Earth Day At North Side

By Dr. Elaine Kanas,

East Williston School District

EW_062415AOn June 12, North Side held its biannual Earth Day Extravaganza. Every two years North Side dedicates a day in the spring to celebrate Earth Day in a big way. Each grade has a special schedule throughout the day with varied activities that teach Earth Day themes and concepts. The activities are developed and presented by the North Side staff and several outside entities, including programs put on by the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island Science Center, Alley Pond Environmental Center, Mad Science, Nature Nick, PAWS and Eric Powers. [Read more…]

A Prompt Reply

This is the subject of a letter written recently to Village of East Hills board members, one that was published in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News. It is with much appreciation that I write to thank Steve Kafka, chairman of traffic and safety; Clara Pomerantz, board of trustees and Michael Koblenz, mayor, for their immediate and constructive response to a concern of many.

The letter was addressed within days — by phone, in writing, and in a driveway visit. How impressive and encouraging is this response to the safety and well-being and quality of the life of our residents.

To address the casual disregard of the speed limit on the longest street in the community, speed monitors have been temporarily placed in various locations on Salem Road. It is hoped that this will serve as a reminder to slow down when in the community and respect and obey the speed limit of 25 mph.

Joan Auerbach


Safety Precautions For Salem Road

Salem Road is the longest street in the East Hills community. It is a straightaway used by resident drivers as a fast route. It is sometimes used by commercial vehicles as a detour. School bus drivers go shockingly fast once they discharge their passengers. Cars drive by at sometimes alarming speeds, leaving in their wake children, dog walkers, joggers, cyclists and baby strollers. Heads turn and necks crane when people hear the whoosh of a vehicle speeding by. [Read more…]

Honors For Albertson Firemen

Firemen_04315ALast month, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Councilman Peter Zuckerman and Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman all honored a dozen members of the Albertson Hook and Ladder Company at their 105th annual Installation Dinner. The event was held at The Royalton in Roslyn Heights. [Read more…]

Special Passover Celebration

Sinai_04815AThis year, Temple Sinai added yet another way to embrace Passover. In this case, the event is called “Passover with Pals.” The temple hosted a seder for special needs children. Although this was the first year, it was clear that a new tradition has begun. In the words of one of the parents, “Thank you for such an engaging and interactive seder for the Chazak children. It was a great evening and the kids were really involved. The food was delicious too!” [Read more…]

Goal Setting And Reviews

-By Elaine Kanas, East Williston School District Superintendent

At this time of year, the instructional and administrative staff is busy reviewing our progress on the 2014-15 district instructional goals to make sure we are on-track to complete our SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound goals) that we have committed to for the year and/or to make any necessary adjustments in our action planning. (Go to our website at for more information.
Recent North Side, Willets Road and Wheatley faculty meetings put aside time to review this year’s goals and initiate discussions regarding SMART goals for the next school year, 2015-16.

The SMART goals support our broad goals, which usually remain constant over several years.

This month and next, building administrators, department chairs, directors and I will be reviewing feedback from the faculty meetings and formulating the draft district goals plan for 2015-’16. Before finalizing, building administrators and I will meet with each of the content area departments for additional input.

After our new District Goals Plan is finalized, we create a staff development plan for the 2015-’16 school year that directly supports the accomplishment of the goals we have set directly to student growth and achievement.

Congratulations Fourth Grade Singers
Congratulations to North Side music teacher Ed Lattari and the fourth grade chorus students. Not only was the music performed so well, but also all the learning the students had done was quite evident. In one example, as explained by one of the student narrators, the chorus chose to sing a song in this year’s concert (Oh Music) that they had also sung in their third grade concert. Last year the students sang it in two-part harmony. This year, the students challenged themselves, singing it in three-part harmony, a very challenging task, which they did incredibly well! Thank you also to North Side music teacher Rachel May who accompanied the students on the cello.

Congratulations And Commendations
Last month, 15 Wheatley students attended the Nassau County Regional DECA Competition. Students competed against 17 other Long Island school districts in various business related categories. Three students qualified to participate in the State Competition to be held on March 4 – 6 in Rochester. Wheatley senior Joshua Jacobs qualified to compete in the Marketing Management category and sophomores Joseph Dinetz and Justin Spar qualified to compete in the Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team category.

The competitors were given specific case studies, which they had 20-30 minutes to review. Based on the information given to them they had to prepare for a “role play” type presentation. Students were judged on their communication, analytical and production skills, as well as their professional manner and ability to support their ideas and answer detailed questions, on the spot. The judges were all local business professionals. We are extremely proud of our qualifiers and are excited to see them compete at the DECA State competition. Congratulations as well to DECA advisor and Wheatley business teacher Kristen Malik.

As always, email me at or call me at 516-333-3758 with any questions, suggestions and/or any topics you would to see publicized.

From The Desk Of Elaine Kanas

East Williston School Superintendent Elaine Kanas

East Williston School Superintendent Elaine Kanas

Academic Vocabulary
Last year, the East Williston School District undertook an academic vocabulary effort across the three buildings. Steering Towards Success is a program being implemented at the Willets Road School that supports the academic vocabulary initiative in our middle school. The goal of the program is to not only introduce children to academic vocabulary, but to also encourage and inspire each student to incorporate the new words into their own daily language. The Willets Road staff collaborates on this project school-wide, eager to make expanding one’s vocabulary contagious throughout the building. [Read more…]

Mario Cuomo 1932-2015

With the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo, an era in New York politics has come to an end. Along with his former rival and sometime ally Ed Koch, Cuomo defined New York politics throughout the 1980s. His relationship with Long Island voters was hot and cold. Cuomo’s was the classic New York story: The son of a grocery store proprietor in Ozone Park, Cuomo, as with any New York boy of his generation, grew up idolizing Joe DiMaggio to the point where he starred in baseball at St. John’s University and even played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. [Read more…]

A Republican Vote For Haber

As a registered Republican for many years, who is crossing party lines to vote for Adam Haber for state senate, I feel compelled to write this letter regarding the current negative smear campaign that Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) seems to be running against Haber as it has contributed to my decision to cross party lines and vote for Haber. [Read more…]

A Mensch

We all have friends who are people we like, or they wouldn’t be our friends. But how many of us have friends who enrich our lives and make us proud of their acts of generosity and kindness? How many can we describe using the word “honorable” and who epitomize the spirit of Tzedakah or charity?

I have one and his name is Adam Haber.  Adam made money on Wall Street and unlike many, decided that the blessings he received came with a responsibility: to help others. So, one day in 2003 he read in the newspaper, as did many, about a Holocaust museum in Indiana called CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Experiments Survivors), which had been spray painted “remember Timothy McVeigh” and then torched. Unlike all the others who read the story, Adam immediately contacted the Holocaust survivor who founded the museum and then paid for the restoration. [Read more…]