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Students Doodle Google

Students Doodle Google photo
Fourth- and fifth-graders at George Washington School have recently submitted work into the Doodle for Google contest.

Students were invited to bring creativity to life in a Doodle that expresses the theme of “When I grow up, I hope…” for this year’s contest. Entries could be a drawing on a sheet of paper, a digital photo or a scan of the Doodle taped to the official entry form. Along with the entry, a 50-word descriptive statement about the creation is to be submitted by the March 18 deadline. 

In total, 53 students will be named winners from their state and/or territory with five finalists competing for the title of overall winner at Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The grand prize consists of a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for the winner’s school and their artwork placed on the Google homepage for a day. The other four finalists will each also win a $5,000 college scholarship.

Students at George Washington created Doodles such as hopes of space travel, less bullying, appreciation of nature, more emphasis on reading and books and becoming an astronaut.

“The students really impressed with their Doodles and we look forward to the next steps in the contest,” said teacher Dara Perlow.

Geography Trifecta

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Eighth-grader Mouhammad Seck has qualified for the Geographic Bee state competition for his third straight year.

After winning the school’s bee on Jan. 23, Mouhammed then scored within the top 100 on the online written test and advanced to the state level of the 31st Annual National Geographic Bee. The event will be held at the New York State Museum on March 29 in Albany. Last year, Mouhammad finished sixth in the state.

Students from across the state will compete for spots in the National Geographic GeoBee Championship at the National Geography Society headquarters in Washington D.C. from May 19-12.

The district congratulates Mouhammad for the feat of reaching the state level for a third straight year and wishes him luck on March 29!

VIDEO: Cornwell Hoops for Heart

Cornwell Hoops for Heart photo

Cornwell Avenue physical education teacher Michael Hovanec spoke about the importance of the Hoops for Heart event and how the students help to raise money for a great cause.

Student Advisors Present to Board of Ed


Students who are part of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council had the special opportunity to present to the Board of Education during a budget workshop meeting on March 5.

The nine-member council is comprised of students from the high school, middle school, George Washington and Cornwell Avenue. To begin the meeting, each student spoke to Board trustees about opportunities they see for improvement in the district’s buildings. Items included water fountains, lockers, desks and science lab equipment.

“These students should really be commended for the hard work they put into these presentations and the courage to speak in front of administrators, the Board and community members,” said Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman.

The next Board of Education budget workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 pm in the high school’s video conference room. All residents are invited to attend as the district continues its process of developing the proposed spending plan for the 2019-20 school year.


Reading Across Chestnut

Reading Across Chestnut photo

To celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, special guest readers visited classrooms at Chestnut Street School on March 1.

Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman was among the special guest readers to visit the kindergarten classrooms, as were Board of Education President Karen Brohm, Vice President Vincent Trocchia, Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Bridget Karis, Director of Humanities Starr Sackstein and members of the West Hempstead Public Library. In addition to reading books to the classes, the visitors also spoke about the importance of reading and the value literacy will have as students grow.

The school celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss a day early by wearing red and white striped hats, cat whiskers and bow ties similar to those of the Cat in the Hat. 

“A huge thank you to all of the volunteers for taking the time to read aloud to our students to honor Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss,” said Principal Faith Tripp.

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Tic Tac Toe Hoops

Tic Tac Toe Hoops photo

Classes at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School celebrated their fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association by taking part in Hoops for Heart on Feb. 27.

The students helped to raise awareness for cardiovascular disease by wearing red in addition to playing tic, tac, toe and knockout basketball during their physical education classes as part of the Hoops for Heart program. Throughout the month of February, students helped to raise money for the Association and were rewarded with prizes and a celebration during the gym class.

“I appreciate all the efforts of the students and parents helping towards a great cause,” said physical education teacher Mike Hovanec.

Shaping Future Politicians and Leaders

Shaping Future Politicians and Leaders photo

A tradition at George Washington School continued on Feb. 25 when Assemblyman Edward P. Ra visited to educate students on local and state government.

Fifth-graders assembled as Ra described the duties of an assemblyman, the district and towns he represents and the way laws are passed in New York. To visually demonstrate the process of passing a law, Assemblyman Ra had students play the roles of assemblymen/assemblywomen, senators and the governor advocating for a law to ban smoking at schools. The exercise helped the students discover that a majority vote and governor’s approval are needed to create a new law.

