7:30 PM 6-12 Meeting
8:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
Even though Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day, administrators and teachers from the district’s three elementary schools happened to see the shadows of 32 enthusiastic high school students, who followed mentors throughout the school day.
A cold day in January could not stop the enthusiasm of Mandalay first-grade students during Cheryl Schwartz and Hope Rubinstein’s lesson on making vanilla ice cream. This activity applied principles learned about measurements, as well as the differences between a liquid, solid and gas.
The harmonious music of more than 100 instruments reverberated through the halls of the high school as student-musicians in grades 5-12 performed during the district’s 10th annual Band Day Festival Concert, titled “At the Movies,” on Jan. 31. Under the direction of conductors Mindy Dragovich and Dan Aviles, the students performed Jim Henson and Sam Pottle’s “The Muppet Show Theme,” Johnnie Vincent’s arrangement of “When I’m Gone,” Mike Story’s arrangement of the “Star Wars” main theme, Sean O’Loughlin’s arrangement of highlights from “Mary Poppins” and more.
The third annual Wantagh TechDay was held on Jan. 9 at Wantagh High School, during which approximately 130 Wantagh School District students in grades 5-12 expanded their knowledge of game programming, app development, data science and robotics. The goal of the event was to introduce students to computer science, a field expected to grow rapidly over the next decade.
Wantagh High School is one of more than 600 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone™ — an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for their future college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program includes a two-course sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific rigor of Advanced Placement® courses and exams.
Students and staff at Mandalay and Forest Lake elementary schools dressed in hockey jerseys and donned blue and orange to welcome four members of the New York Islanders hockey team. On Islanders Day each year, schools are chosen to receive a visit from the players, who speak about teamwork, motivation, a healthy lifestyle and the key to academic success. The players also take the time to sign autographs.
During the Nov. 12 public meeting of the Board of Education, students, staff, and members of the PTA and supporting district organizations honored the trustees for their voluntary service to the district and community. The recognition came as part of School Board Recognition Week, an annual celebration sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association that honors trustees’ commitment to public education. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg explained that Board Recognition Night celebrates the trustees’ leadership roles and is a way to thank the Board members for their ongoing commitment to education and the students of Wantagh.
In an effort to create a greener environment, the district will now be posting all report cards through the Parent Portal, both at the elementary and secondary levels. Report cards will no longer be printed and sent home. Please note that, as listed on our district calendar, elementary report cards will be posted on Friday, December 4; secondary report cards will be posted on Friday, November 20. Additionally, our middle school and high school teachers have been posting not only graded assignments to the portal but routine progress reports as well.