Sewanhaka Scoop

January 2016

Students Prepare Culinary Feast for PTA Dinner

Students in the district’s culinary classes at H. Frank Carey High School catered the annual Central Council of PTAs Scholarship Dinner in Carey’s cafeteria on Dec. 4.

The students worked under the leadership of their teacher, Alexandra Andrade, and district Family and Consumer Science Coordinator Joan Chieffo to provide an outstanding dinner for members of the PTAs from all schools in the Sewanhaka Central High School District and the component elementary districts.

The menu included an assortment of salads, entrees, sides, pasta dishes and desserts that accommodated a variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions. The district is looking forward to expanding this outstanding program once Phase 3 of the bond is completed, which will provide a culinary arts classroom with access to industrial kitchen equipment at Sewanhaka High School.

Holiday Song Highlights Board Meeting

Members of Sewanhaka’s Board of Education were treated to holiday music at their December meeting thanks to student-musicians from each of the district’s five component schools.

The impeccably dressed students lined the perimeter of the board room as they gave an outstanding performance under the direction of music teachers and department chairs from each of the high schools. All in attendance smiled as the students presented “Carol of the Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie said members of the administration and Board look forward to the musical performance, which is held annually at the December Board meeting, all year long. Dr. Ferrie also expressed his gratitude to the students and the district’s music educators for all of their contributions to the district and the community.

Elmont Memorial Valedictorian Named 2016 Intel Semifinalist

Elmont Memorial valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna was named one of 44 semifinalists on Long Island in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for her project, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications.”

Augusta worked in the Civil Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Shiho Kawashima to conduct a project that analyzed oil well cementing practices, particularly those linked to the 2010 Gulf spill. The blowout was caused by the poor mix design of the cement in the well, so she tested a novel cement design modified with nanoclays. Her results indicate that cement slurries modified with these nanoclays show great potential for offshore oil wells. <Read More>

Floral Park- A Study on the Progressive Era

Floral Park Memorial eighth-graders in Deborah Francis’ social studies class recently used deliberative democracy to reinforce their unit study on the Progressive Era.

Deliberative democracy is a learning technique that tasks students with identifying an essential problem on what they’ve studied and producing three options to solve that question based on the information they’ve learned. According to Francis, who was educated on the process while attending a Kettering Foundation conference in Ohio, deliberative democracy allows students an opportunity to discuss what they’ve learned at a high level.

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Carey Names November Seniors of the Month

H. Frank Carey students Michael Kadnar and Samantha Raggio were selected as Seniors of the Month for November.

Michael is described as a young man whom every teacher would want in their class and every coach would want on their team. His acts of kindness are immeasurable, from visiting students with special needs on Halloween to shoveling snow at homes of the elderly to sweeping up the mess after Spirit Day. Such selfless acts led to his selection as a Carey Character award recipient. Michael is also a true leader as captain of the varsity football and varsity lacrosse teams. His teammates look to him for motivation and guidance, as his competitive edge and leadership qualities are evident on both the football and lacrosse fields. When he isn’t playing for Carey, he is serving as a lacrosse coach for youth in the community and working as a referee. The entire administration at Carey wishes him luck at Stony Brook University, where he has committed to attend and play lacrosse next year.

Samantha, who has been named Carey’s Class of 2016 salutatorian, is described as passionate, motivated and unstoppable. As a young woman of the absolute highest caliber, she stands out among her peers with an exceptional record of personal, extracurricular, academic and global achievements that are worthy of accolades. Samantha is president of Carey’s Model UN and secretary general of the Sewanhaka Intra-District Model UN Conference. She is also president of Musical, historian of the class board, founding member and secretary of the Gender Equality Club, treasurer of Relay for Life, club editor of LOG and a student representative of the PTSA. In addition, she has been inducted into five honor societies. She is a talented actor and has graced the stage in numerous school musical productions. She is also passionate about global issues, spearheading a fundraiser for the Malala Fund and another to benefit the Her Initiative, where she is an intern. <Read More>

New Hyde Park’s Model UN Competes at Rutgers

The New Hyde Park Memorial Model United Nations team competed at the Rutgers University Model UN competition in New Brunswick, New Jersey on Dec. 3-6.

The conference brought together more than 1,000 students from all over the country to debate such important topics as gender equality, the rights of refugees, child trafficking and combatting the international drug trade. New Hyde Park represented the nations of Turkey and India, led by seniors Visruth Girish, Greg Kothesakis and Vinay Madula. The team worked hard and truly lived up to the tenet of “eat, sleep, MUN.” <Read More>

Sewanhaka Students Study the Anatomy of the Human Brain

Sewanhaka High School students enrolled in AP Psychology and Anatomy & Physiology classes participated in a videoconference through Adventures in Medicine and Science with education specialist Ray Vollmer on Nov. 24.

The “Anatomy of the Human Brain” program discussed the human nervous system and illustrated various clinical problems and how they affect the brain. More than 70 students took part in the videoconference. The AIMS program is affiliated with St. Louis University. <Read More>

Sewanhaka's Career and Technical Education Program (VIDEO)

Sewanhaka's Career and Technical Education Program

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