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Stephanie Joannon Enters Hall Of Fame

Stephanie Joannon has been teaching and coaching in the Port Washington School District all of her career. In her first year out of college, Stephanie coached three varsity sports: girls soccer, basketball and softball. She was the first coach of the girls soccer and softball teams at Port Washington, winning more than 10 conference championships. She coached softball for 20 years and continued to coach soccer and basketball until she moved into administration eight years ago.Stephanie020316A

Coach “Jo” will enter the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, ranked among the top 15 coaches in all-time victories on Long Island, with 326. She was the first female coach in Nassau County to reach the 300-win milestone. Coach Jo has led the Port Washington team to the playoffs in 23 of her 26 years as coach. Her teams have reached the county finals twice.

Outside of Port, she coached in the first Newsday Classic Game at the Nassau Coliseum and was an Empire State Games scholastic and open division head coach (with both teams winning medals). She is a five-time Coach of the Year in Nassau County and was a noted clinician at various camps, speaking on pressure defenses.

Additionally, she is in her eighth year as the Section VIII Basketball coordinator responsible for the direction and implementation of basketball in Nassau County. Joannon is also a past president of the Section VIII Athletic Council. [Read more…]

St. Peter’s School Celebrates Catholic Schools Week


Fundraising project for the National Guide Dog Foundation

St. Peter’s School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with many fun events for students: an opening liturgy, open house events, the Invention Convention, Student Appreciation Day, a basketball tournament, sports afternoon, ice skating, a student-faculty netball game, Smashburger evening, Class Buddy Day, Spirit Day, Blue Moon TaeKwonDo class, bake sale, Teacher Appreciation Day, a fundraising project for the National Guide Dog Foundation, pizza-making afternoon, Pajama Day, a trivia game show as well as many other activities. Cathschoolweek020316C Cathschoolweek020316A


Four Schreiber Teams Conference Champs


Coach Betsy Eickelberg, Coach Dumpson, Coach Pope, Coach Donado and Coach Jennifer Cajou.

Sportschamps020316CFour Schreiber High School varsity teams have won their Conference Championships: the boys and girls winter track and field, girls bowling and boys swimming.

Girls Varsity Track and Field

Head Coach Jeremiah Pope is a former professional football player who has played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (2004) and is a current co-owner of Port Fitness Studio in Port. Pope has coached for six seasons.

“We were extremely excited to win our championship again because not too many teams win with a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores,” said Pope. “So we were not only happy to see the underclassmen step up, but also to see some girls earn their first team championship ever.”


Coach Donado, Coach Dumpson, Coach Pope

The assistant coach is Elizabeth Eickelberg. “This is her first season as a coach and her first championship,” said Pope. “She has taken
over the role of our powerhouse long-distance group and race­walkers. She is a former runner at
Adelphi University and competes professionally. I mainly work with sprinters, mid distance and relays.”

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Captain Beatriz Chavarria. She was the 600m Conference Champion as well as the 300m Conference Champion.

Pope continued, “We have achieved so much over the last six years, winning four back-to-back Conference/Division Championships, earning two back-to-back County Championship runner-up plaques, as well as me earning Coach of the Year last season. We have numerous All-State, All-Long Island, All-County and All-Conference athletes that have come through our program. In addition, we have shattered many school records. Last season we broke our schools 4x400m relay, which earned us a spot at the NYS Championships and we raced away with a 6th-place medal and NYS ranking.” [Read more…]

Row For Autism 2016

On April 16, the 5th Annual Row for Autism will take place at Hempstead Beach Park. Cosponsored with the Town of North Hempstead, the Friends of Port Rowing will host a U.S. Rowing-sanctioned regatta with competitive races for junior and adult rowers. The day will feature competitive rowing events for adaptive rowers on the autism spectrum. The event is free for spectators and families. All are welcome to cheer on the rowers and enjoy the activities and vendors along the promenade. Racing begins at 8 a.m.

Each year since its inception, Row for Autism donates a portion of the proceeds to an autism advocacy program with local ties. The remaining proceeds support Port Rowing’s Adaptive Program. [Read more…]

78 Students Perform At All-County Festival

Seventy-eight student-musicians from Port schools performed in the annual Nassau County Music Educators Association (NMEA) Division V (Grades 11-12), Division IV (Grades 9-10), Division III (Grades 7-8), Division II (Grade 6), Division I (Grade 5) and Jazz All-County Festivals on Jan. 10-17 at the Tilles Center at CW Post. These student-musicians were chosen based upon their solo performances at the NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival held last spring. They performed major masterworks under the baton of master conductors and music educators. [Read more…]

St. Peter’s Takes A Trip To Sag Harbor

Eighth-graders at St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington took a trip to Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre recently to see a performance of Of Mice and Men. The students, along with their teachers, Mrs. Cosentino and Mr. Burns, were enthralled by the play. The class had read the play Of Mice and Men over the summer as part of their summer reading requirements and enjoyed the performance. After the show they went to lunch at the restaurant Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor. Finally, the class went to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.Stpeterstrip012716A copy [Read more…]

Ray Of Light At St. Peter’s

Luke LaRosa is a student at St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington. In many ways he’s like all the other students in his kindergarten class. But he’s not like any other student. Luke has Down syndrome.LukeLarosa012716H

His parents, Clare and Vinny LaRosa of Port Washington, wanted nothing more than for their son Luke to attend the same school as his siblings: St. Peter of Alcantara Catholic School in Port Washington. Though the choices for a child with Down syndrome are limited, the LaRosas worked collaboratively with the Port Washington School District, the Diocese of Rockville Centre and St. Peter’s School to find the right fit for Luke. [Read more…]

Tax Cap And Turf Topics At BOE Meeting

The Port Washington Board of Education meeting was held on Jan. 21 and concern over the tax cap was expressed. The board will be holding a community forum at its Feb. 23 meeting to discuss the possibility of exceeding the allowable tax cap, which is expected to be lower than 2 percent, as the CPI is 0.12 percent for this budget season (see article page 8). The Tuesday, Feb. 23, meeting will be held at 8 p.m. in the Schreiber auditorium. [Read more…]

Gymnastics Team Somersaults To A Win

Schreiber’s gymnastics team won a home meet against Carle Place High School on Wed., Jan. 6. Port won with a tallied total score of 129.25 points compared to Carle Place’s 123.1 points. This season, the team won two home meets and shows no signs of slowing down. [Read more…]

Case Of Whooping Cough At Weber

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney sent home a letter to parents on Wednesday, Jan. 13, to inform them that a Weber Middle School student has been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The superintendent was notified by the Nassau County Department of Health about the student.

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