4:00 PM WUT Executive Board Meeting
7:00 PM WES PTA Book Fair Evening
7:00 PM WHS Spirit Night
The district is pleased to announce that 70 elementary and secondary students were chosen to participate in the NMEA All-County Festival in January. Selection was based on the students’ NYSSMA evaluation scores and teacher recommendations, as well as on evaluations of solo performances at regional music festivals.
The collective music of more than 100 instruments reverberated through the halls of Wantagh High School as student-musicians in grades 5-12 performed during the ninth annual Band Day Festival Concert on Jan. 24. Under the direction of conductors Mindy Dragovich and Dan Aviles, the students performed F.W. Meacham’s “American Patrol,” Brian Balmages’ “Rain” and “Sun Cycles,” and Michael Sweeney’s “Port O’ Call.” The high school wind ensemble also performed Samuel R. Hazo’s “Parkour” for impressed parents, administrators and Board members.
The district hosted its second annual TechDay, during which approximately 100 students in grades 5-12 expanded their knowledge of computer programming by attending one of six workshops. The goal of the event was to introduce students to programming and computer science, a field expected to grow rapidly over the next 10 years.
Wantagh High School’s National Honor Society inducted 97 new members during a traditional candle-lighting ceremony in the auditorium. The evening featured words of wisdom from administrators and staff, musical interludes by the high school’s string chamber ensemble and the singing of the National Anthem by Kayla Knight.
Forest Lake student council members collected coats for Assemblyman Dave McDonough’s 2014 Coats for Kids Campaign, under the direction of advisers Susan Burdick and Colleen Nicolosi. The students were delighted at the opportunity to give back to the community and were pleased with its overwhelming success. Mr. McDonough visited the students and thanked them for participation in this valuable campaign for adults and children in need.
In celebration of Veterans Day, Forest Lake Elementary School third-graders attended an assembly that featured discussions with community veterans. Many of the veterans were grandparents and parents of the students. The active and retired veterans discussed their experiences during active duty and shared their dog tags, a Purple Heart and a Marine Corps flag, as well as photos of the countries where they were stationed. The students also learned that the veterans served in the Vietnam and Korean wars and that a number of guests had done recent tours of duty in the Middle East.
An important message of thanks to active servicemen and veterans canvased the walls outside the art classrooms at Wantagh Middle School as students in grades 6-8 created a thank-you mural in honor of Veterans Day. Under the direction of art teacher Jaclyn Gentilesco, the students used print making and collage techniques to create scrapbook pages of family servicemen, veteran photos and patriotic symbols.
It was a day of pride as the Wantagh community gathered for the district’s annual homecoming festivities on Oct. 18. Fun-filled activities started with a Friday afternoon pep rally, during which the sports teams and homecoming court were introduced. Students throughout the district also displayed their Warrior pride by wearing black and gold clothing and sports jerseys.