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Letter: Thank You, Dr. Hankin

To some of you, Syosset is still home, a vibrant, ever-changing community.  To others, Syosset exists only in your memories. For me, Syosset embodies a sense of warmth and comfort that I felt from the school district beginning on my first day of kindergarten in 1993.

In my eyes, Syosset School District has helped to prepare me for life in more ways than one can imagine. In a sense, this can be attributed to the wonderful work of Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin.  This is why the recent news about her abrupt retirement has been such a shock to the community.

Dr. Hankin has spent years cutting through the red tape of educational bureaucracy. She is a leader who made it her mission to minimize administrative spending and she has been so successful that the state awarded the district $90,201 in Administrative Efficiency Aid for 2010-2011.

It should also be known that while many schools slashed spending for the arts and foreign language programs during the recession, Dr. Carole Hankin continuously allocated funding and initiated an innovative curriculum, winning recognition at both the state and national levels.

Putting her effective leadership abilities aside, Dr. Carole Hankin is a true teacher, passionate about all things educational. The criticism that she has received the past few years is simply outrageous to me. For all of the time and effort that she has put in, she deserves all of the positivity that comes her way- whether it be monetary or not. She shouldn’t be looked at as the recipient of “educational extravagance” as some may call it. It’s simply well-deserved.

To me, Dr. Hankin’s actions have been instrumental to the rise of Syosset school district. There is a reason why they send the most number of students to Ivy League universities throughout the country. I can honestly say that the district prepares students every step of the way, and especially to be a success in, and out of the classroom. The curriculum is challenging, yet allows even the average student to reach their potential.

Dr. Hankin, in case you don’t hear it enough- thank you for the past 23 years. Your commitment and efforts have shined through immensely. And to everyone to has something negative to say- there’s a reason why our district is top notch. Dr. Hankin cannot simply be replaced.

Anita Haridat, MS

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).


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