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Chika Brown Named NYS Champion of Poetry Out Loud

Student Chika Brown poses with English teacher Lydia Esslinger

Syosset High School junior Chika Brown is the New York State Champion of Poetry Out Loud and will be the state's representative at the national championship in Washington, DC in late April.

After winning the Nassau County regional competition, Chika advanced to the State finals, where she competed against the 21 other New York regional finalists, including one of her school-mates, Andrew Heller, who won in the Suffolk regional and advanced to the top 8 in the state. Syosset High School English teacher Lydia Esslinger coached both students.

Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Chika won $500 for her state win, which is accompanied by a cash prize to Syosset High School. At the national championship, finalists can win anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000 for the first place winner. Chika hopes to follow in the New York State champion footsteps of 2018 Syosset High graduate Iree Mann, who won $5000 for finishing 3rd in the nation.


SHS NAHS Collaborates with Serendipity

Members of the NAHS and Serendipity Club paint a banner
Members of the NAHS and Serendipity Club paint a banner
In the spirit of awareness and inclusiveness, Syosset High School National Art Honor Society members, led by Public Relations Officer Michelle Bomzer, hosted an after school collaborative painting activity which included Serendipity members. All of the students had fun interacting while painting an oversized mural that reads "NAHS loves (hearts) Serendipity". The mural will be displayed in the hallway between C and D halls.

Six SHS Math Students Qualify for AIME!

AIME qualifiers pose with Dr. Genova
Pictured left to right: Vivian Duan, David Wang, Alex He, Eric Huang, Zhebin Zhao, and Kevin Li with Math Coordinator Dr. Genova. Not pictured: Thomas Lam
Syosset High School recently had six students qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME)!  This invitation signifies a recent score in the top 5% of all students tested on the American Math Contest 12 or top 2.5% on the American Math Contest 10.  The students who qualified were Alex He, Eric Huang, Thomas Lam, Kevin Li, David Wang, and Zhebin Zhao.

The AIME is a 15 question, 3 hour examination in which each answer is an integer number from 0 to 999.  Students who score exceptionally well will advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad.  The District is very proud of these young learners’ accomplishment!

SWMS Students Win CP Association Trivia Competition

5th and 6th grade team holding their trophy
7th and 8th grade team posing after the competition
5th and 6th grade team posing after the competition

Two teams from South Woods Middle School competed in this year’s Cerebral Palsy Association Trivia Competition, with one team winning the 5th and 6th grade championship and earning the highest score ever achieved by a team, and the other claiming second place in the 7th and 8th grade competition. Together the teams raised over $600 for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.

The 5th and 6th grade team included students Marcus Hoshino, Veyd Trivedi, Haheel Nabi and Cody Cheng, and the 7th and 8th grade team included students Tim Chan, Dan Chan, Vincent Huang and Jesse Lebolt.  

In the competition, students across Nassau in grades 3-12 were grouped in teams of four to take a 100-question test. South Wood’s participation was sponsored by their own Chess and Strategy club. The younger team scored 23 points compared to the 14 points of the runner-up team and won the championship for a second year in a row. The 7th and 8th grade team tied after regulation for first place but landed in second place after losing the third round of an exciting and tough tiebreaker. Both teams represented South Woods Middle School well and look forward to next year’s competition.

Members of the Erase Racism Student Task Force Helped lead Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education Reform Conference

Elena Andrade, Sage Gladstone and Tolu Ajao pose with Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard
High school students Elena Andrade, Sage Gladstone and Tolu Ajao, members of the Erase Racism Student Task Force, helped to lead a Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education Reform conference at Molloy College on March 16, 2019. The District is so proud of these powerful student leaders, shown posing with Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard at the conference. 

SWMS Team 40 Wins 1st Place at Science Olympiads

Team 40 after winning first place at Science Olympiads
All Science Olympiad competitors
Three South Woods Science Olympiad teams competed in the Western Long Island Division B Regionals on Saturday, February 9th at Wisdom Lane School in Levittown. Team 40 took home the trophy for 1st place and will advance to the State competition.  Congratulations to these hard working and dedicated students!
The following students will advance to the State competition in Syracuse in April:
Danny Chan, Timmy Chan, Tina Chen, Kyle Cheng, Shivane Dadi, Darius Fan, Evelyn Feusi, Sabrina Guo, Evelyn Hwang, Jesse Lebolt, Anika Nayak, Ketan Raghu, Michael Sedgh, Alex Wang and Tina Zhang.  

