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South Woods Students Honored for Performance on National Spanish Exam

South Woods Spanish 8 students  were recognized for their performance on the 2017  National  Spanish Exam.   They competed  along with other middle school students from across the country.  The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
 
In total, 37 students participated, 11 of whom were medal winners and 12 other students received honorable mention.  Three students earned  a gold medal for their achievement, six students were awarded the silver and two received bronze.  “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017.”
 
An awards ceremony  in honor of the three gold medal recipients  was held on June 8 at Great Neck South High School, courtesy of the Long Island Chapter of the AATSP.  We appreciate the effort of this professional organization in coordinating and hosting this special evening for students.  Many other schools from across Nassau and Suffolk counties were in attendance.  South Woods students received certificates, medals and cash awards in recognition of their outstanding effort.  We thank all students for their participation and encourage them to continue to engage their language skills in the future.
 
Gold Medal:  Claudia Azevedo, Michael Kopacz, Joshua Yun
Silver Medal:  Sukey Chin, Constantina Economou, Ruhan Hossain, Zachary Levine, Jacob Rosenberg, Aki Tsadilas
Bronze Medal:  Aaron Hafkin, Jared Hyman
Honorable Mention:  Eesha Alladin, Emily Chen, Alex Cleary, Uma Kaushik, Julia Lin, Ethan Liu,  Ryan Meltzer, Lauren Metzner, Parker Needleman, Kevin Wang, Julia Warshauer, Melina Ziambras
Participants:  Brendan Brotman, Emma Chang, Luc Epstein, Dylan Forrest, Dylan Fried, Harrison Goldberg, Claire Moore, Danielle Perlowitz, Nicholas Reis, Keya Shah, Dylan Siegel, Gabe Staiano, Patrick Yan, Vivi Yun


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A Tribute to Excellence and Show of Admiration

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The Syosset CSD recently honored its silver anniversary staff members and retirees for the 2016-17 school year during the annual District Reception held in the Syosset High School auxiliary gymnasium.

A close colleague of each honoree shared kind words regarding the individual’s years of outstanding service and dedication to the children of Syosset. Introductions were followed by a certificate presentation by a member of the Board of Education.

This year’s group of honorees included educators and support personnel, with the largest representation of retirees from Harry B. Thompson Middle School. Appropriately, Principal James Kassebaum gave the most tributes and prior to introducing his last retiring staff member joked, “We are clearing out the building.”

In addition to awarding certificates of recognition to retiring staff members, Board of Education President Dr. Michael Cohen took a moment to recognize two retiring Board members: April Neuendorf and Laura Schlesinger.

During his welcoming remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers drew attention to the District Reception program, which was designed by Syosset High School student Nicolette Camardi. Dr. Rogers called it a “wonderful metaphor” for the evening, as it met all of the criteria as a tribute, celebration and show of admiration, also noting that every advertising design student who submitted a program for consideration treated the task with professionalism, a characteristic indicative of the staff being honored.    

“When you do your work well as an educator, it goes far beyond the four walls of the school,” said Deputy Superintendent and master of ceremonies Adele Bovard in her remarks to the honorees. “You have truly impacted generations of this community for good as they have passed through the schoolhouse. Thank you all so much.”


RETIREES
Gerri Alper – Administrative Assistant, Syosset High School
Annemarie Bartkowski – Nurse, Syosset High School
Adele Diamond – Business Dept., H.B. Thompson Middle School
Maureen Franklin – Clerk/Typist, Business Office
Susan Geller – Elementary Education, Village School
Pamela Harris – Art, H.B. Thompson Middle School
Anna M. Kissell – Stenographic Secretary, Business Office
Catherine Longmore – Coordinator of English, Syosset High School
Elizabeth Mayer – Library Media Specialist, H.B. Thompson Middle School  
Lisa Nivin – Special Education, Village School
Gracie Panousis – English, Syosset High School
Bridget Perlmutter – Elementary Education, South Grove School
Jeanine Qualliotine – Special Education, Syosset High School
Alan Rubinstein – Music, South Woods Middle School
Jean Smith – English, H.B. Thompson Middle School
Cathy Strauss – Registered Professional Nurse, Baylis School
Sara Tyson – Senior Typist Clerk, South Grove School


25-YEAR SILVER ANNIVERSARY
Michael Cascone – Math, Syosset High School
Darlene Darress – Music, H.B. Thompson Middle School
Neil Muccio – Science, Syosset High School
Dean Strohmayer – Physical Education, Syosset High School

Congratulations to all!

