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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





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.

no place for hate image



Upcoming Events

  • May 24th & May 25th - Schools are open
  • May 28th - Memorial Day, schools are closed
  • May 30th - Mentor/Mentee, End of the year party, 3:00 p.m.
  • May 30th - Science Assessment Performance Test, Grade 8
  • June 11th - Board of Education meeting, 8:00 p.m. at SW
  • June 12th - Algebra Regents, 12:15 p.m.
  • June 12th - PTSA meeting, 7:45 p.m.
  • June 13th - Grade 8, Yearbook signing and breakfast
  • June 13th - Grade 8, Moving up rehearsal, 12:00 p.m.
  • June 14th - Earth Science Regents, 8:15 a.m.
  • June 14th - 15th - PTSA school supply pick-up, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • June 15th - Eid Al Fitr - School open
  • June 18th - Superintendent's Conference Day, no students
  • June 18th - Moving Up Exercises, 8:15 p.m. at Tilles Center
  • June 19th - Talent Show, details to follow
  • June 19th - Grade 8, Social at the North Ritz, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • June 22nd - Awards Ceremony, select students, 8:00 a.m.
  • June 22nd - End of marking period
  • June 22nd - Last day of school for students


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Latest News

H.B. Thompson students compete in NYS National History Day

H.B. Thompson students compete in NYS National History Day photo

Seven H.B. Thompson students earned the privilege to compete in the New York State National History Day competition in Cooperstown, NY in April, and four will be advancing to the National level in Maryland this June. The students were identified as top performers in their chosen category at the Long Island National History Day Contest prior to advancing to the State level.

Caroline Hsu earned First Place Junior Historical Paper, and Amanda Huang, Vivien Huang and Claire Tong together earned Second Place June Group Exhibit.
Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest. 

NYS National History Day competitors are pictured with Administrative Assistant Christian Harrigan, teacher advisors Jennifer Giamundo, Lauren Allen and Janna Nunziato (back left) and HBT Principal James Kassebaum. Sitting, left to right: Caroline Hsu, Claire Tong, Vivien Huang, Amanda Huang; standing, left to right: Joshua Burrows, Jake Miller, Sabrina Chen.


Seven students from H.B. Thompson qualify for National History Bee National Finals

Seven students from H.B. Thompson qualify for National History Bee National Finals photo
Seven HB Thompson students qualified to compete in the National History Bee National Finals to be held in Atlanta, GA in June. After qualifying by taking an on-line test, the students advanced to the New York National Finals qualifier in April.

The National History Bee competition is designed to motivate and reward students for studying history.  Students from across the U.S. will compete in June at the National level for the title of National History Bee Champion.
National History Bee competitors are pictured with Administrative Assistant Christian Harrigan (far left) and HBT Principal James Kassebaum. Sitting from left to right: Noah Silverman, Ben Beige, Pragya Shankar. Standing from left to right: Sam Finkel, Griffin Hon, Mark Kimoto. Missing from photo: Jake Mallen. 

38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair

38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair photo
Syosset High School winners: Front row, left to right: Giselle Rasquinha (gold medalist), Yan Luo (gold medalist), Sophia Jang (gold medalist), Allison L Hsu (gold medalist), Arushi Mittal (gold medalist), Jennie Dapice (bronze medalist), Lingfei Zhao (silver medalist). Back row, left to right: Michael Chu (gold medalist): Joshua Elenowitz (gold medalist), Nicholas T Mastandrea (gold medalist), Suhail Younus (gold medalist), Kai Wang (bronze medalist), Kevin Y Li (gold medalist), Azim Gangat (silver medalist), Thomas Lam (silver medalist), Coordinator of Math John Genova and adviser John Chae. Not pictured: Jahnavi Arora (gold medalist), Ryan Lefkowitz (gold medalist), Jeremy Weiss (gold medalist)
38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair photo 2
South Woods Middle School winners: Left to right: Anthony Park (bronze medalist), Ashley Jung (bronze medalist), Michele Shleimovich (bronze medalist), Alex Wang (silver medalist), Siddarth Desai (bronze medalist), Ashok Mutyala (silver medalist), Aarian Mepani (silver medalist), Tiffany Qian (silver medalist), Rachel Lin (silver medalist), Sabrina Guo (silver medalist), Willow Dunn (bronze medalist), Kyle Dapice (gold medalist), Shivane Dadi (gold medalist) and Ketan Raghu (bronze medalist).
38 Medals for Syosset at the Long Island Math Fair photo 3
H.B. Thompson Middle School winners: Adviser Paul McNamara, Sophia Chaudri (gold medalist), Anoushka Rishi (gold medalist), Ria Mehta (silver medalist), Aryan Jain (gold medalist), Emily Su (silver medalist), Griffin Hon (gold medalist) and adviser Jen Giamundo.
Bringing home a total of 38 medals, the Syosset Central School District had a very impressive showing at the 2018 Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair held at Hofstra University in April. Students competed against schools from all across Nassau County. The students selected a mathematical topic, thoroughly researched the topic, prepared a written report, which included their own ideas and creative input, and then presented their work to a panel of judges. 

Eighteen Syosset student won medals in the high school competition and 20 Syosset students won medals in the middle school competition. The Syosset Central School District congratulates all the participants in this year’s Long Island Math Fair!

Long Island Math Fair

Long Island Math Fair photo
H.B. Thompson's Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair medal winners are congratulated here by advisers Paul McNamara and Jen Giamundo. From left, McNamara, students Sophia Chaudri, Anoushka Rishi, Ria Mehta, Aryan Jain, Emily Su, Griffin Hon and Giamundo.

HBT Students Setting the Example

HBT Students Setting the Example photo
HBT Students Setting the Example photo 2
Forty-five members of Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club at Harry B. Thompson Middle School are strengthening their reach as role models to make a greater impact on their school. The students underwent two days of in-school training by representatives of the Anti-Defamation League through the World of Difference program, to understand and address the challenges faced by students of all backgrounds. 

During the sessions, held in the middle school library, students conversed, role-played and participated in different exercises to gain a greater appreciation for diversity, while making new connections and identifying similarities in each other that may not have been obvious before. They are now using what they learned to embed acceptance into the culture of the school. This includes encouraging others to speak up and stand up to bullying behavior.

“I think this is truly unique and amazing that we are given the time to do this,” said eighth-grader Aanya Bedi, who is embracing her role as an ally to classmates in need of peer support. “I am having a great time learning about everyone. This is great training.”

Through Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club, co-advised by Randi Bloom and Alison deLauzon, many of the students have already solidified their statures as ambassadors.  Members have assisted incoming fifth-graders and newly arriving sixth-graders, helped to promote and coordinate Red Ribbon Week activities and overall, have served as upstanding voices for the silent student minority who may feel alone or in need of friendly encouragement. The Anti-Defamation League training is also helping to reinforce the middle school’s designation as a No Place for Hate School, an annual honor awarded by the league that was bestowed upon the school last spring for its efforts to promote multiculturalism and thwart bullying, including cyberbullying.

The Anti-Defamation League will announce its No Place for Hate Schools for 2018 later this spring. Stay tuned!

Representatives of the Peers as Leaders and the Buddy Club are joined by their advisers Randi Bloom (middle row, second from left) and Alison deLauzon (back row, second from right) and Anti-Defamation League representatives Jane Pashman (middle row, far left) and Shanelle Henry (back row, far right) during their two-day World of Difference training. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018