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Students at the District Spelling Bee
District Spelling Bee 2023
The Uniondale Union Free School District wishes to congratulate Evan Mallory, 5th grader at Northern Parkway Elementary School for winning the District-Wide Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 25th. Congratulations also goes to the two students tied for second place Zyaa Cherenfant, 7th grader at Lawrence Road Middle School and Albert Aquilar Chinchilla, 5 grader from Northern Parkway Middle School.
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Artwork submitted to the Dr. King student art and essay exhibit
Uniondale School District Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Uniondale Union Free School District recently celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars across the District participated in various activities, including an art and essay exhibit, a musical tribute and a panel discussion to reflect on Dr. King's legacy, as well as the ongoing struggles in American society.
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Uniondale High School scholars speak with spokesperson from the U.S. Army
The Army Visits Uniondale High School
2023)—Uniondale High School recently welcomed spokespeople from the U.S. Army who spoke to scholars about the large variety of career opportunities in the U.S. Army. Representatives talked about careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and robotics and about the importance of these specializations in how they have advanced the Army.
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Student artwork of a butterfly
Uniondale Scholars’ Artwork Featured in Cornell University Calendar
Seven Uniondale Union Free School District scholars have been selected to have their artwork featured in Cornell University’s 2023 Long Island Gardening and Calendar and Guide. The calendar features a daily guide on “best practices,” such as seasonal guidelines to be aware of for gardening on Long Island, along with QR codes with further information. Coinciding with the factual information are beautiful pieces of artwork of nature produced by scholars across Long Island.
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for UHS Cafeteria
Uniondale High School Cafeteria Gets an Upgrade
On the first day back after the winter break, Uniondale Union Free School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly-renovated cafeteria. Upgrades included freshly painted walls by RJ Painting, new floors by Parson’s Flooring and new furniture provided by Ridgewood.
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Super Science Saturday Flyer
Uniondale students learn, have fun in Super Science Saturdays program
Uniondale elementary students learned about coding and robotics at Super Science Saturday — and parents participated too. "The world is moving into a super-technical, robotic age," said Uniondale High School technology teacher Jack Drevnyak, "and we want our students to be prepared for careers in the future, or to get into high school and pursue these STEAM courses, so that when they do graduate, they can land a good job."
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English-language learners have been hit hard by COVID disruptions, and LI schools have responded
Some members of Uniondale's ENL/Bilingual and World Language department were featured in a story highlighting what districts in Long Island are doing to meet the challenges of English language learners through the pandemic.
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Lawrence Road Debate Team
Uniondale’s Debate Teams Shine in Debate Tournament
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Lawrence Road Middle School and Uniondale High School debate teams recently participated in the American Debate League Fall Classic—the first in-person tournament of the school year. The event was held at In-Tech Academy in the Bronx.
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Scholars receiving food
Lawrence Road ENL Scholars Celebrate Thanksgiving
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Lawrence Road Middle School recently held a Thanksgiving celebration for their English as a New Language (ENL) scholars. This was the largest Thanksgiving event held at Lawrence Road, with over 160 scholars in attendance.
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Mr. Frank Abel with the Uniondale High School band
Retired Uniondale Teacher Named 2022 Music Educator of Note Award Recipient
Uniondale Union Free School District is proud to announce that Mr. Frank Abel, retired Band Director at the Uniondale High School from 1996-2011, has been inducted into the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame as an Educator of Note. The Music Educator of Note Award celebrates excellence in music education on Long Island.
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Students and families at Super Science families
Uniondale Kicks Off Super Science Saturdays
Uniondale Union Free School District held its first of five Super Science Saturdays on October 22nd at Northern Parkway Elementary School. Organized by the District's science department, each week will focus on a different theme that will include engaging hands-on projects that are fun for the whole family.
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Grand Avenue Pre-K scholars wait in line with Pinkalicious to cast their votes
Elementary Scholars Head to the Ballot Box
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Walnut Street Elementary School and Grand Avenue Elementary School Pre-K scholars recently cast their votes in their first election. 
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Pre-K students with books
Smith Street School Celebrates Literacy
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Smith Street Elementary School recently held a book celebration for Pre-K scholars. All scholars were gifted the book Thank You Omu by Oge Mora.
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Students listening to player from LI Nets
Long Island Nets player, GM give advice to Uniondale students part of My Brother's Keeper program
Students at Uniondale High School who are part of the My Brother's Keeper program spent the day with Nets player Treveon Graham and general manager J.R. Holden.
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Students at Camp Read a Lot event
Cougar Camp Read-A-Lot Promotes Literacy
Named the “Cougar Camp-Read-A-Lot,” Uniondale Union Free School District’s California Avenue Elementary School recently held a camp-style family literacy night for scholars in grades Pre-K-5. Developed to capture the imagination of young readers, families participated in various interactive activities and workshops to promote reading skills. There were raffles, a photo booth, food and free books for each scholar. Over 400 scholars attended the event.
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Students in red shirts for Red Ribbon Week
Grand Avenue Elementary School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Grand Avenue Elementary School recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, an annual celebration to advocate for the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and staying drug and alcohol-free. The national week-long celebration from October 23rd to the 31st included daily activities for scholars, faculty and administration. This year’s Red Ribbon Theme at Grand Avenue was “My Life is a Work of Art.”
