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Repaving on Cold Spring Road Beginning Tuesday September 18, 2018

Please be aware that Nassau County will begin a repaving project on Cold Spring Road Tuesday, September 18, 2018, that will result in lane closures. In addition, there will be no on-street parking available on Cold Spring Road. The District has requested that school arrival and dismissal times be taken into consideration, and that as much work as possible be done on Wednesday while the District is closed, but please be prepared for traffic and delays. Many of our buses utilize this road, so delays could occur throughout the District. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the week.

The Syosset Central School District

SHS Student Selected for Partners for the Future Program

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Congratulations to Syosset High School student Brooke Bier on being selected to participate in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partners for the Future program.

Partners for the Future provides an opportunity for talented Long Island high school students to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Brooke is part of an elite group of 14 students chosen from the 50 who applied to the program this year. She will be studying in the Beyaz Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Semir Beyaz directly. The laboratory goal is to uncover the precise mechanisms that link nutrition to organismal health and disease at the cellular level.  Brooke will be working with intestinal cells and tissues hoping to gain understanding into how diet can affect the immune system and contribute to the risk of diseases. At the conclusion of the program, students give oral presentations of their research projects to an audience of the students’ scientific mentors, Lab administrators, parents and teachers. The District wishes Brooke well as she begins her journey in this esteemed program.


National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Ariel K. Blumenberg, Sabrina Eager, Sean S. Han, Benjamin S. Huang, Sabrina Kaplan, Jasmine Li, Rayyan Nabi, Michael F. Wang, Lynnie Yang and Tingan Yang for being named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition! They are among the highest scorers in the state and nation on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This honor is achieved by only approximately 16,000 students of the 1.6 million entrants in the nation. The semi-finalists will compete for approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Winners will be announced this spring.

SHS Seniors Attend College Boot Camp

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In August, the Syosset High School Guidance Department held its College Boot Camp to guide incoming seniors and help them to get a head start in the college application process.

Approximately 300 Syosset seniors signed up to attend the College Boot Camp, which is designed to provide seniors the opportunity to receive help over the summer on any section of the Common Application, including the essay, writing supplements, education, testing, and activities sections. In addition, guidance counselors helped students work on their college lists and match their Common Application and Naviance Student accounts, a career interest tool which enables students to use data regarding their achievements and interests to develop postsecondary plans. 

SHS Student's Research Published in Prestigious Scientific Journal

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Congratulations to Syosset High School's Michelle Liu, who had her research published in PLOSOne, a prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. 

Working under the supervision of Angion Biomedica Corp.'s Dr. Prakash Narayan, PhD, Michelle and her colleagues demonstrated that certain biomarkers can be used to diagnose fairly accurately the presence of tumors in early disease. Fatty liver disease has reached epidemic proportions in both the United States and in Asian countries. Left unchecked, fat accumulation in the liver can lead to inflammation in that organ, scarring (fibrosis), cirrhosis and finally hepatocellular cancer. Meticulous research conducted by Michelle and her colleagues demonstrates that hepatocellular carcinoma can occur much earlier in this spectrum; i.e. patients presenting with steatohepatitis (fat and inflammation of the liver) can have liver tumors. Early diagnosis and intervention is key to survival. 

Michelle was just a rising freshman when she conducted the research for the article titled ”Supervised learning reveals circulating biomarker levels diagnostic of hepatocellular carcinoma in a clinically relevant model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis; An OAD to NASH.” Michelle plans on being back in the lab at Angion this summer!

Syosset CSD Named 23rd Best District in America by Niche

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The Syosset Central School District has been ranked as the 23rd Best School District in America for 2019 by The District is currently ranked as the 5th Best District in New York State by Niche.

Syosset received an overall Niche grade of A+ and achieved especially high marks in the categories of academics, teachers, clubs and activities, college prep and health and safety. The rankings were calculated based on various analyses of data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, graduation rates, college readiness, SAT/ACT scores and more. 


Syosset Students Named "Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics"

Congratulations to two students from South Grove Elementary in Syosset! Katherine Li and Samuel Wang, both rising sixth graders, were recently named "Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics" by The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students. This institute, which is housed at SUNY/College at Old Westbury, is one of the most competitive math programs in the nation. Each year approximately 700 outstanding students are nominated by principals of schools on Long Island for 84 available spots. Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent of all students in mathematics on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptance is based on a rigorous entrance exam, a recommendation of student's math teacher, and a school transcript or report card.

The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students was established in 1992 to improve the problem solving skills of a selected group of high-ability students from Long Island. It provides free training sessions on Saturdays during the academic year. Participants study topics not usually covered in the standard curricula, develop an ability to devise problem solving strategies, and experience the fun, satisfaction, and thrill of discovery associated with creative problem solving.

Over the years, many of the Institute's graduates have gone on to win prestigious awards, as well as national and international math, science, and engineering contests. Further, a number of alumni of the Institute have been selected as Intel and Siemens awardees in math, science or technology.

