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St. Mary’s Elementary School Regional Science Olympiad

It’s a fantastic supplement to the school’s science curriculum. Sixteen students from Saint Mary’s Elementary School’s Science Olympiad Team competed in the annual regional Science Olympiad competition held on March 16 at Kellenberg Memorial High School. In total, 42 schools competed, three of which were Catholic elementary schools. St. Mary’s placed fifth of 42 teams and will compete on the State level on April 12 at Syracuse University.

The Science Olympiad is a national organization whose goals include bringing science to life and emphasizing the problem-solving aspects of science and the understanding of scientific concepts. It strives to create a technologically literate workforce and provides recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

St. Mary’s has competed in the Science Olympiad for the last 11 years. Preparation for the competition typically involves classroom time dedicated to the event, however this year students showed great dedication and team spirit because the significant preparation was done on their own time, as a club based program with their moderators. Their efforts, once again, showed great return with nine medals in various categories ranging from the “Rotor Egg Drop” to “Shock Value” and “Mystery Architecture.”

Congratulations to team members Maeve Anand, Calvin Bernic, Lauren Bernic, Kelia Broderick, Kristen Byrne, Jason Cuomo, Nicholas Heid, Tommy Keating, Cara Kurkjian, TJ Li, Tammy Ng, Charlotte Simone, Will Simone, Breana Stones, Kara Walsh, Peilong Yang and their moderators, Mrs. Portuese, Mrs. Merzbacher, Mrs. Donnelly and Mrs. Fligman for their stellar achievements.

Congratulations to the following students for medaling in the Science Olympiads:

Jason Cuomo and Tommy Keating- 1st Place, Rotor Egg Drop

Charlotte Simone and Kristen Byrne- 2nd Place, Mouse Trap Car

Jason Cuomo and Kelia Broderick- 3rd Place, Forestry

Nick Heid and Calvin Bernic- 3rd Place, Mystery Architecture

Calvin Bernic and Tommy Keating- 3rd Place, Road Scholar

Will Simone and Breana Stones- 4th Place, Mission Possible

Cara Kurkjian and Tommy Keating- 4th Place, Shock Value

Kara Walsh and Kristen Byrne- 5th Place, Endangered Species

Maeve Anand and Tommy Keating- 5th Place, Helicopters

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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