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SHS Student's Research Published in Prestigious Scientific Journal

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Congratulations to Syosset High School's Michelle Liu, who had her research published in PLOSOne, a prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. 

Working under the supervision of Angion Biomedica Corp.'s Dr. Prakash Narayan, PhD, Michelle and her colleagues demonstrated that certain biomarkers can be used to diagnose fairly accurately the presence of tumors in early disease. Fatty liver disease has reached epidemic proportions in both the United States and in Asian countries. Left unchecked, fat accumulation in the liver can lead to inflammation in that organ, scarring (fibrosis), cirrhosis and finally hepatocellular cancer. Meticulous research conducted by Michelle and her colleagues demonstrates that hepatocellular carcinoma can occur much earlier in this spectrum; i.e. patients presenting with steatohepatitis (fat and inflammation of the liver) can have liver tumors. Early diagnosis and intervention is key to survival. 

Michelle was just a rising freshman when she conducted the research for the article titled ”Supervised learning reveals circulating biomarker levels diagnostic of hepatocellular carcinoma in a clinically relevant model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis; An OAD to NASH.” Michelle plans on being back in the lab at Angion this summer!

Syosset CSD Named 23rd Best District in America by Niche

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The Syosset Central School District has been ranked as the 23rd Best School District in America for 2019 by The District is currently ranked as the 5th Best District in New York State by Niche.

Syosset received an overall Niche grade of A+ and achieved especially high marks in the categories of academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep and health and safety. The rankings were calculated based on various analyses of data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, graduation rates, college readiness, SAT/ACT scores and more. 


Syosset Students Named "Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics"

Congratulations to two students from South Grove Elementary in Syosset! Katherine Li and Samuel Wang, both rising sixth graders, were recently named "Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics" by The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students. This institute, which is housed at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, is one of the most competitive math programs in the nation. Each year approximately 700 outstanding students are nominated by principals of schools on Long Island for 84 available spots. Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent of all students in mathematics on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptance is based on a rigorous entrance exam, a recommendation of student's math teacher, and a school transcript or report card.

The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students was established in 1992 to improve the problem solving skills of a selected group of high-ability students from Long Island. It provides free training sessions on Saturdays during the academic year. Participants study topics not usually covered in the standard curricula, develop an ability to devise problem solving strategies, and experience the fun, satisfaction, and thrill of discovery associated with creative problem solving.

Over the years, many of the Institute's graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards, as well as national and international math, science, and engineering contests. Further, a number of alumni of the Institute have been selected as Intel and Siemens awardees in math, science or technology.

2nd Place Winner in the ACAP Science Fair

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Congratulations to rising 8th grade South Woods student Jasmine Chen on winning second place in the ACAP Science Fair Poster Presentation (Junior section) for her research project, “ The Effects of Berberine on LPS Inducing Cell Death, Inflammation, and Clotting.”  When learning about her award, Jasmine’s seventh grade science teacher Mr. Cory Walker offered, “Jasmine is a very hard worker who demonstrated leadership in the classroom, particularly during lab experiments. Her inquisitiveness and love of science make her a natural researcher! Congratulations to Jasmine!”

Impressive Showing by Forensics at National Competition

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Members of Forensics, Syosset High's New York State champion speech and debate team, capped their successful year at the national championship of the National Speech and Debate Association in June in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 5,300 students from 1,200 high schools from all fifty states competed, and Syosset placed in the top 40 overall, and won the Senator Karl Mundt trophy as the top school in Congressional Debate.  Ten of Syosset's 16 competitors advanced to elimination rounds, including Ryan Moon, Sahil Rustami, Sarah Schwartzberg and Michael Wang in Worlds Schools Debate. Cooper Scher and Suhail Younus were semi-finalists and Sohail Mohammed was a finalist in Congressional Debate. Ronit Dhulia placed 13th in debates sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. Top honors went to Diya Chadha, who placed 4th in a field of 776 in Extemporaneous Debate, and Iree Mann who, as one of the top 6 of 250 in the dramatic acting category, performed for a 1,000-person audience in the Broward County Convention Center where she took top honors in that final round of competition and finished 2nd overall. Lydia Esslinger, the team's long-time coach-advisor, wishes Iree well on her graduation and notes that the rest of the NDSA qualifiers are returning students who are positioned well to carry on Syosset's winning tradition.

