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South Woods Sends Off Its Eighth-Graders

South Woods Sends Off Its Eighth-Graders photo

June 18 was a special evening for all Syosset eighth-graders advancing to the high school, as South Woods Middle School led off the traditional doubleheader of middle school promotion ceremonies held at the LIU Tilles Center.

Following the trumpeters, the presentation of the colors and the processional performed by the school’s orchestra, student Priya Sondhi led the Pledge of Allegiance, leading into the orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude.

Board of Education trustee and proud South Woods graduate parent Rob Gershon provided words of wisdom to the entire group of 256 moving up. Graduates Michael Meneshian and Amanda Obedian served as masters of ceremony, with Principal Michelle Burget and students Francesca Cimenello and Xiara Lemoine reflecting on the last three years at South Grove. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he penned. “The high school you are about to enter is a very different place than the one this year’s graduates entered four years ago,” he said, referencing the use of technology and new opportunities that amplify the student voice and provide outlets for creativity, resulting in greater opportunities available to them in the future. 

“At no point in history has the world been changing so quickly and, since we can’t foresee it slowing down, our best hope is to make sure that you can keep up with it,” Dr. Rogers added. “So we have never been more engaged than when we are sharing our thoughts, and so the more we hear your voice, the closer we get to that goal.”

Following Dr. Rogers’ remarks, Burget and members of the South Woods faculty and staff assisted in awarding the middle school diplomas. The aspiring Syosset High School freshmen then exited the Tilles auditorium to applause and waves from proud parents and family, as they moved on to the next chapter of their educational experience, ready to use their knowledge and voices to make a difference in the future. 

 

HBT Closes Out an Evening of Moving Up From the Middle

HBT Closes Out an Evening of Moving Up From the Middle photo

Harry B. Thompson Middle School provided the nightcap festivities, holding court on the stage at the LIU Tilles Center as it followed its sister school, South Woods, in promoting its eighth-graders to the high school.

The HBT jazz band provided the prelude and the chamber orchestra performed the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the presentation of the colors by Tsz Ching Chow and Evan Strominger. Student Chloe Zelenitz led the Pledge of Allegiance after the chamber orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude titled, “I Lived,” which was the theme of the ceremony.

Board of Education vice president and proud HBT graduate parent Tracy Frankel provided words of wisdom to the entire eighth-grade class of 308. Student Council members Leah Corcoran and Brandon Mazen served as masters of ceremony, with student speaker Ian Brecker providing a keynote address in which he encouraged his fellow classmates to step out of their comfort zones to realize their full potential. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers, whose offices are located at South Woods Middle School, joked about requiring a passport to visit HBT, but with sincerity, reflected on the fulfillment his visits give him. “Every time I am in Thompson it seems as if I have been invited to see something special,” said Dr. Rogers, who credited retiring Principal James Kassebaum with playing a part in the successes he has witnessed. Dr. Rogers also shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he wrote, in which he reflected on a year in which middle school students led the charge to be changemakers in their community and to make a positive impact in their school and in the greater community. 

“It’s been a year of sweet voices raised nationally and those raised in unison closer to home,” Dr. Rogers said. “Together, what you have shown is that age is no barrier to impact, and your voices are audible and people are listening. Your voices are already shaping the future.”

In his final middle school promotion address, Kassebaum acknowledged the great work of his faculty and staff, asking those present to stand for recognition by the audience. He then turned his attention to the students, thanking them for making him proud and encouraging them to be open to a life of discovery and overcoming challenges. “Build resiliency and do not accept failure as a destination,” Kassebaum said.

Then, joined by members of the HBT faculty and staff, Kassebaum awarded the middle school diplomas. As they exited the Tilles auditorium as newly declared high school freshmen, the former HBT students held their heads up high with their eyes wide open, ready to be heard by even larger audiences and take on greater feats. 

 

Syosset Girls Golf Team Wins LI Championship!

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The Syosset Girls golf team won the Long Island Championship for 2018 by defeating Sayville of Suffolk County by 5 strokes. Junior Malini Rudra was the overall medalist for Nassau County championship. The team competed in the New York state championships June 1-3 at Bethpage Golf course where the girls  finished 5th overall and Malini Rudra finished 7th and earned All- State honors. Congratulations to the team and coach Stephen Naranjo!

 

Shown left to right: Chloe Catton, Ada Yu, Malini Rudra, Grace Ng, Arushi Gahlaut, Alexa Frank

Administration Meets With Superintendent's Student Cabinets

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Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration met with the Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, comprised of student ambassadors from each school in the District, to hear the students’ perspective on educational-related issues.

The student ambassadors shared their opinions on various issues including the transition to secondary schools, coding and robotics, and the use of Chromebooks. Students also reflected on the 2017-2018 school year. The District values the input from the students, and the feedback received from the students plays an integral role in future planning.

 

First Place at Mathematics Tournament by the Sea!

First Place winning team, from left to right: David Wang, Cheryl Zhang, Amanda Huang, Vivian Huang and Jake Mallen
First Place winning team, from left to right: David Wang, Cheryl Zhang, Amanda Huang, Vivian Huang and Jake Mallen

Syosset middle school students had an impressive showing at the Mathematics Tournament by the Sea held at Long Beach Middle School. Forty teams competed in the team event and over 200 students competed in the individual event. The two Syosset teams placed First and Fifth in the team event. After tying for second place along with 5 other students, Cheryl Zhang finished 5th and David Wang finished 6th.

