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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.

March 2019 Board Meeting

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.

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

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!”