Mr. Bonanno Appointed New HBT Principal


Dear Syosset Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Bonanno as Principal, H.B. Thompson Middle School. Mr. Bonanno succeeds Mr. Kassebaum as Principal, who announced his retirement this spring after 24 years of service to the Syosset community. The Board and Administration extend a sincere thank you to Mr. Kassebaum for his many years of service and dedication to the Syosset Central School District. Although Mr. Kassebaum left very big shoes to fill, we are fortunate to have strong leadership within the District, and I am confident Mr. Bonanno is best qualified to continue the tradition of excellence at H.B. Thompson for which Syosset schools are known.

Mr. Bonanno has served as the Assistant Principal of H.B. Thompson for the past 11 years. He entered the District as a 7th grade social studies teacher in 1998 and later became an Administrative Assistant prior to his appointment as Assistant Principal. He has proven to be an effective and thoughtful leader, who has bolstered the Syosset principles of educating and preparing our students to be responsive to a continually changing world.  

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Bonanno and wishing him well in his new position. 

Dr. Tom Rogers

Cornell University Honors SHS alumna and teacher


Syosset High School alumna Samantha Falchook was recently named a 2018 Merrill Presidential Scholar by Cornell University. 

The Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honors Cornell University’s most outstanding graduating seniors, who rank in the top one percent of the class in their respective schools and colleges, while also recognizing the high school teachers who have played a significant role in ensuring their success. Falchook was one of 32 graduating seniors who were selected by their college deans for their intellectual drive, leadership abilities and potential to contribute to society. Each student then nominated a high school teacher and Cornell faculty member who most inspired them as scholars. 

Falchook chose to nominate Carisa Steinberg as her most influential high school teacher. A biology teacher at Syosset High School and a 1997 Cornell University graduate, Steinberg passed on her love of learning to Falchook, who took her advanced placement biology class as a high school senior. “It was a very rigorous course, and that’s where I really developed my passion for learning,” Falchook said. “She created such a welcoming environment, where I felt I could participate and ask questions. That really made the difference.”

Both Falchook and Steinberg were honored at the 30th annual Merrill Presidential Scholars Convocation luncheon hosted in May by Cornell’s president. As he congratulated them on being extraordinary teachers, Provost Michael Kotlikoff remarked to the honored educators “You can take pride in having influenced some of Cornell’s top graduating seniors – and in knowing that they continue to appreciate all you did for them.”


Mysterious Shenanigans Ensue as SHS Students Perform for 5th Graders

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Fifth grade students were treated to a special production of “Mystery on 13th Street” by the Syosset High School College Theatre and Production students. The play, a mystery with quirky characters and amusing plot twists, conveys the message to accept those with differences. The fifth graders were captivated by the talented cast and excited by the opportunity to ask questions of the actors at the end of the performance.

The College Theatre and Production course offered at Syosset High School is the outcome of a partnership between Syosset Central School District and the Department of Theatre at Five Towns College. High school students earn college credits by completing the course, which focuses on theatre history in the first semester and the creation of a “touring company” in the second, allowing the students to create and produce a theatrical piece. Over the last several years, productions by the students have included puppet theatre, original works performed for the general public, and children's theatre. 


Syosset HS Conducts 60th Commencement Exercise

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Approximately 560 seniors in Syosset High School’s Class of 2018 took their turn at the podium to accept their high school diplomas during the school’s 60th annual commencement, held at Hofstra University. 

Following the traditional processional march performed by the Syosset High School orchestra and “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the Adelettes and Choral Pride, Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante delivered the welcoming remarks before addressing the graduates.

This year’s class was highlighted with eight National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, 43 Commended Students, three Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars, one Siemens Competition regional finalist and one semifinalist, and one National Merit Scholar, as well and numerous other award winners in math, science and writing.

“I have seen the great work you have done inside and outside the classroom and I want you all to know I believe in you, I have confidence in you, and I look forward to hearing about all of your future successes,” said Dr. Durante to the Class of 2018, praising them for demonstrating the virtues of Syosset pride: patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy. 

