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Investigate Students Sprint Towards Success

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Fourth-grade students in the district’s Investigate program recently competed in and were named winners in multiple categories at the Cradle of Aviation’s Junior Solar Sprint Competition. These fourth-graders are a part of the district-wide program that works on enforcing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in those who show an aptitude for them.

The Junior Solar Sprint is a model car competition that incorporates the use of renewable energy into the design of the cars. Students build and design a solar car and then compete against other teams in a series of time trials. Cars are also judged on design, creativity and ingenuity of the student teams.

In addition to working with Investigate facilitators Fran Bertos and Brianne Furstein, and technology teacher and department advisor Mr. George Searing, Northport High School Technology Honor Society students served as mentors for to these students.

During the competition, at which they were the youngest competitors, students were judged on their car’s time, as well as their engineering notebooks, in which they kept detailed notes and drawings of the entire engineering and design process.

The winners include the following:
1st Place in Time – Simon Blisset and Ben Abbass
1st Place in Design/Engineering – Nico Escobar and Andrew Mead
2nd Place in Design/Engineering – Daniel D’Souza and Cael Flanagan

“The examples of hard work and enthusiasm that the mentors provided was invaluable,” said Chairperson of Science & Technology Education David Storch, “and we look forward to continuing to providing our young engineers the opportunity to learn from experienced students, and to gain experience of their own!”

Track and Field State Champions

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Northport High School’s track and field student-athletes preformed phenomenally at the New York State Championships during the weekend of June 8-9, and brought home the State Championship title.

The boys 4/800m relay team, consisting of Elijah Claiborne, Dan O’Connor, Thomas Fodor and Sean Ryan, captured first place for the second time this year. Individually, Elijah Claiborne was named NYS Champion in both the 800m and 1600m runs. Cumulatively, these outstanding wins contributed to the boys track team placing first overall in New York State with 28 points.

In addition to this tremendous success, Sydney Rohme, a member of the girls track and field team, placed 6th in New York State.

Teamwork and Brainpower at Ocean Ave

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Students had some end of year fun while putting their brains to work on Math, Science, and Technology (MST) Day at Ocean Avenue Elementary on June 12. Throughout the day, each grade level was broken into teams to work together and tackle a STEM-related challenge. For each challenge, students had to use provided recycled materials and immense brainpower to accomplish a common goal.

Activities included constructing the tallest tower, building roller-coasters for marble “vehicles,” and an egg drop without cracking the shell.

During the fifth-grade session, where students attempted to build the tallest free-standing tower with only newspapers and masking tape, it was apparent that each group had different a tactic to achieve success. Some spent more time folding the papers and carefully placing them on top of each other, while others just crumpled, rolled, and wrapped the newspapers in tape at the speed of light.

“We knew that the base is the most important part,” said Hallie, whose tower was taller than any member of her group. “So we made sure to enforce that first, and went from there.”

Field of Flags

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On June 11 and 12, Northport Middle School students who are members of the NMS Ambassadors and Community Service Clubs worked together to create a “Field of Flags” by driving flags into the school’s front lawn. Members of the community and other groups of students also visited to help plant the flags—5,000 in total.

Each flag represented the donations of school and community members towards the Christopher G. Scherer Memorial, which helps purchase service dogs for veterans. Since this event’s inception, Northport Middle has helped fund eleven service dogs. This organization was founded in loving memory of Christopher Scherer, who served in the military, and as a child attended Northport Middle School. He holds a special place in many community members’ hearts.

“This community is like a family,” said Mrs. Conroy-Terry, who is one of the NMS Ambassadors facilitators, and was also one of Christopher’s teachers. “We want to show our students what it means to give of ourselves in order to make a difference in the lives of those around us. It’s that simple.”

The American Revolution Comes to Life

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To wrap up a unit on the American Revolution, fourth graders at Bellerose Avenue Elementary spent the morning of June 12 as members of a living museum! Each student was given the opportunity to choose three historical figures they’d like to research. Once each child was assigned one figure, they rigorously began researching and creating a slide presentation encompassing as much of their figure as possible. In addition to the interactive report, each student prepared a one to two minute in-character speech for “museum-goers”, made up of teachers, other grade levels, and loved ones.

