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  • WANTAGH FACULTY CELEBRATES A SPECIAL CAREER MILESTONE

    The Board of Education and central administration announced the tenure of 12 administrators and teachers during a reception with colleagues and family, marking the most important milestone of their educational careers.

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  • ART WITH HEART

    Mandalay Elementary School students Sofia Martinez (grade 5) and Katelyn Sutton (kindergarten) and Wantagh High School students Karen Kawecki and Kaitlyn Steingruebner received Awards of Excellence in the annual Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, held in the Broadway Mall in Hicksville.

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  • WELCOMING DR. MARC J. FERRIS

    The District has appointed Dr. Marc J. Ferris as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, effective July 1. Dr. Ferris, a Garden City resident, joins Wantagh from the North Shore School District, where he served as principal and assistant principal of North Shore Middle School since 2002.

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  • HORIZONS STUDENTS LAUNCH ROVs

    After working on an engineering design unit, Horizons program students successfully launched remotely operated vehicles at the Wantagh Park boat launch under the direction of teacher Renee MacDermott and marine scientist Brett Curlew.

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  • A CELEBRATION OF WORLD'S LANGUAGES

    High school and middle school students immersed themselves in foreign language study and world culture during World Language Week from March 8-13. Each day, students had the opportunity to attend and participate in language-based activities to hone language skills and to show appreciation for one another’s cultures.

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  • WINNING AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAYISTS

    The Jerusalem Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized high school junior Keriann Steingruebner and middle school seventh grader Jenna Rackley as New York State winners of the 2016-2017 DAR American History Essay Contest. The annual contest was established to encourage students to think creatively about the nation’s history and to learn about historical events.

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  • ELEMENTARY SUPERVISOR JESSICA ZIMMER PUBLISHED

    An article by Elementary Supervisor Jessica Zimmer has been published in the Winter 2017 edition of “Vanguard,” a publication by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Titled “Magical Phrases: Using Words that Connect Us with Parents,” the article describes how certain language not only establishes better discipline, but strongly connects administrators with parents.

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  • 100 DAYS SMARTER

    Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary school students celebrated the first 100 days of school with various English language arts, mathematics and art activities. In Sarah Danziger’s kindergarten class at Wantagh Elementary School, students painted 100 gumballs on paper gumball machines, built a structure using 100 plastic cups, finished activities in a 100-Day Book, and dressed as 100-year-old people.

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  • SUPERINTENDENT MAUREEN GOLDBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; BOARD APPOINTS JOHN MCNAMARA AS NEW SUPERINTENDENT

    During the Board of Education meeting held on February 16, the Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg for the purpose of retirement. Concurrently, the Board unanimously appointed Assistant Superintendent for Instruction John McNamara to succeed Mrs. Goldberg as superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017.

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  • DISTRICT TO HOST 2017-18 BUDGET WORKSHOPS

    The Wantagh School District will be offering four separate 2017-18 budget workshops for all community residents. There will be three evening workshops on Monday, March 13, Monday, March 20, and Monday, April 3, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wantagh High School cafeteria. For those unable to attend the evening workshops, a morning budget workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 5 starting at 10 a.m. in the Wantagh Public Library Community Room.

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  • GROUNDHOG SHADOW DAY

    While Holtville Hal was looking for his shadow on Groundhog Day, high school students shadowed the district’s elementary school teachers and principals during Groundhog Shadow Day.

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  • WANTAGH HOLDS FOURTH ANNUAL TECH DAY

    The fourth annual TechDay was held at Wantagh High School on Jan. 7, during which more than 120 district students in grades 5-12 expanded their knowledge of game design and programming, and web and mobile development. The goal of the event was to introduce and expand the students’ knowledge of computer science, a field expected to grow rapidly during the next decade.

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  • CAPITAL RESERVE VOTE PASSES

    Residents approved Phase II of construction for the Capital Reserve Fund by a vote of 229 to 47.

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  • WANTAGH FOOTBALL WINS LONG ISLAND CLASS III CHAMPIONSHIP

    The district is proud to announce that the high school varsity football team won the Long Island Class III Championship game against East Islip with a score of 21-14.

