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The Board of Education reorganized for the 2019-20 school year during the annual July 2 meeting held at Wantagh High School’s auditorium. Kera McLoughlin was sworn in by district clerk Elaine McGuigan for an additional three-year term, and newly elected trustee Laura Reich was sworn in for a first term on the board.
Athena Yao, an Advanced Placement art student, was the third-place winner in the annual 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Her acrylic work, “The Places I’ve Been,” will hang in the Honorable Kathleen Rice’s office in Washington, D.C. for the next year.
The district is pleased to announce that Briana DeAngelo James has been appointed assistant principal of Wantagh Elementary School, effective July 1. She replaces Jessica Zimmer, who served as elementary supervisor for the past five years and who will now serve as principal of Forest Lake Elementary School.
Forest Lake, Mandalay, and Wantagh elementary fifth-graders marked an important academic milestone as they attended individual moving-up ceremonies held in the high school auditorium. Each celebration was punctuated with photo montages and video presentations, as well as special musical performances that added to the sentimental occasions.
The district congratulated 14 administrators, faculty and staff who announced their retirement at various board of education meetings during the 2018-19 school year. Superintendent of Schools John McNamara congratulated and thanked the retiring faculty for their dedication to Wantagh students as well as their service and commitment to the community.
Bright-colored post-it notes were scattered across classrooms at Mandalay Elementary School with positive messages and words of kindness in recognition of Positive Post-It Day. Some of the messages included were “Be who you want to be,” “Be you and only you,” and “Stay happy, be happy.”
The district’s elementary schools were a sea of red, white and blue as Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh elementary school 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 patriotic symbol.
The district’s 64th annual commencement exercises took place on Lawrence Field on June 14, as 242 graduates processed to their seats as the high school band, under the baton of director Danilo Aviles, played “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Wantagh Middle School faculty and parents joined in celebrating the advancement of 229 eighth grade students, who will meet more rigorous academic challenges upon entrance into high school, during the annual Crossing-Over Ceremony held on June 7 at the high school.
The District is proud to announce that the Long Island Business Teachers Association has named middle and high school business teacher Nancy O’Connor as the Business Education Teacher of the Year. Ms. O’Connor was recognized during the annual awards ceremony attended by more than 150 Long Island teachers and students, held at the Wind Watch and Golf Country Club in Hauppauge on May 22.