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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 with a lifesaving heart 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.

Fall Festival at Robbins Lane Elementary

Robbins Lane celebrated Halloween with a Spooktacular evening of family fun. This year’s event was coined Spooktacular. A laughter-filled celebration of all things spooky and fun!

Many Robbins Lane families came out to enjoy the festivities. The school’s gym was transformed into a creepy party room filled with tricks and treats. There were many new interactive stations this year, along with a magic show, costume and pumpkin contests, and of course, plenty of food! Dozens of parent volunteers made this event possible for the cutest and best dressed crowd.

One of the most popular stations was the "Feel Boxes" which were several boxes filled with monster body parts - brains, eyeballs, and intestines were just some of the yucky, slimey items the kids were able to get their hands on! Another notable mention was the "Haunted Closets" with spooky noises, light effects and fantastic parent volunteers magnified the fun by getting into character and really “shaking” things up.

Big and small agreed that this event was one they will not soon forget, and left everyone asking for more!

Athletes Making Their Mark

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Fifteen of Syosset High School’s most distinguished student-athletes recently signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the collegiate level during a ceremony before family, faculty and coaches.

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Drew Cronin and boys varsity lacrosse coach John Calabria hosted this fall’s National Commitment Day in the school library, where students, wearing a cap from their school of choice, signed their respective letters. Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante were on hand to congratulate them on this special accomplishment, and coaches were invited to speak about their teams’ members. 

The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and a postsecondary institution. The student agrees to attend the school full time and the school agrees to provide a financial scholarship for at least one academic year. 

Congratulations to the following Syosset High School seniors who have committed to participate in collegiate athletics: 

Sofia Afkham – girls lacrosse at Binghamton University 
Brandon Brosnahan– boys lacrosse at Assumption College 
Kyle Curtin – boys lacrosse at Colorado College 
Cody Johnston – boys lacrosse at Manhattanville College
Liam Kalbacher – boys lacrosse at Stony Brook University
J.P. Lannig – boys lacrosse at Brown University
Daniel Ochs – boys lacrosse at Hofstra University
Daniel Pellerito – boys tennis at William and Mary 
Jack Pucci – boys lacrosse at Jacksonville University
Javier Ramirez – swimming at Iona College
Nicole Rizzo – girls lacrosse at Stony Brook University
Reilly Siebert – girls cross country/track at Villanova University
Taylyn Stadler – girls lacrosse at University of Pennsylvania 
Matthew Tesoriero –baseball at Catholic University 
Max Verch –  boys lacrosse at University of Maryland


A Hearty Thank You to Heroes

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A Thanksgiving tradition continued at South Grove Elementary School as students and staff said thanks to local firefighters, police officers, veterans and members of the American Legion with a celebration and feast in the school kindergarten/grade 1 annex. Dressed in various costumes, students entertained their heroes by performing the “Turkey Twist” under the direction of music teacher Dr. Kathleen Conklin.  The students also performed using American Sign Language. Christina Mancuso, the school’s developmental reading specialist and lead teacher, coordinated the event. Board of Education members and central administrators were also invited to show their gratitude to these community heroes. The school also held a Thanksgiving feast in the main building for children in grades 2-5.

Literary Café

First grade Literary Café members are having a great time engaging in literacy activities. Each session students come to Mrs. Stottler’s classroom to “order” a literacy activity off of their Literary Café menu: reading fiction, reading nonfiction, creative writing, writing with a prompt, Chromebook activities, listening activities, book talk, and more! The Literary Café has been a relaxed, yet productive, way for students to interact, learn and think creatively.

A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues

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Village School continued its tradition of hosting a schoolwide Thanksgiving feast as every student and every staff member was invited into the school gymnasium to enjoy turkey with all of the appropriate trimmings. More than 100 Village parents volunteered to serve those dining while students donned school spirit T-shirts. District central administrators were also invited to celebrate Thanksgiving with students and staff.

