Virtual Enterprise Team Heads to National Finals in First Year

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Congratulations to Syosset High School’s Virtual Enterprise International (VEI) team Flip Chip for advancing to the 2016-17 National Business Plan Competition. Flip Chip is one of only four teams from Long Island heading to the national finals, which will be held at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City on April 3.

In its inaugural year in Syosset, the VEI program has experienced tremendous success, with all four teams (Flip Chip, Alternative Reality Entertainment (ARE), Nice Pops and AAA Turbo Tech) receiving accolades. Flip Chip and ARE were two of only 10 teams chosen to participate in the Long Island Regional Competition held earlier this month at American Portfolios Financial in Holbrook.

VEI students take on the roles of business professionals and create a workplace environment in the classroom. They brainstorm ideas for a product, service or marketable concept, then establish their company by submitting resumes and cover letters to hopefully land an interview for various positions, including the CEO.  Flip Chip markets a line of all-natural, environmentally sustainable and tasty potato chips.

According to Flip Chip VEI teacher Matthew Fiasconaro, the team has been reviewing video from the previous competition and making adjustments to their presentation. They also invited Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard to sit in on their presentation and provide feedback. Fiasconaro said the intent was for the students to rehearse their presentation in front of district administrators to match the intensity the students expect to face during the national competition.  

"The Flip Chip team is really excited with all the attention that they
have been receiving lately,” said Fiasconaro. “Yet they remain focused and driven on the task at hand, which is to win the National Business Plan Competition."

To read more about Flip Chip’s success, please click the links below:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/american-portfolios-financial-services-hosts-191600382.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/four-li-student-teams-advance-to-business-contest-finals-1.13253831

Artists Honored as Visionaries

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Two of Syosset High School’s finest student artists received Honorable Mention in the LIU Post Art Department’s Advanced Visions 13: High School Artists of Excellence Exhibit. Maxine An was recognized for her dress design titled “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” while Laurel Birkhahn was noted for her artwork portfolio “Organized Chaos.”

Advanced Visions includes expressive and original works by regional Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and portfolio preparation high school artists who demonstrate creative minds, synthesizing concept, materials, skill and form. Laurel (left) and Maxine are pictured displaying their acclaimed works as they are congratulated by their art teacher Demi Protonentis.  


“Go APE” artists Mitva Shah and Ryan Spicijaric and their teacher Chrysoula Highland are congratulated by Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante (left) and Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman.
 
Advanced Visionary 13 artists Laurel Birkhahn (third from left) and Maxine An (alongside her dress design) and their teacher Demi Protonentis are congratulated by Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante (left) and Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman.

Loud and Clear: Syosset HS Student is NYS Poetry Champion

Loud and Clear: Syosset HS Student is NYS Poetry Champion Photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School junior Iree Mann, who is the New York State champion in the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition. Iree will represent the state in the national semifinals to be held in Washington, D.C., in April following her victory at the state finals held earlier this month in Syracuse.
     
Iree outshined 24 of the brightest, most creative young student poets in the state, reciting a wide range of poems from the official POL anthology. As state champ, she received $200; an all-expenses paid trip to the national semifinals and Syosset High School will be awarded a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.
    
Iree’s winning recitations were of the following poems, which she recited from memory:
•    “American Smooth,” by Rita Dove
•    “The Golden Shovel,” by Terrance Hayes
•    “Break of Day,” by John Donne
     
POL competition participants are evaluated on a cumulative point total covering all three recitations that factor in accuracy, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of the poem’s understanding, presence, and voice and articulation as well as overall performance. For the competition Iree had to recite from an extensive list provided by the organization, with a pre-20th century poem required. Syosset High School English teacher Lydia Esslinger, who is also Iree’s adviser on the Forensics Society, coached her.
    
“I am thrilled not only that Iree will represent Syosset High School and the state of New York on the national level, but that she was put in touch with beautiful and powerful language that captures moments of experience the way only an exquisite poem can,” said Esslinger, who continually spreads the word about POL to colleagues and students. “My hope is that she becomes a poetry fan for life.”            According to Esslinger, Iree has also distinguished herself as a member of the Forensics Society, most recently by qualifying as one of three students from the entire downstate area to represent New York in Dramatic Performance at the National Speech and Debate Association's national championship in Birmingham, Alabama in June, joining six other Syosset students. Esslinger is pictured congratulating Iree.
    
The POL national semifinals will be held at George Washington University on April 25. Nine semifinalists will advance to the national finals, also held at the University, the following day.
    
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, POL is a nationwide poetry recitation competition for high school students. The program is carried out in partnership with State Arts Agencies. New York’s POL program is managed by Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City, on behalf of the New York State Council on the Arts, with support from the State University of New York.

