Sewanhaka Scoop

October 2018

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Superintendent Search Survey

Dear Members of the Sewanhaka Central High School District Community:

The Board of Education is beginning the process of searching for a new superintendent and has asked our firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to help the Board with the process.

As one of the initial steps in the process, the Board would like to seek your input on the desired characteristics and skills that you would like to see in the next superintendent. Please share your thoughts by responding to the appropriate surveys linked below.

As you respond, please remember that all characteristics listed are desirable, but we are interested in knowing your perceptions about which characteristics are "most important" for the Sewanhaka Central School District.

To access the Survey:

1. Identify the group to which you belong and click on the link below

2. Follow the directions on the survey

3. Respond by October 22, 2018

On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for taking the time to respond. The Board members, along with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, appreciate your willingness to participate and look forward to learning your perspective.

Anonymous Non-Residency Reporting

The district has a commitment to protecting its taxpayers investment in our schools and students. District residents who believe that non-resident students are in attendance at one of our schools are urged to report this information via email or phone. All calls and emails will be kept confidential.
Phone: 516-488-9804

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Commended Student Status for Elmont Senior

Elmont Memorial senior Justice Vidal was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Justice is among approximately 34,000 students across the nation that were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Floral Park Teachers Take on Harlem Wizards

Hilarious hijinks and hoops were happening at the Floral Park Memorial gym on Oct. 12 as the world-famous Harlem Wizards took on the fast and furious Floral Park Memorial teachers.

This fun-filled, high flying and interactive community event featured a team of teachers and principals from John Lewis Childs School, Floral Park-Bellerose School and Floral Park Memorial schools, who packed the bleachers of the gym. Floral Park Memorial senior Elizabeth Calandra opened the night with a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Floral Park Titanettes cheered their hearts out at intermission. The students cheered on their teachers with homemade signs in hopes they could score more baskets against the silly antics of the Wizards team.

Unfortunately, the home team did not win but a memorable night was had by all. This fun family event was brought to the community through the PTAs of John Lewis Child and Floral Park-Bellerose schools and the Floral Park Memorial’s Athletic Booster Club.

H. Frank Carey September Character

Congratulations to junior Nicolas Dominguez for being honored with Carey’s September Character Award.

Nicolas assisted a new eighth-grade student who recently arrived in the country and knew very little English. Nicolas is fluent in Spanish and when asked by a guidance counselor to walk the new student to her classes for the next three days so she could become acclimated to the building, he agreed, but far surpassed the counselor’s expectations. He not only walked her to class, but he also made himself available to answer her questions in Spanish, ensuring that she could become more comfortable in her new surroundings.

After the three days passed, he continued to check in with the student and her counselor to make sure that she was truly adjusting well to Carey. Additionally, he met with the student during his free periods to show her how to use her iPad so that she wouldn’t fall behind in her classes. Nicolas reached out and gave of his time to ensure that another student would feel welcomed and comfortable in both a new school and a new country. He did all of this out of the goodness of his heart and without any expectation of praise. This selfless demonstration of kindness and generosity embodies the Carey spirit and is worthy of recognition.

Science Academy for New Hyde Park Junior

New Hyde Park Memorial’s Pranav Kengeri has been accepted into the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences’ Junior Academy.

The New York Academy of Sciences’ mission is to drive innovative solutions to society’s challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy. Its Global STEM Alliance, which consists of a variety of STEM education programs including The Junior Academy, is a global talent identification and cultivation network with more than 300 partners in over 100 countries. Its purpose is to prepare the next generation of innovators through three key program areas: mentorship, innovation challenges, and career and college readiness.

As a member of The Junior Academy, Pranav will have the opportunity to collaborate with 2,000 students from 85 countries on virtual challenges sponsored by industry-leading companies and hosted on its innovation platform, Launchpad. These challenges are designed by the academy’s education experts to help students develop 21st-century skills as they prepare for the jobs of the future. Congratulations!

AP Students at Sewanhaka

Sewanhaka High School is proud to announce that 95 students from the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Exams.

<Complete List of Names Here>

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District Students Participate in A Day With the Arts

Forty students from all five district high schools attended Adelphi University’s A Day with the Arts on Oct. 5. The students participated in hands-on theater, dance and music workshops. The following chorus teachers prepared and accompanied their students: Elmont Memorial’s Benjamin Pesenti, Floral Park Memorial’s Samantha Koch, H. Frank Carey’s Michael Moreno, New Hyde Park Memorial’s Christian McLeer and Sewanhaka’s Rachel Deloia.

District Band at Columbus Day Parade

One hundred and thirty students in the district’s marching band performed at the 2018 Columbus Day Parade in New York City.

Under the direction of District Band Director Christopher Doherty, Assistant Band Director John Smykowski and Flag Instructor Jessica Torres, students from all five high schools – Elmont Memorial, Floral Park Memorial, H. Frank Carey, New Hyde Park Memorial and Sewanhaka – delivered an outstanding performance. A special thanks to Coordinator of Music Noel Monat, who handled all the paperwork and arrangements.

District College Fair

Sewanhaka Central High School District hosted its annual college fair in the cafeteria and gymnasium at Sewanhaka High School on Sept. 24.

More than 100 college admission representatives, as well as members of the police and fire department municipalities, shared important information with students and their families. School counselors from all five high schools were on hand to assist the more than 700 students and families in attendance, directing, supporting and navigating them through the fair and printing out college preference lists from Naviance.

Special thanks to the Sewanhaka Central PTA staff who assisted with hospitality and were eagerly meeting and greeting college admission representatives as they entered the college fair. A tremendous thank-you to Marilyn Heyward, Pupil Personnel Services chairperson at Sewanhaka High School, for her leadership in orchestrating such a tremendous district event that proved to be very beneficial and informative to all students and families in attendance.

Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 8pm

500 Tulip Avenue

Floral Park, NY

New Board Room