November 8, 2021 | Issue No. 4
Plainedge Public Schools: Where Everyone Achieves
A Message from Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Salina, Jr.
Now that we are in the swing of things this fall semester, the District has been extremely busy. On October 9th, we celebrated Homecoming. Below, we have included a video from the game where our football team continued their excellence by defeating Bethpage 41-0. At the game, our fans and athletes were pumped up by our talented marching band, kickline and cheer squad.
We are also happy to announce that Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for Plainedge Schools, Ms. Lisa DePaola received the 2021 Visionary Award at the recent Long Island Technology and Education Summit presented by Nassau BOCES. More information about Ms. DePaola's work can be found below.
As the school year progresses, our students continue to make big strides. At the last Board of Education meeting, our Chamber Orchestra joined us to serenade the Board of Education and audience with a rendition of “This is Halloween”. Our fourth graders recently welcomed to John H. West Elementary School for their annual “Native Peoples of the Eastern Woodlands” assembly. Pictures and videos of these events can be found on our social media channels including our Instagram page and our Facebook Page. We encourage everyone in the community to follow and like these pages to stay up-to-date with the great work that our teachers, administrators, coaches, and students do every day in Plainedge. Thank you for your interest in Plainedge Public Schools.
Ms. DePaola Named Visionary Award Winner
Ms. Lisa DePaola, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for Plainedge Schools, received the 2021 Visionary Award at the recent Long Island Technology and Education Summit presented by Nassau BOCES. This award was created to recognize the impact that technology can have on student learning by selecting an administrator who has demonstrated vision, leadership and support of technology initiatives as it relates to the educational needs of students and teachers. Congratulations, Assistant Superintendent Ms. DePaola!
Ms. DePaola is a lifelong learner, receiving degrees from the University of Florida (BSBA’03 - Finance, MSESS’04 – Exercise and Sports Sciences/Sports Management), St. John’s University (MS’07 - Education, Ed.D.’22 - Education Supervision/Administration-anticipated), and Stony Brook University (CAGS’11 - Educational Leadership). Through excellent leadership skills and working knowledge of current exemplary educational pedagogy, she collaborates with stakeholders to provide all students exceptionally engaging learning experiences.
Ms. DePaola began her education career as a New York City math teacher for at-risk students and then became Assistant Principal in Lawrence. In her current position in Plainedge, Ms. DePaola built successful STEAM, Universal Pre-K, curriculum, summer, and adult education programs, enrichment academies, and unique educational spaces with state-of-the art technology across grades K-12 to foster students’ 21st Century Skills. Collaborating with middle school staff, she helped earn the school a national accreditation as an Essential Elements Schools-to-Watch. Recently, Ms. DePaola re-imagined and reopened schools amidst COVID with committees to ensure continuity of instruction in safe environments. To meet social-emotional needs of staff and students, she assisted in partnering with Northwell Health to provide mental health services. Ms. DePaola is an integral part of the community-building relationships inside and outside of the school district.

From sports arenas (MSG/Rangers) to political and educational arenas (NY Attorney General’s Office; Plainedge), Ms. DePaola uses her skills and experiences in public relations, finance, and education to create policies, write grants, and provide top-notch education, enriching programs, and events to all students and community members.
From sports arenas (MSG/Rangers) to political and educational arenas (NY Attorney General’s Office; Plainedge), Ms. DePaola uses her skills and experiences in public relations, finance, and education to create policies, write grants, and provide top-notch education, enriching programs, and events to all students and community members.
National First Responders Appreciation Day
October 28th, 2021 was National First Responders Appreciation Day ❤️ On behalf of Plainedge Public Schools, we encourage you to thank a first responder in your life. Check out the “Security Gourds” at John H. West Elementary, brought to life by 2nd grader Gabriela Medina.
Honoring our Veterans and Law Enforcement
This month, Plainedge will continue and expand on our tradition of honoring veterans and law enforcement officers. On November 10th, we will be hosting veterans at our three elementary schools. Veterans and active duty service members will read books aloud to our Pre-K-2 students and have question and answer sessions with our 3-5 students.
On November 23rd, we will be celebrating law enforcement officers in our three elementary schools. Community members, elementary students, parents/guardians, and friends and family of staff members who are officers have been invited to join us for a breakfast sponsored by the Plainedge Federation of Teachers and interact with the students (Pre-K – 5) through a variety of activities including book read aloud, presentations by Nassau County Police officers, exploring Nassau County police vehicles, and creating tokens of appreciation which will be given to the “Cards for Cops” program. Students will have the opportunity to enter a contest called “Roll Call Contest” to celebrate a law enforcement officer. We look forward to celebrating all these heroes. 

Special guest readers from law enforcement already include Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, retired New York Police Department Detective Sergeant Raymond Moore, father of fallen hero and Plainedge alumnus Brian Moore, and officers from Nassau County’s 7th and 8th precincts. Brian Sullivan, President of Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association will also be joining us for a read aloud and other activities that day.
To show your support on that day, adult shirts can be ordered for $15 each and youth shirts for $12 each at The sale ends 11/10. All proceeds from shirt sales will be donated directly by The Cop Shop equally to two non-profit organizations: NYPD With Arms Wide Open, a support group for members of the NYPD (active and retired) who have children with special needs, and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Corrections Officers Benevolent Association Widows & Children’s Fund.
Red Ribbon Week
“One school, one goal: Be Drug + Bully Free” ❤️ Thank you to the Plainedge High School SADD Club for their incredible efforts to recognize the choice of being "Drug-Free" as a positive decision! They encouraged students to participate in the SADD Drug-Free Pledge Drive. Thanks to everyone who took the pledge with us!
Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Maura Czachor
Mrs. Maura Czachor is one of our amazing teachers currently educating students in Plainedge Middle School. She began her career 21 years ago in Plainedge, teaching 3rd grade in Schwarting Elementary School. After spending a few years with our younger students, Mrs. Czachor graduated to Middle School, where she taught 6th-grade students to love math for over a decade. This year, Mrs. Czachor has an expanded role in the Middle School teaching young minds about both English and math.
When asked about one of her proudest accomplishments, Mrs. Czachor replied, “For the past few years, I have run a parent and staff workshop on Growth Mindset and Mathematical Mindset with other 6th grade teachers through our fabulous Teacher Center. In addition to working with students, the workshop has allowed me to share my love of math and Growth Mindset with parents and staff.” Besides teaching courses on Growth Mindset, four years ago, Mrs. Czachor proposed and implemented a program for incoming 6th graders to spend a summer day at the Middle School getting acclimated to the building and allowing them to meet students from other elementary schools. The day also involves many team-building and problem-solving activities which does a great job preparing the children for life as middle school students.
Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Czachor is pursuing a National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics and has applied to the New York State Master Teacher Program, which is a professional development program throughout New York State specifically designed for STEM teachers.
Although the last two years have certainly been difficult, Mrs. Czachor continues to offer a positive outlook for the Plainedge community. “It has been amazing to see students rise to the occasion, as well as our teachers be there to support students and each other with ideas, care, and genuine camaraderie.”
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