Three from Syosset Named “Coach of the Year”

The Syosset Central School District Athletics Department is proud to announce that three varsity coaches received Nassau County Section VIII “Coach of the Year” honors for the winter season. Congratulations to boys basketball coach Greg Cardona, girls basketball coach Michael Ferreira and boys swimming coach Chris Schleider. Each led their teams to successful seasons and were voted the top coach for their respective sport by their coaching peers. 
  

Syosset Middle Schools Ranked in Top 10 in NYS by Niche.com

In its latest study of quality schools, Niche.com has ranked both Syosset Central School District middle schools in the top 10 in New York State.  
  
According to their website, Niche.com’s 2017 Best Public Middle Schools ranking is based on a rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, middle school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district. Both Syosset middle schools received an “A+” grade in academics and teaching, two of the main criteria for the ranking.                            

Syosset schools have received high marks from Niche.com in recent studies, including No. 16 in the nation as a district. To learn more about the Niche.com school rankings please go to https://www.niche.com/?ref=k12
    
Niche.com provides information on K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods, using comprehensive school data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as school reviews and online survey responses.



Baylis Science & Technology Fair 2017

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 260 Baylis students participated in the school’s Science and Technology Fair. Kindergarten through fifth-graders displayed approximately 130 projects in the gymnasium.

Many collaborated to design experiments and find answers to their hypotheses, creating models to demonstrate their unique inventions. From robotic garbage cans to making the best slime, students used inquiry and creativity in conducting scientific investigations. Teachers were impressed by how eloquently students displayed their projects. During a 60-minute evening program, students also explained the “science” behind their projects to fellow students and family members.

Have you ever seen “elephant” toothpaste or walking water? How about geodes made from eggs? Ever wonder which species breathes faster – goldfish or humans? Ever wonder how much iron is in your cereal? If you attended the Baylis Science and Technology Fair, you would have learned about all of these and much more! It was an exciting and educational experience for children of all ages!





Students Show How to Clean Up an Oil Spill

Students Show How to Clean Up an Oil Spill

Tech Club Knows Design

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Congratulations to the H.B. Thompson Middle School Technology Club and adviser Tom Kleint (pictured) for winning 3rd place in the Mechanical Design category of the SBPLI FIRST Lego League competition at Longwood High School on March 5.

Science Olympians Take 1st in Regionals, 8th in States

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Congratulations to Syosset High School’s SYO SCI OLY group, which combined for 40 medals at the Science Olympiad regional competition held at Wantagh High School in February. When all the points were tallied from the competing 44 teams, all three SYO SCI OLY teams finished impressively, with Team A winning 1st place overall in the competition. Syosset’s Team B placed 4th and Team C finished in 8th place.    

Composed of 45 students in grades 9-12 and 20 consultants, SYO SCI OLY earned the right to advance to the State Science Olympiad competition held at Le Moyne University in Syracuse. They won 15 medals and finished in eighth-place overall at states from a field of 55.     
                    
SYO SCI OLY also faired well at the recent UPENN invitational where they faced tough competition from national contending teams. Out of the 43 teams competing at UPENN, SYO SCI OLY placed 9th winning 8 medals. Mildred Castañeda advises the team, and thanks all of the members for an incredible year; especially her captains, pictured (l-r) Radhika Patel, Philip Jang, Ethan Zeng, Mark Thomas, and Julianna Bianco, for their tireless dedication.


    

Parents Get a Lesson in their Children’s Technology

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Parents at Robbins Lane Elementary School had an opportunity to participate in several free instructional workshops to learn about Google Docs, a web-based application used by students to create, edit and store documents and spreadsheets online. Led by teacher Melanie Spiegel, technology specialist Colleen Vereline and Principal Thea Pallos, parents learned to create a Google account and document, navigate through the Google menu bar and practice using some of the special features that differentiate Google Docs from other word processing apps.       

Robbins Lane students also participated in the lessons, presenting on how they use the system.                                   

 “Students are using more and more technology, so it’s important that parents know what’s taking place in the classroom,” said Spiegel. “It keeps the lines of communication open.”                                         






Read and Pay It Forward

Read and Pay It Forward

Berry Hill Elementary School culminated a successful PARP week with a special donation. After reading a total of 29,923 minutes during the school’s weeklong celebration of reading, students gathered for a special ceremony in which Principal Mary Kolkhorst and members of the PTA presented a representative of Reading Reflections with 2,487 gently used books.

