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Perfect Score for Wanlin Li at the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad!

Perfect Score for Wanlin Li at the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad photo
Syosset High School Senior Wanlin Li received an individual gold medal for her perfect score at the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). Wanlin was a member of the U.S. team participating in the international competition that took place in Florence, Italy in April. The U.S. team placed second among teams from 52 countries. This is the second time Wanlin was awarded an individual gold medal as well as team honors in this prestigious competition. In 2017, she represented the U.S. as part of a four-member team that won first place, each receiving individual gold medals, in the competition held in in Switzerland.

Wanlin was recently praised by the College Board for her superior score of 5 on last May’s AP Computer Science A Exam, receiving the maximum score on every portion of the exam. She was one of only 112 students worldwide to achieve this score. 

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

South Woods Scores Ninth Place in the New York State Science Olympiad

South Woods Scores Ninth Place in the New York State Science Olympiad photo
South Woods Middle School took ninth place out of 40 teams in the New York State Science Olympiad competition held at Minoa High School in East Syracuse April 13-14. It was an amazing competition with South Woods winning 16 medals! 

Team members were Edward Duan, Eric Huang, Ashley Jung, Michael Lan, Kyle Cheng, Aaron Chuang, Siddharth Desai, Evelyn Feusi, Elena Hong, David Liu, Andor Szekeres, Alex Wang, Zach Yasinov, Wesley Zhou and Andrew Zhou. 

Edward Duan and Evelyn Feusi won first place in the “Write It, Do It” category. Zach Yasinov and Andor Szekeres won first place in the “Solar System” category. Eric Huang and David Liu won seventh place for “Fast Facts.” Aaron Chuang and David Liu won eighth place for “Optics” and they also won ninth place for “Meteorology.” Eric Huang won ninth place with Aaron Chuang for “Hovercraft.” Edward Duan and Eric Huang won ninth place for “Roller Coaster.” Elena Hong and Michael Lan won 10th place in “Thermodynamics.” 

Coach Linda Stollow is extremely proud of the hard work and determination demonstrated by these dedicated students.




 
 

Autism Speaks at Baylis!

Baylis has been lighting it up Blue for World Autism Awareness Month.  In addition to wearing blue on April 16th, students and teachers have been purchasing puzzle pieces for $1 to benefit the group, Autism Speaks-Long Island.  We have raised almost $300.  Way to go Baylis!

 

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Learning Empathy through History

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Music students at Robbins Lane Elementary School have been studying the music of the Civil Rights Movement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

One of the most memorable songs they learned was “We Shall Overcome,” a gospel song that evolved into a prominent anthem for the movement. Students studied the lyrics using a Smithsonian historical recording from 1964. Each student wrote a special verse of their own for the song, including Jeremy Schlenoff, whose personal lyric read, “We shall all have joy!” Students shared and performed their composition with their classmates.

Students also read the Caldecott-winning “Martin’s Big Words,” a stirring picture book that teaches empathy and the power of being an upstander. As a follow-up exercise, they shared 10 ways to be an upstander and learned how to “keep their empathy radars up” by sitting with new friends at lunch, celebrating ways in which each person is unique, and using kind, positive words. 

Additional audio recordings, books and poems, as well as excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches, were also used as resources for these activities, which were led by Robbins Lane music teacher Dr. Catherine da Silva.
 

Syosset High School Hosts Author Marc Aronson

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On April 12th, Syosset High School hosted author, professor and historian Dr. Marc Aronson. After reading his book Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials, ninth grade students gathered for a culminating event and an interactive discussion of the Puritan Society, witch hunts, and the societal effects of silencing and ostracizing minority community members. A kickoff assembly featured the chorale students singing an adaptation of Where Is The Love?, a song by the Black Eyed Peas, accompanied by an interpretive dance performance and sign language students signing the lyrics. In breakout sessions proceeding the assembly, Dr. Aronson demonstrated the contemporary relevance of the witch trials that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, and emphasized the importance of speaking up for what is right. He also discussed how young citizens can have a big impact on society, and the importance of taking an active role and voicing opinions in governmental affairs. The events were coordinated by Sarah Wasser, Library Media Specialist. 
 
Dr. Marc Aronson holds a Ph.D. in American History from New York University and is the recipient of numerous awards including the LMP award for editing, the ALAN award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature, and the Robert F. Sibert Medal for nonfiction. He believes that young people are smart, passionate and capable and his mission is to inspire them to engage with new and challenging ideas. 