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SHS Gabby Materas Brings Joy of Dance to Special Needs Students

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As a natural born performer, Gabby Materas knows how much joy can be found in music and dance. During the summer leading into her senior year of high school, she had an idea to bring that joy to a group of special needs students at Syosset High School through a program she initiated named “Dancing Days”. Volunteering her time every other day, Gabby not only taught the students a dance routine, but provided them an opportunity to be active and share their love of music. The students were empowered to be involved participants in the program, choosing their own music and collaborating on the dance moves.

According to the Director of PPS Mary-Lou Sapienza, Gabby is “so well-rounded, so sweet, so caring. She lights up any room when she walks in”. Ending each session with a group hug, Gabby has made a personal connection with every student in the program. Gabby was inspired by her special needs brother and his love of music, and says that leading this program has made her feel good about herself and given her a sense of accomplishment. “It was one of the best experiences of my life” states Gabby.

Gabby will be attending High Point University in the fall. She will miss the students very much, and hopes that the impact she made on the students will have a lasting effect.

South Woods Students Score in top 1% Nationally at AMC 8

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School students Alex He and Alex Larson, who both received the Honor Roll of Distinction certificate for scoring in the top 1% nationally in the AMC 8. The AMC 8 is a mathematical examination offered to middle school students. It is designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills, and provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.

South Woods MS Students Are County Trivia Champs Again

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Two teams from South Woods Middle School captured first place in this year’s CP Nassau Trivia Challenge championship. The South Woods grade 6 and grade 7/8 teams won their respective divisions in the championship tournament, after claiming victory in the schoolwide trivia competition. South Woods teams consistently perform well in the CP Nassau Trivia Challenge, with the grade 7/8 team claiming victory in last year’s tournament.

During the competition, each participating school provides a team of four students who collaborate on multi question trivia test. Each team member raises money for CP Nassau by asking family and friends for a standard donation for their participation. In winning this year’s event, the South Woods teams answered questions on a wide variety of topics. South Woods enrichment teacher Greg Ryan serves as the adviser/coach to both South Woods teams.

Schools from throughout Nassau County participated in the event. Now in its 32nd year, the challenge brings students with great minds and good hearts together to help raise funds to benefit the programs and services CP Nassau provides for over 1,800 children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. According to CP Nassau’s website, it has become the organization’s most successful fundraiser thanks to the students, parents, teachers and administrators who support the effort.

Syosset High School Assistant Principal Gessner Honored

Syosset High School Assistant Principal Gessner Honored photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School Assistant Principal Ray Gessner, who is this year’s recipient of both the New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award and the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators’ Ellen Swallow Richards Award. 

Gessner has worked in Syosset for 35 years as a social studies teacher and assistant principal. He is being recognized by the PTA for his outstanding contributions to the students of Syosset High School. 

“Ray defines service and is the PTSA go-to person whenever they need anything,” said Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante. “Whether they are setting up for a staff luncheon, need advice on an initiative, or want him to serve on any committee, Ray is there for them.”

In winning the Swallow Richards Award, Gessner is recognized for his work in overseeing Syosset High School’s Human Ecology Department. Swallow Richards was an engineer, environmental chemist and founder of the home economics movement, more recently known as family and consumer sciences. The Human Ecology Department at Syosset High School offers various classes covering areas related to the study of FCS, including child care and development, culinary arts and nutrition, interior design, clothing construction, teacher education and psychology, among others. 

Dr. Durante added, “Our Human Ecology Department has never felt more supported, thanks to Ray’s caring demeanor and desire to help people.”

Meet the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian

Meet the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian photo
Syosset High School is proud to announce that Jarrad Li is the Class of 2018 valedictorian and Daniel Israel is the salutatorian. Both have made academic honor roll every quarter since they were both freshman in 2014.

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

Science research is a major area of study for Jarrad academically, having medaled in Science Olympiads 34 times since 2015, with several first- and second-place awards. He is a 2017 Siemens Semifinalist and was awarded third-place at the 2018 Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for his research on materials science/nanoscience and chemical engineering. He won second place at LISEF last year for his biomedical research project. Jarrad is also a recipient of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Honors Award, a discipline of science he intends to pursue in his postsecondary career.

Jarrad has also won numerous awards in various mathematics competitions, including first-place in the 2017 Nassau Math Tournament as well as securing a spot on the Nassau Mathematics All-Star team the last two years. He is also a five-time medalist on the Le Grand Concours National French exam.

Music is also a big part of Jarrad’s life. He excels at both piano and clarinet, having achieved perfect New York State School Music Association scores on exams for both instruments. He has also won many prestigious honors for piano, including gold in the International Music and Arts Society’s Young Artists Music and Arts Competition. In ninth grade he was concertmaster and first chair, first clarinet. 

As a leader, Jarrad serves as president and co-founder of the Theta Math Organization and as an officer with the French National Honors Society. He is also past vice president of the Mathletes and served as secretary of Quiz Bowl in 2017. 

Other awards include National AP Scholar with Distinction, the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, National Merit Scholarship Commended student recognition and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Search High Honors award. 

Jarrad also spends his spare time tutoring other students in math and entertaining residents at the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation by playing the piano.

“I am honored to have received the title of valedictorian,” said Jarrad. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and teachers for making this achievement possible.”

Numerous accolades have also been bestowed upon Daniel in the area of science research. This includes capturing first place in the Andromeda Division of the 2017 New York State Science and Engineering Fair and second place at the WAC Invitational Science Fair. Daniel’s research through the years includes developing a neural network to analyze Alzheimer’s disease, constructing a Java program to validate quantum key distribution, and studying the effects of microgravity on humans. He has participated in the Science Olympiad dating back to his early years in middle school, placing in the top five in various categories the last four years.

