John Watson has joined the Wantagh School District as the new Math Supervisor K-12. Mr. Watson previously served as the Curriculum Associate for Mathematics 6-12 and a high school mathematics teacher in the Deer Park School District from 2005 to 2016. “I am excited to be joining the Wantagh School District,” Mr. Watson said. “I am looking forward to working with the exceptional Wantagh community, as we work together to provide a quality mathematics education for all of our students." Mr. Watson earned his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in mathematics education from Adelphi University, and a certification in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.
It was an evening of pride and excitement as 268 high school seniors celebrated a long-awaited milestone during the district’s 61st annual commencement exercises held at Nassau Community College on June 23. The Board of Education, administration and faculty led the black and gold clad seniors down the isle and to their seats as the high school band played “Pomp and Circumstance,” under the direction of Mindy Dragovich.
It was a day of celebration for the District’s students from Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary schools who commemorated the culmination of their primary education during individual moving up ceremonies.
During the June 16 meeting of the Board of Education, New York State School Boards Association Area 11 representative Robert Schoen awarded trustee Kera McLoughlin with a Board Excellence Award.
The District’s elementary schools were a sea of red, white and blue as Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh students celebrated Flag Day on June 14. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the American flag in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress and is a time to reflect on the importance of this symbol.
The District is pleased to announce that the high school’s varsity baseball team secured the New York State Class A Championship title on June 12 with a 6-5 victory over Williamsville East High School, held at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, New York. This is Wantagh’s first state baseball title since 1998.
Several hundred works featuring top student-artists from the high school and middle school were on display during the district’s annual Art Festival, held in the high school gymnasium on June 1. Many of the photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures were previously selected for exhibitions and scholarships across Long Island, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, the Long Island’s Best.
Eighty of Wantagh High School’s most talented business students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the Business Honor Society as permanent and probationary members during a special ceremony in the auditorium. To qualify for membership, permanent members have taken at least three full credits in business courses and have maintained an average of 90 percent or greater while also fulfilling their community service requirement.
The Board of Education and central administration announced the tenure of 10 administrators and teachers during a reception with colleagues and family members that marked this most important milestone of their educational careers.