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West Hempstead MS Inducts Its Largest NJHS Chapter In School History

West Hempstead MS Inducts Its Largest NJHS Chapter In School History

The West Hempstead Middle School National Junior Honor Society inducted 68 members on Jan. 27. The largest cohort since 2009.

Teachers, staff and family members gathered in the middle school cafeteria for an induction ceremony of nine eighth-graders and 59 seventh-graders. To become a members of the NJHS, students must maintain High Honor Roll status, which requires an average of 90 or above, for five consecutive quarters. They must also receive a recommendation from four of their teachers and write an essay that explains why they should be inducted into the society.

“I have been the advisor for the National Junior Honor Society since 2009, and this is the largest number of inductees we’ve had since my tenure,” said English teacher Suzanne Parker-Hall. “These students demonstrate the characteristics and ambitions of lifelong learners and enlightened citizens.”

West Hempstead MS Students Compete in Geography Bee

West Hempstead MS Students Compete in Geography Bee

Twelve West Hempstead Middle School students in grades 6-8 competed in the school’s geography bee on Jan. 25, resulting in sixth-grader Mouhammad Seck as the winner.

Prior to the competition, every Social Studies class held its own bee to determine four finalists from each grade to participate at the building level.

Officiated by seventh-grade Social Studies teacher Dean Bourazeris, the finalists gathered in the cafeteria to answer questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.

Mouhammad will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship rounds in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The district wishes Mouhammad much success as he continues in the competition. 

Rewarded For Their Reading

Their exceptional abilities in reading and writing were rewarded when West Hempstead Middle School sixth-graders in James Hume’s class placed first in the schoolwide Achieve 3000 “Read to Succeed” contest.

According to its website, Achieve 3000 is a method of online differentiated instruction that engages all learners at their individual reading levels and constantly challenges them to improve their literary abilities.

Over the course of one month, Mr. Hume’s sixth-graders earned one point for completing a multiple-choice reading activity in TeenBiz. TeenBiz activities engage middle schoolers in lessons based on their individual reading levels to boost achievements and mastery in literacy. If students scored 75 percent, they earned two points, and if they achieved 88 percent or higher, three points.    

For earning the most points within the school, Hume’s class was awarded a gift certificate and a door poster.

By regularly evaluating its reading and writing programs, the district provides students with a comprehensive education that focuses on the development and growth of their literary skills.  

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.