Reading Reflections is an organization run by school-aged students and young adults that collects and sends books to millions of children around the world with limited access to reading materials due to less fortunate economic circumstances and other challenges. Eden, one of the student representatives from the organization, was on hand to accept Berry Hill’s donation and to thank the students and staff and remind them of the importance of their contribution. Special kudos to Kerri Deangelo’s class for collecting 640 books!         
 
This year’s PARP theme at Berry Hill was “Go Bananas for Reading.” In addition to the donation and the tremendous amount of time spent reading at home and in school, students were treated to a visit from best-selling children's author Michelle Knudsen.   
                               
Pictured is Principal Kolkhorst (standing, far left) and Eden from Reading Refletions (far rght), members of the school’s PTA executive board and PARP committee and students displaying some of the books they donated.

A Fair of the Heart

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It was only appropriate that on Valentine’s Day Syosset High School’s Interact Club held its latest philanthropic endeavor to raise money to provide life-saving heart surgeries to children in need. The group hosted a Sweet-Hearts Fair in the student lobby area, which doubled as a celebration of life, as students videoconferenced with a recipient of a lifesaving heart procedure made possible through Interact and the community’s generosity.

The Sweet-Hearts Fair offered a dessert bar, games, a mural painting project, a photo booth and much more – all for a mere $5. All proceeds from the event were donated to the school’s charitable partner, Rotary International’s Gift of Life, which assists in the treatment of pediatric heart patients around the world.

Recent Syosset Interact campaigns include “Mission Heartbeat” and “7 in 7.” Two years ago, the club shattered its goal of raising $35,000 by raising over $65,000 for the organization. This year, the club sold Syosset spirit wear on True Blue Day in support of the cause, last year they sold dog tags.

Natasha, the latest child to benefit from Syosset Interact’s fundraising efforts, stole the show during a brief ceremony to kick off the Sweet-Hearts Fair. Skyping from Uganda, Natasha and her family thanked Interact, Gift of Life representatives and other students and school staff members in attendance. Although soft-spoken, and at times speechless, her visual presence served as a touching message that resonated with everyone in the room. She was operated on in a hospital in Kampala, the country’s capital, just a day after the fair. Her procedure was made possible through this year's True Blue event (Syosset spirit hats are still on sale!)                   

Interact co-adviser Carisa Steinberg put it best: “We are just trying to heal one little heart at a time.”                                                  


Jump Rope for Heart Raises $2,600+

On February 14th, Baylis School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in the gym. Sixty-two students participated in heart healthy activities, such as jump roping, hula-hoops, and basketball to raise money for the American Heart Association. We surpassed our goal by raising $2,610.14! Thank you to the Baylis students and families for supporting this wonderful fundraiser!



Oh My! Characters Come to Life at the Baylis Wax Museum

Third-grade Baylis students celebrated learning as they presented the annual Wax Museum. Students dressed in costume as their favorite fictional characters and silently portrayed them, bringing their stories to life. Parents were invited into their child’s classrooms for a brief tale of fiction delivered through each student’s voice. The presentations marked the culmination of a character study unit in reading and literary essay unit of writing, while the wax museum provides a fun exercise for young children to share their knowledge and love of characters with the entire Baylis school community.

Students Place No. 1 and 2 in Junior Forensics Challenge

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School seventh-graders Sage Gladstone and Elena Andrade for their recent success at the Long Island Junior Forensics League Tournament. After weeks of practicing under the guidance of Syosset High School English teacher Lydia Esslinger and members of the high school forensics team, Sage and Elena competed at a middle school forensics tournament held at Kellenberg High School in February. Both students competed in the category of Oral Interpretation. Sage recited a collection of Judith Viorst poems and won first place overall. Elena recited a collection of Maya Angelou poems and placed second overall. Both Sage and Elena worked hard to prepare for this event and were very proud to represent South Woods Middle School.

Baylis Celebrates PARP Week

Baylis hosted several activities in celebration of PARP week! Baylis alumni (current Syosset High School students) came back for a special visit to read a selection of award-winning picture books to current Baylis students. The staff was excited to host their former students in their classrooms. Additionally, the entire school participated in “Drop Everything and Read,” an activity in which all students and staff spontaneously took out their favorite book and read for fun. The PTA also hosted an author presentation with Max Brallier, who expressed his passion for creative writing and shared some of his childhood experiences as inspiration for his books. During the “Buddy Up and Read” activity classrooms were paired together to celebrate reading with new partners. As a culminating event, students wore their favorite jerseys to support Student Council’s “Wear a Jersey” Spirit Day.

While Baylis students enjoyed all these special reading experiences, the school continues to celebrates its love of reading every day.




