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98 Ann DriveHB Thompson Middle School
Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 364-5760

James Kassebaum, Principal
Kevin Bonanno, Assistant Principal
Alan Chipetine, Assistant Principal
Christian Harrigan, Administrative Assistant

 

End of Year Letter 2018

  

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8th-9th Grade Transition

 

Here is the PowerPoint presented by Middle School Principals and District Coordinators to 8th grade parents on January 11, 2018. It contains information regarding the 8-9 transition to high school. Additionally, we've attached the PowerPoint that our counselors presented to students in class this week.

 


HBT is No Place for Hate

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.

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HBT Closes Out an Evening of Moving Up From the Middle

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Harry B. Thompson Middle School provided the nightcap festivities, holding court on the stage at the LIU Tilles Center as it followed its sister school, South Woods, in promoting its eighth-graders to the high school.

The HBT jazz band provided the prelude and the chamber orchestra performed the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by the presentation of the colors by Tsz Ching Chow and Evan Strominger. Student Chloe Zelenitz led the Pledge of Allegiance after the chamber orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude titled, “I Lived,” which was the theme of the ceremony.

Board of Education vice president and proud HBT graduate parent Tracy Frankel provided words of wisdom to the entire eighth-grade class of 308. Student Council members Leah Corcoran and Brandon Mazen served as masters of ceremony, with student speaker Ian Brecker providing a keynote address in which he encouraged his fellow classmates to step out of their comfort zones to realize their full potential. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers, whose offices are located at South Woods Middle School, joked about requiring a passport to visit HBT, but with sincerity, reflected on the fulfillment his visits give him. “Every time I am in Thompson it seems as if I have been invited to see something special,” said Dr. Rogers, who credited retiring Principal James Kassebaum with playing a part in the successes he has witnessed. Dr. Rogers also shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he wrote, in which he reflected on a year in which middle school students led the charge to be changemakers in their community and to make a positive impact in their school and in the greater community. 

“It’s been a year of sweet voices raised nationally and those raised in unison closer to home,” Dr. Rogers said. “Together, what you have shown is that age is no barrier to impact, and your voices are audible and people are listening. Your voices are already shaping the future.”

In his final middle school promotion address, Kassebaum acknowledged the great work of his faculty and staff, asking those present to stand for recognition by the audience. He then turned his attention to the students, thanking them for making him proud and encouraging them to be open to a life of discovery and overcoming challenges. “Build resiliency and do not accept failure as a destination,” Kassebaum said.

Then, joined by members of the HBT faculty and staff, Kassebaum awarded the middle school diplomas. As they exited the Tilles auditorium as newly declared high school freshmen, the former HBT students held their heads up high with their eyes wide open, ready to be heard by even larger audiences and take on greater feats. 

 

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. 

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