Principal

James Cummings

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Associate Principals

Jeanne Kozlowsky
Craig Evans
Brian Norton

 


 

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Announcements

Waldbaum’s School Supply Initiative Aids Families

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Showing their strong support for education, the Waldbaum’s supermarket in Deer Park recently put together $8 bags of school supplies for its patrons to purchase as donations for needy families in the school district. The four-day initiative involved all Waldbaums stores across Nassau and Suffolk counties, giving community members the opportunity to benefit their local school districts.

After collecting approximately $1,000 in donated school supplies, Waldbaum’s representative Joe Fabbio delivered the supplies to high school social worker Barbara Charity.

“Waldbaum’s are always there for us with everything we do,” said Charity, who noted the many of the high school’s students have gained valuable employment experience working in the supermarket. Once the supplies are sorted, Charity and Deer Park’s team of social workers will decide how the supplies are distributed districtwide.

The donation process was facilitated by volunteer Debbie Leon, a member of the Special Education Committee who also serves as treasurer of the middle school’s PFC.

“We are all parents and grandparents, we know what it’s like,” said Fabbio, who has served as store manager of the Deer Park Waldbaum’s for the past four years. “We are part of the community so we try to give back.” He credited the store’s loyal customers for their generosity. “They’re the ones who really did it,” he said, thanking them for the outstanding donation efforts.

Math Star Zhang Named Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program

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High school student and math star Aaron Zhang was recently named a semifinalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. In a Sept. 10 announcement, he was recognized for his outstanding test results in the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, where he competed in an initial screening against more than 1.4 million students from over 22,000 high schools and finished in the top 1 percent in the state.

Zhang will be continue to compete to achieve the finalist level and vie for one of 7,6000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million, to be offered next spring by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which has held this prestigious academic scholarship competition since 1955.

The modest young man was surprised by his achievement.  “I wasn’t sure if I would get it because the cut-off is so high,” Zhang said. “But it feels really good.”

The senior is in his second year of membership in the school’s math team (for which he now serves as captain), academic team and Science Olympiad team. As a junior, Zhang earned second place as part of a two-person Circuit Lab team in the New York State Science Olympiad regional competition. He also participates in other high-level math competitions such as the Suffolk County Math Tournament, where he won first place last year for the second year in a row. In his spare time outside of school, Zhang enjoys taking extracurricular computer science classes and conducting online computer research projects.

“We will be hearing a lot about Aaron in the future,” said his proud principal, James Cummings.

Freshman Orientation Is Instructive

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On a warm Wednesday morning, the high school welcomed its Class of 2018 for the first time, smoothing their transition via the annual freshman orientation on Aug. 27. The event proved helpful and instructive, providing the incoming ninth-graders with a sense of the building’s layout and a wealth of information on topics such as student activities, graduation requirements and guidance counseling. At the end of the program, the new freshmen found their lockers and took a tour of the building, guided by older students.

“One of the nicest aspects of freshman orientation is the number of upperclassmen who volunteer their time to help the freshmen become acclimated to the building,” said James Cummings, the high school’s principal. “It speaks to the respect that the students have for their school, and that they have a vested interest in the new students being successful.”

In speaking to his new charges, Cummings emphasized getting involved right off the bat, encouraging them to pursue activities, clubs and sports. “Students who are active members of their school community are more successful academically,” he said.

Educational Batteries Recharged on First Day

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Across the Deer Park School District, students returned to classes on a warm Sept. 3, refreshed and ready to resume their educational careers at the high school, Robert Frost Middle School, John F. Kennedy Intermediate School, and John Quincy Adams and May Moore primary schools. For many, the day was a thrilling whirlwind of new buildings, new buses and new classmates.

“The students and staff arrived with their batteries recharged from a well-deserved summer vacation,” said JFK Principal Susan Bonner. “We had a terrific first day of school and are confident JFK will have another banner year.”

“It was great to see the excitement on the faces of all of the children,” added Gary Ramonetti, May Moore’s interim principal.

Summer School Carnival Debut

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Marking a transition to the return of classes in September, the district held its first summer school carnival in August, celebrating the program’s last day. The event – including numerous games, coloring books, bubble blowing, hula hooping, cotton candy and a visit from Mister Softee – was held at the JFK gymnasium.

“I thought it would be nice to do something for the children, who worked so hard all summer,” said teacher Phyllis Senia, who planned the carnival. “It shows them that coming to school brings a reward, where they can play and have a good time.”

The summer program, which includes a variety of activities and field trips, benefits approximately 60 special education students, ranging from kindergarten to high school, from each of the district’s schools, aided by a staff of 33 teachers and administrators as well as student volunteers.

 

Deer Park School District