Harvard Club Honors Three From Syosset

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The Harvard Club of Long Island has recognized three members of the Syosset Central School District for excellence in their field. Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante has been named a “Distinguished Educator” while Kim Costa, who teaches English at South Woods Middle School and Georgette Kagan who teaches social studies at the high school have each been named a “Distinguished Teacher.” 

Each year, HCLI asks current Harvard undergraduates to nominate a secondary-level teacher who made a positive difference in their lives.

Costa’s former student credited her for instilling a love for reading, writing and public speaking that was absent prior to becoming her student. “This year I am writing my senior thesis and I often remind myself of the skills I learned in [Costa’s] eighth-grade class: reading texts carefully, making a cogent analysis, and clearly articulating an argument. Ms. Costa’s influence is even apparent in my extracurricular activities: her penchant for poetry kindled one in me, which led to the vice presidency of my high school literary arts magazine, and at Harvard to create a Poetry Public Service Project with a federal judge,” wrote Costa’s former student.                    

Dr. Durante’s nominator compared the principal to a teacher and called him a mentor invested in all students who instilled in her empowerment and optimism and supported her along the way. “Dr. Durante made it an absolute joy for all of us to come to school every day, creating a positive environment, not only for us to excel in our work, but also for teachers to. He made me recognize the importance of creating such an environment in my own work, which I continually strive to do in my leadership activities at Harvard,” wrote Dr. Durante’s nominating student.        

In nominating Kagan, her former student called her an inspirational teacher who fascinated students with her account of international trips, her insight into historical events and her personal awareness of current events. “Most noteworthy is Ms. Kagan’s investment in each and every one of her students. I will always remember how she allowed my thoughts to be heard in a sea of other students. I would consider myself a success if I could inspire just one of my students that way she has inspired me,” said the student.             
            
“On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire central administration team, I congratulate and thank Ms. Costa, Ms. Kagan and Dr. Durante for their dedication to our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “We are fortunate to have these three as part of our team, and they deserve this recognition. They epitomize what a Syosset education stands for: preparing students for success in college, their careers and life.”   

Every year the HCLI recognizes 40-60 Distinguished Teachers, with 12-14 honored as finalists for a Harvard fellowship, the latter of which Costa has been named. Fellowship winners will be announced at a university luncheon in April.

Kindergarten students learning how to use chromebooks in the library.

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Distinguished Teacher

Congratulations to South Woods MS English teacher Kim Costa, who has been named a “Distinguished Teacher” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

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Geo Bee Finalist

Congratulations to South Grove Elementary School fourth-grader Samuel Wang, who is among 100 state finalists in the National Geographic Geo Bee competition and one of only three fourth-graders to advance.

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Geo Bee Finalist

Congratulations to South Woods Middle School sixth-grader Daniel Chan, who is among 100 state finalists in the National Geographic Geo Bee competition.

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Geo Bee Finalist

Congratulations to HBT Middle School Trisha Sinha, who is among 100 state finalists in the National Geographic Geo Bee competition.

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HBT Talent Show

Just before February Break, HBT students showcased their varied talents in two entertaining performances.  This year's Talent Show featured singers, modern dancers, and instrumentalists.  Classic and modern styles from Gene Kelly to Adele were seen in choreographed song-and-dance numbers.   Unique acts, always a specialty at Thompson, wowed the crowd.  This year, a large unicycle provide quite unique!  Our Audio-Visual Club provided lights, sound, and backstage help.  Congratulations to the entire cast and crew.

Meet the Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Syosset High School is proud to announce that Yash Samantaray is the Class of 2017 valedictorian and Benjamin Rhee is the salutatorian.           

“Yash and Ben are two exceptional students who we have already heard much about,” said Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante. “In addition to being at the top of their class, they are very involved in their respective extracurricular activities and both have received numerous accolades to date.  I’m sure there will be more great things to come from both of them and I wish them continued success in the future.”                               

Yash plans to major in material science engineering and is awaiting word from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale, among others. Ben will major in biosciences and has been accepted to Harvard but is waiting to hear from other colleges before making a commitment.             

“It feels great! It was never a big goal of mine, it was never something I really believed I could achieve,” said Yash, who attributes his success to a strong work ethic instilled by his family. “Now that I am here, being named valedictorian is pretty amazing.” 

“I’m really thankful that all of my hard work has paid off,” said Ben, whose attention to meeting his responsibilities on a day-to-day basis has been a big factor in his success. “Overall it feels wonderful receiving this honor.”                 
    
