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Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting photo

The Board of Education welcomed a new trustee during the annual reorganization meeting on July 2 with District Clerk Kathryn Girolamo administering the oaths of office.

Gavi Hoffman was sworn in for a three year term as the newest trustee while Karen Brohm and Patricia Greaves took oaths for new terms. Mrs. Brohm was also elected president for the seventh straight year and Andrea Shinsato was voted as vice president for the third consecutive year. 

A structure of movement

A structure of movement photo

The district celebrated a successful school year following the districtwide restructuring, as the Chestnut Street School, Cornwell Avenue Primary School, George Washington Intermediate School and the middle school recently celebrated moving up ceremonies.

District administrators and staff honored students as they took the next step in their educational path in the district. The principals shared their gratitude to the students and families that helped to make the transition of restructuring a success for each building.

The district congratulates each moving up class for their achievements thus far and looks forward to the positive impact the students will have on West Hempstead.

2019 Moving Up Ceremony Video

A Toast to Merit in West Hempstead


The district celebrated excellence, achievement and tenure during the annual Tenure Tea and final Board of Education meeting of the school year on June 18.

The annual Tenure Tea recognized tenure recipients, district retirees and employees with 20 years of the service in the district. Board of Education members and administrators congratulated all of the honorees for their dedication to West Hempstead.

The staff members honored for tenure were Jennifer Brickman, Sheila Dempsey, Nicholas DiBenedetto, Carol Gordon, Michelle Lambo-Maron, Jaclyn Kaszubski, Dr. Erica Kozakis, Nicholas Maggio and Madeline Valencia.

The district’s retirees who were celebrated include Barbara Hafner, Mary Durham, Derrick Fore and Deborah Wyner.

Those employees recognized for 20 years of service to the district include Jaclyn Adrejko, Edward Cosgrov, Virginia Fagan Pusater, Joanne Gallipoli, Kathryn Girolamo, Julie Levitt, Cari Lubliner, Paul Selhorn, Michele Stoll, Nancy Sulliva and Danny Walter.

The festivities continued at the Board of Education meeting as a pair of varsity athletic teams and a stand-out senior were celebrated. 

Neven Vaduthala was spotlighted for earning the Biliteracy Seal from the New York State Board of Regents for his upcoming diploma. He was also recognized for being a recipient of the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers. Presented by the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County, the distinction honors teenagers who are thoughtful, helpful, charitable, kindhearted, supportive, community minded and positive.

Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Chris Mistretta honored a pair of spring varsity teams for outstanding seasons. The varsity softball team won 16 straight games during the season towards a 16-0 conference record, a conference regular season championship and an overall 16-2 mark that included a berth in the Nassau County Class A playoffs. The varsity girls’ badminton team was also acknowledged for qualifying for the Nassau County playoffs following a 9-1 conference record.

The district congratulates all of those celebrated at the Tenure Tea and Board of Education meeting for demonstrating Ram Pride.


Cornwell Avenue Moving Up 2019

A Special Tour

A Special Tour

Kindergarten students from the Chestnut Street School visited Cornwell Avenue School on June 12 to become familiar with their future school building.

Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito welcomed students before inviting first grade teachers and students to speak about expectations for the 2019-20 school year. Students described their favorite subjects, activities and traditions at Cornwell Avenue. Teachers spoke about the schedule for next year’s first graders in addition to the fun and learning that will occur.

Third graders acted as tour guides for the kindergarten students by showing them various areas of the building including the nurse’s office, gymnasium and main office. Upcoming first graders also had the opportunity to view their future classrooms in addition to meeting teachers and building staff throughout their walk.

The district thanks all of Cornwell for welcoming Chestnut Street students for this important step in becoming first graders next fall.

Families Generating STEAM

Families Generating STEAM

West Hempstead Middle School welcomed district students and families for the annual Family STEAM Night on May 30.

The evening was filled with a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities for the entire family to participate in. Organized by Director of STEM Joseph Cangemi and high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement science courses, attendees had the opportunity to create slime, watch dissections of pigs, play math games, conduct gravity testing, test the power of the sun and more. 

“Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in Family STEAM Night,” said Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman. “The district is thrilled to be able to offer a night for district families to explore areas of STEAM.”

Instrumental Lesson

Instrumental Lesson photo

The West Hempstead High School String Ensemble and Concert Band visited Cornwell Avenue School on May 30 to demonstrate the various instruments that musicians play.

High school students showcased instruments such as the bass, violin and drums to the Cornwell students. The high schoolers also spoke about when they started to learn to play, the time they take to practice and the events they perform at during the school year.

“We hope the younger students’ interest in instruments will be sparked thanks to this visit from the high school musicians,” said Director of Innovative Education Opportunities and Fine Arts Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke. 

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Collaborating with North Carolina educators

Collaborating with North Carolina educators

The district welcomed Molloy College professors Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr. Maria Dove along with a group of educators from the Wake County Public School System in North Carolina on May 23. The visit provided the educators with an opportunity to observe a co-teaching classroom at Cornwell Avenue School.

Hosted by Cornwell Avenue Principal Deanna Sinito, Chestnut Street School Principal and English as a New Language Director Faith Tripp and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dina Reilly, Dr. Honigsfeld, Dr. Dove and the Wake County educators observed a second grade class. Teachers Gina Silecchia and Jennifer Corrado demonstrated a lesson on Memorial Day through station teaching as students described the who, why and what of celebrating the holiday. 

Station teaching is an example and efficient way of teachers working with smaller groups to complete tasks. Both educators hold equally important roles in order to create an inclusive classroom. The two teachers share the responsibilities of planning, instructing and assessing their students.

Dr. Honigsfeld and Dr. Dove helped to create the partnership between West Hempstead and Wake County as they continue their research focused on coteaching, teacher collaboration and ENL strategies. The district has been featured by the two professors and authors in recent publications such as “Co-Teaching for English Learners” and “Collaborating for English Learners.”