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. Continue reading “Happy Montessori School Scholarship”

Littig House Head Honored

citationLynette Batts was recognized by Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton for her outstanding work as executive director of Port Washington’s Littig House Community Center during a presentation celebrating African American History Month.

Batts has headed Littig House Community Center since 1997, and with over 20 years of extensive work in community building, educational advocacy, and youth development, feels fortunate to develop and disseminate innovative programs and resources to benefit the lives of young children and their families.

Batts’ desire to bring more hands-on programming to the community inspired her to form the Port Washington Community Partnership, a network of youth and family, cultural, health and educational institutions with a common purpose to promote safe and healthy choices by providing preventive and supportive services. Continue reading “Littig House Head Honored”

Spring Creative Reading Plans

readIn a partnership with SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and Elise May of Storytime Theater, the Port Washington Public Library will co-sponsor Creative Readers for the school year.

“It’s a wonderful program that pairs teen mentors and grade school children, said Rachel Fox, director of Children’s Services at the library. “It’s a rewarding experience for all participants that helps build self-confidence and an understanding and appreciation for people of all learning abilities.”

The fall and winter sessions filled quickly. The spring session dates are: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5. Continue reading “Spring Creative Reading Plans”

Mock Interviewers Needed For HS

intWhich foot is my best foot forward? Is it alumni or alumnus? Do I dress up or dress casually? Should I shake hands even if my palms are sweaty? Schreiber students have questions about that all important college interview.

The Schreiber High School Compact Committee is organizing a panel of volunteers who can offer 11th grade students advice and practice on presenting themselves positively for college.

The committee is calling on anyone who has experience interviewing for colleges or in the business sector to participate in its mock interview sessions with students on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Schreiber High School. Continue reading “Mock Interviewers Needed For HS”

Irish Society Writing Contest

irishessayThe Irish Cultural Society announced its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools. Materials outlining the requirements have been mailed to the English departments of public and private Nassau County schools and posted on the society’s website, www.irish-society.org.

The contest this year is centered upon the story “A Painful Case,” from Dubliners by James Joyce. The students are asked to imagine dialogue for a pivotal scene in the story—the last encounter between the main characters—for which the author did not write dialogue.

Although the characters meet for three hours, Joyce does not recount their conversation. Student entrants into the writing contest will write this dialogue. Continue reading “Irish Society Writing Contest”

Port Student Gets BOCES Honor

bocesSarah Rosen from Paul D. Schreiber High School was named Student of the Quarter at Nassau BOCES’ Barry Tech. She was honored for her first quarter grades, attendance, work ethic and preparedness.

Students of the Quarter also have taken the initiative on class projects and are role models for all students both at school and during internship assignments, a spokesman said.

Manorhaven Tastes Brazil

brazilStudents of Manorhaven Elementary School kicked off the new year by celebrating Brazil all week long in their annual Cultural Studies program from Jan. 13 through Jan. 17, as dedicated faculty and diligent parent volunteers immersed themselves in all things Brazil.

The opening assembly on Monday morning began with two professional Capoeira performers engaging the children and showing off their martial art form. They continued the morning with two physical education workshops that got students moving to the rhythms. Continue reading “Manorhaven Tastes Brazil”

Port Scholar Athlete Honored

portJames Burns, a senior at Paul Schreiber High School, was awarded a News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete Award in recognition of his academic achievements, as well being Schreiber’s starting quarterback—and captain—and leading the team to a 7-1 season.

Burns was an All American decathlete at the National Junior Olympics, a Nassau County hurdling champion, and is a second degree black belt.

He is also captain of the track team.

Port’s Intel Semifinalists

Enjoying the Intel accomplishment are (l. to r.) Dr. Kathleen Mooney, superintendent of schools; Julie Torres, assistant principal, Class of 2014; Nori Cerny, guidance counselor; Simon Shapiro, Intel semifinalist; TinaMarie Gallagher, math research teacher; Harry Paul, Intel semifinalist; Marla Ezratty, science research teacher; Dillon Drukker, Intel semifinalist; Elizabeth Dragos, social science research teacher; Jessica Ludwig, Schreiber guidance counselor; and Principal Ira S. Pernick. (Photo by Ruth Smith)
Enjoying the Intel accomplishment are (l. to r.) Dr. Kathleen Mooney, superintendent of schools; Julie Torres, assistant principal, Class of 2014; Nori Cerny, guidance counselor; Simon Shapiro, Intel semifinalist; TinaMarie Gallagher, math research teacher; Harry Paul, Intel semifinalist; Marla Ezratty, science research teacher; Dillon Drukker, Intel semifinalist; Elizabeth Dragos, social science research teacher; Jessica Ludwig, Schreiber guidance counselor; and Principal Ira S. Pernick. (Photo by Ruth Smith)

Three students from Schreiber High School have been selected as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, America’s oldest and most prestigious science competition.

The students, Dillon Drukker, Harry Paul and Simon Shapiro, are among 300 high school seniors that were chosen for the honor. The students have each received $1,000 and their schools also get $1,000 for each student chosen.

Dillon Drukker was selected for a social science project: “The Correlation Between Energy Drink Consumption and Substance Use and the Demography of Consumers.” Continue reading “Port’s Intel Semifinalists”

Port Kindergarten Registration

kinderKindergarten registration will take place at Central Registration at 90 Avenue C, Port Washington. Parents are asked to schedule their appointment between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 767-5470. The school list below determines which week children will be registered. Parents can download the Kindergarten Registration packet at: http://www.portnet.k12.ny.us. Parents are asked to complete the entire registration packet and bring proper documentation to their scheduled registration meeting. Continue reading “Port Kindergarten Registration”