Photo 1: Teacher Linda Stollow is pictured with Team 40 and the alternates going to States.
Photo 2: All SWMS Science Olympiad competitors.

Kindergarten Registration

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SHS Class of 2019 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

Cooper Scher, left, and Sabrina Eager, right
Congratulations to Cooper Scher on being named Valedictorian and Sabrina Eager on being named Salutatorian of the SHS Class of 2019!

SHS Esports Club Wins Tournament!

Esports Club Members hold a trophy and banner
Esports members celebrate on stage with their trophy
Esports players compete on stage
Congratulations to the Syosset Esports Club, just established this school year, who won the Molloy Esports Overwatch Community Invitational held at Molloy College on January 26th. Nearly 40 students competed in the round-robin tournament, during which images of the players’ games were projected on a giant screen on the stage. 

Esports is a competitive form of video gaming which is gaining in popularity, with eleven Long Island teams currently competing in the High School Eports League.  

Baylis Celebrates Literacy Week

SHS Hosts Multicultural Festival

Student at a table at the multicultural fair
Students serve food at the fair
Korea booth at the multicultural fair
The World Language Department at the high school held its annual multicultural festival on January 11th.  Held in the student lobby, several student groups set up booths to represent the many cultural heritages of Syosset High School’s students.  Each booth highlighted a unique cultural attribute or activity, such as an authentic food or fun game. The French Club invited guests to try a bottle ring fishing game and sold crepes, the Russian club sold blinis, and students who visited the Japanese Club’s booth wrote their names in calligraphy. 

SHS Named 5th Best on LI, Middle Schools Ranked in Top 5 in NYS!

Niche Logo just released its annual list of the Top 100 schools in the state, and Syosset High School was named 5th best on Long Island, 9th best in NY State. H.B. Thompson and South Woods Middle School were both ranked in the top five middle schools in NY State. And all elementary schools were ranked within the top 35 best public elementary schools in the state!

SHS Forensics Top Performers at Ridge Invitational!

Forensics Debaters with their trophies
Ridge High School, located in New Jersey, hosted its annual “Ridge Invitational” speech and debate tournament on January 26th. Over 800 students from 60 schools from across the U.S. competed. Syosset's team placed 4th overall, sweeping the debate events. Seniors Diya Chadha and Malini Rudra placed first in the Public Forum Debate, arguing whether the U.S. federal government should prioritize reducing the federal debt over promoting economic growth. In the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, pitting one debater against another on whether the U.S. ought to provide military aid to authoritarian regimes, sophomore Isabella Souza placed first in the JV division while freshman Amanda Huang was named the Top Novice Debater.

In the competition, debaters have to argue both pros and cons on topics that change every two months. Coach Lydia Esslinger explains that students develop strong research techniques and become well-informed and articulate on complex policy issues. In addition to trophies, the first-place winners traditionally receive elaborate posters/constructions that reflect a feature of their event. 

Three Team Medals and Eight Individual Medals for SHS Mathletes!

Team A Members Lower Division Curt Boddie Award
Team A Upper Division Second Place
Team B Lower Division
Student Alex He
Student Cindy Li
Student David Wang
Student Eric Wang
Student Jimmy Zhao
Student Kevin Lee
Student Thomas Lam
The Syosset Mathletes competed on February 1, 2019 in the Nassau County Math Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury.  Led by coach Kimberly Dwyer, the Syosset Mathletes earned three team medals.  The Lower Division Team A won the Curt Boddie Memorial Award for a first-place finish.  Syosset teams also earned a second place in the Upper Division and a seventh place in the Lower Division.  There were 63 upper division teams and 47 lower division teams competing.  

In addition to the team accolades, Syosset Mathletes won eight individual medals.  The Nassau County Math Tournament required students to compete in an individual (grade level) round of 15 questions, a 10 question “Mathletic” round, and a 20-question team round.  105 students competed in the 9th grade competition, 129 students competed at the 10th grade level, 145 students competed at the 11th grade level, and 167 students competed at the 12th grade level.  

VE Team AstroDough Advances to the Championship Round!

Team AstroDough at the VE competition
Congratulations to SHS Virtual Enterprise International team AstroDough, who were chosen as a finalist in the 2019 Long Island Business Plan Competition! Out of 107 teams that competed, only 11 teams were chosen to participate in the Championship Round at American Portfolios, taking place on February 26 in Holbrook. CEO Yan Luo, is working night and day to prepare her team for the next level of intense competition. The District wishes the team the best of luck!

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.

Elementary Report Card Redesign

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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Monday, March 25, 2019