Congratulations Berry Hill Graduates

Berry Hill Sends Students Off to Summer in Style

Congratulations Walt Whitman Graduates

 

Congratulations Robbins Lane Graduates

Congratulations Village School Graduates

Congratulations A.P. Willits Graduates

Congratulations Syosset HS Class of 2017

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Syosset Senior Class of 2017: Defined by Excellence, Individuality, Happiness and Humanity

Approximately 540 seniors in Syosset High School’s Class of 2017 took their turn at the podium to accept their high school diplomas during the school’s 59th annual commencement held at Hofstra University.
    
Following crisp renditions of 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 14 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, 33 Commended students and numerous award-winners in math, science and writing, as the 2016-17 school year commenced with a Blue Ribbon designation for Syosset High School by the U. S. Department of Education.
    
“You have had ample time to prepare for the future, but most importantly, as citizens of the world,” said Dr. Durante. “In addition to your academic achievements, you should be proud of the many schoolwide and communitywide humanitarian efforts you have organized to help shape your own character,” he continued as he mentioned the volunteer soup kitchens, walkathons, nursing homes and numerous other activities that the students participated in throughout their high school careers.
    
The evening also featured inspirational speeches from Board of Education trustees Rob Gershon and Laura Schlesinger – both proud parents of Class of 2017 members. Superintendent Dr. Tom Rogers, class speaker Janvi Pamnani, valedictorian Yash Samantaray and salutatorian Ben Rhee also provided words of wisdom to the graduating class.
    
Dr. Rogers advised the students that as they move on to a new school and new community of learners to balance their individuality with goals. “Continue to be yourself, while committing to being part of something even greater than yourself,” he said.
    
Janvi provided three pieces of advice to her classmates: to not look past the importance of its diversity as a group from varying cultures and backgrounds with varying interests and successes; to never forget about those who contributed to the great education they received in Syosset; and, borrowing the chorus from the popular Beatles song, “All You Need is Love.”
    
Ben, who was also named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, spoke of the uncertainty of being a freshman entering high school and the growth, interests, passions and callings that developed in each of his peers as time elapsed. “The wheels kept turning, and the uncertain, timid ninth-graders you probably saw on the first days of school were replaced by confident, motivated individuals, moving with purpose and flexibility.”
    
Yash shared one of the most important lessons he learned that he found helped him through the rigors of his senior year, including the pressure of the college application process.  “Enjoy every day,” said Yash, who found his participation in the school’s first boys badminton team “invigorating” and helped complete his work at an “unimaginable pace.”
    
“I’m not telling all of you to run out to a badminton court every time you get busy. Find something that makes you happy…always,” he said. “Next time you are feeling stressed, don’t try to squeeze in time for happiness. Make the time for happiness. It pays off.”
    
Class president Carly Battipaglia and vice president Benjamin Prevor presented the class gift: two stone chess tables for the school courtyard.
    
Dr. Durante honored students who received scholarly recognitions including National Merit scholars, finalists and commended students, as well as the Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists, and Siemens Competition finalist. 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.



Congratulations to the Baylis Class of 2017!

Congratulations HBT Class of 2017 Eighth Graders

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Approximately 320 eighth-graders from H.B. Thompson Middle School officially advanced to Syosset High School during their moving up ceremony held at the Tilles Center at LIU Post. In doing so, they left their ‘handprints’ on three years of great accomplishments and memories.
    