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Students in front of College Pep Rally Sign
Uniondale’s Cougar College and Career Pep Rally Sets Scholars Up for Success
Uniondale Union Free School District’s California Avenue Elementary School recently held a Cougar College and Career Pep Rally, encouraging young scholars to begin preparing for their future. The school was filled with college spirit, with scholars and staff all wearing college attire.
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Orange Heart: Unity Everyday
Uniondale Goes Orange for Unity
Uniondale High School recently participated in Unity Day, a nationwide initiative by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center to promote solidarity among scholars while raising awareness about bullying. Scholars and staff sported orange attire and participated in various activities where they were instructed on how to address bullying situations.
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Students celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Uniondale School District’s Walnut Street Scholars Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Walnut Street Elementary School recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in a week packed with exciting cultural lessons. The month-long celebration from September 15-October 15 was the perfect opportunity for educators to shine a light on the community’s diversity and the particular contributions of Hispanic Americans to our country’s history, culture and achievement.
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Students celebrating smile day
All Smiles for Uniondale
Uniondale Union Free School District’s elementary schools recently participated in Smile Day, a worldwide celebration to spread joy where people commit to performing random acts of kindness. As part of the event, scholars and staff came to school wearing clothing with smiley faces or their favorite outfits.
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Football Players
There’s No Place Like Homecoming
Held on October 8, 2022, the Uniondale Union Free School District Homecoming celebration was a huge success. To commence the celebration, scholars, family and community members gathered to watch the Homecoming parade, led by the Uniondale High School JROTC Knights Battalion. The festive parade featured scholars of all ages and schools showcasing clubs, sports and activities.
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Students and Fire Fighters at assemblies
Uniondale Not Burning the Flame When it Comes to Fire Safety
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Uniondale Union Free School District conducted various training exercises to ensure scholars have the knowledge they need to make appropriate decisions in a fire emergency. The Uniondale Fire Department partnered with the District's elementary schools to conduct numerous training programs throughout the week.
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Students in the P-Tech Program
Vaughn College Partnership with Uniondale High School
Uniondale Union Free School District has partnered with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology through the New York State Department of Education’s Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) grant to establish a six-year STEM program for scholars. The program will allow scholars to enter one of two tracks at Vaughn College—animation and digital graphics or electrical engineering technology. Freeport and Wyandanch Uniondale Free School Districts’ scholars also have the opportunity to join the program.
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Students Celebrating Dot Day
Uniondale Celebrates International Dot Day
Uniondale Union Free School District’s Walnut Street Elementary School and California Avenue Elementary School recently participated in International Dot Day. The global celebration focuses on creativity, bravery and self-expression while encouraging scholars to work together and collaborate with their peers. Scholars and staff dress in polka dot outfits to commemorate the occasion.
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Admins, teachers and community leaders at ribbon cutting ceremony
Uniondale Celebrates Expansions to Two Elementary Schools
Uniondale Union Free School District recently held two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to celebrate the completion of the newly constructed wings at Grand Avenue Elementary School and Smith Street Elementary School. The school board, central administration, principals, bond advisory committee, H2M Architects and Engineers, and Elite and Triton Construction companies cut the ribbons at each school and led a walkthrough of the new additions.
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MBK Picnic
Uniondale’s My Brother’s Keeper Holds Back-to-School Barbeque
Uniondale Union Free School District’s My Brother’s Keeper organization recently held a back-to-school barbeque celebration attended by returning and prospective new members.
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Dr. Akil with student
Uniondale Welcomes Scholars Back for the 2022-2023 School Year
On September 1, Uniondale Union Free School District welcomed all scholars and staff back for the 2022-2023 school year. With recent changes to COVID-19 protocols for schools across New York State now in effect, scholars were eager to rejoin their peers in a setting that will be closer to pre-pandemic learning.
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Uniondale Welcomes New Teachers to the District
Uniondale Union Free School District recently held a two-day orientation for new teachers. All new teachers met at Uniondale High School, where they learned the District’s procedures, policies, and mission and listened to workshops on the curriculum and instruction.
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Photo of Matthew Ritter
Uniondale Welcomes New Assistant Superintendent
Matthew Ritter Joins District Central Admin Team as Assistant Superintendent for Data, Planning, Assessment and Accountability
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UHS Latina mentoring Program
Uniondale High School Partners with the New York State Mentoring Program
Uniondale Union Free School District is excited to announce the formation of the HS-Latina Mentoring Program in partnership with the New York State Mentoring Program (NYSMP). Two 90-minute sessions will take place every month on Saturday mornings, with the program running from October through May. The launch event for this initiative will take place on Thursday, October 13th at Uniondale High School.
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The Uniondale School District School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting
The Uniondale Union Free School District has held its first Board of Education meeting for the 2022-2023 school year, swearing in the new School Board. The Board of Education will remain under its trusted leadership for the new school year, with Dr. Mary Bediako returning as Board President and Board member Natalie Longsworth selected to serve as Vice President.
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Students and adults at summer music program
Uniondale School District Offers a Host of Enrichment Programs this Summer
Uniondale Union Free School District is reinventing summer school. This summer, for the first time since 2019, scholars have the opportunity to return to school for in-person educational opportunities in a completely overhauled summer school program. Enrichment programs are currently offered at both the elementary and middle school level, with a comprehensive spectrum of courses to choose from.
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Students and administrators with award at Northern Parkway School
Champion of Change Award at Northern Parkway
The New York State School Boards Association awarded Northern Parkway Elementary School with their Champion of Change award for their Blacks in Wax Museum exhibit. The school was presented with a banner by NYSSBA Area 11 director, B.A. Schoen.
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