Students enjoyed learning about historical figures in depth in a fun, new way.

“I chose Lydia Darragh because she was such a brave woman,” said fourth-grader Emma. “She risked her life to become a Patriot spy.”

What Lifts ENMS

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The East Northport Middle School Art Club led a school-wide effort to create a mural revolving around the theme "What Lifts You?"

Students were asked to write one word on a colorful index card that reflected something that made them happy or lifted their spirits. The words were displayed next to the mural, and students then took photos in front of the mural. Students chose things like family, love, pets, and more.

"We wanted to do a project that would bring all students together—and to celebrate what brings us joy,” said Art Club supervisor, Mrs. Galway. “Students discovered they have that a lot more in common with their classmates than they originally thought."

District-Wide ENL Family Literacy Night

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On June 6, the district’s English as a New Language Department hosted an ENL Family Literacy Night. The event, open to K-12 students at Pulaski Road School, invited all of the English Language Learners (ELL) and their families to attend for a night of English learning fun. All of the ENL teachers and several of the district's reading teachers collaborated to make a fun night of literacy-based games and activities. Before the event, teachers worked create a variety of different activities and games that the students and their parents could play together over the summer to help build their literacy skills in an engaging way. There were activities for all different ages, such as shared story-telling, play doh sight words, a Head Bandz game with academic vocabulary, original comic books, and more. The teachers showed the families how to use/play each activity and the parents and students played along with the teachers at a variety of stations throughout the event.

“It was a wonderful community event with great participation from our families,” said Jennifer Nesfield, the District Chairperson of the Department of World Languages and ENL.

Investigate Students Present “Project Citizen”

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Sixth-grade students from Northport and East Northport Middle School visited Touro Law Center to present their semester-long projects entitled “Project Citizen” to Suffolk County Legislator Monica Martinez on May 30. These students are a part of the schools’ “Investigate” program, which is comprised of about 20 students across both middle schools, and works on enforcing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in students who show an aptitude for them.

For this project in particular, students in the program first identified an issue of public policy in their community that was of concern to them. Each student then researched their chosen problem, interviewing community members who could assist them in learning more about the issue, as well as identified potential solutions by way of letter writing, emails, and phone calls. Examples of problems identified by the students included Long Island’s deer population, stranger danger, parking issues at Northport harbor and deforestation.

In addition to help from program facilitators Brianne Furstein and Fran Bertos, Northport High School law teacher David Scott also guided students in their research. Legislator Martinez and the panel were impressed with the hard work and dedication Northport-East Northport students showed in this project.

“It was incredible to watch these students begin to feel empowered to make changes in their community,” said Ms. Furstein.

VIDEO: Eagle Scout Creates Courtyard Memorial

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High School Heroes

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Fifty Northport High School DECA students participated in a High School Heroes event at Norwood Elementary School on May 24.

In preparation for the event, business students in grades ten through twelve were trained by a Junior Achievement representative in order to act as “Teacher for a Day” to students in grades one through five. Junior Achievement USA is a nationwide organization that is dedicated to providing students the knowledge and skills they need to own to be plan for and be successful in their future through smart academic and economic choices. In order to provide a basic overview of the business world to younger students, Junior Achievement lessons are delivered in a one-day event.

The day’s lessons focused on economic basics, how communities work, and more. In addition to covering the basics of economy, the program seeks to provide positive role models for younger children and to foster school-to-school connections.

Accomplishments Acknowledged

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The district recognized a number of exceptional students at the most recent Board of Education meeting on May 31.

Northport High School senior Shannon Culhane was named Art Student of the Month and was recognized for her outstanding work in the art department. Over the past three years, Shannon has received multiple Scholastic Gold Key Awards, was named the 2018 Scholar Artist, and awarded Achievement in Drawing at Long Island’s Best: Young Artist Show. In addition, Shannon was also recently named a recipient of the Otto Kahn Visual Arts Scholarship. Her teachers commended her for her hard work and dedication to the arts, and her unwavering attention to honing her artistic skills. Shannon will be continuing her artistic career at FIT as a Fashion Design Major in the fall.

