Lakeland Central School District


Lakeland Education Foundation Awards Grants

Lakeland School District students First in Lincoln Society Contest

Lakeland High Student Takes First in Art Show




Kindergarten Registration

February, 2000

Lakeland School District Teams Qualify for Destination ImagiNation State Competition

Lakeland School District teams performed exceptionally well at the Eastern Regional tournaments of Destination ImagiNation.

Teams from Lincoln-Titus Elementary School took first place in Eggsploration and Fruit Roller Coaster. A team from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School placed second in Fruit Roller Coaster and a team from Lincoln-Titus placed second in If Music Be the Food of Life...Play On!

These teams are invited to compete at the Destination ImagiNation state competition to be held in Buffalo in March.

The teams and their members were: Lincoln-Titus - Fruit Roller Coaster: Ryan Ingram, Daniel Bachelet, David Marino, Katelyn Keesler, Casey McGovern, Mollie Little, Sarah Huvane Lincoln-Titus - Eggsploration: Karla Santagata, Elizabeth Cherchia, Diana Rotundo, Katherine Carlson, Natasha Velichko, Jonny Hittman, Stephen Bond Lincoln-Titus - If Music Be the Food of Life�Play On!: Katie O'Connell, Lauren Carlson, Adam Cohen, Shawn Cohen, Ben Santagata, Matthew Ferri, Angelo Lamberti Thomas Jefferson - Fruit Roller Coaster: Victoria Ackerman, Rory Rosten, Benjamin Glassman, Emily Gomez, John Bosco, Avery Kestenberg, Michael Ioannou.

Although they did not qualify for the state competition, Lakeland also had four third place finishes. Placing third in Instant Pudding Improv were Ben Franklin (elementary) and Van Cortlandtville (intermediate). Van Cortlandtville teams also took third in It's Not Impastable! and in the Fruit Roller Coaster. Other finishers in the competition included: Instant Pudding Improv: George Washington, fifth place, elementary; Thomas Jefferson, fifth place, intermediate. Mixing Apples and Oranges - Lincoln-Titus, fifth place; Van Cortlandtville, sixth place Eggsploration - Lincoln-Titus, fifth place, Van Cortlandtville, sixth place

Three Lakeland High Teachers named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Debra Hauser, a business teacher at Lakeland High School, Lindi Gessin, an art teacher at Lakeland High School, and Robert Cappelli, a special education teacher at Lakeland High School, have been nominated for inclusion in the 4th Edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

For Ms. Hauser, it is her second such nomination to this prestigious honor. Teachers are selected for the honor by being designated as "the teacher who made a difference", by one of their former students. Former student Matthew Schuessler, Lakeland High 1998, nominated Ms Hauser. Former student Robert DiToma nominated Mr. Cappelli while Dennis Best nominated Ms. Gessin.

Nominations are only made by students who themselves have been recognized in Who's Who Among American High School students. Only 5% of the nation's teachers are honored in each edition of Who's Who and less than 2% are included in more than one edition.

Lakeland Education Foundation Awards Grants

The Lakeland Education Foundation has announced recipients of six grants totaling $10,750 as part of its annual program. This amount represents the Lakeland Education Foundation's largest single semester grant cycle award since its inception in 1994. The grants are:

"Computer Technology For Music Education" $3,000 was awarded for this grant submitted by Nancy Semcken, Music Teacher at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.

"A Gateway To Learning For The New Millennium" $2,000 was awarded for this grant submitted by Pauline Halim, Art Teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

"Colonial America - You Are There" $250 was awarded for this grant submitted by Kelly Seeley, 4th Grade Special Education Teacher (Collaborative Program) at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

"Van Cortlandtville Elementary School Literary Magazine" $1,500 was awarded for this grant submitted by Jill Peters, Parent and Site-Based Team Member at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.

"Evolution Of Geometry And Motion - An Integrated Study" $2,000 was awarded for this grant submitted by the 6th grade team at Lincoln-Titus Elementary School-Laura Armstrong, Cathi Schultz, Carol Verrino, Art Instructor Judy Pietruska, Technology Specialist Becky Carcova, and Florence O'Connor -Lincoln-Titus Elementary School Principal.

"Year 2000 - Linking Art And Learning" $2,000 was awarded for this grant submitted by Judy Pietruska, and Florence O'Connor.

The Lakeland Education Foundation provides financial support for worthy projects that enhance the educational experience of students in the Lakeland School District. Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded five grants to a variety of projects. Since 1994, the Lakeland Education Foundation has awarded 24 grants totaling more than $23,000.

February, 2000

Lakeland School District students First in Lincoln Society Contest

Two Lakeland School district students have placed first in the Art Category at the recent 2000 Lincoln Essay/Poster Contest.

Erica Golberg, a tenth grader at Walter Panas High School in Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, was first for her parchment-like scroll containing sketches and information about Abraham Lincoln.

Kate Gregorio, a third grader at Lakeland's George Washington Elementary School, Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake, was first for her LEGO construction of the Lincoln Memorial. An awards ceremony was held in Peekskill February 12.

February, 2000


Kindergarten registration for the 2000-2001 school year will be held at all five Lakeland School District elementary schools the week of February 28-March 3.

Any child who will be five years old on or before December 1, 2000 is eligible to attend kindergarten beginning in September 2000. If you have a child or know of a neighbor or friend who has a child eligible for kindergarten in the Lakeland School District, please call your local elementary school so a registration information packet can be sent home. Registration will run from 9 am to 12 noon.

The elementary schools and their phone numbers are: Benjamin Franklin, 245-7444 George Washington, 528-2021 Lincoln-Titus, 528-2519 Thomas Jefferson, 245-4802 Van Cortlandtville, 528-1354.

February, 2000

Lakeland High Student Takes First in Art Show

Lakeland High School's Stacy Salmeri took first place in the recent Northern Westchester Center for the Arts Show in Mount Kisco. Salmeri placed first in the viewer's choice category at the exhibit, "Visions and Voices."

A total of eleven students had their work exhibited at the show. They included Danielle Susi, Laura Sanchez, Kara Ross, Gwen Moyer, Michelle Mormino, Annette Karlin, Katie Hardman, Aimee Freundlich, Elizabeth Deagan, Joe Baffuto.