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SHS Hosts Multicultural Festival

Student at a table at the multicultural fair
Students serve food at the fair
Korea booth at the multicultural fair
The World Language Department at the high school held its annual multicultural festival on January 11th.  Held in the student lobby, several student groups set up booths to represent the many cultural heritages of Syosset High School’s students.  Each booth highlighted a unique cultural attribute or activity, such as an authentic food or fun game. The French Club invited guests to try a bottle ring fishing game and sold crepes, the Russian club sold blinis, and students who visited the Japanese Club’s booth wrote their names in calligraphy. 

SHS Named 5th Best on LI, Middle Schools Ranked in Top 5 in NYS!

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Niche.com just released its annual list of the Top 100 schools in the state, and Syosset High School was named 5th best on Long Island, 9th best in NY State. H.B. Thompson and South Woods Middle School were both ranked in the top five middle schools in NY State. And all elementary schools were ranked within the top 35 best public elementary schools in the state!

SHS Forensics Top Performers at Ridge Invitational!

Forensics Debaters with their trophies
Ridge High School, located in New Jersey, hosted its annual “Ridge Invitational” speech and debate tournament on January 26th. Over 800 students from 60 schools from across the U.S. competed. Syosset's team placed 4th overall, sweeping the debate events. Seniors Diya Chadha and Malini Rudra placed first in the Public Forum Debate, arguing whether the U.S. federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth. In the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, pitting one debater against another on whether the U.S. ought to provide military aid to authoritarian regimes, sophomore Isabella Souza placed first in the JV division while freshman Amanda Huang was named the Top Novice Debater.

In the competition, debaters have to argue both pros and cons on topics that change every two months. Coach Lydia Esslinger explains that students develop strong research techniques and become well-informed and articulate on complex policy issues. In addition to trophies, the first-place winners traditionally receive elaborate posters/constructions that reflect a feature of their event. 
 

Three Team Medals and Eight Individual Medals for SHS Mathletes!

Team A Members Lower Division Curt Boddie Award
Team A Upper Division Second Place
Team B Lower Division
Student Alex He
Student Cindy Li
Student David Wang
Student Eric Wang
Student Jimmy Zhao
Student Kevin Lee
Student Thomas Lam
The Syosset Mathletes competed on February 1, 2019 in the Nassau County Math Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury.  Led by coach Kimberly Dwyer, the Syosset Mathletes earned three team medals.  The Lower Division Team A won the Curt Boddie Memorial Award for a first-place finish.  Syosset teams also earned a second place in the Upper Division and a seventh place in the Lower Division.  There were 63 upper division teams and 47 lower division teams competing.  

In addition to the team accolades, Syosset Mathletes won eight individual medals.  The Nassau County Math Tournament required students to compete in an individual (grade level) round of 15 questions, a 10 question “Mathletic” round, and a 20-question team round.  105 students competed in the 9th grade competition, 129 students competed at the 10th grade level, 145 students competed at the 11th grade level, and 167 students competed at the 12th grade level.  

Reminder! Schools Closed Week of February 18th

All schools will be closed from Monday, February 18, 2019 through Friday, February 22, 2019. 

VE Team AstroDough Advances to the Championship Round!

Team AstroDough at the VE competition
Congratulations to SHS Virtual Enterprise International team AstroDough, who were chosen as a finalist in the 2019 Long Island Business Plan Competition! Out of 107 teams that competed, only 11 teams were chosen to participate in the Championship Round at American Portfolios, taking place on February 26 in Holbrook. CEO Yan Luo, is working night and day to prepare her team for the next level of intense competition. The District wishes the team the best of luck!

SHS senior Thomas Lam named Regeneron STS Finalist

Thomas Lam with his research project displayed
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Thomas Lam and Veronica Ade
Thomas Lam with Dr. Rogers and Dr. Durante
Thomas Lam congratulated by District Admin and research staff
Congratulations to Syosset High School senior Thomas Lam on being named a 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) finalist. Out of 1,964 entries nationwide, Thomas was one of only 40 students to be named a finalist.  He will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to undergo final judging, display his research project, meet with notable scientists and members of Congress, and compete for a total of $1.8 million in awards. Winners will be announced at a black-tie gala award ceremony at the National Building Museum on March 12. 

The Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Students are selected based upon their scientific research and on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community. Thomas was named a semifinalist earlier this month along with three other Syosset seniors, and received a $2,000 award. Syosset High School was also awarded $2,000 for each of the semifinalists.  

Thomas Lam completed his research work at Syosset High School. He created a game named The Number Rotation Puzzle, which is played on a square or rectangular grid of scrambled numbers. The goal of the game is to restore the numbers back into order by rotating square blocks of numbers of a set size. For all possible sizes of the board and all possible sizes of the rotating square blocks, players determine for what initial positions of the numbers the puzzle is solvable. Three-cycle algorithms, which are essential to solving these types of combination games, were found using a computer program in order to solve this focused problem. The results were then extended and special cases in which the general solving algorithm failed were handled.

SHS ACT Spreads Kindness and Holiday Cheer

ACT Board Members at the holiday show for veterans
The Syosset High School Association of Creative Thespians (ACT) recently performed a holiday show at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an annual tradition. Prior to the event, members of ACT gathered together to make dozens of homemade holiday cards to make certain every resident and staff member at the facility received a holiday greeting and a note of gratitude for their service. Remarked Gabrielle Bieder, ACT Community Service Coordinator, “To me there is nothing more special than pure kindness.”

ACT has a strong commitment to community service, holding events at least once a month that include fundraisers for charities, walkathons, and raising funds for charities through tickets sales to the shows. Some of the community service acts the group has already done this school year include making and donating over 630 sandwiches to the Ronald McDonald house, walking in the annual Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, and raising $442 for The Memory Project. This year marks the start of a new program, the Syosset High School Theatre Outreach Program at MercyFirst Children’s Orphanage and Refugee. Members of ACT visit MercyFirst monthly and run acting workshops with the residents. “Theatre has the ability to heal, and by introducing them to this art form they will be able to express themselves and connect to their emotions. The bonds we have formed with them will be everlasting” stated Gabrielle. 
 

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Four SHS Students Named 2019 Regeneron STS Scholars!

SHS Regeneron Scholars 2019 winners
Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Thomas Lam, Serena Lee, Spencer Pugach and Michael Wang, who were named Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) 2019 Scholars! The Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. These students were selected from 1,964 entries nationwide and will receive a $2,000 award with an additional $2,000 going to the high school. They are among 300 Regeneron STS scholars recognized nationwide and hope to be among 40 finalists named later this month.

Motivational Speaker David Flood Presents to 9th Graders

Speaker David Flood addressing SHS Students in the auditorium

SHS ninth graders recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation from motivational speaker David Flood, who empowers students with social and emotional skills while teaching the crucial life skills of dignity and respect. Mr. Flood's work aligns with the District's focus on mental health and social emotional learning, and its commitment to support students during their transition to high school. 

Toys for Tots Drive Exemplifies Kindness and Empathy at South Grove!

Students show off toys collected for Toys for Tots
Students collect toys in large containers to donate
South Grove Student Council sponsored their annual Toys for Tots Drive in December. Through the KPRIDE initiative, students exemplified Kindness and Empathy. The goal was to collect an abundance of new, unwrapped toys that would be distributed to less fortunate children during the holiday season. It was quite successful and we are so proud of our students! 

Elementary Report Card Redesign

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The Syosset Central School District is excited to announce that through a collaborative effort, the Elementary-level report card has been redesigned. The new report card is aligned with the daily work in the classroom, applies a standards-based approach that focuses on individual learning, and is specific to each grade level. You can find templates of the new report cards here.

The team has created Parent Guidance Documents that outline the new design, provide an explanation of the learning standards, and detail student performance. These documents also contain valuable information to support students in their learning at home. The Parent Guidance Documents for each grade level can be found here.

The Elementary Report Card will be presented at the Syosset Council of PTA Annual Parent Workshop on October 29th (Please click here to view the flyer). In addition, Parent Guidance Documents will be reviewed at the November PTA meetings, and teachers will be focusing conversations around the new report card during the November parent/teacher conferences.

The District takes pride in the results of this collaborative work, and we are confident this will allow us to better communicate student achievement to students and families, measure learning against a standard of performance, and refine our instructional practice to best meet student needs.

Facilities Planning Information

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Click here for more information about the Facilities Planning
Wednesday, February 20, 2019