Despite his knack for science research, Daniel’s true passion lies within the numbers as he intends to advance his studies in a mathematics-related field at the post-secondary level. He has been a member of Matheletes since 2010 and currently serves as vice president. In the last two years he has won a Silver Certificate in the Nassau County Interscholastic Math League and a Silver Medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair. 

Silver also shone on Daniel in the form of a medal upon his completion of the Le Grand Concours National French Exam.

Daniel’s leadership experience includes his current service as president of the high school Quiz Bowl and Web Development and Bridge clubs. He is also the vice president of the Programming Club, in addition to the VP of Mathletes. 

Other awards for Daniel include the National AP Scholar of Distinction Award, the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Outstanding Research Literacy Award and the Elmer Heinecke Award for Sportsmanship, Leadership and Team Spirit.

Daniel also uses his free time constructively, tutoring other students in math and volunteering as a tour guide at the Gregory Museum in Hicksville. He also serves as a liaison to the museum.

“Being named salutatorian and academically representing my school is a true honor, “added Daniel. “While I did work long hours and nights for the past three and a half years, I never thought that it would lead to this position.”

Jarrad plans to major in chemical engineering and will attend Princeton. Daniel will major in Math and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Northeastern.

Pictured from left, Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante congratulates Daniel and Jarrad along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers.

Syosset HS Students Look to Adopt a Survivor

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Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor and nationally recognized Holocaust educator, recently visited Syosset High School to speak with ninth-grade AP Social Studies students about his Adopt a Survivor Program. The program connects students with Holocaust survivors to preserve and extend the testimony of their personal experiences within the historical context. 

Through Adopt a Survivor, students become surrogates and keep survivors’ memories alive through an interview process. The program will be implemented at Syosset High School as a collaboration between the school’s library media center, social studies department and the Holocaust Resource Center of Temple Judea in Manhasset. The program was coordinated by Syosset High School library media specialist Lynn Ortlieb and social studies teacher Sophia Bae.

Pictured in the main photo, Roth addresses students at Syosset High School while in the alternate photo, pictured from left are Bae, Ortlieb, Roth, library media specialist Sarah Wasser and Social Studies Department Chairperson Tom Fusco. 

Students Earn Gold in the Annual National Russian Essay Contest

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Congratulations to Syosset High School students Jasmine Li and Mathew Chvasta for winning gold medals in the 36th Annual National Russian Essay Contest. The ACTR National Russian Essay Contest provides high school and middle school students the opportunity to demonstrate their writing proficiency in Russian. Jasmine is a junior and Matt is a senior, who both started taking Russian just a few years ago. Congratulations on this achievement!

Mathew Chvasta and Jasmine Li are congratulated by Syosset High School principal Dr. Giovanni Durante (far left), Russian teacher Olga Varkonyi and World Language Coordinator Dr. David Balsamo.

Interests Come Alive at South Grove

Interests Come Alive at South Grove

Kindergartners and first-graders at South Grove School in Syosset recently enjoyed 17 different hands-on workshops through the Interests Alive! enrichment cluster program. Through the program, interest-based clusters are formed and students can participate in hands-on workshops directly related to their specific interests while developing key academic and social skills.

Prior to conducting Interests Alive! workshops, children were asked to select seven clusters that interested them the most and were placed in one of their top choices. A member of the kindergarten and/or first-grade instructional team led each cluster.  Nearly every space of the building was buzzing as students participated in differentiated learning experiences.  Students had the option to participate in a dance company or showcase their talents through “South Grove Idol.” Some exhibited their craftiness through crochet or shell art, or by building wooden frames, dream catchers, mandalas or Lego structures. Painting and photography were other artistic outlets available through the workshops. Some students honed their entrepreneurial skills while focusing on nutrition by joining the “Healthy Snack Corporation.” There was also a yoga workshop and a nursing team for the school’s aspiring nurses and doctors. 

“While this type of programming emanates from the field of gifted education, we are proud to offer it to all of our students as part of our schoolwide enrichment program,” said South Grove enrichment teacher Michele Webb. “Now approaching its 20th year, Interests Alive! reflects Syosset School District’s dedication to ensuring high learning standards and meaningful opportunities for all ages.”




HBT Principal James Kassebaum Named Administrator of the Year

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Congratulations to Harry B. Thompson Middle School Principal James Kassebaum, who was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Empire State Supervisors & Administrators Association’s Region 1– Council of Administrators and Supervisors. Region 1 is comprised of public school districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and CAS is represented by more than 1,500 public school administrators. 

Kassebaum, who is completing his 41st year in education, has served the students at H.B. Thompson for 24 years, the last 16 as principal. He announced his retirement earlier this spring.

“Under your stewardship, Thompson Middle School has achieved and maintained a well-deserved reputation as one of New York State’s highest-performing middle schools,” wrote CAS President Albert Voorneveld in his letter to Kassebaum, who noted his career involvement as a leader among Syosset principals and his active leadership roles with CAS and ESSAA, as well as with the Nassau County Middle Level Principals’ Association. 

“I appreciate the recognition and am very humbled by this,” said Kassebaum, who plans to continue working with aspiring administrators. “There are many less experienced educators who are advancing in their careers and moving into administrator roles, and the challenges new administrators face have changed and increased through the years.”

“Jim Kassebaum has worked tirelessly for the students of Syosset as both assistant principal and principal for the last 24 years,” said HBT Assistant Principal Kevin Bonnano, who has worked with Kassebaum as an administrative assistant and assistant principal for 12 years. “He has dedicated himself to leading a program that provides students with the best academic, social and emotional learning opportunities. He’s guided his staff through many changes in the educational landscape, always with the goal of making sure each student had an opportunity to reach their potential. We’ll all miss Jim’s passion and dedication.”