2nd Place Winner in the ACAP Science Fair

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Congratulations to rising 8th grade South Woods student Jasmine Chen on winning second place in the ACAP Science Fair Poster Presentation (Junior section) for her research project, “ The Effects of Berberine on LPS Inducing Cell Death, Inflammation, and Clotting.”  When learning about her award, Jasmine’s seventh grade science teacher Mr. Cory Walker offered, “Jasmine is a very hard worker who demonstrated leadership in the classroom, particularly during lab experiments. Her inquisitiveness and love of science make her a natural researcher! Congratulations to Jasmine!”

Impressive Showing by Forensics at National Competition

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Members of Forensics, Syosset High's New York State champion speech and debate team, capped their successful year at the national championship of the National Speech and Debate Association in June in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 5,300 students from 1,200 high schools from all fifty states competed, and Syosset placed in the top 40 overall, and won the Senator Karl Mundt trophy as the top school in Congressional Debate.  Ten of Syosset's 16 competitors advanced to elimination rounds, including Ryan Moon, Sahil Rustami, Sarah Schwartzberg and Michael Wang in Worlds Schools Debate. Cooper Scher and Suhail Younus were semi-finalists and Sohail Mohammed was a finalist in Congressional Debate. Ronit Dhulia placed 13th in debates sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. Top honors went to Diya Chadha, who placed 4th in a field of 776 in Extemporaneous Debate, and Iree Mann who, as one of the top 6 of 250 in the dramatic acting category, performed for a 1,000-person audience in the Broward County Convention Center where she took top honors in that final round of competition and finished 2nd overall. Lydia Esslinger, the team's long-time coach-advisor, wishes Iree well on her graduation and notes that the rest of the NDSA qualifiers are returning students who are positioned well to carry on Syosset's winning tradition.

Mr. Bonanno Appointed New HBT Principal


Dear Syosset Community,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Bonanno as Principal, H.B. Thompson Middle School. Mr. Bonanno succeeds Mr. Kassebaum as Principal, who announced his retirement this spring after 24 years of service to the Syosset community. The Board and Administration extend a sincere thank you to Mr. Kassebaum for his many years of service and dedication to the Syosset Central School District. Although Mr. Kassebaum left very big shoes to fill, we are fortunate to have strong leadership within the District, and I am confident Mr. Bonanno is best qualified to continue the tradition of excellence at H.B. Thompson for which Syosset schools are known.

Mr. Bonanno has served as the Assistant Principal of H.B. Thompson for the past 11 years. He entered the District as a 7th grade social studies teacher in 1998 and later became an Administrative Assistant prior to his appointment as Assistant Principal. He has proven to be an effective and thoughtful leader, who has bolstered the Syosset principles of educating and preparing our students to be responsive to a continually changing world.  

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Bonanno and wishing him well in his new position. 

Dr. Tom Rogers

Artist Honored for ‘Magnificent’ Work

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Congratulations to South Grove Elementary School fifth-grade student Kate Lin for winning first place in the American Society for Microbiology’s Annual Agar Art Kids Contest. The contest is open to kids 12 and younger who participated in public Agar Art workshops hosted by one of ASM’s 10 community lab partners. Kate designed her winning entry, “The Magnificent Butterfly,” at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center.

ASM submissions of artwork are created using living, growing microbes ‘painted’ on agar, a gelatin-like substance that serves as food for the microorganisms. The is not the first time Kate has been recognized for her talent as an artist. As a second grader, she won an illustration contest and had her work featured in a book that was part of the popular Katie Woo book series. 

Kate is pictured alongside a framed picture of her Katie Woo illustration. “The Magnificent Butterfly” is pictured in the alternate photo.

Both Middle Schools Receive No Place for Hate Designation

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Congratulations to the students and staff at Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle schools, as both have been named No Place for Hate schools for the 2017-18 school year by the Anti-Defamation League.

ADL’s No Place for Hate initiative identifies schools and communities that demonstrate a long-term commitment to combating bias, bullying and hatred while  leading initiatives for creating and maintaining a positive climate. HBT’s Peers as Leaders and Buddy Club was instrumental in coordinating schoolwide activities that qualified the school for the designation this year, while South Wood’s Action, Acceptance and Awareness Club was a driving force in solidifying its school’s stature. This is the second consecutive year HBT has received the designation.

Syosset High School also hosted a school-wide assembly to kick off its campaign to receive No Place for Hate designation in the 2018-19 school year. Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante spoke about how he was inspired by the work of the students, and several students recounted their own experiences with bias and students standing up for their peers. The school unveiled a banner of its own for students to sign and pledge to uphold the qualities of a No Place for Hate school.

Representatives from both HBT and South Woods middle schools are pictured here displaying their respective No Place for Hate banners, which were awarded by the ADL. In the alternate photo, students and faculty from Syosset High School display the banner for their campaign to earn No Place for Hate designation next year. 

Syosset Park Development Updates

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Facilities Planning Information

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First Day of School


The Syosset Central School District would like to welcome all our students back to school! A year of inquiry, excitement and innovation is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing everyone at the many school events taking place this month.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018