Last Week's Weekly Update: February 17, 2017

    Dr. Salinas' Weekly Update March 6, 2017

    Dear Parents:

    We have had an excellent first half of the school year. The second half of the third quarter brings a continued sense of focus on the part of students and staff as they prepare for end of year assessments and final grades.

    As parents, we want to continue to stress the importance of continuing to be attentive to your children’s progress as the academic year enters its final phase. Continue your dialogue with your children about the school day. Use questions such as “How was your day?” “Tell me about it.” “Do you have homework?” “What is your homework?” “What was the best part of your day?” These are just ideas for starting the conversation each day. If you can initiate the conversation as soon as you see your children each day, it will become part of a daily, ‘scheduled’ event.

    At home, we understand that as the curriculum changes, supporting your son or daughter’s academics can be increasingly challenging, as they bring home classwork from multiple subjects that become more difficult each year. The best tip for supporting your son or daughter at home, is to provide a consistent, quiet, and separate location for them to complete homework assignments each night. This set aside time will always be invaluable to them as they learn how to complete lengthy assignments and reinforce the knowledge learned from the day’s classes.

    As the year continues, we look forward to your continued support and an excellent remainder of the school year.

    • Sewanhaka High School Presents The Phantom of the Opera --- Please join us for this year’s spring musical with 3 showtimes – Friday, March 10th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday March 12th at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. Tickets are $8.00.
    • Interim Reports Posted to the Parent Portal --- This is a reminder that the third interim progress reports have been posted to the parent portal. If you need any additional information regarding the parent portal, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor or the assistant principal’s office.
    • Great SAT and ACT Test Prep Site with Free Resources --- 4Tests at: https://www.4tests.com/
    • Amusement Park Physics --- http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/
    • Principal’s Parent Forums --- Parents are invited to attend any or all of the upcoming parent forums to begin in March. Each forum date will consist of two times to accommodate parent schedules. Parent forums are important opportunities for parents to learn more about specific programs at school and ask questions on topics that matter to them. Dates and times include:

     Thursday March 2, 2017 – 9:30 am Sewanhaka HS Library

                                                    7:00 pm Elmont public library

    Wednesday April 26, 2017 – 9:30 am Sewanhaka HS Library

                                                    7:00 pm Stewart Manor elementary school

    Wednesday May 31, 2017      9:30 am Sewanhaka HS Library

                                                    7:00 pm Covert Avenue elementary school

    • Math and Social Studies Review Courses Posted --- If you view the fliers page on this site you will find the scheduled times for the Math and Social Studies review courses. We believe these courses to be invaluable and essentially mandatory. Students preparing for Regents exams in math, including Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II as well as social studies, including Global History and United States History, should attend all sessions. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email the department chairperson, your child’s guidance counselor, or I.
    • March 2017 Students of the Month --- Congratulations to the March 2017 Students of the Month: Nabeeha Hussain (Art), Bilal Chaudhry (Business), Kevin Camargo (CTE), Seher Saleem (English), Priyadharsini Balasubramani (FACS), Amadou Cisse, Richardson Antoine (Math), Natalie Garcon (Music), Destiny Hurt (PE), Patrick D. Ihejirika (Science), Alexa Rambarran (Social Studies), Shelssa Jean-Louis (Math), and Sarah Philip (World Languages).
    • Support our FCCLA Service Initiative to Support Ronald McDonald House --- FCCLA will be holding a collection to gather cleaning supplies, such as: liquid hand soap, glass cleaner, Lysol wipes, and disinfecting spray to support Ronald McDonald House. Donations can be dropped off in the main office. A flier has been posted to our ‘fliers,’ page.
    • Math Success! --- A team from Sewanhaka won the Trivia Challenge championship! Trivia Challenge is a fundraising event to raise money for Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County (CP Nassau) located in Roosevelt, LI. Students, in teams, answered trivia questions (back in December) and then collected donations. The team with the most questions correct were invited to go to the finals. The team included coach Ms. Sicherman and team members: Rajeev Singh, Mohammad Samroz, Tzu Wei Wang, and Ryan Shivcharran. This is our first victory in the event in 19 years!
    • NASA Summer Program --- Students interested in participating in the summer internship program can visit: http://www.csr.utexas.edu/internship/?utm_campaign=%2B+Education&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=42348647&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_fm-XxQD4ioBLWflbK9v_u1uXGFwN2XA0uZMAcqiiATbq2UQo3dSDYRp13NL9eksZpJazp7Z6Ty2j_xZ4SLRgGAj3X8w&_hsmi=42348647
    • Adelphi Hosting College and Career Readiness Conference --- Parents are invited to attend the ‘College and Career Readiness: Unlocking the Pathways to Success” conference on Friday, March 17. To learn more about the conference, please visit the ‘fliers,’ page.
    • Varsity Girls Basketball Winter Awards --- Five Lady Indians earned all-star honors this season: --Destiny Hurt was Player-of-the-Year for Conference A-1, and was also named to the Nassau County All-Defensive Team;  Carly Bolivar was named to the All-County team; Flo Hunte was named to the All-Class team; Ashley Cattle was named to the All-Conference team; Kate Weinschreider was named to the All-Conference team; Coach Alex Soupios was named Coach of the Year for Conference A-1.
    • District Varsity Boys Swimming Success --- John Hurley earned All County in the 200 freestyle; John Hurley earned All County in the 500 freestyle; Peter Boldyrew earned All Conference in the 200 Medley Relay; Timothy Yeung earned All Conference in the 200 Medley Relay.
    • Students Selected to Attend Prestigious Conference --- Congratulations to two SHS students in Mr. Curiale’s Poets and Writers club were selected to attend the New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) AT Bread Loaf this upcoming summer. The students are Fatima Tariq and Claude Emmanuela.
    • Social Workers --- You may know that our school is fortunate to have social workers on staff. These individuals help meet the children’s emotional, developmental, and educational needs. Our social workers provide a range of services to students, families, and school faculty in support of the children’s needs. Services may include connection with community services, mental health services, crisis interventions, social skill development, and working with families, school staff, and students. If you would like to contact a social worker and learn of the resources and services available to you, please contact our guidance department. We are fortunate to have these services available to us!