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December 2017 PTA Press Conference

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SHS Mobile App a Tool of Convenience

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Two students who took John Chae’s Introduction to Programming class at Syosset High School recently completed an Independent Study projects. Under his supervision, they developed a mobile app designed to meet the needs of nearly every Syosset High School student. 

Students Ryan Lefkowitz and Jeremy Weiss are the proud developers of the app SHS Mobile, which is making life at Syosset High School a little easier to navigate for many. After taking input from teachers and students and mirroring a component from Chae’s own grade calculator app, Ryan and Jeremy incorporated three significant tools into their app. One is a daily notification that determines whether it is a red day or a white day at the high school, important so that students know the class schedule for the day. Following vacation days and snow days, it’s easy for students to lose track of the red-white day rotation. 

“We found that this is the number one question that students ask,” said Chae, who has developed several apps of his own. 

Another tool provides students with the period/bell schedule to keep track of the day’s classes and ensure they arrive on time. The tool also accounts for delayed openings and adjusts the period schedule accordingly. The third tool is a grade calculator, which enables every student to factor together their quarter grades, midterm and final exam grades to determine their final overall grade in any given course. The program automatically takes into account the percentage of each component to arrive at the final course grade for students in advance of the school’s Infinite Campus program. 

“We wanted to create an app that would help other students in our school,” said Jeremy. “This is particularly helpful to freshmen and sophomores who are still learning their way around the school.”

SHS Mobile is free and available to Android and iPhone users. While Jeremy and Ryan are not the first of Chae’s students to have designed an app, and they have yet to conduct analytical research to determine exactly how many people are using it, every Syosset High School student can benefit from having SHS Mobile on his or her device.

Chae is pictured with Jeremy (left) and Ryan displaying SHS Mobile.
 

Syosset Seniors Named Regeneron Scholars

Syosset Seniors Named Regeneron Scholars photo
Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Justin Cohen and Monet Yuan who were named Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 Scholars! Out of 1,818 entrants, Justin and Monet are two of approximately 300 students nationwide honored with this distinction. Stay tuned for more information about this outstanding accomplishment later this week!

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Syosset board of education adopts resolutions and sets bond vote for Tuesday, February 13, 2018 

During its Dec. 11 business meeting, the Syosset Central School District Board of Education approved a resolution to submit to community residents two propositions to modernize the District’s aging facilities. A bond referendum (known as Proposition No. 1) would make capital and safety improvements to every building. A second proposition (known as Proposition No. 2) would make safety and energy efficiency improvements to every building.  A public vote on both propositions will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Prior to the meeting on Dec. 11,  District Administration hosted several community facilities planning meetings, where residents had the opportunity to learn about the proposed scope of work and to provide feedback. The Board of Education took this feedback into consideration before finalizing the scope of work included in Proposition 1.

All of the District’s schools were constructed in the 1950’s, meaning that some buildings will be nearly 70 years old by the time this work begins. The propositions are part of the long-term District strategy to address facilities needs that began with a successful referendum for Phase I in May of 2017. The two propositions on the February ballot, represent Phase 2 of the work needed to remedy the District’s five-year building condition survey of needed repairs and renovations. Phase 2 will also address traffic and safety condition improvements, renovations to instructional spaces and athletic fields, and HVAC systems and electrical upgrades. 

The total cost of Proposition No. 1 is $45,810,000. To offset the cost, the district will expend $11,464,500 in Capital Reserve Fund monies, which will reduce the maximum cost of Proposition No. 1 to $34,345,500. If approved by voters, a homeowner currently paying $10,000/year in school taxes would see an annual increase of approximately $20.65.  

Proposition No. 2, if approved, will authorize the District to enter into an energy performance contract to make energy efficiency improvements to District buildings and facilities including: furnace replacements and heating and ventilation system upgrades, solar power, energy management systems, electrical co-generation, lighting upgrades and replacements, ceiling replacements and other energy conservation measures. 

