MANDALAY STUDENTS HOST A VETERAN
In honor of Veterans Day, students in Ann Sallustro’s kindergarten class at Mandalay Elementary School in Wantagh learned the definition of a veteran and how veterans are community helpers. They were also taught the lyrics to the song “American Soldier.” To culminate their weeklong lesson, the class hosted a discussion with U.S. Army Airborne Sergeant Stephen Sallustro, their teacher’s son, who recently served in Iraq.
Sgt. Sallustro, attired in his dress uniform, explained what it was like to live in the hot desert and jump out of planes. He also discussed the parts of his uniform and read the students several short books about veterans. The students were delighted to learn how to stand at attention and salute like soldiers. To show their appreciation, they sang “American Soldier” for their special guest.
Welcome to the Mandalay School Website!
We are the smallest of three elementary schools in the district, located in the southernmost portion of the Wantagh community. Our size fosters a “family” atmosphere and personalized attention for our students. Our school is situated on acres of land surrounded by a park, with a marina on one side and homes on the other. It is a one-story building with courtyards and many windows that is, by design a bright, cheerful environment. A lighthouse and nautical theme have symbolized our school since it was erected near the coast in 1957.
The motto which guides the operation of our school, “Lighting the Path of Learning – Home, School, Community,” gives evidence that partnerships are at the core of our school mission. The energy that supports our “light” comes from the collaborative efforts of teachers, administrators, staff, students, parents, and community, who work together for a common purpose: the education and well-being of our children. During my years as Principal, our school has been recognized as a U.S. School of Excellence, and cited for “Overall Excellence” by the “America's Best Schools Project” of Redbook magazine. I have had the privilege of serving on the Blue Ribbon Schools Review Panel in Washington, D.C.
Simply put, our school is a wonderful place to visit, and an even better place to stay. Those who learn and work here consider themselves very fortunate!
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Lynne D'Agostino, EdD