Excerpts from Our January Newsletter

A Message from AGATE’s Co-Presidents

We hope you are all had a happy and healthy holiday! 

We’re beginning the year with several exciting events, and we invite you to join us for each of them. Next Wednesday evening, January 11th, at 7:30pm via Zoom is one of our most popular events every year–our annual “Meet the Graduates” Panel Discussion, in which recent Schreiber graduates share practical advice about navigating high school, preparing for college and more. Please bring your middle and high school students–and ask plenty of questions! The link is here.

Our Spring Presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 8th at 7:30 in the Weber Library, and will feature Dr. Andrea Macari, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Suffolk Community College.  Dr. Macari will present “Gifted and Challenged? Understanding the Twice Exceptional Student”.  To review last year’s Spring presentation, click here and use passcode #7mA@oY5. 

Finally, please make sure to save the date for our next “Connecting Over Coffee” on Wednesday, February, 1 at 7:30pm via Zoom.  We are pleased to have Emily Beys and Julie Epstein from the Board of Education joining next month’s discussion. Bring any questions or ideas you would like to discuss. As always, this will be a casual opportunity to meet other parents, discuss challenges and share strategies and resources. The Zoom link is on our events page.

Happy New Year, and best wishes in 2023!

Rebecca Hughes Parker and Nancy Ziselman

AGATE Co-Presidents


We are pleased to share with you the presentation by Dr. Sean Feeney, our new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, from the September BOE Curriculum Committee meeting. His presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the various district initiatives, priorities, and the work still to be done. See it here.

In addition, we want to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Feeney who has already hit the ground running in his new role.  We look forward to his ongoing work with the Curriculum Committee to improve the academic experience of all students in Port Washington.

AGATE Needs You!

In addition to the officers who have been elected to our Executive Board, AGATE’s leadership includes the members of our Advisory Board, which is composed of district liaisons, committee heads and others. We always welcome new members! For next year’s advisory board, we need liaisons for each school, and we are also looking for one or two website directors. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at co-presidents@agatepw.org.