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Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

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Congratulations to seniors Jarrad Li (pictured left) and Daniel Israel, who have been named Syosset High School Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

HBT Wins 15 Medals at Science Olympiad

HBT Science Olympiad teams took home 15 medals at last month’s Nassau East Regional competition held at Wantagh High School. HBT won awards in the Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Fast Facts, Meteorology, Optics, Road Scholar, Solar System, Thermodynamics, Towers and Wright Stuff categories. Max Yin won the most medals as a member of teams that placed first, second, third, sixth and eighth in many of these competitions.  

Congratulations to the 2018 Reflections Award of Excellence and Award of Merit Recipients!

The Syosset Central School District had a very impressive showing at this year’s New York State PTA Reflections contest. Four students earned an Award of Excellence and seven students earned an Award of Merit for their submissions under the theme “Within Reach”.

The Award of Excellence recipients earned the top spot in their category and will advance to the national level competition. The Award of Merit recipients are the runners up in each category. All Nassau Region winners will be honored at a ceremony this spring. 

The District congratulates the following students on their achievement:

Award of Excellence:

Darius Fan, South Woods Middle School, Music

Maxwell Greene, H.B. Thompson Middle School, Music

Griffin Hon, H.B. Thompson Middle School, Film Production

Lawrence Hon, A. P. Willits Elementary School, Film Production


Award of Merit:

Eesha Alladin, Syosset High School, Photography

Noah Berch, Robbins Lane Elementary School, Literature

Rishi Ghosh, Baylis Elementary School, Film Production

Sabrina Guo, South Woods Middle School, Literature

Pin Yi (David), Syosset High School, Visual Arts

Maggie Yu, H.B. Thompson Middle School, Music

Zoe Rubinsky, Berry Hill Elementary School, Literature

HBT Supports Parkland

HBT students honored the 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida through various projects created in the school’s Library Media Center on Wednesday, March 14.

Pi Day @ Baylis!

This year, Baylis took a digital approach to Pi Day.  Students in grades two through five participated in a "Pi Day Digital Breakout".  Breakout EDU, is the immersive learning games platform Dr. Kelly used to design age appropriate digital breakouts for Pi Day that turned our classrooms into an academically-focused escape rooms! Teachers were able to facilitate activities in which players used teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the digital locks to "breakout".  Fifth grade Project Beyond students used their leadership skills to support some second and third grade classes as they attempted to breakout!

Additionally, our first grade teachers created amazing Pi Day activities that focused on creativity and transformational thinking.  The students transformed circles and Pi shapes into characters and other creative ideas!

A Record 38 From DECA Advance to International Conference

A Record 38 From DECA Advance to International Conference photo

Syosset DECA recently returned from a successful showing at the DECA State Career Conference in Rochester, New York, where the team qualified 38 members – a school record – for the International Career Development Conference, scheduled for Atlanta next month. 

Nine first-place awards, six second-place awards, five fourth-place and a fifth-place award highlighted the impressive performance in Rochester as 32 Syosset teams placed in the top 10 overall. Students competed in a variety of events in categories including marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, business management, and hospitality and tourism, completing a wide range of tasks, from presenting their written business proposals to solving real-world business problems in a role-play scenario. 

In addition to the competition, Syosset students participated in leadership seminars and activities that focused on strengthening their ability to solve problems, work as a team and network with others. This year’s DECA State Career Conference welcomed more than 2,100 attendees. 

