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Congratulations Berry Hill Graduates

Berry Hill Sends Students Off to Summer in Style

Notice of Board of Education Meeting - July 5, 2017

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Congratulations Walt Whitman Graduates

 

Congratulations Robbins Lane Graduates

Congratulations Village School Graduates

Congratulations A.P. Willits Graduates

Congratulations Syosset HS Class of 2017

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Congratulations to the Baylis Class of 2017!

Congratulations HBT Class of 2017 Eighth Graders

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Congratulations South Woods Class of 2017 Eighth Graders

Congratulations South Woods Class of 2017 Eighth Graders Photo

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

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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.”

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.”
 

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.”

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s Student Cabinet

Key Issues Covered with Superintendent’s 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.”
 

Two Take Home Awards at Intel ISEF

Two Take Home Awards at Intel ISEF Photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School students Mohamed El-Abtah and Rushabh Mehta, who won third place in the biomedical health science and physics categories, respectively, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles, California last month. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public (a.k.a. The Society) in partnership with the Intel Foundation.
    
Overall, six students (four projects) from Syosset High School qualified to compete at Intel ISEF by winning first place at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair held in March. In addition to Mohamed and Rushabh,  students Rahul Chaudry and Sahil Chaudry collaborated on a project that qualified for ISEF’s biochemistry and translational medicine category while Dahyun “Elle” Park and Jordan Sanford qualified in the energy category, a joint project that also won a gold medal at the recent International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad held in Houston, Texas. The four Syosset projects were among just 20 from the LISEF competition to qualify for ISEF. All of the students performed research under the tutelage of Syosset High School science research coordinator Veronica Ade.                            

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from around the world are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Millions of students compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.
    
Pictured L-R are Syosset High School ISEF participants Rushabh Mehta (third place), Rahul Chaudry, Sahil Chaudry, Jordan Sanford, Elle Park and Mohamed El-Abtah (third place).
    

Second Entrance for Walt Whitman Campus

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Baylis Field Day

Five Seconds to First Place at State Science Congress

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School student Giselle Rasquinha, who took home Highest Honors at the New York State Science Congress Junior Division at the University of Buffalo, sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State. This followed her first-place award for the same project in the Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology at the Long Island Science Congress last month.

Giselle’s project “The 5 Second Rule” explored the validity of the old adage, if you drop food on the floor it’s safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds. Giselle tested different foods after being dropped on different surfaces, recording the amount of bacteria in each culture. She then developed a survey from her results, which she administered to eighth graders. Giselle won $300 and $500 at the Long Island and state competitions, respectively. 

Teacher Linda Stollow coached and mentored Giselle. Six other South Woods students won High Honor or Honors awards at the L.I. Congress under Stollow’s tutelage: Jade Maracic, Sachi Sethi, Michele Shleimovich, Alexa Trapani, Emma Van Dorn and Lara Weinberg.
During the State Science Congress, students present their research to judges, community observers and other students in a lecture format. They are selected based on their presentations at various regional competitions, such as the L.I. Science Congress.

 
 
 
 

Superior Writing

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Three student writers from Syosset High School have won the Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Congratulations to Jillian Goldberg, Scott Magid and Sarah Wang for submitting three works identified as “Superior” by the NCTE. Syosset High School is the only school in New York State with three award winners.

This year’s theme was “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,” as participants submitted three entries– two in poetry form and one narrative. They were asked to evaluate modern society on the degree to which people who are privileged with power demonstrate responsibility while posing the question “How are we doing?” They also had the option to draw a converse argument regarding those with little power who demonstrate responsibility, with a wide scope of subjects ranging from global figures or people who are close to the writer on a personal level. 

National judges evaluated each piece of writing for content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development and style. Students whose writing received superior scores are awarded a certificate of recognition, and their name and their school's name appear on the NCTE website. 

Pictured, Syosset High School English Coordinator Catherine Longmore (left) congratulates Sarah, Scott and Jillian along with their teacher Jamie Budolato.

How’s the Weather Over There?