Yash is president of the high school Mathletes team, a three-time letter winner with both the varsity tennis and badminton teams and a violinist in the school’s chamber orchestra. Musically he is a New York State School Music Association Level 6 soloist, achieved All-County status and participated in the Long Island String Festival Association. He is also an executive board member and web designer for the National Honor Society. Among his many awards and accomplishments in the areas of math and science, Yash was an American Invitational Mathematics Exam qualifier, won gold and bronze medals at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, and was a semifinalist in both the Siemens Science Research competition and a prizewinning scholar in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. He was also named a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar and Presidential Scholar candidate this year.    
                          
Ben serves as editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper “The Pulse,” is senior class treasurer and vice president of Model Congress. He has placed high in math and science competitions, including reaching the finals and semifinals in national Chemistry and Biology Olympiads respectively, along with being named a Regeneron prizewinning scholar and achieving multiple honors participating in Mathletes.  Ben is also a violinist with the school’s chamber orchestra, has served as concertmaster, is the Chamber Music Club President and was selected for All-National and All-Eastern ensembles. Other musical honors include performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He also enjoys tennis, volleyball and ran winter track in his freshman year. He was named a National Merit Finalist and a National AP Scholar of Distinction.     
                            
Both students spend their free time volunteering in their community. Yash participates in Piano for Patients, a student-run charity that performs for senior citizens in nursing homes. Ben also volunteers at a local nursing facility as well as at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.    
                
“Just a few days prior to being named this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, I had the pleasure of introducing Yash and Ben to our community and our Board of Education for their accomplishments in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, so it comes as no surprise that they are at the top of the Class of 2017,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “These are two exceptionally talented, well-rounded and extremely dedicated young men who serve as fine ambassadors to our school community. We are proud to have them represent Syosset.”     
        
Yash and Ben are pictured being congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.

    


Young Reporters Keeping You In the Know

Young Reporters Keeping You In the Know

Ten student reporters at H.B. Thompson Middle School are learning what it’s like to be published in a major daily newspaper thanks to Newsday’s Kidsday feature. Under the direction of teachers Florence Izzo and Nicole Mammolito, students have been working together as their own ‘editorial board’ to brainstorm ideas with a member of the Kidsday editorial staff to identify topical events, places and movies to cover and write reviews on.

These young reporters have already covered indoor skydiving at iFly in Yonkers and given their take on the movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Next up is a full spread in an upcoming edition of Kidsday scheduled to run the week of March 19.

According to Izzo, the students have taken a greater interest in reading and writing as a result of their participation, and their writing has improved significantly as a result. “It’s a positive way for them to have their writing published and for others to see,” said Izzo.

Pictured are HBT’s Kidsday contributors Mahima Bhandari, Riley Fink, Haley Goldberg, Nicole Weinstein holding a print edition of their iFly review.

Future topics will address school uniforms and the benefits of using computers vs. paper and pen. To read their reviews of iFly and “Rogue One” click here:

http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/family/kidsday/indoor-fun-for-all-ages-skydiving-at-ifly-1.12786686

http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/family/kidsday/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-review-1.12755558

Three Headed to NYS Geo Bee Championship

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Three students from the Syosset Central School District are among 100 state finalists in the National Geographic Geo Bee competition. Congratulations to South Grove Elementary School fourth-grader Samuel Wang, Harry B. Thompson Middle School eighth-grader Trisha Sinha and South Woods Middle School sixth-grader Daniel Chan who will compete in Albany on March 31 for the right to represent the state at the National Geographic Bee championship to be held in Washington D.C. in May.
Each year thousands of schools across America participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms and spark student interest and public awareness in the subject. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

In qualifying, students won their respective schoolwide Geo Bees and also took an online exam.

Samuel is one of just three fourth-graders to advance to the state finals. Daniel is making his second consecutive trip to Albany as a finalist. (Daniel’s twin brother Timothy  represented South Grove as a state finalist two years ago). Trisha, who was the HBT Middle School champion in 2016 as well, is also making her second consecutive trip to the state finals, where she finished in fourth-place last year.         




Multicultural Exposition

Harry B. Thompson Middle School recently held a multicultural exposition to celebrate the rich diversity of the Syosset School District community and educate students on the people, geography, customs and culinary delights of countries around the world.

The HBT gymnasium was the center of activity, where stations were set up with informative displays, multimedia presentations, artifacts, souvenirs and food samplings. When stopping by the Japanese station, students could learn how to roll sushi, or enjoy tastes from Greece, Italy or Mexico at their respective stations. Taking a virtual tour of France was also on the table. Students also gave special performances.

Girls Bowling Team the County Champ

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School girls bowling team for winning the Nassau County championship! Pictured are team members (bottom row, l-r) Jackie Tang,
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coach Wayne Berbert. The team heads to Rochester this weekend for the state championships. Good luck!

