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Happy 100th Day!

A Thank You from the Board

To: Members of the Syosset Community

Thank you for your support of the Phase II facilities propositions placed on yesterday's ballot. As a result, we will now be able to begin addressing some of the significant needs of our aging facilities, improve our instructional spaces, address traffic safety issues, and improve energy efficiency.

While yesterday's vote was a milestone, the real work is just beginning. We anticipate construction of projects approved last May (Phase I) to begin over the February and April school breaks. Initial construction of the projects approved yesterday (Phase II) will start in the Summer of 2019, starting with the instructional spaces (weight room, stadium, and science labs) as well as roofing, traffic safety and parking improvements.

Some of these initial projects will continue into the Fall of 2019 and the remaining projects in Phase II will likely be addressed in the following 2 years. We know this construction will be disruptive, and we thank you in advance for your patience. To help the community follow the progress of the work, the District will be posting on-line updates to give residents a sense of the order in which projects will be addressed, and the anticipated construction schedule for each project over subsequent years.

We appreciate the trust you have placed in us with this important community institution, and we are very much encouraged by yesterday's strong show of support.

Sincerely,
Michael, Tracy, Andy, Anna, Carol, Chris, Rob, Susan
The Syosset Board of Education

VIDEO: Repairing and Improving our Schools and Facilities for the Future

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Syosset CSD community supports facilities improvement plans

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, residents in the Syosset Central School District approved Proposition No. 1, the Facilities Improvement Plan, of the district’s bond referendum by a vote of 821 yes to 292 no. Residents also approved Proposition No. 2 of the referendum, the Enhanced Safety and Energy Efficiency Plan, by a vote of 909 yes to 204 no.

“The Board of Education and administration thank the community for their continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers. “The work included in both propositions will not only preserve the community’s investment in our schools, but will also address the items identified in our Five-Year Buildings Condition Survey, renovate our facilities and improve the quality of education for our students into the future.” 

Proposition No. 1 includes remodeling science classrooms and research labs at Syosset High School; renovating the high school’s athletic complex, including replacing the athletic field and adding a new eight-lane track, relocating the softball field, and adding outdoor bathrooms and two additional tennis courts; addressing traffic safety issues at Baylis, Berry Hill and Walt Whitman elementary schools and Syosset High School; enclosing walkways at the South Grove Annex and the high school for enhanced security; installing air conditioning in all classrooms throughout the district and in the auditoriums at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools and Syosset High School; and replacing the weight room at Syosset High School to include additional bathrooms, locker rooms and a security corridor.
 
Proposition No. 2 will utilize an energy performance contract to replace furnaces at Baylis, South Grove, Village and Willits elementary schools; install solar panels on five schools for energy efficiency; install energy management systems in all schools; install a cogeneration unit to generate electricity for heating and hot water at Syosset High School; replace lighting fixtures with more efficient LED lighting; and install a cogeneration unit as an emergency backup generator at South Woods Middle School. 
 
The Board of Education and administration will keep the community informed on the progress of work included in both propositions by providing regular updates through the district’s website, newsletters and social media outlets.

Jump Rope for Heart

On February 13th, Baylis held its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in the gym.  35 students participated in heart healthy activities, such as jump roping, hula hoops, and basketball to raise money for the American Heart Association.  We were able to raise $1485.27!  Thank you to the Baylis students and families for supporting this wonderful fundraiser.

A Multicultural Affair at HBT

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Harry B. Thompson Middle School recently held its annual Multicultural Week, featuring staff and student presentations to educate the entire school community on a wide range of cultures represented at HBT. Some of the highlights included Greek and Israeli dancing, crepe and rice-making demonstrations, origami and other hands-on activities. The week culminated with the Multicultural Exposition held in the school gymnasium. More than 100 students took part in the expo, along with more than two dozen parents who volunteered to help organize and run various cultural stations. Students sampled delicious foods from around the world while taking a virtual trip to 30 different nations.

To take a tour of your own around the HBT Multicultural Exposition, click here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY5c19cK9iY&sns=em

Kindergarten Registration

We are now accepting registrations for 2018-19 Kindergarten Students!


If you haven’t already been contacted to register your child, please complete the following form so that we can email you information about our Online Registration process:


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Successful Souper Bowl

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H.B. Thompson Middle School helped to feed the hungry during the annual “Souper Bowl” food drive. More than 2,000 cans and goods were collected and donated to Island Harvest through the Student Activities Club.

