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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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Chestnut Celebrates Their Academic Journey

Chestnut Celebrates Their Academic Journey Photo

Amid a sea of smiling students and teary-eyed parents, kindergartners from Chestnut Street School celebrated the first of many academic milestones in the district on June 16. The culminating moving up ceremony encompassed musical performances from students, as well as poignant speeches from administrators and members of the PTA that encouraged the young children to strive as they continue their education.

Gathered in the gymnasium, Chestnut Street School Principal Faith Tripp welcomed families, central administrators, members of the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss and faculty to commend the kindergartners on a year of accomplishments and wish them tremendous success as they enter the first grade.

“We are so glad that your journey in West Hempstead began here with us,” said Tripp. “Our hope for you is that you keep smiling, stay curious and know that you have the power to be anything you want – there’s nothing you can’t do.”  

Parents captured the memories on their cell phones as the graduating class sang and danced under the direction of music teacher Karen Banach. The children also incorporated letters of the alphabet into their performances to highlight how much they’ve grown since September.
PTA Co-presidents Galofaro and Mummendey and PTA Kindergarten Liaison Filincieri thanked both the students and the faculty for a phenomenal year of learning, laughter and memories. The district congratulates the class as well on achieving this milestone and wishes them much success on their journey as lifelong learners.


West Hempstead Family STEAM Night

West Hempstead Family STEAM Night Photo

Families and students of the district attended Family STEAM Night at the district’s middle school on May 31. The evening, organized by high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement science courses, engaged participants in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities.

Accompanied by their families, students in elementary and middle school enjoyed a variety of educational activities, including making slime, building marshmallow catapults, creating water bottle bird feeders, viewing a dissection of sheep organs, building terrariums and working with 3-D printers and pens.

“Family STEAM Night is a wonderful opportunity for our high school students to educate younger students and their families in the areas of STEAM,” said the district’s Director of Science, Joseph Cangemi. “The goal of the evening is develop in these younger students an appreciation, understanding and possibly a desire to pursue a career in one of these disciplines.”

The district is proud to offer its students and community the resources and opportunity to explore the areas of STEAM.


Chestnut Street Students Boogie Down With Butterflies

Chestnut Street Students Boogie Down With Butterflies Photo

Students at Chestnut Street School learned about the interdependence between plants and animals through the Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Butterfly Boogie” program, delivered by Wildlife Theater, on May 19.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s website, Wildlife Theater is the WCS’s educational outreach program that uses theater to teach young people about wild animals and places, helping to build the next generation of conservationists.   

 During the theatrical performance, students learned about the physical characteristics common to all insects, which include a head, abdomen, thorax, six legs, antennae and an exoskeleton. They also learned that insects are an essential part of the food chain in that they eat rotten fruits and vegetables and pollinate plants.

The young students also “traveled” 3,000 miles with the butterfly-themed show “The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle.” In this adventure, they learned about monarch butterflies, their metamorphosis and their diet of milkweed plants. 

The district thanks the PTA for sponsoring this educational assembly that allowed students to further explore the world around them.       

West Hempstead Welcomes Class of 2030

West Hempstead Welcomes Class of 2030 Pic 1

Families of children who will attend kindergarten this fall at Chestnut Street School were invited to the school on April 26 for a kindergarten visitation.

Parents received a presentation from Principal Faith Tripp, who discussed the curriculum, how to prepare for kindergarten, and ways that they and their children can become familiar with the building.

While parents took notes in the gymnasium, West Hempstead’s future scholars were divided into classrooms with teachers to experience kindergarten firsthand. They spent the afternoon coloring, counting, reading and writing.

Along with the children getting a glimpse of kindergarten, parents walked away more prepared for the school year to come.