This year’s class theme was “Handprints on HBT.” Student Council member Aidan Charlip served as the Master of Ceremonies, while fellow council member Muntaha Sabir led her classmates through the reflections of the last three years, giving her personal perspective into life at HBT.
    
“Throughout our middle school careers, we have laughed and cried together, succeeded and celebrated, all with the help of those who care about us, our teachers, families and friends,” said Muntaha, who recalled her first day at HBT in 2014 and the fear and difficulty she experienced of adjusting to a new community and new school. “As I started to meet new friends, I can’t recall what I was so afraid of. Everyone was so welcoming and our teachers made it their number one priority to make us comfortable in this new environment.”
    
After running through the list of tasks it takes to master middle school such as learning to use lockers and getting from class to class on time, Board of Education member Susan Parker applauded the HBT Class of 2017 for all of their accomplishments and for taking advantage of the many clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities available to them. “Education here is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Parker.
     
“HBT will forever be a part of us and now we will forever be a part of HBT. Even more significant than the handprints we leave on the school are the handprints left on us,” said Class of 2017 class member Samuel Kanterman who emphasized the confidence and leadership skills he and his classmates gained at the school.   
    
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Principal James Kassebaum also provided inspirational messages to the students, as they were officially confirmed freshmen of Syosset High School.
    
Musical performances were also given by the HBT chamber orchestra, jazz band and eighth-grade graduation chorus. Jayden Cayne and Rachel Kessler led the presentation of colors.




Congratulations South Woods Class of 2017 Eighth Graders

Congratulations South Woods Class of 2017 Eighth Graders Photo
Approximately 240 eighth-graders from South Woods Middle School officially advanced to Syosset High School during their moving up ceremony held at the Tilles Center at LIU Post. Much of the evening was spent reflecting on the sense of respect and community developed during the last three years, as well as the knowledge acquired to become productive, caring individuals.
    
Graduates Jesse Levitan and Emma Van Dorn served as Masters of Ceremony as Jennie Dapice and Melina Ziambras gave their reflections on their time at South Woods.
    
“We learned that our ideas matter and that students can make a difference,” said Jennie touching on student efforts to benefit the Ronald MacDonald House, Sunrise Day Camp and address the hunger crisis through food drives as well as the many wonderful outdoor educational experiences including Geocaching and fishing in the Long Island Sound that she and her classmates experienced.
    
Melina added “At South Woods Middle we have learned the skills we needed to make it through the past few years. Hopefully, we will bring [those skills] to high school and expand our horizons and develop new ones as we grow together.”
    
Just nine years removed from his own middle school graduation from Harry B. Thompson Middle School, Board of Education member Josh Lafazan gave the class members his own words of advice, telling them, “You are absolutely, positively not confined as a learner or as a person.”
    
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Principal Michelle Burget also gave inspirational messages to the South Woods Class of 2017, as they were awarded their middle school diplomas and officially confirmed freshmen of Syosset High School.
    
Musical performances were also given by the South Woods eighth-grade chorus and the school orchestra. Nikita Bijlani, Ben Gruber, Claire Moore and Jacob Rosenberg led the presentation of colors.




Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

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Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

“We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Student Cabinet Photo
Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

“We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”
 

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Student Cabinet Photo
Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

“We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet Photo
Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

“We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”
 

Two Take Home Awards at Intel ISEF

Two Take Home Awards at Intel ISEF Photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School students Mohamed El-Abtah and Rushabh Mehta, who won third place in the biomedical health science and physics categories, respectively, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles, California last month. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public (a.k.a. The Society) in partnership with the Intel Foundation.
    
Overall, six students (four projects) from Syosset High School qualified to compete at Intel ISEF by winning first place at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair held in March. In addition to Mohamed and Rushabh,  students Rahul Chaudry and Sahil Chaudry collaborated on a project that qualified for ISEF’s biochemistry and translational medicine category while Dahyun “Elle” Park and Jordan Sanford qualified in the energy category, a joint project that also won a gold medal at the recent International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad held in Houston, Texas. The four Syosset projects were among just 20 from the LISEF competition to qualify for ISEF. All of the students performed research under the tutelage of Syosset High School science research coordinator Veronica Ade.                            

