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Chestnut Street Rings in 106th Anniversary

Chestnut Street Rings in 106th Anniversary photo

The District acknowledged the 106th anniversary of the Chestnut Street School with a special ceremony at the end of the school day on Jan. 14.

The celebration started last week when students throughout the building learned the poem “I Love My School,” which kindergarten student Zayn Dungersi was selected to over the PA system during the celebration as students were being dismissed. A group of students also joined Principal Faith Tripp to sing “Happy Birthday” in both English and Spanish.

The ceremony was marked by the sounding of the bell that sits atop the building, which was formerly used to signal the start and finish of the school day. Ms. Tripp, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman and other district officials traveled to the top of the building to ring the bell as families picked up students at dismissal.

“We continue to celebrate the tradition of honoring the anniversary of Chestnut Street by ringing the bell and coming together as a school community,” said Ms. Tripp. 

Sparking Interest in Teamwork

Sparking Interest in Teamwork photo

The Chestnut Street School was treated to a special visit from New York Islander’s mascot Sparky the Dragon on Jan. 3.

The Islanders-sponsored school assembly program focused on teamwork as a special lesson for the kindergarten students. The event opened with videos showcasing the Islanders and their community service effort, which Islanders Community Events Tour member Dina followed by introducing Sparky. Dina and Sparky engaged the students in lessons on working together and being valuable members of the school and community.

Following the presentations, students took part in a teamwork activity where groups were tasked with dressing an individual in hockey gear. At the conclusion, each student was sent home with an Islanders fan pack.

Principal Faith Tripp and all of Chestnut Street thank Sparky and the Islanders Community Events Team for educating the students on teamwork.

Cards for a Wish

Cards for a Wish photo
The District recently took part in helping to grant the wish of a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania by creating holiday cards.

Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Faulds reached out to Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman to support Maddox Hyde. Maddox, an eighth-grader in Pittsburgh, has been battling neuroblastoma for the past eight years and his request this Christmas was to receive cards from all around the world.

Mr. Rehman asked all five school buildings in the district to support the cause by having each class to make cards for Maddox. On Dec. 14, Lauren collected the cards and drove to Pittsburgh to personally deliver them.

“Community is everything and helping someone out, even if it’s the littlest thing, is the greatest gift you can give,” said Lauren.

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas photo

Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council had the opportunity to meet with district officials and architects to exchange ideas during the latest meeting on Dec. 6.

Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman gathered the council, comprised of students from each building throughout the district, to sit down with district representatives to review proposed upgrades to the school buildings. Students had the opportunity to offer feedback and share comments and recommendations based on their experiences. The meeting served as a way for district officials and architects to consider the opinions of the students as building enhancements are discussed.

The SSAC ended this month’s session by reviewing what was discussed at their last session and brainstorming topics to discuss in the future. Students returned to their respective schools to report on the meeting and share ideas being discussed.


Chestnut Street Holds Thanksgiving Feasts

Chestnut Street Holds Thanksgiving Feasts photo

Classes at Chestnut Street School began their Thanksgiving celebrations early on Nov. 21.

With the assistance of PTA members, students in each classroom participated in activities to help celebrate traditions of Thanksgiving. One highlight featured the creation of necklaces with Thanksgiving-themed decorations and holiday outfits made from grocery store paper bags.

Parents put together plates of snacks for the students before departing for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The district and Chestnut Street School thank the teachers and parents for organizing and celebrating Thanksgiving with our students.