School Notebook: Wm. Floyd Business Academy Wins State Award


The Business Academy at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach has been named Department of the Year 2021-22 by the New York State Business Teachers Association and the New York State Department of Education.

The academy, which is made up of 12 teachers and has more than 1,000 students, offers courses that fall under one of three streams: Accounting, Small Business Management, and Microsoft Office Specialist. It also offers a variety of extracurricular activities, such as Future Business Leaders of America, a technical and career student organization that helps students transition into the business world.

This is the sixth time the academy has received the designation, which recognizes “the impact and contribution to business and marketing students,” district officials said.

“This award is an example of the hard work of our department as a whole,” said Jacqueline Giacalone, chair of the school’s business and technology department. “We have one of the largest business departments on Long Island and are fortunate to have the support of our district who believes in our programs and sees our success rate every year.”

The school’s Business Academy also offers its students the opportunity to take the National Institute for the Assessment of Professional Skills exam in the subjects of virtual business and accounting, giving them a leg up. forward in preparing for their future success.

“The Business Academy continues to challenge, educate and equip a generation of finance and business savvy students which is vitally important in our world today,” said the Superintendent of school district William Floyd, Kevin M. Coster.


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New superintendent

Travis Davey has been named superintendent of the Fire Island School District. He replaced Loretta Ferraro, who retired.

Davey previously served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Babylon School District. Prior to that, he was principal of Babylon Elementary School, Bellport Middle School, and Brookhaven Elementary School.

“I am grateful to the Fire Island Board of Education for their confidence in me to serve the district as the next superintendent,” Davey said. “I look forward to learning more about the Fire Island community through conversations with our students and their families, school staff and community members as we look forward to an exciting new school year. ”

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New director

Allen Hudson III was appointed principal of Glen Cove High School. He replaced Antonio Santana, who is now superintendent of the South Country Central School District.

Hudson had served as the high school’s vice principal for the past 16 years. He was also a social studies teacher in Queens, a student support counselor at Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, and a dean at Baldwin High School.

“Glen Cove High School is known for the exceptional educational experience it provides for its students,” said Hudson. “I look forward to working with the exceptional educators in the district to build on this well-deserved reputation, continuing to improve the overall academic and social-emotional experience of every student.”

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Named Principal

Matthew Sarosy has been named principal of Lynbrook High School. He replaced Joseph Rainis, who retired.

Sarosy, who has worked in the district for 16 years, started as an eighth-grade history teacher at North Middle School in 2006. He became the high school’s vice principal in 2012 and last year served as acting principal of the South Middle School.

“I will only be the 10th principal of Lynbrook High School,” Sarosy said. “For a building that’s been around for 100 years, there’s something unique and special about it.”

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In Wyandanch, students at Lafrancis Hardiman Elementary School dress up in a variety of different themes — including superheroes — as part of school spirit week.
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Named Principal

Sam Ahmed has been appointed principal of Longwood High School. He replaced Scott Schuster, who is now the district’s director of academic and career pathways.

Ahmed was previously the director of special programs and data reporting for the Longwood Central School District, and prior to that, he was the high school’s vice principal.

“I look forward to cultivating a positive atmosphere where all children and adults can connect, understand, respect, learn and grow together,” Ahmed said. “My personal vision is to create a collaborative learning and teaching environment that fosters the development of future leaders who will positively impact the Longwood community.”

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New director

Nicole Fernandez has been appointed headteacher of Southampton Primary School. She replaced Jaime Botcher, now District Assistant Superintendent for Program and Instruction.

Fernandez was most recently the school’s vice principal and prior to that worked as an English as a New Language teacher at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School in Rocky Point. She also served as director of education at the Sylvan Learning Center in Huntington.

“I have big shoes to fill, but I promise to support students, teachers, staff, parents and community members as we head into the 2022-23 school year,” Fernandez said. .

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New Superintendent

Matthew Gaven has been named superintendent of the Rockville Center School District. He replaced Robert Bartels, who held the position on an interim basis.

Gaven served the past three years as an assistant superintendent for the Mineola School District and prior to that, he held positions in the district ranging from elementary and middle school principal to assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, learning and education. assessment and technology.

“I have been privileged to have a career path that I believe has fully prepared me for the position of superintendent, and it is an honor to begin this phase of my professional journey at the highly regarded schools in Rockville. Center,” Gaven said.


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