252 Chestnut Street,
West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: (516) 390-3150
Fax: (516) 390-3152

Principal: Faith Tripp




The West Hempstead Union Free School District recognizes the unique value of each student. It is dedicated to the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education. Each student will be challenged to achieve mastery in all subject areas in an educational atmosphere that strives to build positive self- esteem, mutual respect for others, and life-long quest for learning.


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PARP Celebration

PARP Celebration Photo

Chestnut Street is supporting PARP (Pick a Reading Partner) throughout the month of March with school-wide 'Fun Friday' activities that encourage reading.  Friday, March 17th was "Headbands Day." Each class had a theme such as sight words, shape words, days of the week, months of the year, colors, seasons, etc. Students wore their headbands all day and practiced reading one another's words in passing, at lunch, and by visiting other classrooms.


Beloved Children’s Author Visits Chestnut Street

Beloved Children’s Author Photo

Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School received a valuable lesson in writing when children’s author Suzy Kline paid them a special visit on March 1 and 2.

An elementary school teacher for 25 years, Mrs. Kline applied her experiences in educating younger children to pen the popular children’s book series “Horrible Harry.” She shared some of the pieces that inspired her writing, including a stub pencil she had received from a student, a sailor hat, a dress scarf and a light bulb necklace. She also read “Shhhh,” her first published story. 

Following the read alouds, Mrs. Kline held Q&A sessions with the young students to answer questions about becoming an author. She also gave each student a copy of “Horrible Harry and the Top-Secret Hideout” and encouraged them to carry a notebook to write or draw about activities that occur in their everyday lives. The Chestnut Street School administration would like to express its gratitude to PTA board member Laurene Baumann for organizing Mrs. Kline visit to Chestnut.      

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Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

Commemorating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Through Literacy

In honor of Read Across America Day, members of the West Hempstead Board of Education and central administration, as well as local officials, community members and West Hempstead High School students, gathered at Chestnut Street School on March 2 – the birthday of Dr. Seuss – to read to kindergartners.

Among those who read to the students were Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Edward Ambrosino, Board of Education President Karen Brohm, Vice President Vincent Trocchia and trustee Andrea Shinsato, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and members of the high school Key Club, as well as other influential community members including Mr. Thomas Sargent and his son Aidan. They also spoke to the kindergartners about the importance of reading and how it has helped them become successful adults.

Additionally, classes gave a nod to the beloved children’s author by wearing red and white striped hats, cat whiskers and bow ties similar to the Cat in the Hat’s, eating green eggs and ham, and voting on their favorite Dr. Seuss book.

Reaching Out With Role Models


Kindergartners at Chestnut Street School teamed up with West Hempstead High School seniors Maria Graci and Antonina Kalyuski on Feb. 6 to create cheerful handmade greeting and gratitude cards for U.S. soldiers.

As part of their service learning project for student government, Maria and Antonina came to the elementary school equipped with craft supplies that they purchased with funds donated by members of the West Hempstead and Island Park communities. They described the project to their younger peers, distributed supplies and helped the kindergartners with their creations.

The students created cards in all styles and personalized them with an assortment of decorations and meaningful messages. Their innovative construction paper cards included illustrations, stickers, paper cutouts, thoughtful notes and more.

“We think the soldiers deserve more appreciation,” Antonina said. Both seniors have relatives or family friends who have served and chose this initiative as one with personal significance. Chestnut Street music teacher Karen Banach, whose son recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, oversaw the event and explained its importance to the kindergartners.