Project Excel Orientation

District Project Excel Program Coordinator David Perkins introduces the evening’s speakers.
District Project Excel Program Coordinator David Perkins introduces the evening’s speakers.
Ms. Jacqueline Harris, Deputy Superintendent, takes a moment to talk to the many parents in the audience about their commitment to the program.
Ms. Jacqueline Harris, Deputy Superintendent, takes a moment to talk to the many parents in the audience about their commitment to the program.
Student Daniel Reyes gives the welcome address and talks about his very positive summer work experience.
Student Daniel Reyes gives the welcome address and talks about his very positive summer work experience.
Mr. Alonzo G. Jacobs, Esq., the evening's keynote speaker, is a single father of a teenage daughter. He used many sports analogies as he urged students to always strive to be their best. “A positive attitude and character are keys to success,” said Mr. Jacobs.
Mr. Alonzo G. Jacobs, Esq., the evening's keynote speaker, is a single father of a teenage daughter. He used many sports analogies as he urged students to always strive to be their best. “A positive attitude and character are keys to success,” said Mr. Jacobs.
Project Excel Building coordinator for Silas Wood and school social worker, Mr. Shaka Williams talks about the student agreement and conducting themselves in a safe, respectful and responsible manner.
Project Excel Building coordinator for Silas Wood and school social worker, Mr. Shaka Williams talks about the student agreement and conducting themselves in a safe, respectful and responsible manner.
Speaker Mr. Das Elius Velez, Esq., conducts a Spanish-speaking presentation that was well received by parents.
Speaker Mr. Das Elius Velez, Esq., conducts a Spanish-speaking presentation that was well received by parents.
David Perkins, at podium, introduces Project Excel interns for the 2013-14 school year. These interns are in their master’s degree program for social work.  Left to right: from Stony Brook University, Mary Fay; from Adelphi, Roberto Torres; from Stony Brook, Dhesiay Tiborcio, Amy Weissman, Brett Deutsch, Krystal Diaz, Margaret Udomatana, and Paul McGuinness.
David Perkins, at podium, introduces Project Excel interns for the 2013-14 school year. These interns are in their master’s degree program for social work. Left to right: from Stony Brook University, Mary Fay; from Adelphi, Roberto Torres; from Stony Brook, Dhesiay Tiborcio, Amy Weissman, Brett Deutsch, Krystal Diaz, Margaret Udomatana, and Paul McGuinness.
Project Excel student Destinee Felder spoke about not accepting excuses and striving to be the very best she can.
Project Excel student Destinee Felder spoke about not accepting excuses and striving to be the very best she can.

Recently, our community celebrated the Project Excel opening dinner. This special program, coordinated by Mr. David Perkins, provides job training, mentoring, and academic assistance to our district students. It was so nice to have our Project Excel students, parents, coordinators and administrators together for a wonderful evening.  We were treated to some wonderful words from guest speaker Mr. Alonzo G. Jacobs, Esq., as well as student and faculty participants. In his welcome address, student Daniel Reyes, who has been in the Excel program for 3 years, introduced this year’s theme Preparing For Your Opportunities.

Thank you to all of the service providers—Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Officer Oliver; Mr. Freddie Lifson from Head Start; Dr. Steve Skinner of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., ETA Theta Lambda Chapter; Ms. Linda Leake of TRI-CYA; Ms. Penny Antonio of the Family Service League’s Manor Field Center; Ms. Betty O’Conner of the Family Service League; Mr. Jerrold Erves of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education—and to our presenters, Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Das Elius Velez, Esq.—and to our district mentors.  These educators and community advocates do wonderful things for our students.  It looks like another great year to come for our Silas Wood Sixth-Grade Center, our Stimson Middle School, and our Walt Whitman High School Project Excel students.