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First-grade classes at Robbins Lane Elementary School welcomed News 12 meteorologist Michael Rizzo to the school library for a fun, hands-on demonstration on how different weather events occur.

Also known as “Meteor Mike,” Rizzo conducted engaging experiments to simulate how tornados develop using attached two-liter bottles and how snow forms water. He even brought some funs instruments to illustrate different weather, including a plasma light globe to show students the atmospheric phenomenon that causes lightening and a hand-held device that creates wind gusts. Meteor Mike also reviewed some important tips on how to react to potentially dangerous weather situations, including “when thunder roars, stay indoors.”

The visit was arranged by Robbins Lane teacher Laura Perfetti.

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Young Architects On Display

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The Syosset High School Technology Education Department hosted its annual Architectural Showcase, which provides students enrolled in two architectural courses with an opportunity to take pride in their designs while receiving input and recognition from industry professionals. 

Forty-three Residential Architecture and Commercial Architecture students participated in this year’s showcase, now in its 29th year. Student built ¼ inch scale models of various structures, including dream homes, commercial sites and public structures. The structures were compiled to create a village scene in the school commons area as families and friends were invited for the viewing. Professional architects also volunteered to share their insights with the student-designers, as well as nominate the best pieces for the Gold Compass Award. Two of the judges were Syosset alumni: Noah Adler and Patricia Tiglias.
 
This year, five Gold Compass Award winners were named. Sophomores Robert Kula, Mirwais Noory and Daneida Segovia from the Residential Architecture course and juniors Jake Leonardi and Jared Ryback from the Commercial Architecture course were honored. Mike Ferreira, Tom Morritt and Paul Rorke teach the residential course; Morritt teaches the Commercial course. 

Jared, Jake, Mirwais, Robert and Daneida are pictured with their Gold Compass awards.

Students Show Their Elders ‘There’s No Place Like Syosset HS’

Students Show Their Elders ‘There’s No Place Like Syosset HS’ Photo

Syosset High School’s Future Leaders of America Club hosted their 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 Health and Rehabilitation.

Syosset High School’s Jazz Band 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 “The Wizard of Oz,” with the gymnasium decorated with yellow-brick roads, rainbows and inflatable flying monkeys as FLAC members adorned ‘wicked witch’ hats in the spirit of the day. Some of the guests even wore Dorothy’s signature ruby slippers as they strutted on the dance floor. There was also an exhibit of student artwork for viewing.

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

Walt Whitman PTA Meeting Information

Prior to the June Walt Whitman PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the drawings for the second entrance (as modified based on community feedback) will be on display in the lobby of Walt Whitman Elementary School starting at 6:15 p.m.  District architects will be on hand at that time to answer any questions residents may have.

Letter to Commissioner Elia regarding Common Core Learning Standards

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A Special ‘Hug’ for Sunrise Campers

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South Woods Middle School students recently created “Hug” necklaces for the children at Sunrise Day Camp, a place of refuge that welcomes pediatric cancer patients and their siblings free of charge. The Hug necklaces give campers the ability to “hug” each other when saying goodbye at the end of camp. Due to the campers’ medical issues and the need to protect them from infection, they often cannot physically hug their friends. The necklaces provide them with a way to “hug” each other by sharing pieces of their necklaces with their new friends.                        

At the beginning of the school year, the South Woods CARES Committee, a group of school staff members who coordinate service learning opportunities for students, held a walk-a-thon to benefit Sunrise Day Camp. Through an ongoing partnership with the organization, the committee brainstorms activities to benefit the campers and involve students and campers in hands-on projects. The South Woods Future Leaders of America Club and student council met with representatives from Sunrise Day Camp about the necklace initiative, then turn-keyed their expertise to teach other South Woods students how to make the necklaces during lunch periods, providing an opportunity for the larger student body to become involved. Over 100 necklaces were created.                    

“This project provided our students with an opportunity to understand how spending a few minutes of one's time can make a difference in the life of another person,” said South Woods CARES member Tracy Capece, who coordinated the effort with Sunrise Day Camp and teachers Jenn Seibert-Sessa and Jennifer Bunkley. “Not only did students give of their time to create these necklaces for the children at Sunrise Day Camp, they also worked cooperatively and took pride in the ‘hugs’ they created.”

