Budget Vote Results
Yes - 2,048
No - 753
Board of Education Trustee Election
Tara Cassidy - 1,715*
Adam Fisher - 1,509*
Elizabeth Guber 1,336
*The two highest vote recipients are elected to a three year term.
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Wantagh Middle School students’ hard work and determination was awarded by staff and administration during a virtual annual awards ceremony, which was originally to be held on May 12. The students were recognized for their achievements in subject areas, departments and clubs and for important traits including citizenship, leadership, courage, character and caring.
Wantagh High School senior Athena Yao was named a $2,500 scholarship winner in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Athena was chosen among more than 15,000 talented finalists from each state, who were judged based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in future college and university studies.
The Board of Education and Central Administration announced the tenure of 10 faculty members, marking the most important milestone of their educational careers. Although the district was unable to hold a customary reception due to school district closings, the sentiment still resonated throughout the district.
Wantagh High School thespians Kyra Orgass and John Sileo have been nominated for the 2020 Roger Rees Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in “Rent School Edition,” which was held under the direction of Heather Naughton on Nov. 21-23. John played the part of Roger Davis, an HIV positive songwriter and musician and boyfriend to Mimi, played by Kyra.
Bright blue skies and warm temperatures were the backdrop for an afternoon of revelry as Wantagh High School teachers lined the school’s driveway with their decorated cars to host a car parade for the Class of 2020, held on May 15. Everyone who attended practiced social distancing, but the spirit and joy of graduation season still resonated as each of the seniors passed through the tunnel of cars to the honk of horns and shouts of congratulations from faculty and administration.
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.
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.
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.
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.