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from around the world are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Millions of students compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.
    
Pictured L-R are Syosset High School ISEF participants Rushabh Mehta (third place), Rahul Chaudry, Sahil Chaudry, Jordan Sanford, Elle Park and Mohamed El-Abtah (third place).
    

Second Entrance for Walt Whitman Campus

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Baylis Field Day

Five Seconds to First Place at State Science Congress

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School student Giselle Rasquinha, who took home Highest Honors at the New York State Science Congress Junior Division at the University of Buffalo, sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State. This followed her first-place award for the same project in the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology at the Long Island Science Congress last month.

Giselle’s project “The 5 Second Rule” explored the validity of the old adage, if you drop food on the floor it’s safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds. Giselle tested different foods after being dropped on different surfaces, recording the amount of bacteria in each culture. She then developed a survey from her results, which she administered to eighth graders. Giselle won $300 and $500 at the Long Island and state competitions, respectively. 

Teacher Linda Stollow coached and mentored Giselle. Six other South Woods students won High Honor or Honors awards at the L.I. Congress under Stollow’s tutelage: Jade Maracic, Sachi Sethi, Michele Shleimovich, Alexa Trapani, Emma Van Dorn and Lara Weinberg.
During the State Science Congress, students present their research to judges, community observers and other students in a lecture format. They are selected based on their presentations at various regional competitions, such as the L.I. Science Congress.

 
 
 
 

Superior Writing

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Three student writers from Syosset High School have won the Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Congratulations to Jillian Goldberg, Scott Magid and Sarah Wang for submitting three works identified as “Superior” by the NCTE. Syosset High School is the only school in New York State with three award winners.

This year’s theme was “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” as participants submitted three entries– two in poetry form and one narrative. They were asked to evaluate modern society on the degree to which people who are privileged with power demonstrate responsibility while posing the question “How are we doing?” They also had the option to draw a converse argument regarding those with little power who demonstrate responsibility, with a wide scope of subjects ranging from global figures or people who are close to the writer on a personal level. 

National judges evaluated each piece of writing for content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. Students whose writing received superior scores are awarded a certificate of recognition, and their name and their school's name appear on the NCTE website. 

Pictured, Syosset High School English Coordinator Catherine Longmore (left) congratulates Sarah, Scott and Jillian along with their teacher Jamie Budolato.

How’s the Weather Over There?

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First-grade classes at Robbins Lane Elementary School welcomed News 12 meteorologist Michael Rizzo to the school library for a fun, hands-on demonstration on how different weather events occur.

Also known as “Meteor Mike,” Rizzo conducted engaging experiments to simulate how tornados develop using attached two-liter bottles and how snow forms water. He even brought some funs instruments to illustrate different weather, including a plasma light globe to show students the atmospheric phenomenon that causes lightening and a hand-held device that creates wind gusts. Meteor Mike also reviewed some important tips on how to react to potentially dangerous weather situations, including “when thunder roars, stay indoors.”

The visit was arranged by Robbins Lane teacher Laura Perfetti.

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Young Architects On Display

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The Syosset High School Technology Education Department hosted its annual Architectural Showcase, which provides students enrolled in two architectural courses with an opportunity to take pride in their designs while receiving input and recognition from industry professionals. 

Forty-three Residential Architecture and Commercial Architecture students participated in this year’s showcase, now in its 29th year. Student built ¼ inch scale models of various structures, including dream homes, commercial sites and public structures. The structures were compiled to create a village scene in the school commons area as families and friends were invited for the viewing. Professional architects also volunteered to share their insights with the student-designers, as well as nominate the best pieces for the Gold Compass Award. Two of the judges were Syosset alumni: Noah Adler and Patricia Tiglias.
 
This year, five Gold Compass Award winners were named. Sophomores Robert Kula, Mirwais Noory and Daneida Segovia from the Residential Architecture course and juniors Jake Leonardi and Jared Ryback from the Commercial Architecture course were honored. Mike Ferreira, Tom Morritt and Paul Rorke teach the residential course; Morritt teaches the Commercial course. 