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!

Syosset HS Pre-school Program Registration March 5

Call in Registration starting at 8:30 am
516-364-5719

The Syosset High School Human Ecology Department is once again accepting registration for its student led Pre-School Program.  Any child who is 4 years of age and a Syosset resident, is eligible.

The Child Study program uses a multisensory approach to learning. Current Syosset High School students who have completed the necessary prerequisites in developmental psychology teach age appropriate curriculum to children enrolled in the program. They use a thematic approach in eight learning areas. 

The Pre-school program begins in mid-October and runs for the full year with a break in-between, following the school calendar. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:15 am - 11:15 am.  

Phone registration for the 2018-19 school year program begins at 8:30 a.m. on March 5 and will continue until the program is filled. Call 516-364-5719 to register. No voicemail messages please. 

You may also call Joanne Leonardi at 516-364-5719 for additional information. 
 

Syosset Syborgs Inspire’d

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School senior robotics team Syosset Syborgs on winning the Inspire award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition held at Lynbrook High School in January. 

The Inspire award is the highest award presented at the event, given to the team that embodies the spirit of the FIRST Tech Challenge program by serving as a strong ambassador and a role model, exemplifying “gracious professionalism,” teamwork and the ability to effectively communicate with judges regarding its experience and knowledge of the FIRST program. This marks the second consecutive year that the Syborgs have won this award. 

Christine Owens coaches the Syborgs, which is comprised of the following Syosset High School students: Daniel Carnesi, John Carnesi, Jason Debel, Michael Hanna, Andre Kirkorian, Cooper Linsky, Anthony Mastino, Roshan Mathai, Ashkan Moghaddassi, Ryan Root, Justin Smith, Chloe Van Dorn and Vicky Zheng.

This year’s FIRST “Relic Recovery” competition enables alliance teams to accumulate points by navigating through specific parts of the playing field and controlling their robots to place glyphs or foam squares into rows, columns, and ciphers. Points are also scored by transferring relics to recovery zones, retrieving jewels and parking robots on balancing stones.

Syosset Syborgs will next compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge championship to be held at Smithtown High School West on Feb. 11.
 

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Chamber Musicians Set to Perform at Tilles

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Once again, a student chamber ensemble from Syosset High School has been selected to participate in the Young Musicians Long Island Regional Concert, sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. These students will be coached by a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will perform at the Hillwood Auditorium at the LIU Post Tilles Center on Feb. 7.  

The Syosset ensemble is one of only eight groups from Long Island chosen for this concert. They will perform “Piano Quintent in E-flat Major, Op. 44; Allegro ma non troppo” by Robert Schumann. The group is comprised of Caroline Lee (viola), Caroline Ruggiero (violin II), Elizabeth Ruggiero (violin I), Kevin Xu (cello) and Siyu Yang (piano). Top ensembles from the L.I. Regional concert will be invited to perform at Lincoln Center at a later date.

Syosset High School orchestra director Stephanie Merten and Coordinator for Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman are pictured congratulating (from left) Elizabeth, Caroline Ruggiero, Siyu, Kevin and Caroline Lee.
 

South Grove Has A New Geo Bee Champion!

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Congratulations to fifth grader, Samuel Wang, South Grove’s 2017 - 2018 Geo Bee Champion. Samuel is South Grove’s first two-time winner, having earned this title last year as a fourth grader. As South Grove’s Geo Bee Champ, Samuel is one step closer to a chance of a $50,000 college scholarship. Samuel will take a qualifying exam to see if he can again earn a place at the state level of the Bee. Thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Samuel will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee in April. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds in May. The first place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Galápagos Islands. Congratulations also to our second place winner, Ebaad Jaffery, and our third place winner, Sam Gerson. Congratulations to all our other finalists and participants…and good luck, Samuel!

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Meet the Regeneron Scholars

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Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Justin Cohen and Monet Yuan, who have been named prizewinning scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. They are among 300 Regeneron STS scholars recognized nationwide and hope to be among 40 finalists named later this month.

Justin studied 9/11 first responders who were later exposed to Hurricane Sandy. Preexisting data obtained from a study group of anonymous World Trade Center responders both before and after Hurricane Sandy concluded that higher levels of hurricane exposure were associated with increased symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and distress following Sandy. Justin looked closely at their varying coping strategies, and he found that certain adaptive coping skills, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, resulted in lower distress symptoms and promoted resiliency. His research established coping skills as an important therapeutic target for individuals at risk for exposure to trauma, such as disaster responders.

