Senator Jack Martins recently dropped by the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont to visit the Autism Academy and see how his “friends” in the program were progressing. Senator Martins visited the program earlier in the year where he met with students and listened to several classroom instruction periods as part of his listening tour of the district. The Autism program in Elmont is a cutting edge initiative that has received wide acclaim and support in the community. "This program really makes a difference in the lives of the children it serves," said Senator Martins noting, "the work the staff and teachers perform with our young people is not only respected throughout the State, but is a model that many districts look to emulate," said Senator Martins.
Senator Jack M. Martins attended the opening of Harbor Child Care, which will occupy the first floor of the Willis Avenue School in Mineola. The Willis Avenue School is Harbor Child Care's seventh location. The education curriculum is based on the High Scope Cognitive Development Program which is a 40 year research based curriculum generally regard as a leading early childhood educational approach.
State Senator Jack Martins had the opportunity to meet with Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA Co-Presidents Donna Leone and Teresa Brady-Kurtzke at the Sewanhaka Central High School PTSA holiday party. Senator Martins and the Floral Park Memorial PTSA leadership team spoke about the ongoing hurricane relief efforts throughout the greater community as well as events and future projects at Floral Park Memorial High School. "Floral Park Memorial High School has an outstanding PTSA team that cares about our community and it's future leaders- our young people. I look forward to working with them in the New Year," said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins was welcomed to the Sewanhaka Central Council PTSA meeting by Franklin Square's Rita Cona this past week. Cona is an active member in the Franklin Square community at both Polk Street and Carey High School PTSA's over the years. Senator Martins dropped by the celebration to thank PTSA members for their ongoing work in all schools to enhance educational opportunities for young people from elementary to high school. "I would like to thank Rita and all of the PTSA members for their warm welcome and hospitality. The work that PTSA does is often unsung and done quietly throughout our communities. We can't thank you enough," said Senator Martins.
State Senator Jack Martins honored the Elmont Memorial Varsity Boys Soccer team this week in a ceremony commemorating their perfect 13-0 season. Principal John Capozzi and former Elmont Soccer star Justin Okoro joined Senator Martins and coach Pat Corvetti in the presentation. The awards ceremony came on the heels of three members of the team being named All-County athlete designations.
"This team not only won games on the soccer field, they show leadership each and every day in their community. I have the privilege to know many of these young men personally and am very impressed with their achievement and commitment," said Senator Martins adding, "they make Elmont and their families proud."
For the second straight year, sixth grade students throughout the Seventh Senate District were asked to write an essay for Senator Jack M. Martins Thanksgiving Essay Contest on what they are most thankful for. A winner was selected from each school and recognized at a reception at the Hillside Library.
There were 53 semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talen Search and the high schools in the Seventh Senate District were well represents. Senator Jack M. Martins congratulates this year's semifinalists and wishes them continued success. Forty finalists will be announced on January 23.
Presents High School Senior Frances Bruschi with the New York State Senate Library Medal
It’s sometimes difficult to stay positive with all the sad news happening around us. But, occasionally there comes a story that makes us feel good about the future of our state and nation. Enter 17-year-old Frances Brusch.
Frances is an unassuming high school senior from Carle Place who also attends Barry Tech. Her quick-thinking, alertness and will to act just may have saved a fellow student’s life.
As part of the Manorhaven School's Read Aloud program, Senator Jack M. Martins visited the school to read Fantastic Flying Books by Morris Lessmore. Senator Martins had a wonderful time reading with the children from Haut's class.
Funding Used for Technology to Enhance Student Learning
The Mineola School District, thanks to the efforts of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Nagler, the Board of Education, administrators and community, is on the cutting edge of employing technology as a effective tool for teaching and learning.
Using grant funding obtained by Senator Jack M. Martins, the district purchased IPads for use in the classroom at Mineola Middle School to enhance the solid education students are already receiving. Recently, Senator Martins visited the middle school, meeting with Dr. Nagler and Principal Matt Gaven, to see how the IPads are being used.