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Nassau Superintendents celebrate Class of 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians

The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents honored 115 seniors from 55 public high schools for their outstanding academic achievements at its annual Celebrating Excellence Breakfast on June 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

High school valedictorians, salutatorians and honor student designees were joined at the breakfast by their superintendents, principals and family members. Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee Co-Chairperson and East Rockaway Union Free School District Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz said it was an opportunity to recognize Long Island’s brightest young men and women who will soon be off to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges. 

Dr. Michael Nagler, president of NCCSS and superintendent of the Mineola School District, acknowledged the top students for their hard work and tenacity, and reminded them to remain lifelong learners and to always be good listeners. “Seek first to understand, then be understood,” he told the seniors. 

The keynote speaker was Michael Braun, a 2013 graduate of Elmont Memorial High School, who was the 2018-19 student representative on the SUNY Board of Trustees. Braun noted that about 3.6 million students will graduate high school in the United States this year, making the roughly 72,000 valedictorians and salutatorians part of an elite group. He said that sometimes dreams change and success may come in ways they never envisioned, but it’s important for them to take advantages of the opportunities that come about. 

The title of valedictorian and salutatorian, Braun added, represents creativity, intelligence, leadership, perseverance and a drive to always improve.

Superintendents from NCCSS’s Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee announced the name of each valedictorian and salutatorian along with their college plans. The program also featured the national anthem performed by Madrigal Singers from North Shore High School and entrance music from the Mineola High School String Ensemble. The breakfast also honored Dr. James Tolle, a former administrator in Uniondale, Malverne, Garden City and Roslyn, and past executive director of NCCSS.


Superintendents Help Feed the Hungry

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The NCCSS had an additional item on their March general membership meeting agenda. Members were asked to bring non-perishable foods, which will be donated to Island Harvest. Hundreds of items including soups, pasta and vegetables were collected and will be distributed to those in need.

Nassau County Education Leaders and Advocates Attend Annual Financial Forum

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents hosted its annual Financial Forum at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center in the East Meadow School District. Nassau school superintendents, administrators, members of various boards of education, representatives from the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association, the Nassau County PTA, and advocates for education gathered to learn the latest facts about the financial realities of providing a quality education to all children on Long Island. While Long Island currently educates approximately 17 percent of students in New York State, it receives approximately 12 percent in state aid. This fact and the reasons why Long Island needs to receive its fair share were the focus of the forum.

Superintendent of the Mineola School District and President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents Dr. Michael Nagler, welcomed those who attended and thanked everyone for their support of public education on Long Island. Several presenters including Co-chair of the NCCSS Legislative Committee and Superintendent of the Bellmore School District Dr. Joseph S. Famularo, Executive Director of the Nassau Suffolk School Boards Association Lorraine Deller, Nassau Region PTA Associate Director Tracy Pulice, Co-Chair of the NCCSS Legislative Committee and Superintendent of the Valley Stream CHSD Dr. Bill Heidenreich, Superintendent of Levittown Schools Dr. Toni McDonald, Superintendent of Merrick Schools Dr. Dominick Palma and Superintendent of Rockville Centre Schools Dr. William H. Johnson shared insightful information on the quality of education on Long Island compared to the rest of the state and the nation. They also explained the financial realities and the cost to educate students on Long Island, the changing demographics and the evolving social, emotional and academic needs of students, and the advocacy efforts that must be made in order for Long Island to receive its fair share of state aid. 



On Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 members of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents and the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association gathered for a joint annual superintendents meeting.

The meeting began with a welcome from both Dr. Michael Nagler, Mineola superintendent of schools and president of the NCCSS, and Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Elwood superintendent of schools and president of the SCSSA.

Also in attendance were Charles Dedrick, executive director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents; Jacinda Conboy, Esq., general counsel of NYSCOSS; Robert Lowry, deputy director of NYSCOSS; and Dr. Julie Davis Lutz, ES BOCES executive director. They each provided informative presentations on NYSCOSS priorities, legislative updates, funding for education and legislative advocacy.


Dressing for Success

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Members of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, who were attending the association’s Nov. 20 general membership meeting, generously donated professional clothing to be donated to Dress for Success. The organization provides clothing to those in need who are on the road to achieving economic independence. 

At the start of the meeting the donation rack was filled with gently used business attire for both men and women. The clothing will be donated to those who are returning to the work force and in need of the appropriate attire to make that all-important positive first impression during their job interviews.