2009-2010 Jonas E. Salk News

Salk Students and Teachers are Recognized by the Long Island Air Force Association
On Saturday, June 12th Jonas E. Salk students and teachers were recognized by the Long Island Air Force Association at their Second Annual Education, Recognition and Awards Luncheon.


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On Saturday, June 12, 2010, Salk Middle School Technology Education Teacher Mr. Castelli received the Long Island Teacher of the Year Award from the Air Force Association.

On Tuesday, May 27, 2010 fifty sixth grade students at Jonas E. Salk Middle School in Levittown, under the direction of their English teachers Betty Weiss and Sheila Greenberg, gathered after school to create several aspects of a wonderful community service project.

On April 13, 2010 eighty-six seventh and eighth grade Salk students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society by Mr. John Zampaglione, Jonas E. Salk Principal, at a most memorable ceremony.

On April 28th, The Buddies Club, Multicultural Club and The Ballroom Dance Club came together to celebrate yet another successful year of enriching experiences.


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Dominick Giuliano was testing if a person's ethnicity affects his/her sense of taste.

At Jonas E. Salk Middle School, all of Ms. Attanasio's 8th grade Health classes decided to create a digital story, using Power Point, on the detriments of drug use.

On April 5th, Jonas E. Salk Science Club visited The Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, in Riverhead. Students participated in an animal adaptations class, and viewed examples found throughout the aquarium.

On March 6th, Salk's Science Research class participated in the Science Olympiad competition held at Weber Middle School in Port Washington.

The Salk Wrestling Team won two matches to finish the year undefeated with 6-0-1 record.

The Salk Wrestling Team won an exciting match over Wisdom Lane 40-27 on March 17th. The Seahawks were losing 21-0, until Anthony Mondella and John Dougherty came up with two pins to close the gap.

Sixth Grade students recently participated in an annual Intergenerational Writing Project that culminated with a visitation to the Highfield Garden Senior Care Center in Great Neck.

The All County Festival is run by the Nassau Music Educators Association, featuring renowned guest clinicians and conductors from all over the country.

The Salk Middle School Robotics Team successfully competed in the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Competition at Berner Middle School in Massapequa on February 7th.

The Salk 'Smart Move' robotics competition on Sunday consist of a research project in addition to the missions our robotic vehicle is required to complete.

The National PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. The Reflections Program provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme, while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.

Under the direction of Lynn Ortega and Marie Bonney, the English as a Second Language students organized an International festival for all to enjoy.

The students at Salk Middle School participated in the annual "Trivia Challenge Contest" sponsored by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.

The Salk Middle School Wrestling team won an exciting match against Plainedge 33-31. Salk was down 25 - 0 and the team's morale was down until John Dougherty got them going with a big pin.

The Salk Winter 2010 Production of Seussical The Musical proved to set new performance standards for students as the cast and production crew was called back to stage for numerous encores!! The musical production was an effort of both students and teachers on and off stage, under the direction of Mrs. Levenberg and Mrs. Plank.

On Tuesday, February 9 a group of sixth grade students from Ms. Keeley, Ms. Mo, Ms. Curran, Mr. Kempinski, and Mrs. Temme’s classes attended a field trip to the Fortune Wheel Restaurant as a follow-up to a short story read in reading/ language arts class, "The All American Slurp."

The 7th grade boys basketball team finished an undefeated season winning all eleven of their games. Season highlights included the defeat of an extremely talented Berner Middle School Team by a score of 45 - 44.

On February 2nd Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray, joined Levittown’s Jonas Salk Middle School students as they were recognized by the school Principal, John Zampaglione for being Terrific Kids!

Unfortunate natural disasters give all of us cause to unite in one effort to help those in need. The community of Jonas Salk Middle School in Levittown has given RISE to the same feelings of empathy we all feel worldwide for the Haitian people.

For the 8th grade girl’s volleyball team at Salk middle school, the dream of an unbeaten season would be realized and forever remembered.

On December 22, 2009 the Levittown School Board Vice President, Michael Pappas, joined the Jonas Salk Middle School, Principal, John Zampaglione, Assistant Principal, Pat Mulligan and Social Worker Jordan Margolis, in honoring students.

The National Junior Honor Society at Jonas E. Salk Middle School in Levittown, in conjunction with the Dominoes Club, Sixth Grade Science Club, and Stock Market Clubs recently sponsored the annual "Warm Winter Wear Drive" during December.

During the thanksgiving holiday the students of Salk were challenged to collect food for the community. In order to motivate the level of giving, Salk's Assistant Principal, Pat Mulligan, awarded the class who collected the most food the privilege of shaving all his hair off of his head!!

Jonas E. Salk Middle School completed their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collecting over 3500 items that will be distributed to families within our community for the holidays. Salk's generosity has been the most impressive in recent memory.

The 8th grade basketball team from Salk middle school has started its season 2 and 0 with victories over Plainedge and Island Trees.

Recently, sixth grade students in Mrs. Weiss's social studies classes celebrated Veteran’s Day with a pageant of information.

Belinda Grunfeld, Brianne Giuliano, and Sean Wilson were accepted to perform in the prestigious Long Island String Festival, Congratulations!

The experiment is a good example of nucleation. This causes the spontaneous release of carbon dioxide resulting in a soda geyser.

On October 20, 2009 Salk's Earth Science and ESL students went on the Science department's yearly excursion to the Sunken Forest on Fire Island. Their day started out with an 8:15 AM bus pick up to catch at 9:30 AM boat ride from Sayville.

The National Red Ribbon Campaign honors the Federal Agent Enrigque Camarena who was murdered by drug traffickers. Red Ribbons are worn throughout schools nationwide to symbolize unification against drugs and "anti-destructive decisions" against tobacco, alcohol, harassment and bullying.

On Tuesday, September 29th, Geraldine Farmer-Morrison and Joan Galante of the Levittown Public Library visited Salk Middle School to talk to the ESL students about all the great services the community public library has to offer.

The 8th grade boys soccer team from Jonas Salk middle school defeated Wantagh two to one in a thrilling come from behind double overtime victory.

October is upon us and students at Jonas E. Salk Middle School, in Levittown, have settled into their new class schedules and are now deciding which after-school activities to be a part of.