VSCHSD Schools Show Thanks to Board of Education

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Students throughout the Valley Stream Central High School District expressed their gratitude to the Board of Education at its Nov. 10 meeting. The tribute was made in conjunction with School Board Recognition Week, and each of the four schools provided members of the Board with heartfelt gifts and words of appreciation.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich explained that the Board of Education trustees are volunteers who impact thousands of students. He also noted that Board representation in a central high school district is particularly challenging, as the members hold responsibilities with the community’s elementary districts as well.

A range of school organizations, programs and subject areas was reflected through the students’ thoughtful gestures. Central High School presented the Board with a framed photograph of the building taken by student Johanna Penubothula and her father, Madhu Penubothula.

Memorial Junior High School’s student council officers provided the Board with a framed photo collage and distributed care packages of symbolic gifts and “good deed” certificates to each trustee.

North High School was represented by more than 25 English as a New Language students, who came out to personally show respect and support to the Board of Education. They described the ENL program and thanked the Board in their first languages, creating a uniquely broad collection of acknowledgments as they provided a framed photograph.

South High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society Board members presented the Board of Education with a photo collage, along with CDs filled with songs performed by the building’s talented student-musicians.

The nine-member Board of Education works in collaboration with the district’s administration and community to provide students with the highest-quality educational programs possible. Dr. Frank Chiachiere and Cristobal Stewart serve as president and vice president, respectively. Joseph DiSibio, Anthony Iadevaio, James Lavery, Lisa Pellicane, William P. Stris, Lawrence Trogel and Ingrid Wyllie-Dacon hold roles as trustees.