Voting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Robbins Lane Elementary School, H.B. Thompson Middle School and Syosset High School. Prior to the vote, the District is planning to host community information meetings and provide more information regarding both propositions to enable community residents to make an informed decision on February 13, 2018. 
 

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Forensics a Top 50 Team Nationwide

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Congratulations to the Syosset High School Forensics Society on once again being ranked as a top school in the country by the National Speech and Debate Association. The team has been ranked 49th in the country in member strength for the 2016-17 school year out of more than 3,000 participating schools in the USA.

Every year NSDA ranks teams based on points and degrees earned in competitive and service-based activities. Year after year the organization recognizes Syosset as one of the top teams in the country.

Syosset Forensics Society coach and high school English teacher Lydia Esslinger, who is a member of the NSDA Coaches Hall of Fame, credits the team's consistent success to motivated students who know that "focus, determination and effort pay off. Yes, trophies and scholarships are nice rewards, but knowing how to research, to write, to think deeply and communicate effectively are skills that return their investment over an entire lifetime."

Currently comprised of over 150 students, Syosset Forensics has a long tradition as a standout co-curricular, interscholastic activity at Syosset High School, with multiple Long Island and New York State championships among its successes. Students participate in competitions to demonstrate their public speaking, acting, debating and writing skills, as well as their knowledge of philosophy and ethics, government and current events. They are constantly researching, seeking out new material to use and practicing to stay sharp.

Syosset Forensics scored big at last year’s New York State Forensic League Championship Tournament held at Hofstra University, as the team won first place in the Speech events division, placed second in both the Debate events and Student Congress divisions, and won the award for Best Overall team in the state. The team produced four individual state champions as well: Ronit Dhulia (Lincoln/Douglas debate-novice level); Jahnavi Arora and Aram Moghaddassi (co-champions in Lincoln/Douglas debate-varsity level) and Iree Mann (Oral Interpretation-varsity level).

Officers of this year’s Forensics Society are pictured here displaying a sampling of trophies won in 2016-17.
 

Spreading Cheer to Veterans

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Forty-four members of Syosset High School’s Association of Creative Thespians recently organized and produced a holiday-themed performance at the Northport VA Medical Center, showcasing the many talents of the dedicated club members.

ACT students performed various holiday-themed songs and dances for veterans receiving treatment at the center. This young tradition, which began last year, has already taken root in the heart of the club, as every student looked forward to participating in this year’s show. Senior Sydney Fells planned the event under the direction of ACT adviser Gene Connor.  

In November, ACT also spent time making festive cards for the veterans and designed decorations for the performance space. Part of the club’s mission is to use the diverse talents of its members to not only put on incredible productions of various theatrical works, but to reach beyond the stage into local and global communities. Each month, ACT selects a different charity towards which to dedicate time and energy. Within the first few months of this school year, the members have raised $1,650 for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, hosted a successful food drive, made and delivered hundreds of sandwiches to the Mary Brennan INN, participated in a JDRF (juvenile diabetes) walkathon, and donated hundreds of dollars to various foundations including the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

ACT members look forward to future community service opportunities and using their talents to bring joy to the community. Their next production will be Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” running March 15-18, in the Harvey P. Karp Auditorium at Syosset High School. 

ACT members are pictured here at the Northport VA Medical Center.
 

South Woods Musicians Deliver Holiday Hits

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Student carolers regaled the South Woods Middle School community and the Syosset CSD administrative offices with the beautiful sounds of the holiday season, while members of the band and orchestra also did their part to make some musical cheer prior to the holiday recess. Coordinator for Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman even joined in on the fun, collaborating with band members in the hallways and cafeteria on several tunes as he played his tuba decorated with holiday lights. Many thanks to all of the South Woods music teachers and the student musicians who volunteered their time to spread a little joy.  

Student Council Collects Toys for Hance Foundation

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To help make the holidays a little bit brighter for other young students, the Robbins Lane School Student Council organized a toy drive to collect new toys for the Hance Family Foundation. Four large cartons of toys donated by Robbins Lane families were sent to underprivileged children through their schools via the foundation. 