Jared, Jake, Mirwais, Robert and Daneida are pictured with their Gold Compass awards.

Students Show Their Elders ‘There’s No Place Like Syosset HS’

Students Show Their Elders ‘There’s No Place Like Syosset HS’ Photo

Syosset High School’s Future Leaders of America Club hosted their popular Senior Citizen Prom in the school’s main gymnasium, welcoming approximately 150 guests from the Woodbury-Syosset community, including more than 50 residents from the Cold Spring Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation.

Syosset High School’s Jazz Band provided live entertainment, with swing, line and other styles of dance taking place throughout the day. Students served their guests lunch and dessert. This year’s theme was “The Wizard of Oz,” with the gymnasium decorated with yellow-brick roads, rainbows and inflatable flying monkeys as FLAC members adorned ‘wicked witch’ hats in the spirit of the day. Some of the guests even wore Dorothy’s signature ruby slippers as they strutted on the dance floor. There was also an exhibit of student artwork for viewing.

Joanne Leonardi and Susan Occhiuto are Syosset High School’s FLAC co-advisers.

Walt Whitman PTA Meeting Information

Prior to the June Walt Whitman PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the drawings for the second entrance (as modified based on community feedback) will be on display in the lobby of Walt Whitman Elementary School starting at 6:15 p.m.  District architects will be on hand at that time to answer any questions residents may have.

Letter to Commissioner Elia regarding Common Core Learning Standards

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A Special ‘Hug’ for Sunrise Campers

A Special ‘Hug’ for Sunrise Campers Photo
South Woods Middle School students recently created “Hug” necklaces for the children at Sunrise Day Camp, a place of refuge that welcomes pediatric cancer patients and their siblings free of charge. The Hug necklaces give campers the ability to “hug” each other when saying goodbye at the end of camp. Due to the campers’ medical issues and the need to protect them from infection, they often cannot physically hug their friends. The necklaces provide them with a way to “hug” each other by sharing pieces of their necklaces with their new friends.                        

At the beginning of the school year, the South Woods CARES Committee, a group of school staff members who coordinate service learning opportunities for students, held a walk-a-thon to benefit Sunrise Day Camp. Through an ongoing partnership with the organization, the committee brainstorms activities to benefit the campers and involve students and campers in hands-on projects. The South Woods Future Leaders of America Club and student council met with representatives from Sunrise Day Camp about the necklace initiative, then turn-keyed their expertise to teach other South Woods students how to make the necklaces during lunch periods, providing an opportunity for the larger student body to become involved. Over 100 necklaces were created.                    

“This project provided our students with an opportunity to understand how spending a few minutes of one's time can make a difference in the life of another person,” said South Woods CARES member Tracy Capece, who coordinated the effort with Sunrise Day Camp and teachers Jenn Seibert-Sessa and Jennifer Bunkley. “Not only did students give of their time to create these necklaces for the children at Sunrise Day Camp, they also worked cooperatively and took pride in the ‘hugs’ they created.”

Pictured are some students creating the necklaces.

Music is Golden at Robbins Lane where Syosset's Award-Winning District Begins with Music Literacy in the Elementary Schools

Music is one of the district's strengths, and students in jazz band, orchestra, concert band, string ensemble and chorus showcased that strength by performing a sophisticated, multicultural and multiple-genre program in May. That amazing concert was followed by Gold ratings for both band and orchestra at the New York State Schools Music Association Majors Festival, and a choral performance at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks baseball team.

The third-grade orchestra performed a special concert for family members and second graders who are deciding on their instruments for next year. Kindergartners also performed a show with songs and rhymes, singing in English, French, Russian and also performing in sign language.  First graders performed a Unity in the Community concert, reminding the audience that one of Syosset's strengths is its diversity and acceptance of all cultures.

