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MS/HS Named Reward School

The Carle Place Middle/Senior High School has been designated as a Reward School by the New York State Education Department for the 2014-15 school year.

Only schools that have the highest performance rates or the most progress with no significant gaps in student achievement are selected for the award. This is the second time the Carle Place Middle/Senior High School has been designated as a Reward School.


Backpack Giveaway A Success

Parents and kids were lined up down the block Saturday morning at Martin ‘Bunky’ Reid Park in New Cassel for the Road to Success Backpack Giveaway. It was first come first serve at the event which ran from noon to 3 p.m. The event was sponsored by County and Town officials and the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.

“It is a community event that starts out the school year and celebrates young people embarking on a brand new school year,” said Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe. “It is also an opportunity for law enforcement and the community to strengthen their bond with each other.” [Read more...]

BOE Amps Up Security

At last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, the Westbury board accepted a proposal from BOCES to provide video monitoring services, an effort that the district hopes will help increase security and prevent further break-ins.

“Unfortunately because of the times we live in, we need the added protection to safeguard our property,” said Superintedent Mary Lagnado. [Read more...]

High Hopes For Westbury Football

There is no shortage of optimism among the Westbury football circles about the upcoming season. Head Coach Savalis Charles, entering his third year at the helm, is confident that this is the season that his team takes the leap from talented to contention.

“This should be our best year yet,” he said. “Everyone has been working hard, the expectations are high. It’s the first time in a long time here.” [Read more...]

Teen Named LI Idol

LIIdol_082514ACarle Place 10th grader Sydney Perruzza recently put her vocal talents to the test as she competed and took home the title of Long Island Idol.

“I didn’t think I was going to win, I was waiting for someone else’s name to be called,” said Perruzza. “When they called mine I was completely shocked.”

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School Zones Get Speed Cams

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding. [Read more...]

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


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...]