Congratulations, Syosset DECA adviser Glenn Baumann and the following students who have advanced to the International Career Development Conference:

First Place
Eugene Lee/Diya Chadha – Hospitality Services Team Decision-Making 
Jonathan Louie/Arjun Saluja – Buying and Merchandising Team Decision-Making
Seth Marcus – Principles of Finance
Vikram Anand/Aayush Turakhia – Creative Marketing Project
Josh Baby/Kevin Jose – Public Relations Project
Yusuf Munawer/Andy Yang – International Business Plan
Nick Ng/Tammy Wu – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project 
Erin Chon/Martha Kim – Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research 
Rayan Dhawan/Simar Kohli/Ashwin Matha – Franchise Business Plan

Second Place
Andrew Obedian – Human Resources Management
Avneet Chhabra/Malini Rudra/Sarah Schwartzberg – Buying and Merchandising Operations Research
Azim Gangat/Harrison Goldberg/Gavin Solomon – Finance Operations Research
Jack Liu/Matt Weiss – Start-up Business Plan
Robbie Scherne – Accounting Applications
Ryan Moon/Michael Wang – Business Law and Ethics Team Decision-Making

Fourth/Fifth Place
Andrew Moon – Principles of Marketing 
Ethan Feder – Sports and Entertainment Marketing 
Harrison Rubin – Sports and Entertainment Operations Research 
Jamie Geen/Devin Schneider – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision-Making 
Natalie Iammarino/Tiffany Liu – Buying and Merchandising Operations Research 
Michael Bentivegna – Business Finance 

Additional congratulations to the following student teams who placed in the top 10 in their respective competitions:
Albert Shabaev – Restaurant and Food Service Management
Brandon Chen/Blake Sanford – Start-up Business Plan
Daniel Berenson/Spencer Mandelbaum – Marketing Management Team Decision-Making
Emma Goetz/Maiya Raghu – Travel and Tourism Team Decision-Making
Gurveer Lungani/Ravin Mehta/James Nelson – Sports and Entertainment Operations Research
Jubie Tan – Principles of Business Management
Maanuv Allu/Matt Margulefsky/Rajat Shah – Independent Business Plan
Malisha Shah – Business Service Management
Rayyan Nabi – Sports and Entertainment Marketing
Scott Sussman – Accounting Applications
Greg Hrybenko – Accounting Applications

Syosset Senior in Select Company With Perfect AP Exam Score

Syosset Senior in Select Company With Perfect AP Exam Score photo
Syosset High School senior Wanlin Li continues to represent Syosset well. Wanlin was recently praised by the College Board for her superior score on last May’s AP Computer Science A Exam. She not only received a top score of 5 but also was one of only 112 students in the world to earn every point possible, receiving the maximum score on every portion of the exam. More than 60,519 students around the world took the AP Computer Science A Exam last year.

If this weren’t enough to be proud of, once again Wanlin will represent the United States at the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad this April in Italy. Last year she also represented the U.S. on a four-member European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad team in Switzerland. Along with taking top honors last year, Wanlin and her three teammates were each awarded a gold medal for their individual performances on this challenging mathematics exam.
As a sophomore Wanlin tied for the fourth-highest score in the country, qualifying her for the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad exam. She was one of just 50 students nationwide invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. She is also a past runner up at the New York State Mathematics League competition.

Along with computer programming, Wanlin said she enjoys the thinking required in math and the ability to solve different problems.

Wanlin is congratulated here by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers, her AP Computer Science teacher Christine Owens, Syosset Math Coordinator John Genova and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.

Valentines for Veterans

Students at South Grove Elementary school participated in the Town of Oyster Bay’s “Valentines for Veterans Initiative.” Student Council members along with third grade students spent their recess time to support this project. Student Council members made beautifully crafted Valentine cards with stickers and included words of appreciation. Third graders wrote letters to veterans thanking them for all they have done for our country. Some letters included poems and others shared a bit about themselves. Third graders spent a second recess period making origami hearts to go along with the letters. The students received a certificate for their participation.