Looking back on his years at HBT, Kassebaum takes great satisfaction from the growth of his staff through the years. “Our staff has always had that day-to-day energy and work ethic to place our students in the best position to grow and succeed. We have also been fortunate to have a tremendous amount of support from the community, central office and our Board of Education, which has helped us to stay ahead of the game in educating our children.”

Kassebaum also takes great pride in the growth of his students, a part of the job he will really miss. “Kids like to come back and visit and they always talk about their experiences here. I’m very proud to have been a part of their development as sixth-graders transitioning into a new school and guiding them onto the next chapter in their lives. Working with adolescents has kept me young at heart.”

In addition to continuing his work mentoring young administrators, Kassebaum looks forward to spending new-found time on some of the things he enjoys, including boating, hiking, and baseball umpiring, and perhaps a trip to a seat at the top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston,  while also tending to projects around the house. He leaves with a great sense of accomplishment and confidence in the future that lies ahead.

“I’m turning over the keys … but the building and our wonderful programs are in great hands.” 
 

Eleni Fregakis Wins LIASEA Jodi Shapiro Scholarship

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Syosset High School student Eleni Fregakis has been named a 2018 winner of the Jodi Shapiro Memorial Award. Eleni was honored at the LIASEA annual luncheon and received a $500 scholarship. Eleni was nominated by Director of PPS Mary-Lou Sapienza. According to Sapienza, “Eleni has a character like no other. She strives to make the world a better place. She is naturally caring and compassionate and has the courage and energy to take action whenever she sees a need”. In addition to being a dedicated student, Eleni is an active member of the community, volunteering her time at the Mary Brennan Inn and Ronald McDonald House. Eleni plans to work in the field of retail fashion after graduation through the OPWDD Employee Training Program.

The Jodi Shapiro scholarship awards are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who exhibit extraordinary abilities in sports, arts, community service and extracurricular activities beyond the classroom. The Awards Committee of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators has established this award to recognize students who have been in a special education program for 60% or more of the school day, successfully met goals on his/her IEP and will meet the requirements for completion.

 

 

Sabrina Guo Named 2018 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medalist

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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers awarded South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo a gold medal for her poetry collection “Through my Window”, placing her in the top 1% of the nearly 350,000 works of art submitted. After receiving a Gold Key in the regional competition, her work was judged at the national level by a panel of creative industry experts and recognized to be among the most outstanding works in the nation. Sabrina will be honored the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Sabrina’s work has also been honored by the NYS PTA through the “Within Reach” Reflections contest. Sabrina’s entry titled “Joyous Ensemble” earned her an Award of Merit and will be included is an exhibit this fall at the NYS PTA convention. Sabrina is a published author, blogger and book reviewer, with her work published in both Stone Soup Magazine and Bazoof! Magazine. In addition to her gift for writing, Sabrina is a talented musician and represented South Woods Middle School as the overall 2nd chair in Violin 1 in the Long Island String Festival Association.

 

Syosset Places in the 6th Annual Nassau County Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

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Fourteen Syosset business students competed in the 6th Annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.  The Challenge consisted of student-led teams from public schools across Nassau County creating a fictional organization’s comprehensive business plan and elevator pitch. More than a dozen schools and 26 teams took part in the event, with an overarching theme of Civic Innovation in two categories: Technology and Social Entrepreneurship. The program was geared to inspire students to not only create a successful business plan, but also give back and make a positive impact in their communities.

The Syosset team, named Solarity, took home an Honorable Mention award for their fictional business using recycled car batteries to create solar panels. In addition, Matt Appelbaum and Koroush Moghaddassi were chosen for an internship opportunity in Comptroller Jack Schnirman’s office.

H.B. Thompson students compete in NYS National History Day

H.B. Thompson students compete in NYS National History Day photo

Seven H.B. Thompson students earned the privilege to compete in the New York State National History Day competition in Cooperstown, NY in April, and four will be advancing to the National level in Maryland this June. The students were identified as top performers in their chosen category at the Long Island National History Day Contest prior to advancing to the State level.

Caroline Hsu earned First Place Junior Historical Paper, and Amanda Huang, Vivien Huang and Claire Tong together earned Second Place June Group Exhibit.

Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest. 

NYS National History Day competitors are pictured with Administrative Assistant Christian Harrigan, teacher advisors Jennifer Giamundo, Lauren Allen and Janna Nunziato (back left) and HBT Principal James Kassebaum. Sitting, left to right: Caroline Hsu, Claire Tong, Vivien Huang, Amanda Huang; standing, left to right: Joshua Burrows, Jake Miller, Sabrina Chen.

 

Assistant Principal named NBSLS Administrator of the Year

Assistant Principal named NBSLS Administrator of the Year photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School Assistant Principal David Steinberg, who has been named the Nassau BOCES School Library System Administrator of the Year. NBSLS established the award to honor educational administrators in Nassau County who have made a significant contribution to school librarianship.

The award specifically honors administrators who foster growth of school library media specialists; exhibit great educational leadership, professionalism, and a strong understanding of current practices and future trends, while working toward implementing these practices; and seek funding to improve library programs.

“In less than one year in his role as our high school library department coordinator, David Steinberg has transformed our program,” said Syosset High School Library Media Specialist Sarah Wasser, who nominated Steinberg for the award on behalf of the school. “He understands that the school library and librarians play an integral role in advancing education to meet the ever-changing world in which we live.” 

