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  • IN-HOUSE COLLEGE SHOP

    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.

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  • SMOOTH OPENING FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

    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.

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  • WANTAGH MIDDLE SCHOOL WELCOMES INCOMING SIXTH GRADERS

    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.

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  • WANTAGH WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2023

    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.

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  • WANTAGH FACULTY RENEWED AND READY TO ATTAIN DISTRICT 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.

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  • WELCOMING NEW FACULTY

    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.

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  • DISTRICT REORGANIZES FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR

    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.

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  • ATHENA YAO TO DISPLAY ARTWORK AT U.S. CAPITOL

    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.

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  • DISTRICT ANNOUNCES NEW WANTAGH ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

    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.

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  • CLASS OF 2026 PREPARES FOR MIDDLE 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.

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  • DISTRICT SAYS FAREWELL TO RETIRING STAFF

    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.

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  • POSITIVITY ON A POST-IT

    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.”

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS CELEBRATE FLAG DAY AND A SCHOOL BIRTHDAY

    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.

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  • WANTAGH CLASS OF 2019 LEAVES LEGACY OF STRENGTH AND CHARACTER

    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.”

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  • CROSSING OVER TO NEW ACADEMIC CHALLENGES

    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.

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  • NANCY O’CONNOR NAMED BUSINESS EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    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.

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  • DISTRICT CELEBRATES AWARD-WINNING JUNIORS

    The Wantagh High School Guidance Department held its annual Junior Class Awards Program in the library and media center on May 31. Under the coordination of school counselor Margaret Swanson, the program afforded the school the opportunity to recognize members of the junior class who demonstrated academic success and made contributions to the school and community.

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  • PATRIOTIC PENMANSHIP

    It was a day of patriotism for Wantagh Middle School students who were winners in the annual Memorial Day Writing Contest, sponsored by American Legion Post 1273. During the contest, students were required to write an essay that completes the thought, “This Memorial Day, it is more important now than ever to…” The winners were invited to march in the annual community Memorial Day parade and were then recognized at the American Legion Post for their winning essays.

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  • WANTAGH MS RECOGNIZED AS A ‘NO PLACE FOR HATE’ SCHOOL

    For the second consecutive year, the Anti-Defamation League has recognized Wantagh Middle School as one of the nation’s 1,600 No Place for Hate schools. This prestigious designation was accomplished through the sponsorship of activities that promote acceptance, tolerance and kindness on campus and by sending a clear message throughout the school that all students have a place to belong.

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  • WANTAGH’S TOP ACHIEVERS RECOGNIZED DURING SENIOR AWARDS

    The district’s top seniors were recognized for their scholarship, community service, overcoming hardships and enthusiasm for extracurricular activities during the annual senior awards ceremony, held in the high school auditorium on May 29.

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