Frank Carey PTSA Meeting Minutes for September 16, 2019 

Meeting called to order by Jo-Ann Ringston at 7:35pm Pledge of allegiance recited Inspirational message C. Ferrara 

Introductions of the PTSA Board 

Reading and approval of the minutes from the June meeting, which stand approved 

Treasurer Report – V. Marchetti 2 spreadsheets distributed: 

Budget for 2018/19 

Educational seminars – need a motion to remove from upcoming budget 

Motion to remove budget line from Robin Abramson, 2nd from Alison Brotschol Budget for 2019/20 

Motion to accept from Lynn Stollberger, 2nd from Cathie Wright 

June 1st to July 31st Opening balance $12,286.95 Deposits $ 3,456.55 Disbursements $ (2,452.75) Ending balance July 31st, 2019 $13,290.75 

August 1st to August 31st Opening Balance $13,290.75 Disbursements $500.00 Ending balance August 31st, 2019 $12,790.75 

Principal’s Report Great beginning to the school year Renovations completed over the summer: 

AD office Room 168 Testing room 167 Math office- Room 342 Math rooms 337, 339, 341 

Seventh Grade Teams 

Large 7th grade enrollment, 7th grade – moved down to first floor, in 2 hallways, Specials, classrooms are contained to those hallways to help with the transition 7th Grade Boot Camp – going to their classes, running through their schedule and learning the building. Positive feedback so far. 


Doors 2 and 7 open for students from 7 AM – 8 AM. At 8, single point of entry at Door 2.Students MUST wear IDs and lanyards each day Buzzer/Scanner at Door 2. Please bring license for ID Security will be escorting parents/adults to their destinations in the building.Security will be active at Door 2 until 9 PM for afternoon and evening games and events. 

Congratulations to Jessica Ringston on being selected as an Award of Merit recipient as part of the Long Island Scholar Artist Program for the 2019-20 school year! Each year the Long Island Scholar Artist program recognizes students who excel academically and in the areas of either music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts. Congratulations to Yican Zhang for being named a semi-finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Over 1.5 million students representing 21,000 high schools entered the program, and 16,000 achieved the level of semi-finalist. This is a great honor for Yican! Congratulations to Luke Islam for making it to the semi-finals on America’s Got Talent. Aside from showing his immense talent, he was able to showcase a level of character and maturity of which he and his family should be very proud. 

Congratulations to our 2019 NYSSMA All-State honorees: 

Ruben Fonseca- Snare Vincent Tavernese- Trumpet Alternates: 

Gianna Ingersoll- French Horn Jessica Ringston- Flute Yican Zhang- Violin 

Parents should contact the Main Office if parents are not receiving emails or texts from HFC 

Questions came up regarding the loss of apps on student iPads. Good Notes has high licensing fees, Google Classroom is free. Main office is recovering from the recent virus they experienced. Gradebook will be up once it’s been confirmed that the virus has been cleared 

Upcoming Events: 9/17- District College and Career Fair at SHS, 7 PM, cafeteria/gym in back. Reps from approximately 100, colleges, universities, technical and business schools, military academies and the Armed Forces will be there. 9/24- BOE Meeting 9/26- Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night, Auditorium, 7 PM 10/3- Dad’s Club 10/7- Junior Parent Meeting, Auditorium, 7 PM 

Co-Presidents Report Plan to combine meetings with the Dad’s club this year There will be no Meeting in October for PTSA or Dad’s Club November will be Dad’s Club + PTSA Pocket Calendars for sale $5 at meetings at meetings and football games PTSA are planning New programs coming up this year New Carey wear items Encouraged PTSA Membership – Raises money as well as Carey wear, this year there is an easier way to join online 

Money raised goes towards scholarships, senior gifts, Staff Rec, Workshops, Cultural Arts Senior students must be PTSA members in order to be eligible for scholarships Final bricks from the brick sale are now all in place 

Correspondence J. Schwartz Reflections theme this year is “Look Within”,HFC previously had a Carey winner – go on to Albany (for dance) April will be the PTSA Reflections meeting 

Thank you received from Stephen Cassese for his scholarship Thank you from JoAnn Schwartz for support and condolences this past summer 