Students Stand Up and Stomp Out Bullying

During the week of October 17, 2017, Baylis Elementary students and staff joined together to stomp out bullying. The week began with an assembly in which Principal Lisa Greiner read the book “Stand Up” to all students. This book tells the story of a group of children who form a caring majority to ensure children help and befriend one another. In addition, students and teachers together signed anti-bullying pledges, which are currently displayed in the main lobby along with the Baylis Elementary School Promise. The promise was written last year by a group of Baylis students and speaks of the culture of kindness being nurtured at the school. In accordance with these activities, and in honor of National Unity Day, students and staff donned the color orange as a symbol of the Baylis commitment to “Stomp Out Bullying.”

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.” 


A Big Thank You to Our Veterans

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The Syosset High School Peers Reaching Out club once again showed its appreciation to our country’s military men and women through its annual fundraising breakfast, held in conjunction with several other clubs at the school on Nov. 9. 

The sentiment embodying this year’s Veterans Day breakfast was "We don't know them ALL, but we owe them ALL." 

In addition to PRO, the high school Cooking Club, Interact, Virtual Enterprise, Art, DECA, Future Leaders of America and Student Government worked collaboratively to raise $1,460. These monies will be donated to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the Red Cross in support of hurricane relief efforts. 
According to PRO adviser David Anderson, the breakfast not only raised awareness and respect for veterans among students, but also provided a platform for students to achieve a meritorious goal through cohesion and selflessness.

Members of VFW 6394 are seen here with students and staff during the breakfast.

International Thespian Society Inducts 44 from Syosset HS

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Congratulations to the 44 members of Syosset High School’s Association for Creative Thespians who have been named 2017 inductees into the International Thespian Society’s honor society for secondary school students. 

Under the leadership of troupe director Gene Connor, Syosset’s inductees have logged more than 100 hours of time either studying or performing in the theater arts or related disciplines. Many of the students play major roles in the variety of entertaining productions held throughout the school year. While some of this year’s inductees have already graduated, a number of them can be seen performing in upcoming productions this year and next (pictured here).

Three members/inductees who graduated in June 2017 –Emily Krichmar, Lauren Kueper and Steven Kueper– received the “Honor Thespian” distinction for accumulating more than 600 hours of performing and studying theater. 

The 44 inductees join the likes of International Thespian Society honors alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Goodman, Tom Hanks and Jane Lynch. Syosset CSD applauds this year’s high school inductees. Take your bow!

Student Cards Salute Vets

Thank you to all of the students who made cards for our veterans. In your cards, you called the veterans your heroes. You are absolutely correct! Robbins Lane was able to share 300 cards with the men and women who are actively serving, or have previously served, in our armed forces. When I handed them your cards (during the annual Veteran’s Day parade) the look of gratitude and pride on their faces was absolutely heartwarming. Don’t forget to reach out to veterans throughout the year, sending them cards, letters, and gifts from the heart. I can deliver them! Your love and support means more to them than you may ever know.


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Operation Sweet Tooth Nets 10 Barrels

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For more than 10 years, the students of Village Elementary School have been donating their leftover, unopened Halloween candy to numerous charitable organizations to benefit children who are less fortunate. Student council members helped to organize this year’s Operation Sweet Tooth event in the school gymnasium, sorting candy for distribution to local agencies that support children who are unable to enjoy the activities of Halloween due to life circumstance or illness.

Ten barrels were filled with the candy provided by the very generous Village children and their families, and they have since been distributed to organizations such as AHRC, Angela’s House and Mercy First. For the second consecutive year, primary grade students joined in the effort, working together to help sort candy with their upper-grade book buddies. Village students who were unable to participate in the sort, due to their own allergies or choice, made beautiful cards to accompany the treasure trove of candy.

As part of Operation Sweet Tooth, students participate in mathematical sorting, counting, grouping and graphing activities and estimate the amounts of candy collected. Special thanks to Eileen Hoffman and Wendy Tepper for organizing the activity and the Village School PTA’s Community Outreach committee for helping to distribute the candy.



Dollars for Denim in Support of Vets

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Staff members at Village Elementary School honored the brave men and women who have served our country by taking part in the Veterans Day 2017 Jeans for Troops fundraising drive. 

The drive supports the GI GO Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans returning home find employment and gain access to health care, financial benefits and housing, where necessary. Village School’s Dollars for Denim campaign gave teachers and staff the opportunity to wear jeans on Thursday, Nov. 9 in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI GO Fund. Pictured are Jennie Purpura, Courtney Kane and Michelle Potvin modeling their Village tie-dye shirts and denim jeans. Great job, Village!

