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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.


Youth Ambassadors Provide an Important Lesson

Youth Ambassadors Provide an Important Lesson
Rushmore Avenue School welcomed youth ambassadors from the Long Island Tourette Association to educate third-grade students on Tourette Syndrome. Students learned what TS is, how it impacts individuals and how to be understanding and patient towards others, including those who live with TS.

Jumping with Heart

Jumping with Heart photo

Rushmore Avenue School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in February to benefit the American Heart Association. More than 270 students jumped rope in the gymnasium and raised an impressive $21,366 for the cause. Amazing job!


Battle of the Classes on March 1

Battle of the Classes photo
The Carle Place High School Key Club and Student Organization are hosting Battle of the Classes at Carle Place Middle/High School on Friday, March 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

Each year, students “battle” for a special cause during Battle of the Classes. This year’s charity was selected based on sophomore Victoria Argenzio’s work with the Long Island Tourette Association. Victoria’s work is inspired by her brother, Stephen Argenenzio (Class of 2018) and his struggle with Tourette syndrome.  

On Feb. 1, Carle Place Middle/High School hosted a special assembly to raise awareness about this year’s event. Jane Zwilling, co-chair of the Long Island chapter of the Tourette Association of America (TAA) and co-director of the Long Island Center for Tourette and Associated Disorders, spoke at the assembly. 

It is both the Key Club’s and Student Organization’s hope that this event will raise awareness for children with Tourette syndrome, eliminate bullying and erase misconceptions about Tourette, while also raising funding for this cause.

Carle Place High School junior and Key Club President Lauren Basso is pictured here volunteering as a member of the Long Island Tourette Association’s support group.  Lauren and Samantha Wagner were instrumental in creating the informational video about Tourette syndrome and this year’s Battle of the Classes.

To learn more about this year’s Battle of the Classes, please click on the following links:
Student-created video for the Long Island Tourette Association:
Online donation link:
News12’s announcement of the event:

Submitted by Samantha Wagner

Little Doctors Making a Big Impact

Little Doctors Making a Big Impact photo
The Little Doctors program at Rushmore Avenue School is teaching students valuable life lessons, while helping to save lives. 

Sponsored by the New York Blood Center, Little Doctors focuses on volunteerism, community service, the science of blood and the organization of community blood drives. During this year’s Rushmore Student Council blood drive to benefit the blood center, council members greeted donors as they arrived and afterward wrote them thank-you cards. They also learned how one pint of blood can save as many as three lives!

Elizabeth Cottell and Julie Santoro are advisers to the Rushmore Student Council. Great job by all!

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