Read Across America Day

On Friday, March 2nd, the Kindergarten and First Grade Students at South Grove Elementary School participated in Read Across America Day while celebrating and honoring Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. The day began with all students taking a Reader’s Oath and singing Happy Birthday to the beloved children’s author and illustrator – Theodor Seuss Geisel. Every student then got dressed as a “little cat in the hat” by wearing the classic red and white patterned hat that they colored. Throughout the day, the students loved hearing the rhythm and rhyme and seeing the creative characters as their teachers read Dr. Seuss books aloud. The teachers focused on one of the many famous quotes by Dr. Seuss – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” The students participated in centers that had a Dr. Seuss theme. The teachers read aloud as the students learned about Theodor Seuss Geisel and how he became an author and illustrator. It was a fun-filled day at South Grove!

100th Day Celebration

The Kindergarten and First Grade students had a 100th Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. The students and faculty decided to dress as if they were 100 years old. The boys and girls also wore special hats that were in the shape of 100. The students participated in a celebration as they each held a number through 100. They sang songs, counted by 1s, 5s and 10s.. They each came up to the display, proudly holding their number to place on the 100 display. Our Mascot, Grover also participated in the festivities.The students at South Grove collected 100 objects and thought of many creative ways to display them. Some decided to turn 100 gems into a giant ring, 100 stickers into a smiley face or 100 legs for a caterpillar. 100 straws were even turned into a robot. The students shared their special 100th day project on the day of the celebration. It has been a fun filled 100 days at South Grove!

Baylis Celebrates Science!

Baylis Reflections Winners

Baylis PARP Pick a Reading Partner

The PTA organized a special week to celebrate reading at Baylis.  On Monday students experienced a Prismatic Magic Laser Light Show which got students excited about reading through giant laser images projected on a large screen.  The engaging and bright images showed students how to read using their mind to imagine places, characters and ideas.

On Tuesday at 2:45 all students and staff participated in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read).  All around the school Baylis was hooked in a book reading wherever they were to show the importance of reading in our lives.

On Wednesday, the author David Schwartz presented to our students about his life as an author, his inspirations for writing and passion for math and science. David shared some of his books and the math equations that went into helping his write his stories. 

On Thursday, Baylis student alumni from Syosset High School came back to visit their former elementary school teachers.  Elementary students were happy to share in a read aloud from the alumni.  

Peer Mediators

The South Grove DASA Coordinators have been "pushing into" our K-5 classes to facilitate developmentally appropriate/relevant discussions about topics pertaining to DASA while emphasizing the importance of prosocial behaviors school wide. In grades K and 1, under the supervision of Mrs. Mancuso and Dr. Epstein, the Peer Mediators read the story Do Unto Otters, A Book About Manners, by Laurie Keller, which was followed by a question and answer session.

South Woods Wins 87 Medals at Science Olympiad Regional Competition

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Three teams from South Woods Middle School recently won a total of 87 medals at the regional leg of the Science Olympiad. While two of the three qualified for the New York State Science Olympiad, Team 1 will advance by virtue of it’s second-place finish, as rules allow only one team per school.
Team 2 finished in fourth place while Team 3 scored 15th out of 40 teams competing in regional competition. In the 23 events and three trial events held at regionals, Team 1 took home a total of 46 medals, Team 2 won 28 medals and Team 3 claimed 13 medals. 
Team 1 finished with an exceptional score, just eight points from first place. Kudos to members Kyle Cheng, Aaron Chuang, Siddharth Desai, Edward Duan, Evelyn Feusi, Elena Hong, Eric Huang, Ashley Jung, Michael Lan, David Liu, Andor Szekeres, Alex Wang, Zach Yasinov, Wesley Zhou and Andrew Zhou, who will represent South Woods at the NYS Science Olympiad at Minoa High School in East Syracuse in April.  

Congratulations to Coach Linda Stollow and all of her teams for their wonderful showing. Good luck Team 1!

100 Days Smarter and Acting Much Older

100 Days Smarter and Acting Much Older photo

Kindergartners at A.P. Willits Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of school as if they have been around for 100 years – literally. Students dressed as centenarians; some came with canes, others wore their robes and one child even brought in her walker. 

