GLEN HEAD: Building a lasting legacy

In Glen Head, a group of handy high-schoolers are hammering away at the future.

The 40-student crew - under the direction of technology teacher Bruce Fichtman - has spent the past two years building a state-of-the-art TV production and recording studio on the grounds of North Shore High School as part of the district's Long Island Studies (LIS) program, an interdisciplinary humanities course offered to seniors.

The exterior of the Victorian-style structure is now 90 percent done, Fichtman said, with interior design to be done during the next two school years.

"So much of what we do today is simulated," said Fichtman of student learning. "Very rarely do kids get an opportunity to work on something long-lasting. This will be their legacy."

North Shore students began researching the studio's architecture seven years ago, Fichtman said, and the district broke ground two years ago using local contractors to properly install the foundation.

Since then, a new crop of students each school year has worked two-hour shifts several times a week to install everything from flooring and walls to doors and windows.

Funding comes from grants supplied by the Viking Foundation, a local nonprofit that benefits the district through donor contributions.

"Additionally, it is the first building at the North Shore School District that will be heated and cooled using geothermal energy," said Superintendent Ed Melnick.

The district's previous LIS projects include a shellfishing boat for use in Hempstead Harbor that took four years to build and the eight-year construction of a traditional one-room schoolhouse structure on high school grounds that is now used as a classroom.


Justin Sherlock, a recent graduate of Cold Spring Harbor High School, is one of 2,500 students nationwide to receive a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Students were evaluated based on academic record, leadership and community service.

Sherlock's scholarship became available after the 2010 scholarship winners were announced in April and May, corporation officials said.

ELMONT: New principal

Andrew Weisman has been named principal of Covert Avenue Elementary School. He replaced Margaret Pleta, who retired after 43 years with the district.

Weisman most recently served as districtwide assistant principal for North Shore Schools, where he supervised staff in three elementary schools and oversaw programs for 1,300 students in grades K-5. Prior to that, he was director of Syosset Central School District's Teacher Center.

"I hope they come to know me as someone who will help them grow in a supportive way," Weisman said of the children in a statement. "I want to create a family atmosphere."

FRANKLIN SQUARE: New superintendent

Patrick Manley has been named superintendent of the Franklin Square School District. He replaced interim superintendent Tony Pecorale.

Manley has worked in the district for the past five years and most recently was assistant superintendent for finance and management. Before that, he spent 14 years as an equity trader on Wall Street. He has also taught finance and business as an adjunct professor at both Iona and Dowling colleges.

"I look forward to the new challenges ahead of us," Manley said. "I know our community and our staff expect us to meet these challenges with success."

COUNTYWIDE: Designs on the future

Three Nassau County students - Kelly Keane of Holy Family School in Hicksville, Jacob Werner of Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, and Eun-Joo Won of Great Neck South High School - were among 25 finalists nationwide this summer in Post-it Product's 30th Anniversary Student Design Contest.

The contest required kids to create original artwork using only the company's products based on the theme: "In 30 years I will . . . " For winning, their designs were displayed last month at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan as part of Post-it's Brand Student Art Exhibition.

ISLANDWIDE: Tomorrow's engineers

Three Long Island schools - Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, Westbury High School, and William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach - are among 26 learning centers in the Northeast to participate in National Grid's "Engineering Pipeline Program," an initiative designed to inspire youth and develop engineers for tomorrow's workforce.

The program includes paid internships, social-networking activities, and mentoring and job shadowing opportunities. Students will also develop presentations based on their field visits.

"There is a looming shortage of engineers needed to build the next generation of energy delivery systems, smart grids, and other emerging high-tech systems, so increasing the engineering workforce is an imperative," National Grid President Tom King said in a statement.


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