Pictured are some students creating the necklaces.

Music is Golden at Robbins Lane where Syosset's Award-Winning District Begins with Music Literacy in the Elementary Schools

Music is one of the district's strengths, and students in jazz band, orchestra, concert band, string ensemble and chorus showcased that strength by performing a sophisticated, multicultural and multiple-genre program in May. That amazing concert was followed by Gold ratings for both band and orchestra at the New York State Schools Music Association Majors Festival, and a choral performance at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks baseball team.

The third-grade orchestra performed a special concert for family members and second graders who are deciding on their instruments for next year. Kindergartners also performed a show with songs and rhymes, singing in English, French, Russian and also performing in sign language.  First graders performed a Unity in the Community concert, reminding the audience that one of Syosset's strengths is its diversity and acceptance of all cultures.

Students of the Game…and Life

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As an extension of their English Language Arts nonfiction unit of study and their work on biographies, Robbins Lane third graders visited Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to get a close-up look into a historical figure and pioneer of the game of baseball and human rights.

As a part of their biography studies, students read about the life of Jackie Robinson, the first player of color to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson's groundbreaking accomplishments transcended beyond the baseball diamond, having a profound influence on society as he endured racism from baseball fans and players and faced death threats on a regular basis before breaking baseball’s color barrier. Students had the opportunity to visit the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at the stadium’s main entrance, an area that celebrates his life and achievements.             

The students also visited the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum, the team clubhouse, the dugout, the field, television production areas and the spectator suites.

HBT is No Place for Hate

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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.

Board of Ed Gets a Close-Up Look at What Kids Are Learning

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Board of Education members recently took time out of their busy work schedules to get a closer look at some of the interesting projects and programs taking place in the Syosset schools. One of the main themes of this year’s annual Board tour was crosscutting concepts, and how multiple disciplines are meshed together for a well-rounded learning experience.

Making stops at every school, the Board was greeted by each principal and sat in on at least one classroom demonstration or presentation at each site. They listened to testimony from students at Syosset High School regarding the new and highly successful Virtual Enterprise business program; at H.B. Thompson Middle School they witnessed how math and science come together on the Chromebook for collecting data about natural selection; were treated to entertaining Revolutionary War period monologues written and acted out by students at Baylis Elementary School; listened to student pitches for various designs for a new butterfly garden at Walt Whitman Elementary School; and watched in awe as students at Berry Hill Elementary School brought STEM learning into the fantasy world by building some fun fairy tale themed machines.

Students were excited to share their work, as Board members asked them several questions about their experiences. Without exception they departed each classroom impressed with the things Syosset scholars are learning.






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.

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From left to right: Michele Schleimovich, Emma Van Dorn, Alexa Trapani, Giselle Rasquinha, Jade Maracic, Lara Weinberg, Sachi Sethi


Forensic Experts

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Once again, the Syosset High School Forensics Society scored big at the New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament held at Hofstra University April 29-30. The team won 1st place in the Speech events division, placed 2nd in both the Debate events and Student Congress divisions, and won the award for Best Overall in the state!

This year’s team produced three individual state champions as well: Ronit Dhulia (Lincoln/Douglas debate-novice level); the team of Jahnavi Arora and Aram Moghaddassi (Lincoln/Douglas debate-varsity level) and Iree Mann (Oral Interpretation-varsity level).

According to Syosset Forensics Society adviser Lydia Esslinger, students qualify for the state competition either through a consistently good showing during the academic year or at a regional qualifying competition. Eighty students from Syosset High School's team qualified for the championship this year, capturing numerous awards. Syosset Forensics also remains a top debate team in the country, holding its position among the top 1% and consistently ranking in the top 10, overall.

The team is also sending a large number of students to two major national tournaments. Twenty-three students qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament to be held in Louisville, Kentucky later this month, while twelve qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament to be held in Birmingham, Alabama in June. Esslinger will be honored there with the Eighth-Degree Diamond Award as a member of the NSDA Honor Society whose teams have earned at least 22,000 points.

