Mastic Beach, NY - September 2, 2015 - In preparation for the school year, the William Floyd School District held its annual New Teacher Institute, a series of professional development workshops for the district’s new and non-tenured teachers. The three-day workshop kicks off for William Floyd’s first-year teachers with a bus tour to learn about the history of the community and see where their students currently reside.
Led by William Floyd High School history teacher Ron Gross, teachers are driven through the district’s residential neighborhoods and steeped in a lesson on the area’s rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Brief stops along the 90-minute tour include the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley Beach, Smith Point County Park, the TWA Flight 800 Memorial, the Village of Mastic Beach and the William Floyd Estate – the former home of William Floyd, one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The school year at William Floyd officially began for students in kindergarten through ninth-grade on Tuesday, September 1, and grades 10-12 on Wednesday, September 2.
Pictured: William Floyd’s first-year teachers prepare to embark on a bus tour throughout the William Floyd community.