Dr. Aronson is pictured here signing copies of his book for Syosset High School students following an interactive discussion.



Syosset High School Honors Autism Acceptance Month

Syosset High School Honors Autism Acceptance Month photo
Once again, Syosset High School is honoring National Autism Acceptance Month. Members of Student Government, along with student and staff members, decorated the main hallway of the high school with red streamers, balloons, puzzle pieces and banners. Every morning for the week of April 9th, a fact about autism spectrum disorders was read during the morning announcements, including the mention of famous people living with autism. And on Friday, April 13th, students and staff wore red and were given stickers to wear that displayed the autism ribbon to show their support and commitment to promote awareness and acceptance of individuals on the spectrum. The color red was chosen as it is a symbol of love. 

Special thanks to (pictured left to right, along with students): Health/Wellness teacher Greg Cardona, Special Education teacher Sue Botta, Special Education teacher Gary Silverman, Aide Carolyn Sullivan, Aide Barbara Orvieto, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mary-Lou Sapienza, Special Education teacher Dale Iovine, Aide Donna LaMonica and all the students who took part in the events throughout the week. 



Syosset High School Volunteer Day

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Syosset High School’s Awareness Club hosted a Volunteer Day Fair on Friday, April 13th. Students had the opportunity to meet with community service organizations to explore ways to get involved and volunteer their time. Representatives from several organizations, including Girls on the Run, Nassau County Police Explorers, Syosset Fire Department, and Variety Child Learning Center were on hand to talk about their organizations and the positive impact student volunteers have.

Pictured are Syosset High School students discussing volunteer opportunities with community service organization representatives.

HBT Students Setting the Example

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Forty-five members of Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club at Harry B. Thompson Middle School are strengthening their reach as role models to make a greater impact on their school. The students underwent two days of in-school training by representatives of the Anti-Defamation League through the World of Difference program, to understand and address the challenges faced by students of all backgrounds. 

During the sessions, held in the middle school library, students conversed, role-played and participated in different exercises to gain a greater appreciation for diversity, while making new connections and identifying similarities in each other that may not have been obvious before. They are now using what they learned to embed acceptance into the culture of the school. This includes encouraging others to speak up and stand up to bullying behavior.

“I think this is truly unique and amazing that we are given the time to do this,” said eighth-grader Aanya Bedi, who is embracing her role as an ally to classmates in need of peer support. “I am having a great time learning about everyone. This is great training.”

Through Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club, co-advised by Randi Bloom and Alison deLauzon, many of the students have already solidified their statures as ambassadors.  Members have assisted incoming fifth-graders and newly arriving sixth-graders, helped to promote and coordinate Red Ribbon Week activities and overall, have served as upstanding voices for the silent student minority who may feel alone or in need of friendly encouragement. The Anti-Defamation League training is also helping to reinforce the middle school’s designation as a No Place for Hate School, an annual honor awarded by the league that was bestowed upon the school last spring for its efforts to promote multiculturalism and thwart bullying, including cyberbullying.

The Anti-Defamation League will announce its No Place for Hate Schools for 2018 later this spring. Stay tuned!

Representatives of the Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club are joined by their advisers Randi Bloom (middle row, second from left) and Alison deLauzon (back row, second from right) and Anti-Defamation League representatives Jane Pashman (middle row, far left) and Shanelle Henry (back row, far right) during their two-day World of Difference training. 


  

351 Inducted Into National Honor Society

351 Inducted Into National Honor Society photo
This year, Syosset High School’s National Honor Society inducted 351 new members into the Thalian Chapter during two special ceremonies held in the school’s Harvey P. Karp auditorium, which was filled with proud parents, faculty, school officials and scholars. 

NHS adviser Beth Waschitz welcomed the audience as Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante and NHS President Samantha Landsman each gave accounts about the dedication and hard work that goes into becoming a NHS member, as well as all of the wonderful efforts of NHS members over the years to make Syosset High School and the community a better place.

Executive Board members lit the ceremonial candles that represent the four key principles of NHS membership: character, scholarship, leadership and service. Then, one by one, the new inductees’ names were announced and each stepped up to the stage to receive their certificates prior to taking the NHS pledge. 

Special thanks to the Syosset High School chamber orchestra, led by Stephanie Merten, for providing the processional, interlude and recessional. Pictured are Syosset High School’s 2017-18 National Honor Society officers being congratulated by Dr. Durante (far left), Waschitz (second from right) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers (far right).