The evening also featured inspirational speeches from Board of Education President Dr. Michael Cohen and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers, class speaker Brooke Lewitas, valedictorian Jarrad Li and salutatorian Daniel Israel.

Dr. Rogers confessed that he consulted some class members for inspiration in preparing his address, which ultimately focused on passion. 

“Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg used his 2017 commencement address at Harvard to talk about the ideas on the horizon like universal income and necessity for a basic living stipend should robots or artificial intelligence take away all of our jobs,” Dr. Rogers said. “That horizon does not exactly inspire my most passionate thought, but I don’t think that your generation is so unimaginative that you won’t simply invent entirely new vocations.”

Brooke spoke about the openness of the school staff, its willingness to listen to students and the overall dedication to the student body’s success. “I can honestly say that I am proud to have gone to a school that worked hard in every opportunity to give us an education that would make us into citizens capable of enacting change.” 

Daniel put a humorous spin on the four years at Syosset High School, and how some adapted from the onset of their freshmen years, while others took a little more time to settle into the culture of the high school. “Fortunately, with time, we grew, we discovered, we felt safe with ourselves. It didn’t matter if it was a sport, a subject, or a club or even yet a group, because, it was ours!”

Jarrad told the Class of 2018 how proud he was of all of them and how he was rooting for everyone’s success. “It’s been an incredible ride and it’s amazing to see how far we all have come. What lies ahead is a road of wonderful new opportunities and discoveries. Challenge yourselves. And don’t be afraid of obstacles, as they are there to help you become a stronger and better person. It’s not about whether you get knocked down, it’s about whether or not you get back up. We may encounter many defeats in the future but we must not be defeated. College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make the most of it. Be the best you can be and never lose track of who you are.”

Class President Andrew Goldman and Vice President Zachary Chan presented the class gift: a special plaque engraved with inspirational messaging that will be placed near the entrance of Syosset High School for every student to see upon entering the building.

Dr. Durante honored students who received scholarly recognitions. Members of Syosset’s PTA/STA presented scholarship awards, as did members of SEPTA.

The commencement culminated with each student walking up to receive their diploma and the traditional cap toss. While the 60th class of Syosset High School said farewell for now, many undoubtedly will be heard from again. 


Elementary Students Move Up to the Middle

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Fifth-graders in the Syosset School District looked ahead to the next step in their K-12 careers and a new home as all seven District elementary schools conducted moving up exercises to celebrate the culmination of their students’ elementary education, as well as their advancement to the middle school. One thing was perfectly clear: Whether attending H.B. Thompson or South Woods, they will all arrive well prepared for the challenges of the future.

During their respective promotion ceremonies, fifth-graders at each elementary school were honored with multiple awards, from academic awards to recognitions for their participation in Student Council, NYSSMA, the Nassau All-County Artist program and the character education program PRIDE. 

Principals and teachers presented each student with a certificate to recognize their promotion from elementary to middle school. Some recalled this group’s days as kindergartners, while others provided helpful suggestions for the future, such as make new friends and make the most of the increased programs available to them. Most importantly, they all conveyed confidence in their students’ abilities to succeed and become caring, constructive members of society.

Congratulations to all of the fifth-graders!

South Woods Sends Off Its Eighth-Graders

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June 18 was a special evening for all Syosset eighth-graders advancing to the high school, as South Woods Middle School led off the traditional doubleheader of middle school promotion ceremonies held at the LIU Tilles Center.

Following the trumpeters, the presentation of the colors and the processional performed by the school’s orchestra, student Priya Sondhi led the Pledge of Allegiance, leading into the orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude.

Board of Education trustee and proud South Woods graduate parent Rob Gershon provided words of wisdom to the entire group of 256 moving up. Graduates Michael Meneshian and Amanda Obedian served as masters of ceremony, with Principal Michelle Burget and students Francesca Cimenello and Xiara Lemoine reflecting on the last three years at South Grove. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he penned. “The high school you are about to enter is a very different place than the one this year’s graduates entered four years ago,” he said, referencing the use of technology and new opportunities that amplify the student voice and provide outlets for creativity, resulting in greater opportunities available to them in the future. 