“We feel privileged to be able to provide toys for many children who otherwise would not be receiving anything,” said Robbins Lane enrichment specialist Robin Kleinman. “We would like to thank the Robbins Lane community for helping to make our fundraising drives so very successful. We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!"

Closing out 2017 with Good Will and Celebration

The last week of December was action packed at Baylis Elementary.  From concerts to collections for those less fortunate than us, students and staff celebrated and smiled!  The week began with a traditional holiday sing a long in honor of the fabulous Baylis Lunch Monitor Team.  Students in grades K-5 prepared their best voices and sang songs from their hearts for their monitor.  The musical celebration continued with a saxophone quartet performance by Quattraphonium!  Our own Mr. Schatz led this professional performance that included pieces from hit Broadway musicals to holiday specialties.  Future Baylis musicians were inspired by this lively and informative show.  We ended 2017 with the Circus Show!  Students participated in a wild juggling and magic show and demonstrated true compassion by donating toys and clothes to Bethany House.  PRIDE lives at Baylis!    Our final farewell to 2017 took place on the morning of December 22.  The Baylis lobby was transformed into a Winter Wonderland as students entered the building to snowflakes and seasonal songs sung by faculty and staff.   Happy New Year to all!



Making Leukemia Disappear

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During the month of November, Baylis Elementary School students showed their benevolence by raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via the organization’s Pennies for Patients drive. The school helped to make the monthlong drive a fun and rewarding experience for students, who participated in various activities to collect and donate coins for this great cause.

Each Monday of the month, Baylis hosted a special Spirit Day, encouraging coin donations through themed days: Crazy Socks Quarters Day, Neon Nickels Day, Pajama Penny Day and Team Up for Leukemia Day. The school also held a Music for a Mission event in which students had the opportunity to pay $1 to cast a vote to hear their favorite song played over the school public-address system.

Classroom donations were collected and counted each week. The phrase “Make Leukemia Disappear” was posted on the Student Council bulletin board and for every $100 raised, one letter in the phrase was covered. Mission accomplished, as the school raised a total of $2,112.66 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Way to go, Baylis!

Village Kids Spread Holiday Cheer

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Village School kindergartners recently visited Excel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Woodbury to spend time with the residents and celebrate the holiday season.

Kindergarten Holiday Extravaganza

Kindergarten students at Village School took part in a holiday extravaganza on December 20. Family members watched with pride as students presented songs and spoke about their favorite holiday traditions.  The celebration continued as families mingled and viewed winter art created by the kindergarteners and enjoyed traditional holiday treats.

Students Share Ideas for Change During Superintendent’s Cabinet

Students Share Ideas for Change During Superintendent’s Cabinet photo
In early December, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers hosted a series of Superintendent’s Student Cabinet sessions for representatives from all 10 schools throughout the district. During each session, the Syosset central administration team, consisting of Dr. Rogers, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Adele Bovard, Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Patricia M. Rufo, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Service Dr. Joseph LaMelza, Assistant to the Superintendent for Teaching and Learning V. Dolly Kranz, and Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Research and Administrative Support Joanne Mannion, met for cookies and conversation with the thoughtful students.

“We’re going to have a chat, because our job ultimately is to make sure you have the best education that you can possibly have,” Rogers told the students to kick off each session. Held in a roundtable format at South Wood Middle School, each session allowed the students to engage the administrators, discuss what’s going in the schools and express ideas for changes. The elementary students offered their opinions on topics such as elementary scheduling, the impact of technology, the use of Chromebooks and learning to write code with kidOYO. 

“As the 21st century becomes the century where everything you do has to do with technology, it’s a good idea that schools teach kids to learn technology at an early age,” Baylis Elementary School student Frank He told the group. “We’re going to be coding a lot when we grow up, so we should know how to do it in elementary school. We’ll be successful later in life because we know how to code.”

