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  • TEACHER APPRECIATION THE IMPETUS FOR A CAR PARADE

    The familiar horns of passersby resonated throughout the Mandalay community on May 7. Instead of the front-line workers that are usually honored during this COVID-19 pandemic, first grade teacher Christine Kopp’s class took to the Wantagh streets to demonstrate their appreciation of this longtime teacher.

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  • STUDENT-ARTISTS PARTICIPATE IN VIRAL GETTY CHALLENGE

    With museums closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, art museums throughout the world are providing opportunities for patrons to browse their collections online. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles went one step further by asking viewers to choose a masterpiece and to re-enact the work at home in an activity called the Getty Challenge.

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  • WANTAGH MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL PUBLISHED IN EDUCATION MAGAZINE

    Wantagh Middle School Principal Anthony Ciuffo has published an article, “Rethinking Conventions: Keeping Gender-Diverse Students Safe,” in the October 2019 edition of Educational Leadership Magazine.

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  • DISTRICT WELCOMES DR. PAUL M. GUZZONE

    The Wantagh School District welcomes high school principal Dr. Paul M. Guzzone, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Guzzone was appointed by the board of education and Superintendent of Schools John McNamara during the May 7 business meeting. He replaces current principal Carolyn Breivogel, who retires at the close of the school year.

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  • TOPS IN WORLD LANGUAGES

    Although the official ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wantagh High School celebrated the accomplishment of 63 foreign language students who were inducted into the World Language Honor Society this spring.

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  • WANTAGH HS’S JULIANA ROSE PENS TOP ESSAY IN STATE

    Juliana Rose, a 10th grade student at Wantagh High School, is New York State’s first-place winner in the Daughters of the American Revolution 2019-2020 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. The national contest is sponsored by the DAR and the National Italian American Foundation in honor of Christopher Columbus.

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  • PROJECT THANK YOU

    Words of thanks can go a long way, as Wantagh Elementary School fourth graders in Samantha Barrett’s class have learned. The community conscience students joined their teacher in a campaign called Project Thank You, demonstrating their appreciation to local firefighters and healthcare workers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Elmhurst Hospital, who have served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic each day.

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  • JUST ONE WORD

    It would be difficult for most people practicing social distancing at home to choose just one word to describe how they are feeling. However, Forest Lake students and faculty were able and willing to select a meaningful word to convey messages of hope and relay what is important to them during One Word Day.

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  • CELEBRITY MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Wantagh Middle School’s daily virtual announcements have been given a celebrity flair. Principal Anthony Ciuffo explained that local and regional VIP’s have volunteered to assist with the announcements during the canceled April break, scheduled for April 9-17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • STEAM TEACHER INNOVATES WITH FACE MASKS

    STEAM teacher Kaitlin Humphrey has been putting her technology and engineering skills into real-life practice by assisting with the production of needed face masks for Stony Brook University health care personnel. Last week, Ms. Humphrey secured 3D printers from the district and the templates for essential mask parts, so that SBU volunteers can assemble and distribute the supplies to medical workers to protect them from the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

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  • STUDENTS ENGAGE IN THE DESIGN SQUAD HOME CHALLENGE

    While classroom learning is on pause, elementary students are using their time at home wisely to participate in a number of interesting and inspiring science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics challenges.

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  • MANDALAY STUDENTS SEND COMFORT TO CLASSMATE

    Mandalay students and the PTA recently completed a patchwork blanket and pillow for a third-grade student who became seriously ill during the February break. The students are hoping that the blanket gives their friend comfort in his time of need.

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  • WANTAGH HS INDUCTS 17 INTO SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY

    The District is proud to announce that 17 juniors and seniors were inducted into the Science National Honor Society during a recent ceremony in the high school library.

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  • COMPLIMENTS ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD

    Elizabeth Shevlin’s second grade class at Wantagh Elementary knows that kind words can make the difference in their overall outlook. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the students participated in a joint art and English language arts activity writing compliments to one another.

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  • WANTAGH MS DREW PACKED AUDITORIUM FOR ‘FROZEN JR.’

    Under the direction of Victoria Dempsey, production manager and stage crew director Kimberly Davis, music director Kristin Piciullo and student director Lauren Mertig, Wantagh Middle School’s talented cast and crew drew packed audiences for Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” held in the Wantagh High School Memorial Auditorium on March 6-7.

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  • A MEAL FIT FOR DR. SEUSS

    Danielle Schiavetta’s students at Forest Lake celebrated Dr. Seuss’ March 3 birthday with a delicious meal of green eggs and ham. After reading “Green Eggs and Ham,” the class discussed whether they would like to eat green eggs and recorded their individual answers on a graph.

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  • WANTAGH WARRIOR JOURNALISTS CAPTURE PRESS AWARDS

    Wantagh Warrior senior journalists garnered three Quill Awards at Adelphi University’s annual Press Day, held on Feb. 26. Co-Editor in Chief Juliet Watstein won third place in the best arts review category, while Co-Editor in Chief Jenna Miller won an honorable mention in the most outstanding reporter category.

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  • HOOP SHOOT FOR HEALTH

    Middle school students collectively raised $5,797 for the American Heart Association’s annual Hoops for Heart event in the gymnasium on Feb. 27 with Jacklynn LaMacchia and Olivia Scherer contributing $725 and $511, respectively, as top fundraisers. Since the inception of the event, the school has raised more than $200,000 in donations helping to make a difference in children’s lives through the American Heart Association, while students learned heart-healthy skills.

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  • LOCK STARS

    Forest Lake fifth graders have been immersed in coding activities and took their newly acquired skills to a higher level through participation in a digital and physical version of Breakout EDU. Breakout EDU is an immersive learning game platform that brings the components of an escape room to the classroom.

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  • WANTAGH SAYS FAREWELL TO ADMINISTRATORS, FACULTY AND STAFF

    During the Feb. 10 Board of Education meeting, the Wantagh School District accepted and announced the retirement of several longstanding faculty and staff. Superintendent of Schools John McNamara wished the retirees health and happiness in their retirement and thanked them for their many years of dedicated service to the district’s students.

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