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PTA Council Announces Honorary Life Memberships - June 2010

     The Grand Island PTA Council has the pleasure of announcing the recipients of the 2010 NYS PTA Honorary Life Membership Award. Recipients of this award are given a Life Membership pin, congratulatory card, and an Honorary Life Member card in recognition for their contributions to the welfare of children and youth. Each school’s contribution for the award helps to support the NYS PTA Twin Projects, which assists outstanding students in preparing for the teaching profession.
• Charlotte Sidway Trish Eichel
Nancy Heftka
• Huth Road Elementary Lisa Dollendorf
Diane Lipp
• Kaegebein Elementary Jennifer Kam
Bernice Schoener
• Veronica E. Connor Middle School Judy Nicolia
Theresa Winder
• Grand Island High School Sandy Anzalone
Jonathan Shelly
Congratulations! We value your dedication.

Sidway PTA Awards Two Honorary Life Memberships - June 2010

    Sidway PTA president Trish Eichel (left) and school bus driver Nancy Heftka have been awarded PTA Honorary Life memberships in recognition of their service and dedication to the welfare of children and youth. The awards were presented at the Sidway staff-appreciation luncheon this spring. Sidway PTA’s contribution for the award helps support the NYS PTA Twin Projects, which award scholarships to deserving high school seniors and summer study grants to teachers. During her years as a Sidway parent Trish Eichel not only served in a leadership capacity, but was always available to help with committee activities, school programs, and to lend a hand where needed by school staff. Following the crash of her school bus earlier this year, Nancy Heftka, though injured herself, thought first of her students, making sure they were all right, reassuring them and helping them. She even returned, although not completely recovered, to reassure her riders that she would be fine.

PTSA Geranium Sale - April 2010

   The Grand Island High School PTSA will hold its 25th annual Geranium Sale 100% of the funds raised from this sale support the PTSA Scholarship Program.
    Geraniums! Potted Greens! Patio Tomatoes! Beautiful Hanging Baskets!
Orders must be received between April 12 – April 26, 2010.
An order form is available in pdf form at the link:
Pre-Sale orders: Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 24 (make checks payable to Grand Island H.S. PTSA)
Order pick up will be Friday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sidway Bus Garage. Return order forms to Nadine Bakula, 128 Trails End, Grand Island, NY 14072 Or order by phone: Nadine Bakula, 773-1334.

Sidway PTA Names Two Honorary Life Members - October 2009

Susan Andrews (left) and Denise Dunbar

    Principal Denise Dunbar and kindergarten teacher Susan Andrews have been awarded PTA Honorary Life memberships in recognition of their dedication and service to the welfare of children and youth. The awards were presented at the Sidway staff appreciation luncheon in the spring. The Sidway PTA contribution for the Honorary Life Memberships helps fund the NYS PTA Twin Projects, which award scholarships to deserving high school seniors and summer study grants to teachers.

PTSA Academic Awards Night - May 28, 2009

    The Grand Island High School PTSA will hold its Academic Awards Night at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 in the high school auditorium. The annual event recognizes awards won by outstanding high school students. This year's guest speaker is Cal Kern, president and GM of the Niagara Power, an expansion team in the New York Collegiate Baseball Leagues.
    Cal, who organized the club in 2007, is a graduate of Buffalo State College. He was Buff State's first two-time All American in soccer in 1969 and 1971. He was inducted into the Buffalo State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
    Cal has served as Sports and Youth Director of Niagara Community Church, was the director of Inner City Action Ministries of WNY, as well as the director of NY and NW PA for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1993 to 2000. He is the founder of Sports Christian OutReach Evangelism (SCORE) of Buffalo Salvation Army.
    Cal resides on Grand Island with his wife, Sherrie, and has two children, a daughter Leanne, of western New York and a son Brett, who is the punter for the Denver Broncos.

PTA Council Sponsors Candidates' Night - May 5, 2009

    The Grand Island PTA Council will host a school board "Candidates' Night" from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the Veronica Connor Middle School Little Theatre, 1100 Ransom Road. Those attending will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates running for three (3) open positions on the Grand Island Central School's Board of Education. The candidates participating are:
Glenn Bobeck
George Casey
David Goris
Teresa Price
Sandra Stypick
    Moderating and time keeping of the event is hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Island-Wide Joint PTA Meeting - 2009
   An Island-wide Joint PTAs meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at Sidway School. Each school's PTA will have a 1/2 hour meeting on this date so that networking is possible. School Board members will also be available to discuss the school budget to be voted upon in May.
   Sidway and High School's PTAs will meet from 6:30-7 p.m., Huth and Kaegebein's PTAs will meet from 7:15-7:45 p.m. and Connor Middle School's PTA will meet from 8-8:30 p.m. All meetings will take place in the cafeteria area and child care will be available in the Fitness Room. Incoming kindergarten parents and new District families are welcome! Refreshments will be provided. Come and meet your PTA representatives as well as Board of Education members and make some new friends. If you have questions, contact your school PTA presidents who are listed in the back of the current school calendar. See you on the 28th of April!
"Candidates' Night"

PTSA Membership Meeting - 2008
   The Grand Island High School PTSA will hold a membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at the Grand Island Memorial Library, Bedell Road. The purpose of the meeting is the election of co-presidents for the 2008-2009 school year. For more information, contact Kathy Hoppel, 774-1006.

