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Physically Fit and Ready to Lead

Physically Fit and Ready to Lead photo
Six students from the Carle Place School District were recently recognized at the fifth annual Outstanding Elementary and Middle School Physical Education Awards ceremony held at Roslyn High School. Sponsored by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the awards are bestowed upon two students from each elementary and middle school who demonstrate a physically active lifestyle, responsible behavior and leadership, and overall physical education excellence following nomination by their physical education teachers.

Carle Place extends its congratulations to Cherry Lane School second graders Logan Gomes and Tyler Reedy, Rushmore Avenue School sixth graders Stratos Mehalakes and Reese Aguilar, and Carle Place Middle School eighth graders Thomas Venezia and Leila Naraine, all of whom were honored with awards.

Cherry Lane physical education teacher Conor Reardon is pictured congratulating Carle Place’s winners.

Cherry Lane Kids Connect with The Little Mermaid

Cherry Lane Kids Connect with The Little Mermaid
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Cherry Lane School students recently took a special afternoon trip to the Broadhollow Theatre Company Children’s Theatre in Elmont to enjoy a performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Mrs. Rusinyak, Mrs. Barracato, and Mrs. Acierno took 24 students to enjoy the show, as they met on a recent Saturday afternoon to ride the bus in together. The trip not only served as a cultural experience for ENL students, but was also a way for new friendships to be formed, old ones to be strengthened, and meaningful connections to be made between students and the community. 

Appreciating Diversity from the Ocean

Appreciating Diversity from the Ocean photo
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Carle Place resident and author Paul Mila recently stopped by Cherry Lane School to present his book and underwater photography adventures to second-grade students in the school library.

Through his book “Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends,” Mr. Mila taught students factual information about sea life, while instilling important lessons about appreciating diversity. He also raffled off copies of his books, donated copies to the library, and gave each child bookmarks that featured his beautiful underwater photography.  More information can be found on his website:

First-Graders Meet the Mayor

First-grade students at Cherry Lane School welcomed Mayor Peter Cavallaro to the school library to speak about the duties and responsibilities of his position as mayor of the Village of Westbury. In addition, the children asked questions about how a law is passed, how decisions are made when citizens hold differing opinions and how they can be good citizens. This was a meaningful culmination to the social studies unit on government and citizenship and aligned with the first-grade concert theme, “Let’s all get aboard the ‘Citizenship!’”

Mayor Cavallaro is pictured with representatives of every first-grade class, along with his wife, Diane, who is a teacher’s aide at Cherry Lane. 




ENL Department Hosts Family Outreach at Library

ENL Department Hosts Family Outreach at Library photo

After weeks of planning, the Carle Place English as a New Language Department hosted the annual ENL family outreach program at the Westbury Memorial Library, where students from all three Carle Place school buildings joined together to learn more about the library services and programs.

Carle Place staff members donated books for students to take home to extend their own personal libraries. Students also toured the children’s and adult libraries, and parents had the opportunity to get to know one another and apply for library cards. Every student on hand won a raffled prize donated by local stores including Angelo’s Pizzeria, Bagel Boss, Casa di Fratelli, Hale and Hearty, Lisbon Cafe, Panera Bread, Shiro of Japan, Starbucks, Stop & Shop and Wendy’s. 

“This has been the biggest turnout yet,” said James Fisher, chairperson of English 7-12 and English as a Second Language K-12. “We hope to continue to build and strengthen our ENL families within the Carle Place community.” 

Special thanks to Ms. Acierno, Mrs. Barracato, Mrs. Dintino, Mrs. Rusinyak and Mr. Valdivia of the ENL department for putting this event together.

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