Participants at the state competition were judged based on varsity, junior varsity, and novice levels for categories Lincoln/Douglas debate (LD), extemporaneous speaking (EX), declamation (DEC), public forum debate (PF), oral interpretation (OI), dramatic interpretation (DI), original oratory (OO), and congress (CONG).  

Individual awards winners are:

•    Zan Ahmed (VEX, 2nd)
•    Nishant Bhaumik (VEX, 4th)
•    Rushabh Mehta (VEX, Semifinalist)
•    Simar Kohli (VEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Sahil Rustami (JVEX, Semifinalist)
•    Avneet Chhabra (JVEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Jason Lan (JVEX, Quarterfinalist)
•    Ronit Dhulia (NLD, State Champion)
•    Ryan Moon (JVLD, Octofinalist)
•    Jahnavi Arora/Aram Moghaddassi (VLD, State Champions)
•    Leanna Faimon (VLD, Octofinalist)
•    Elizabeth Ruggiero and Hersh Ved  (NPF, Double Octofinalists)
•    Diya Chadha and Malini Rudra (JVPF, Octofinalists)
•    Eugene Lee and Sarah Schwartzberg (JVPF, Octofinalists)
•    Iree Mann (DI, 2nd/ VOI, State Champion)
•    Alvee Chowdhury (VOI, 4th )
•    Rebecca Weisberger (VOI, Semifinalist)
•    Jordan Stecker (DI, 7th)
•    Brooke Lewitas (DI, Semifinalist)
•    Alisha Saluja (5th, Impromptu)
•    Gabrielle Bieder (JVOI, 5th)
•    Janvi Pamnani (OO, Semifinalist)
•    Brian Bertrand (OO, Quarterfinalist)
•    Mariam Malik (OO, Quarterfinalist)
•    Suhail Younus (CONG, 10th)
•    Jack Liu (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Sohail Mohammed (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Rahul Rokkam (CONG, Semifinalist)
•    Pia Paul (CONG, Semifinalist)

Pictured are Syosset’s winners from the New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament with Esslinger.


Thank You from the Board

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Presidential Scholar Honored

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Congratulations to Syosset High School senior Ben Rhee who is a member of the 53rd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which was recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Ben is one of just 161 high school seniors named a Presidential Scholar in 2017 for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

The White House Committee for Presidential Scholars selects winners annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.    

“It never ceases to amaze me the range of talents that our students possess and the exemplary honors they earn,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “When you look at Ben’s resume of accomplishments it’s really no surprise that he is the recipient of such an elite award. On behalf of the Syosset CSD and the Board of Education I commend him on being named [a] Presidential Scholar and thank all of his teachers through the years, his family and everyone who has been a positive influence on his life.”                               

Ben is the Class of 2017 salutatorian, was a National Merit Finalist and a National AP Scholar of Distinction. He serves as editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper “The Pulse,” is senior class treasurer and vice president of Model Congress. This year Ben was also named a Regeneron prizewinning scholar and has reached the finals and semifinals in national Chemistry and Biology Olympiads respectively, while achieving multiple honors in Mathletes. An award-winning violinist with the school’s chamber orchestra, Ben is the Chamber Music Club president and has been selected for All-National and All-Eastern ensembles. In addition to all of this, he finds time to volunteer at a local nursing facility and New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Ben will attend Harvard and major in biosciences.                   

“I'd like to thank everyone who has helped and encouraged me to get where I am today,” said Ben.” This honor doesn't just represent me, it represents the whole community of family, teachers, friends, and mentors who have always been there and made Syosset such a great place to remember."

Ben named chemistry teacher Ann Cassin as the teacher who influenced him the most throughout his high school career, a requirement of the Presidential Scholarship essay. “She has been more than just a teacher to me. She has taught me a great deal about life,” said Ben. “She cares for all of her students.”

Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, scholars in the Arts and 20 in Career and Technical Education. Ben and the other recipients will be honored during a ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 18.

Syosset Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard, Cassin and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers congratulate Ben here.        





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!