Seventh Grader Pens Honorable Essay

Seventh Grader Pens Honorable Essay
Emma Leiman earned 2nd place in Nassau County for the 2016 -2017 VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. The theme for the 2016-2017 VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest was “The America I Believe In.” Pictured with Emma are Gus Scutari and Commander Bill Santini from the Syosset VFW, James Kassebaum (HBT principal), and Heather Schulman, Emma's seventh grade social studies teacher. In addition to certificates of recognition, Mr. Scutari and Commander Santini awarded Emma checks totaling $100 for her outstanding achievement.

“All About” Books

First-grade students at Baylis School took their interests and expertise to a new level to write "All About" books. Each student began by selecting a topic to write about, then developed questions and identified areas to research before writing their books. Once written, they reread the text with careful consideration of their audience, and the information they wanted to convey in their writing. Students revised their workas needed, published their "All About" books and celebrated their finished products with family and guests at the Baylis Nonfiction Fair.





Peer Mediators Are Here to Help

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Baylis Elementary School Peer Mediators recently conducted an assembly to teach third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students about the five Ws of Peer Mediation. They spoke about “Why” the school has this program, “Who” the Peer Mediators are, “Where” and “When” you can find them and “What” they do and “How” they do it.  Peer Mediators also performed a role-playing skit to show ways that they can help to solve conflicts among peers.


VEI Businesses Head to Finals

VEI Businesses Head to Finals

The Virtual Enterprise International program at Syosset High School continues to make headlines during its inaugural year. VEI teachers recently hosted a networking breakfast for the school’s four classes/student-run firms. The CEOs of Syosset VEI companies Alternate Reality Entertainment and Flip Chip took the opportunity to announce that their companies have each earned a spot in the Long Island Business Plan Competition Finals to be held March 1 in Holbrook.

ARE and Flip Chip are among the top 10 VE teams (and the school’s AAA Turbo Tech and Nice Pops finished in the top 25) on Long Island from the 72 student-run businesses vying for spots. Teams were selected based on scores received by judges on their written business plan and presentation of it. The top four teams identified at the finals will advance to the Virtual Enterprise International National Business Plan Competition on April 3 at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City.

VEI students take on the roles of business professionals and create a workplace environment in the classroom. They brainstorm ideas for a product, service or marketable concept, then establish their company by submitting resumes and cover letters to hopefully land an interview for various positions, including the CEO.   

“This has been the ultimate business experience,” said ARE CEO Seth Blumer, who along with Flip Chip CEO Jack Santoro was proud to share the news with their fellow VEI colleagues and teachers. (Both are pictured in the main photo).

“The night I found out the results I was very excited for the students,” said teacher Matthew Fiasconaro, who presides over the Flip Chip team. “While not every VEI team member presents at the finals, like any business, it takes the hard work of everyone involved to create and execute a business plan.”

Flip Chip markets a line of all-natural, environmentally sustainable and tasty potato chips. ARE, led by teacher Kathleen Goldin, provides customers with headsets to take part in virtual reality games and experiences. “Considering the Syosset classes are new this year, the students have done a remarkable job,” she said.

Syosset’s other two VE businesses –  AAA Turbo Tech, led by teacher Glenn Baumann, provides smart technology products for the office or individual – and Nice Pops, led by teacher Jason Muller, sells non-genetically modified organic frozen desserts.

All four of Syosset’s VE teams have been performing well in local competitions, with multiple awards to show for it.                 
At a recent VEI trade show held in Farmingdale, Nice Pops took first-place honors in the logo and booth categories and third-place in sales, while Flip Chip took second-place honors for their booth and creativity.

“Students have an opportunity to take all of the knowledge they have gained in the classroom and apply it in a very realistic simulation,” said Muller.

“This is an incredible experience for the students which gives them real-world experience,” added Baumann. “They have the opportunity to talk the language of business, take risks and experience what it takes to be managers and employees in a business.”    





Griffin Halpern: News 12 Scholar-Athlete

Griffin Halpern: News 12 Scholar-Athlete
The district congratulates Syosset High School senior Griffin Halpern on being named a News 12/Bethpage Federal Credit Union Scholar-Athlete for the week of February 20.

Griffin captains the varsity basketball and soccer squads. He plays center and midfield for the soccer team and point guard for basketball, the latter of which he averaged 16.3 points per game with six assists this season. Additionally, he earned All-County honors and was named among the Top 50 players on Long Island by Newsday for both sports. He was also named Conference Player of the Year in basketball and led the team to its first playoff victory since 1991, scoring 29 points in the quarterfinal game.

