The Jericho Middle School recently held their second annual Bully Prevention Kickoff. This year, they held an all-day Walkathon to log miles in demonstrating their commitment to prevent bullying. The kickoff was the brainchild of Joanne Verdino, school social worker, who is also an Olweus Bully Prevention Program trainer.
“The event succeeded beyond our expectations,” said Don Gately, Jericho Middle School principal. “Everyone had a tremendous amount of fun while at the same time learning the essentials of bully prevention.”
Syosset Seniors Make Siemens Competition Semifinals
Three Syosset High School seniors—Reva Abrol, Kaveh Issapour and Eric Song—have been honored as semifinalists in the prestigious 2013-2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. Eric and Reva worked on their project with their chemistry teacher, Brian Belanger. The project, which was conducted using the school’s lab equipment, consisted of constructing a nonintrusive consumer-friendly acoustic device to determine fruit ripeness in cantaloupes. The apparatus was used to generate vibrational frequencies through the fruit, which were recorded using audio spectrum analysis software. Sound measurements were compared to sugar contents to confirm the correlation between acoustic resonance and ripeness.
Syosset Seniors Named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists
Eleven Syosset High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2014.
Sixteen Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists and 28 students were named commended students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
“We are very proud of all of our seniors that have been recognized as semifinalists and commended students,” said Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman. “All of these young men and women serve as exceptional role models for students in our district.”
Jericho High School students Ken Aizawa, Matthew Chun, Joshua Han, Albert Hsiung, Oliver Hu, Xingan Hua, Kevin Huang, Yu Law, Nicholas Mu, Dohee Na, Karen Pan, Kaitlyn Shin, Wilson Wang, Amy Xu, Jerry Xu, and Richard Zhang were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
In some cases it takes a village, but in our case it takes a town. It takes the support of everyone who resides within the boundaries of the Syosset Central School District to help raise money for deserving seniors with a financial need pursue a higher education.
Since 1958, the Syosset Council of PTAs and the Syosset Teachers’ Association have jointly sponsored the Syosset Scholarship Fund, Inc. This past June, six seniors were awarded $3000 which will be distributed over a two year period to help offset the cost of college. These scholarships are awarded not only on financial need, but also must have a GPA of 82% or higher and must show that they have participated in school and community service.
On October 18, the Agape Debate Institute made the trip to the New York City Invitational debate tournament located at Bronx Science. Agape Debater Adam Pahlavan of Jericho High School saw a tremendous level of success in the varsity policy debate division. In this division, more than 80 high school teams from all over the nation competed for the championship trophy.
Syosset High School’s student government will conduct a phone-a-thon on Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 23 to support vital research for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease affecting more than 30,000 people in the United States.
Students will volunteer their time calling families within their school district. Since 1993, they have raised more than $200,000.
Referees and Syosset football players look on as Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Chris Coschignano (third from right) conducts the coin toss at the start of a varsity football game between Syosset and Hempstead on October 5. The game was part of Syosset’s Homecoming celebration, and the Braves sent Syosset fans home happy by winning 42-14, which improved their record to 3-1. Also pictured are Syosset High School Principal Dr. John Durante and Athletic Director Richard Schaub.
Indian tradition is kept alive in New York as 16-year-old Manasa Pisipati, a student at the Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy in Syosset, performs a three-hour solo classical dance performance.
Pisipati graced the stage on Aug. 31 at the Flushing Hindu Temple Auditorium in Queens, performing eight intricate dance pieces in the South Indian dance style known as Bharatanatyam.
A Jericho High School guidance counselor has received the 2013 Yale Educator Award, which recognizes educators from around the world.
Deborah Lisa-Brown was chosen by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions for inspiring and supporting her students to achieve excellence.
“As our committee reviewed nominations, we were constantly reminded of the unique and critical role that exceptional educators play in shaping their students’ futures by encouraging them to pursue their goals,” said Mark Dunn, Senior Assistant Director of Yale Undergraduate Admissions.
Colleen McCormack, a student who graduated Jericho High School in 2013 and entered Yale’s class of 2017 this fall, nominated Lisa-Brown for this award.
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