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.
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.
Wantagh Elementary School fifth-graders in Denise Allan’s and Maria Brown’s classes at Mandalay Elementary School researched famous historical individuals and wrote biography book reports as part of the Writers Workshop unit. After the reports were completed, the students dressed in character and delivered speeches and a formal presentation during a proverbial White House Tea.
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.
The district is pleased to announce that 12 elementary, 13 middle school and 13 high school student-musicians were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County festivals, held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Selection was based on the students’ individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations, as well as evaluations during solo performances at regional music festivals.
In addition to the bell that starts the school day, the sound of a train whistle called for Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students to take a proverbial ride on the Polar Express. Polar Express Day relates to Chris Van Allsburg’s popular tale “The Polar Express” about an old-fashioned steam train that takes children to the North Pole for Santa’s departure.
Wantagh Elementary School kindergarten students rang in the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 15 with a vocal performance for parents and staff. Dressed as pilgrims, the students sang “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “The Turkey Ran Away,” “Turkey Dinner” and “I Ate Too Much” to the delight of the audience.