From the Shores of Beach Channel High School
On the last Thursday in April, Francis Lewis High School hosted the annual staff recognition awards for outstanding service in Queens High Schools.
Beginning with a formal procession and national anthem led by the school color guard, Superintendent John Lee’s speech dealt with teaching in the new millennium.
Among the Beach Channel High School recipients were Myrna Lewis, SPARK Counselor, Terrence Smith, School Safety Officer, Brad Ackerman, instructor of English, and John Marcus, Assistant Principal of English. Principal Bernard Gassaway accompanied his distinguished staff to the stage for a group photograph.
An inspiring moment came from UFT executive Danny Foceri’s remark that teachers never fully realize their impact on society.
Following several brief speeches by members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent’s Cabinet, there was a sunny reception with refreshments held in the school courtyard.
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Three students at Beach Channel have won prizes in the annual German Language and Culture Contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German, Metropolitan New York Chapter. This contest covers material about the history, literature, art, music and contemporary life in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the influence of German immigration on the USA. Knowledge of the German language and grammar is also tested. The prize winners are Gregory Polak, Marisha Ali, and Dawn Ultsh. The prize winners from all schools were honored at a reception at the Goethe Institute in Manhattan on May 6. Their German teacher at Beach Channel is Mrs. Joanne Chiarino. Congratulations to the winners!