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Health is Your Wealth

Health is Your Wealth photo

Students at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School participated in a Health and Wellness Day program on April 5, thanks to a collaboration between the PTA and Northwell Health Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

The event showcased the importance of healthy habits and behaviors in everyday life. 

Clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals from various service lines and specialties were on hand to speak to students about topics such as nutrition, dental health, stretching, staying active, bike safety and others.

Thank you to the PTA and Cohen Children’s Medical Center for stressing the importance of many health and wellness topics to our students! 


Northwell Health Visits Cornwell

A Full Irish Lesson

A Full Irish Lesson photo

Gina Milici’s second-grade class at Cornwell Avenue School welcomed a special guest on March 18 when parent Hazel Chrobet visited to share a lesson on the Irish culture.

Mrs. Chrobet, a native of Ireland and mother of second-grader Heather, spoke to the class about many traditions and myths surrounding the culture. She mentioned how she grew up going to a school that spoke Irish and described mornings on her family’s farm and the similarities found between schools in Ireland and the United States. She also treated the students to scones and a shamrock plant.

“Thank you to Mrs. Chrobet for visiting our classroom to educated the students more on the traditions of Ireland,” said Ms. Milici. 

Parent University

Parent University photo

The District hosted its annual Parent University at the Chestnut Street School on March 19.

Principal Faith Tripp welcomed community parents and their children to a night of workshops on literacy, writing and math. Parents separated into classrooms to take part in presentations led by district teachers and administration. Meanwhile, children remained in the school’s cafeteria to create magnets with Tom Kemnitzer and Annalee Ickowics of the West Hempstead Scholarship Fund as well as members of the high school’s English a New Language Club and the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society.

District members spoke to the parents about the importance of reading to their children every day, how to incorporate math concepts into everyday activities and how games can be engaging and educational. 

Following the sessions, children rejoined the parents to take part in activities of reading, math games and scholastic activities to conclude the workshop. 

“I would like to express my genuine gratitude to the many volunteers who helped make the night a success,” said Mrs. Tripp. “From the students to the teachers, administrators, office staff, PTA members, the public library and members of the Scholarship Fund – thank you!”

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.

Stepping into Culture

Stepping into Culture photo

First-graders at Cornwell Avenue were treated to a special dance presentation on March 15 from teacher Meghan Kearney’s daughter, Ella Fahy.
A fifth-grader who dances for the Hagen Kavanagh School of Irish Dance in Long Beach, Ella visited the first-graders to provide a lesson in Irish step dancing. She demonstrated several of the moves she has learned during her years of practice, bringing a part of the Irish culture to the students prior to St. Patrick’s Day.

“Thank you to Ella for showcasing her step dancing ability to our students,” said first-grade teacher Kara Maguire.

March 2019 Board Meeting

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.


Battle of the Schools 2019

Cornwell Avenue Library Night

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.