This marks the fourth consecutive year that kindergartners at the school came dressed as senior citizens for the 100th day. The day also consisted of activities revolving around the number 100, including students writing their names in 100 seconds, writing what they would buy with $100 and performing 100 jumping jacks. Students also tracked the number of days leading up the 100th day, which was Feb. 13. 

Kate Cervone, Dana Genna, Jill Mulherin and Lauren Roehrig are the kindergarten teachers whose students participated by dressing to 100.



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Happy 100th Day!

VIDEO: Repairing and Improving our Schools and Facilities for the Future


Syosset CSD community supports facilities improvement plans

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, residents in the Syosset Central School District approved Proposition No. 1, the Facilities Improvement Plan, of the district’s bond referendum by a vote of 821 yes to 292 no. Residents also approved Proposition No. 2 of the referendum, the Enhanced Safety and Energy Efficiency Plan, by a vote of 909 yes to 204 no.

“The Board of Education and administration thank the community for their continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers. “The work included in both propositions will not only preserve the community’s investment in our schools, but will also address the items identified in our Five-Year Buildings Condition Survey, renovate our facilities and improve the quality of education for our students into the future.” 

Proposition No. 1 includes remodeling science classrooms and research labs at Syosset High School; renovating the high school’s athletic complex, including replacing the athletic field and adding a new eight-lane track, relocating the softball field, and adding outdoor bathrooms and two additional tennis courts; addressing traffic safety issues at Baylis, Berry Hill and Walt Whitman elementary schools and Syosset High School; enclosing walkways at the South Grove Annex and the high school for enhanced security; installing air conditioning in all classrooms throughout the district and in the auditoriums at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools and Syosset High School; and replacing the weight room at Syosset High School to include additional bathrooms, locker rooms and a security corridor.
Proposition No. 2 will utilize an energy performance contract to replace furnaces at Baylis, South Grove, Village and Willits elementary schools; install solar panels on five schools for energy efficiency; install energy management systems in all schools; install a cogeneration unit to generate electricity for heating and hot water at Syosset High School; replace lighting fixtures with more efficient LED lighting; and install a cogeneration unit as an emergency backup generator at South Woods Middle School. 
The Board of Education and administration will keep the community informed on the progress of work included in both propositions by providing regular updates through the district’s website, newsletters and social media outlets.

Jump Rope for Heart

On February 13th, Baylis held its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in the gym.  35 students participated in heart healthy activities, such as jump roping, hula hoops, and basketball to raise money for the American Heart Association.  We were able to raise $1485.27!  Thank you to the Baylis students and families for supporting this wonderful fundraiser.

A Multicultural Affair at HBT

A Multicultural Affair at HBT photo

Harry B. Thompson Middle School recently held its annual Multicultural Week, featuring staff and student presentations to educate the entire school community on a wide range of cultures represented at HBT. Some of the highlights included Greek and Israeli dancing, crepe and rice-making demonstrations, origami and other hands-on activities. The week culminated with the Multicultural Exposition held in the school gymnasium. More than 100 students took part in the expo, along with more than two dozen parents who volunteered to help organize and run various cultural stations. Students sampled delicious foods from around the world while taking a virtual trip to 30 different nations.

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Successful Souper Bowl

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H.B. Thompson Middle School helped to feed the hungry during the annual “Souper Bowl” food drive. More than 2,000 cans and goods were collected and donated to Island Harvest through the Student Activities Club.

Literary Cafe

How exciting! Kindergartners engaged in an interactive, technological and literary-based club?! Who knew our school's youngsters could be so talented, dedicated and focused? Well, we did!

In early February, the Literary Cafe closed shop for the first graders (who performed extreme high-quality work) and opened its doors to South Grove's kindergarteners. Kindergarten club members began this new journey with such enthusiasm as they entered Mrs. Stottler's room during recess, grabbed a Literary Cafe menu and began ordering their favorite literary activity. While the use of Chromebooks and the various activities offered on the Literary Cafe's Google Classroom is a popular choice, Mrs. Stottler was very impressed to see that these engaged students also chose options such as reading, writing and listening to stories!

