Written by Jaclyn Gallucci, email@example.com Wednesday, 30 October 2013 11:24
Newsweek released its national high school rankings last week highlighting the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads—with both Syosset and Jericho high schools placing among the very best.
Jericho High School ranked at 32 with a 100-percent graduation rate, 100 percent of graduating seniors headed to college and an average 1884 SAT score.
“Once again our high school is recognized for the cumulative outstanding work of our entire staff,” said Superintendent Hank Grishman. “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top high schools in the country.”
Syosset High School ranked at 104, with a 100-percent graduation rate, 98 percent of grads heading to college and an average 1732 SAT score.
“It’s really nice to do well, but really what’s been most important to the administrators and the board is to really make every kid feel as comfortable as possible coming to school so they can get the most out of it,” said Syosset Board of Education president, Dr. Michael Cohen. Cohen quote: “By virtue of the quite large student population, the faculty must serve an incredibly varied array of students. The fact that the staff serves so many, so well, is what the Board and Administration, in fact, take the most pride in.”
The Newsweek rankings are based on six components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student, SAT/ACT scores, AP/IB/AICE scores, and percent of students enrolled in AP/IB/AICE courses.
Syosset ranked 92 in last year’s list and Jericho ranked 41.
“I think the ranking of 104 is a great accomplishment,” says Syosset Board Member Christopher DiFilippo. “I also think our school district needs to continue to raise the bar and our ranking next go around is in the two-digit rankings. Whereas we are great district, we can’t stand still. We need to strive to be greater. It’s an ongoing endeavor. Our students need to be educated, both for academics and careers so they are equipped to compete globally.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Syosset High School’s community service-based Interact Club has raised more than $140,000 over the past decade for Gift of Life International, a foundation that provides life-saving heart surgeries to children with congenital heart defects.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:25
The delightful and upbeat Annie Bleiberg, who is 93 years young, considers herself a very lucky person.
Bleiberg, a Woodbury resident, was a slave at Auschwitz during the Holocaust and her story of survival is chronicled in We Will Survive, a new book by Grammy award-winning artist Gloria Gaynor, known for her famous song “I Will Survive.”
On Nov. 19, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County held its Annual Tribute dinner at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation, with more than 400 people in attendance including Bleiberg and Gaynor.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:56
The 6th Annual Blazing Trails 4 Autism 4-Mile Run held on Nov. 23 was almost a brand new race—a new community (East Meadow) with a new school (the new Eden II/Genesis School at St. Raphael’s Parish) and a new flat course through some very nice local streets.
Among the 863 finishers were several award winners from local communities: Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (1st woman 55-59 age group), Glen Wolther of Jericho (3rd 55-59 age group), Pamela Lee of Syosset (1st woman 60-64 age group) and Bert Jablon of Syosset (1st 85-89 age group).
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:50
Graduate student and Syosset native Kiera Harrison became the first-ever Loyola University Maryland cross country runner to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee in November.
Harrison will become the first-ever Greyhound to compete at an NCAA Division I Championship in any sport as an individual.
“This was all Kiera’s hard work,” head cross country coach Rick Woods said. “She deserves this opportunity.”The veteran distance runner was the only Patriot League finisher to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors this year, finishing 24th at the regional meet by tying a career-best time of 20:51 on Nov. 15.