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Packaging A Thanksgiving Feast

Packaging A Thanksgiving Feast photo

Students, administrators and faculty of the district assisted the West Hempstead High School Key Club’s Thanksgiving food drive on Nov. 15 by packaging more than 50 boxes of canned goods and nonperishable items for local families to enjoy this holiday.

Since September, members of the Key Club have been encouraging students, faculty and residents to drop off donations during the school day, hosting a stuff-the-bus fundraiser at homecoming and asking shoppers for donations at local Stop and Shop grocery stores. 

Key Club members, administrators, students and staff formed an assembly line in one of the school’s hallways to transport the donations from the pantry to the cafeteria. Volunteers sorted and organized the canned beans, soup, green beans, corn, rice, pasta, stuffing, cereal and juice into categorical sections on tables. 

Afterward, volunteers across the district distributed the canned goods and nonperishables into 52 boxes filled with the essentials needed to complete a savory holiday dinner.

An Important Safety Message from the Superintendent of Schools

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Safety Message - November 2017

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West Hempstead Middle School Presents Beauty and the Beast Jr.

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Best Buddies Key Club Donation Day

Key Club Donation Assembly

Fun At The Fall Festival

Fun At The Fall Festival photo

Chestnut Street School students in the West Hempstead School District enjoyed a day of fall-inspired activities during the school’s first annual fall festival.

Members of the West Hempstead High School Key Club assisted as the classes rotated among various stations where students played games including spider web cornhole, candy corn ring toss, pumpkin hockey, and mummy-wrapping the principal, Faith Tripp, with toilet paper. 

Additionally, students were thrilled to pick pumpkins in the patch and take class photos with bales of hay and scarecrows.

Chestnut Street extends its gratitude and appreciation to the PTA for providing the pumpkins and popcorn and to the teachers for creating the amazing games. 



Community Forum on District Restructuring – November 28

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Transportation Update

Dear Parents and Guardians

Baumann Bus Company has informed the district   that they have secured drivers for buses transporting students to Samuel H, Wang Yeshiva High School for girls tomorrow. Transportation will proceed as normal. 

They were however unable to secure drivers to transport students to Yeshiva Har Torah.

If your child attends Yeshiva Har Torah, we suggest that you consider making alternative transportation arrangements for your child until further notice in the light of this unfortunate situation. 

We advise parents to continue checking the district website for the most up to 
Date information.

Thank you.
 

West Hempstead Hosts ENL Parent Workshop For Community

West Hempstead Hosts ENL Parent Workshop For Community photo

The West Hempstead English as a New Language Department recently welcomed parents to the new school year at its annual ENL Parent Workshop.

Department administrators and ENL teachers provided parents with an overview of the program, described the services that the district offers ENL students, and explained the importance of students participating in extracurricular activities and sports. Additionally, Pia Canaria Ramirez from the West Hempstead Public Library encouraged parents to utilize the services and programs offered at the library. 

Concluding the program, ENL high school teacher Lisa McCarthy gave a tutorial on navigating PowerSchool, an educational platform that displays students’ class assignments and grades, to middle and high school parents.  

Faith Tripp, the district’s director of ENL, thanked all parents, teachers, administrators and volunteers for making this year’s workshop a success.



Transportation Strike Information

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The Baumann Bus Company using the Oceanside garage is on strike. This will affect students who are being transported to Yeshiva Har Torah and Samuel H Wang, Yeshiva High School for girls. We suggest that you consider making  alternative transportation arrangements for your child in the light of this unfortunate situation. 

We advise parents to continue checking the district website for the most up to date information.

Thank you,
The West Hempstead School District

 

Fall Newsletter Now Available

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Student Council Halloween Costume Party

Going For The Gold

Going For The Gold photo
West Hempstead High School seniors John Regan and Rabiya Khan have been recognized as school winners in the Wendy’s High School Heisman program. 

According to its website, the program was established in 1994 through a partnership between Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and the Heisman Memorial Trophy Trust to recognize and honor high school seniors who strive for excellence in the classroom, on the playing field and through community involvement. 

To qualify for entrance into the competition, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, be leaders within their school and community, and perform in one of the 43 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations. After submitting an application, participants undergo the selection process and are named either a school winner, state finalist, state winner, national finalist or national winner.

As school winners, John and Rabiya received a certificate of distinction and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch. John was recognized as a linebacker on the high school football team and Rabiya for varsity tennis. 

The district congratulates both students on earning this distinguished recognition.    

West Hempstead Students Recognize Board Of Education

West Hempstead Students Recognize Board Of Education photo

In honor of School Board Recognition Month, West Hempstead students expressed their appreciation to the district’s board of education on behalf of all students, teachers, administrators and families of the community during the board’s business meeting on Oct. 17.

Setting the tone for the meeting were members of the high school chamber orchestra and chamber choir, who performed the district’s alma mater. Following, Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke, the district’s Director of Innovative Educational Opportunities, showed a video (located at bottom of article) of students learning about what members of the West Hempstead Board of Education do for the district and expressing their gratitude for their hard work and dedication to the community.

Students then presented each board member with a canvas bag, purchased by central administration, containing a copy of the video on a flash drive, along with an oversized thank-you card and portraits of each board member that students districtwide had helped to create. The original artwork will be framed and displayed in the administration building.     

