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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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  • IMAGINING A WORLD WITHOUT HATE

    While most of the world was focused on the concept of “love” on Feb. 14, Wantagh Middle School students, faculty and staff imagined a world without “hate” during No Place for Hate Day. Throughout the school day, students participated in content-based activities where they ruminated about the promotion of tolerance, acceptance and kindness toward others in the school and global communities.

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  • 100 DAYS SMARTER

    Forest Lake, Mandalay and Wantagh Elementary students celebrated the first 100 days of the 2019-2020 school year on Feb. 13 with English language arts, mathematics and art activities. As each student passed through their classroom doorways, they proudly displayed their t-shirts decorated with 100 items or by dressing up as 100 year-olds for this momentous occasion.

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  • AN HOUR OF CODE

    Students in grades 3 through 5 at Forest Lake utilized their programming skills through participation in an Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement, sponsored by Code.org, which encourages millions of students to not only learn computer programming, but to apply their coding skills in a variety of ways.

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  • TOP NOTES FOR STUDENT-MUSICIANS

    The District’s fine and performing arts department is pleased to announce that 11 elementary, seven middle school and 13 high school student-musicians participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County festivals, held at the Tilles Center for the performing Arts on Jan. 17-19.

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  • WANTAGH READS OUT LOUD WITH THE WORLD

    District students read to one another or listened to a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces read by faculty and administrators during annual World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 5. World Read Aloud Day encourages people throughout the world to read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literature and the written word.

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  • SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TO COMPETE AT STATE LEVEL

    Members of Wantagh High School’s Science Olympiad teams garnered much success at the regional competition, held at Division Avenue High School in Levittown on Feb. 1. Team A placed fourth out of 23 competing teams from across Long Island and earned a spot at the state competition to be held on March 13-14. In addition, Team B members Anjelica Meagher and Amanda Ciarmella won a first-place medal in the Write It/Do It category.

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  • MANDALAY MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT A SUCCESS

    Wantagh School District parents and faculty attended the district’s first Mental Health Summit, held at Mandalay Elementary School on Jan. 30. The Summit provided parents with the opportunity to select from a menu of nine presentations by experts in the field of mental health, nutrition, emotional well-being and raising healthy and emotionally thriving adolescents.

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  • WANTAGH STUDENTS EMULATE NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE

    Forest Lake Elementary School students in Wantagh have acquired a keener sense of Native American life upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on Jan. 28. Dressed in costume, the fourth grade students emulated many of the activities practiced by the Iroquois by delving into activities including the making of turtle rattles and talking sticks, writing stories and messages on hides, molding clay pots, making wampum and corn husk dolls and playing Native American games.

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  • DRUMMING TO THE BEAT

    A dull thrumming resonated throughout the Mandalay gymnasium as students in grades K-5 were introduced to the newest physical education unit sensation called cardio drumming. Even though attempts at percussion were muted through the beating of rubber exercise balls with drumsticks, the concept was essentially the same, to drum to the beat of fast-based, popular music.

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  • BABY WIPES AND VALENTINES FOR THE TROOPS

    Mandalay’s student council collected baby wipes for troops overseas during the month of January. Sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers of Long Island organization, baby wipes are one of the military’s most needed donations, especially for soldiers serving in desert locations.

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  • THE DISTRICT’S CREATIVE MINDS STUDY WIND ENERGY

    Adrienne Downy, principal engineer for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Janna Herndon, NYSERDA project manager, visited Wantagh Middle School students enrolled in the Creative Minds course, to talk about the benefits of renewable energy and, in particular, two wind turbine projects approved by the state.

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  • WANTAGH ELEMENTARY STUDENTS EXPLORE AREAS OF INTEREST

    Wantagh Elementary students are taking the opportunity to explore areas of interest beyond their core academic subjects. Implemented this school year, students are learning about a variety of subjects through enrichment clusters.

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  • TOPS IN GEOGRAPHY

    William Sigler, a sixth grader at Wantagh Middle School, was the winner in the school-level competition for the National Geography Bee, held on Jan. 9.

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