2015-2016 Board of Education

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During the Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday July 1, 2015, Antoinette “Toni” Pomerantz was elected to serve as President and Patricia Farrell was elected to serve as Vice President. Newly elected Board Trustee Denise Diodato joins Trustees Dr. Frank Chiachiere, Joseph DiSibio,   Dr. Sean Douglas and William P. Stris.
    

Updated Immunization Regulations

The NYS Education Department (NYSED) has just been informed by the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) that the effective date of the new immunization regulations has been changed to 9/1/2015. Please visit the following link for further information http://www.icontact-archive.com/GRXUtzWNofP65o0beFZiLlTC9yG39YdA?w=4

Wheeler Avenue Sixth-Grade Students Celebrate a Milestone

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There was excitement in the air as the sixth-grade students at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School eagerly awaited the start of their moving up ceremony at Valley Stream Central High School.

Families and invited guests proudly watched as the students, together for the last time as sixth graders, entered the ceremony. Members of the Board of Education including Dr. Frank Chiachiere, Dr. Sean Douglas, Patricia Farrell, Antoinette “Toni” Pomerantz and William P. Stris joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund, administrators and staff. On behalf of the Board of Education, Patricia Farrell congratulated the students on their success and encouraged them to always make the right choices as they move up to the junior high school.

Wheeler Avenue principal Dr. Gayle Steele spoke to the students about becoming leaders. “Now you are older and wiser. You've made friends and you are beginning to find yourself,” stated Dr. Steele. “You will need to make tough decisions and you will need to be a leader. Lead others down the right path. Make sure what you do makes you feel good inside.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund spoke about the credits that appear at the end of a television show or movie and asked the students to think about who they should give credit to. “Think about your parents or guardians, your teachers and all the people who have helped you become who you are today,” said Dr. Robb-Fund. “These are the people who deserve the credit for helping you in life.”

During the ceremony, a student representative from each sixth-grade class shared memories of their time at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School. The Class of 2015 also showcased their musical talents by presenting a choreographed rendition of Imagine Dragon’s “On Top of the World.” Their performance was met with a standing ovation.

Following the presentation of the certificates, the students joined their parents and friends to celebrate.

Class of 2015 Says Goodbye to Willow Road Elementary School

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Family members and invited guests gathered in the auditorium at the Elmont Library to celebrate the Willow Road Elementary School Class of 2015 closing exercises. The program began with a moving slide show presentation featuring individual photos of all the students as well as photos of their most memorable moments together.

Board of Education Trustees Dr. Frank Chiachiere, Patricia Farrell, Dr. Sean Douglas, Jeanne Greco Jacobs and William P. Stris attended the ceremony joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-fund, administrators, teachers and staff. On behalf of the Board of Education, Jeanne Greco Jacobs congratulated the students on their achievements. “This is a turning point not an end. You have received a stellar education upon which you can now build,” stated Ms. Greco Jacobs. “Find your passion, remember there are many around you who will help you and remember to say thank you. Enjoy the summer, keep reading and try to learn something new every day.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund reminded the students to thank those who helped them become who they are today. “From the time you were born, so many people including everyone at Willow Road School helped shape your emotional and academic learning,” stated Dr. Robb-Fund. Reminiscing about her own childhood, Dr. Robb-Fund shared her mother’s words of wisdom “Always go into something new with your right foot first and you will have a wonderful year. Always do your personal best and try your hardest and always remember to say thank you to the people who helped you along the way.”

“Tonight, we give you back the children you entrusted in our care,” stated Willow Road Elementary School Principal Stephanie Capozzoli. “It has been a pleasure to watch their personalities unfold day-by-day. We all marvel at how they have grown and changed since that first day of school.”  To the students she added, “You are the carriers of the light, our nation’s children. Go forward with conviction and confidence and let your light shine.”