Students of the Game…and Life

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As an extension of their English Language Arts nonfiction unit of study and their work on biographies, Robbins Lane third graders visited Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to get a close-up look into a historical figure and pioneer of the game of baseball and human rights.

As a part of their biography studies, students read about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first player of color to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson's groundbreaking accomplishments transcended beyond the baseball diamond, having a profound influence on society as he endured racism from baseball fans and players and faced death threats on a regular basis before breaking baseball’s color barrier. Students had the opportunity to visit the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at the stadium’s main entrance, an area that celebrates his life and achievements.             

The students also visited the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, the team clubhouse, the dugout, the field, television production areas and the spectator suites.

HBT is No Place for Hate

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Congratulations to the students and staff at Harry B. Thompson Middle School as it has been named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).                             

ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative identifies schools and communities who demonstrate a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred while  leading initiatives for creating and maintaining a positive climate. Spearheaded by HBT’s PAL (Peers as Leaders) and Buddy Club, the school’s efforts included a Multicultural Week and Expo held in January to promote various cultures, “Cardio for Character Walk” and ”Steps Against Bullying” events to promote good health and acceptance and a cyber-bullying program titled “Don’t Press Send.”            

Members of the club recently attended a special ceremony held at New York University to honor the 127 No Place for Hate schools in New York State, where they received a banner to display in the school as a source of pride and reminder of the importance of the initiative.                                        
“It was a very special ceremony,” said PAL and Buddy Club co-adviser Randi Bloom. “We are very proud to be a part of this.”                            
This is the first year HBT has participated in ADL’s campaign.     

Pictured are Bloom (far right), co-adviser Denise Giacopino and members of the Pal and Buddy Club displaying HBT’s No Place for Hate banner.

Board of Ed Gets a Close-Up Look at What Kids Are Learning

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Board of Education members recently took time out of their busy work schedules to get a closer look at some of the interesting projects and programs taking place in the Syosset schools. One of the main themes of this year’s annual Board tour was crosscutting concepts, and how multiple disciplines are meshed together for a well-rounded learning experience.

Making stops at every school, the Board was greeted by each principal and sat in on at least one classroom demonstration or presentation at each site. They listened to testimony from students at Syosset High School regarding the new and highly successful Virtual Enterprise business program; at H.B. Thompson Middle School they witnessed how math and science come together on the Chromebook for collecting data about natural selection; were treated to entertaining Revolutionary War period monologues written and acted out by students at Baylis Elementary School; listened to student pitches for various designs for a new butterfly garden at Walt Whitman Elementary School; and watched in awe as students at Berry Hill Elementary School brought STEM learning into the fantasy world by building some fun fairy tale themed machines.

Students were excited to share their work, as Board members asked them several questions about their experiences. Without exception they departed each classroom impressed with the things Syosset scholars are learning.






South Woods Girls Amaze at L.I. Science Congress with Top Honoree Moving On

Seven students from South Woods Middle School participated in the Long Island Science Congress held at St. Anthony’s High School with every student receiving a trophy for their dedication, presentation and innovative science projects.

Giselle Rasquinha received the Highest Honors High Honors for her research in testing the five-second rule for food consumption.  High Honors were awarded to Jade Maracic, Alexa Trapani, Emma Van Dorn and Lara Weinberg. This marks the second year that Alexa, Emma and Lara have received trophies for their experiments. Sachi Sethi and Michele Shleimovich were also recognized with Honors.

Giselle received 1st place in the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology award and was awarded $300.  She also won the Research Institute Award (a $25 gift card) as well as a $150 stipend to represent Long Island’s Junior Division at the State Science Congress in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Long Island Science Congress also picked up her $100 registration fee for the state competition.

Congratulations to all our future scientists!  Coach Linda Stollow is so proud of your hard work and challenging projects.

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From left to right: Michele Schleimovich, Emma Van Dorn, Alexa Trapani, Giselle Rasquinha, Jade Maracic, Lara Weinberg, Sachi Sethi


Forensic Experts

Forensic Experts Photo
Once again, the Syosset High School Forensics Society scored big at the New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament held at Hofstra University April 29-30. The team won 1st place in the Speech events division, placed 2nd in both the Debate events and Student Congress divisions, and won the award for Best Overall in the state!

