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'Peace talks' for smooth Oyster Bay school-bus rides

Oyster Bay students are seeing that peace talks don't occur only on a global scale.

To promote better behavior, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School has launched a Peaceful School Bus Program that requires K-2 pupils to meet periodically for a series of "get-to-know-you" activities and a review of bus rules, school officials said.

The program, which stems from Minnesota-based bullying-prevention program publisher Hazelden, aims to increase positive social behavior by creating a greater sense of community.

"Although we don't have a tremendous amount of bullying problems on our buses, we believe that the rare instances we do have can be prevented," Principal Gina Faust said. "It's easy to bully someone you don't know, as opposed to someone that you do know."

In the program, students assigned to the school's bus routes will gather every other month to mingle and perform skits on ways to handle conflict. One tip, Faust said, is for kids to calmly switch seats at the next stop if they are being bullied. School officials will gauge the program's success by the number of incidents reported by drivers.

BALDWIN

Challenges for the blind

Special education students at Baldwin Middle School recently learned about the daily challenges faced by visually impaired people during a lecture by Lori Scharff, a district alum who uses a guide dog. Scharff explained how her dog, Kelley, enabled her to attend college and how she has advocated for the installation of tactile edges at various railroad stations - including Baldwin's LIRR station.

GLEN HEAD

Drug-free coalition

Sea Cliff Elementary School recently hosted the first meeting of the Coalition for a Drug- Free North Shore, a group of local organizations dedicated to reducing alcohol and drug use among local youths. The meeting was held to bring sectors of the community together. Next they will define goals and develop responsibilities.

Attending officials included Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and members of the Long Island Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the North Shore Boys & Girls Club.

"The more pro-social or positive activities available for students to engage in, the less likely they are to indulge in negative behaviors," said North Shore school district Superintendent Edward Melnick.

HICKSVILLE

Hoops for Heart benefit

Fourth- and fifth-graders at Burns Avenue Elementary School collected more than $1,500 last month at Hoops for Heart, an annual event that promotes heart health through basketball activities in the school gym. Funds will benefit the American Heart Association.

PLAINEDGE

Theme-song winners

Plainedge High School's robotics team was named the winner earlier this month of a theme-song contest sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island for its 2010 Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The team's song, "The Power of Five," beat 13 Long Island entries for a $1,000 check. The robotics competition will be held at Hofstra University in March.

COUNTYWIDE

Scholar-athlete teams

A total of 277 athletic teams from Nassau County schools have been named Scholar-Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for having a cumulative GPA of more than 90 percent during the fall competing season. Local winners were:

Bellmore: boys badminton, cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of John F. Kennedy High School; Bethpage: boys cross country and golf teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Bethpage High School; East Meadow: boys cross country and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, swimming and diving and tennis teams of East Meadow High School; boys cross country, golf and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, tennis and volleyball of W. Tresper Clarke High School; Farmingdale: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Farmingdale High School; Hicksville: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Hicksville High School; Levittown: boys cross country, golf and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer and volleyball teams of Island Trees High School; Massapequa: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Massapequa High School; Merrick: boys badminton, cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Sandford H. Calhoun High School; Plainedge: boys golf, soccer and football teams and girls soccer, cross country, tennis and volleyball teams of Plainedge High School; Seaford: boys cross country and football teams and girls cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams of Seaford High School; Wantagh: boys cross country and golf teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Wantagh High School.

Baldwin: girls tennis, volleyball and field hockey teams of Baldwin High School; East Rockaway: boys cross country and girls soccer and cross country teams of East Rockaway High School; Elmont: girls volleyball team of Elmont Memorial High School; Floral Park: boys cross country and soccer teams and girls soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams of Floral Park Memorial High School; girls field hockey, cross country and volleyball teams of Sewanhaka High School; Franklin Square: boys football and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of H. Frank Carey High School; Freeport: boys golf and football teams and girls tennis and volleyball teams of Freeport High School; Hewlett: boys cross country, soccer and football teams and girls soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of George W. Hewlett High School; Long Beach: boys badminton and cross country teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Long Beach High School; Lynbrook: boys soccer and football teams and girls soccer, cross country, swimming and diving and tennis teams of Lynbrook High School; Malverne: girls soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of Malverne High School; Oceanside: boys cross country and golf teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving and tennis teams of Oceanside High School; Valley Stream: boys football team and girls soccer team of Valley Stream Central High School; boys cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country and soccer teams of Valley Stream North High School; boys cross country and girls tennis and volleyball teams of Valley Stream South High School; West Hempstead: girls soccer and tennis teams of West Hempstead High School.

Carle Place: boys cross country and girls field hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of Carle Place High School; Garden City: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Garden City High School; Glen Cove: girls tennis team of Glen Cove High School; Glen Head: boys cross country and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of North Shore High School; Great Neck: girls cross country, swimming and diving and tennis teams of Great Neck South High School; Herricks: boys cross country and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer, golf, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Herricks High School; Jericho: boys badminton, cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Jericho High School; Locust Valley: boys cross country, golf and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, tennis and volleyball teams of Locust Valley High School; Manhasset: boys cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Manhasset High School; Mineola: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer and volleyball teams of Mineola High School; New Hyde Park: boys football and cross country teams and girls field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams of New Hyde Park Memorial High School; Old Westbury: boys cross country and soccer teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, tennis and volleyball teams of The Wheatley School; Oyster Bay: boys cross country team and girls cross country, field hockey, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of Oyster Bay High School; Port Washington: boys cross country, soccer and football teams and girls cross country, soccer, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Paul D. Schreiber High School; Plainview: boys soccer team and girls cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Roslyn Heights: boys cross country, golf, soccer and football teams and girls soccer, tennis and volleyball teams of Roslyn High School; Syosset: boys soccer and girls soccer and volleyball teams of Syosset High School.

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