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South Woods Girls Amaze at L.I. Science Congress with Top Honoree Moving On

Seven students from South Woods Middle School participated in the Long Island Science Congress held at St. Anthony’s High School with every student receiving a trophy for their dedication, presentation and innovative science projects.      

Giselle Rasquinha received the Highest Honors High Honors for her research in testing the five-second rule for food consumption.  High Honors were awarded to Jade Maracic, Alexa Trapani, Emma Van Dorn and Lara Weinberg. This marks the second year that Alexa, Emma and Lara have received trophies for their experiments. Sachi Sethi and Michele Shleimovich were also recognized with Honors.

Giselle received 1st place in the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology award and was awarded $300.  She also won the Research Institute Award (a $25 gift card) as well as a $150 stipend to represent Long Island’s Junior Division at the State Science Congress in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  Long Island Science Congress also picked up her $100 registration fee for the state competition.

Congratulations to all our future scientists!  Coach Linda Stollow is so proud of your hard work and challenging projects.

South Woods Students Excel on National French Exam

Of the 22 eighth-grade students from South Woods Middle School who competed in the National French Exam Le Grand Concours (Level 1) held in March, 13 placed in the top five positions nationally. They are:

• Elsie Ho, Mizuki Iida, Jenny Ou, Maiya Raghu – 2nd place, 95th percentile;
• Ria Chadha, Angela Mao, Ariane Lee – 3rd place, 95th percentile;
• Tess Latham, Eric Wang – 4th place, 90th percentile;
• Jennie Dapice, Saba Mehrzad, Nolan Smithwick, Gabrielle Unson  – 5th place, 90th percentile.

The following South Woods students also received Honorable Mentions on the exam: Autumn Avery, Alexandra Bukary, Harrison Feusi, Manuela Fusara, Siya Gandhi, Eric Liang, Atharv Mehtani, Lara Muratyan, Krish Pamnani.

Additionally, nine South Woods seventh-grade students competed in the Level 01 National French Exam, with four placing in the top 10 nationally:

• Alex He – 7th place (4th place in Nassau County);
• Manaal Nabi – 8th place (5th place in Nassau County).

Honorable Mentions for the exam were awarded to  Meaghan Anzalone, Sage Gladstone, Alisa Gong, Lilah Grubman, Eric Huang, David Liu, and Andrew Zhou.

Congratulations to all participants!

Patriotism in Writing

Patriotism in Writing Pic 1
Congratulations to South Woods student Maria Manolas, who won the VFW-sponsored Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition for her essay titled “The America I Believe In.” Maria is congratulated here by Gus Scutari of Syosset VFW Post 6394.

South Woods Math Teachers Honored

Math Teachers Honored - Lenzi
Math Teachers Honored - Falco
Congratulations to South Woods math teachers Mary Lenzi and Tom Falco on their selection as Nassau County Math Teachers Association “Teachers of the Year.”  The NCMTA will honor them during its annual spring dinner on May 17, 2017 at the North Ritz Club. What a well-deserved honor for two of our own South Woods family members, who strive each and every day to ensure that every child learns.  We are so proud!

South Woods Wins 15 Medals at Math Fair

South Woods Wins 15 Medals at Math Fair Photo
South Woods Middle School sent 16 students to participate in the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held on Friday, April 28 ay Hofstra University. Students researched various topics for the fair, including Matrix Algebra, Pascal’s Triangle, The Mathematics of Disease, Binary and Hexadecimals, Complex and Imaginary Numbers, Optical Illusions Math in Music,  Math in Astronomy, Game Theory, Math in our Election Process and Brain of a Swimmer.  They then wrote a mathematics paper and developed a presentation based on their research. Overal,l South Woods took home an impressive 15 medals: eight gold, four silver and three bronze. 

Trivia Champs!

Trivia Champs! Photo
Congratulations to the South Woods Middle School seventh-grade Trivia Team for capturing the CP Nassau Trivia Challenge championship in March. The team earned the right to participate in the championship after winning the school trivia competition.

Schools from throughout Nassau County participated in the event. Now in its 31st 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.

During the competition, each participating school provides a team of four students who collaborate on a 100-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 team answered questions on a wide variety of topics. They are pictured here with the CP Nassau Trivia cup. From left Michelle Gervitz of CP Nassau, team members Zach Goldstein, Gianna Vecchio, Alex Larson and Matthew Shafritz and their coach, Greg Ryan. 

South Woods Takes 6th in NYS at State Science Olympiad

South Woods Takes 6th in NYS at State Science Olympiad Photo
Wins Best Small School Award

South Woods Middle School took the 6th place trophy out of 39 schools at East Syracuse-Minoa High School on April 7-8. It was an amazing competition with South Woods winning 28 medals, a plaque for best small school and a plaque for outstanding coach.  
The team captains were Nolan Smithwick and Akitora Iyoda.  The team members were Stella Chen, Evan Cheng, Edward Duan, Eric Huang, Ashley Jung, Kevin Li, Kenneth Lin, Angela Mao, Jenny Ou, Augustine Park, Giselle Rasquinha, Josh Yun and Andrew Zhang.

Mrs. Stollow the coach is extremely proud of the hard work and all the determination from these dedicated students.

South Woods Sensational in the Science Olympiad Regional Competition

South Woods Sensational in the Science Olympiad Regional Competition Photo
All three teams from South Woods Middle School scored high enough to participate in the 2017 New York State Science Olympiad Regional Competition, with each group delivering impressive results.  South Woods Team 1 finished in first place at the competition Team 2 scored in fourth place and Team 3 scored in sixth place. Team 1 won a total of 44 medals; Team 2 took home 33 medals and  Team 3 collected 26 medals.  Altogether South Woods took home an amazing 103 medals!         
Team 1 finished with an exceptional score and fell just two points short of first place.  The team, comprised of students Nolan Smithwick, Akitora Iyoda, Stella Chen, Evan Cheng, Edward Duan, Elena Hong, Eric Huang, Ashley Jung, Kevin Li, Kenneth Lin, Angela Mao, Jenny Ou, Augustine Park, Giselle Rasquinha and Andrew Zhang, advanced to represent South Woods at the New York State Science Olympiad Competition this month.                 

Coach Stollow is very proud of all the teams.

Saturday, May 27, 2017