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South Wood Middle School Building Photo99 Pell Lane
Syosset, NY 11791

Phone: (516) 364-5621

Principal: Michelle L. Burget
Assistant Principal: Elizabeth Burke

Assistant Principal: Theresa Berke
Administrative Assistant: Kevin Oswald


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Locker Clean Out
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January 9–12
All County Music Festival – 2:30 – 9:00 PM
January 11
HS Guidance Assembly - Grade 8
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HS Transition Parent Program @ HBT – 8:15 PM
January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
January 18
Winter Concert #2 - 7:30PM
January 19
ADL Step Up Assembly – All Grades
January 23
Winter Concert #3 - 7:30PM
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Phase II Facilities Planning Information - NEW

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. 


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.  

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. 

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:
She appears at the 0:46, 0:56 and 1:22 marks in the video.

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 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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018