Summer School Brochure 2017

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A Gold Medal at I-SWEEEP

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Congratulations once again to Syosset High School seniors Dahyun Park and Jordan Sanford, who won a gold medal in the Environment: Management and Pollution category at the International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP!) held in Houston, Texas last week.   
    
Dahyun (who also goes by “Elle”) and Jordan worked together to explore the use of microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment. They worked in school and from home under the direction of Science Research Facilitator Veronica Ade. In addition to being selected as finalists for I-SWEEEP, they were both named semifinalists in this year’s Siemens Foundation Competition for Math, Science and Technology for this research project.   
                        
“Elle and Jordan are [two] of the most dedicated students in the research program,” said Ade.  “They spent their entire junior and senior year working on this project and are passionate about the impacts their novel microbial fuel cell can have on the environment. They have worked hard and achieved so much already. I look forward to the accomplishments they will have in college and beyond.”
    
Both students will also present their work at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California and will be joined by fellow Syosset High School science research students Rahul Chaudhry, Sahil Chaudhry, Mohamed El-Abtah and Rushabh Mehta who will be presenting projects as well.
    
For the past 10 years, I-SWEEEP! has inspired students to develop projects to help preserve Earth's resources and create a sustainable planet for everyone. Each year the competition brings together hundreds of the brightest STEM-focused students from approximately 70 countries in a fun and collaborative environment.        

Dahyun and Jordan are congratulated here by Ade at I-SWEEEP.

Syosset Junior Takes 3rd in the Country in Poetry Recital

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Syosset High School junior Iree Mann has done it again. Just a month after being crowned New York State champion in the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition, Iree took third place in the national competition held at George Washington University in April.

POL participants are evaluated on a cumulative point total covering multiple recitations that factor in accuracy, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of the poem’s understanding, presence, and voice and articulation as well as overall performance.

For the national competition, Iree advanced through three tough rounds, reciting works “American Smooth” by Rita Dove, “The Golden Shovel” by Terrance Haynes and “Break of Day” by John Donne. She was drawn to these particular works because of their different styles that require varying degrees of emotion when reading in order capture the essence of each work.

“You grow to understand why a poet, or any director, wants you to express their emotion… express their feeling through their work,” said Iree, who is a member of the Syosset High School Forensics team and enjoys writing poetry of her own in addition to reciting others’ works. “It brings life to poems.”

Syosset High School English teacher Lydia Esslinger, who is also Iree’s adviser on the Forensics Society, accompanied her to Washington D.C. for the nationals, where she introduced Iree to one of her former students, Syosset Alumna and current U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao who is also a former Secretary of Labor. Chao and her staff were so impressed with Iree that they asked her to practice reciting her poetry to them just prior to the competition finals.

According to Esslinger, Iree has also distinguished herself as a member of the Forensics Society, most recently by qualifying as one of three students from the entire downstate area to represent New York in Dramatic Performance at the National Speech and Debate Association's national championship in Birmingham, Alabama in June, joining six other Syosset students.

Syosset Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, said the moment Iree arrived at Syosset High School this year (relocating from California) she began making an “astonishing impact” on her classmates and friends at school.  Iree immediately began reviewing the school’s student activity list for interesting things to get involved in and was drawn to the Forensics Society, recalling how she told her mother that she had found something “awesome.”

Both POL and Forensics require a keen combination of sentiment and savvy to be successful, which Iree brings with every performance.

Iree is pictured displaying her state and national awards, as she is congratulated by Esslinger and Dr. Durante.

Physics, Fun or Both?

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Some people may consider the recent student craze of bottle flipping merely an activity for kids to pass the time. Berry Hill Elementary School views it as another opportunity to engage young students in learning. During select recess periods fourth and fifth graders tried their hands at the activity and a new enrichment workshop titled "Bottle Flipping, Physics or Fun?" was born.  
    
Bottles were flipped and students collected data, discovering that there are many variables behind a successful flip, including bottle brands, bottle volume and technique. “Students concluded that physics plays a big part in the bottle flipping  phenomenon,” said Carrie Wilson, Berry Hill’s Project Beyond teacher. “And that science is the driving force behind the fun!”

