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Westbury Hires Mobile Security Firm

The Westbury School District faced yet another burglary last week, further encouraging the Board of Trustees to hire Summit Security Services Inc. to provide mobile security services. 

Over 87 MacBook Pros have been stolen from district schools since April.

Over 87 MacBook Pros have been stolen from district schools since April.

At a Board of Education meeting July 17, the board discussed the seriousness of the recent string of burglaries and need for increased security in the schools. Summit was hired on a 30-day, month to month basis. They will be paid $20.68 per hour and $29.94 per hour for overtime/holidays. [Read more...]

$120K Worth Of Laptops Stolen

Detectives are investigating three robberies at Westbury schools that resulted in the loss of 87 brand new MacBook Pros, valued at approximately $120,000. MacBook Pro

The break-ins occurred at Westbury Middle School, Powells Lane and Westbury High School. According to the district’s Chief Information Officer and Technology Director Jay Marcucci, at all three schools, 13” MacBrook Pros that were purchased in November were stolen after the building was closed and locked. With the exception of the high school, the laptops were all kept in COWs (computers on wheels)—steel cabinets with locks. [Read more...]

Tech Students Win At Competition

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Westbury Middle School technology students recently earned top honors at the Junior Solar Sprint Challenge (JSSC).

Through the JSSC students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principles of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible. JSSC challenges students to use scientific know-how, creative thinking, experimentation and teamwork to design and build and race high-performance solar electric vehicles. Students learn by doing.

The competition had 17 teams competing for top honors and Westbury Middle School received first place and third place trophies.The students were led by Mr. Canalini and Mr. Gray.

Rushmore Teachers Say Goodbye

After 28 years in the education system, Jeanne Cunningham is retiring from Rushmore Avenue School. Starting out as an aide for a year, Cunningham worked at Cherry Lane School for 17 years and has been at Rushmore for the last 10 years.

One of her favorite elements over the past decade was the notoriety.

“You feel like a movie star when you go out. The kids on the playground will call out, ‘Hello, Ms. Cunningham!,” she recalls. “So, you know, you do feel like a movie star sometimes. It’s cute.” [Read more...]

CP BOE Holds Re-Org Meeting

During its annual reorganizational meeting, the Carle Place School District Board of Education re-elected Barry Dennis as board president and Joe Locurto as board vice president. Both were sworn in by school district attorney Randy Glasser.

Also sworn in during the meeting were Superintendent of Schools David Flatley and board member John DiFrisco, who was reelected by the community in May for a term of three years.

 

 

 

 

 

Westbury BOE Names New Prez, VP

The Westbury School District held its annual reorganization meeting last week, swearing in a new president and vice president for the board.

The board unanimously voted Pless Dickerson as president, a spot previously held by Rodney Caines. Leslie Davis was named vice president with five votes (Caines, Dickerson, Robin Bolling, Karin Campbell and Davis), over trustee Laura Pierce who had two votes (John Simpkins, Pierce).

At the meeting, both Karin Campbell and Bolling, a newcomer to the board, were sworn in for three year terms.

Trustee John Simpkins, trustee Laura Pierce, Superintendent Mary Lagnado, President Pless Dickerson, Vice President Leslie Davis, trustees Robin Bolling, Karin Campbell, and Rodney Caines and Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel Eudes Budhai

Trustee John Simpkins, trustee Laura Pierce, Superintendent Mary Lagnado, President Pless Dickerson,
Vice President Leslie Davis, trustees Robin Bolling, Karin Campbell, and Rodney Caines and
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel Eudes Budhai

CP Grads Celebrate Achievements

 

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Family, friends, administrators and teachers assembled on the football field of Carle Place High School last weekend to congratulate 139 graduates as they received their high school diplomas at the school’s 58th annual commencement ceremony.

Board of Education President Barry Dennis yielded the welcome address to fellow board member John DiFrisco, whose son, Jack, was among the graduates.

In his speech, DiFrisco told the graduates to celebrate their accomplishments, as they are “a prelude to what lies ahead.” “Never stop challenging yourself, and don’t be afraid of mistakes,” he said. [Read more...]

WHS Grads Remember Classmate

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After four years of hard work and unforgettable memories, the Westbury High School Class of 2014 received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 28 at the Tilles Center at LIU Post’s campus.

Principal Manuel Arias called the names of the students to receive their diplomas. While most students were at the commencement ceremony to graduate in person, one student received his diploma in spirit.

The officers of the Class of 2014 honored student Aaron Allen, who passed away in August 2013. His mother Lavette Smith walked in his honor. Smith thanked Aaron’s classmates and the Westbury community for never forgetting her son and for all of the support they have given her in her hard times. [Read more...]

Westbury’s Top Students

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WHS Valedictorian: Brandon Brathwaite

Brandon Brathwaite is pretty excited to be Valedictorian of his class. But it’s not the first time he’s earned the title.

“Throughout middle and high school I’ve always worked as hard as I could and stayed on top of my homework and due dates. This has led to me not only being Valedictorian of high school, but also middle school,” says Brathwaite. “I feel like I’ve definitely earned the spot I have. I feel very accomplished.” [Read more...]

Park Ave. Students Learn Safety Tips

Second grade students from Park Avenue Elementary School recently participated in Community Night. The event, hosted by National Grid and The Long Island Children’s Museum, educated students about natural gas.

Back row (L-R) Michelle Peterson- Assistant Principal, Lauren Perry and Lee Westerlind, both of Community & Customer Management National Grid, Suzanne LeBlanc, LICM President and Gloria Dingwall, Principal of Park Avenue Elementary School with elementary school students.

Back row (L-R) Michelle Peterson- Assistant Principal, Lauren Perry and Lee Westerlind, both of Community & Customer Management National Grid, Suzanne LeBlanc, LICM President and Gloria Dingwall, Principal of Park Avenue Elementary School with elementary school students.

“’Leading with Safety’ is a great opportunity for students to learn the importance of natural gas safety both at home and school,” said Mike Ruiz, National Grid Director of Community and Customer Management. “At National Grid, safety is our top priority and we believe one can never be too young to start to learn valuable safety tips.”

Students lined up to take a sniff at the natural gas scratch & sniff cards and the expressions on some of their faces were priceless as they smelled the rotten egg odorant that’s added to natural gas. National Grid distributed close to 500 National Grid Emergency Kits, which included the Energy Explorers book, a flashlight, and an emergency postcard with important phone numbers.

“It was wonderful to have National Grid’s participation at the annual Community Night celebrating the Westbury STEM Partnership,” said LICM President Suzanne LeBlanc.  “As a sponsor of this important educational program, National Grid staff was able to share not only a multi-sensory science activity, but to see the excitement the STEM program has created among students, faculty and the community.”

The event is part of National Grid’s “Leading with Safety” campaign, a signature program of the company’s Power to Serve Volunteer Program.  The initiative is designed to engage school students in natural gas safety and damage prevention as part of the company’s commitment to safety education.