 

Top Honors at Science and Engineering Fairs

Top Honors at Science and Engineering Fairs photo
Syosset High School students won 16 different awards between the recent Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. Additionally, senior Radhika Patel has advanced to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on May 17. 

Radhika won first place in the Biomedical and Health Science category at LISEF, qualifying her for entry into ISEF. Her research validated the use of the drug riluzole to treat hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a disease that ruptures blood vessels in several major organs including the eyes, lungs, liver and brain, which results in internal bleeding, and often death.

"Radhika is a talented researcher who has a promising future career in STEM,” said Veronica Ade, the district’s research facilitator. “She demonstrates the characteristics of an excellent researcher; she is determined, passionate and curious. She worked hard to accomplish so much in her research, and I am so happy that she is being recognized for this.”

Ade also praised the work of other Syosset researchers, including the following NYSSEF award winners:
• Gayatri Sriram: –First Place, Materials Science
• Rahul Parthasarathy – Second Place, Physics and Astronomy
• Jeremy Weiss – Second Place, Robotics and Intelligent Machines
• Monet Yuan – Second Place, Cellular and Molecular Biology
• Lance Lampert – Third Place, Plant Sciences
• Julianna Bianco – Third Place, Biomedical and Health Sciences
• Justin Cohen – Third Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Jarrad Li – Third Place, Energy: Chemical

The following students won awards at LISEF:

Grand Award winners:
• Radhika Patel – First Place, Biomedical and Health Sciences
• Monet Yuan – Second Place, Biomedical and Health Sciences
• Justin Cohen – Third Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Jarrad Li – Third Place, Energy: Chemical
• Lance Lampert – Honorable Mention, Cellular and Molecular Biology
• Elizabeth Ruggiero – Honorable Mention, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Special award winners:
• Arushi Gahualt and Jennifer Lin – Association of Women Geoscientists 
• Jarrard Li – U.S. Metric Association

LISEF JV Awards:
• Aaron Lafazan – Second Place, Behavioral and Social Sciences
• Michael Bentivegna, Cooper Scher and Ariel Blumenberg – Third Place, Cell Biology
• Anthony LaBarca – Honorable Mention, Environmental Sciences 

Radhika is congratulated here by Ms. Ade and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. The district wishes her well at ISEF and congratulates all of its talented award-winning researchers.
 

 

Syosset HS Student Wins Local Sonnet Competition

Syosset HS Student Wins Local Sonnet Competition photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School’s Allison Lin, who is the winner of the Long Island Theatre Collective’s Romeo and Juliet sonnet competition. Allison wrote a sonnet that was recited by cast members of the organization’s recent production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” performed at the Cultural Playhouse in Syosset.

In addition to having her work recited on the big stage, Allison was presented with a prize by the Long Island Theatre Collective for her award-winning sonnet. The Collective is a theater company dedicated to providing professional, vibrant, evocative, challenging performances with the goal of advancing theater and enriching the local community.

Allison is congratulated here by two Syosset High School teachers who have influenced her writing: Jacqueline DeRosa (left) and Lydia Esslinger. 


Allison Lin’s award-winning Romeo and Juliet sonnet:
  
It should never have been, never have chanced,
But this forbidden love we were meant to bear,
We are outcasts but we are an outcast romance
They forced us to be separate, our hearts far yet near.

Your eyes sparkled as we danced that evening last,
In them I saw the natural fire of your soul.
Thence our love made us both iconoclasts
Both our families begging for our self-control.

But it was to no avail, we were simply meant to be,
Tied by the red string, red for fate, red for blood
Our tale inspired by the Romans Pyramus and Thisbe,
Our deadly love wrought calamity; yes, it was truly a dud. 

We had loved fiercely and we had fought hard to be one
But simple misunderstandings rendered our story done.

Kindergarten Curriculum Celebration!

The kindergarten students began an embryology unit.  During this unit, the children learned about animals that hatch and animals that are born alive and well.  They learned about chickens and chicks by reading a variety of non-fiction books and by observing the chicks once they hatched.  As part of our STEM project, we planned, designed and built “Super Coops” to house the chicks after the hatch.  We prepared a variety of activities including songs, poems and non-fiction chick books to share with our parents.  Parents were invited to come celebrate the culmination of this “egg” citing event!

