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Wantagh High School students took steps toward planning their academic futures through attendance at the district’s first of three college mini-fairs, held on Sept. 10. Director of Guidance Frank Muzio said 50 representatives set up tables in the gymnasium with information about national and regional colleges and universities for students exploring options after graduation.
Bright yellow buses and a cool fall morning were the backdrop for a successful school opening. Students at all of the district’s schools toted their backpacks full of school supplies and entered the buildings with smiles on their faces as they greeted teachers to start the 2019-2020 school year on Sept. 3.
There was no hindering the excitement of incoming sixth grade students and their parents, who attended the middle school’s sixth grade orientation and picnic, held on Aug. 29. After picking up their schedules at the front door, the students attended a brief meeting with new principal Anthony Ciuffo, who gave them the rundown on the school’s expectations.
Wantagh High School opened its doors to incoming freshmen, who commenced the 2019-2020 school year through attendance at the annual orientation program, held on Aug. 27. In addition to being introduced to the school’s administration, the freshmen received information on academic expectations, sports eligibility, conduct and guidance goals.
Wantagh School District faculty and support staff greeted each other in the high school auditorium on Superintendent’s Conference Day, held on Aug. 28, in preparation for the new school year. Keeping with Wantagh tradition, the morning’s opening ceremony included local and state representatives and community organization leaders invited to join the official opening of the 2019-2020 school year.
The district welcomed 23 new faculty members during the annual teacher orientation program prior to the opening of school. Superintendent of Schools John McNamara and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Marc Ferris introduced the new faculty to district administrators, who spoke about policies, expectations, benefits and more.
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 Garden City 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.