Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
At the Monday, February 8 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting, the night belonged to the third grade. Students from every elementary school in the district presented their findings in the third grade Buoyancy Challenge, a district-wide program where students designed and built their own floating objects. The board was also treated to a video montage of the students working on their projects in all of their various stages.
While children from all over Syosset participated in the challenge, a small group of students shared the honor of hosting the show: Jordan Forstadt, Samuel Kreit, Luke Sacco, Lauren Santella, Michael Jiang, Phoebe Warshauer, Margherita Napoleone, Daniel Palant, Dana Drovin, Cameron Mayer, Brooke Bier, Miles Capell, Jordan Korgood, and Rosan Wang. While the children’s voices didn’t all quite reach to the back of the auditorium, it was very near standing-room only in the South Woods Middle School Auditorium; both the enthusiastic hosts and the accompanying video made the presentation highly entertaining, and one of the highlights of the year for the Syosset School Board.
In correspondence, the board announced that they had attended the second BOCES Budget Advisory Meeting, as well as several PTA meetings. The board congratulated the three Syosset High School students recently announced as Intel Talent Search Semi-finalists: Dylan Jared Assael, Devi Mehrota and John Joseph Sullivan. In Dr. Hankin’s monthly report of the superintendent, it was noted that the district will receive a grant of $3,000 in honor of these achievements, in addition to the awards of $1,000 that will go to each of the students respectively. The cash-on-hand value for the period ending December 31, 2009 was $49,324,429.05.
While the board voted on 34 total resolutions, it was a quick meeting, with no questions asked or answered during the audience to the public segment. Among the resolutions was an authorization to apply for a federal grant for the National Science Foundation to fund Nanotechnology Programs. While there was no discussion of nanotechnology at the meeting, this resolution is consistent with the district’s consistent effort to stay on the cutting edge of science education. Other resolutions included the extension of the transportation contract with Huntington Coach L.L.C., and the acceptance of a cedar tree from the South Grove PTA.