Village Kindergartners Learn to Code Using Bee-bot Robots

Student Council Raises $3K for LLS

The Robbins Lane School Student Council held a fundraiser in January for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Every Wednesday in the month was designated “Spirit Day,” and for the first week students were invited to wear pajamas and bring in pennies for the patients. Students wore bright neon clothes and donated nickels on the second Wednesday, and put on crazy socks and deposited quarters in the school’s collection boxes the third week. For the finale, students wore team jerseys to show what great work they can do when everyone works together. On that day, dimes and dollars were brought to the classrooms. The total money raised by Robbins Lane during this campaign was $3,018.

On March 6, Kerianne Stein, a representative from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, came to Robbins Lane to speak with the Student Council and explain how the monies raised for LLS are used. Last year’s donations, dedicated for research, resulted in the development of 18 new medications to help patients to recover from these illnesses.

The Robbins Lane Student Council would like to thank the entire Robbins Lane community for helping to make this project such a huge success.

 

Baylis Peer Mediators Winter News

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Now that Winter is over (finally!), we can fill you in on what the Baylis Peer Mediators have been up to.  Over these past few months, Peer Mediators have continued to resolve conflicts if they arise at lunch and recess.  Our fourth and fifth grade volunteers have shown an excellent ability to interact positively with their peers and offer constructive solutions to problems. 

This Winter, we also commenced an exciting new program, Mediators as Mentors.  Each Peer Mediator was paired up with a Kindergarten or first grade student once per week to engage in mentoring during indoor recess.  Mediators quickly formed bonds with their mentees and all students involved began to look forward to their assigned meeting dates.  They used the indoor recess time to play board games or other interactive games designed to improve social skills such as turn taking, sharing, and good sportsmanship!

2017-2018 Snow Make-Up Days

Due to inclement weather, it is necessary to use all three snow make-up days published in the 2017-2018 school calendar, as well as add back an additional day of instruction.

The following dates are now designated as instructional days for all District students:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

The following date is now designated as an instructional day for elementary & middle school students, and as a rating day for Syosset High School - staff reports only: 

Friday, June 15, 2018 

We apologize for any impact this may have on family plans and appreciate your understanding.

Congratulations to Our Reflections Award Winners

Syosset CSD Students Win 11 Awards of Excellence & Merit in NYS PTA Reflections Program

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

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

The District congratulates the following students on their achievement:

Award of Excellence:

Darius Fan, South Woods Middle School, Music

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

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

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

 

Award of Merit:

Eesha Alladin, Syosset High School, Photography

Noah Berch, Robbins Lane Elementary School, Literature

Rishi Ghosh, Baylis Elementary School, Film Production

Sabrina Guo, South Woods Middle School, Literature

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

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

Zoe Rubinsky, Berry Hill Elementary School, Literature

Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

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

HBT Wins 15 Medals at Science Olympiad

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

HBT Supports Parkland

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

Pi Day @ Baylis!

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

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

A Record 38 From DECA Advance to International Conference

A Record 38 From DECA Advance to International Conference photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Syosset Senior in Select Company With Perfect AP Exam Score

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

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

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

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

Valentines for Veterans

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

Read Across America Day

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

100th Day Celebration

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

Baylis Celebrates Science!

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Baylis PARP Pick a Reading Partner

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

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

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

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

Peer Mediators

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

South Woods Wins 87 Medals at Science Olympiad Regional Competition

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

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

100 Days Smarter and Acting Much Older

100 Days Smarter and Acting Much Older photo

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

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

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

 

 

Literary Cafe

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


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


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

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Syosset Named a Best Community for Music for the 17th Time!

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For the 17th time the Syosset School District has been named as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. 

Syosset is one of 583 school districts in the nation to receive the distinction this year, which recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. There are approximately 14,000 public school districts in the U.S.

“This honor not only recognizes outstanding programming and musical accomplishments, but also the importance of community support,” said Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman. “I often say that Syosset is a community that demands nothing less than a high quality music education for all of its children. This is an award that every student, teacher, administrator and community member can take pride in, because they all play an important role in supporting music education in Syosset.”

Syosset has a K-12 sequential program in music education that has long been recognized as one of the best in the state and in the nation.  A 2002 Kennedy Center award acknowledged the outstanding support for music education from the community and the Board of Education. The District’s multiple Grammy Awards also serve as recognition of the extremely advanced level of performance given by its musical ensembles. 

The NAMM Foundation, assisted by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, evaluates schools and districts based on their funding, highly qualified music teachers, commitment to high music standards, community support, and participation and access to music instruction. 


 

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