Faces of Syosset

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Students enrolled in Chrysoula Highland’s Photo 2 and Photo 3 classes at Syosset High School have collaborated on a special collection of photos that show the school’s diversity of race, religion and personality. 

The Faces of Syosset, a mural currently comprised of 150 photos of students and staff taken throughout the school, is now prominently on display in the main lobby area. The photos were taken by photography students in these classes, inspired by the Humans of New York photo blog and book that features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City by creator Brandon Stanton.

“The whole idea was to show how much unity there is in our school,” said Highland, who originally proposed the project as an extra credit assignment. “I wanted my students to stop…look around and look at the people who are in our building every day.” Highland’s students took to the idea right away and have been making connections to others they didn’t know before. “It’s really been bringing people together!” she added.

The project has created a buzz among students. Many are taking notice of their photos and striking up conversations with classmates. New friends have been made, social networks have grown and the photographers have an additional platform to share their creativity. 

Candids, fun poses and causal headshots provide a variety of insights into the Faces of Syosset. More photos are being added and a few light questions and answers are also accompanying some of the newer photo additions to provide even greater insight into the students on display. There are also plans to invite Stanton to the school to see the mural and hopefully speak with students about his own inspiration that helped to launch this wonderful display of diversity and unity in Syosset.     

Highland and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante are pictured congratulating some of the contributing photographers on their work. 

Baylis Sleuths Solve the Case

Baylis sleuths worked with enrichment specialist Dr. Kelly as they set out on a Halloween hunt to solve the “Case of the Missing Pumpkin.” Students implemented mystery reading strategies as they read story lines and notes to unravel clues. They also used scientific knowledge to read fingerprints and analyze footprints. The young detectives posted their predictions using Padlet, then wrote about their deductions with illustrations using Seesaw. The outcome was a successfully solved case as this crosscutting Halloween adventure proved to be great fun for the Baylis third-graders and their teachers.


Choosing Kindness

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During a recent schoolwide PRIDE assembly at Berry Hill Elementary School, Principal Mary Kolkhorst unveiled a new inspirational book that has been awarded to every class in the school to help remind students that no matter how a person appears on the outside, it’s what’s inside that matters most.

Every student at the school will have the opportunity to share in reading “We’re All Wonders,” the story of a young boy who, after undergoing numerous surgeries to address a facial abnormality, enrolls in public school where he’s subjected to name-calling due to his appearance. Young readers of the book learn that the main character is an engaging, smart, funny, kind and brave young boy, and they quickly develop compassion and respect for him while being reminded how important it is to be kind. Principal Kolkhorst read the book to students during the assembly before announcing that each class would receive its own copy.

Additionally, every Berry Hill student signed a pledge to be kind to others. Every student also received a “PRIDE Warrior” shirt to wear during the school’s regularly scheduled PRIDE assemblies. The Syosset School District’s character education initiative PRIDE teaches students the importance of demonstrating patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy on a daily basis. The assembly and signing were held in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month

A special thanks to the Berry Hill PTA, which donated the books and the shirts!

Taking One on the Chin for Relief

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Harry B. Thompson Middle School held a fundraiser in which students voted for which teacher they would like to “pie.”  Phil Kaiser was the winning teacher and received a pie in the face in front of students in the cafeteria. Also pictured taking a pie is Mr. Malanowski.

Pledging to Learn

At A.P. Willits Elementary School, first-graders taught kindergartners how to stand, where to look, and how to correctly and clearly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. They also touched on why children stand and recite the pledge each day. To culminate the lesson, students worked in partnerships on their Chromebooks illustrating what a person should look like as they say the pledge, labeled an important new vocabulary word, and recorded themselves saying the pledge.

Students Get Out and Play

Kindergarteners at Walt Whitman Elementary School recently celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day, a global campaign to get children outdoors to play and learn at school and as part of their everyday lives. Whitman students enjoyed an outdoor scavenger hunt, held a picnic, read books and more, all outside. An estimated two million students around the world participated in the event.