This year’s team produced three individual state champions as well: Ronit Dhulia (Lincoln/Douglas debate-novice level); the team of Jahnavi Arora and Aram Moghaddassi (Lincoln/Douglas debate-varsity level) and Iree Mann (Oral Interpretation-varsity level).

According to Syosset Forensics Society adviser Lydia Esslinger, students qualify for the state competition either through a consistently good showing during the academic year or at a regional qualifying competition. Eighty students from Syosset High School's team qualified for the championship this year, capturing numerous awards. Syosset Forensics also remains a top debate team in the country, holding its position among the top 1% and consistently ranking in the top 10, overall.

The team is also sending a large number of students to two major national tournaments. Twenty-three students qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament to be held in Louisville, Kentucky later this month, while twelve qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament to be held in Birmingham, Alabama in June. Esslinger will be honored there with the Eighth-Degree Diamond Award as a member of the NSDA Honor Society whose teams have earned at least 22,000 points.

Participants at the state competition were judged based on varsity, junior varsity, and novice levels for categories Lincoln/Douglas debate (LD), extemporaneous speaking (EX), declamation (DEC), public forum debate (PF), oral interpretation (OI), dramatic interpretation (DI), original oratory (OO), and congress (CONG).  

Individual awards winners are:

•    Zan Ahmed (VEX, 2nd)
•    Nishant Bhaumik (VEX, 4th)
•    Rushabh Mehta (VEX, Semifinalist)
•    Simar Kohli (VEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Sahil Rustami (JVEX, Semifinalist)
•    Avneet Chhabra (JVEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Jason Lan (JVEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Ronit Dhulia (NLD, State Champion)
•    Ryan Moon (JVLD, Octofinalist)
•    Jahnavi Arora/Aram Moghaddassi (VLD, State Champions)
•    Leanna Faimon (VLD, Octofinalist)
•    Elizabeth Ruggiero and Hersh Ved  (NPF, Double Octofinalists)
•    Diya Chadha and Malini Rudra (JVPF, Octofinalists)
•    Eugene Lee and Sarah Schwartzberg (JVPF, Octofinalists)
•    Iree Mann (DI, 2nd/ VOI, State Champion)
•    Alvee Chowdhury (VOI, 4th )
•    Rebecca Weisberger (VOI, Semifinalist)
•    Jordan Stecker (DI, 7th)
•    Brooke Lewitas (DI, Semifinalist)
•    Alisha Saluja (5th, Impromptu)
•    Gabrielle Bieder (JVOI, 5th)
•    Janvi Pamnani (OO, Semifinalist)
•    Brian Bertrand (OO, Quarterfinalist)
•    Mariam Malik (OO, Quarterfinalist)
•    Suhail Younus (CONG, 10th)
•    Jack Liu (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Sohail Mohammed (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Rahul Rokkam (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Pia Paul (CONG, Semifinalist)

Pictured are Syosset’s winners from the New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament with Esslinger.


Thank You from the Board

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South Woods Students Excel on National French Exam

Of the 22 eighth-grade students from South Woods Middle School who competed in the National French Exam Le Grand Concours (Level 1) held in March, 13 placed in the top five positions nationally. They are:

• Elsie Ho, Mizuki Iida, Jenny Ou, Maiya Raghu – 2nd place, 95th percentile;
• Ria Chadha, Angela Mao, Ariane Lee – 3rd place, 95th percentile;
• Tess Latham, Eric Wang – 4th place, 90th percentile;
• Jennie Dapice, Saba Mehrzad, Nolan Smithwick, Gabrielle Unson  – 5th place, 90th percentile.

The following South Woods students also received Honorable Mentions on the exam: Autumn Avery, Alexandra Bukary, Harrison Feusi, Manuela Fusara, Siya Gandhi, Eric Liang, Atharv Mehtani, Lara Muratyan, Krish Pamnani.

