BOE meeting highlights exceptional achievements
It was a night of celebration at Dutch Broadway Elementary School on Oct. 7 as students, staff and Board of Education members were recognized at the monthly Elmont Union Free School District Board of Education meeting.
The meeting began with a special introduction, as Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane introduced himself to those in attendance. Grossane, a veteran leader who spent time as superintendent in both Smithtown and Levittown, said he was thrilled to be in Sewanhaka and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
After the introduction, attention turned to Board of Education Recognition Month, and several community leaders, including Rachelle Lewis from the Interschool PTA and Deb Buchanan from the EETA, congratulated the board on its hard work and dedication to the students of Elmont. Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages also spoke, thanking the hardworking members of the board for all they do on a day-to-day basis. Board members were presented with gifts from the various groups as well. Several students also presented the board members with artistic works from both themselves and their classmates. This was followed by a musical performance from students across multiple grade levels from Dutch Broadway Elementary School.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication and for continuing to put the children first,” Superintendent of Schools Al Harper said. “The future is bright in Elmont, and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful things the students that go through our schools go on to accomplish.” After a presentation on the importance of participating in the 2020 census, attention once again turned to the students, this time for an impressive achievement. Last year, many Elmont students took the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). During that test, different levels of proficiency can be achieved. Students recognized at the Oct. 7 board meeting were students who scored “commanding” and were deemed to no longer need the separate ENL classes. This year, Elmont recognized 89 students who reached this level. Each building principal was commended as well, as every building in the district attained the Better Outcomes Research Award as they met the criteria of the Beating the Odds: Building Opportunities study by Better Outcomes, LLC.
Photo captions: 1. Each of the building principals were recognized after all district schools attained the Better Outcomes Research Award.
- Students presented board of education members with various artistic works in honor of Board of Education Recognition Month.
3. Dutch Broadway Elementary School musicians sang a school in honor of School Board Recognition Month.
4. Superintendent of Schools Al Harper and the board of education congratulated each of the students who were honored for their performance on the NYSESLAT.
5. Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages congratulated board of education members for their hard work and dedication at the Oct. 7 meeting at Dutch Broadway Elementary School.