- Manhasset Union Free School District
Manhasset continually strives to remain one of the best school districts in the country. Through forward-thinking and the application of the best current practices and leading-edge resources, Manhasset Public Schools deliver a well-rounded educational experience of distinction designed to meet the needs of every child and the whole child.
A survey of students, parents and staff members administered in the Spring 2018 has been crucial in formulating meaningful short- and long-range goals. Facilities improvements undertaken through our bond initiatives have renovated core spaces as we look ahead to the design and integration of future-ready classrooms.
Manhasset HS Connects Students with Service Organizations
Manhasset Secondary School recently conducted its annual Community Service Fair for all high school grade levels, providing students with an opportunity to meet with representatives from numerous local nonprofit organizations.
The Community Service Fair is designed to connect high school students with a variety of volunteer opportunities made available through these nonprofits. Organizations in attendance included Adventures in Learning, Habitat for Humanity, Planet Manhasset, Dancing Dreams, Deeds4Needs, HorseAbility, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Hugs Across America, Tuesday’s Children, the CASA/Healthy Living Club, the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation and the New York Blood Center.
Along with building their college resumes, students can apply their volunteer experiences toward their senior community service graduation requirement. Underclassmen can use their experience toward two different award programs: the nationally recognized Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which is presented by the social studies department, or the Service and Citizenship Award, presented by the counseling department.
“We received positive feedback from students who were happy to learn about so many different opportunities and find ones that match their personal interests,” said Mara Steindam, district coordinator for social studies and coordinator of the fair. “In addition, several representatives from the nonprofits indicated that this was an excellent event from their perspectives, as they now have access to so many eager student volunteers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
College and Career Readiness Discussion
Manhasset parent members of the Chinese American Association of North Hempstead recently met with members of Manhasset Secondary School administration to become familiar with the school’s Naviance college and career readiness program. While there they also had the opportunity to ask questions related to the secondary school.
Boosting Reading Skills
Kindergarten and first-grade Early Adopters of the Columbia Teachers College Reading Program met with staff developer Christine Robson to demonstrate and practice the workshop format, small group interventions, and monitoring student progress. During this session, students demonstrated growth in both “private” and “partner” reading stamina.
Manhasset Students Share Perspectives For Strengthening School Experience
Manhasset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera has hosted several monthly student meetings to elicit feedback about the district from the perspective of high school students. At the most recent of these meetings in late January, Manhasset Board of Education trustees, central administrators, teachers and community members met with high schoolers to explore what they believe the district is doing well, as well as ways to improve the overall student experience.
Held in a roundtable format in the Manhasset Secondary School library, Dr. Butera facilitated questions that allowed students to discuss opportunities they are provided in the district, as well as express their ideas for what they would want to see enhanced.
Students expressed their appreciation for the broad range of courses and opportunities available to them, as well as the diverse sports teams and extracurricular activities they can join. They also offered ideas for improvement, including capping the number of AP courses students can take, enhancing communication between departments to limit the number of tests given on the same day, and establishing a unified rigor across all subject areas. These listening sessions are intended to develop a clear understanding of the current experience
The information gathered at these monthly meetings will help inform a survey that will be provided to the entire Manhasset Secondary student body in March. The survey will also be given to parents and faculty across the district. The results of that survey will allow the district to examine practices with the goal of strengthening the academic, social and emotional well-being of current and future students.
Survey Letter - June 11, 2018
Dear Manhasset School Community,
As the 2017-18 school year draws to a close, I want to thank you for an outstanding year. As I complete my first year as Superintendent here in Manhasset, I have enjoyed getting to know the many students, teachers, parents and community members who make this community so special. I thank you for your commitment and dedication and look forward to working together well into the future.
A priority for me this past year was to understand the perspectives of the many people who contribute to the success of our students. Toward that end, we recently conducted a school climate survey with students, parents and staff members. We had over 2,700 responses, including data from 1,075 parents, 293 employees and 1,352 students. Overall, this was an outstanding response by our school community, and I am grateful for your participation.
At the District’s Board of Education meeting on June 6, 2018, representatives from K12 Insight, the company that designed and administered the survey, presented an overview of the survey’s findings. The survey presentation that was shared at the Board meeting, as well as building specific survey results, can be found on the District’s website, www.manhassetschools.org, which I am pleased to announce will be redesigned for the fall.
Our District remains committed to making meaningful changes, and that starts by listening to our community and using its feedback to drive improvements. District administrators and the Board of Education are reviewing the complete survey results to better understand the District’s strengths and identify opportunities for improvement. Much of this planning will begin over the summer so that we can set meaningful goals for the next school year and beyond.
Again, thank you for your participation in the survey and for a successful school year. Please accept my best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable summer.
Vincent Butera, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
- Manhasset School Climate Overall Survey Results
- Thematic Analysis of Open-Ended Responses
- Munsey Park Elementary School Survey Results
- Shelter Rock Elementary School Survey Results
- Manhasset Secondary School Survey Results
Facilities Showcase spotlights school improvements for community members
On April 17, Manhasset Public Schools held a Facilities Showcase at Manhasset Secondary School, offering residents the opportunity to tour newly-renovated instructional spaces. These renovations were completed as a result of the 2007 and 2014 bond referenda, as well as the district’s annual operating budgets, periodic capital reserve propositions, and the generosity of multiple school-community partners.
Manhasset High School students offered tours to those who attended, highlighting spaces such as the renovated science labs, art rooms, cafeteria, media center and music rooms, among others.
“The facilities are amazing,” said Anne Dorogoff, community resident and parent to three Manhasset High School alumni. “I spent a lot of time in this building as a volunteer while my children were in school and it’s just incredible to see the building improvements that have been made. Our community’s investment was well worth it.”
Chiara Marino, a sixth-grade student at Shelter Rock Elementary School, toured the Secondary School with her aunt, also a parent of a Manhasset High School alumnus. “I’m really interested in music and art,” Marino said. “So, it’s really neat to see the new spaces that I’ll have the opportunity to work in when I go to school here.”
“On behalf of the entire district, we thank the Manhasset community for its continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vincent Butera. “Through your support, we are able to provide our students with greater opportunities for learning, exploration and growth.”
To view a video highlighting the work that has been completed at all schools, please click here