Justin performed his research under the guidance of Dr. Adam Gonzalez at Stony Brook University’s Mind Body Clinical Research Center. Although he was only two years of age on September 11, 2001, Justin’s father was working in New York City at the time and was forced to evacuate. Growing up, Justin was fascinated by some of the different stories and accounts he has heard from that day. 

“I have always been drawn to studying the psychopathology of 9/11 responders who have experienced this traumatic event firsthand, so when I found out that I could work with someone in this area I was very thrilled and wanted to start immediately,” said Justin, who is strongly considering psychology or psychiatry as a future profession.

“I was very surprised and, of course, overjoyed to be fortunate enough to be picked by Regeneron.” 

Monet’s research isolated two cancer genes within the same family to see if there was any interaction between them and how this would affect and hopefully prevent cancer growth. She first tried eliminating each gene individually, which resulted in continued cancer cell growth. By eliminating both genes simultaneously, Monet confirmed a synthetically lethal relationship between the two types of genes, which caused the cancer cells to die off. To ensure her theory was consistent for varying cancer types, she conducted experiments through three different types of cancer cell lines: melanoma, colorectal and breast cancer. 

Monet said past experience volunteering at NYU Winthrop Hospital and later acceptance into a biomedical research program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory helped to inspire her love for research. She conducted her research at Cold Spring Harbor under the guidance of Dr. Jason Sheltzer. 

“I like the process, but I also enjoy helping other people. I do this because it’s something I love, but it’s mostly for the outcome,” said Monet, who would like to attend medical school, with ambitions to work in either biology or neuroscience. “At first, I was in shock [at being named a Regeneron Scholar]. When I came home and unwound from the day, it really settled in. It was a very happy experience. I’m really grateful for this.” 

“I am very proud for Justin and Monet to be selected among the top 300 young scientists in the nation,” said Syosset High School science research coordinator Veronica Ade. “It is gratifying that our research students consistently meet this caliber of excellence, but more importantly, that they are doing what they love. We always encourage students to study areas that interest them, and for Justin and Monet this could lead to very successful careers paths in the future. I wish them all the best.”
 
As part of a lengthy online application, which includes providing a litany of academic grades, transcripts and letters of recommendations from teachers, Regeneron Scholars must submit a 20-page research paper and a lengthy essay supporting their work. How they present and explain their projects weighs heavily into the selection process.

“What is so compelling about these young scientists is the quality of their work combined with the importance of their discoveries. It shows the power of young minds to find great insights through hard work,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “I am very proud of Justin and Monet. On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, I congratulate them and wish them continued success.” 
           
Alumni of the Regeneron competition (formerly sponsored by Intel and earlier Westinghouse) have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. As a result of their award-winning research, Justin and Monet will each receive $2,000 and the school will receive an additional $4,000, $2,000 for each winner.

The 40 finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C., in March, where they will display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists and compete for additional awards, including the top prize of $250,000. Good luck to Justin and Monet!

Pictured, from left, Dr. Rogers, business research teacher Diane Malley and Ms. Ade congratulate Monet and Justin along with social science research teacher Andrew Manzo and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.
 

Chamber Singers Light Up St. Pat’s Cathedral

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Once again, the Syosset High School Chamber Singers serenaded visitors to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City for the holiday season.  

Each year, choral director and Chamber Singers director, Kristin Howell provides a recording for admission into the St. Patrick's Cathedral Guest Choir Concert Series, open to the public throughout the year. This year, the auditioned chamber group comprised of 10, 11 and 12th graders, performed an eclectic and challenging a cappella program of more than 14 songs during the December 19 concert. Highlights included Michael John Trotta's, "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" and Dolly Parton's "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" along with holiday favorites "Adeste Fideles" and "Joy to the World.” 

Three Syosset High School percussionists and a flute player accompanied the choir on different selections.  

“We have been performing at this historic venue since I started teaching in the district in 2000, when I sent my first recording submission,” said Howell. “We were accepted without hesitation and now I consider it tradition!”

Prior to making the trip into Manhattan, the Chamber Singers spent the better part of their morning spreading holiday cheer locally. They sang to patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, walking through the halls singing as they were met with smiles from their audience. 

