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  • The Hewlett-Woodmere School District is located on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, about 25 miles from New York City. To the west, the city's sophisticated cultural offerings are conveniently accessible by train, as are the unspoiled Long Island parks and beaches to the east. Hewlett-Woodmere has a population of about 20,000, its residents being primarily business and professional people.

    Find out more about our schools and our community!

    The Hewlett-Woodmere School District ranks among the best in the New York Metropolitan area and beyond when it comes to academic achievement. With innovative and often unique programs, superior leadership and staff, dedicated parents and a student body of motivated achievers, Hewlett-Woodmere's proven excellence is not surprising.

    The district is comprised of five schools: Franklin Early Childhood Center, Hewlett Elementary School, Ogden Elementary School, Woodmere Middle School and George W. Hewlett High School. Together with the Woodmere Education Center, which houses administrative offices and meeting rooms, plus additional classrooms, these buildings serve about 3,200 students in grades pre-K through 12 who live in Hewlett, the major part of Woodmere, and all or part of the incorporated villages of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Neck, Hewlett Harbor, Lynbrook, Woodsburgh and Valley Stream.

    Hewlett-Woodmere Schools are among the very best on educationally excellent Long Island. In 1999, ninety-seven percent of George W. Hewlett High School graduates went on to college, more than 18 percent to Ivy League schools. Half of the 160 members of the Class of 1999 had unweighted averages above 90 percent.

    Hewlett-Woodmere students appear on almost every list of nationally recognized award winners. In 1998-99 alone, a Hewlett-Woodmere education produced:

  • 3 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists
  • 6 National Merit Scholarship finalists
  • National awards for the staff of the high school literary magazine, a middle school essayist, a high school poet and an outstanding student in English
  • Mean SAT combined verbal and math scores for all students of 1,110
  • A percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Placement college-level courses that puts the district in Long Island’s top ten.

    In 1998, the Hewlett-Woodmere School District observed its 100th anniversary with a year of community celebration and learning.

    Early settlement of our Five Towns communities took place in the mid-1600s, making them among Long Island's oldest. Samuel Wood and the Hewlett family were the foremost developers of the area. The inhabitants were fishermen, farmers, clam diggers, millers and oysterbed tenders.

    In 1898, Union Free School District No. 14 was created by the New York State Legislature. Over the years, Hewlett-Woodmere's facilities have grown from a one-room schoolhouse in 1850, through several incarnations of the Woodmere Education Center as the district's only school in the early 20th Century, to rapid postwar growth that saw the building of four more schools between 1949 and 1961.

    Before being appointed Hewlett-Woodmere's superintendent, Dr. Charles Fowler headed Nassau BOCES, New York State's largest regional agency, representing the State education commissioner with Nassau County's 56 school districts. He also served as superintendent of schools in Sarasota County, Florida; Fairfield, Connecticut; and DeKalb, Illinois.

    Among Dr. Fowler’s many honors and awards are:

  • Educator of the Year, New York Association for Curriculum Development
  • Educator of the Year, St. John’s University chapter, Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity
  • Medal of Honor awarded by Surgeon General’s Office for work in support of school children with AIDS
  • Children’s Champion Award from the Coalition for Child Care of Nassau County
  • Dean’s Award for Service to Education presented by New York Institute of Technology.
  • He is the author of more than 50 books, monographs and articles published in journals and the national press, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

    A seven-member Board of Education, elected by residents of the district, oversees the district's policy-making, facilities and financial planning, student services and performance, and staff selection. All residents are welcome to attend work meetings and formal meetings of the board, held on the first and second Thursdays of the month, respectively. Other open meetings are held as needed, and the board welcomes participation by parents and other members of the community.

    A Bridge Committee of volunteer residents serves the district as a special liaison between the Board of Education and the surrounding community. The Committee regularly hosts Community Forums that provide exchange between residents and the board on important issues. For more information, call Susan Pratt, director of curriculum and staff development, at 374-8111.

    The Hewlett-Woodmere Educational Foundation (HWE) is a fund-raising organization whose members are parents and members of the community. The hwe offers grants to teachers for creative and enriching educational initiatives that cannot be financed by the district's annual budget. Donations may be sent to: hwe Foundation, 960 Railroad Avenue, Woodmere, NY 11598. For more information or to volunteer, call the superintendent's office at 374-8100.

    The Five Towns Community Center, Inc. sponsors on-site before and after school programs for students at Hewlett and Ogden Elementary Schools, from 7 - 8 a.m. and 3 - 5:45 p.m. The program, including snacks, homework help, arts and crafts and recreation, costs $40 for the first child and $24 for each additional sibling.

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