Monthly eNewsletter School Report


The weather is finally warming and it feels like Spring!

May is another busy month at the High School! The HS PTA will be busy with Staff Appreciation, our final meeting, preparing for and helping to organize Prom-a-palooza and Graduation Reception, PTA Awards and more! Please take a moment to read through all of the information include in this newsletter. Please join us as we “Thank” the High School staff on May 4. (See information below). Our final HS PTA meeting will take place on May 30th, we hope you will join be able to attend. Information about the meeting is included below.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at

Enjoy the great weather and Happy Mother’s Day!

Ronda D’Antonio - HS PTA Director

HS PTA Meeting Info

  • May 30 - HS PTA Meeting & Thank You Breakfast & Membership Vote on PTA Preliminary Budget. Draft Agenda - HS Updates Ms. McLaughlin, Safe Driving Presentation - Health & Safety Committee, PTA Accomplishments, Topic/Speakers for next year, Curriculum Coordinators - Summer Reading and Info for incoming 9th grade parents, Open HS PTA Board Positions
Staff Appreciation

Volunteers needed!

  • Promapalooza - Help with the planning of event and/or help the day of the event.
  • Graduation Reception - Help with set up and serving graduates and their families after graduation. (This event is sponsored by GCTA and GCPTA)
  • HS PTA Board Positions 2018-2019 - Watch for a Sign Up Genius to indicate your interest in any of the following committees - Curriculum, Health & Safety, Membership, Photography, PTA Dinner, Reflections, Sportswear, Staff Appreciation, Freshman BBQ, Prom-a-palooza, Skit Night, (Site Based - requires the completion of an application.)
  • Please email if you are interested in helping with any of the above opportunities.


  • Watch for notes from the April 25 HS Curriculum Committee meeting

PTA Reflections

  • The HS/MS Reflections Awards were held on April 23rd. The following HS students were recognized. (*Student submission advanced to the Nassau Region PTA level of the competition. **Student submission advance advanced to the NYS PTA level of the competition.)
    • Literature - Caroline Egan 1st*, Alexandera Michael 2nd**
    • Photography - Cathryn Tateosian 1st*, Alexandra Hildreth 2nd**, Robert Furman 3rd
    • Visual Arts - Ella Labate 1st*
    • Dance - Kalei Bremer 1st**, Kerin Debany 2nd **
    • Music - Cassidy Lauren Go 1st*

  • Thank you to Joy Fullhardt, HS Reflections Rep, for the many years she has given her time as a PTA volunteer!

District-wide Upcoming PTA Meetings, Events and Speakers

  • May 3 - 7PM Annual General PTA Meeting in Middle School Library
  • May 21 - 9:30AM Middle School PTA Meeting & Thank You Breakfast
    • Updates from the PTA & Middle School Counselors & Dr. Osroff
    • Feature Presentation - Theresa Busche of the LI Crisis Center - “How To Recognize A Child In Crisis”
  • May 23 - 9:30AM Locust PTA Meeting & Thank You Breakfast
  • May 31 - 9:30AM Hemlock PTA Meeting & Thank You Breakfast

DON’T FORGET - Upcoming HS dates

  • May 4 - PTA High School Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • May 4 - Deadline - Spring Sportswear Online Sale -
  • May 4 - Student Course Selection Verification must be returned to your child’s school counselor
  • May 7 - 18 - High School AP Exams
  • May 9 - High School/Middle School 4th Quarter Progress Reports
  • May 11 - 7PM to 10PM High School Spring Fling (9th and 10th Grades)
  • May 15 - BUDGET VOTE & Board Election
  • May 24 - 7PM High School National Honor Society Induction in Auditorium
  • May 25 - Snow Make Up Day - School will be in session
  • May 28 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Memorial Day
  • May 28 - 10AM Memorial Day Parade - Stewart, Stratford, Middle & High School Marching Bands in Parade
  • May 29 - 7PM High School Science Research Symposium in Library
  • COMING SOON from the HIGH SCHOOL! Watch your email!
    • Information about Regents Review classes
    • June 2018 Testing Schedule

Senior Parents - Mark you calendar

  • May 16 - 7:30PM High School Mandatory Prom/Graduation Meeting for Parents & High School Seniors in Auditorium
  • Yard Signs for ALL SENIORS will be distributed at the May 16th Mandatory Meeting. Signs will be organized by student’s first name. Distribution will take place after the meeting.
  • May 31 - 7PM High School Senior Awards Ceremony in Auditorium (Recipients Notified by Mail)
  • June 4 - 6:30PM GAA/BAA Senior Athletic Awards Banquet
  • June 8 - Senior Class Trip
  • TMA - Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dinners
    • The events will be held at the Nassau Bar Association again this year.
    • Dates are as follows:
    • Father/Daughter: Friday, June 15th from 6:30 -10pm
    • Mother/Son: Saturday, June 16th from 6:30 - 10pm
  • June 21 - 6PM High School/Coalition/PTA Pre-Prom Event
  • June 21 - 8PM High School Senior Prom at The Garden City Hotel
  • June 22 - 9AM Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Breakfast
  • June 23 - 10AM High School Graduation
  • June 23 - 11:30AM GCTA/PTA Graduation Reception