Middle and high school students spoke about their experiences balancing academics by participating in extracurricular activities and joining sports teams. They provided positive feedback about what the district currently does to prepare students as they advance through the district and postgraduation. Students also expressed that they would like to discuss current national news and enroll in classes that teach valuable life skills such as paying taxes, leasing or buying a car and purchasing homes. 


Students Share Ideas for Change During Superintendent’s Cabinet

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In early December, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers hosted a series of Superintendent’s Student Cabinet sessions for representatives from all 10 schools throughout the district. During each session, the Syosset central administration team, consisting of Dr. Rogers, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Adele Bovard, Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Patricia M. Rufo, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Service Dr. Joseph LaMelza, Assistant to the Superintendent for Teaching and Learning V. Dolly Kranz, and Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Research and Administrative Support Joanne Mannion, met for cookies and conversation with the thoughtful students.

“We’re going to have a chat, because our job ultimately is to make sure you have the best education that you can possibly have,” Rogers told the students to kick off each session. Held in a roundtable format at South Wood Middle School, each session allowed the students to engage the administrators, discuss what’s going in the schools and express ideas for changes. The elementary students offered their opinions on topics such as elementary scheduling, the impact of technology, the use of Chromebooks and learning to write code with kidOYO. 

“As the 21st century becomes the century where everything you do has to do with technology, it’s a good idea that schools teach kids to learn technology at an early age,” Baylis Elementary School student Frank He told the group. “We’re going to be coding a lot when we grow up, so we should know how to do it in elementary school. We’ll be successful later in life because we know how to code.”

Middle and high school students spoke about their experiences balancing academics by participating in extracurricular activities and joining sports teams. They provided positive feedback about what the district currently does to prepare students as they advance through the district and postgraduation. Students also expressed that they would like to discuss current national news and enroll in classes that teach valuable life skills such as paying taxes, leasing or buying a car and purchasing homes. 

Pictured, Dr. Rogers thanks Student Cabinet members from the elementary, middle and high school levels for offering new opportunities to enhance students’ educational experience. Elementary cabinet members are featured on the homepage photo.

Healing Souls with Heeling Soles

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The Robbins Lane Elementary School Student Council and Chorus Cares group held their annual shoe and boot drive to benefit the Heeling Soles organization. Just in time for the winter weather, Robbins Lane students donated 276 pairs of shoes to those in need. 

Based on Long Island, Heeling Soles travels the globe and physically places shoes and boots on the feet of people young and old. 

Gently used and new shoes and boots were gathered in music teacher Dr. Catherine da Silva’s room through the second week in December. Enrichment teacher/adviser Robin Kleinman and the student council helped to spread the word to students and staff, leading to another successful drive as the school community once again answered the call with a generous response. Steve Muir, a representative from Heeling Soles recently stopped by the school to accept the donation. 

Dr. da Silva and Mrs. Kleinman were also delighted to see that their students learned the valuable lesson about the importance of helping in the greater community and the personal fulfillment that comes from it. 

Thanks to all!
 

HBT Gets in the Spirit!

H.B. Thompson Middle School recently kicked off Spirit Week with a series of team-oriented games and relays that brought students closer together, while giving everyone involved an outlet to celebrate pride in school and self:

Students Share Ideas for Change During Superintendent’s Cabinet

Students Share Ideas for Change During Superintendent’s Cabinet photo
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In early December, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Rogers hosted a series of Superintendent’s Student Cabinet sessions for representatives from all 10 schools throughout the district. During each session, the Syosset central administration team, consisting of Dr. Rogers, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Adele Bovard, Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Patricia M. Rufo, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Service Dr. Joseph LaMelza, Assistant to the Superintendent for Teaching and Learning V. Dolly Kranz, and Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Research and Administrative Support Joanne Mannion, met for cookies and conversation with the thoughtful students.

“We’re going to have a chat, because our job ultimately is to make sure you have the best education that you can possibly have,” Rogers told the students to kick off each session. Held in a roundtable format at South Wood Middle School, each session allowed the students to engage the administrators, discuss what’s going in the schools and express ideas for changes. The elementary students offered their opinions on topics such as elementary scheduling, the impact of technology, the use of Chromebooks and learning to write code with kidOYO. 

