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Students Celebrate First Grade Poetry Day

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First graders from Cherry Lane School celebrated First Grade Poetry Day on May 31. Classes received a special visit from Alicia Hogan Murphy, an author and poet who was a Cherry Lane student herself in the 1970s. Mrs. Murphy returned to the school to speak with students about her time at Cherry Lane and her inspiring teachers, her life as an author, her love of writing and more.

Upon arrival, she was surprised by her Cherry Lane first and second grade teacher, Maureen Flynn (formerly Ms. Convey). Mrs. Flynn retired from Cherry Lane School 10 years ago but wanted to return to share in the special day. She even brought along some old class photographs.

“Her class was my favorite,” Mrs. Flynn said about Mrs. Murphy.

During the visit, the first grade classes gathered in the school cafeteria where Mrs. Murphy had her poetry books on display. She told the students that it was always a dream of hers to become an author and that she found a love of writing at a young age. The first graders listened closely as Mrs. Murphy read two of her poems. Before reading “When I Grow Up,” she picked six student volunteers to dress as different professionals such as an actress, doctor and firefighter. The students had fun playing the parts.

At the end of Mrs. Murphy’s presentation, the first graders asked her questions and then shared their own poems with her. Poetry Day continued that afternoon as each first grade student invited a special guest into their classroom to share their poetry. It was a great day for the students to share their craft.

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Date Added: 6/6/2023

District Partners with Local Library

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On May 10th, the Westbury Children’s Library hosted 20 students and their families for a wonderful evening of information, stories, crafts and fun! Each year, the ENL Department collaborates with the Westbury Children’s Library as they open their doors to our Carle Place families to not only provide information about the upcoming summer programs, but also to share resources and programs that are offered for all ages! From toddler story time, author visits, computers, homework help, movie night, fitness classes and more, there is something for everyone! They welcome all Carle Place families and hope you will visit the library this summer to check out all that is offered! Don’t miss out! For more information, please visit their website at

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Date Added: 6/5/2023

Students Raise More Than $14K for the Children’s Tumor Foundation

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Carle Place High School students participated in their annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause on May 25. This marked the 16th year of the special event. Together, they raised more than $14,500 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, in honor of Carle Place sophomore Dean LaRotunda. The foundation’s mission is to drive research, expand knowledge and advance care for the neurofibromatosis community.

Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause is organized each year by the Carle Place Middle/High School Student Organization with adviser Jillian Kelly and the Key Club with adviser Maddalena Buffalino. Each grade level from 9-12 participates in friendly competition events such as an inflatable obstacle course, relay race, volleyball game, teachers vs. seniors basketball game, Pictionary, Quizbowl, ultimate frisbee and bubble soccer. The senior class took home the victory this year.

“Our attendance numbers surpassed all expectations, with an impressive turnout of individuals from diverse student groups,” Ms. Kelly said. “This level of engagement speaks volumes about the inclusivity of Carle Place High School, as well as the immense compassion and passion of this community.”

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Date Added: 6/2/2023

Basketball Coaches Share Love of Game with Local Youth League

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Our Lady of Hope CYO Basketball recently wrapped up its spring intramural league and went right into the summer session. The team, featuring players Ryan Li, Antonio Ruggiano, Chris Colacello, Chris Zanino, Tyler Aguilar and Ryan Leary, is led by Carle Place High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach John Cantwell and Assistant Coach James McKeough.
Once the CYO travel season ended, a Carle Place league began for the boys in grades 6-8 to keep them playing. The league consisted of a uniform, 12 games and 10 practices for $100 a player. This gave all the boys, especially those whose families may not be able to afford the costly price of AAU travel basketball, the opportunity to play more basketball. They had five teams with a total of 40 boys play and with the help of Coach Cantwell, had the Carle Place High School boys basketball players referee the games.  
Coach Cantwell and Assistant Coach McKeough have been an instrumental part of the program. According to Jim McGovern, President of Our Lady of Hope CYO, Coach Cantwell “has gone above and beyond, coming down and volunteering to coach the games and has even run training sessions for the boys on five occasions on nights we did not have games. The boys really enjoy having him as a coach and are getting a great deal out of it.”
Varsity Assistant Coach McKeough has also helped in any way possible.
“It is great to see a recent graduate of Carle Place High School wanting to be so involved in the program,” said Mr. McGovern. “The boys love interacting with the varsity coaches and players. Having Coach Cantwell and his team volunteering their time to help build the youth basketball program in Carle Place is very refreshing as most high school coaches have very little interaction or interest in growing their towns youth programs.” 
The Carle Place School District is proud to support Our Lady of Hope CYO Basketball and understands how important their program is to the community.
“C.P. sports programs are a valuable tool for our young student athletes to achieve confidence and experience of such a beautiful game as basketball,” Carle Place Board of Education Vice President Neil McLaughlin said.
Thank you to Coach Cantwell and Assistant Coach McKeough for your leadership and support of these young athletes!

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Date Added: 5/31/2023

Successful Activity Night

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Carle Place students recently had fun at their 7th and 8th Grade Activity Night which was a "Hawaiian Dance!" 

Date Added: 5/26/2023