“At no point in history has the world been changing so quickly and, since we can’t foresee it slowing down, our best hope is to make sure that you can keep up with it,” Dr. Rogers added. “So we have never been more engaged than when we are sharing our thoughts, and so the more we hear your voice, the closer we get to that goal.”

Following Dr. Rogers’ remarks, Burget and members of the South Woods faculty and staff assisted in awarding the middle school diplomas. The aspiring Syosset High School freshmen then exited the Tilles auditorium to applause and waves from proud parents and family, as they moved on to the next chapter of their educational experience, ready to use their knowledge and voices to make a difference in the future. 


HBT Closes Out an Evening of Moving Up From the Middle

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Harry B. Thompson Middle School provided the nightcap festivities, holding court on the stage at the LIU Tilles Center as it followed its sister school, South Woods, in promoting its eighth-graders to the high school.

The HBT jazz band provided the prelude and the chamber orchestra performed the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the presentation of the colors by Tsz Ching Chow and Evan Strominger. Student Chloe Zelenitz led the Pledge of Allegiance after the chamber orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude titled, “I Lived,” which was the theme of the ceremony.

Board of Education vice president and proud HBT graduate parent Tracy Frankel provided words of wisdom to the entire eighth-grade class of 308. Student Council members Leah Corcoran and Brandon Mazen served as masters of ceremony, with student speaker Ian Brecker providing a keynote address in which he encouraged his fellow classmates to step out of their comfort zones to realize their full potential. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers, whose offices are located at South Woods Middle School, joked about requiring a passport to visit HBT, but with sincerity, reflected on the fulfillment his visits give him. “Every time I am in Thompson it seems as if I have been invited to see something special,” said Dr. Rogers, who credited retiring Principal James Kassebaum with playing a part in the successes he has witnessed. Dr. Rogers also shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he wrote, in which he reflected on a year in which middle school students led the charge to be changemakers in their community and to make a positive impact in their school and in the greater community. 

“It’s been a year of sweet voices raised nationally and those raised in unison closer to home,” Dr. Rogers said. “Together, what you have shown is that age is no barrier to impact, and your voices are audible and people are listening. Your voices are already shaping the future.”

In his final middle school promotion address, Kassebaum acknowledged the great work of his faculty and staff, asking those present to stand for recognition by the audience. He then turned his attention to the students, thanking them for making him proud and encouraging them to be open to a life of discovery and overcoming challenges. “Build resiliency and do not accept failure as a destination,” Kassebaum said.

Then, joined by members of the HBT faculty and staff, Kassebaum awarded the middle school diplomas. As they exited the Tilles auditorium as newly declared high school freshmen, the former HBT students held their heads up high with their eyes wide open, ready to be heard by even larger audiences and take on greater feats. 


Syosset Girls Golf Team Wins LI Championship!

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The Syosset Girls golf team won the Long Island Championship for 2018 by defeating Sayville of Suffolk County by 5 strokes. Junior Malini Rudra was the overall medalist for Nassau County championship. The team competed in the New York state championships June 1-3 at Bethpage Golf course where the girls  finished 5th overall and Malini Rudra finished 7th and earned All- State honors. Congratulations to the team and coach Stephen Naranjo!


Shown left to right: Chloe Catton, Ada Yu, Malini Rudra, Grace Ng, Arushi Gahlaut, Alexa Frank

Administration Meets With Superintendent's Student Cabinets

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Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration met with the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, comprised of student ambassadors from each school in the District, to hear the students’ perspective on educational-related issues.

The student ambassadors shared their opinions on various issues including the transition to secondary schools, coding and robotics, and the use of Chromebooks. Students also reflected on the 2017-2018 school year. The District values the input from the students, and the feedback received from the students plays an integral role in future planning.


First Place at Mathematics Tournament by the Sea!

First Place winning team, from left to right: David Wang, Cheryl Zhang, Amanda Huang, Vivian Huang and Jake Mallen
First Place winning team, from left to right: David Wang, Cheryl Zhang, Amanda Huang, Vivian Huang and Jake Mallen

Syosset middle school students had an impressive showing at the Mathematics Tournament by the Sea held at Long Beach Middle School. Forty teams competed in the team event and over 200 students competed in the individual event. The two Syosset teams placed First and Fifth in the team event. After tying for second place along with 5 other students, Cheryl Zhang finished 5th and David Wang finished 6th.