“As the 21st century becomes the century where everything you do has to do with technology, it’s a good idea that schools teach kids to learn technology at an early age,” Baylis Elementary School student Frank He told the group. “We’re going to be coding a lot when we grow up, so we should know how to do it in elementary school. We’ll be successful later in life because we know how to code.”

Middle and high school students spoke about their experiences balancing academics by participating in extracurricular activities and joining sports teams. They provided positive feedback about what the district currently does to prepare students as they advance through the district and postgraduation. Students also expressed that they would like to discuss current national news and enroll in classes that teach valuable life skills such as paying taxes, leasing or buying a car and purchasing homes. 




HBT Spirit Week Continues

Spirit Week continued to bring the school together for fun, meaningful activities, including a geography bee, a science challenge and even Pictionary!
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Syosset board of education adopts resolutions and sets bond vote for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

During its Dec. 11 business meeting, the Syosset Central School District Board of Education approved a resolution to submit to community residents two propositions to modernize the District’s aging facilities. A bond referendum (known as Proposition No. 1) would make capital and safety improvements to every building. A second proposition (known as Proposition No. 2) would make safety and energy efficiency improvements to every building.  A public vote on both propositions will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Prior to the meeting on Dec. 11,  District Administration hosted several community facilities planning meetings, where residents had the opportunity to learn about the proposed scope of work and to provide feedback. The Board of Education took this feedback into consideration before finalizing the scope of work included in Proposition 1.   

All of the District’s schools were constructed in the 1950’s, meaning that some buildings will be nearly 70 years old by the time this work begins. The propositions are part of the long-term District strategy to address facilities needs that began with a successful referendum for Phase I in May of 2017. The two propositions on the February ballot, represent Phase 2 of the work needed to remedy the District’s five-year building condition survey of needed repairs and renovations. Phase 2 will also address traffic and safety condition improvements, renovations to instructional spaces and athletic fields, and HVAC systems and electrical upgrades. 

The total cost of Proposition No. 1 is $45,810,000. To offset the cost, the district will expend $11,464,500 in Capital Reserve Fund monies, which will reduce the maximum cost of Proposition No. 1 to $34,345,500. If approved by voters, a homeowner currently paying $10,000/year in school taxes would see an annual increase of approximately $20.65.  

Proposition No. 2, if approved, will authorize the District to enter into an energy performance contract to make energy efficiency improvements to District buildings and facilities including: furnace replacements and heating and ventilation system upgrades, solar power, energy management systems, electrical co-generation, lighting upgrades and replacements, ceiling replacements and other energy conservation measures. 

Voting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Robbins Lane Elementary School, H.B. Thompson Middle School and Syosset High School. Prior to the vote, the District is planning to host community information meetings and provide more information regarding both propositions to enable community residents to make an informed decision on February 13, 2018. 
 

Syosset HS Presents “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

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Making a Positive Impact Through Music

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Congratulations to South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo for her participation in the making of UNICEF’s official Universal Children’s Day video. Established by the United Nations in 1954 and recognized annually on Nov. 20, Universal Children’s Day is a day dedicated to promoting international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improving children’s welfare.

South Woods Principal Michelle Burget recently commended Sabrina over the school’s public-address system during ninth period. She performed the violin in the video as a member of the Joyous String Ensemble, a traveling musical group (unaffiliated with Syosset CSD) that has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and has performed at the White House Christmas tree lighting. The ensemble has performed at other events and venues around the world, including a trip to China last summer where they helped raise funds to provide a 14-year-old boy’s mother with a lifesaving procedure.

“It feels really good when you can use the power of music to help people and make a positive impact on those who are in need, one small step at a time,” said Sabrina, who attended the recording of the video in New York City and called it an uplifting moment that she will treasure for the rest of her life.