Ryan Dee, a senior at Northport High School, was recognized as the 2018 Music Student of the Month. Throughout his academic career, Ryan has sought to understand music at a deeper level, and has received multiple awards for his skills in music theory, including Comprehensive Music Student of the Year and AP Music Theory Student of the Year. In addition, he has been recognized for the past two years as an All-State Symphony Orchestra member, and was selected as one of 11 winners of NYSSMA’s Electronic Music Showcase in 2016. He was commended by his instructors for his intuitive understanding of music, and the humility and integrity he regularly shows in the classroom. Ryan will be continuing his studies at Syracuse University as a Music and Entertainment Industry major in the fall.

In addition to these two outstanding students, a large group of accomplished students were recognized for recent accomplishments in the study of mathematics. Recognitions included those who received medals in the Long Island Math Fair, American Mathematics Competitions / American Invitational Mathematics Examination winners, Suffolk County Math Tournaments, and others. The recognized students are as follows:

Long Island Math Fair Medalists
Gold:
Zoe Meadows, Jack Breckling, Braden Ciszek, Soraya Basrai, Madeleine Cierski, Victoria Fedik, Lianna Greenstein, Madison Heckman, Esther Loring, Julia Mescallado, Audrey Ryan, Katelyn Urevich, McKenzie Schuvart, Sophia Borovikova, Kevin Penrose, Ashleigh Basel, William Doyle, David Jung

Silver:
Anne Mara, Lauren Rogers, Clare Vogt, Thomas McDonagh, Theodore Krantz, Danielle Levanti

Bronze:
Jason DeCaro, Joshua D'Souza, Victor Mainetti, Eli Dalton, Patrick Farrell, Aidan Foley, Shane McGlone, Jason Ahlstrand, Stephanie Hipper, Valentina Masone, Elias Giuliano, Derek Stratton, Kyle Mitard, Harsh Patel

AMC/AIME
​AMC 12 School Winner (NHS): Daniel O'Connor
AMC 10 School Winners (NHS): Brandon Carire, Chloe Stepanek
AMC 8 School Winner (NMS): Ozan Demir
AMC 8 School Winners (ENMS): Abigail Jackson, Todd Petry

Suffolk County Math Tournament
Upper Level Team, 5th Place: Daniel O'Connor, Tina Guo, Daniel Kim, Nicholas Millkey, Peter Mainetti
Individual, 5th Place: Peter Mainetti

SCMTA Mathematics Course Contests - High Scorers in Suffolk County
Level J (Grade 7/Pre-Algebra Level exam): Luke Tuthill (6th Grade), 4th Place
Level IV (Pre-Calculus Level exam): David Jung (11th Grade), 4th Place; Kyle Mitard (11th Grade), 5th Place

Mathletes - High Scorers in Suffolk County for Season
Danile Kim, Peter Mainetti, Daniel O'Connor

Rensselaer Medal ($25,000/year scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
William Doyle

Students who showed exemplary skills in the studies of STEM, and Visual Arts, were recognized as well.

Science Award Recipients:

