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West Hempstead Students Awarded at Science Expo

West Hempstead Students Awarded at Science Expo

Months of research and experimentation paid off for middle and high school students in West Hempstead when they attended the district’s annual Science Expo award ceremony on Jan. 12.

Classrooms and libraries at both buildings turned into exhibition sites for the work presented by students in Science 6–8, Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics classes. Community members, families, teachers and students viewed the array of projects each of which included a science research experiment and a research paper on a topic of the student’s choosing. Projects ranged from the study of acid rain, the Doppler effect and the effects of wind speed to creating a solar oven and the endangerment of honeybees.

In the High School cafeteria, the High School’s VEX Robotics team displayed the three robots that they will enter in this year's VEX competition.    

The students’ projects qualified for the ceremony after receiving their respective science teacher’s recommendation. During the expo, the selected research was evaluated by a science teacher for quality and authenticity of research. The final judging was followed by the awarding of first, second and third place to students in each science course.

“I would like to commend all of the students for doing a phenomenal job at this year’s Science Expo,” said Joseph Cangemi, the district’s Director of Science. “We’re extremely proud of our students for not only choosing [a topic] they are interested in, but also for being able to support and advocate for it throughout the judging process.”  

Closing the ceremony, the science department presented the Joseph Harding Memorial Award to senior Nathaniel Vaduthala, who exemplified the use of the scientific method in his project, “Model for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

By offering this opportunity to conduct research, the district prepares students for their postgraduate future in the areas of science.    

The district also extends its thanks to the Science Department, High School Principal Alvaro Escobar, Middle School Principal Dina Reilly, Middle and High School Librarians Victoria Puccio and Barbara Stern, the custodial staff and the parents of these science students for their ongoing support in making the Science Expo a success.

Order in the Court

Order in the Court1

Aligned with their social studies curriculum, West Hempstead Middle School seventh-graders received a special visit from Honorable Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Karen Gopee and New York City Police Sgt. Dwayne Palmer.

The two guest speakers educated the students about the freedoms and rights that citizens of the United States have through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. Through reenactment scenarios, students further understood the laws and the duties of being a good citizen.

Following their presentation, the students participated in a question and answer session with Judge Gopee and Sgt. Palmer.

A special thank you to the West Hempstead Middle School PTSA for arranging this assembly as well as Denise Vega who was instrumental in securing these two presentators for the seventh-graders.

The Circle of Life


West Hempstead Middle School’s drama club presented the musical Disney’s “The Lion King Junior” for students, faculty and community members on Nov. 17 and 18.

An adaptation of the 1994 Academy Award-winning Disney film, “The Lion King” is the story of a young and carefree lion prince, Simba, who lives in the flourishing African Pride Lands. When the unimaginable happens, Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life; Simba leaves the Pride Lands, abandoning his loss and responsibilities. With the help of two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts anew, but when the weight of responsibility and desperate plea from the now devastated Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on his daunting enemy and fulfill his destiny to be king.

The cast gave a roaring performance as they transformed into the characters of Simba, Scar, Timon and Pumbaa for the production, which was directed and choreographed by West Hempstead High School alumni Michael Finn and Samantha Lee. Jonathan Obando performed as young Simba and Ayden Grant as the adolescent lion, Catherine Andree took the stage by storm as Scar, and Melissa Nuñez (Timon) and Sara Taraquino (Pumbaa) had the audience laughing and singing along to all of the classic musical numbers.

The Middle School drama club would like to express their gratitude to Director of Fine Arts and Assistant Principal Jonathan Trapani and faculty advisor Suzanne Parker–Hall for their unconditional support and dedication to another fall musical.

Giving Thanks at the Table


West Hempstead Middle and High School English as a New Language department hosted a Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 23. It was an event that gave ENL students a venue to enjoy a hearty meal with friends.

Gathered in the gymnasium, members of the ENL department served sixth- through 12th-graders holiday classics such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cornbread and apple pie as the students shared holiday traditions and customs observed by their families with fellow classmates.

The students also shared what they were thankful for this holiday, expressing their appreciation for their parents, siblings, friends and teachers.