Ms. Burget is pictured congratulating Sabrina. The South Woods Middle School Action, Awareness and Acceptance Club has also been developing ways to extend the message of Universal Children’s Day beyond Nov. 20, which is also the date when the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To see Sabrina performing in the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m8aQuE__z0&feature=share
She appears at the 0:46, 0:56 and 1:22 marks in the video.

Fall Festival at Robbins Lane Elementary

Robbins Lane celebrated Halloween with a Spooktacular evening of family fun. This year’s event was coined Spooktacular. A laughter-filled celebration of all things spooky and fun!

Many Robbins Lane families came out to enjoy the festivities. The school’s gym was transformed into a creepy party room filled with tricks and treats. There were many new interactive stations this year, along with a magic show, costume and pumpkin contests, and of course, plenty of food! Dozens of parent volunteers made this event possible for the cutest and best dressed crowd.

One of the most popular stations was the "Feel Boxes" which were several boxes filled with monster body parts - brains, eyeballs, and intestines were just some of the yucky, slimey items the kids were able to get their hands on! Another notable mention was the "Haunted Closets" with spooky noises, light effects and fantastic parent volunteers magnified the fun by getting into character and really “shaking” things up.

Big and small agreed that this event was one they will not soon forget, and left everyone asking for more!

Athletes Making Their Mark

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Fifteen of Syosset High School’s most distinguished student-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level during a ceremony before family, faculty and coaches.

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Drew Cronin and boys varsity lacrosse coach John Calabria hosted this fall’s National Commitment Day in the school library, where students, wearing a cap from their school of choice, signed their respective letters. Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante were on hand to congratulate them on this special accomplishment, and coaches were invited to speak about their teams’ members. 

The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a postsecondary institution. The student agrees to attend the school full time and the school agrees to provide a financial scholarship for at least one academic year. 

Congratulations to the following Syosset High School seniors who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics: 


Sofia Afkham – girls lacrosse at Binghamton University 
Brandon Brosnahan– boys lacrosse at Assumption College 
Kyle Curtin – boys lacrosse at Colorado College 
Cody Johnston – boys lacrosse at Manhattanville College
Liam Kalbacher – boys lacrosse at Stony Brook University
J.P. Lannig – boys lacrosse at Brown University
Daniel Ochs – boys lacrosse at Hofstra University
Daniel Pellerito – boys tennis at William and Mary 
Jack Pucci – boys lacrosse at Jacksonville University
Javier Ramirez – swimming at Iona College
Nicole Rizzo – girls lacrosse at Stony Brook University
Reilly Siebert – girls cross country/track at Villanova University
Taylyn Stadler – girls lacrosse at University of Pennsylvania 
Matthew Tesoriero –baseball at Catholic University 
Max Verch –  boys lacrosse at University of Maryland

 

A Hearty Thank You to Heroes

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A Thanksgiving tradition continued at South Grove Elementary School as students and staff said thanks to local firefighters, police officers, veterans and members of the American Legion with a celebration and feast in the school kindergarten/grade 1 annex. Dressed in various costumes, students entertained their heroes by performing the “Turkey Twist” under the direction of music teacher Dr. Kathleen Conklin.  The students also performed using American Sign Language. Christina Mancuso, the school’s developmental reading specialist and lead teacher, coordinated the event. Board of Education members and central administrators were also invited to show their gratitude to these community heroes. The school also held a Thanksgiving feast in the main building for children in grades 2-5.

Literary Café

First grade Literary Café members are having a great time engaging in literacy activities. Each session students come to Mrs. Stottler’s classroom to “order” a literacy activity off of their Literary Café menu: reading fiction, reading nonfiction, creative writing, writing with a prompt, Chromebook activities, listening activities, book talk, and more! The Literary Café has been a relaxed, yet productive, way for students to interact, learn and think creatively.

A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

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Village School continued its tradition of hosting a schoolwide Thanksgiving feast as every student and every staff member was invited into the school gymnasium to enjoy turkey with all of the appropriate trimmings. More than 100 Village parents volunteered to serve those dining while students donned school spirit T-shirts. District central administrators were also invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with students and staff.

