Meet Roosevelt's Educator of the Week!June 13, 2016Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) implemented its Boys-To-Men (B2M) mentoring program with the mission of building the essential skills needed to be productive students and citizens. Members of the RMS staff (teachers, counselors, security officers, etc.) volunteer as mentors to address the academic, social-emotional, and developmental needs of the young men. The mentees are excited about their mentors, and the open and supportive relationships that have developed on campus. This has been a collaborative experience that has yielded noticeable positive shifts in the decisions and behaviors of its membership.June 6, 2016On behalf of the staff and students of Washington Rose Elementary School we would like to congratulate Mrs. Janet Henry for being our teacher of the week. Mrs. Henry has contributed greatly to the success of the Pre-k team this year. She has also supported our grade level teams musically by lending her talents as the director and organizer. Mrs. Henry works hard for her students and team and we value her input and leadership. Congratulations Mrs. Janet Henry.May 31, 2016
Mr. Mcleod has been a Security Officer at Centennial Avenue School for over 10 years. He is dedicated and dependable! Keeping our school safe is his first priority! He is much more than a Security Officer. He is a father figure to many of our boys and girls offering positive advice when needed. We can always count on him to lend a helping hand going beyond the call of duty. We are so very proud that he is our staff member of the week!May 23, 2016
The Centennial Educators for the Week are Mrs. Juliann Pagnotta and Mrs. Valerie Henry.
Mrs. Pagnotta is the ELA Curriculum Specialist and Mrs. Henry is our Math Curriculum Specialist. These educators are highly organized in their responsibilities as coordinators for the STAR quarterly Benchmark Assessments and the NYS Examinations for grades 3-6. They work together as a team efficiently and effectively to ensure assessment data is analyzed and interpreted properly for our students and teachers to improve instruction. We are very proud to have them represent our school as our educators for the week.May 15, 2016
It is a distinct honor to name COL. GR Gulley as our educator of the week. He is a New York State Certified JROTC instructor, DASA and Child Abuse, Drug intervention and prevention certificates. He has 3 Masters in the Civilian Sector and a Command & General Staff Masters in Logistics. His Master’s in Education are (1) Building Leader (Principal) and (2) District Leader (Superintendent) from St. John’s University. His Masters in Criminal Justice Leadership is a Master Of Professional Studies (MPS) that focus on Leadership at the State, National and International Level. He is the leader of Roosevelt’s Award winning JROTC Program. The program has made the National Stage in both the Academic Team and the Leadership Team.
Each JROTC lesson addresses a competency as the intended learning result. Competencies describe discipline-specific skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are measurable and observable. Performance standards (criteria and conditions) provide the specifications for assessing mastery of a competency. Cadets show they have learned competencies by applying them in the completion of assessment tasks that require them to do one or more of the following:
§ make a decision
§ perform a skill
§ perform a service
§ solve a problem
§ create a product
COL. Gulley uses a balanced approach to assessing learning.
1. Traditional assessments focus on fundamental curriculum knowledge through the use of classroom assessments, assignments, tests, quizzes, and standardized tests.
2. Cadet portfolios focus on process, product, and growth. Key features are reflection, goals setting, emotional intelligence, academic growth over time, and self-evaluation.
3. Cadets are encouraged to attend all of their classes and are often personally checked on by COL. Gulley as a collaborative effort with the primary teacher.
- He is flexible: He lets current events show the Cadets how the constitution is a living document that affects them every day. He shows Cadets how they affect the results with their actions and their votes.
- He is a coach: The Cadets perspire, but he inspire! He Ask why? He focus them on the purpose of whatever they are doing and let them discover what truth they can.
- He is personable: He treats Cadets as adults in training. He reminds them that all common People now alive and yet unborn will be dependent on them to make this nation work.
I am proud to announce him as the Educator of the Week for the aforementioned qualities and numerous others.May 9, 2016Ms. De La Rosa is a first grade bilingual teacher at Ulysses Byas Elementary School who is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for her students. She is also a participant of the Bright Spots: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. We acknowledge her as our “Educator of the Week”, because of her relentless dedication to the field of education, and her continuous excellence in all areas. Congratulations!May 2, 2016It is with great pleasure that we recognize Washington Rose teacher assistant, Ms. Deborah Anderson as educator of the week. Ms. Anderson has been a consummate professional and she goes above and beyond to support students in the Pre-K class in which she works. She is always available when asked to assume the leadership of the classroom and provide support for parents. Congratulations Ms. Anderson.April 18, 2016Mrs. Negron is an exceptional ESL teacher at Ulysses Byas Elementary School. We salute Mrs. Negron for her ongoing and tireless contributions to the Ulysses Byas school culture and activities. She was also recently recognized for publishing an article in Educational Leadership’s February 2016 “ Tell Me About” column. Congratulations Mrs. Negron!!April 11, 2016Mr. William Evans is the Art teacher at Ulysses Byas Elementary School. He is also the club facilitator of the Roosevelt Chess Nuts Chess Club. This year, the Chess Nuts are celebrating 25 years of chess instruction. The club has participated in ten tournaments, earning one second place victory, then nine first place victories in row. All Roosevelt Schools were represented. We are so proud of our Rough Rider Chess Club. Thank you for your hard work Mr. Evans!April 4, 2016
Many of the people in the Roosevelt School District know me, but how many really know me? My name is Stephanie Stimmel and I was born and raised on Long Island. Of my four siblings, only two of us still live on Long Island. My mother was “with twins” a few months after I was born, and being the middle-child, became the driving force of my independence. This is currently my fifteenth year with the Roosevelt School District where I teach English 10, English 11, and AP English Literature and Composition to the senior class.
