A night of celebration in Elmont
Oct. 2 was truly a night to celebrate Elmont School District’s educational achievements, as well as pay homage to the members of the Board of Education.
To commemorate the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week, which is from Oct. 22-28 this year, students presented handmade cards to members of the Board, in addition to the small tokens of appreciation that were waiting for them when they arrived for the monthly meeting. Superintendent of Schools Al Harper praised the Board for its continued diligence in ensuring that Elmont provides the best educational resources for students and staff. Dutch Broadway’s fifth-grade chorus performed for the Board members, and the Elmont Elementary Teachers Association made contributions in each trustees’ name to the Bruce Metzger Library Fund to purchase library books for students.
A great moment of pride for Elmont was shared as well, as 76 students achieved proficiency on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test – the most in the district’s history.
According to the NYSESLAT website, the exam is designed annually to assess the English proficiency of all English language learners enrolled in K-12 in New York State schools. The test gives the state and schools important information about the English language development of English language learners.
Congratulations were also in order for Alden Terrace School for receiving the Schools of TechXcellence Award from District Administration magazine. Awards were also presented to assistant principals William Mingo (Gotham Avenue) and Cynthia Cameron (Alden Terrace), who took part on 5K runs to raise money for worthy causes. Mr. Harper also commended Mrs. Lisa Gairey, the nurse at Alden Terrace and Dutch Broadway, who retired after 13 years in the district.
- Dutch Broadway’s fifth-grade chorus paid tribute to the board of education with a performance.
2. Students honored the board of education with handmade gifts during the meeting. Pictured are Gotham Avenue School’s Andrea Medrano (foreground) and Ethan Bonilla.
3. Covert Avenue School student Michael Ye gave trustee Sheldon Meikle a high five when he thanked him for his service.
4. Lisa Gairey, the nurse at Alden Terrace and Dutch Broadway, was commended by Superintendent of Schools Al Harper for 13 years in the district.
5. Clara H. Carlson students who achieved proficiency on the NYSESLAT exam are pictured with (from left): Assistant Principals Richard Mansfield and Amanda Sagnelli, ENL teacher Tara Savage, Principal Stacia Walfall, and ENL teachers Anna Lee and Jennifer Liebman.
6. Alden Terrace School students Simra Jaffery, Arva Yasir and Abdulrehman Ahmed are pictured with Principal Shawnée Warfield, Assistant Principal Wellinthon Garcia and ENL teacher Jennifer Marasco.
7. Stewart Manor School students Faatimah Zahra and Omar Gonzales are pictured with Assistant Principal Cynthia Cameron, ENL teacher Jennifer Hernandez and Principal Hope Kranidis.