Monthly eNewsletter School Report


PTA Meeting Info

  • General Membership Votes will take place at the following PTA meetings

    • December 4th - Vote on Nominating Reps - Hemlock, Homestead, Locust

    • December 5th - Vote on Nominating Reps - Stewart

  • November 2nd - Agenda, Committee report, Draft Minutes and Ms. DelGuidice-Calemmo’s - Marker Space Presentation can be found on the HS PTA Page or by clicking here - http://www.gardencitypta.org/schools/high_school_pta/p_t_a_minutes_and_meeting_information

  • Please join us at our December 12th evening meeting @ 7 PM

  • December 12th Meeting Draft Agenda

    • PTA Updates

    • Updates -

      • Ms. Christel - Guidance

      • Ms. McLaughlin - Principal

    • Presentation - Bob Wolf of H.O.P.E. Skills BobWolf

    • Questions/Comments

    • Adjourn

*Special holiday treat - We will have Mexican Hot Chocolate from Tocolo Cantina and some homemade holiday treats.

*Sportswear will be at our meeting with cash and carry items in case you need any last minute gifts!


Membership - Thank you to the many HS families that have already joined PTA this year. Are you part of the 57% or 43%? If you have already joined the PTA you are part of the 43% of HS families - Thank you!  If you are part of the 57% please join today so we have support of all of our HS families. We would love to see a higher percentage of HS families support PTA. You can join online - Click Here to Join   We need your support!


Curriculum - The HS curriculum committee with be meeting again in January. Please contact any member with curriculum questions/concerns. Notes from the November meeting will be posted shortly on the PTA Curriculum webpage.  


Health & Safety -


Reflections - Judging has been completed at the district level.  Winners will be contacted shortly.


Sportswear - Thank you to everyone that supported the PTA Sportswear Sale!  Sportswear will be at our meeting on December 12th @ 7PM with cash and carry items to help with any last minutes gifts you made need! Or you can contact sportswear@gardencitypta.org to see what is available.


Photography - Everyone should have received your photos from Irvin Simon.  We would love your feedback - photography@gardencitypta.org


Freshman BBQ - Here are just a few photos from Freshman BBQ - HS BBQ 11-2017 hs bbq hs bbq hs bbq

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Skit Night - Senior Parents - Mark your calendars - January 8th is the Mandatory Meeting for Parents in the HS Auditorium at 7 PM. Don’t miss out on participating in this GC tradition!


Long Island Gay PTSA -

  • Next meeting date -   Thursday, 1/18/18, 7pm – Bay Shore (Inclement weather alternate date – Thursday, 2/15/18, 7pm – Bay Shore)

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.  - https://lgbtnetwork.org/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=59&product_id=62

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: ligayptsa@lgbtnetwork.org



Winter Wonderland - Winter Wonderland will be held at Garden City High School on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (*please note the end time change to 9:00 pm) in the cafeteria. (Rationale for the time change - in prior years students line up at 9pm looking to leave.)



Holiday Book Suggestions from HS Librarian - Ms. Margaux DelGuidice-Calemmo

  • The Sarah Maas books are incredibly popular with our students. She wrote the "Throne of Glass" series and "A Court of Thorns and Roses" series. I had a student jumping up and down with excitement as I was opening the box yesterday. I like that they are series, so students can keep going once they find a title that they like.  Here is a link to her Good Reads page with all of her titles: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3433047.Sarah_J_Maas

Would you like more book suggestions?  Let us know! highschool@gardencitypta.org



HS Club and Activities Information -

  • Students and Senior Citizens - Advisor, Natasha Khan

    • Very new club.  December 14th (tentative date), we are going to the GC Senior Center to bake with the participants.  Our students are very excited about the program.  Advisor - Natasha Khan


  • Miracle Club - Advisor, Nancy Fleming

    • -- The Charlie's Champions Foundation and the Miracle Club are collecting gift cards ranging from $10 to $25 to provide holiday gifts this season to the teen patients at the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital.  Please put a smile on their faces by dropping off your gift card(s) donation at the front desk or in Room 129 at the High School.

    • -- On December 20th, the Menges Family is hosting a memorial blood drive at 27 Hilton Avenue from 2-8 p.m.  Please donate, and encourage your teen children to donate, in honor of Bobby, who did so much to help so many.

    • The Miracle Club will be selling stadium cushions at the Wrestling Tournament at the high school on December 9th beginning at 9 a.m. to raise monies for the Bobby Menges "I'm Not Done Yet" fund.


