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Board To Vote On $69 Million Bond

SchoolBoard_122614AThe Port Washington School Board will vote on Jan. 13—at its next regular meeting—about whether to ask residents to endorse a $69 million bond for capital improvements and repairs to district properties.

The bond would require a majority vote from district residents, with polling taking place on March 10.

While the board was previously preparing for $77 million dollar bond, adjustments and improvements have been made to the plans and it now reflects the $69 million total.

Board members have said there is no choice but to seek the funds for improvements that cannot be covered by the annual budget. The bond issue is not popular with many residents, who say salaries of teachers and administrators should be cut, or at least moderated, to make up some of the cost. There is also concern that the board is being too ambitious with the scope of projects and improvements to be covered by the bond. Board members have defended their plans as being necessary for upkeep of buildings and grounds, as well as adding some necessary elements to the district. [Read more...]

Kindergarten Registration Info

Kindergarten registration will take place at Central Registration at 90 Ave. C, Port Washington. Please call to schedule your appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. by calling 516-767-5470. Please refer to the school list below to determine which week you will register your child. For your convenience you can download the kindergarten registration packet at: http// Please complete the entire registration packet and bring proper documentation to your scheduled registration meeting.

South Salem Elementary School: Monday, Jan. 12 to Thursday, Jan. 15

Manorhaven Elementary School: Tuesday, Jan. 20 to Friday, Jan. 23

John P. Sousa Elementary School: Monday, Jan. 26 to Friday, Jan. 30

John Daly Elementary School: Monday, Feb. 2 to Thursday, Feb. 5

Guggenheim Elementary School: Monday, Feb. 9 to Friday, Feb. 13

In the event of a winter storm we will contact you to reschedule for an alternate date in February.

Transportation is available for students residing more than a ½ mile from school. Information will be mailed in the summer and bus orientation is usually in August.

For transportation to child-care after school you need to complete a form when you register or you may contact the transportation department. The form must be returned fully completed to the transportation department no later than April 1, for the following September. Please call 516-767-5030 if you have any question about transportation.

Note: If you opt for a child-care drop off it must be located in the same district boundary catchment area where you live, or at one of the two district authorized locations—either at the Children’s Center on Main Street or at the JCC program housed in one of our elementary schools in order to be eligible for this type of transportation.

Class placement is decided by keeping the classes as balanced as possible considering gender, age, ethnicity, former nursery school, etc. Placement and school supply letters are mailed to parents in mid-August. If there is a concern about placement (i.e., particular children who should not be placed together) parents should contact the principal in writing in April. Children cannot be placed with friends and a request for a specific teacher is not allowed.

Medical examinations and immunization forms must be completed within one year prior to the starting date of school. The forms should be returned to the school your child will be attending before June 20.

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Weber Student Holds Bear Drive

studentIn conjunction with his Bar Mitzvah, Weber Middle School student Ethan Sanft completed a “mitzvah” project that motivated him to volunteer his time with and give support to a charitable organization.

After doing some research on several organizations, Ethan learned about Hugs Across America and the work they do and decided he would like to work with them to help others. Hugs Across America is a non-denominational, not-for-profit charitable organization that provides teddy bears, curricular materials and messages of care to lessen the fear and anxiety experienced by children in crisis. [Read more...]

Schreiber Grad Is Published

studentPaul D. Schreiber High School graduate Jennifer Barshay had her research paper, “Unconditional Surrender In World War II,” published in the summer issue of the Concord Review.

The paper examines the historical background of the Unconditional Surrender Doctrine, the factors that convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to adopt it, its uneven implementation to the main Axis powers and the debate regarding the use of the doctrine. [Read more...]

Schreiber Class Of 1972 Reunion


The Class of 1972 gathers at its 60th birthday celebration at the Port Yacht Club this summer.

Call it “reunion fever,” or call us “reunion junkies.”

No matter what one labels us, the Schreiber Class of 1972 has a knack for reuniting.

And we do it in a big way, as evident by our successful 40-year reunion that drew 200 classmates in 2012, and was followed by this summer’s 60th Milestone Birthday Gala at the Port Washington Yacht Club. [Read more...]

A Lot Is New In Port Schools

schoolsMany changes await students as they get ready to begin the new school year Sept. 3.

Students at Daly Elementary School will be welcoming a new principal, Sheri Suzzan, who began her position on July 1. Suzzan was most recently Port Washington’s Director of Creative Services, overseeing the district’s music and arts programs. [Read more...]

Students Earn Top Spanish Honors


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Junior Jon Scheiner of Port Washington and sophomore Maximo Lipman of Sands Point were among Upper School Spanish students at Friends Academy that won gold medals in the 2014 National Spanish Exam, a prestigious standardized test for top Spanish students.

Port Student Is National Scholar

Patricia Mary Hoban of Port Washington has been accepted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organizations for first- and second-year college students. [Read more...]

Port BOCES Grads Win Scholarships

gradMatthew Benzinger and Alexander Zimmerman, both of Port Washington, are getting ready to head off to college after graduating from Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA).

Benzinger, who studied art at LIHSA, will attend Hartford University, from which he received a $68,000 scholarship. In addition, Matthew was awarded a Certificate of Recognition, which is presented to students who have made consistent progress in all of their coursework at school. [Read more...]

Astoria Has School Drive In Port

astoriaAstoria Bank’s 15th annual Kids Tools for School collection drive is taking place throughout August to help prepare children for the start of the new school year.

The program provides more than one ton of school supplies annually to thousands of local students whose families struggle to afford such necessary items as backpacks, notebooks, markers, crayons, pens and pencils, and more, a spokeswoman said. “The program makes a difference in the many communities and neighborhoods Astoria Bank serves, and fuels excitement for the start of the school year.” [Read more...]