Academically, Griffin has a 96 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

Griffin is pictured here being congratulated by Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, head soccer coach Brett Waxer and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin.

To view Griffin’s News 12 Scholar-Athlete segment, click here: http://longisland.news12.com/sports/high-school/scholar-athlete/news-12-long-island-scholar-athlete-1.9516124




Fit for Excellence

Fit for Excellence
Congratulations to seniors Tierney Latham and Richard Rambarran, who are Syosset High School’s recipients of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s annual Zone Award. The award is given to students who exhibit a physically active and healthy lifestyle; demonstrate sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship; exhibit exceptional achievement in physical education class; and achieve a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.     

The school’s physical education teachers and Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin are pictured congratulating Tierney and Richard.

Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

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Congratulations to seniors Yash Samantaray (pictured left) and Benjamin Rhee, who have been named Syosset High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

Valentines for Veterans

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As a warm gesture of appreciation to our nation’s heroes, South Woods Middle School students spent time during their lunch periods and in art classes to create Valentines for Veterans, spreading some joy to those who served in the military.  South Woods students created hundreds of valentine messages to send to the Veterans’ Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport.  The effort was organized and sponsored by the school’s Sixth-Grade Student Council, Future Leaders of America Club, Peer Mediators, and the South Woods CARES Committee.

Saving Animals with Robots

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Congratulations to the H.B. Thompson Middle School Technology Club Team Bot 2 for winning the Best Mechanical Design award at the FIRST Lego League qualifying round held at Central Islip High School.             

Comprised of students ages nine to 14, the competition tasked students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community during a series of activities centered on the theme “Animal Allies.” Participants programmed and designed robots to complete tasks to help animals and improve how humans interact with them.

Using a large game board, Bot 2’s mission was to help elephants by programming their robots to deliver food to them and assist those that have gone astray to return to their natural habitat.

HBT Principal James Kassebaum congratulates team members Anna Kokoris, Giovanna Napoleone, Pearce O’Connor and Ethan Silverstein, pictured  here with Technology Club adviser Tom Kleint.




Planning for the Future

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The Syosset High School Guidance Department met with students on January 30, 31, and February 1 to discuss their potential schedules, elective options, and program planning for the 2017-18 school year. For more information, including the 2017-18 curriculum manual, please refer to the High School webpage on this website under the Schools menu, or contact the guidance office at (516) 364-5686.

HS Wrestler is Newsday’s Athlete of the Week

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Congratulations to Syosset High School senior Vito Arujau who was recently named Newsday’s  Athlete of the Week. Vito is having an amazing wrestling career, earning his 200th win at Syosset against Westbury and being named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Cold Spring Harbor Dual Tournament last month.

He also placed second in the 58 kilograms category at 2016 Cadet World Championships held in Tbilisi, Georgia in September, which is considered to be the premier wrestling tournament for high school students in the world. He also finished first in his weight class at the Super 32 national competition held in Greensboro, North Carolina in October.
    
Vito has wrestled for Syosset High School since the eighth grade with his only defeat coming in his first year. He is attempting to become a four-time state champion, a feat that has only been accomplished by a handful of wrestlers in New York State. Vito’s brother Nick, who also wrestled for Syosset, was a three-time NYS champ. Vito signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at Cornell University next fall.
    
To read more about Vito and his selection as Athlete of the Week, please click here http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/wrestling/athlete-of-the-week-is-syosset-s-vito-arujau-1.13084147

Syosset Robotics Teams Host and Win Challenge

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For the fourth consecutive year, Syosset High School hosted the FIRST Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament, an event that showcases student knowledge in engineering and robotics through game-style challenges in which robots compete. Once again, the hometown students gave the audience something to be proud of as two Syosset robotics teams partnered with another school to take the tournament’s top honor.              

Congratulations to Syosset robotics teams Elite and Syosset Sparks along with their alliance partner from Locust Valley High School on winning first place for robot performance among 27 teams participating in the event. The Syosset Syborgs, another team from the high school competing in the challenge, won the Motivate award. Just a few weeks earlier, Syosset Syborgs were the runner-up at a FIRST tournament at Center Moriches where they also took home the Inspire award, which recognizes “gracious professionalism,” teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate with judges regarding their experience and knowledge of the FIRST program.

As a result of these successes, Elite, Syosset Sparks and Syosset Syborgs have all advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship to be held at Smithtown High School West on February 11. Congratulations to all three teams as well as robotics advisers/teachers John Chae, Craig Mooers and Tom Morritt.  

The FIRST Tech Challenge – also referred to as “Sport for the Mind” – is an organized series of robotics competitions in which students participate by designing and building robots. FIRST robots are specifically engineered to complete a set or series of tasks in a specified amount of time. More than 70 Syosset High School students are involved in the program.                               