Long Island Gay PTSA

  • Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI Gay PTSA) General Meetings for the remainder of the year
    • Monday, June 11, 7-8:30pm
    • Both of these meetings are being held at The Center at Woodbury (20 Crossways Park Drive North, Suite 110) in Woodbury.
  • The Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI Gay PTSA) is the only chartered PTA of its kind in the nation, bringing together parents, educators, students, and community members to advocate for LGBT students and families. The LI Gay PTSA works with Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) to develop strategies to create safer, more affirming schools so that LGBT students can reach their full potential.
  • All current dues paying members are encouraged to attend our meetings as well as anyone interested in becoming a member of the Long Island Gay PTSA. Membership dues are only $10 for adults and $4 for youth. You can click here to join online.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

From the GCHS Library - Librarians - Margaux Calemmo and Kate Guinan

  • One School, One Book - On Monday April 30, students and faculty gathered in the Garden City High School Library after school to celebrate the culminating event for the One School, One Book initiative. The event brought students and teachers together in a literary circle to discuss the main themes of the book, Outcasts United by Warren St. John. Topics ranged from grit and determination as a vehicle for growth, to soccer as a universal sport and the current refugee crisis. The culminating discussion was the result of a six-week reading initiative that began back in early March when students and faculty were given the opportunity to vote for a book to read together. Two checkpoints along the way included a Flipgrid response and a podcast. Participation was voluntary, but many joined in on this unique reading experience that is sure to become an annual traditional at Garden City High School.

Highlights from our Curriculum Coordinators and Directors

  • World Language Curriculum Coordinator - Peter Giacalone
    • This year, 93 students at Garden City High School participated in the National Latin Examination. Sponsored by the American Classical League/National Junior Classical League, different levels of the exam were taken by over 143,000 students from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. 79 GCHS Latin students earned awards for their performance on this highly regarded examination. In addition to medals and certificates, seniors Brandon Gong and Hope Kelly will be awarded a National Latin Exam Book Award in recognition of four consecutive gold medals on the exam.

    • Latin teacher, Katheen Durkin was awarded the 2018 Dr. Elizabeth Watkins Latin Teacher Award from the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. In addition, Ms. Durkin is a recipient of the National Latin Exam’s Jane Harriman Hall Professional Development Scholarship. This scholarship will enable her participation this July in a ten-day workshop led by Dr. David Money of the University of Cambridge. This University of Michigan sponsored workshop, called Inter Versiculos in Sicilia, focuses on teaching Latin verse (poetry) composition, and will enable Ms. Durkin to work closely with experts in Latin poetry and poetic composition while in situ near Trapani, Sicily. On Friday, we were also notified that Ms. Durkin is the recipient of a $2500 American Classical League Scholarship which is also in support of her summer program in Sicily.

    • I was notified by AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) that their Testing and Awards Committee made the final determination in this year’s National Examination contest. Among the 35 students that will be honored at this year’s Awards Dinner, 18 are from GCHS! The Organization noted that this is the largest number of winners that any Long Island School has had in the 45 years of this local competition!

Guidance News!

  • SAT and ACT
    • May 3 - June SAT & Subject Tests Registration Deadline
    • May 4 - June ACT Registration Deadline
    • May 5 - 7:45AM SAT & Subject Tests at High School
    • May 18 - June ACT (Late Registration) Deadline
    • May 23 - June SAT & Subject Tests (Late Registration) Deadline

Music and Arts

  • May 14 -15 - NYSSMA Piano at Fine Arts Center, LIU Post
  • May 15-17 - 3PM to 9PM District Art Exhibit at High School
  • May 15 - 7PM Jazz Night in High School Cafeteria
  • May 22 - 7PM High School Spring Concert (Concert Choir/Orchestra/Symphonic Band)
  • May 30 - 7PM High School Evening at the Pops

HS Club and Activities Information

  • GCHS Math Team, the Mathletes - Faculty Coach, Peter Santoro
  • The final round of the Long Island Math Fair was Friday, April 20th at Hofstra University. The results are as follows:
    • Christopher Donohue, Grade 12 – Gold Medal
    • Matthew Granville, Grade 12 – Silver Medal
    • George Germano, Grade 12 – Bronze Medal
    • Sydney Pappas, Grade 9 – Bronze Medal
    • Jessica Liberopoulos – Grade 10 – Bronze Medal
    • Dylan McDonald, Grade 10 – Bronze Medal
    • James Zheng, Grade 10 – Bronze Medal
    • Christian McGannon, Grade 11 – Bronze Medal
    • Thomas Reifler, Grade 11 – Bronze Medal

  • Italian National Honor Society and Italian Club - Advisor, Lea Brunetti
    • On June first, the Italian Club will host the Annual Festa di Primavera in the school cafeteria. Italian food is served and Italian music is played. All are welcome and it costs $12 for the adults and $8 for children under 8. Proceeds are used for the Carlo Mazarese Scholarship/s given to graduating seniors.

Other dates of note

  • May 8 - 8:15PM Board of Education Budget Hearing/Work Session
  • May 25 - June 1st is the Special Education Service Request for Parochial/Private School Deadline
  • June 2 - 7:45AM SAT & Subject Tests at High School
  • June 2 - 9AM to 2PM PTA School Supply and Spring Sportswear Pick-Up in Middle School Cafeteria
  • June 5 - Transition Regents Examination in Global History & Geography Grade 10
  • June 5 - High School Sports Physicals at High School: 3PM Girls; 3:30PM Boys
  • June 7 - 7PM High School Grades 9-11 Awards Ceremony in Library
  • June 8 - High School Last Day of Classes & End of 4th Quarter