  • GCHS Math Team, the Mathletes - Faculty Coach, Peter Santoro

    • Our dedicated students (about 25 to 30) meet on Friday mornings to practice for monthly competitions.  We compete against Chaminade, Mineola, and Herricks High Schools.  Our competitions are from October through March.  In addition, I always bring a team of students (either 15 or 20) to compete in the Nassau County Mathematics Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury, typically the first Friday in February. (Any student is welcome to join the Math team.  The problem solving skills that the students share with each other will help any student.)


  • It's Academic/ intramural Quiz Bowl - Advisor, Kevin O’Hagan

    • We will begin signing up teams for the 2018 Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament in early January.   This is a tournament that is conducted after school with teams composed of one teacher/ staff member and three students. Students form the teams and ask a teacher/ staff member to join them.

    • Meets consist of 100 trivia questions on a variety of subjects and last for approximately one hour.  There are three qualifying rounds before the Semifinals.  The top NINE teams will qualify for Semifinals. The three teams that win their Semifinal room will go to the Finals to compete for that coveted title of Intramural Quiz Bowl Champion. All of these Rounds will take place late January/ early February.


  • Sports Debate Club - Advisor, Tim Casale

    • The Sports Debate Club that meets at 2:45pm Wednesday afternoons in room 136.  With both college and professional football heading into the homestretch, hockey season well underway and exciting basketball on tv every night, our club has plenty to discuss.  We welcome new members each week and would love students to come and share their thoughts and opinions.  Students debate in teams so no one should feel he/she needs an in-depth sports background or to ever have played sports in the past.  The club is as much about camaraderie, public speaking, topic analysis and having fun as it is about sports.  


  • Italian Club/Italian Honor Society - Advisor, Lea Brunetti

    • In the past, members of the Italian Club and those of the Italian Honor Society have collaborated to donate to victims of natural disasters, to the Breast Cancer Walk, to the Miracle Club and made baskets of food and toys for the needy in local communities.  In addition, funds are used for the Carlo Mazarese Scholarship given to one or two seniors. This year, the first activity involved a Walk to benefit Cooley's Anemia Foundation.  The students raised $2570. On December 11, they will sponsor a fund raiser through Chipotle. We shall encourage students to patronize the restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. The money raised from that will be used to make stockings that will be donated to children on the day of the Epiphany, which is the date when children in Italy receive gifts.


  • Latin Club - Advisor, Kathleen Durkin

    • Latin Club will be hosting its annual Saturnalia Banquet in the High School Library on Friday, December 15 from 5-8pm. There will be food, games, and prizes. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Mrs. Durkin (starting Dec. 4) or at the door.


  • Peer Educators - Advisor, Dina Bombardieri

    • Peer Educators are celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1.  We are putting up posters, putting facts on the daily announcements and making a sign that says how many people are living with HIV/AIDS.  Peer Educators are also pushing into the health classes on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday December 14 to do lessons on HIV/AIDS and sexual health.  


Music and Arts

  • December 20 - 7PM High School Winter Concert (Chorus/Orchestra)


Athletics


Guidance News!

  • HS counselors are visiting 11th grade Social Studies classes on Dec. 6 & 7 to administer a career interest inventory to all 11th graders through Naviance.

  • January 3rd will be Alumni Return Day for Juniors only

  • January 5th is Senior Transition Day.  It will be an in-school assembly program for seniors only with an Alumni Return Day assembly, talks from Hofstra University's Residence Life, Financial Aid and Career Services as well as smaller breakout sessions with GCHS counselors to have interactive workshops about substance abuse, healthy relationships, etc.


  • All 10th graders interested in participating in this February’s Teens on the Job, a job shadowing day, please stop by room 167 or 169 and see either Mr. Sclafani or Dr. McKinstry for an application.  The deadline to hand in applications is December 8th.


SAT and ACT

December 9 - ACT Examination (Not Offered at GCHS)



Yearbook Dates



Other dates of note -

  • December 4 - 8:15PM Board of Education Work Session - Presentation - Student Achievement Report

  • December 12 - High School/Middle School 2nd Quarter Progress Reports

  • December 13 - 8:15pm Board of Education Meeting  @ Hemlock School

  • December 25 - January 1 - Holiday Recess - Schools Closed

  • January 2 - Schools Re-Open

  • January 3 - Parent University Registration Opens: www.gardencitypu.com

Happy Holidays!
Ronda D'Antonio - Garden City High School PTA Director
highschool@gardencitypta.org