Baylis Rock Garden Provides Unique Inspiration

This year, the theme at Baylis Elementary is to “Make The World A Better Place.” This fall Mrs. Greiner introduced the theme to students during a schoolwide read aloud of the book, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, whose uniquely painted “rock fish” and honest insights were used to inspire students and faculty to collaboratively paint their own “rock fish” to express their uniqueness. Furthermore, students and staff jointly created an “Only One You” rock garden. As students and staff placed the rocks in the garden, students were asked to share a thought about the unique qualities represented by their rocks. You can visit our colorful rock garden as you enter the Baylis main entrance. We are hopeful that it will inspire you to “Make The World A Better Place.” 

  

A Big Thank You to Our Veterans

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The Syosset High School Peers Reaching Out club once again showed its appreciation to our country’s military men and women through its annual fundraising breakfast, held in conjunction with several other clubs at the school on Nov. 9. 

The sentiment embodying this year’s Veterans Day breakfast was "We don't know them ALL, but we owe them ALL." 

In addition to PRO, the high school Cooking Club, Interact, Virtual Enterprise, Art, DECA, Future Leaders of America and Student Government worked collaboratively to raise $1,460. These monies will be donated to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the Red Cross in support of hurricane relief efforts. 
According to PRO adviser David Anderson, the breakfast not only raised awareness and respect for veterans among students, but also provided a platform for students to achieve a meritorious goal through cohesion and selflessness.

Members of VFW 6394 are seen here with students and staff during the breakfast.
 

International Thespian Society Inducts 44 from Syosset HS

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Congratulations to the 44 members of Syosset High School’s Association for Creative Thespians who have been named 2017 inductees into the International Thespian Society’s honor society for secondary school students. 

Under the leadership of troupe director Gene Connor, Syosset’s inductees have logged more than 100 hours of time either studying or performing in the theater arts or related disciplines. Many of the students play major roles in the variety of entertaining productions held throughout the school year. While some of this year’s inductees have already graduated, a number of them can be seen performing in upcoming productions this year and next (pictured here).

Three members/inductees who graduated in June 2017 –Emily Krichmar, Lauren Kueper and Steven Kueper– received the “Honor Thespian” distinction for accumulating more than 600 hours of performing and studying theater. 

The 44 inductees join the likes of International Thespian Society honors alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Goodman, Tom Hanks and Jane Lynch. Syosset CSD applauds this year’s high school inductees. Take your bow!
 

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Baylis Sleuths Solve the Case

Baylis sleuths worked with enrichment specialist Dr. Kelly as they set out on a Halloween hunt to solve the “Case of the Missing Pumpkin.” Students implemented mystery reading strategies as they read story lines and notes to unravel clues. They also used scientific knowledge to read fingerprints and analyze footprints. The young detectives posted their predictions using Padlet, then wrote about their deductions with illustrations using Seesaw. The outcome was a successfully solved case as this crosscutting Halloween adventure proved to be great fun for the Baylis third-graders and their teachers.
 

 

Phase II Facilities Planning Information

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Dear Community Residents,

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, residents will be asked to vote on Phase 2 of our Facilities Improvement Plan. Two propositions will each require a separate vote. Proposition No.1 addresses remaining concerns outlined in the district’s Five-Year Building Condition Survey (BCS), remodeled instructional spaces, and traffic safety. Proposition No. 2 replaces outdated heating systems, along with solar and other energy-saving projects. 
To make an informed decision on Feb. 13, parents and community residents are invited to attend the following:

Community Information Meeting:
Wednesday, Jan. 24: 7:30 p.m. at South Woods Middle School
Monday, Jan. 29: 7:30 p.m. at South Woods Middle School
Wednesday, Feb. 7: 7:30 p.m. at South Woods Middle School

Syosset High School tour to view the areas in need of renovation on:
Saturday, Feb. 3: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Voter registration will take place on: 
Monday, Jan. 22: 4-8 p.m. at South Woods Middle School
Monday, Feb. 5: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at Syosset High School

All residents are encouraged to attend the above events. Information regarding both Facilities Improvement Plans are available on the district’s website at www.syossetschools.org. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings and building tour.

