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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

Words to Be Lifted By


Art Honor Society students at West Hempstead High School invited their peers to take part in a “What Lifts You” project during lunch periods on March 18.

Members of the Art Honor Society created a backdrop with colorfully painted wings and positive messages for students to take a picture in front of. On a dry erase board, students wrote down uplifting words and listed people who uplift such as their parents, friends and sports. They also shared other meaningful text.

The project is part of Youth Art Month through the New York State Art Teachers Association’s #MakeArtMonday initiative. The photos were printed and posted on the original background in the building’s entrance.

Gaining Experience Under the Hood

Gaining Experience Under the Hood photo
Junior Damian Ofria is continuing to prepare for a future as a mechanic through his work at the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Automotive Technology program as well as through an internship with Colvin Auto Parts in Merrick.

The combination of the program and the internship have allowed Damian to grow as a future professional mechanic. His knowledge has expanded with regular duties such as cutting valves and checking their straightness, pressure testing engine blocks and cutting brake drums.

Damian looks forward to completing his high school studies and starting his journey toward hopefully owning his own business one day.

Little Shop of Horrors

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

Students Construct Museum

Students Construct Museum photo

An annual tradition at West Hempstead High School for Black History Month continued this February, when students created a museum featuring accomplishments of African Americans in U.S. history.

Michael Paul and Stephanie Withopf’s Social Studies classes designed poster boards, diagrams, dioramas, tri folds and books after researching historical figures, events and/or groups connected to Black History. Projects spotlighted the Apollo, Little Rock High School, Muhammed Ali, Chuck Berry, hip hop and many other topics and influencers.

Projects were assembled in Mr. Paul’s classroom on Feb. 14 and 15, when peers and staff members had the opportunity to tour the museum while answering questions at each stop to become further educated on Black History.

Math Inspired Futures

Math Inspired Futures photo
West Hempstead High School seniors Cameron Phillips and Marisa Sheehan were both recently awarded with scholarships from the Long Island Mathematics Board. They received these distinctions with plans to major in mathematics college. 

In order to qualify for these scholarships, students identified teachers that had the most influence on their study of mathematics and wrote essays that expressed their love of math.

Each student selected a current teacher at West Hempstead High School. Cameron highlighted Melissa Benson and Marisa featured Cathieann Rowland as the teachers that have provided inspiration to perform well in mathematics.

The presentation of the scholarships is scheduled to take place on March 15 at SUNY Old Westbury. The ceremony is held during the introductory ceremonies for the Long Island Mathematics Conference.

“Congratulations to both Cameron and Marisa as these scholarships help the two of them reach their goals of careers in mathematics,” said Principal James DeTommaso.

All That Jazz

All That Jazz photo
For the second year in a row, West Hempstead High School senior Jacques Naugaus was honored as a Division V All-County vocal jazz selection.

Jack earned the distinction after auditioning and being selected by NYSSMA. He joined the rest of the Division for a concert on Jan. 19 at the Tilles Center on the campus of LIU Post.

“We as a district are so proud that Jacques qualified for All-County for a second straight year,” said Director of Innovative Educational Opportunities and Fine Arts Ryan Emmanuel-Cooke. “We celebrate his achievement as the great honor it is.”