Previous to working at Roosevelt Senior High School, I owned a company that involved both the transportation of freight cross-country and the distribution of mail for marketing purposes. Living and working on my own, not only added to my independence, but also gave me a sense of creativity. I always felt and still feel that when one is inconvenienced, there is a patent to be made, and sure enough, I created an improved ice-cube maker of which I hold a United States Patent.
After fifteen years of entrepreneurship, long days, and no vacations, I decided to continue with my education. Becoming a teacher was not my original goal. My goal was to become a lawyer. I had previously attained a paralegal education before attending Stony Brook University and during my last year there, I was told that if I continued with my education track one more year, I could receive my permanent certification to teach English and attend law school afterwards. I continued at Stony Brook the additional year, but instead of attending law school, I attended Dowling College where I my Master’s Degree in Literacy.
I have had many experiences teaching and learning at Roosevelt. While I appear to be quite outspoken, I do try to be fair and follow the rules. I expect my students to do the same.
My true passion is in the classroom and I do not see another career change in my path. I appreciate my students for their thoughts, knowledge, and innocence, and I truly enjoy being a part of their young lives.March 29, 2016Mrs. Shwonik is a 6th grade teacher at Centennial Avenue Elementary School. During the past four years, Mrs. Shwonik has implemented project based learning with her class, utilizing technology. Mrs. Shwonik’ s dedication to thinking outside of the box and integrating research based curriculum in her classroom makes her an educational leader. Mrs. Shwonik also serves on the board of Contractors for Kids, which assists families in alleviating financial hardships brought on by the sickness or serious injury of a child.March 21, 2016
Mrs. Jasmin has been working at Roosevelt since 2006 as a high school US History teacher. During her time, she has worked tirelessly both in the classroom and as a Student Government Advisor. Mrs. Jasmin has been responsible for many pep rallies and homecomings...all successfully!
Currently, she is working closely with 5 seniors preparing them for college. She has worked side by side with these students ensuring they get the best college opportunities when they graduate from Roosevelt. Mrs. Jasmin has gone far beyond the classroom to help these seniors.March 14, 2016On behalf of the Washington Rose Elementary School community, we recognize and celebrate Mrs. Susan McCarthy, First grade teacher, for her hard work and dedication. Mrs. McCarthy has embraced the whole child initiatives and makes informed decisions prior to the start of every lesson. Her students are the benefactors of the dedication and commitment to their overall success. Congratulations Mrs. McCarthy.March 7, 2016Mrs. Akira Regan is the Roosevelt High School Choir Director. She works tirelessly to give our high school musicians performing opportunities in our school district, the Roosevelt Community, and outside venues. Most recently, the Roosevelt High School Chorus has recently shared their musical expertise at the Roosevelt High School Black History Month Celebration in February and Blessing of the Animals in Manhattan during this past holiday season. Under Mrs. Regan's direction, the chorus will also perform in the next few weeks at the Long Island Music Festival and a Long Island Ducks Game in addition to their usual school performances such as the Spring Concert and Roosevelt High School Commencement. Mrs. Regan is also an active choral performer, pianist, and keyboarding teacher. Thank you, Mrs. Regan, for your diligence and commitment to our music students here in the Roosevelt UFSD! We applaud your efforts and musicianship!February 29, 2016Without Mrs. Maria Albanese, our educators, administrators, and students would not have the proper tools to do our work each day! Mrs. Albanese may work behind the scenes, but her hard work is shown in every piece of technology we use throughout our classrooms and buildings. Mrs. Albanese makes sure our copy machines, projectors, and computers are working. She also keeps track of the district's iPads and other technology equipment so that everyone can have updated software and functional equipment. Thank you Mrs. Albanese for all that you do to serve our school district! We appreciate everything you do!February 22, 2016For many years, Ms. Barbara Evans has diligently served Roosevelt U.F.S.D. as the Lead Teacher for Fine and Performing Arts at Roosevelt High School. Ms. Evans is always one of the first people in the high school building, where she warmly welcomes students to come for extra help and make progress on their outstanding artwork. Ms. Evans is a true leader, which shows in the quality of the events she books and