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District to Host 2020-21 Budget Workshops
The Wantagh School District will be offering four separate 2020-21 budget workshops for all community residents. There will be three evening workshops on Monday, March 2, Monday, March 9, and Monday, March 30, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wantagh High School cafeteria. For those unable to attend the evening workshops, a morning budget workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 1 starting at 10 a.m. in the Wantagh Public Library Community Room.
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Students in grades 3 through 5 at Forest Lake utilized their programming skills through participation in an Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement, sponsored by Code.org, which encourages millions of students to not only learn computer programming, but to apply their coding skills in a variety of ways.
The District’s fine and performing arts department is pleased to announce that 11 elementary, seven middle school and 13 high school student-musicians participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County festivals, held at the Tilles Center for the performing Arts on Jan. 17-19.
District students read to one another or listened to a variety of fiction and nonfiction pieces read by faculty and administrators during annual World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 5. World Read Aloud Day encourages people throughout the world to read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literature and the written word.
Members of Wantagh High School’s Science Olympiad teams garnered much success at the regional competition, held at Division Avenue High School in Levittown on Feb. 1. Team A placed fourth out of 23 competing teams from across Long Island and earned a spot at the state competition to be held on March 13-14. In addition, Team B members Anjelica Meagher and Amanda Ciarmella won a first-place medal in the Write It/Do It category.
Wantagh School District parents and faculty attended the district’s first Mental Health Summit, held at Mandalay Elementary School on Jan. 30. The Summit provided parents with the opportunity to select from a menu of nine presentations by experts in the field of mental health, nutrition, emotional well-being and raising healthy and emotionally thriving adolescents.
Forest Lake Elementary School students in Wantagh have acquired a keener sense of Native American life upon participation in the school’s annual Native American Day, held on Jan. 28. Dressed in costume, the fourth grade students emulated many of the activities practiced by the Iroquois by delving into activities including the making of turtle rattles and talking sticks, writing stories and messages on hides, molding clay pots, making wampum and corn husk dolls and playing Native American games.
A dull thrumming resonated throughout the Mandalay gymnasium as students in grades K-5 were introduced to the newest physical education unit sensation called cardio drumming. Even though attempts at percussion were muted through the beating of rubber exercise balls with drumsticks, the concept was essentially the same, to drum to the beat of fast-based, popular music.
Mandalay’s student council collected baby wipes for troops overseas during the month of January. Sponsored by the Blue Star Mothers of Long Island organization, baby wipes are one of the military’s most needed donations, especially for soldiers serving in desert locations.
Adrienne Downy, principal engineer for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Janna Herndon, NYSERDA project manager, visited Wantagh Middle School students enrolled in the Creative Minds course, to talk about the benefits of renewable energy and, in particular, two wind turbine projects approved by the state.
Wantagh Elementary students are taking the opportunity to explore areas of interest beyond their core academic subjects. Implemented this school year, students are learning about a variety of subjects through enrichment clusters.