During the program, there were several enjoyable musical selections performed by the sixth-grade class. Student Council President Deanna Cona, Vice President Tyler McGoey and Secretary Rebecca Testani also shared their fondest memories of their elementary years. As the ceremony came to an end, the students proudly exited the auditorium where they were congratulated by their families and friends.

 

James A. Dever Elementary School Class of 2015 Look to the Future

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The auditorium at the Elmont Library was filled with family members and invited guests awaiting the start of the James A. Dever Elementary School Class of 2015 closing exercises. The program began with a video montage featuring baby photos and current photos of each student as well as photos of memorable moments of their days together.

Several members of the Board of Education were in attendance including trustees Dr. Sean Douglas, Patricia Farrell and William P. Striss. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund encouraged the students to continue to do their best and to always remember those who help them succeed. “Think about all you have become and the people who helped you along the way. They deserve the credit for helping and guiding you every day,” stated Dr. Robb-Fund. “Always remember to put your best foot forward, do you personal best and say thank you to the people who help you succeed.”

Representing the Board of Education, Dr. Sean Douglas congratulated the students on their success. “I applaud your efforts, hard work and determination,” stated Dr. Douglas. “Dream big, work hard and stay humble.”

Throughout the program, the students performed several choral selections including their class song. James A. Dever Principal Darren Gruen shared that he was honored to be the only principal the students had known. “When I think of all you have achieved, I hope you are as proud of yourselves as I am of you. Celebrate the end of one journey and the beginning of a new journey filled with success,” stated Mr. Gruen. “Tonight you are at a crossroads. Move forward with wide-eyed optimism.”

Following the ceremony, the students and invited guests gathered together to celebrate and enjoy refreshments generously provided by the PTA.

 

Class of 2015 Bids Farewell to Howell Road Elementary School

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It was an evening of celebration and tears as family members and invited guests joined to celebrate the Howell Road Elementary School sixth-grade moving-up ceremony held at the Elmont Library.

Prior to the start of the ceremony, the audience was treated to a moving photo presentation appropriately titled Remember When featuring baby photos along with current photos of each of the students.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund, who will be retiring at the end of the school year, encouraged the students to think about the credits that appear at the end of a movie and to reflect upon those in their lives including parents and guardians, teachers, staff members and classmates who should receive the credit for helping them become the young women and men they are today. “Plan your time wisely, choose friends who make good decisions, stay safe and healthy and make wise choices. Start with you best foot forward, do your personal best and always remember to say thank you,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund.  

Several members of the Board of Education attended the ceremony including Vice President Toni Pomerantz and board trustees Dr. Frank Chiachiere, Dr. Sean Douglas, Patricia Farrell and William P. Stris. Mrs. Pomerantz extended best wishes on behalf of the board and offered the students important words of advice. “Always make good choices, do the right thing even when it is easier to do the wrong thing and remember how much everyone loves and cares for you,” stated Mrs. Pomerantz. Howell Road Elementary School Principal Frank Huplowsky  congratulated the students on all they had accomplished and noted how much they have contributed to the legacy of Howell Road School. “Today is not the end of a journey, it the beginning of a new journey that will lead to greater success,” stated Mr. Hupolsky.  

Throughout the program, there were several moving musical performances. Several students representing the Class of 2015 spoke fondly and emotionally about their amazing memories at Howell Road School and their goals for the future. The Class of 2015 also donated a replica of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci as their gift to the school. As the moving-up ceremony came to a close, the students proudly exited holding their well-deserved diplomas and joined their families to celebrate their success.



Summer 2015 Reading and Math Packet

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Retiring on a High Note

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After serving as the band director at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School for the past 30 years, Michael Soscia will be retiring at the end of the school year. Mr. Soscia’s passion for music began when he learned to play the trumpet in the fourth grade at the Brooklyn Avenue School. As an alumnus of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen, he returned as a teacher to share his love of music with his students and has inspired many to pursue their own musical careers.