“To be a school board member means you’re investing a gret deal of time in learning, studying, growing and working together to make decisions that truly help and support our staff and students,” said Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. “I would like to thank the school board for the service and support they have shown me, the district and our students.”   



West Hempstead Senior Named National Hispanic Scholar

West Hempstead Senior Named National Hispanic Scholar photo
West Hempstead High School senior John Regan has been recognized as a 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. 

According to its website, the NHRP was established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and honors about 5,000 or 2.5 percent of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Although there is no financial reward, recipients receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

John is enrolled in six Advanced Placement and college-level courses, is a lineman for the varsity football team, runs spring track, and is a member of the National, Spanish and Art honor societies. Additionally, he volunteers in his community coaching football for younger children and was named a Wendy’s Heisman Trophy winner for football.  

The district congratulates John on this exceptional award and wishes him a successful senior year. 

West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

National Writing Day Pic

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.

  

 

West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.
  

West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.

 

West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.
 

 

Chestnut Street Kindergartners Share Their Cultures

Chestnut Street Kindergartners Share Their Cultures photo

As part of their social studies curriculum, the kindergartners of Erin Holtkamp’s class at Chestnut Street School celebrated diversity by exploring each other’s names and cultures in a two-part study.

During the “All About Me” unit, the class read “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes, a story about teasing, self-esteem and acceptance. Inspired by the title character’s unique name, the kindergartners created one-of-a-kind designer nameplates by writing their own names and drawing colorful pictures. Following, they were assigned to speak with their families about how their parents had chosen their names. Using Flipgrid, a video discussion platform, the young students shared facts about their names, including the history and cultural meaning behind them. They viewed different classmates’ video submissions and gave them compliments. 

The second project, “My Life in a Bag,” had students learn about each other by asking them to present five items that represented their culture. Students shared artifacts from their bag that represented who they are and their cultural backgrounds. These included miniature flags of their native country, ethnic recipes, traditional clothing, family pictures and items connected to their favorite activities. 

After the presenters shared their artifacts, Holtkamp posted the items on a bulletin board labeled “One Class, Many Cultures” as a way for the class to see that their classmates come from all different places, and to embrace and respect each other’s differences.     




West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.
 

 

West Hempstead Participates in National Writing Day

Across the district, West Hempstead students joined together to write about what makes them or what makes West Hempstead special in honor of National Writing Day on Oct. 20.
  

West Hempstead Board of Ed Elects Byars Cole As Newest Trustee

West Hempstead Board of Ed Elects Byars Cole As Newest Trustee photo
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The newest trustee of the West Hempstead Board of Education, Byars Cole, was sworn in at the Board’s Sept. 19 meeting. Cole’s term expires May 15, 2018.    

A resident of West Hempstead since 2003, Cole is eager to volunteer his time to the community and serve as a Board trustee, having become very involved in the district. He and his wife have three children, two of whom are in the sixth and eighth grade at West Hempstead Middle School, and one of whom attended the district from grades K-8 and is now a sophomore enrolled in the musical theater program at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School.  

“I believe in public education and public service, and I would like to continue to invest in, advance and improve the district for our children and community,” Cole said. “I hope to be another strong voice and representative of the community that encourages and supports the administration in setting and achieving the highest standards of education to benefit our children.”   

Cole also looks forward to assisting the Board in overseeing the execution of the district’s bond referendum projects, as he was instrumental in the passage of the March 2016 vote.   

As a global account director for Level 3 Communications, a global networking company, Cole is responsible for various accounts where oversees new sales and revenue, senior-level management, strategic account planning and execution, and leads multifunctional teams in day-to-day activities.  

The Board of Education welcomes Cole and looks forward to collaborating with him for the betterment of the students and community of West Hempstead. 

Board of Education Forum Notice - November 28, 2017

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Chestnut Street Builds A Love For Writing

Chestnut Street Builds A Love For Writing photo

In an effort to enhance its educational program and provide its elementary school students with solid fundamental skills in writing, the district has introduced the Writing Fundamentals Writer’s Workshop model at Chestnut Street School. New this academic year, the program is designed to build a community of writers and provide kindergartners the opportunity to discover and grow their writing skills.

“Writing is a difficult topic, and some children don’t enjoy it,” said kindergarten teacher Cindy Chaimowitz. “We’re trying to change that mentality and build a foundation of writers who want to write by allowing students to be creative and independent in choosing their own subjects.” 

During a recent lesson at Chestnut Street, co-teachers Jeannine Scully and Cindy Chaimowitz read “I Love to Write!” by Rozanne Lanczak Williams to their kindergartners, explaining that good authors write about things they love, and encouraging the students to write from their hearts by drawing a story. 

The students brainstormed ideas for their stories, including being with their families, eating ice cream, playing soccer, enjoying the outdoors and preparing for dance recitals. They then drew colorful pictures that depicted a story about their chosen topics. 

“We’re trying to show students they can write, that everyone has a story to tell, and that good authors write from their heart,” said Scully. “Our hope is for them to express themselves and develop their writing skills as they enter elementary school.”  



Did You Know STEM Edition

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WHUFSD Photo Gallery

October 2017