Special Insight from the Author

Special Insight from the Author Photo
HBT students who recently finished reading the 2015 Principal’s Award for Children’s Book of the Year “Devin Rhodes is Dead” were treated to a special visit by the author and HBT mom Jennifer Wolf Kam.

Mrs. Kam spoke to the students about the writing process, the GRIT it takes to be a writer, and her personal journey as a published award-winning author. Students were thrilled to meet her and enjoyed an informative audience-engaged presentation. In addition to being treated to personally signed bookmarks, Mrs. Kam too some time after the assembly to take pictures with students. Students and teachers alike were thrill to learn about the writing process and how stories come to life!

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Video: Super Coops

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South Woods Math Teachers Honored

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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. 

Patriotism in Writing

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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.

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Vets Have a Special Place in Our Hearts

Vets Have a Special Place in Our Hearts Photo
Baylis students once again participated in Nassau County’s program called Valentines for Veterans.  Through this program, Nassau County collects thousands of valentines from children and distributes them to veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. Many Baylis students showed our veterans their appreciation through drawings, cards, and sweet notes. The participating students received an official certificate from the Nassau County Executive’s office. Thank you to our Baylis students for participating in this wonderful program and making our veterans smile!

Trivia Champs!

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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. 

A Beautifying Tribute

A Beautifying Tribute Photo

Students and staff at Baylis Elementary School took time to recognize Earth Day 2017 and pay tribute to a strong supporter of children in the community. The entire school assembled on the school lawn to sing about the Earth and dedicate a new tree in memory of the late Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs, a frequent visitor to Baylis and supporter of the Syosset School District.

Baylis student council officers led their fellow schoolmates in singing an original song titled “Many Helping Hands.” Baylis parent Ramona Machson wrote and composed the song, incorporating Earth Day-related phrases provided by students from every grade level at Baylis into her lyrics. The Baylis Garden Club accepted a generous donation of flowers from the Baylis PTA, which will be used to create a second butterfly garden at the school.

Student council officers (from left) Reese Fink, Samantha Goldberg, Sydney Geller, Carly Greenbaum and Grace Duguid are pictured with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Baylis Principal Lisa Greiner, with the tree dedicated in memory of Legislator Jacobs behind them. Sydney is the granddaughter of Jacobs.

Willits Thespians Well Behaved

Willits Thespians Well Behaved Photo

A.P Willits Elementary School students learned  that chivalry is not dead and that it’s not difficult to exercise good behavior and act appropriately toward one another.  A recent production of the school’s First Grade Drama Club demonstrated this, as the approximately 35 young actors and actresses, aided by dedicated crew members, presented “Good Manners: A Medieval Quest for Good Behavior.”

Drama club members assumed the roles of apprentices, damsels, kings, queens, princes, princesses, knights, sorcerers and dragons for this play that brought a medieval twist to character education in an entertaining fashion. Characters such as “Sir Cus Clown” and “Sir Loin Steak” provided plenty of humor to the show, which was directed by teachers Denise Martinez and Jill Mulherin.

Syosset Student Part of Gold Medal Math Olympic Team

Syosset Student Part of Gold Medal Math Olympic Team Photo
Syosset High School junior Wanlin Li is part of a four-member team representing the United States that took first place in the European Girl’s Mathematical Olympiad held in Zürich, Switzerland. In addition to taking top honors, the girls were each awarded a gold medal for their individual performances on the challenging mathematics exam.

The EGMO is an international mathematics competition for female high school students that this year welcomed 168 students on 44 teams from throughout the world. Wanlin joined team members Angela Deng, Qi Qi and Siye Zhu in scoring 148 of a possible 168 points on six proof-style problems administered over the course of two days. The U.S. team was sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, which consistently assembles top teams in the competition. The organization is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students and math enthusiasts with a goal of accelerating the understanding of the world through mathematics.

“We are proud of the students on our team who have worked very hard to prepare for this competition,” said U.S. EGMO team leader/supervisor Sherry Gong. “This was a challenging exam so we are especially honored to have all four students take home individual gold medals.”