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SHS Gabby Materas Brings Joy of Dance to Special Needs Students


As a natural born performer, Gabby Materas knows how much joy can be found in music and dance. During the summer leading into her senior year of high school, she had an idea to bring that joy to a group of special needs students at Syosset High School through a program she initiated named “Dancing Days”. Volunteering her time every other day, Gabby not only taught the students a dance routine, but provided them an opportunity to be active and share their love of music. The students were empowered to be involved participants in the program, choosing their own music and collaborating on the dance moves.

According to the Director of PPS Mary-Lou Sapienza, Gabby is “so well-rounded, so sweet, so caring. She lights up any room when she walks in”. Ending each session with a group hug, Gabby has made a personal connection with every student in the program. Gabby was inspired by her special needs brother and his love of music, and says that leading this program has made her feel good about herself and given her a sense of accomplishment. “It was one of the best experiences of my life” states Gabby.

Gabby will be attending High Point University in the fall. She will miss the students very much, and hopes that the impact she made on the students will have a lasting effect.

South Woods Students Score in top 1% Nationally at AMC 8

Congratulations to South Woods Middle School students Alex He and Alex Larson, who both received the Honor Roll of Distinction certificate for scoring in the top 1% nationally in the AMC 8. The AMC 8 is a mathematical examination offered to middle school students. It is designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills, and provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.

South Woods MS Students Are County Trivia Champs Again

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Two teams from South Woods Middle School captured first place in this year’s CP Nassau Trivia Challenge championship. The South Woods grade 6 and grade 7/8 teams won their respective divisions in the championship tournament, after claiming victory in the schoolwide trivia competition. South Woods teams consistently perform well in the CP Nassau Trivia Challenge, with the grade 7/8 team claiming victory in last year’s tournament.

During the competition, each participating school provides a team of four students who collaborate on multi question trivia test. Each team member raises money for CP Nassau by asking family and friends for a standard donation for their participation. In winning this year’s event, the South Woods teams answered questions on a wide variety of topics. South Woods enrichment teacher Greg Ryan serves as the adviser/coach to both South Woods teams.

Schools from throughout Nassau County participated in the event. Now in its 32nd year, the challenge brings students with great minds and good hearts together to help raise funds to benefit the programs and services CP Nassau provides for over 1,800 children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. According to CP Nassau’s website, it has become the organization’s most successful fundraiser thanks to the students, parents, teachers and administrators who support the effort.

Syosset High School Assistant Principal Gessner Honored

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Congratulations to Syosset High School Assistant Principal Ray Gessner, who is this year’s recipient of both the New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award and the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators’ Ellen Swallow Richards Award. 

Gessner has worked in Syosset for 35 years as a social studies teacher and assistant principal. He is being recognized by the PTA for his outstanding contributions to the students of Syosset High School. 

“Ray defines service and is the PTSA go-to person whenever they need anything,” said Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante. “Whether they are setting up for a staff luncheon, need advice on an initiative, or want him to serve on any committee, Ray is there for them.”

In winning the Swallow Richards Award, Gessner is recognized for his work in overseeing Syosset High School’s Human Ecology Department. Swallow Richards was an engineer, environmental chemist and founder of the home economics movement, more recently known as family and consumer sciences. The Human Ecology Department at Syosset High School offers various classes covering areas related to the study of FCS, including child care and development, culinary arts and nutrition, interior design, clothing construction, teacher education and psychology, among others. 

Dr. Durante added, “Our Human Ecology Department has never felt more supported, thanks to Ray’s caring demeanor and desire to help people.”

Artist Honored for ‘Magnificent’ Work

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Congratulations to South Grove Elementary School fifth-grade student Kate Lin for winning first place in the American Society for Microbiology’s Annual Agar Art Kids Contest. The contest is open to kids 12 and younger who participated in public Agar Art workshops hosted by one of ASM’s 10 community lab partners. Kate designed her winning entry, “The Magnificent Butterfly,” at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center.