“The experience of students sharing their talents through choral music is a memory these young adults take with them for life,” added Howell, who noted that several chamber group alumni were in the audience at St. Patrick’s for this year’s performances. “It was an incredible day filled with incredible music.”
 

Robbins Lane Hosts Book Fair

The Robbins Lane School Book Fair is always a fun event and a successful PTA fundraiser for the school.  Proceeds from the sale go directly to providing the Robbins Lane library with new books and supplies. The students love choosing books for themselves, their siblings, and even their classrooms.  The most popular books this year were “Wonder” and the latest book from the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Holiday Shopping at Robbins Lane School

Holiday shopping was fun and hassle free at the Robbins Lane School’s holiday boutique! The children felt the joy of giving as they shopped for friends, family, and their teachers. Popular items for purchase included reasonably priced mugs, teddy bears, costume jewelry, and of course, toys. Parents volunteered and helped organize this holiday spirited PTA fundraiser.

Bringing History to Life

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For fourth-graders at South Grove Elementary School, the curriculum came to life through an extension of their studies on Native Americans. Teachers led cluster groups that presented a variety of experiences traditional to the first people of North America.

The clusters presented opportunities for students to explore various aspects of Native American culture through activities ranging from art to sports, from music to cuisine. The fourth-graders set out on journeys in which they not only took part in numerous activities, but also discussed the significances behind them. 

The students constructed rainsticks and dreamcatchers, created face paintings with specific meanings, strung bead looms for Wampum necklaces, learned the original ways to cook and eat foods such as corn, researched recreational games, studied music and instruments, crafted clay pots and explored the use of canoes. 

As a culminating activity, artifacts created in each of the cluster sessions were placed into a museum that first-graders had the opportunity to tour.

 

SHS Mobile App a Tool of Convenience

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Two students who took John Chae’s Introduction to Programming class at Syosset High School recently completed an Independent Study projects. Under his supervision, they developed a mobile app designed to meet the needs of nearly every Syosset High School student. 

Students Ryan Lefkowitz and Jeremy Weiss are the proud developers of the app SHS Mobile, which is making life at Syosset High School a little easier to navigate for many. After taking input from teachers and students and mirroring a component from Chae’s own grade calculator app, Ryan and Jeremy incorporated three significant tools into their app. One is a daily notification that determines whether it is a red day or a white day at the high school, important so that students know the class schedule for the day. Following vacation days and snow days, it’s easy for students to lose track of the red-white day rotation. 

“We found that this is the number one question that students ask,” said Chae, who has developed several apps of his own. 

Another tool provides students with the period/bell schedule to keep track of the day’s classes and ensure they arrive on time. The tool also accounts for delayed openings and adjusts the period schedule accordingly. The third tool is a grade calculator, which enables every student to factor together their quarter grades, midterm and final exam grades to determine their final overall grade in any given course. The program automatically takes into account the percentage of each component to arrive at the final course grade for students in advance of the school’s Infinite Campus program. 

“We wanted to create an app that would help other students in our school,” said Jeremy. “This is particularly helpful to freshmen and sophomores who are still learning their way around the school.”

SHS Mobile is free and available to Android and iPhone users. While Jeremy and Ryan are not the first of Chae’s students to have designed an app, and they have yet to conduct analytical research to determine exactly how many people are using it, every Syosset High School student can benefit from having SHS Mobile on his or her device.

Chae is pictured with Jeremy (left) and Ryan displaying SHS Mobile.
 

Syosset Seniors Named Regeneron Scholars

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Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Justin Cohen and Monet Yuan who were named Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Scholars! Out of 1,818 entrants, Justin and Monet are two of approximately 300 students nationwide honored with this distinction. Stay tuned for more information about this outstanding accomplishment later this week!

Phase II Facilities Planning Information - NEW

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Community Information Meeting

The Syosset Central School District will be hosting an additional informational community meeting regarding the upcoming Facilities Improvement Vote at the Syosset Public Library on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

The Syosset Public Library is located at 225 S. Oyster Bay Road, Syosset.


Syosset board of education adopts resolutions and sets bond vote for Tuesday, February 13, 2018 

During its Dec. 11 business meeting, the Syosset Central School District Board of Education approved a resolution to submit to community residents two propositions to modernize the District’s aging facilities. A bond referendum (known as Proposition No. 1) would make capital and safety improvements to every building. A second proposition (known as Proposition No. 2) would make safety and energy efficiency improvements to every building.  A public vote on both propositions will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Prior to the meeting on Dec. 11,  District Administration hosted several community facilities planning meetings, where residents had the opportunity to learn about the proposed scope of work and to provide feedback. The Board of Education took this feedback into consideration before finalizing the scope of work included in Proposition 1.

