At Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, the story is not about bullying or outcasts, but rather, how many students rally around Brendan Gallagher, a classmate with severe autism. (Credit: Newsday Staff)
Levittown schools have a longstanding tradition of distinction in music. The program contains elements not found in many Long Island districts. In addition to the traditional offerings of band, chorus and orchestra, Levittown offers piano, guitar and electronic music which includes digital recording technology.
Patriotism was contagious in the district as students dressed in red, white and blue celebrated Patriot Day, an annual observance on Sept. 11 to remember the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
During the Sept. 16 Board of Education meeting, New York State School Boards Association Area 11 Director Susan Bergtraum presented President Peggy Marenghi, Secretary Karen Quinones-Smith and trustees Michael Pappas and Frank Ward each with a Board Excellence Award.
At GC Tech, more than 100 students enrolled in the morning and afternoon cosmetology program took a step toward becoming licensed professionals. Dressed in traditional black tops and carrying their hairdressing kits full of combs, brushes and other tools of the trade, the students set up their stations and got to work on cutting real human hair on mannequins.
Three talented musicians from Division Avenue High School have been selected to perform at the Long Island String Festival Association's annual conference concert. Dawn Kim (11), Subin Heo (11) and Eileen Cha (9) have been integral players in both school district and private string orchestras for years and are delighted with this latest honor.
Students from the Division Avenue chapter of the National Honor Society spent their Friday afternoon at Abbey Lane Elementary School's annual barbeque, painting faces and spending time with young students in the Levittown community.
Senior Ashley Kim has been recognized as one of 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists in the 61st National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Ashley will now continue in the competition for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships, which altogether totals $34 million and which will be offered this coming spring.
On September 19, 2015, MacArthur Principal, Joseph Sheehan welcomed back 35 members from the MacArthur H.S. class of 1965. Mr. Sheehan facilitated a presentation informing alumni of MacArthur's current academic accomplishments: 1 National Merit semi-finalist, 3 commended students, increased student participation in AP courses and successful results on AP exams. He also shared with the honored guests that 75% of the class of 2015 graduates achieved an advanced Regents diploma.
Middle school research students did not have to travel far to study pond organisms and water depth. During a science lesson at Levittown Memorial Education Center, seventh-grade student-scientists in Doug Neu and Paul Zaratin's classes had access to the district's new Memorial Pond, built to provide an additional science research tool.
On Saturday, June 27 2015, Wisdom Lane M.S. choral director Caroline Spainer and six of her male singers who had been selected to participate in the National Middle School Honors Choir which performed in Carnegie Hall that evening.
Eleven students from Northside School (pictured) took part in the Levittown Summer Music Program 2015. Some began studies on a newly chosen musical instrument. Other students continued playing and making progress on the instrument they have already studied.
Parents of Northside School students were invited to "Back to School Night" in September. They were welcomed by the Principal, Mr. Frank Mortillaro, as well as their classroom teachers and special teachers.