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‘Pawsitively’ Sousa

Mrs. Lucie’s class present donations to the town shelter.

Mrs. Lucie’s class present donations to the town shelter.

“We are Sousa strong—kind, compassionate and confident
Kind: learning to be caring to others
Compassionate: Learning to help those around us
Confident: Feeling good about ourselves.”
This is the theme of Sousa Elementary School’s character building initiative launched earlier in the school year, and all of those elements came into play when the school held their annual Playthings for Pets holiday toys and treats drive to benefit Town of North Hempstead Shelter dogs.
Since 2003, when the first holiday drive was held by Diana Conway’s fourth grade class, Sousa students have taken part in this service learning project and discovered the many roles beyond taking in homeless dogs that the town shelter plays.
Eight years ago Colleen Lucie embraced the project, and her fourth graders have carried on the tradition ever since, hosting the school-wide drive for doggy toys, treats, rawhides, food, towels and more.
In discussion with a volunteer from The Shelter Connection, the non-profit organization at the shelter, her class learned some of the many reasons pets may end up there, and came to understand the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership by viewing a PowerPoint of Mary Beth Boelts’ picture book Before You Were Mine. [Read more...]

Board Votes Yes To Bond

IMG_8425 copyThe Port Washington Board of Education Tuesday night voted unanimously to put a $69.9 million bond vote before residents.

The vote will take place March 10. [Read more...]

Some Oppose Bond

A grass roots group has formed—Citizens for School Management—that has set up a website and is collecting donations to use towards measures like advertisements, fliers and generally publicizing its position against the $69.9 million bond proposal the school board will vote on Jan. 13.

Board President Karen Sloan says much thought and deliberation has gone into the bond proposal.

Board President Karen Sloan says much thought and deliberation has gone into the bond proposal.

James Ansel, head of the group, said, “The school board is perpetrating distortions on the community to justify the bond.” [Read more...]

Port Students All-County

Seventy seven Port students from the district’s schools will be displaying their musical prowess this winter in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival.

Seventy seven Port students from the district’s schools will be displaying their musical prowess this winter in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival.

Seventy seven students in the Port Washington School District have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at LIU Post this winter.
The honor indicates that these student-musicians are among the top performers in Nassau County. Selection was based upon their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and strong teacher recommendations. [Read more...]

Youth Host Evening For Seniors

It is often said that the true spirit of the holiday season is always best felt when giving back to your community. The Teens of the PiT Youth Council, a volunteer group at “The PiT” (Port Washington’s Teen Center), made up of youngster in grades 6-12, really embraced that thought when they hosted a pizza and bingo night for the senior citizens at Landmark on Main Street.
The evening was arranged by Landmark’s social worker Liz Pinsky and executive director of The PiT Michael Donnelly as an intergenerational project that would be rewarding for all who were involved.
The teens set up the bingo games, took turns at the prestigious job of “The Caller,” handed out prizes to the winners and, of course, served up some delicious pizza. [Read more...]

Port Students Lauded Musicians

 Seventy seven students in the Port Washington School District have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at LIU Post this winter.
The honor indicates that these student-musicians are among the top performers in Nassau County. Selection was based upon their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and strong teacher recommendations. [Read more...]

Art Guild Classes Underway

The Art Guild of Port Washington has resumed classes for children and adults.
An electrical fire at Elderfields Preserve in 2011 during Hurricane Irene forced the art guild to suspend all classes and activities. In September, installation of a fire alarm system allowed The guild to once again open its doors to the public. Elderfields Historic Preserve is located at 200 Port Washington Blvd. (on the right side when traveling south on Port Blvd., after Stonytown Road, just before St. Francis Hospital) [Read more...]

Lee Named To Buckley Board

Tina Lee of Sands Point was named a member of the Board of Trustees of Buckley Country Day School, whose students include many Port Washington residents.
Lee and her husband Richard Chang have a daughter, Isabelle, who is in fourth grade at Buckley.
The school also announced Eric Deutsch of Flower Hill has retired from the Board of Trustees.
“We are delighted to welcome Tina to Buckley’s Board of Trustees at a time when her expertise will help the school with the execution of an ambitious long-term plan for its future,” said Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel, Buckley’s headmaster.
Lee—a graduate of NYU-Stern and Stanford Law—has, for the past nine years, been a board member of Scholarships America, where she became passionate about education. She said she is greatly looking forward to bringing that zest, along with her experience from the business world, to Buckley. [Read more...]

Board To Vote On $69 Million Bond

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The Port Washington Board of Education goes through an updated bond plan in front of a packed house at the Schreiber High School library.

The 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//:www.portnet.k12.ny.us. 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.

Port Washington School District