Monthly eNewsletter School Report


PTA Meeting Info

  • November 2nd meeting agenda, committee reports and approved minutes from 9-19-17 and draft minutes from 11-1-17 meeting,  will be posted on the HS PTA webpage along with presentations from the HS Robotics Club, Ms. Calemmo’s Stress Reduction Center and Maker Space

  • December 12th @ 7:00PM - Bob Wolf H.O.P.E. Skills - Parents and students are invited to attend this meeting.  Bob Wolf, founder of  HOPE® The Students' Bridge To Business and HOPE® Skills Presentations, will speak about skills which:

  • Every student can learn and apply

  • Complement what students learn in school and the technology they use every day

  • Help build self-confidence and self-esteem  

  • Give students a competitive edge in life

  • Are used to get interviews, interview successfully, network effectively, build supportive relationships, be a productive team player and a confident leader

  • Prepare students to earn support from and work effectively with people, the one constant they will encounter in every job as they navigate their career path

Bob has presented at Garden City High School for many years. His presentations are relevant, engaging, real, creative, fun, and unforgettable. His website is

This presentation is good for MS and HS parents and students!

That’s a Wrap! -  The following committees are wrapping up their events.  

Thank you for giving your time! We couldn’t have done it without you:)

Photography - Beverly Acinapuro, Effie Campbell, Nora Heavey, Sandra Wu,

Sportswear - Laurie DeGearo, Julie LaSalla

Freshman BBQ - Nicole Archer, Karen Carney, Joelle Mackey, Gail Madigan, Nancy Poz

Open HS PTA Board Positions -  





Please contact Ronda D’Antonio @ if you are interested or have questions.

Membership - Thank you to the many HS families that have already joined PTA this year. We would love to see a higher percentage of HS families support PTA. You can join online - Click Here to Join  Or you can drop off your membership to the membership reps who will be at the Junior & Parents College Information Night on November 29th.  We need your support!

Curriculum - The committee met on November 1st.  Watch for their notes from the meeting to be posted on the PTA website

Health & Safety -

  • Josh Ochs, Smart Social - Digital Citizenship & Social Media Safety - November 28th @ 7:00PM - (Note: He will also be presenting to MS - 8th grade & all HS students.)

- DEADLINE - November 6th - Students can drop off their entries in the box in the HS Main Office.  Categories, Entry Form and other info can be found here -

Sportswear -

  • November 18 - 9 AM to 12 NOON - PTA Sportswear Sale Pick-up at High School in Merillon Avenue Lobby. Thank you to everyone that supported the Sportswear Sale!

Photography - If your child attended Photo Make-up Day  - You should have received an email of your child’s proofs on Wednesday, November 1st.

Freshman BBQ - Thank you to the over 200+ students that registered for the Candyland Party/BBQ! Watch for photos from the event to be posted shortly.

Skit Night
- Senior Parents - Mark your calendars - January 8th is the Mandatory Meeting for Parents in the HS Auditorium at 7 PM. Don’t miss out on participating in this GC tradition!

Site Based
- Their first meeting took place in the beginning of October.  Watch for minutes to be posted on the High School website.

Long Island Gay PTSA -

  • Next meeting date -   Thursday, 11/16/17, 7pm – Bay Shore

The Long Island Gay Parent Teacher Student Association (LI Gay PTSA) is the only chartered PTA of its kind in the nation, bringing together parents, educators, students, and community members to advocate for LGBT students and families.  The LI Gay PTSA works with Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) to develop strategies to create safer, more affirming schools so that LGBT students can reach their full potential.  

All current dues paying members are encouraged to attend our meetings as well as anyone interested in becoming a member of the Long Island Gay PTSA. Membership dues are only $10 for adults and $4 for youth. You can click here to join online.  -

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

(Just In Case You Missed It)

Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Did you schedule your P/T conferences?

  • November 6 - 7 PM to 9 PM ALL SCHOOLS

  • November 7 - 9 AM to NOON ALL SCHOOLS

  • November 15 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM High School

Music and Arts

  • November 16th at 4PM, November 17 & 18 at 7 PM - FALL MUSICAL - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Ticket purchases can be purchased at the door or through:

  • November 17-19 - Secondary LISFA Festival (Grades 9-12)

  • November 30 - December 3 - NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, NY


  • High School Sports Schedules -

  • November 13 - High School Winter Sports Begin: B/G Basketball, Bowling, Track, Co-Ed Rifle, B Swim, Gymnastics

  • November 21 - 2:45 PM High School Winter Sports Athletic Code of Conduct Meeting for Student Athletes in Auditorium

  • November 21 - 7 PM High School Winter Sports Athletic Code of Conduct Meeting for Parents in Auditorium


  • November 29 - High School Juniors & Parents College Information Night: Guest Speaker Ken Rinehart, Marist College, in Auditorium


November 4 - 7:45 AM SAT & Subject Tests at High School

November 17 - December ACT (Late Registration) Deadline (Not Offered at GCHS)

November 21 - December SAT & Subject Tests (Late Registration) Deadline

Yearbook Dates

  • November 9 - High School Senior Yearbook Ads Due: by 11:59 PM

  • November 28 & 29 - 2:45 PM High School Winter Sports Yearbook Photos in Gym

Other dates of note

November 5 - Daylight Savings Time Ends “Fall Back”

November 6 - High School/Middle School End of 1st Quarter

November 7 - Election Day - NO CLASSES

November 8 - 8:15 PM - Board of Education Work Session - Topic - Next Generation Science Standards

November 10 - Veteran’s Day - SCHOOLS CLOSED

November 14 - Report Cards available online at 3PM

November 22nd - Early Dismissal - High School Dismissal Time 2:25PM Buses Leave 2:35PM

November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Recess - Schools Closed

NEW This Year! - November 27 - Two Hour Delay for Superintendent’s Conference Day