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Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: (516) 364-5798

Principal: Lisa M. Greiner






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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. 


    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!

    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. 

    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.” 


    Wednesday, January 17, 2018