All of the District’s schools were constructed in the 1950’s, meaning that some buildings will be nearly 70 years old by the time this work begins. The propositions are part of the long-term District strategy to address facilities needs that began with a successful referendum for Phase I in May of 2017. The two propositions on the February ballot, represent Phase 2 of the work needed to remedy the District’s five-year building condition survey of needed repairs and renovations. Phase 2 will also address traffic and safety condition improvements, renovations to instructional spaces and athletic fields, and HVAC systems and electrical upgrades. 

The total cost of Proposition No. 1 is $45,810,000. To offset the cost, the district will expend $11,464,500 in Capital Reserve Fund monies, which will reduce the maximum cost of Proposition No. 1 to $34,345,500. If approved by voters, a homeowner currently paying $10,000/year in school taxes would see an annual increase of approximately $20.65.  

Proposition No. 2, if approved, will authorize the District to enter into an energy performance contract to make energy efficiency improvements to District buildings and facilities including: furnace replacements and heating and ventilation system upgrades, solar power, energy management systems, electrical co-generation, lighting upgrades and replacements, ceiling replacements and other energy conservation measures. 

Voting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Robbins Lane Elementary School, H.B. Thompson Middle School and Syosset High School. Prior to the vote, the District is planning to host community information meetings and provide more information regarding both propositions to enable community residents to make an informed decision on February 13, 2018. 


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Forensics a Top 50 Team Nationwide

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School Forensics Society on once again being ranked as a top school in the country by the National Speech and Debate Association. The team has been ranked 49th in the country in member strength for the 2016-17 school year out of more than 3,000 participating schools in the USA.

Every year NSDA ranks teams based on points and degrees earned in competitive and service-based activities. Year after year the organization recognizes Syosset as one of the top teams in the country.

Syosset Forensics Society coach and high school English teacher Lydia Esslinger, who is a member of the NSDA Coaches Hall of Fame, credits the team's consistent success to motivated students who know that "focus, determination and effort pay off. Yes, trophies and scholarships are nice rewards, but knowing how to research, to write, to think deeply and communicate effectively are skills that return their investment over an entire lifetime."

Currently comprised of over 150 students, Syosset Forensics has a long tradition as a standout co-curricular, interscholastic activity at Syosset High School, with multiple Long Island and New York State championships among its successes. Students participate in competitions to demonstrate their public speaking, acting, debating and writing skills, as well as their knowledge of philosophy and ethics, government and current events. They are constantly researching, seeking out new material to use and practicing to stay sharp.

Syosset Forensics scored big at last year’s New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament held at Hofstra University, as the team won first place in the Speech events division, placed second in both the Debate events and Student Congress divisions, and won the award for Best Overall team in the state. The team produced four individual state champions as well: Ronit Dhulia (Lincoln/Douglas debate-novice level); Jahnavi Arora and Aram Moghaddassi (co-champions in Lincoln/Douglas debate-varsity level) and Iree Mann (Oral Interpretation-varsity level).

Officers of this year’s Forensics Society are pictured here displaying a sampling of trophies won in 2016-17.
 

Spreading Cheer to Veterans

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Forty-four members of Syosset High School’s Association of Creative Thespians recently organized and produced a holiday-themed performance at the Northport VA Medical Center, showcasing the many talents of the dedicated club members.

ACT students performed various holiday-themed songs and dances for veterans receiving treatment at the center. This young tradition, which began last year, has already taken root in the heart of the club, as every student looked forward to participating in this year’s show. Senior Sydney Fells planned the event under the direction of ACT adviser Gene Connor.  

In November, ACT also spent time making festive cards for the veterans and designed decorations for the performance space. Part of the club’s mission is to use the diverse talents of its members to not only put on incredible productions of various theatrical works, but to reach beyond the stage into local and global communities. Each month, ACT selects a different charity towards which to dedicate time and energy. Within the first few months of this school year, the members have raised $1,650 for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, hosted a successful food drive, made and delivered hundreds of sandwiches to the Mary Brennan INN, participated in a JDRF (juvenile diabetes) walkathon, and donated hundreds of dollars to various foundations including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ACT members look forward to future community service opportunities and using their talents to bring joy to the community. Their next production will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” running March 15-18, in the Harvey P. Karp Auditorium at Syosset High School. 