PTA Installation Dinner - 2008
   The Grand Island PTA/PTSA held their installation dinner on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. Pictured below with the Executive Boards for each of the schools are the school principals.

Sidway - From Left: Principal Denise Dunbar, Patty Castellino, Recording Secretary; Dawn VeRost, 2nd Vice President; Maura Rustowicz, Council Delegate; Trish Eichel, President; Jason Cox, Treasurer & Council Delegate.
Not Pictured: Amy Samplinski, 1st Vice President; Lisa Fabiano, Corresponding Secretary; Lani Black and Amy Stevenson, Teacher Representatives.

Huth - From Left: Reenie Peppers, President; Principal Mary Haggerty, Tracy Kozlowski, Council Delegate; Eloise Booker, 1st Vice President; Julie Estenoz, Recording Secretary; Becky Szabo, Treasurer.
Not Pictured: Carol Boudrow, 1st Vice President; Cindy Kaiser & LaVerne Serra, 2nd Vice Presidents; Tracy Myers, Corresponding Secretary; Heather Aronica, Council Delegate.

Kaegebein - From Left: Tricia McDonald, 2nd Vice President; Kim Kernin, Council Delegate; Kathy Chadwick, Council Delegate; Tom Dickinson, Recording Secretary; Principal John Wiertal, Tom Muscoreil, President; Susie Falter, 1st Vice President; Carrie Mesmer, Ways & Means.
Not Pictured: Jennifer Kam, 1st Vice President; Emily Rallo, 2nd Vice President; Denise Delmont, Ways & Means; Kathy Franz, Treasurer; Diana Kowallak, Corresponding Secretary.

Connor Middle - From Left: Sharyn Mudd, 1st Vice President; Vicki Harnden, Treasurer; Katie Posch & Carol Zimmerman, Council Delegates; Kathy Hoppel, 2nd Vice President; Principal Bruce Benson, Mary Jane Fonte, 2nd Vice President; Theresa Winder, President; Kim Tetreault, 1st Vice President.
Not Pictured: AnnaLea Masiello, Recording Secretary; Carol Boudrow, Corresponding Scretary.

High School - From Left: Kathy Chadwick, Recording Secretary; Karen Fischer, Treasurer; Fran Seaman, Pending Co-President; Phil Valore, 2nd Vice President; Mary Kulak, Pending Co-President; Kathy Hoppel, 1st Vice President.
Not Pictured: Krystin Hoppel & Karen Sturniolo, Council Delegates; Tim Lewis, Corresponding Secretary; Principal Sandy Anzalone.

PTA 2008-2009 Council Officers:
Kathy Chadwick, President
Carol Zimmerman, Vice President
Tracey Kozlowski, Treasurer
Jason Cox, Recording Secretary
Krystin Hoppel, Corresponding Secretary

School Board Candidates' Night - May 2008

   The Grand Island PTA Council will host a "Candidates' Night" from 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2008 at Veronica E. Connor Middle School Little Theatre. Running for two open seats on the School Board and participating on May 5th are: 
Myrna Blair
Richard Little, Jr.
Penny Moher
"Candidates' Night" for complete information.

PTSA Meeting - May 2008

   The Grand Island High School PTSA will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 7th at 6:45 p.m. in the High School Library. A special vote will take place to amend the bylaws to allow for Co-Presidents. All are welcome.

PTSA Geranium Sale - April 2008

   The Grand Island High School PTSA will hold its 24th annual geranium sale with 100% profit to support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Pre-sale orders will be taken from Monday, April 7 to Friday, April 25. See
"flyer" for complete information.

High School PTSA To Meet - October 2007

   Grand Island High School PTSA will hold a general meeting at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 in the high school library. Dennis Donovan, School Lunch Manager of the School District, will be our guest speaker.

Drug Awareness Night Planned at High School - April 30, 2007

   A "Drug Awareness Night," (New Drug Trends & Paraphernalia”) sponsored by Grand Island High School PTSA and Connor Middle School PTA will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. The program will be presented by Sally Yageric from the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. (Adults only, no children) See
"Complete Information."

Connor Middle School PTA Meeting - February 7, 2007

   The Connor Middle School PTA meeting originally scheduled for January 25, 2007, has been postponed to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in the Middle School Library. "We look forward to seeing you there," PTA President Philip A. Valore said this week.

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