures. Over his high school career, his research work has won awards at the Long Island Science Congress, Molloy Science Fair and Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Equally driven by his love for mathematics, he enrolled in Calculus II and Linear Algebra courses at Nassau Community College.     

Beyond his coursework, Nathaniel also served as co-president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the student council, Key Club, and the Tri-M Music and Spanish honor societies. Gifted musically, he is a first chair cellist with the school’s orchestra, chamber orchestra and pit orchestra. In addition, he was on the track team his freshman and sophomore years.
 
Community service has played a significant role in the top-ranking senior’s life. As youth coordinator of the Indian Knanaya Catholic Community of Greater New York, Nathaniel acclimates children newly immigrated from India to American culture by tutoring them and engaging them in recreational sports. He has also organized various community-wide projects such as blood drives and donation walks. One of his most noteworthy efforts was the "We Can with Cans" project, in which he organized a massive can collecting campaign in order to purchase bicycles for children in need at the holidays.

Nathaniel has merited numerous honors for his academic excellence and charitable deeds. These include being named an AP Scholar by the College Board, being one of 25 students from West Hempstead High School to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award, receiving the Herald Tribune Award for his work in the school newspaper, Rampage, and meriting departmental awards in math and music. In addition, he has earned the Community Service and Academic Excellence Award from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino, the Nassau County Legislature Good Deed Merit Award, the New York State Academic Excellence Award, the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Award, the Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers and the West Hempstead Education Association Academic Award. He was also named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   

Reflecting upon his time at West Hempstead, Nathaniel said he will miss his teachers the most for their constant support and guidance during his academic career. 

“All of the teachers I have had throughout my years in West Hempstead have been a major influence on the person I am today,” he said.
  
Nathaniel will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering and mathematics. As he prepares to embark on this new journey, his advice to future graduates is to find a balance between working hard and having fun. 

“If you find something you enjoy doing, whether that be a class, club or hobby, push that forward,” he said. “You’ll be working hard academically but also doing what you love.”  

Like Nathaniel, Tina challenged herself with a rigorous schedule of AP, college-level and honors courses, a passion for science research, and heavy involvement in school organizations and community outreach. She graduates as Class of 2017 salutatorian with an impressive 102.25 GPA.

Her interest in research began in the ninth grade, when she studied astronomy and conducted an experiment on black holes titled “How can scientists represent black holes in three dimensions?” She went on to conduct research on sustaining urban environments, a study that landed her a $12,000 scholarship for placing third in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering Competition for High School Students. She has also presented her work at LISEF, Molloy College, Google and the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.

From the time she was a toddler, Tina has had a passion for the arts. She has performed in the high school’s drama productions since her freshman year. After playing smaller roles in “Hairspray” and “A Christmas Carol,” she earned her first lead role as Olive Ostrovsky in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” She is also president of her school’s drama and theater clubs. 

A leader among her peers, Tina has been class president for all four years of high school, a position where she motivates her classmates and works with them to improve the school. Her contributions have included coordinating class trips, decorating the halls for homecoming and choreographing the senior dance for Class Night. She is also president of Mathletes, a member of the National and Italian honor societies, was on the softball team as a freshman and sophomore, and played varsity tennis her senior year. In addition, she has volunteered at South Nassau Communities Hospital and her church. 

Along with graduating at the top of her class, Tina has been named an AP Scholar, one of the high school’s top 25 students to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award, and a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete. She has received departmental awards in English and Italian, an American Lodge #2445 Order of the Sons of Italy in America scholarship, the Community Service and Academic Excellence Award from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, the New York State Academic Excellence Award and the West Hempstead Education Association Academic Award.  
 
On top of her vast achievements, Tina is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship award and the Leon Pollack Scholarship, accumulating a total of $35,000 in scholarships to attend Adelphi University, where she will major in education and history. She is enrolled in the honors college and Scholar Teacher Education Program, a unique five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program for students preparing to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. Her dream of becoming an educator stemmed from her mother and the faculty of West Hempstead. 

“I wanted to be a teacher since I was 2 years old,” the salutatorian explained. “Watching how amazing my mother was at teaching, coupled with all of the guidance, devotion and passion I’ve seen in my teachers at West Hempstead, has made me want to have my own class of students to educate and support.”  

West Hempstead MS Named A No Place For Hate School

West Hempstead MS Named A No Place For Hate School Photo

For the third consecutive year, West Hempstead Middle School has been named a No Place for Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the ADL’s website, No Place for Hate is an initiative designed to create inclusive school communities by promoting unity and respect and empowering schools to reduce bullying, name-calling and other expressions of bias.

West Hempstead Middle School Principal Dina Reilly congratulated the students who had helped the school earn this designation once again. “Whether you’re moving on to the high school or carrying on in the middle school, make sure you continue to shine a light on the importance of promoting dignity and tolerance and creating an inclusive school atmosphere for all students, teachers and faculty,” she said.  

The distinction recognizes students, teachers and administrators for their development and training in bullying, harassment and discrimination. Participating schools complete ADL-approved activities and projects to promote unity and reduce bullying through involved discussions, active learning and action planning.

Among the ADL activities, the middle school instituted the “Beautiful Me” program for girls in grades 6-8, which focuses on positive self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the reward of helping others. Earlier this spring, the school participated in a “Pay It Forward” campaign, where students were rewarded with bracelets and certificates for performing small acts of kindness. Throughout the year, students participated in the PTA’s “Don’t Press Send” assembly to discuss cyberbullying, and sixth-graders contributed to small group lessons conducted by the guidance department about bullying versus conflicts. Lastly, the entire school community partook in P.S. I Love You Day, where students sent messages of kindness to teachers, staff and other students during lunch periods.

In the fall, the middle school will establish a Dignity and Tolerance club, designed to celebrate diversity and tolerance toward all students by combating bullying behaviors. Members of the DAT club will develop initiatives to create a more inclusive school culture.        

West Hempstead was selected as a winner of this designation among schools from the five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Orange counties, and Northern New Jersey.

The district commends its students for earning this distinction and creating a welcoming environment in the middle school.



Success STEMs From Teamwork

Success STEMs From Teamwork Photo

Second-graders at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School collaborated to make a boat float during a recent STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenge.

Working in groups, students were given 10 straws and 10 inches of plastic wrap to construct a boat that would stay afloat while holding 25 pennies. Applying their critical thinking skills, the children created a variety of vessels out of the materials given to see whether they would sink or float in a tray of water.

Following the activity, the students shared how they constructed their boats and the reasons why they sank or sailed.        





MS Summer Reading List - 2017

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Fluttering Around The Classroom

Fluttering Around The Classroom Photo

Coinciding with their study of insects, first-graders at George Washington Elementary School learned about butterflies by creating their own butterfly marionettes with the help of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.

The students participated in a videoconference with the Center’s Distance Learning Puppeteer and Presenter, Brian Harrison, who discussed the anatomy of insects, the life cycle of butterflies, and how insects use camouflage to protect themselves from predators. Harrison also showed the students a few species of butterflies, including monarchs, swallowtails and Acadian Hairstreaks.

Working with an array of colored construction paper, the students followed step-by-step instructions given by Harrison to assemble their own butterflies.





HS Summer Reading List - 2017

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