We are looking forward to watching these youngsters continue to excel and dabble in the various literary-based opportunities provided throughout the club. The Literary Cafe is ready to challenge these new kindergarten club members!

Syosset Syborgs Inspire’d

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School senior robotics team Syosset Syborgs on winning the Inspire award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition held at Lynbrook High School in January. 

The Inspire award is the highest award presented at the event, given to the team that embodies the spirit of the FIRST Tech Challenge program by serving as a strong ambassador and a role model, exemplifying “gracious professionalism,” teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate with judges regarding its experience and knowledge of the FIRST program. This marks the second consecutive year that the Syborgs have won this award. 

Christine Owens coaches the Syborgs, which is comprised of the following Syosset High School students: Daniel Carnesi, John Carnesi, Jason Debel, Michael Hanna, Andre Kirkorian, Cooper Linsky, Anthony Mastino, Roshan Mathai, Ashkan Moghaddassi, Ryan Root, Justin Smith, Chloe Van Dorn and Vicky Zheng.

This year’s FIRST “Relic Recovery” competition enables alliance teams to accumulate points by navigating through specific parts of the playing field and controlling their robots to place glyphs or foam squares into rows, columns, and ciphers. Points are also scored by transferring relics to recovery zones, retrieving jewels and parking robots on balancing stones.

Syosset Syborgs will next compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge championship to be held at Smithtown High School West on Feb. 11.

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Chamber Musicians Set to Perform at Tilles

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Once again, a student chamber ensemble from Syosset High School has been selected to participate in the Young Musicians Long Island Regional Concert, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. These students will be coached by a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will perform at the Hillwood Auditorium at the LIU Post Tilles Center on Feb. 7.  

The Syosset ensemble is one of only eight groups from Long Island chosen for this concert. They will perform “Piano Quintent in E-flat Major, Op. 44; Allegro ma non troppo” by Robert Schumann. The group is comprised of Caroline Lee (viola), Caroline Ruggiero (violin II), Elizabeth Ruggiero (violin I), Kevin Xu (cello) and Siyu Yang (piano). Top ensembles from the L.I. Regional concert will be invited to perform at Lincoln Center at a later date.

Syosset High School orchestra director Stephanie Merten and Coordinator for Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman are pictured congratulating (from left) Elizabeth, Caroline Ruggiero, Siyu, Kevin and Caroline Lee.

South Grove Has A New Geo Bee Champion!

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Congratulations to fifth grader, Samuel Wang, South Grove’s 2017 - 2018 Geo Bee Champion. Samuel is South Grove’s first two-time winner, having earned this title last year as a fourth grader. As South Grove’s Geo Bee Champ, Samuel is one step closer to a chance of a $50,000 college scholarship. Samuel will take a qualifying exam to see if he can again earn a place at the state level of the Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Samuel will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee in April. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds in May. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galápagos Islands. Congratulations also to our second place winner, Ebaad Jaffery, and our third place winner, Sam Gerson. Congratulations to all our other finalists and participants…and good luck, Samuel!

Meet the Regeneron Scholars

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Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Justin Cohen and Monet Yuan, who have been named prizewinning scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. They are among 300 Regeneron STS scholars recognized nationwide and hope to be among 40 finalists named later this month.

Justin studied 9/11 first responders who were later exposed to Hurricane Sandy. Preexisting data obtained from a study group of anonymous World Trade Center responders both before and after Hurricane Sandy concluded that higher levels of hurricane exposure were associated with increased symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and distress following Sandy. Justin looked closely at their varying coping strategies, and he found that certain adaptive coping skills, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, resulted in lower distress symptoms and promoted resiliency. His research established coping skills as an important therapeutic target for individuals at risk for exposure to trauma, such as disaster responders.

