Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
This year, the Science Olympiad team traveled to Yale University for another invitational competition. Teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia competed against the Levittown students in 21 science categories. Division Avenue High School Class of 2011 valedictorian Karolina Ksiazek helped to organize the science events and gave the students a personal tour of the campus.
Last year, Division Avenue High School’s science research and technology students placed third at the invitational Science Olympiad competition at Islip High School. This competition challenged participants to compete as a team in 25 individual science events.
Under the direction of technology teacher Robert Flauto, the students earned first place in six of seven building events. Science teachers Sarah LaBonte and Gerard Marzigliano also guided the students to wins in six academic lab events.
Yale University Invitational Award Winners:
Boomilever – Nicholas Fuchs, Anthony Montoya and Savvas Papadopoulos – 4th place
Compound Machines – Bobby Evans and Savvas Papadopoulos – 4th place
Geologic Mapping – Bobby Evans and Kristin Schmidt – 5th place
MagLev – Alfredo Esposito and George Hores – 3rd place
MagLev – Danielle Kramer and Jason Tiemer – 6th place
Scrambler – Zack Kuller and Megan Oliveri – 4th place
Islip High School Invitational Award Winners:
Boomilever – Nicholas Fuchs and Anthony Montoya – 1st place
Bungee Drop – Christopher Giorlando and Michael McGarvey – 4th place
Compound Machines – Christian Magorrian and Fatima Maqsood – 1st place
Elastic Launch Glider – Christian Magorrian and Morgan Ward – 1st place
Elastic Launch Glider – Savvas Papadopoulos and Gabriela Pereira – 2nd place
MagLev – Danielle Kramer and Jason Tiemer – 1st place
MagLev – George Hores and Diana Pretter – 2nd place
Mission Impossible – Eric Beller and Christopher Thompson – 1st place
Mission Impossible – Krysten Garcia and Anthony Montoya – 2nd place
Scrambler – Bailey Gribben and Alexandra Sorbello – 1st place
Scrambler – Krysten Garcia and Michelle Pedreros – 2nd place
Scrambler – Zachery Kuller and Megan Oliveri – 4th place
Dynamic Planet – Anthony Montoya and Jason Tiemer – 4th place
Experimental Design – Haniya Abbasi, Sophia DeFranco and Bobby Evans – 2nd place
Experimental Design – Diana Pretter, Alexandra Sorbello and Brittany Voboril – 4th place
Entomology – Haniya Abbasi and Anna Yoo – 1st place
Entomology – Sally Phan and Melanie Popovitz – 4th place
Food Chemistry – Christopher Giorlando and Christian Magorrian – 3rd place
Forensics – Shannon Nadolny and Anna Yoo – 1st place
Technical Problem Solving – Eric Beller and George Hores – 5th place
— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.