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Award Winning Training


The Board of Education was full of exciting news and developments on March 19.

The high school’s athletic department was recognized for receiving the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award, which acknowledges secondary schools around the country that take crucial steps to keep students-athletes free from injuries. West Hempstead is one of only four schools in Nassau County and 22 in New York State currently holding the award. Athletic trainer Calogero Curcuru and Athletic Director Chris Mistretta were honored by Board President Karen Brohm and Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman for this outstanding achievement.

The meeting also included presentations from district administrators regarding programs and initiatives. 

Director of Innovative Education Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke, Director of STEM Joseph Cangemi, middle school Principal Sean Murray, George Washington Principal Michelle Notti and Chestnut Street Principal Faith Tripp spoke about the progress the programs ST Math and KidOYO have made with students. Additionally, Mr. Murray joined high school Principal James DeTommaso to discuss the new programs at the two buildings including office hours, new courses, success in the classroom and joining together to create six-year path for students.

The district congratulates the athletic department for the NATA Safe Sports School award and thanks the administrators for presenting on the growth in our schools.

March 2019 Board Meeting

Geography Trifecta

Geography Trifecta photo
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!

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.


Battle of the Schools 2019

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.