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Vincent Smith School To Hold Summer Program

Vincent_031414APort’s Vincent Smith School is offering a summer program for students in grades four through eighth with learning disabilities, including ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and expressive and receptive language processing issues. The school is currently accepting applications for the program.

The program will run three sessions: Session One: July 7—July 18, Session Two: July 21—Aug. 1, or Session Three: Aug. 4—Aug. 15. Parents have the option to enroll their child in one, two, or all three sessions. The program will run daily from 9 a.m. to noon.

A Vincent Smith spokeswoman said the program’s focus is to individually remediate, maintain, or enrich students’ skills sets in the areas of reading, writing, math, and social cognition. It is designed to let students engage in multisensory, hands-on learning opportunities to enhance their academic and social performance. Reading, writing, math and social skills are each explored for approximately 45 minutes. [Read more...]

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Students Learn To Make A Difference

Bias_040414AThirteen Schreiber High School students recently participated in the Make a Difference Training Program sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. The national peer-training program focuses on combating bias and promoting understanding in schools across the country.

The program included three days of student training, designed to facilitate the support and commitment of the entire school community to promote positive social change. [Read more...]

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Weber A School To Watch

weberWeber Middle School was recently re-designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch for 2014 by the New York State Education Department and Essential Elements Schools to Watch leadership team.

The designation recognizes the school’s continued commitment to enhancing its programs and practices.

Weber was recognized for developing a model educational program in the state that is consistent with the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level School, as well as the National Forum’s Schools to Watch criteria. As a result, the school will be recognized as both a state and national School to Watch. [Read more...]

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Congressman Visits Manorhaven

schoolCongressman Steve Israel visited fifth-graders at Manorhaven Elementary School to discuss the importance and responsibilities of local and federal government.

Israel discussed his duties as an elected official, spoke about local and federal government and held a question-and-answer session with students, who asked him what he loves most about his job, how long his work week is and how long he’s been an elected official.

Israel emphasized the importance of communication, listening and helping others, noting that such qualities define students as leaders in their community.


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Weber Students Present Footloose

footlooseWeber’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade students have been working diligently to produce their spring musical production of Footloose, set for April 4-6. With a talented group of over 100 cast, crew, and pit members, they plan to bring back the 1980’s in a big way.

The show tells the story of average city teenager Ren McCormack (played by eighth grader Jack Gilsenan), who enjoys dancing his days away.

Ren and his mother are forced to move to the small town of Bomont to live with his aunt and uncle where there are no such things as secrets and dancing is against the law. Ren sets out to bring back fun and dancing to the town with the aid of the preacher’s rebellious daughter Ariel Moore (played by eighth grader Sarah Mannix). [Read more...]

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Oliver Twist Coming To Alcantara

oliverEric Moss will play the lead role of Oliver Twist in St. Peter of Alcantara School’s Drama Club production of the timeless musical.

Moss is a sixth grader and a newcomer to the Drama Club. Other lead roles were landed by some of the eighth grade students: Tim Bergin as Fagin, Vincent La Rosa as the Artful Dodger and Mary Kate McIntyre as Nancy. The villainous Bill Sykes will be played by Nick O’Krepkie.

Performances are on April 4, 5 and 6 at the St. Peter of Alcantara School auditorium, with the production directed by Donna Serpico. [Read more...]

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A Twist On Children’s Tales

talesLandmark on Main Street’s Children’s Series continues on April 6 with Theatreworks USA’s “The Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks” at 2 p.m.

This new musical revue is based on favorite contemporary children’s books including Teacher From the Black Lagoon, Dogzilla, Grumpy Bird, I Want My Hat Back, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Love Splat, Splat the Cat, and The Grasshopper and the Ant.

Teacher From the Black Lagoon follows Hubie’s imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all. [Read more...]

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Alvin Ailey At Trinity Co-Op

coopRoslyn Trinity Cooperative Day School students, many of whom are from Port Washington, need not travel to Manhattan for a culture and dance experience. Teaching artists from the Alvin Ailey School come to the Co-Op every winter.

The creative dance and movement program engages the children in a variety of activities and introduces them to the wonderful choreography of Alvin Ailey. This year the children moved and danced to the wonderful music of “Revelations” and enjoyed using a variety of props including fans and scarves. [Read more...]

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Port Students Aid Less Fortunate

kidsReligious School students from Port’s Temple Beth Israel did a Mitzvah, or good deed, for Sunrise on Wheels, a program run by Sunrise Day Camp, where children with cancer and their healthy siblings share a regular camp experience.

As part of the services provided by Sunrise, there is a year round program called “Sunrise on Wheels,” that brings the camp experience to many of the hospitals in the tri-state area. Sunrise volunteers go to these hospitals and bring trunks filled with toys, puzzles, games, arts and crafts, and other things that the children can do while they are receiving their treatments or waiting to receive treatments (often in isolation) at the hospital.

The Mitzvah project entailed teaming together to purchase the much needed art supplies for the children at the various hospitals, which Religious School students used to put together in individual bags.

With the generosity of the Temple Beth Israel families, the students were able to purchase enough supplies to put together 200 fun-filled bags, which included coloring books, crayons, stickers, play dough, paint books, journals, cards and magic capsules. [Read more...]

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Happy Montessori School Scholarship

scholarshipIn celebration of its 44th year of educating local children, the Happy Montessori School preschool is providing a $1,000 college scholarship to a Happy Montessori graduate who is graduating this year from Schreiber High School. The Happy Montessori School plans to make this an annual program.

“We are so proud of our children and we wanted to find a way to show them that we are still here to support their education,” said Happy Montessori School founder and director Amrit Sethi.

Sethi estimates that approximately 2,000 children have graduated from the Happy Montessori School since she opened its doors in 1970, and giving the scholarship is also a way of thanking the schools for their support of the community.

“We feel very lucky that our children can leave our warm, nurturing environment and go on to the excellent schools in our town,” she said. [Read more...]

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