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Kids Head Back To School

The sound of squealing school buses and kids at recess filled the air last Tuesday in Jericho and Syosset, where children headed back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for a short two-day week. 

 

In Jericho, kids of all ages were ready for the first day of school at the Craig Street bus stop. At Cantiague Elementary School, Principal Tony Sinanis, teachers and staff enthusiastically welcomed students as they arrived. 

 

Students in the Syosset school district began their school year under a new chief. New Superintendent Ronald Friedman greeted the community with a letter, that reads, “Simply put: I’ll be around! I get into the schools, learn from those I speak to and see, and work cooperatively with the board and staff to do what is needed and is best for us.”

 

Friedman also addressed the controversial issue of state-mandated school testing.

 

“One chief challenge we face is to make sense of the state’s testing program,” he said. “While we need to assess learning, the testing program is flawed."

 

Read Superintendent Friedman's letter in its entirety on page 4. 


News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



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