Best of luck to the teams moving forward in this year’s competition. Pictured are members of the teams with their robots.





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Two Finalists in International Sustainability Olympiad

Two Finalists in International Sustainability Olympiad
Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Dahyun Park and Jordan Sanford, who have qualified as finalists for the International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP!) to be held in Houston, Texas in May.

Dahyun and Jordan worked together to explore the use of microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment. They worked in school and from home under the direction of Science Research Facilitator Veronica Ade. Both students were named semifinalists in this year’s Siemens Foundation Competition for Math, Science and Technology for this research project.

For the past 10 years, I-SWEEEP! has inspired students to develop projects to help preserve Earth's resources and create a sustainable planet for everyone.  Each year the competition brings together hundreds of the brightest STEM-focused students from approximately 70 countries in a fun and collaborative environment.

Students Place No. 1 and 2 in Junior Forensics Challenge

  Students Place No. 1 and 2 in Junior Forensics Challenge
Congratulations to South Woods Middle School seventh-graders Sage Gladstone and Elena Andrade for their recent success at the Long Island Junior Forensics League Tournament. After weeks of practicing under the guidance of Syosset High School English teacher Lydia Esslinger and members of the high school forensics team, Sage and Elena competed at a middle school forensics tournament held at Kellenberg High School in February. Both students competed in the category of Oral Interpretation. Sage recited a collection of Judith Viorst poems and won first place overall. Elena recited a collection of Maya Angelou poems and placed second overall. Both Sage and Elena worked hard to prepare for this event and were very proud to represent South Woods Middle School.
 

A Four-Time NYS Champion!

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Congratulations to Syosset High School senior Vito Arujau who won his fourth New York State championship in wrestling, becoming only the second wrestler in Nassau County history and 10th in state history to achieve this accomplishment.

Vito culminated an impressive high school wrestling career, which officially began in the eighth grade, the last time he lost a match. His 174-match win streak is a Long Island record and his 216-1 career record ranks among the best of all time. His only loss came against another four-time state champion who holds the state consecutive match streak record.

Vito holds a record five Nassau County titles and won a silver medal earlier this year at the Cadet World championships held in the country of Georgia. He also finished first in his weight class at the Super 32 national competition held in Greensboro, North Carolina last October. He was named a Newsday “Athlete of the Week” and is currently ranked No. 1 in the country for the 138-pound weight class and No. 5 overall pound for pound by Flo Wrestling, a leading source of wrestling news and rankings. Later this month Vito will take to the mat in Pittsburgh as a member of Team USA in the prestigious Dapper Dan tournament.

“World class” is the term Vito’s head wrestling coach, Mike Murtha used to describe his three-year captain. “Vito is an intelligent, dedicated and personable young man. He is always quick on his feet, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances I've seen him in,” said Murtha. “He realizes that success can only be obtained through hard work and approaching each task with a positive attitude. He is a once-in-a-lifetime athlete to coach.”

Academically, Vito is also a high achiever with a 90 grade point average. He will attend Cornell University this fall and wrestle for their team.

Syosset BOE Honors Fall Athletes

Syosset BOE Honors Fall Athletes

Drew Cronin, Syosset CSD’s director of athletics, physical education and recreation, highlighted the successes of several fall varsity student-athletes and athletic teams at the February Board of Education meeting. Certificates were awarded and Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and central administrators congratulated the student-athletes in attendance. Those honored included the County Champion girls cross-country team, the New York State qualifying boys cross-country team, News 12 Scholar Athlete basketball/soccer player Griffin Halpern, All-Long Island and All-State boys soccer player Rich Rambarran, All-State girls soccer player Lauryn Shin, All-State swimmer Elizabeth Lu, and All-State tennis players Marissa Levine and Risha Malhotra.








It’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Fun!

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First-grade students at South Grove Elementary School are learning about the weather in science – and also becoming cloud experts. Students enjoyed sharing their knowledge by using their Communication Talent Skill #6 to show WITHOUT words what they know about clouds. They drew clouds –right on their desks – with the help of shaving cream.
    
The Communication Talent is part of the Talents Unlimited program. Talents Unlimited is a nationally recognized, research-based thinking skills program which develops students’ critical and creative thinking skills within the context of classroom curriculum. Along with the Academic Talent, there are 5 specific skills that are developed: Productive Thinking, Communication, Forecasting, Planning, and Decision Making. South Grove Enrichment Specialist Michele Webb collaborates with the classroom teachers to develop students’ expertise in these higher-order thinking skills.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017