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G.I.R.L. Talk Ready, Set, Code!

G.I.R.L. Talk: Women in Leadership proudly announces our next event, Ready, Set, Code! Join us on Monday, January 28, 2019 for a night of coding for 5th - 12th grade girls with their parents/guardians. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to experience the amazing coding program your daughter is learning in school. You'll see firsthand how exciting, creative and fun coding can be! See attached flyer for more details. 

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SHS ACT Spreads Kindness and Holiday Cheer

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

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

Baylis Circus 2019

Four SHS Students Named 2019 Regeneron STS Scholars!

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

Motivational Speaker David Flood Presents to 9th Graders

Speaker David Flood addressing SHS Students in the auditorium

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

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

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

Guidance Helps 9th Graders Discover Their Strengths

Guidance Counselor helps students complete survey
Guidance counselor addresses ninth graders
Ninth-grade students met with their Guidance Counselors in early December to complete the Naviance Do What You Are Personality Profile Assessment. The results of the Do What You Are assessment give students their personality type, strengths, blind spots and provides individualized career suggestions based on their answers. This is a very useful tool to help students get to know themselves as well as to get them thinking about elective course choices, explore career choices and college majors.  

College Planning Workshop for SHS Juniors

Students on stage at College Planning Workshop
Presenter at College Planning Workshop
The High School Guidance department hosted a College Planning Workshop for 11th grade parents and students on Thursday, November 29 to provide essential support and information as they begin the college planning process. Many topics that were covered, including Naviance Family Connection, academic performance, search criteria, high school resources, timelines and deadlines. After the presentation in the auditorium, parents and students met in small groups with their Guidance Counselors for a Q and A session.

SHS Theatre Arts Alumni Visit With Current Students

Panel of alumni speak to students
Panel of alumni speak to students
Panel of alumni speak to students
Panel of alumni speak to students
Panel of alumni speak to students
Panel of alumni speak to students

Syosset High School Theatre Arts program alumni recently visited the school to offer advice, guidance and encouragement to young theatre enthusiasts interested in performance and technical theatre. The impressive group of former Syosset students included Broadway and off-Broadway actors, stage managers, a dramaturgist, a production executive and an assistant sound designer.

Current Syosset students participated in a panel discussion with alumni, who addressed topics such as choosing the best schools/programs, the importance of networking, and the “business” of theatre production. Alumni offered advice to the engaged student audience on many aspects of the theatre profession, including excelling in auditions and training for a film career as opposed to training for a career on stage. Over 30 students attended the event. 

The District would like to thank the following Syosset Theatre Arts alumni for sharing their time, expertise and experiences with our students:

Sarah Altman ('13), Associate Production Stage Manager, Tinc Productions, Manhattan School of Music
Jordyn Boscia ('15), Stage Manager/Arts Administration, Signature Theatre Co.
Tracy Cowit ('07), Assistant Sound Designer, Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, King Kong, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Danielle Feder ('08), Dramaturg, Signature Theatre Company
Rachel Gaspar ('99), Production Executive/Associate Producer at HBO
Leo Goodman ('99), Actor - Film: Dystopia and Shame the Devil, New York Fringe Festival, York Theatre Company
Ethan Hova ('01), Actor – Broadway: The Nap, National Tour of The Humans, TV: The Blacklist, E-Ring, ER
Stephanie Israelson ('10), Actress/Singer/Comedian, Off Broadway: Love/Sick, Rock and Roll Refugee
Pamela Shapiro ('13), Actress/Singer – National Tour, Seussical: The Musical!

 

Varsity Cheer Places 1st at Nassau Competition!

SHS Cheer team at competition
Congratulations to Syosset Varsity Cheer on placing First at the Section VIII Nassau competition on Dec. 1st! Sunday December 2, the team earned their bid to Nationals in February, making this the 7th consecutive year that the team has received the bid.

This Saturday, December 15th, the Varsity Cheer team will be hosting their first section VIII Competition, with 28 teams participating between Division 1 and 2. The competition starts at 3:00. Please come out and support the team! 
 

SHS Girls Tennis - Nassau County Champions!

SHS Girls Tennis Team
Congratulations to the SHS girls tennis team on winning the Nassau County Championship this fall! 

Elementary Report Card Redesign

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

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

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

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

Facilities Planning Information

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Click here for more information about the Facilities Planning
Tuesday, January 22, 2019