Justin performed his research under the guidance of Dr. Adam Gonzalez at Stony Brook University’s Mind Body Clinical Research Center. Although he was only two years of age on September 11, 2001, Justin’s father was working in New York City at the time and was forced to evacuate. Growing up, Justin was fascinated by some of the different stories and accounts he has heard from that day. 

“I have always been drawn to studying the psychopathology of 9/11 responders who have experienced this traumatic event firsthand, so when I found out that I could work with someone in this area I was very thrilled and wanted to start immediately,” said Justin, who is strongly considering psychology or psychiatry as a future profession.

“I was very surprised and, of course, overjoyed to be fortunate enough to be picked by Regeneron.” 

Monet’s research isolated two cancer genes within the same family to see if there was any interaction between them and how this would affect and hopefully prevent cancer growth. She first tried eliminating each gene individually, which resulted in continued cancer cell growth. By eliminating both genes simultaneously, Monet confirmed a synthetically lethal relationship between the two types of genes, which caused the cancer cells to die off. To ensure her theory was consistent for varying cancer types, she conducted experiments through three different types of cancer cell lines: melanoma, colorectal and breast cancer. 

Monet said past experience volunteering at NYU Winthrop Hospital and later acceptance into a biomedical research program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped to inspire her love for research. She conducted her research at Cold Spring Harbor under the guidance of Dr. Jason Sheltzer. 

“I like the process, but I also enjoy helping other people. I do this because it’s something I love, but it’s mostly for the outcome,” said Monet, who would like to attend medical school, with ambitions to work in either biology or neuroscience. “At first, I was in shock [at being named a Regeneron Scholar]. When I came home and unwound from the day, it really settled in. It was a very happy experience. I’m really grateful for this.” 

“I am very proud for Justin and Monet to be selected among the top 300 young scientists in the nation,” said Syosset High School science research coordinator Veronica Ade. “It is gratifying that our research students consistently meet this caliber of excellence, but more importantly, that they are doing what they love. We always encourage students to study areas that interest them, and for Justin and Monet this could lead to very successful careers paths in the future. I wish them all the best.”
As part of a lengthy online application, which includes providing a litany of academic grades, transcripts and letters of recommendations from teachers, Regeneron Scholars must submit a 20-page research paper and a lengthy essay supporting their work. How they present and explain their projects weighs heavily into the selection process.

“What is so compelling about these young scientists is the quality of their work combined with the importance of their discoveries. It shows the power of young minds to find great insights through hard work,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “I am very proud of Justin and Monet. On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, I congratulate them and wish them continued success.” 
Alumni of the Regeneron competition (formerly sponsored by Intel and earlier Westinghouse) have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. As a result of their award-winning research, Justin and Monet will each receive $2,000 and the school will receive an additional $4,000, $2,000 for each winner.

The 40 finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., in March, where they will display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for additional awards, including the top prize of $250,000. Good luck to Justin and Monet!

Pictured, from left, Dr. Rogers, business research teacher Diane Malley and Ms. Ade congratulate Monet and Justin along with social science research teacher Andrew Manzo and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.

Chamber Singers Light Up St. Pat’s Cathedral

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Once again, the Syosset High School Chamber Singers serenaded visitors to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for the holiday season.  

Each year, choral director and Chamber Singers director, Kristin Howell provides a recording for admission into the St. Patrick's Cathedral Guest Choir Concert Series, open to the public throughout the year. This year, the auditioned chamber group comprised of 10, 11 and 12th graders, performed an eclectic and challenging a cappella program of more than 14 songs during the December 19 concert. Highlights included Michael John Trotta's, "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" and Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" along with holiday favorites "Adeste Fideles" and "Joy to the World.” 

Three Syosset High School percussionists and a flute player accompanied the choir on different selections.  