To celebrate his retirement, more than 60 people, mostly alumni including three students from his first music class 30 years ago, performed in a surprise concert to acknowledge his contributions and the impact he had on their lives. The evening’s festivities were organized by Mr. Greg Hart, Wheeler Avenue general music and choir teacher assisted by Mrs. Scott, the Wheeler Avenue orchestra teacher. The Wheeler Avenue PTA generously provided refreshments.    

The students at Wheeler Avenue School have been the beneficiaries of his musical tutelage and the Wheeler Avenue Jazz Band has enabled Mr. Soscia to teach and play is favorite form of music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Soscia serves as the treasurer for the Nassau Music Educator’s Association and will continue to serve in that role after his retirement. As an educator, Mr. Soscia is highly regarded by the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff, students and community.

District’s Business Official Wins Prestigious Award

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The Board of Education and administration are pleased to announce that Assistant Superintendent for Business Meredith Brosnan is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Philip Fredenberg Award for Outstanding Service.                                         

This award is presented annually by the New York State Association of School Business Officials to an individual whose service and contributions over his or her long career had a positive impact on the association, its members and the entire profession.    

As a result of this well deserved recognition, the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen will receive a $1,000 donation from NYSABO.

Summer Music 2015 Flyer and Registration Form

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Willow’s Got Talent

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Fifth-and sixth-grade students from Willow Road School showed off their unique talents during the school’s annual talent show, “Willow’s Got Talent.”
Each of the performing students took to the stage delivering high-energy routines that included singing, dancing, instrumental performances and other talents, which were met with booming applause from the entire student body. Highlights of the show included student Logan Balsan playing the “Star Spangled Banner” on trumpet, the “Who’s on First” comedy routine by James Barkoukis and Anthony DiNatale.

According to Special Education teacher Greer Korshin, students developed their routines outside of school and would meet with teachers in the weeks leading up to the show to make sure their act was developing. Korshin said the talent show provides students with a wonderful opportunity to showcase a variety of talents that might not be seen as part of other school activities.  


            
 

A Field Trip to Remember Without Leaving School

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The Willow Road School's first and second grade students had their field trip come to them. Erik's Reptile Edventures, a mobile live show, presented a hands-on educational and rare experience for these classes. Reptiles are an evolutionary grade of animals including turtles, crocodilians, snakes and lizards.

During the show, the students had the opportunity to learn about a selection of reptiles from different parts of the world. A Water Lizard, native to Southeast Asia who gave out some kisses, a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor, a South African Bull Frog, a Green Tree Frog and an Iguana were all part of the show. There was even an American Alligator named Miss Wally.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the program was a giant nine-foot Albino Burmese Python called Twinkie. It took 12 to 15 students to handle this extraordinary creature. This amazing in-school field trip was educational and entertaining.

A Concert to Remember

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The Willow Road School hosted its second spring concert under the direction of Kristan Nordquist and Cynthia Shannon. The show opened with a performance by the fifth and sixth-grade Glee Club. This glee club is comprised of a select group of vocalists, who were required to pass an audition to become part of this performing group.

The second spring concert is also known as the beginners’ concert because the fourth-grade orchestra and band is comprised of students who have been practicing their instruments for less than a year. The performers did a wonderful job and demonstrated to those in the audience how much can be accomplished with dedication and practice.

Each year the PTA sponsors a dancing classrooms program. Select dancers gave it their all by displaying their many dance styles such as the tango and swing.

The show ended with a performance by the third-grade recorder students. All third grade students learn to play the recorder, a simple instrument that teaches children the basics of note and rhythm reading as well as proper embouchure and technique. These musical skills will greatly assist students when they choose their musical instruments in fourth grade.

Fun in the Sun at Willow Road School

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Excitement filled the air as the kindergarten students at Willow Road School prepared to participate in the school’s annual kindergarten picnic. Students and their parents spent the day together enjoying the sun and fun-filled games and events. All had a great time and everyone was a winner.

Sunday, July 05, 2015