Steinberg is being recognized for his support of the Syosset High School library staff and his leadership in ensuring the library remains a key resource for research and learning in all areas of the curriculum. This includes overseeing the integration of new technology and empowering library staff with sufficient training and tools to best guide students through their learning, while also assisting students in navigating the library and the rich amount of information available to them. Additionally, Steinberg and the library staff have been influential in promoting the library as an environment where student collaboration – as well as teacher collaboration – comes naturally. 

A committee comprised of NBSLS Program Supervisor Donna Rosenblum, Director of the School Library Media Program at LIU Post Dr. Bea Baaden and several library media specialists in Nassau County selected Steinberg for the award. He was recently honored at the May 16 NBSLS meeting, where a brief reception was held. 

“I am grateful to have been recognized by our dynamic and innovative team of library media specialists with the NBSLS Administrator of the Year Award,” Steinberg said. “Over the course of the year, they have embraced the challenge of reimagining their roles and the library’s physical space. Their work has culminated in enhanced supports for all learners – students, teachers and administrators – and in a mindset that will ensure a continuous improvement cycle. This award represents our collective work as a team and I look forward to our future work.”

Steinberg is pictured here with library staff members: from left, Ann Anderson, Lynn Ortlieb, Dave Steinberg, Sarah Wasser and Bonnie Davies.
  

South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo named 2018 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medalist

South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo named 2018 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medalist photo
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers awarded South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo a gold medal for her poetry collection “Through my Window,” placing her in the top 1 percent of the nearly 350,000 works of art submitted. After receiving a Gold Key in the regional competition, her work was judged at the national level by a panel of creative industry experts and recognized to be among the most outstanding works in the nation. Sabrina will be honored the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Sabrina’s work has also been honored by the NYS PTA through the “Within Reach” Reflections contest. Sabrina’s entry titled “Joyous Ensemble” earned her an Award of Merit and will be included is an exhibit this fall at the NYS PTA convention. Sabrina is a published author, blogger and book reviewer, with her work published in both “Stone Soup” and “Bazoof!” magazines. In addition to her gift for writing, Sabrina is a talented musician and represented South Woods Middle School as the overall 2nd chair in Violin 1 in the Long Island String Festival Association. 

Sabrina is pictured being congratulated by South Woods Middle School Principal Michelle Burget (right) and Assistant Principal Theresa Berke

South Woods Students Receive Science Congress Awards

South Woods Students Receive Science Congress Awards photo
Several South Woods Middle School students were honored at the Long Island Science Congress awards ceremony held on May 22 at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station. Congratulations to South Woods students Sachi Sethi and Michele Shleimovich, who received Honors trophies. 

Additional congratulations to students Zohaib Alam, Noa Gluck, Lawrence Liu, Asmita Mittal, Anika Shah and Lawrence Zeltzer, who were recipients of Honorable Mention ribbons as well as Lea Gabbay, Griffin Gurewicz, Ethan Hatz, Eesha Kaushik, Amanda Obedian and Lyba Siddiqui, who received Merit ribbons.   

Michele and Sachi are pictured (left to right) displaying their award and project entitled “The Earworm Effect.”

Seven students from H.B. Thompson qualify for National History Bee National Finals

Seven students from H.B. Thompson qualify for National History Bee National Finals photo
Seven HB Thompson students qualified to compete in the National History Bee National Finals to be held in Atlanta, GA in June. After qualifying by taking an on-line test, the students advanced to the New York National Finals qualifier in April.

The National History Bee competition is designed to motivate and reward students for studying history.  Students from across the U.S. will compete in June at the National level for the title of National History Bee Champion.
 
National History Bee competitors are pictured with Administrative Assistant Christian Harrigan (far left) and HBT Principal James Kassebaum. Sitting from left to right: Noah Silverman, Ben Beige, Pragya Shankar. Standing from left to right: Sam Finkel, Griffin Hon, Mark Kimoto. Missing from photo: Jake Mallen. 

Board of Education Gets First Hand Look at the Impressive Work of Syosset Students

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Board of Education members got to experience the breadth of programs and exciting work being done by Syosset students first hand as they toured the schools on May 9th. The District’s focus on educating the whole child with a well-rounded foundation was apparent, as well as the commitment to expand coding and technology related opportunities.

The secondary schools showcased the diversity of programs offered and the global perception of the students. The day started off with a sampling of “South Woods as One”, an interactive, living museum created by the middle school students to address human rights, acceptance and cultural awareness. Later at H.B. Thompson, Board members got to listen in on eighth grade students engaged in a Socratic Seminar on Appeasement during World War II. And at Syosset High School, Board members were treated to a performance by the Lincoln Center Chamber of Music Competition winners, after which they heard from the DECA students about their very successful appearance at the State Career Conference.

Coding and cross-cutting concepts were a focus in the elementary schools. Berry Hill fifth grade students showed off their Hatch skills to create 3D replicas of structures from ancient civilizations; kindergarten students from Walt Whitman educated the group on how to program Beebots; first and fifth graders at Robbins Lane presented Google websites they collaborated to build; and fifth grade students at Village showed off their work with their Chromebooks and in robotics. Emerging scientists at South Grove demonstrated how technology infuses with the Next Generation Science standards, as the kindergarten students used technology to help research the five senses of the human body. The benefits of reading aloud and shared reading and writing were on display as second grade students at Baylis engaged in a lively conversation circle in the newly remodeled Library Media Center. Board members had a look at an innovative classroom design at A.P. Willits, where fourth grade students where engaged in the engineering process while they explored earth systems, including the impact of earthquakes and volcanos.

