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.
The sound of squealing school buses and kids at recess filled the air last Tuesday in Jericho and Syosset, where children headed back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for a short two-day week.
In Jericho, kids of all ages were ready for the first day of school at the Craig Street bus stop. At Cantiague Elementary School, Principal Tony Sinanis, teachers and staff enthusiastically welcomed students as they arrived.
The Syosset Board of Education is interviewing for the position of interim superintendent through the end of August, following the surprise announcement last month of now outgoing Superintendent of Schools Carole Hankin’s retirement after 23 years of service to the district.
“The individual we choose will share our vision to maintain the district’s academic excellence,” said the board in a statement. “In addition, as a practical matter, the selection of an outstanding and experienced interim superintendent will provide the board with the necessary time to conduct a search for and eventually hire the very best possible superintendent for our district.”
Dear Parents of Students in Grades 3 through 8,
As you are aware, two weeks ago, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released scores for grades 3-8 ELA and mathematics assessments that were administered during the spring. While our students’ scores continue to be at the highest levels reported in the state, we know that there are many concerns regarding the significant drop in students receiving Levels 3 and 4 in both assessments. Please know that we share those concerns and question the methodologies that generated those scores. However, we need to place the scores in the context of the changes that have been made in both curricula and testing.
New York State test scores in grades three through eight plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent this year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret. It’s not a sign of decline in either teachers or students, but reflects results of a completely new test based on the “common core learning standards,” developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with state education officers and voluntarily adopted by the state Board of Regents in 2010.
“There has been much conversation and attention to the state’s change in the curriculum,” Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Streitman said, who explained that the NYSED transistioned all the districts in NYS to what curriculum they had been using in the past to what is now called the Common Core.
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