“We have been performing at this historic venue since I started teaching in the district in 2000, when I sent my first recording submission,” said Howell. “We were accepted without hesitation and now I consider it tradition!”

Prior to making the trip into Manhattan, the Chamber Singers spent the better part of their morning spreading holiday cheer locally. They sang to patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, walking through the halls singing as they were met with smiles from their audience. 

“The experience of students sharing their talents through choral music is a memory these young adults take with them for life,” added Howell, who noted that several chamber group alumni were in the audience at St. Patrick’s for this year’s performances. “It was an incredible day filled with incredible music.”

Robbins Lane Hosts Book Fair

The Robbins Lane School Book Fair is always a fun event and a successful PTA fundraiser for the school.  Proceeds from the sale go directly to providing the Robbins Lane library with new books and supplies. The students love choosing books for themselves, their siblings, and even their classrooms.  The most popular books this year were “Wonder” and the latest book from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Holiday Shopping at Robbins Lane School

Holiday shopping was fun and hassle free at the Robbins Lane School’s holiday boutique! The children felt the joy of giving as they shopped for friends, family, and their teachers. Popular items for purchase included reasonably priced mugs, teddy bears, costume jewelry, and of course, toys. Parents volunteered and helped organize this holiday spirited PTA fundraiser.

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Emerging Leaders

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Six Syosset High School business students were honored at the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition sponsored by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at St. Joseph’s College, invited high school students from throughout Long Island to read case studies and develop presentations designed to help a local business featured in the study. 

Syosset students Caroline Lee and Yan Luo won first place in the Graphic Design Category, Jamie Geen and Devin Schneider won third place in the Entertainment Marketing category, and Trevor Friedrich and Andrew Newman finished in third place in the Entrepreneurship category. Students received certificates and were honored at an awards dinner held in January at the Huntington Elks Lodge.

They are pictured being congratulated by business teachers Kathleen Goldin and Matthew Fiasconaro.

Science Olympians Take Home a Multitude of Medals

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School Science Olympiad team “Scioly” for bringing home the gold at a recent competition.

At the Nassau East Regional competition held at Wantagh High School, three different Scioly teams placed first, fourth and eleventh among the 43 teams competing. Team A won an amazing 20 medals, Team B won 14 medals and Team C won 11medals and overall, Scioly medaled in 20 of 22 events. This marks the first time that every Syosset build event received medals in regional competition. The build events comprise of building model size helicopters, wooden towers, cars, hovercraft among others.

Prior to regionals, the team scored successful victories at the Fayetteville Manlius High School invitational tournament, held in Manlius, NY.  The same three Scioly teams combined to win 10 first-place medals, 7 second-place medals  and 7 third-place medals. Overall the three teams finished first-, fourth- and sixth-place, dethroning the 10-year champion host school in the process.

In January Scioly won an additional three medals at the highly competitive Fairfax High School Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Last year, Scioly attended two invitational, one regional, and one state competition, taking fifth overall at Cornell University and fielding teams that placed first, fourth, and eighth in regional competition, finishing up the year by taking eighth place overall at the New York State Science Olympiad New York State Competition at LeMoyne College. 

Science Olympiads provide challenges in various STEM disciplines, exposing students to practicing scientists and career choices, as well as dynamic content experiences. According to Scioly coach/adviser Mildred Castañeda, what began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Despite the Olympiad’s growth  through the years, she feels the Syosset team  has remained a close-knit group. Scioly is one of Syosset High School’s largest extracurricular group, with approximately 75 members. 

“Although we are well known for our academic achievements, this club has proven to be so much more than just an assembly of very bright young minds. Rather, it is a family,” said Castañeda, now in her second year with Scioly. “I feel as though we have developed an incredible bond with each other. Last school year, we made so many memories that I am even more excited about what is taking place this year.”

Scioly captains are pictured in the main photo, with the entire group pictured with Castañeda in the alternate photo.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018