Three to Perform at All-National Music Festival

Three to Perform at All-National Music Festival photo
Three Syosset High School student-musicians have been invited to perform at the 2017 National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles concerts to be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 28-29. 

Grace Mittleman and Eric Schess have been invited to perform with the NAfME All-National Honors Choir, while Hannah Son was selected to play the flute in the All-National Honors Symphony Orchestra. During the 2016-17 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military-base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district and state music honor ensembles. Of those most elite high school musicians, 608 were considered to be the “best of the best” and were selected for the NAfME festival by audition. All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir and jazz ensemble.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under some of the most prominent conductors in the United States. Grace and Eric will perform under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, while Hannah will follow the lead of Dr. Margery Deutsch. Dr. Stroope is the professor of music and director of choral/vocal studies at Oklahoma State University, while Dr. Deutsch served for nearly 30 years as director of orchestras and professor of conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“This is the highest recognition that a student-musician can receive for participating in a school music program,” said Syosset Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, K-12 Michael Salzman. “Having three students from one high school invited to perform on this national stage is a great honor. Congratulations to Grace, Eric and Hannah, all of the music teachers they have had through the years, the parents who continue to support their pursuit of music education, and our Board of Education, administration and community for their ongoing commitment to the performing arts.”

Grace, Eric and Hannah are congratulated here by Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante, Salzman and band teacher Larry Ballereau. Missing from the photo is choral teacher Kristin Howell.

Spooky Creations

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Just in time for Halloween, pumpkin carving artist Pat McQuade met with students enrolled in Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture, Ceramics and Sculpture and Studio in Art: 3-D Design Portfolio at Syosset High School to help each of them create a special pumpkin sculpture of their own. Pictured are students in Pete Haughwaut’s Advanced Ceramics and Sculpture class showing off their work. The visit was arraned by art teacher Amanda O’Rourke.

Diwali Brown Bag

South Grove was honored to host a Brown Bag about Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Several of our very own South Grove moms facilitated this information and crafts Brown Bag. Over 60 students in grades 2 through five opted to participate during their recess time, in lieu of their usual activities. Students briefly heard about the cultural significance of this holiday and then had an opportunity to do a craft. Students enjoyed coloring and applying glitter, while traditional Indian music played in the background. A special thank you to our wonderful parent community, and we welcome your ideas for Brown Bags to enrich all students.

South Grove’s Brown Bag Program offers a variety of optional recess-time experiences throughout the year as part of its Schoolwide Enrichment Program.  


Siemens Semifinalists

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From left, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and Deputy Superintendent Adele Bovard congratulate Rahul and Jarrad, along with Ms. Ade and Syosset High School Principal Dr. Giovanni Durante.
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Congratulations to Syosset High School seniors Jarrad Li and Rahul Parthasarathy for being named 2017 semifinalists in the Siemens Foundation Competition for Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier science research contest for high school students. Additional congratulations to Rahul, who advanced to the regional finalist round, one of only 11 from Long Island to reach this level.

Jarrad conducted research on safe, alternative energy at Stony Brook University, teaming with two other students from nearby high schools. They set out to eliminate carbon monoxide poisoning in proton exchange efficiency fuel cells, which drastically decreases the cell efficiency and durability of this otherwise burgeoning source of renewable energy. By synthesizing the optimal ratio of gold-silver alloy nanoparticles and coating the fuel cells with these nanoparticles, Jarrad and his team effectively catalyzed carbon monoxide oxidation and increased fuel cell power output. The end result was making the fuel cells more cost efficient and commercially viable as a source of alternative energy.

According to Jarrad, he gained a great deal of satisfaction from this project, as it allowed him to combine his knowledge of material science and chemical engineering.  

Rahul worked independently at Brookhaven National Laboratory to identify crystals formed from a compound of cadmium, zinc and tellurium that are most ideal for use as radiation detectors. One common problem affecting the widespread use of these detectors is that crystals are prone to defects when grown. By analyzing the properties of cadmium, zinc and tellurium that affect detector performance – including testing 54 crystals – Rahul was able to compare their strengths and weaknesses and characterize and identify those crystals most ideal for use in detectors. This makes detectors more affordable and accessible, opening up a wide range of applications, including in nuclear medicine to help to monitor a patient’s exposure while undergoing treatment, and in national security, by enabling first responders to assess the threat of radiation. Astrophysics is another area in which the detectors can be used prominently. 

