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Diana Putrino, a senior at Wantagh High School, is the second-place winner in the annual Long Island Business Teachers Association exam competition in the area of fashion marketing and merchandising. The exam tests students’ knowledge of business in the areas of marketing, personal finance, web design, computer applications, entrepreneurship and more. There are five winners in each category.
Wantagh High School 10th graders Margaret Gates and Austin Henglein were first-place winners in the 2019 Kathy Belton Science Fair, held at Molloy College on March 15. Sophomores Seth Braun and Christopher Morale also received accolades for their submission. The Kathy Belton Science Fair is open to ninth and 10th grade science students, who are invited to present their research to small groups of peers and judges.
Wantagh Elementary School first grade students reflected their vision of Earth Day while dressed in homemade shirts as they entertained parents and faculty with a concert to emphasize the importance of recycling. Under the direction of music teacher Beth Marinis, the students sang the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” rap, “The Bag Lady” and “Going Green,” demonstrating the rhythm patterns they have been learning in music classes.
he Wantagh School District is pleased to announce two administrative changes for the 2019-2020 school year. With 18 years of dedicated service to the district, Anthony Ciuffo was appointed Wantagh Middle School principal. He replaces Dawn Matrochano, who has announced her retirement at the end of the current school year.
Arielle Combs, an eighth-grade student at the middle school, was a Top 10 Award winner for her contest entry to the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Long Island Chapter Design-A-Card Contest. Her design will be made into notecards to raise scholarship money for the Long Island Chapter 39 Scholarship Fund.
Mandalay students were encouraged to stop and think before logging on to a computer or using social media during a presentation by Nassau County police officer Yolanda Turner. Officer Turner’s resounding message was that once an email, text or social media post has been transmitted, it is permanent.
The district is proud to announce that 171 high school and middle school students were inducted into the World Language Honor Societies for French, Italian and Spanish. In addition, Cerena Lopez (AP Italian and Spanish), Brianna McCartney (Spanish), Erika Meagher (French) and Diana Putrino (AP Italian and Spanish) were senior department award winners for having excelled in their chosen languages.
The Wantagh Elementary School fifth-grade student council sponsored a Pennies for Patients collection, raising more than $1,200 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of February. Through Pennies for Patients, students raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children fighting against blood cancer.
Mandalay students are participating in a new school health initiative called Wellness Wednesdays, which provides students and their families with weekly tips, activities and information for leading a healthier lifestyle. According to elementary school counselor Donna Schulman, research shows that student mental, physical and social emotional health is linked to academic achievement, and Wellness Wednesdays is a great start to making sure the students are healthy and ready to learn.