Newsday recently reported that there has been a bidding war in the Plainedge Schools community. They found that in 2021, our community was the only one in Nassau County to see such competition on homes.
Families want to move to our community because they know that their children will get the best education possible in our schools. Our new Pre-K program has been a success in giving our youngest students a head start on their educational journey. Our exceptional academic programs ensure that our students are able to explore all different types of learning. In the past year, Reem Hamdan was named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Regeneron Science contest and Kyle Arjun Kavully took first place at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair in the Social and Behavioral Science category.
Plainedge is also special because of our focus on our special education students. Our district has developed one of the best Special Education programs on Long Island. We have other districts that regularly pay tuition to send their students to our programs. Our district also believes in supporting the entire family, which is why we hold events for special needs parents, We are hosting a book talk with Massapequa parent and author Debra O'Fee on her life as a parent of a child with Autism, who is the inspiration for her book "I'm Sorry Jimmy Muscles: Why My Son with Autism Wanders." Click here for more information on the book talk.
Plainedge also offers top-notch facilities. This spring, we will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony for our new Middle School courtyard greenhouse. Our Middle Schoolers will be able to learn about plants, soil, and hydroponics. We are nearing the completion of the new High School cafeteria and expect to have it open for our students in early May. Additionally, the Board of Education and Central Administration will be holding a grand opening celebration complete with food and beverages so that we may proudly display the latest facility improvements at the high school. Look for the invite in the coming weeks!
We are in the process of upgrading our softball field, fencing, and dugouts at Schwarting Elementary School. We expect these facility improvements to be complete with all upgrades by mid-April. We will also be holding a groundbreaking event in April to begin work on a new athletic facility at Plainedge High School.
Speaking of athletics, our girls' varsity basketball team made our entire school proud when they won a thrilling victory to become the Nassau County champions. Congratulations to all of our coaches, players and their families. We are now entering the spring sports season. We are looking forward to great things from all our teams.