Assemblyman Ra also reviewed how the state’s government officials convene in Albany to discuss and pass laws. He detailed ways in which the budget impacts students and education throughout the state.

Following Assemblyman Ra’s discussion, students had the opportunity to ask questions about the government and his work. Inquiries ranged from his favorite part of the job to the difficulty of his position and where he stays when in Albany.

“Assemblyman Ra’s visits are always impactful for our students to learn how the government affects their community, state and country,” said Principal Michelle Notti. “We thank him for his visit and look forward to the next!”

Students Construct Museum

Students Construct Museum photo

An annual tradition at West Hempstead High School for Black History Month continued this February, when students created a museum featuring accomplishments of African Americans in U.S. history.

Michael Paul and Stephanie Withopf’s Social Studies classes designed poster boards, diagrams, dioramas, tri folds and books after researching historical figures, events and/or groups connected to Black History. Projects spotlighted the Apollo, Little Rock High School, Muhammed Ali, Chuck Berry, hip hop and many other topics and influencers.

Projects were assembled in Mr. Paul’s classroom on Feb. 14 and 15, when peers and staff members had the opportunity to tour the museum while answering questions at each stop to become further educated on Black History.

Math Inspired Futures

Math Inspired Futures photo
West Hempstead High School seniors Cameron Phillips and Marisa Sheehan were both recently awarded with scholarships from the Long Island Mathematics Board. They received these distinctions with plans to major in mathematics college. 

In order to qualify for these scholarships, students identified teachers that had the most influence on their study of mathematics and wrote essays that expressed their love of math.

Each student selected a current teacher at West Hempstead High School. Cameron highlighted Melissa Benson and Marisa featured Cathieann Rowland as the teachers that have provided inspiration to perform well in mathematics.

The presentation of the scholarships is scheduled to take place on March 15 at SUNY Old Westbury. The ceremony is held during the introductory ceremonies for the Long Island Mathematics Conference.

“Congratulations to both Cameron and Marisa as these scholarships help the two of them reach their goals of careers in mathematics,” said Principal James DeTommaso.

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Middle School Proud

Middle School Proud photo

West Hempstead Middle School celebrated P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 8 as seventh- and eighth-graders added personal touches to previously created banners.

The two grades formed groups that worked on three separate banners, each of which conveyed the theme, “Be Proud of Who You Are.” During their lunch periods, all students added a unique, one-word characteristic about themselves that they are proud of. By the end of the day the three banners were filled with proud traits such as caring, empathetic, tall, clever, beautiful and smart, among many others.

P.S. I Love You Day was named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke and Jamie DiPalma, who lost their father to suicide in 2010. The sisters created the movement as a way to take a stance against bullying, to help end depression and prevent suicide. 

No Mystery in Promoting Literacy

No Mystery in Promoting Literacy photo

Cornwell Avenue School promoted the importance of reading throughout the week of Feb. 4. The building hosted Literacy Week, which classes celebrated with various activities.

Initiatives kicked off on Feb. 4 with a Vocabulary Day Parade in which students and teachers pinned words associated with winter to their outfits in order to engage others in reading different vocabulary words. The next day featured interactive writing as student wrote about places they like to “chill out” and read. The day’s theme was highlighted by everyone wearing cozy socks.

Mystery readers were featured on Feb. 6 as special guests throughout the district visited classrooms to read books aloud. Visitors included Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman, Director of Humanities Starr Sackstein and other district and building staff members. Students also wore winter hats as a symbol of “hats off to reading.” On Feb. 7, students were encouraged to dress as their favorite book characters before the day concluded with a school-wide “Drop Everything And Read” session.

The week ended on Feb. 8 as classes watched the movie “Happy Feet” and later compared and contrasted the story to the nonfiction text read throughout the week. 

Benefitting from Unstructured Play

Benefitting from Unstructured Play photo

Chestnut Street School was one of several schools across the globe to sign up for and participate in Global School Play Day on Feb. 6.

Global School Play Day was constructed in 2015 to raise awareness about the necessity of unstructured play time for young students. In a TEDx Talk from 2014, Dr. Peter Gray explained the many negative impacts that lack of playing has on youth. This conversation led to the concept that children need to play more freely without adult intervention, structure or organization. 