Throughout the day, the Board members were continually impressed by the amazing Syosset students, who were so happy to engage with them and proud to show off their hard work. We would like to thank the Board members for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit all our buildings, and the principals and staff for an exciting, expository day.

Syosset Forensics Named Champion of NYS Tournament

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Syosset Forensics competed at the New York State Grand Championship Tournament at Hofstra University. Across all events, Syosset had over 30 competitors break past preliminary rounds. Contestants who placed in the Top 6 of their events included: Ronit Dhulia, Diya Chadha, Malini Rudra, Asher Gladstone, Rebecca Weisberger, Jack Liu, Sohail Mohammed, Sahil Rustami, Nishant Bhaumik, and Ryan Moon. In addition, Saba Merzhad and Iree Mann won the state titles in their respective events of Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate and Dramatic Interpretation. As a team, Syosset won numerous sweepstakes awards, placing 2nd overall in Public Forum debate, 1st in Student Congress, 3rd in Speech, and 2nd in Lincoln Douglas debate. When all was said and done, Syosset was named champion of the tournament. Congratulations to the entire team!

 

Senior Citizens Enjoy Prom, Mardi Gras Style

Senior Citizens Enjoy Prom, Mardi Gras Style photo

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

Syosset High School’s jazz band and the girls a cappella group The Adelettes provided live entertainment, with swing, line and other styles of dance taking place throughout the day. Students served their guests lunch and dessert. This year’s theme was “Mardi Gras,” with guests and student servers adorning beads as if they were gracing the streets of New Orleans’s famed French Quarter.

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

Syosset Artistic Olympians Take Multiple Awards

Syosset Artistic Olympians Take Multiple Awards photo

Two first- and third-place awards and a perfect score

Syosset High School students excelled at this year’s Olympics of the Visual Arts Competition held in Saratoga Springs, New York. 

Overall, 41 students participated as two groups won first place in their respective category, while two other groups took third-place honors.  

Syosset teams won first-place awards in the Architecture and Typography categories and third place in Drawing and Illustration. Additionally, the Architecture team received a perfect score on its project! Here are the descriptions of each award-winning project:

ArchitectureFirst Place (perfect score)
Rea Chen, Sophia Cheng, Brenda Chou, Kaitlyn Hom, Kelvin Hu, Allison Liu
Long-Term Project: Design and build a scale model of an outdoor human labyrinth to be built in a parklike setting suitable for four seasons in the Northeast. Their labyrinth concept was a metaphor for human life. The structure is made from plexiglass, foam core, wood, moss and stained glass and is shaped like a human heart, which is divided into eight levels representing stages in life that get more complicated as they work their way up. 

TypographyFirst Place
Abraham Huang, Helen Lin, Paul Martin 
Long-Term Project: Design a new letter to be added to the English alphabet, including the phonetic sound, place in the alphabet and use in a word. The group created a letter based on a power symbol with the sound of Ohm. Students created a 3D rendition that symbolized the power in nature with each section representing a different biome on earth.

DrawingThird Place
Melinda Blumenstock, Michelle Liu, Rika Mizoguchi, Ryun Shim, Helen Zhang, Liana Zhang 
Long-Term Project: Erasure as a medium. Create an original drawing using materials and techniques of reductive drawing. Students created a scroll drawing depicting the life of Egyptian queen Hatshepsut, who rose to become pharaoh but then was erased from history.

IllustrationThird Place
Wilson Chow, Songyee Kim, Zahrah Nasim, Esha Sharma, Lynnie Yang, Zarin Zaman  
Long-Term Project: Illustrate an idiom. Create an original illustration that best interprets your choice of an idiom. Students created a five-panel painting depicting, “She carries the weight of the world.”

Sponsored by the New York State Art Teacher’s Association, the Olympics of the Visual Arts program provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in individual or group artistic problem-solving. Students create long-range solutions at their schools, and travel to the Albany area to compete on short-range problems in a daylong celebration of creativity. Awards are presented for different categories at every level.

This year’s event was held on April 25. This is only the second year Syosset has competed in this statewide competition.

Kudos to Chrysoula Highland who worked tirelessly to help students prepare for this event. 





Lead Sports Anchor Bruce Beck visits Syosset High School students

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The legendary lead sports anchor for NBC4, Bruce Beck, spoke with Syosset High School students about a career in broadcasting as part of the SYOTalks Career Speaker Series. Bruce has over 30 years of experience in broadcasting and has won eight NY State Emmy Awards. During his visit, Bruce had students out of their seats role playing an evening broadcast and shared his four secrets to success, including being prepared, asking differentiating questions, building relationships and the importance of being a good listener. The students were very engaged and appreciative of the time Bruce spent with them, and the impression he made is sure to have a lasting effect. 

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Final 2018-19 Election Results

On the morning of May 16, 2018, in accordance with school district election procedures, the District Clerk and school attorney reviewed affidavit ballots with the County Board of Elections. Of the 7 such ballots, 6 were declared invalid and 1 was declared valid and recorded. The process was observed by several candidates for the Board of Education.

The final tally is as follows:

Proposition 1 – Yes 1,642 – No 592

Proposition 2 – Yes 1,714 – No 495

Proposition 3 – Yes 1,654 – No 540

Candidates for School Board (by ballot position)

1. Mr. Weiner – 845

2. Mr. Feldman – 1,164

3. Ms. Levitt – 935

4. Mr. Ulrich – 1,036

5. Dr. Syed – 1,031

6. Mr. DiFilippo – 1,042

Accordingly, Mr. Feldman and Mr. DiFilippo have been re-elected. Mr. Ulrich has secured the remaining Board of Education seat. As that seat is currently vacant due to resignation, state law provides that the newly elected Board member assumes the seat immediately and serves out the balance of the unexpired term in addition to the full 3-year term that begins on July 1.