Last year Wanlin tied for the fourth highest score in the country on the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad exam and was one of just 50 students nationwide invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. She is also a past runner up at the New York State Mathematics League competition. Wanlin is pictured here (third from left) with her EGMO teammates.



Kids Design Super Coops

Kindergarten students at Baylis Elementary School learned about the life cycle of animals.  As part of their embryology unit, they began learning about chicks and what they need to live.  Students set chick eggs in an incubator and anxiously awaited their hatch.  Mrs. Pizzarelli, Mrs. Trotta, Mrs. Ward, and their students planned and designed a “Super Coop” for the chicks to live once they hatched.  Each class went through the engineering design process. They asked themselves what chicks needed, imagined what they could build, sketched a plan, collected various materials and created their coops. Each “Super Coop” is unique in design and special to each kindergarten class.  This was a hands-on project and each student was very involved.  They helped, cut, glue, paint, build and problem solve along the way.  This was truly a remarkable project that these kindergartners will remember forever!




Baylis Ambassadors Welcome New Students

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the fifth-grade Ambassadors welcomed three new students who had recently joined Baylis Elementary School:  second grader Sam Awadalla, kindergartener Christina Dai and fourth grader Sara Nasheed. Baylis Ambassadors worked cooperatively on their chromebooks using Google Classroom to create a “Welcome to Baylis” card filled with information about the school’s activities.  They presented the new students with a Baylis tote bag containing many useful items including a folder, pen, pencil, eraser, highlighter, stickers, bookmarks, and a key ring with mini-charts on the playground rules, bus safety rules, and “Before You Speak, THINK.” The newcomers were happy to be welcomed in such a personal way.  From the smiles on their faces, they are thrilled to have new friends and mentors at Baylis!

Robbins Lane International Night 2017

On Friday March 31, 2017 Robbins Lane Elementary School held its first International Night, a program in the works since the beginning of the school year.

Thirteen countries were represented through informational booths set up throughout the perimeter of the school gymnasium. Parents took the initiative to plan these booths and the structure the event. Children had an opportunity to visit the booths and learn about the cultures of different countries. Upon arrival, students received a “passport” which was stamped at every booth they visited. In addition, there were cultural presentations, dances and performances from a number of countries. The “Cultural Food Court” provided an opportunity for students and parents to sample food from a number of countries. Three dishes were created from each represented country, providing a wide variety of food to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! Children were so enthusiastic to try out new flavors and parents were thrilled to have their children expanding their food repertoire!!!

By the end of the event, many parents and students agreed that this was one of Robbins Lane’s best events and they were grateful for the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the cultures of the world. A special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to the event, Robbins Lane principal, staff and PTA.




Highest Honor in National Reflections Contest

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Congratulations to Rachel Doyle of Syosset High School, who is a National PTA Outstanding Interpretation Award winner in the PTA Reflections contest “What’s Your Story?”
 
Rachel’s Reflections photo entry titled “Out Of The Darkness” has earned her the highest honor that a student can receive at the national level, as one of only seven winners in the country recognized in a Reflections category. She will receive a gold medal and certificate, an $800 Young Artist Scholarship, $200 for the high school PTSA, and recognition in the traveling art exhibits and online gallery. Rachel will also receive an expense paid trip for her and one adult to showcase her winning entry at the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration at the National PTA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in June.
    
“On behalf of New York State PTA, we are overjoyed by this magnificent achievement,” said NYS PTA President Gracemarie Rozea in a letter sent to Rachel.
    
Hundreds of thousands of students earned recognition for their participation and talent in the 2017 PTA Reflections contest. This year, Rachel is the only New York artist honored with the Outstanding Interpretation award, with five students from the state earning Awards of Merit in Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition (2) and Visual Arts. Reflections also recognizes students in Film Production and Special Artists categories.         
                    
Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante is seen here congratulating Rachel along with her teacher Chrysoula Highland. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers joins Dr. Durante in congratulating her in a second photo.