oversees for her department such as Roosevelt High School concerts and the annual Spring Art Show. Thank you Ms. Evans for your commitment to our students, staff, and school community!February 8, 2016Ms. Alexandra Heisig is a math educator who truly works to infinity and helps our school district exponentially! Currently serving as Roosevelt High School's Lead Math Teacher, Ms. Heisig is known for her organization and professionalism while sharing a positive and motivating outlook with her students and colleagues. Her excellence in the use of technology has shown in her implementation of MathXL for Roosevelt High School. Ms. Heisig has an excellent rapport with families in the Roosevelt Community, as she always takes the time to call homes and make sure students are on the right track. Thanks to Ms. Heisig, Math Regents Exams have run more smoothly and efficiently! We appreciate Ms. Heisig for her dedication to the Roosevelt School Community!February 1. 2016
Mrs. Ferrara was awarded the 2014-2015 IRTC Education Recognition Award. Mrs. Ferrara is a well-respected colleague of the Centennial Avenue School. She has been student council advisor for the past five years where she has successfully organized and managed 3-4 fundraisers per year. Each fund raiser supports a year end school-wide 25 Book Campaign Celebratory event. She also organizes and fully supports the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon year after year. Mrs. Ferrara goes above and beyond the call of duty when teaching her kindergarten students. Her students show a genuine love for her and she is well respected by her colleagues and is always willing to assist them.
We at Centennial Avenue School are proud to recognize and celebrate Mrs. Ferrara and sincerely thank her for her many contributions.January 25, 2016
Ms. Abreu does an exceptional job keeping track of all staff attendance through the AESOP program. Her shining personality along with her bi-lingual skill make her a valuable member of the Roosevelt School Community. On top of that, she is a team player who puts the needs of the District first and formost.January 19, 2016
Recently, Scott worked with the Middle School Administration to craft a letter to Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Kate Murray, asking if the Town of Hempstead could perform a traffic study along East Clinton Avenue, near the Middle School for the purpose of securing a Crossing guard or a reduced speed limit in the area.
On November 25, 2015, the District was notified that due to the study, the Town of Hempstead would be reducing the speed limit along East Clinton, and installing new traffic signs to reflect the reduced speed.
Attached is a picture of Scott near the new speed limit sign and the letter from Supervisor Murray.
The reduced speed limits will help ensure that students remain safe.January 11, 2016Yolette Wright, NBCT (Roosevelt High School, Chemistry) was selected the 2015 recipient of the Nichol's Foundation High School Chemistry Teacher Award, this award is given to a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical education at the high school level.January 4, 2016
Ms. Jocelyn Lewis-Evans was awarded the 2014-2015 InterCounty Teacher Resource Center Education Recognition Award. InterCounty Teacher Resource Center believes that one of the hallmarks of a profession is the recognition by one's peers of those who exemplify the very best in their field.
Ms. Evans was praised for her professionalism, including her commitment to education, accomplishments, character, and leadership. She works tirelessly to promote the success of all students by the vision that is shared and supported by the Roosevelt Union Free School District. Ms. Evans starts with the premise that all children can learn and grow both socially and academically. “Each student can succeed” is a part of the belief statement that Jocelyn helps creates in her classroom. She believes that educators need to model a commitment to life-long learning.
In addition, Ms. Evans promotes the success of her students by advocating, nurturing, and working directly and collaboratively with teachers, students and parents to help sustain a curriculum that is tied to the Common Core Standards and students’ individual growth. She has demonstrated a selfless commitment to the Roosevelt School District, Ulysses Byas Elementary School and the community. Ms. Evans shares her musical talents for various assemblies and events throughout the district that is quite enjoyable by many. She personally supports good decision-making for all students and indefatigably sphere heads Ulysses Byas Elementary School's Safety Patrol Program, various school groups and functions which are done with pride and dignity, and as she always say, “It’s All about The Children.” Students, parents and teachers often praise Ms. Evans for her enthusiasm for her work, her commitment to students and her high professional standards, which are apparent to anyone who comes into contact with her.