On the evening of May 15, 2018, an affidavit ballot was prematurely opened and thus incorrectly tallied. The ballot was one of the 6 declared invalid this morning. The vote total was corrected accordingly, resulting in one less vote for Ms. Levitt.

38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair

38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair photo
Syosset High School winners: Front row, left to right: Giselle Rasquinha (gold medalist), Yan Luo (gold medalist), Sophia Jang (gold medalist), Allison L Hsu (gold medalist), Arushi Mittal (gold medalist), Jennie Dapice (bronze medalist), Lingfei Zhao (silver medalist). Back row, left to right: Michael Chu (gold medalist): Joshua Elenowitz (gold medalist), Nicholas T Mastandrea (gold medalist), Suhail Younus (gold medalist), Kai Wang (bronze medalist), Kevin Y Li (gold medalist), Azim Gangat (silver medalist), Thomas Lam (silver medalist), Coordinator of Math John Genova and adviser John Chae. Not pictured: Jahnavi Arora (gold medalist), Ryan Lefkowitz (gold medalist), Jeremy Weiss (gold medalist)
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South Woods Middle School winners: Left to right: Anthony Park (bronze medalist), Ashley Jung (bronze medalist), Michele Shleimovich (bronze medalist), Alex Wang (silver medalist), Siddarth Desai (bronze medalist), Ashok Mutyala (silver medalist), Aarian Mepani (silver medalist), Tiffany Qian (silver medalist), Rachel Lin (silver medalist), Sabrina Guo (silver medalist), Willow Dunn (bronze medalist), Kyle Dapice (gold medalist), Shivane Dadi (gold medalist) and Ketan Raghu (bronze medalist).
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H.B. Thompson Middle School winners: Adviser Paul McNamara, Sophia Chaudri (gold medalist), Anoushka Rishi (gold medalist), Ria Mehta (silver medalist), Aryan Jain (gold medalist), Emily Su (silver medalist), Griffin Hon (gold medalist) and adviser Jen Giamundo.
Bringing home a total of 38 medals, the Syosset Central School District had a very impressive showing at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held at Hofstra University in April. Students competed against schools from all across Nassau County. The students selected a mathematical topic, thoroughly researched the topic, prepared a written report, which included their own ideas and creative input, and then presented their work to a panel of judges. 

Eighteen Syosset student won medals in the high school competition and 20 Syosset students won medals in the middle school competition. The Syosset Central School District congratulates all the participants in this year’s Long Island Math Fair!

Two of LI’s Best Young Artists

Two of LI’s Best Young Artists photo
Two Syosset High School student-artists recently had their work selected for the 2018 Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum exhibit in Huntington. Congratulations to Cailin Ferrari and Brett Kaplan, whose work was on display at the museum during the month of April. Their works were among 80 selected to appear in the annual exhibit, which accepted 385 entries submitted from 62 schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties this year. 

Additionally, Brett’s artwork was among 21 of the 80 Long Island’s Best works to appear alongside Mitchells luxury brand’s spring collection in its Huntington Village store. Cailin (left) and Brett are seen here displaying some of their artwork.

Village Alumni Return to Share Their Love of Literacy and Lessons on Life

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As part of the annual PARP program at Village Elementary School, Village alumni who are current students at Syosset High School returned to their old elementary school to read to students. 

“It is always a highly anticipated activity as both staff and alumni love being reunited,” said Village Principal Jeffrey Kasper. “The Village staff is always amazed at how their former students have grown into such impressive young adults. The alumni love to see their former teachers and the collection of photographs shared from their time here. The seniors also enjoy talking about their college acceptances and future plans and take real pleasure in reading to the current Village children, who love to ask about their experiences at Village back in the day.”

This year’s event was made all the more special thanks to the Village PTA, which provided breakfast for the staff and the nearly 40 high schoolers who came back to enjoy some time with their former teachers and future high school students. The connection these former students still have to their elementary school and the staff here is wonderful to witness and as one current fifth-grader remarked, “I can’t wait until I’m in high school and can come back to read like my brother did.” 

Special thanks to the Village PTA, Village library media specialist Trish Sergi and Syosset High School’s Castle coordinator Tom Rooney for organizing the PARP experience. 
 

Senior Monet Yuan Presents Research at Partners for the Future Program

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Syosset High School student Monet Yuan presented her research, Testing Synthetic Lethality of the PIM1 and PIM2 Genes, at the closing symposium of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Partners for the Future Program in April. This prestigious program provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research, experiencing day-to-day life in a working lab while learning about molecular biology and state-of-the-art research techniques. This was a culmination of work that began at the Sheltzer Laboratory in the summer of 2017, and continued throughout the school year during which Monet was recognized as a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar in January, 2017. Monet will continue to conduct research this spring and summer at the Sheltzer Laboratory under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Jason Sheltzer, and will be attending Johns Hopkins University this fall.

Monet Yuan is congratulated by her mentor, Dr. Jason Sheltzer (right) and Syosset High School Research Facilitator Veronica Ade. 

 

 

Young Writer a National Gold Medalist

Young Writer a National Gold Medalist photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School junior Caroline Lee for winning a gold medal in the flash fiction category of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national competition, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Caroline has been recognized for her original short story, “The Perfect Shot.”

National medalists in the competition represent less than 1 percent of the 350,000 submissions for the Scholastic awards received this year. Since 1923, the competition has honored celebrated authors and artists, including Truman Capote, Lea Dunham, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol. 