Your Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Rogers

Honored for Outstanding Fitness and More

Honored for Outstanding Fitness and More photo
Congratulations to seniors Matthew Conforti and Jacqueline Tang, who are Syosset High School’s recipients of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s annual Zone Award for the 2017-18 school year. The award is presented to two outstanding  physical education students (one male and one female in each high school) who each exhibit a physically active and healthy lifestyle; demonstrate sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship; exhibit exceptional achievement in physical education class; and achieve a high level of fitness on an approved fitness test.

Jacqueline and Matthew are pictured here at a special awards dinner held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 11 to honor Nassau County Zone winners.

Fine and Performing Arts Chair Named NYSSMA President

Fine and Performing Arts Chair Named NYSSMA President photo
The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) is proud to introduce Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts Michael Salzman as its next President. 

Salzman has served the Syosset community since 2004 first as a middle and high school band director before obtaining his administrative position. Prior to that, he taught elementary band in the Seaford School District. Additionally, he has been on the music faculty of Hofstra University since 1993. 

“I am honored to assume the presidency of this important music education association,” Salzman said. “In selecting the theme for my presidency, I thought about the importance of every child having access to a high quality sequential music education." 

Passionate about the benefits of music education in the lives of children, Salzman has been very active in professional associations throughout his entire career. A member of the Nassau (County) Music Educators Association’s Executive Board for more than ten years, he served the NMEA as President in 1999-2000. His work with NYSSMA throughout the years has included membership on the Advocacy and Finance Committees, service as the All-State Band Chairperson, the Nassau County Representative, Second Vice President and President-Elect.  

Well-known and well regarded as a tubist, Salzman is a former Principal Tuba player of the Long Island Philharmonic and a founding member of the Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Goldman Memorial Band, the Concert Pops of Long Island, the Bridgeport Symphony and the 92nd Street Y Ragtime Orchestra. He has performed as a tuba soloist at conferences and universities across the state including the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College and SUNY Binghamton. He is the Regional Coordinator of the “TubaChristmas” concerts held every year at Rockefeller Center. 

Salzman resides in Plainview with his wife Kathi. They have two grown children, Miriam, 26, a freelance stage manager living and working in New York; and Gabriel, 21, a Radio Production Major at Hofstra University. 

NYSSMA is the largest state affiliate of the National Association for Music Education with a mission to advance music education across New York State for its membership and students in member school programs.
 

Model Citizens

Model Citizens photo
Twenty students from the Syosset High School Model United Nations Club and 25 members of H.B. Thompson Middle School’s Model United Nations Club participated in the 46th Annual Metropolitan Model United Nations Conference held at Plainview High School on Dec. 15-16. Among them, eight students won awards, including three Best Delegate honorees and four Honorable Mentions. Among them were two HBT students.

More than 400 students from various Long Island high schools participated in 14 committees to address global issues that ranged from environmental crime to South China seas conflict. The keynote speaker this year was Congressman Thomas Suozzi, who stressed the importance of working together to resolve complicated issues. 

Sophia Bae is the adviser for the Syosset High School Model UN club, and Jena Villalba and Heather Schulman serve as co-advisers for the HBT Model UN club. Congratulations to the following student award winners:

Best Delegate: Diya Chadha (junior) – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (France)
Best Delegate: Pia Paul (senior) – African Union (Djibouti)
Best Delegate: Cooper Scher (junior) – General Assembly (Afghanistan)

Honorable Mention: Krishiv Dhupar (seventh-grader, HBTMS) –UN Department Economic and Social Affairs (Tanzania)
Honorable Mention: Sean Hou (senior) – Security Council (DPRK)
Honorable Mention: Aryan Jain (eighth-grader, HBTMS) – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Australia)
Honorable Mention: Eugene Lee (junior) – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (China)
Honorable Mention: Gayatri Siram (senior) – Historical General Assembly (East Germany)
 

 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018