ACT members are pictured here at the Northport VA Medical Center.
 

Student Council Collects Toys for Hance Foundation

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To help make the holidays a little bit brighter for other young students, the Robbins Lane School Student Council organized a toy drive to collect new toys for the Hance Family Foundation. Four large cartons of toys donated by Robbins Lane families were sent to underprivileged children through their schools via the foundation. 

“We feel privileged to be able to provide toys for many children who otherwise would not be receiving anything,” said Robbins Lane enrichment specialist Robin Kleinman. “We would like to thank the Robbins Lane community for helping to make our fundraising drives so very successful. We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!"

Closing out 2017 with Good Will and Celebration

The last week of December was action packed at Baylis Elementary.  From concerts to collections for those less fortunate than us, students and staff celebrated and smiled!  The week began with a traditional holiday sing a long in honor of the fabulous Baylis Lunch Monitor Team.  Students in grades K-5 prepared their best voices and sang songs from their hearts for their monitor.  The musical celebration continued with a saxophone quartet performance by Quattraphonium!  Our own Mr. Schatz led this professional performance that included pieces from hit Broadway musicals to holiday specialties.  Future Baylis musicians were inspired by this lively and informative show.  We ended 2017 with the Circus Show!  Students participated in a wild juggling and magic show and demonstrated true compassion by donating toys and clothes to Bethany House.  PRIDE lives at Baylis!    Our final farewell to 2017 took place on the morning of December 22.  The Baylis lobby was transformed into a Winter Wonderland as students entered the building to snowflakes and seasonal songs sung by faculty and staff.   Happy New Year to all!



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Emerging Leaders

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Six Syosset High School business students were honored at the 14th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition sponsored by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at St. Joseph’s College, invited high school students from throughout Long Island to read case studies and develop presentations designed to help a local business featured in the study. 

Syosset students Caroline Lee and Yan Luo won first place in the Graphic Design Category, Jamie Geen and Devin Schneider won third place in the Entertainment Marketing category, and Trevor Friedrich and Andrew Newman finished in third place in the Entrepreneurship category. Students received certificates and were honored at an awards dinner held in January at the Huntington Elks Lodge.

They are pictured being congratulated by business teachers Kathleen Goldin and Matthew Fiasconaro.
 

Science Olympians Take Home a Multitude of Medals

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School Science Olympiad team “Scioly” for bringing home the gold at a recent competition.

At the Nassau East Regional competition held at Wantagh High School, three different Scioly teams placed first, fourth and eleventh among the 43 teams competing. Team A won an amazing 20 medals, Team B won 14 medals and Team C won 11medals and overall, Scioly medaled in 20 of 22 events. This marks the first time that every Syosset build event received medals in regional competition. The build events comprise of building model size helicopters, wooden towers, cars, hovercraft among others.

Prior to regionals, the team scored successful victories at the Fayetteville Manlius High School invitational tournament, held in Manlius, NY.  The same three Scioly teams combined to win 10 first-place medals, 7 second-place medals  and 7 third-place medals. Overall the three teams finished first-, fourth- and sixth-place, dethroning the 10-year champion host school in the process.

In January Scioly won an additional three medals at the highly competitive Fairfax High School Invitational in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Last year, Scioly attended two invitational, one regional, and one state competition, taking fifth overall at Cornell University and fielding teams that placed first, fourth, and eighth in regional competition, finishing up the year by taking eighth place overall at the New York State Science Olympiad New York State Competition at LeMoyne College. 

Science Olympiads provide challenges in various STEM disciplines, exposing students to practicing scientists and career choices, as well as dynamic content experiences. According to Scioly coach/adviser Mildred Castañeda, what began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous challenges to 7,600 teams in 50 states. Despite the Olympiad’s growth  through the years, she feels the Syosset team  has remained a close-knit group. Scioly is one of Syosset High School’s largest extracurricular group, with approximately 75 members. 

“Although we are well known for our academic achievements, this club has proven to be so much more than just an assembly of very bright young minds. Rather, it is a family,” said Castañeda, now in her second year with Scioly. “I feel as though we have developed an incredible bond with each other. Last school year, we made so many memories that I am even more excited about what is taking place this year.”

Scioly captains are pictured in the main photo, with the entire group pictured with Castañeda in the alternate photo.
 
Sunday, February 25, 2018