Principal Faith Tripp encouraged classes to spend an hour playing as part of the world-wide initiative that has grown from 65,000 participating students in 2015 to the hope of 500,000 for this year. Classrooms were filled with students playing with various board games, dolls, action figures and other toys brought from home that helped create an environment of unstructured play and steered away from technology.

“We were thrilled to be part of this global event that helped to promote the use of traditional playing methods,” said Ms. Tripp.

All That Jazz

All That Jazz photo
For the second year in a row, West Hempstead High School senior Jacques Naugaus was honored as a Division V All-County vocal jazz selection.

Jack earned the distinction after auditioning and being selected by NYSSMA. He joined the rest of the Division for a concert on Jan. 19 at the Tilles Center on the campus of LIU Post.

“We as a district are so proud that Jacques qualified for All-County for a second straight year,” said Director of Innovative Educational Opportunities and Fine Arts Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke. “We celebrate his achievement as the great honor it is.”

Souper Bowl

Souper Bowl photo
Students at Cornwell Avenue School and Chestnut Street School have combined their excitement for the Super Bowl and aiding the community by participating in the “Souper Bowl.”

A pair of boxes representing the two Super Bowl LIII teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, has been set up at both schools. Students then put cans of soup into the box of the team they are rooting as part of a way to collect donations. 

The collections started on Jan. 22 and will conclude on Feb. 1, after which they will be brought to the Mary Brennan Food Pantry. The box with the most cans at the end of the challenge will be announced as the Souper Bowl winner for each school!

The district thanks both schools for combining the Super Bowl and community service in an effort to make an impact! 

Future Career Dreams

Future Career Dreams photo
Imaginations and future aspirations were combined for students at Cornwell Avenue School on Jan. 25, when the building celebrated Career Day.

The first- through third-graders at Cornwell Avenue were invited to come to school dressed for the careers and industries they aspire to be in when they grow up. Examples included nurses, doctors, surgeons, bakers, construction workers, teachers, police officers, firefighters, professional athletes and lawyers. 

The district looks forward to the students achieving these career dreams as they make their way through the West Hempstead schools and community.

Geography Excellence

Geography Excellence photo

For the third straight year middle school eighth-grader Mouhammad Seck won the school’s Geography Bee on Jan. 23.

This newest achievement follows up Mouhammad’s sixth place finish at the New York State competition in Albany last year. He will once again look to advance to the state level by scoring within the top 100 during the next round’s online written test for the 31st annual National Geographic Bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., to be eligible for a $50,000 college scholarship.

Prior to the middle school’s final competition, every social studies class held its own bee to determine 10 finalists to participate in the building level contest. Mouhammad claimed victory for a third straight year while fellow eighth-grader Aiden Sargent earned runner-up.

The district congratulates Mouhammad and wishes him the best of luck in future rounds!

Middle School Students Conquer Coding

Middle School Students Conquer Coding photo

Middle school students explored the world of coding on Jan. 18, when representatives from KidOyO visited foreign language classes. They introduced students to the “language” of coding through the Python programming system.

Bradley Turney and Sabrina Wagner of the KidOyO learning platform demonstrated and explained basic coding functions, which students followed along with using laptops. They learned to draw a graphic, name it, change its shape and color and make it move. They used turtle images for most of the lesson and attempted to make mandalas using loops. 

For most students, this was their first exposure to programming and they picked up the skills quickly. The district looks forward to more opportunities to further incorporate technology such as this into the classrooms.   

Curriculum Fair Path to Success

Curriculum Fair Path to Success photo

West Hempstead High School welcomed students in grade 8-11 along with their parents for a Curriculum Fair on Jan. 17. This event served as an opportunity to view course offerings and requirements for graduation and paths beyond high school.

Those in attendance were detailed to information on new courses, the registration process, college and career pathways, electives, AP requirements and graduation requirements. Also in attendance were 35 high school student volunteers that were willing to share details about the classes they enrolled in during their high school careers.

Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins delivered a comprehensive presentation in the auditorium regarding the curriculum offered throughout the district and high school. District alumni Chris Mistretta, son of Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Christopher Mistretta, was the evening’s guest speaker and shared his perspective on the importance of AP and college level courses.

“The Curriculum Fair had an encouraging turn out as students and parents are laying the groundwork for paths at West Hempstead High School and beyond,” said Principal James DeTommaso.

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