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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


Upcoming Events

May 16
Fire Island Trip – Grade 6
May 22
French A la Carte Trip – Select Grade 8
May 24 & 25
Make – Up Snow Days – School in Session

Italian Culinary Institute Trip – Grade 8
May 28
School Closed
May 29
HS Peer Leadership Visit – Grade 6
May 30
HS Transition Assembly – Grade 8
May 30 & 31
Science 8 Performance Assessment
June 13
Family Feud Fundraiser - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
June 4
NYS Grade 8 Science Test
June 5-8
NYS Earth Science 8 Performance Assessment
June 8
World Language Final – Part 1 – Grade 8 (In class)
June 11
World Language Final – Part 2 – Grade 8 (In class)
June 12
Algebra Regents Exam – Noon Arrival – Grade 8
June 13
Grade 8 Moving Up Rehearsal at CW Post 9:00 AM
June 14
Earth Science Regents Exam – 8:00 AM Arrival – Grade 8
June 15
French Met Cloisters Trip – Select Grade 6
June 18
Superintendent’s Conference Day – No School for Students

Tilles Center, LIU Post – 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony @ 5:15 PM
June 19
World’s Fair Boat Trip – Grade 8
June 20  Locker Clean Out Day

Grade 8 Breakfast & Yearbook Signing

Grade 6 & 7 Adventureland Trip (Rain date 6/21)
June 22
Grade 8 Awards Ceremony @ 8 AM (By Invitation Only)

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Latest News

South Woods Sends Off Its Eighth-Graders

South Woods Sends Off Its Eighth-Graders photo

June 18 was a special evening for all Syosset eighth-graders advancing to the high school, as South Woods Middle School led off the traditional doubleheader of middle school promotion ceremonies held at the LIU Tilles Center.

Following the trumpeters, the presentation of the colors and the processional performed by the school’s orchestra, student Priya Sondhi led the Pledge of Allegiance, leading into the orchestra’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The eighth-grade chorus would later provide an entertaining interlude.

Board of Education trustee and proud South Woods graduate parent Rob Gershon provided words of wisdom to the entire group of 256 moving up. Graduates Michael Meneshian and Amanda Obedian served as masters of ceremony, with Principal Michelle Burget and students Francesca Cimenello and Xiara Lemoine reflecting on the last three years at South Grove. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers shared some special sentiments with the class in the form of a letter he penned. “The high school you are about to enter is a very different place than the one this year’s graduates entered four years ago,” he said, referencing the use of technology and new opportunities that amplify the student voice and provide outlets for creativity, resulting in greater opportunities available to them in the future. 

“At no point in history has the world been changing so quickly and, since we can’t foresee it slowing down, our best hope is to make sure that you can keep up with it,” Dr. Rogers added. “So we have never been more engaged than when we are sharing our thoughts, and so the more we hear your voice, the closer we get to that goal.”

Following Dr. Rogers’ remarks, Burget and members of the South Woods faculty and staff assisted in awarding the middle school diplomas. The aspiring Syosset High School freshmen then exited the Tilles auditorium to applause and waves from proud parents and family, as they moved on to the next chapter of their educational experience, ready to use their knowledge and voices to make a difference in the future. 


South Woods MS Students Are County Trivia Champs Again

South Woods MS Students Are County Trivia Champs Again photo
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Two teams from South Woods Middle School captured first place in this year’s CP Nassau Trivia Challenge championship. The South Woods grade 6 and grade 7/8 teams won their respective divisions in the championship tournament, after claiming victory in the schoolwide trivia competition. South Woods teams consistently perform well in the CP Nassau Trivia Challenge, with the grade 7/8 team claiming victory in last year’s tournament.

During the competition, each participating school provides a team of four students who collaborate on multi question trivia test. Each team member raises money for CP Nassau by asking family and friends for a standard donation for their participation. In winning this year’s event, the South Woods teams answered questions on a wide variety of topics. South Woods enrichment teacher Greg Ryan serves as the adviser/coach to both South Woods teams.

Schools from throughout Nassau County participated in the event. Now in its 32nd year, the challenge brings students with great minds and good hearts together to help raise funds to benefit the programs and services CP Nassau provides for over 1,800 children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. According to CP Nassau’s website, it has become the organization’s most successful fundraiser thanks to the students, parents, teachers and administrators who support the effort.

South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo named 2018 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medalist

South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo named 2018 National Scholastic Arts & Writing Gold Medalist photo
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers awarded South Woods Middle School student Sabrina Guo a gold medal for her poetry collection “Through my Window,” placing her in the top 1 percent of the nearly 350,000 works of art submitted. After receiving a Gold Key in the regional competition, her work was judged at the national level by a panel of creative industry experts and recognized to be among the most outstanding works in the nation. Sabrina will be honored the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.

Sabrina’s work has also been honored by the NYS PTA through the “Within Reach” Reflections contest. Sabrina’s entry titled “Joyous Ensemble” earned her an Award of Merit and will be included is an exhibit this fall at the NYS PTA convention. Sabrina is a published author, blogger and book reviewer, with her work published in both “Stone Soup” and “Bazoof!” magazines. In addition to her gift for writing, Sabrina is a talented musician and represented South Woods Middle School as the overall 2nd chair in Violin 1 in the Long Island String Festival Association. 

Sabrina is pictured being congratulated by South Woods Middle School Principal Michelle Burget (right) and Assistant Principal Theresa Berke

South Woods Students Receive Science Congress Awards

South Woods Students Receive Science Congress Awards photo
Several South Woods Middle School students were honored at the Long Island Science Congress awards ceremony held on May 22 at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington Station. Congratulations to South Woods students Sachi Sethi and Michele Shleimovich, who received Honors trophies. 

Additional congratulations to students Zohaib Alam, Noa Gluck, Lawrence Liu, Asmita Mittal, Anika Shah and Lawrence Zeltzer, who were recipients of Honorable Mention ribbons as well as Lea Gabbay, Griffin Gurewicz, Ethan Hatz, Eesha Kaushik, Amanda Obedian and Lyba Siddiqui, who received Merit ribbons.   

Michele and Sachi are pictured (left to right) displaying their award and project entitled “The Earworm Effect.”

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