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  • TOP STRINGS

    The district’s music department is proud to announce that six students were selected by the Long Island String Festival Association to participate in LISFA’s intermediate and secondary festivals.

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  • WANTAGH TECHDAY 2017 REGISTRATION IS HERE!

    Learning to Code: Grades 5-12

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  • HONORING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    During the Oct. 20 public meeting of the Board of Education, students, staff, and members of the PTA and supporting district organizations honored the Board trustees for their voluntary service to the district and community. The recognition was part of the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week, an annual celebration that serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding about the essential role school board members have within a school district.

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  • RINGS MARK GARNERING OF STATE TITLE

    Prior to the Sept. 17 homecoming game, members of the 2016 varsity boys baseball team and their coaches received rings to mark the securing of the 2016 New York State Class A Championship on June 12, the district’s first state baseball championship since 1998. To mark their victory, the players and coaches led the homecoming parade as the grand marshal.

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  • WANTAGH FACULTY PREPARE FOR FIRST DAY

    The excitement was palpable as teachers and support staff filed into the high school’s auditorium for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31. In keeping with Wantagh tradition, members of the police department, government representatives and community organization members were also invited to attend the assembly that officially kicked off the 2016-2017 school year.

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  • SMOOTH OPENING FOR WANTAGH SCHOOLS

    A rainy morning did not dampen the spirits of students who, toting backpacks full of school supplies, disembarked from bright yellow school buses and carpools ready and excited to start the new school year on Sept. 1.

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  • WANTAGH WELCOMES NEW FACULTY

    The district welcomed new faculty during the New Teacher Orientation Program on Aug. 25-30. Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction John McNamara introduced the staff to administrators, who discussed technology initiatives, policies and procedures, the district’s special education philosophy and literacy program, benefits and more. There was also time allotted to prepare classrooms and to take a bus tour of the district.

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  • 2016-2017 BOARD OF EDUCATION

    During the July 5 reorganization meeting, members of the Board of Education elected President Anthony Greco and Vice President Michael Cucci. Trustees Kera McLoughlin and Peter Mountanos were also sworn in for additional three-year terms.

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  • CLASS OF 2016 ENTERS A NEW LIFE CHAPTER

    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.

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  • WANTAGH CLASS OF 2023 MOVES ON TO NEW ACADEMIC CHALLENGES

    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.

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  • KERA McLOUGHLIN RECOGNIZED FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    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.

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  • WANTAGH CELEBRATES THE AMERICAN FLAG

    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.

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  • WANTAGH BASEBALL GARNERS NYS CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP

    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.

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  • A DISTRICT CELEBRATION OF ART

    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.

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  • 80 INDUCTED INTO THE BUSINESS HONOR SOCIETY

    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.

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  • WANTAGH FACULTY CELEBRATES A SPECIAL CAREER MILESTONE

    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.

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  • TRUSTEE RECEIVES BOARD EXCELLENCE AWARD

    The district is pleased to announce that Board of Education trustee Kera McLoughlin received a Board Excellence Award from the New York State School Boards Association.

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  • 100 DAYS SMARTER

    Throughout the district, students celebrated the first 100 days of school with a variety of math and reading activities that reinforced the skills learned in the first half of the 2015-16 school year.

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  • WANTAGH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

    After exploring all other on site options, the decision has been made to move the high school graduation, normally held on the high school athletic field, to the Nassau Community College gymnasium. This indoor venue will easily accommodate our graduating class and guests.

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN SHADOW DAY

    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.

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  • We all STEAM for Ice Cream!

    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.

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  • STUDENT MUSICIANS CELEBRATE TENTH ANNUAL BAND DAY

    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.

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  • WANTAGH FALL SPORTS AWARDS

    The district congratulates the following athletes on their accomplishments during the fall sports season.

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  • WANTAGH HOLDS THIRD ANNUAL TECH DAY

    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.

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  • WANTAGH HIGH SCHOOL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COLLEGE BOARD'S AP CAPSTONE™ PROGRAM

    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.

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  • A VISIT FROM THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS

    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.

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  • BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS 2016-17

    The Board of Education goals for the 2016-17 school year are listed in the attached document.

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  • STUDENTS AND STAFF HONOR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    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.

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