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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.
Under the direction of Heather Naughton, choreographer Kim Davis and vocal director Jennifer Alessi, Wantagh High School’s talented cast and crew drew packed audiences for Dean Pitchford’s and Walter Bobbie’s “Footloose,” held in the auditorium on March 20-23.
Wantagh Middle School’s community service club called Business and Education Serving Together participated in the 33rd annual Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County Trivia Challenge Championships on Feb. 26-27. Eighth-grade team members Sean Browne, Emma Caputo, Abigail Conway and Natasha Meagher finished in third place. Skylar Mondelli, Jacklynn LaMacchia, Bridget Toscano, and Cate Russo also represented the district on the sixth-grade level. The club raised and donated $600 to the organization.
The District has appointed Carol-Ann Winans as director of science and technology, effective July 1. Ms. Winans will replace Tobias Daempfle, who served as interim science/technology education director during the 2018-2019 school year.
Wantagh High School sophomore Melanie Volz entered her project, “Fibonacci Numbers and DNA,” into the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, held at Hofstra University on March 1. Although a strong topic, Melanie’s project did not win an award. However, she was recognized for her hard work and creativity.