ASM submissions of artwork are created using living, growing microbes ‘painted’ on agar, a gelatin-like substance that serves as food for the microorganisms. The is not the first time Kate has been recognized for her talent as an artist. As a second grader, she won an illustration contest and had her work featured in a book that was part of the popular Katie Woo book series. 

Kate is pictured alongside a framed picture of her Katie Woo illustration. “The Magnificent Butterfly” is pictured in the alternate photo.

Both Middle Schools Receive No Place for Hate Designation

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Congratulations to the students and staff at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools, as both have been named No Place for Hate schools for the 2017-18 school year by the Anti-Defamation League.

ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative identifies schools and communities that demonstrate a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred while  leading initiatives for creating and maintaining a positive climate. HBT’s Peers as Leaders and Buddy Club was instrumental in coordinating schoolwide activities that qualified the school for the designation this year, while South Wood’s Action, Acceptance and Awareness Club was a driving force in solidifying its school’s stature. This is the second consecutive year HBT has received the designation.

Syosset High School also hosted a school-wide assembly to kick off its campaign to receive No Place for Hate designation in the 2018-19 school year. Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante spoke about how he was inspired by the work of the students, and several students recounted their own experiences with bias and students standing up for their peers. The school unveiled a banner of its own for students to sign and pledge to uphold the qualities of a No Place for Hate school.

Representatives from both HBT and South Woods middle schools are pictured here displaying their respective No Place for Hate banners, which were awarded by the ADL. In the alternate photo, students and faculty from Syosset High School display the banner for their campaign to earn No Place for Hate designation next year. 

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A Night to Honor Commitment and Dedication to Syosset Central School District

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The Syosset CSD recently honored its silver anniversary staff members and retirees for the 2017-18 school year during the annual District Reception held in the Syosset High School auxiliary gymnasium.

Board of Education members and close colleagues shared memories and stories of each honoree, highlighting the individual’s years of outstanding service and dedication to the children of Syosset. Each honoree was also presented with a special certificate of appreciation.

Master of Ceremonies, Syosset High School Principal Dr. John Durante, remarked that in Syosset, “we are a part of something that is so much larger than all of us. We take pride in knowing we are making a great place even better. All of the award recipients have made Syosset a better place.”

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers commented that the Syosset District is “an organization that feels like a family,” as he noted former employees that had come back to honor their former colleagues. He stated that the retirees “set the bar incredibly high, creating a standard that has made Syosset an extraordinary school district.” Dr. Rogers congratulated H.B. Thompson principal James Kassebaum on his retirement, calling him “a leader of leaders” and stating the District will be losing a role model. 

Attendees at the event were treated to a performance by the Syosset High School Chamber Orchestra, as well as a solo performance on piano by Syosset High School student Siyu Yang, who earned a standing ovation from the impressed audience.  

Ann Anderson – Syosset High School
Doris Caifa – Robbins Lane Elementary School
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Diane Crosby - Syosset High School 
Nellie Egrie – SHS Continuing Education
Walter Enfield – Village Elementary School
Joyce Ettinger – Robbins Lane Elementary School
Daniel Goldbeck - Syosset High School
Sally Hawkins – A.P. Willits Elementary School
Sandra Hoffman – Berry Hill Elementary School
Tania Johnson – H.B. Thompson Middle School
James Kassebaum – H.B. Thompson Middle School
Margaret Liss – A.P. Willits Elementary School
Jacqueline Lucci – H.B. Thompson Middle School 
Jessica Mack – District Occupational Therapist
Timothy Mendolia - Syosset High School

Katherine Balnis – South Grove Elementary School
Marnie Cole-Swirsky – Village Elementary School
Christine DeStefanis – South Grove Elementary School
Michael Dolley – Syosset High School
Susan Dolley – H.B. Thompson Middle School
Sandra Hoffman – Berry Hill Elementary School 
Bonnie Honya – Syosset High School
Maureen O’Connor – Berry Hill Elementary
Wendy Tepper – Village Elementary School
Alison Zorn – A.P. Willits Elementary School 

Congratulations to all and thank you for your years of service and dedication to the Syosset Central School District!


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