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Talent Shines At Student Art Show

ArtShow_052015EOn Wednesday, May 13, the gymnasium of Westbury High School was packed to the rafters with all manner of artistic whimsy and cutting-edge creativity as the school hosted its annual Student Art Show, giving kids in grades 9-12 the chance to show off the fruits of their passionate and personal work for all to see.

The show boasted work from approximately 900 students and featured a vast array of mediums on display, including paints, pastels, photography, graphic art, computer animation, ceramic sculptures, decorative masks, 3D printed objects and pretty much anything else that the vivid imagination can envision and a talented hand conjure up, said Lisa Fernandez, District-Wide Art Chairperson. [Read more…]

Students Go Beyond The Page

Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of an author to learn exactly how they come up with their imaginative and captivating books? Carle Place students and their families recently had the chance to do just that.

Cherry Lane Elementary School hosted an author/illustrator meet and greet night on May 13, featuring authors of children’s books.

Twenty-five Long Island authors were on hand to speak to fans, display their books and of course answer questions. [Read more…]

CP Budget: No Tax Levy Change

The Carle Place Board of Education presented their 2015-16 adopted budget during last week’s meeting; a budget that at $47,660,182, is a 1.08 decrease from the 2014-15 school year.

The proposed budget represents a $520,614 decrease from last year and at a levy of $42,323,209, is a zero percent tax levy change. [Read more…]

Three Running For Two Westbury Seats

On Election Day, May 19, Westbury School District residents will take to the polls to vote for the proposed budget, as well as the two open seats on the Board of Education that are up for three-year terms. Running for those seats are current trustees Dr. Pless Dickerson and John Simpkins and former trustee Larry Wornum.

Dickerson, the current Board of Education president, is running for his fourth term, saying he wants to contribute to the educational system of his community’s children. The 40-year Westbury resident and 45-year educator noted increased enrollment and maintaining the budget within the 2 percent cap as some of the district’s biggest problems. [Read more…]

Students Mind Their Manners

If you want to take a Westbury High School student out for lunch, you’d be in good company.

Westbury High School students gained a lifelong skill last week as they learned how to sit, speak and eat like a professional during a dining etiquette workshop at Westbury Manor. Led by Linda Williams, a certified etiquette trainer, the workshop taught students the proper way to engage in a business-setting meal. [Read more…]

Crowdfunding Site Helps Local Family

When her children’s father passed away suddenly in December 2014, Krystal Miller found herself facing the challenge of being a single mom trying to raise three kids.

“My initial concern was their well-being,” Miller said. “Their dad was a big part of their life. I know their pain is going to carry on, so I’m trying to support them and raise them on my own and make sure they’re okay.” [Read more…]

Westbury BOE Adopts Budget

The Westbury School District Board of Education adopted their budget last week, and now it’s up to residents on whether or not they want to pass the $130.7 million budget, a 5.6 percent increase from last year. The tax levy is 1.85 percent, which is within the cap.

One of the main components of the budget is the addition of 25.8 instructional positions throughout the district in September. Included in the new positions are seven full-time teachers on the elementary school level (five teachers—three special education, a math and technology—are expected to go to Park Avenue); 10.8 teachers at the middle and high schools; two district staff focused on enrollment growth; and two high school assistant principals. [Read more…]

Pitch Perfect

Westbury students perform with a capella group
A group of Westbury School District singers recently got the chance of the lifetime, as they performed with five-piece a capella group Ball in the House during their recent concert at The Space at Westbury.

About 40 students joined the group on stage for their performance of “My Girl” by The Temptations and “Happy” by Pharrell. The students began working on the songs a few months ago in their choir classes, and got to rehearse with Ball In The House (BitH) the day of the show. [Read more…]

Local Heads To The Hill

The National Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) recently rallied more than 50 of their Youth Ambassadors (YA), including Carle Place’s Steven Argenzio, for its National Advocacy Day—Trip to Capitol Hill program. This trip marks the association’s largest, most successful Advocacy Day, with TSA members representing 31 different states participating in a total of 169 meetings with 65 Senate offices, including with Senator Charles Schumer and 104 House of Representatives Offices. [Read more…]

Young Artists Show Work

The Carle Place High School north cafeteria was transformed into an art gallery this past Friday, April 17, as students displayed their work for the annual art show.

More than 100 photos, ceramic pieces, drawings and paintings were displayed at the event, which is sponsored annually by the Carle Place Arts and Education Booster Club. The event gives students the chance to not only show off their work, but see what their peers are doing. [Read more…]