Caroline, who said she discovered the bug for writing in the fifth grade, enjoys incorporating fantasy into her writing and is working on a collection of short stories, which she hopes to publish next year. 

Top award winners in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition and their teachers are invited to attend a national awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7, as well as participate in other showcase events. Caroline’s work and other gold-medal-winning entries will be featured in the national exhibition at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt’s Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City June 1-10.

Caroline is congratulated here by her Honors English teacher Andrea Stolzenberg (left) and Syosset Coordinator for English Language Arts Amanda Barney.
 
 
 

Impressive Showing by the Syosset High School Mock Trial Team

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The Syosset High School Mock Trial team advanced through 6 rounds of the 2018 New York State Mock Trial Tournament to compete in the Nassau County Finals held on April 30th. Of the 48 schools competing, the Syosset team was one of only 2 teams to advance to the final round. The team will be honored by the Nassau County Bar Association on May 10th for their impressive showing at this event.

Thousands of students participate annually in the New York State Mock Trial Tournament, which is co-sponsored by The New York Bar Association, and provides students with first-hand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures. The Syosset Mock Trial team has advanced to the quarterfinals in this tournament for the past 4 years.

Pictured is the Mock Trial team with the Honorable Leonard B. Austin. Shown from left to right: Chloe Van Dorn, Emma Van Dorn, Diana Liu, Samantha Mercurio, Jeffrey Bolnick, Jules Feingold, Christopher Saunders, Noah Feder, Nicole Greenberg, Lisa Fallah, Esq., and advisor Jennifer Lamond. Missing from the photo is Lara Weinberg.  

Village Alumni Return to Share Their Love of Literacy and Lessons on Life

As part of the annual PARP program at Village Elementary School, Village alumni who are current students at Syosset High School returned to their old elementary school to read to students.

“It is always a highly anticipated activity as both staff and alumni love being reunited,” said Village Principal Jeffrey Kasper. “The Village staff is always amazed at how their former students have grown into such impressive young adults. The alumni love to see their former teachers and the collection of photographs shared from their time here. The seniors also enjoy talking about their college acceptances and future plans and take real pleasure in reading to the current Village children, who love to ask about their experiences at Village back in the day.”

This year’s event was made all the more special thanks to the Village PTA, which provided breakfast for the staff and the nearly 40 high schoolers who came back to enjoy some time with their former teachers and future high school students. The connection these former students still have to their elementary school and the staff here is wonderful to witness and as one current fifth-grader remarked, “I can’t wait until I’m in high school and can come back to read like my brother did.” 

Special thanks to the Village PTA, Village library media specialist Trish Sergi and Syosset High School’s Castle coordinator Tom Rooney for organizing the PARP experience. 

 

Running Braves Form a Special Partnership

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Members of the Syosset Running Braves, the boy’s track team, have been volunteering their time to help train Special Olympic athletes ranging in age from 5 to 14. The boys have been working with the athletes not only on running skills, but also on basketball skills, including dribbling, passing and shooting, as well as interpersonal skills. According to Rich Cafiero, the Running Braves Coach, “Our athletes are making friends and meeting new people” and they are enjoying the enthusiasm they are greeted with. The special bond formed by the two groups of athletes is sure to have a lasting effect.

Long Island Math Fair

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H.B. Thompson's Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair medal winners are congratulated here by advisers Paul McNamara and Jen Giamundo. From left, McNamara, students Sophia Chaudri, Anoushka Rishi, Ria Mehta, Aryan Jain, Emily Su, Griffin Hon and Giamundo.

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!

 

Both Middle Schools Receive No Place for Hate Designation

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Congratulations to the students and staff at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools, as both have been named No Place for Hate schools for the 2017-18 school year by the Anti-Defamation League.

ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative identifies schools and communities that demonstrate a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred while  leading initiatives for creating and maintaining a positive climate. HBT’s Peers as Leaders and Buddy Club was instrumental in coordinating schoolwide activities that qualified the school for the designation this year, while South Wood’s Action, Acceptance and Awareness Club was a driving force in solidifying its school’s stature. This is the second consecutive year HBT has received the designation.

Syosset High School also hosted a school-wide assembly to kick off its campaign to receive No Place for Hate designation in the 2018-19 school year. Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante spoke about how he was inspired by the work of the students, and several students recounted their own experiences with bias and students standing up for their peers. The school unveiled a banner of its own for students to sign and pledge to uphold the qualities of a No Place for Hate school.

Representatives from both HBT and South Woods middle schools are pictured here displaying their respective No Place for Hate banners, which were awarded by the ADL. In the alternate photo, students and faculty from Syosset High School display the banner for their campaign to earn No Place for Hate designation next year. 

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Artist Honored for ‘Magnificent’ Work

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Congratulations to South Grove Elementary School fifth-grade student Kate Lin for winning first place in the American Society for Microbiology’s Annual Agar Art Kids Contest. The contest is open to kids 12 and younger who participated in public Agar Art workshops hosted by one of ASM’s 10 community lab partners. Kate designed her winning entry, “The Magnificent Butterfly,” at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center.

ASM submissions of artwork are created using living, growing microbes ‘painted’ on agar, a gelatin-like substance that serves as food for the microorganisms. The is not the first time Kate has been recognized for her talent as an artist. As a second grader, she won an illustration contest and had her work featured in a book that was part of the popular Katie Woo book series. 

Kate is pictured alongside a framed picture of her Katie Woo illustration. “The Magnificent Butterfly” is pictured in the alternate photo.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018