Written by Louisa Bonnanzio Friday, 31 December 2010 00:00
The Dec. 20 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting turned into a memorable night out with Syosset High School’s all-female a capella choir, the Adelettes. Their surprise performance opened with Irving Berlin’s Play a Simple Melody, showcasing the many talents this group brings to Syosset’s highly regarded music program.
The Adelettes continued their finger-snapping, toe-tapping, hip-swaying show with favorite holiday tunes such as Winter Wonderland. The closing number, Jingle Bells, surely spread holiday cheer as the board and members of the audience were asked to participate in the singalong on stage. Overall, the performance was polished and well choreographed, and swelled with festive holiday spirit, thanks to the direction of Kristin Howell.
The treasurer reported that the current cash on hand value for the district is $20,200,465.75.
During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Carole G. Hankin congratulated the 252 students who were recently inducted into the Syosset High School chapter of the National Honor Society. Hankin’s corresponding memo noted, “These students needed to have a 90 (or better) and have participated in school activities.”
Also in the memo was an update on transition planning. Teachers, guidance counselors and school principals have begun planning meetings and activities to ensure smooth transitions for fifth-graders entering middle school and eighth-graders entering high school.
Hankin held her Superintendent’s Student Cabinet Meeting with student representatives from all 10 district schools, commenting, “If you ever want to know what’s going on in the schools, just meet with the students.” In addition, Hankin held a “very productive meeting” with PTA representatives from each of the district’s schools.
In board news, board president Dr. Marc Herman reported that the board attended PTA and PTSA meetings as well as a nutrition advisory meeting. Herman also discussed the school’s website, Infinite Campus. He said that despite this year’s “limited funds for administration, the IT staff has remained unchanged.” Infinite Campus continues to facilitate an open dialogue among students, teachers and parents, offering new additions such as student health forms and a revised Code of Conduct, he said.
Thirty-three resolutions were put to a vote, all of which passed. Among them were three appointments to tenure, the acceptance of two water bottle filling stations donated by The South Woods Middle School Future Leaders of America Club, and the approval of the school calendar for the 2011/2012 school year.
Hankin and members of the board wished the entire community a healthy, happy new year, and look forward to the next board of education meeting on Jan. 10, 2011 at South Woods Middle School at 8 p.m.