Much like Jarrad, Rahul said he enjoyed his project because he was able to overlap two areas of great interest to him as well, medicine and physics
“Rahul and Jarrad are both determined and dedicated young scientists,” said Syosset High School science research facilitator Veronica Ade, who oversees the school’s participation in the Siemens competition. “They both followed their scientific passions to laboratories which could foster their talents and were able to use those experiences to enter the 2017 Siemens competition.”
Every year, students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of the Siemens competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.

This year out of the more than 1,860 projects submitted, 491 students have been recognized as semifinalists and only 101 as regional finalists. Next up, on Nov. 18 Rahul will present his research via videoconference to judges at Carnegie Mellon University. On the line is a seat at the national finals at The George Washington University this December, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000. The Syosset Central School District wishes Rahul the best of luck as he moves on in the competition!


Robbins Lane Raises for Relief

Robbins Lane Raises for Relief
Upon returning to school in September, Robbins Lane Elementary School Student Council representatives from the 2016-17 school year got right down to business to help those who were hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey in Houston and Irma in Florida. The group immediately began fundraising for the American Red Cross and is proud to announce that they raised over $2,000 for these hurricane relief efforts. 

Thank you to the Robbins Lane community for demonstrating enormous generosity! The school looks forward to supporting our neighbors in Puerto Rico in the very near future.  

Robbins Lane enrichment teacher Robin Kleinman (pictured left) and members of the Robbins Lane Student Council award a big check to Senior Philanthropy Officer, American Red Cross, LI chapter Dawn Neilson.

Celebrating Diwali

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Village Elementary School students recently learned about Diwali. The school lobby, hallways and cafeteria were colorfully decorated and students also learned about the cultural significance of Diwali, a religious celebration associated with Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Last year, the Syosset Board of Education recognized Diwali as an official school holiday, making Syosset the first school district on Long Island to close its doors in observance of the holiday. School will be closed on Thursday October 19 for Diwali.

Second-Graders Stand Tall at Rec Night

The Robbins Lane PTA recently hosted its second-grade Rec Night.

Students participated in various relay races and activities, including basketball, hockey, “giant egg” (i.e., soccer ball) in a giant spoon (i.e., lacrosse stick), and go-cart races, to name a few.  The highlight of the evening was the all-important tug-of-war with the children battling against their parents. This year's second-grade class walked away with bragging rights, easily defeating their parents. Two fathers co-chaired the event with the help of parent volunteers. It was a huge success and an overall great start to the school year!

Throughout the school year, the Robbins Lane PTA hosts a Rec Night for each grade in which children from a dedicated grade are invited to the gym for an evening of physical activity and family fun.


Happy Homecoming

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Syosset High School celebrated homecoming/Spirit Week in grand fashion, as six days of school spirit, thoughtfulness and Syosset PRIDE – patience, respect, integrity, dignity and empathy – culminated with a weekend highlighted by a fun-filled family carnival and a victory on the football field.

The annual Student Government Carnival raised money and awareness for numerous student clubs. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds raised during the three-day weekend event was donated to hurricane relief efforts. The week kicked off with the annual student and staff walkathon at Syosset High School, which raised money for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

Students also participated in and helped run the annual Health Fair held in the Syosset High School gymnasium. Numerous stations were set up to inform the entire student body and faculty about healthy eating, fitness, and smart decision-making, among other valuable lessons.

Later in the week, students were encouraged to don school colors and other Syosset wear to show their support for the school community and its athletic teams and student-based organizations. The school week ended with the annual pep rally to cheer the fall athletic teams. The event served as the appetizer for Saturday’s varsity football game vs. East Meadow.

On the gridiron, the hometown Braves built a 27-7 halftime lead on the strength of three Alex Berland touchdown passes and a fumble return by the defense. Alex finished the day with 229 yards passing and four touchdown passes overall. Thomas Dolciotta, who ran for 46 yards, scored two of the Syosset touchdowns, one on a pass from Alex and another on the ground. The Braves defense held off a second-half East Meadow scoring surge for a 39-28 victory. 

