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98 Ann DriveHB Thompson Middle School
Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 364-5760

James Kassebaum, Principal
Kevin Bonanno, Assistant Principal
Alan Chipetine, Assistant Principal
Christian Harrigan, Administrative Assistant






    July 2017

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    With classrooms and halls now empty, Thompson is quiet as we have concluded another year. We experienced a special evening as we bid farewell to our 302 eighth-grade students at Tilles Center. The speeches by our students that evening as well as your many positive comments and notes I received following the ceremony are indeed reminders of what a special place Thompson is. We are fortunate to work in a district that supports the efforts to provide students with opportunities for personal and academic growth, meaningful achievements, good relationships and good decisions. We wish the HBT class of 2017 the best as they continue their journey onto the high school as the class of 2021.

    The end of the year is once again a time to thank you for the opportunity to work with your children and for your support throughout the year. While we welcome our incoming parents, I also know that we are saying farewell to many of our middle school parents for the final time. We will miss you and hope that you take good memories with you. In particular, I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Park and our PTSA for their time and efforts providing ongoing support and educational programs for our students this year.

    In the meantime, I hope you and your families enjoy this time together and wish a successful start to your child's high school experience in a few weeks. 


    James Kassebaum


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    Upcoming Events

    • August 28th - Summer Orientation for 6th grade
    • August 29th, 30th, 31st - Superintendent's Conference Days; no school for students
    • September 5th - First Day of School
    • September 7th - Open House, 6:30 p.m.
    • September 12th - Newcomer's Reception, 7:00 p.m.; PTSA meeting, 7:45 p.m.


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    Congratulations HBT Class of 2017 Eighth Graders

    Congratulations HBT Class of 2017 Eighth Graders Photo
    Approximately 320 eighth-graders from H.B. Thompson Middle School officially advanced to Syosset High School during their moving up ceremony held at the Tilles Center at LIU Post. In doing so, they left their ‘handprints’ on three years of great accomplishments and memories.
    This year’s class theme was “Handprints on HBT.” Student Council member Aidan Charlip served as the Master of Ceremonies, while fellow council member Muntaha Sabir led her classmates through the reflections of the last three years, giving her personal perspective into life at HBT.
    “Throughout our middle school careers, we have laughed and cried together, succeeded and celebrated, all with the help of those who care about us, our teachers, families and friends,” said Muntaha, who recalled her first day at HBT in 2014 and the fear and difficulty she experienced of adjusting to a new community and new school. “As I started to meet new friends, I can’t recall what I was so afraid of. Everyone was so welcoming and our teachers made it their number one priority to make us comfortable in this new environment.”
    After running through the list of tasks it takes to master middle school such as learning to use lockers and getting from class to class on time, Board of Education member Susan Parker applauded the HBT Class of 2017 for all of their accomplishments and for taking advantage of the many clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities available to them. “Education here is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” said Parker.
    “HBT will forever be a part of us and now we will forever be a part of HBT. Even more significant than the handprints we leave on the school are the handprints left on us,” said Class of 2017 class member Samuel Kanterman who emphasized the confidence and leadership skills he and his classmates gained at the school.   
    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Principal James Kassebaum also provided inspirational messages to the students, as they were officially confirmed freshmen of Syosset High School.
    Musical performances were also given by the HBT chamber orchestra, jazz band and eighth-grade graduation chorus. Jayden Cayne and Rachel Kessler led the presentation of colors.

    Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

    Student Cabinet Photo
    Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and members of the central administration held their second meeting of the year with the 2016-17 Superintendent’s Student Cabinet to follow up on earlier discussions and to hear additional feedback from students representing every Syosset school in order to identify ways to further improve the education program for them. 

    The Superintendent’s Student Cabinet is comprised of student ambassadors from Syosset High School; Harry B. Thompson and South  Woods Middle Schools; and all seven district elementary schools.

    Some of the key issues addressed included high school cabinet members being asked whether they felt there were benefits to changing school start times to allow for additional sleep (opinions were mixed); middle school students providing their thoughts on sharing assignments using Google Drive (mostly positive); and elementary students’ thoughts about Chromebook use in the classroom (with the real time help provided by teachers proving to be a great benefit). 

    “We constantly take what we learn each year and refine it for future years,” said Dr. Rogers. “These students are the pioneers of new technology offerings and their feedback will help guide us on the best use of devices and applications as well as many other significant issues to improve the quality of education and quality of life in all of our schools.”

    HBT is No Place for Hate

    HBT is No Place for Hate Photo
    Congratulations to the students and staff at Harry B. Thompson Middle School as it has been named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).                             

    ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative identifies schools and communities who demonstrate a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred while  leading initiatives for creating and maintaining a positive climate. Spearheaded by HBT’s PAL (Peers as Leaders) and Buddy Club, the school’s efforts included a Multicultural Week and Expo held in January to promote various cultures, “Cardio for Character Walk” and ”Steps Against Bullying” events to promote good health and acceptance and a cyber-bullying program titled “Don’t Press Send.”            

    Members of the club recently attended a special ceremony held at New York University to honor the 127 No Place for Hate schools in New York State, where they received a banner to display in the school as a source of pride and reminder of the importance of the initiative.                                        
    “It was a very special ceremony,” said PAL and Buddy Club co-adviser Randi Bloom. “We are very proud to be a part of this.”                            
    This is the first year HBT has participated in ADL’s campaign.     

    Pictured are Bloom (far right), co-adviser Denise Giacopino and members of the Pal and Buddy Club displaying HBT’s No Place for Hate banner.

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017