We are proud to recognize Ms. Jocelyn Evans as a professional and thank her for your many years of excellence that imbues her work. Thank you for all you do!December 21, 2015Ms. Emily Moore has been employed in the Roosevelt School District for many years as a Physical Education Teacher. Ms. Moore has always been an advocate for children, often heard asking the essential question: how are we preparing our children to be global citizens? Ms. Moore has a strong passion for doing what is right and making sure that our children are trained and prepared to face this world that we have set before them. Ms. Moore received an Honorary Doctorate from her undergraduate school – Morgan State University on December, 18, 2015. We salute you Ms. Emily Moore! CONGRATULATIONS FROM YOUR ROUGH RIDER Family!December 14, 2015Diane has great dedication and compassion for her students at Washington Rose . She has been an inspiration and mentor to many girls in this district. She has been working as a Girl Scout leader for the past 5 years. She has a troop in the High School that is working on their Gold Award.She is a certified guidance Counselor. She has great energy and works very hard every day trying to make a difference in the lives of all the students she works with. She genuinely cares about her students , helping them to learn, not just academics , but that each of them is a special gift to the world. Such a blessing ,deserves to blessed as well.December 7, 2015Mr. Syers is a RMS Teacher Assistant and Wrestling Coach who extends himself to provide our young people with memorable experiences with a focus on discipline of the mind and body. He has a super heart and stands as an example for the young men in the District.November 30, 2015
June Parker is a preschool teacher at Ulysses Byas Elementary School. Ms. Parker helps set the foundation for our incoming students she is dynamic and committed to her students. She exhibits these qualities every day and is relentless in her pursuit to educate all of her students. Her students are taught and loved as if they were her own.November 23, 2015From edible arrangements to a full course Thanksgiving supper, Ms. Anderson has prepared and served a host of delectable creations with students. For several years, Ms. Anderson, the Home and Careers instructor, has given of her time to work with interested Roosevelt Middle School Students afterschool as an extension of their course learning. As the advisor to the newly formed Culinary Club, Ms. Anderson sets high standards for students with the expectation that they comport themselves as professionals in the culinary arts. Thanks to Dr. Wynn, Ms. Anderson’s students now train with a visiting chef who has designed lessons in knife skills, various cooking techniques, and culinary terminology. As we speak, the Culinary Club is bubbling with excitement in anticipation for their first catering event the RMS annual Teens-Giving Day of Service at the Rosa Parks Senior Center.November 16, 2015Mr. Ramdwar goes above and beyond on a daily basis for his colleagues. Often times Mr. Ramdwar will stop what he is doing to assist his colleagues. His selfless attitude should be contagious. Mr. Ramdwar is one of few employees in the district that has the opportunity to interact with colleagues throughout the entire district on a daily basis. He makes it a point to address every individual that he comes in to contact and always offers assistance and a kind word. Mr. Curtis Ramdwar is a true gentleman and role model for our young men.November 9, 2015
Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Boyce’s Fifth Grade of Ulysses Byas
Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!
September marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month in Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Boyce's fifth grade class at UB. From September 15-October 15, museums, exhibits, events and more appear everywhere to educate and celebrate Latino culture. The beautiful thing is that it doesn't celebrate just one culture; it celebrates all Hispanics and their heritage. This project correlates with the expeditionary curriculum which requires us to read the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. The children have discussions about the Mexican culture and compare it to the various Hispanic countries. Furthermore, the children chose one Latin-American country to read, learn, and write about. Each country has an art project that connects with the written portion. The children then presented to the class showing their art and explaining what they learned about the country.November 2, 2015Roosevelt has five National Board Certified Teachers, they are Nancy Ticali, NBCT (CT), Vivian Isom, NBCT ( RHS), Nicole Rivera, NBCT (WR), Tayana Thadal, NBCT (WR) and Yolette Wright, NBCT (RHS). In addition to the work they do each day in Roosevelt, these teachers are taking part in conversations with other educators on a local, state and national level. All five of Roosevelt's NBCTs are National Board Candidate Support Providers, helping teachers who wish to pursue National Board Certification. To read more about the Roosevelt NBCTs visit to the Adelphi Teach to Lead Leadership Lab, click here. To learn more about Roosevelt's NBCTs, check out the NBCT tab!October 26, 2015Mrs. Burgio, RHS ENL Teacher, impact students by making learning fun and meaningful. Daily, she motivates all newcomers to the United States to learn the new language and culture by providing them with multicultural examples so the students in her class can relate to the concept/s being taught. She uses a lot of culture relevant scaffolding in order to teach a concept/skill according to the students language and educational needs. Burgio also works with the incoming Spanish speaking community by teaching Adult Education ESL twice a week. Mrs. Burgio is an asset to the RHS, the ENL K-12 Department and the Roosevelt community.October 19, 2015Mrs. Wasson has been a solid contributor to the all-around school effort this year at Washington Rose. She is always willing to assist colleagues and students during programs and school-wide events. Evidence of Mrs. Wasson’s artistic expressions is evident throughout the building. On behalf of the Washington Rose Elementary School family, we would like to recognize and thank Mrs. Wasson for her hard work, dedication, and commitment to supporting staff and students.