The Syosset High School band, cheerleaders and kick line dancers entertained the audience and provided support for the home team throughout the game, with the latter two groups providing special halftime performances. The Syosset PTSA ran the concession barn, with proceeds benefitting student programs districtwide.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Syosset teams, the student organizations and their efforts to help others.

A Walk for Unity

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Syosset High School kicked off Spirit Week 2017 with its annual walkathon on the campus grounds. The entire student body, teachers and school staff walked in unison to raise money and awareness for tolerance education. Proceeds from the walk were donated to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove. Every year the center welcomes more than 38,000 visitors to its exhibits as well as participants of its educational programs.

Syosset High School students and staff have also been raising funds for hurricane relief efforts, including a bowlathon sponsored by the Interact Club. The school’s Awareness Club and GSA are also conducting fundraisers and different club booths at this weekend’s Student Government Carnival will also donate a portion of their proceeds to hurricane relief. 

In addition to the walkathon and carnival, other highlights of Spirit Week include a health fair, pep rally and the annual Homecoming game, scheduled for 1:30 pm this Saturday.

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Blending Entrepreneurship with Allegiance

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The SYOTalks series recently welcomed The 7 Line founder Darren Meenan to the Syosset High School Little Theater to speak with students about how his creativity and love for his team launched a business – and a following – that has become popular among Mets fans.   

Meenan, a devoted Mets fan, began his business by designing unique T-shirts. His business has grown through the years to include caps and a variety of different Mets accessories. In conjunction with the merchandise he develops, he also organizes large groups of Mets fans to attend games, both at Citi Field and on the road. Through his use of different social media platforms and overall word of mouth, The 7 Line brand has flourished without spending any money on advertising. In recent years, the online store has expanded by opening a merchandise stand at Citi Field. Meenan has even developed a partnership with Major League Baseball and New Era caps. 

Following the visit, Meenan blogged favorably about his experience at Syosset High School, pointing out that it was only his second public speaking engagement ever, even admitting that he was a little nervous beforehand. “I wanted [the students] to go home excited to tell their family that they stayed after school for a good reason,” blogged Meenan. His visit was coordinated by the high school business department’s Entrepreneurship Club.

NAHS Tree a Hit at Fundraiser

NAHS Tree a Hit at Fundraiser photo
Syosset High School’s National Art Honor Society has once again used its creative talents for good. For 17 years, Syosset NAHS has participated in United Cerebral Palsy’s annual Festival of Trees fundraiser held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where they decorate a special holiday tree to be sold to raise funds for UCP. 

This year’s NAHS contribution, “Stars and Stripes,” was the first to sell at the festival, just minutes after doors opened. The tree sold for $500. Moreover, the tree was awarded third place in the Festival of Trees “Theme” category. 

Every year, UCP raises money from admission fees to the exhibition and through the sale of decorated trees, which are sold to businesses around Long Island for display in their lobbies and windows. Traditionally, 100 percent of the net proceeds from tree sales go directly to UCP. This year, 10 percent of these profits will be sent to select organizations assisting individuals with disabilities in the areas affected by the recent hurricanes.

The Syosset NAHS first participated in the Festival of Trees in 2001, when members designed a tree in tribute to the police officers and firemen who lost their lives on 9/11. Pictured are (from left) NAHS students Sami Finkelstein and Lillian Guo, NAHS adviser Demi Protonentis and NAHS student Jordan Fells at this year’s Festival of Trees, alongside “Stars and Stripes.” 

The Syosset NAHS was also featured in a televised News 12 segment:

Boys Soccer Team Honored

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Syosset School District Coordintor of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Drew Cronin recently introduced the Syosset High School Nassau County co-champion boys varsity soccer team to the community at the November Board of Education meeting. The team advanced all the way to the county championship game before falling in a shootout overtime session to Uniondale. Although rules dictate only the shootout winner may advance further in the playoffs, Syosset was named county co-champion for completing regulation time tied. 

Members of the Syosset Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Rogers and head coach Brett Waxer all praised the team for its excellent season on the field, as well as its demonstration of great sportsmanship. The Board and Dr. Rogers are seen here congratulating the team and coaches.
Monday, December 11, 2017