  1. Suarez-Oubina – Request for donations for a West Hempstead family that had a house fire. Family has one student at JSS & one student at HFC 

Student Activities Back to school in full swing Elections for 7th graders will be different this year, they will videotape speeches, and those will be shown in social studies classes. Petitions available starting 9/17/2019 and at club fair and in the Student Activity office Thursday 9/19/19 is the club fair. After school 3-3:45. There are several new clubs trying to get started. Fair is open to all students, (not parents.) Club advisors will then reach out to students to let them know when meetings start. Kick off dance – Games and Dancing in each cafeteria, dismissal at 9pm Homecoming October 19th, theme is board games, floats and banners being worked on 7th grade working on a charity Dr. Ferrie is involved with, a book collection for underprivileged areas Student Activities card are available for $5, please note that the SA card entitles student to discounts around the community and those discounts are for students only, not families Trying to make some activities available to only students that have purchased a card Think Pink Game is Sep. 28th, Think Pink club organizing raffles and gift baskets, proceeds going to breast cancer research 

Physical Education – T. Schmidt Sports teams are up and running, this is the 2nd week of JV and V games, Junior High games start next week. HFC ran sports sign ups differently this year, signups were collected through a Google Form, using a scan of a QR code by team Signups continued at Summer Orientation for fall sports, this alleviated some confusion for after school signups on the first day of school Approximately 200 7th and 8th graders signed up for a fall sport (Cross country, boys & girls soccer, field hockey, football) Junior High teams are on a rotation scheduled for practices at Carey, PSS or Rath Park. Students are bussed to Rath or PSS and then taken back to Carey – there is no pick up other than at Carey Fall sports scheduled on the Big Teams site: Coaches will set up SportsU app so information can be sent out to parents and team members Senior Game is November 2nd – Last game of the season Made changes to entrance for all indoor games – admission only through Door 2 HFC received a “School of Excellence” award – this is the third year that we will be receiving this award. This award is given out by New York State for schools that had 75% or more of their teams receive scholar athlete recognition. Monday, September 16th at 7am athletes were shown a substance abuse presentation by a presenter from Northwell Health, regarding opioids use and vaping. 

Student Representatives Gabriella Campos & Jenna Andrasick District college and career fair coming up 9/24 Senior Group photo and Homecoming voting For photo retakes, contact Mrs. Hoffman Class dues should be paid Baby pictures are due 

Membership PTSA is currently at 263 members 

Bake Sale – J Schwartz Held on the day of Parent Teacher Conferences, and is set up in the cafeteria. Contact JoAnn to donate baked goods and to volunteer Students can work at the bake sale for their NHS community service hours 

Carey Wear – A. Todaro Order Forms available on School website 

Board of Ed Important information for parents and community, meetings are held at Sewanhaka in the Board Room, Attendance is encouraged to get information about happenings in the district, Presentation and agenda is usually available on the website, At the December meeting the district chorus performs 

August meeting New superintendent introduced, Dr. James Grossane started in July. There are 40 new staff members in district. Opening day ceremony for staff was Tuesday, September 3rd honoring teacher of the year HFC= Mrs. Parentae 8,400 students across district, at HFC new security doors were installed, District wide safety plan was reviewed by the Board and approved. Plan details are available on the website. Student health services policy was updated with emergency regulations from 8/16 approved by the board. Next meeting Sept 24th 

Dad’s Club M. Scavelli – President Funds are raised through membership and fundraisers, those proceeds go to support the students. Moms and Dads are welcome, and always looking for new ideas, membership going on now. Great 7th grade turnout for orientation, good response for shack help at football game. Registration for membership can be found on website. – changing to Looking to open shack more often but looking for volunteers to staff those times. Golf Outing – one of their largest fundraisers will be held on October 3rd (Rain date from last year’s event). Movie Night – date is being finalized, moving to a Saturday instead of a Friday. For Homecoming Dad’s club provides community breakfast. Reviving turkey bowl – Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, with tournament with trophies. Holiday Fair held in the gym December 7th (One day this year) Foxwoods – bus trip, December 14th. Artie Weinberg has moved to palliative care. 

No new Business Thank you Lauren Suarez-Oubina for Hospitality 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30