Washington Post Ranks HS No. 200 of Most Challenging Schools

Washington Post Ranks Syosset HS No. 200 of America’s Most Challenging Schools Photo
The Washington Post is the latest national news outlet to recognize Syosset High School as one of the finest schools in the country. Less than a month after U.S. News & World Report ranked the school No. 24 in New York State and 173 in the country, The Washington Post has named Syosset High School No. 200 on its list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Schools are ranked through an index formula of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. Public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.00, meaning they had as many tests in 2016 as they had graduates, were put on the national list. Schools are ranked in order of that ratio.

The Washington’s Post’s rationale for not counting passing rates is that some high schools tend to keep rates artificially high by allowing only their top students to take the courses. This formula factors in average students who take on the challenge of heavy college reading lists and long, analytical college examinations. According to the Post, research has found that even low-performing students who got a 2 on an AP test did significantly better in college than similar students who did not take AP.

In addition to U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post, the website Niche.com ranked the Syosset Central School District No. 16 in the country and No. 5 among the state’s best school districts for the current year. Niche.com, a ranking and review website for K-12 schools, colleges and neighborhoods, factored in Syosset’s academics, administrative leadership, college readiness, clubs and activities, diversity, food, attention to health and safety, resources and facilities for students, sports programs and quality of teaching.

Syosset HS No. 24 in NYS; No. 173 in U.S.

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Syosset High School has been ranked No. 24 in New York State and No. 173 nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the “Best High Schools in America.” Syosset also received a gold medal from the news organization for its attention to preparing students for college while making significant jumps in this year’s standings overall.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated 28,496 schools to determine the top public high schools nationally. Factored in were overall student performance on state-required tests, how effectively schools educated students who are disadvantaged and graduation rates. Schools were also evaluated on how well they prepared students for college based on participation in and performance on AP and IB exams.

Syosset High School has an AP participation rate of 84 percent and received a college readiness index of 72.8 resulting in the gold medal distinction. The school also has a student proficiency rating of 99 percent in English and 94 percent in math. Syosset’s graduation rate is 99 percent.

The school also has received high marks in past rankings of top high schools conducted by U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post and Niche.com and Finder.com, websites that rank and review school districts and gather statistics on successful communities around the country. This year reflects a considerable climb for Syosset in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, as the school advanced 81 positions in the national ranking and 15 on the state list.  

“On behalf of the Board of Education and the central administration team, I congratulate Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, the school administration, faculty and support staff for their tireless efforts to deliver an exemplary educational experience,” said Syosset Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers. “They have created an environment where high challenge is enabled through high support across a wide breadth of program opportunities. Coupled with rich extra-curricular opportunities, students clearly leave Syosset well-prepared not only for college but all that is beyond.”

Board of Ed Honors Athletes

Board of Ed Honors Athletes Photo

Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin recently touted the successes of the distrct’s winter athletes and athletic teams at the May Board of Education meeting. Each team member on hand was called up onto the stage and applauded by the community. Board members also met with each team prior to the meeting to offer their congratulations.        

Individual honorees were: News 12/conference scholar-athlete for basketball Griffin Halpern; Rebecca Lee, Jacqueline Tang and Mackenzie Wagner as state qualifiers in bowling; Richard Chow, Michael Jiang, Sungchan Kwak, Sunghyuk Kwak, Joseph La Bianca, Kevin Li, Javier Ramirez, Alexi Weis and James Wun as state qualifiers in boys swimming with Javier, Joseph, Michael and Sungchan honored as county champions; girls winter track All-Americans Samantha Destefani, Melissa Esswein,  Reilly Seibert and Lauren White; boys winter track state qualifier John Antonelli; and No. 1 ranked All-American, state and county champion, all-academic state team and county consecutive wins record-holder Vitali Arujua for varsity wrestling.      

Teams honored were the county champion girls varsity bowling team; the conference/division champion varsity boys swim team; and the National Dance Association showmanship award-winning varsity kickline squad. Gregory Cardona (boys basketball), Michael Ferreira (girls basketball) and Christopher Schleider (boys swimming) all won conference coach of the year while Wayne Berbert (girls bowling) won Newsday Coach of the Year.   
                   
Congratulations to all of the student-athletes and their coaches on another successful season!








Wednesday, June 28, 2017