Additionally, nine South Woods seventh-grade students competed in the Level 01 National French Exam, with four placing in the top 10 nationally:

• Alex He – 7th place (4th place in Nassau County);
• Manaal Nabi – 8th place (5th place in Nassau County).

Honorable Mentions for the exam were awarded to  Meaghan Anzalone, Sage Gladstone, Alisa Gong, Lilah Grubman, Eric Huang, David Liu, and Andrew Zhou.

Congratulations to all participants!

Kids Design Super Coops

Kindergarten students at Baylis Elementary School learned about the life cycle of animals.  As part of their embryology unit, they began learning about chicks and what they need to live.  Students set chick eggs in an incubator and anxiously awaited their hatch.  Mrs. Pizzarelli, Mrs. Trotta, Mrs. Ward, and their students planned and designed a “Super Coop” for the chicks to live once they hatched.  Each class went through the engineering design process. They asked themselves what chicks needed, imagined what they could build, sketched a plan, collected various materials and created their coops. Each “Super Coop” is unique in design and special to each kindergarten class.  This was a hands-on project and each student was very involved.  They helped, cut, glue, paint, build and problem solve along the way.  This was truly a remarkable project that these kindergartners will remember forever!




Village String Players Perform for Seniors, Vets

Village String Players Perform for Seniors, Vets photo
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As in prior years, the Village Elementary School string ensemble performed for residents of The Arbors Assisted Living in Jericho prior to the end of the school year.

Students opened with the national anthem and continued with a variety of patriotic songs, show tunes and classical arrangements. Many of the residents who are military veterans showed their appreciation for the patriotic selections.
    
“It’s miraculous, the way these youngsters play,” said one Arbors resident. Following the concert, students mingled, chatted and played games with the residents and visited the facility’s koi pond.

“It was a wonderful, multi-generational experience for everyone,” said Village string teacher Linda Carrella, who directed the performance and promised the students would return again next year to perform.

All-National Honors Musicians Named

All-National Honors Musicians Named Photo
Three outstanding Syosset High School student musicians have been named to NAfME All-National Honors ensembles. Grace Mittleman and Eric Schess have been invited to perform with the All-National Honors Chorus, while Hannah Son was selected to play the flute in the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra. The festival will be held in Orlando, Florida this November. Congratulations to Eric, Grace and Hannah!

Grads’ Research, Story Highlighted in Newsday

Grads’ Research, Story Highlighted in Newsday photo
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Board of Ed Honors Athletes

Board of Ed Honors Athletes Photo

Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin recently touted the successes of the distrct’s winter athletes and athletic teams at the May Board of Education meeting. Each team member on hand was called up onto the stage and applauded by the community. Board members also met with each team prior to the meeting to offer their congratulations.        

Individual honorees were: News 12/conference scholar-athlete for basketball Griffin Halpern; Rebecca Lee, Jacqueline Tang and Mackenzie Wagner as state qualifiers in bowling; Richard Chow, Michael Jiang, Sungchan Kwak, Sunghyuk Kwak, Joseph La Bianca, Kevin Li, Javier Ramirez, Alexi Weis and James Wun as state qualifiers in boys swimming with Javier, Joseph, Michael and Sungchan honored as county champions; girls winter track All-Americans Samantha Destefani, Melissa Esswein,  Reilly Seibert and Lauren White; boys winter track state qualifier John Antonelli; and No. 1 ranked All-American, state and county champion, all-academic state team and county consecutive wins record-holder Vitali Arujua for varsity wrestling.      

Teams honored were the county champion girls varsity bowling team; the conference/division champion varsity boys swim team; and the National Dance Association showmanship award-winning varsity kickline squad. Gregory Cardona (boys basketball), Michael Ferreira (girls basketball) and Christopher Schleider (boys swimming) all won conference coach of the year while Wayne Berbert (girls bowling) won Newsday Coach of the Year.   
                   
Congratulations to all of the student-athletes and their coaches on another successful season!








Thursday, July 20, 2017