Lucas Edwards - Honorable Mention Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair - Kindergarten
Lillian Olivari - Honorable Mention Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair - 2nd Grade
Maxwell DeBrino, Philip Mancino, Gavin Murdock, Madalyn Oliver, Isabella Vozza - Trout in the Classroom - Science Research Program
Isabella DeBrino - Johns Hopkins Team Packard Scholarship
Katie Sierra - Semifinalist Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology and Simons Summer Research Scholarship
William Doyle - Rensselaer Medal and Scholarship
Nathaniel Wang - Brookhaven National Laboratory High School Science Research Program
Isabella DeBrino, Katie Sierra, Julianne Starzee - Long Island Science and Engineering Fair Honorable Mention
Logan Carbone - Long Island Science Congress Honorable Mention
Yoora Cho - Long Island Science Congress Honorable Mention
Isabella DeBrino - Long Island Science Congress High Honors
Maxwell DeBrino - Long Island Science Congress Highest Honors and Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Biology
Katie Denin - Long Island Science Congress Honorable Mention
Nicole Forte - Long Island Science Congress Achievement
Samuel Gozelski - Long Island Science Congress Honors and ASM International LI Chapter Award
Danielle Levanti - Long Island Science Congress Honorable Mention
Brian McDonagh - Long Island Science Congress Achievement and Robert Nelson Memorial Award
Katie Sierra - Long Island Science Congress Highest Honors and Most Distinguished Categorical Project in Ecology
Sophie Smith - Long Island Science Congress Achievement
Julianne Starzee - Long Island Science Congress Honors
Jonah Thomas - Long Island Science Congress Honors
Nathaniel Wang - Long Island Science Congress Meritorious
Codebreakers - CyberSecurity Patriot Competition
Team 5099 The Cyberian Tigers - FIRST Robotics
Environment Team - Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Kimberly Collins - Regeneron STEM Teaching Fellowship
Connor Maltese - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 1st Place Gravity
Carter Mooers - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 2nd Place Gravity
Colby Burns - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 1st Place Wind Power
Connor Burns - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 2nd Place Wind Power
Hunter Rumpel - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 1st Place Self-Propelled
Erik Craft - Cradle of Aviation and Brookhaven National Labs MagLev Challenge - 2nd Place Self-Propelled

Visual Art Award Recipients:

Maristella Bacus - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Summer Blitz - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key; Huntington Camera Club - 3rd Place Texture
Aidan Bryant - LI Media Arts - Best in Show; Photographic Society of America - 3rd Place Architecture; Photographic Federation of Long Island - 1st Place Architecture
Rachel Buda - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Alyssa Cartolano - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Caitlin Cashwell - Worth1000.com - 1st Place
Juliana Conforti - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key and Honorable Mention
Ciara Connor - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Shannon Culhane - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention; LIAA Scholar Artist; Friends of OHEKA - Otto Kahn Scholarship; Go Ape! - Achievement; SCALA - Recognition ($50); Long Island's Best
Kaitlyn Cunningham - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Jennifer DellaMarco - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Krystal Fabbricante - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Congressional Art Competition - 2nd Place; LI Media Arts - Best in Show; Photographic Federation of Long Island - 3rd Place Monochromatic; Photographer's Forum - Finalist - Best of High School Photography 2018
Edgar Farley - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key; LI Media Arts - Best in Show; Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - National Silver
Samantha Gilmore - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key; LI Media Arts - Best in Show; Photographic Federation of Long Island - 1st Place Monochromatic Choice; Huntington Camera Club - Honorable Mention Open Category
Jennifer Halpern - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Kristen Impicciche - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key
Katya Jaworski - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key; LI Media Arts - Best in Show
Leliani Kaiser - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Huntington Arts Council - Honorable Mention
Malia Kaiser - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key; Huntington Camera Club - Honorable Mention Texture
Carra Lanigan - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key; Huntington Arts Council - Honorable Mention
Tyler Lazinski - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key
Juliette LeHenaff - Photographic Federation of Long Island - 2nd Place Portrait Category
Erin Malfi - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key
Sophia Martuscello - LI Media Arts - Best in Show
Molly McBride - LI Media Arts - Best in Show
Christopher McCartney - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key and Honorable Mention; Huntington Arts Council - Honorable Mention
Emily McDevitt - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Caleigh McKinley - Tamron Student Showcase - Honorable Mention Photography
Shannon Milligan - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Honorable Mention; Huntington Arts Council - Honorable Mention
Alyssa Monez - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Madelyn Mullen - Photographic Society of America - 1st Place Landscape; Photographic Federation of Long Island - 2nd Place Landscape
Alice Nikiforov - LI Media Arts - Best in Show
Tyjanae Orr - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Riley Overton - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key
Lindsay Papasian - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Brooke Petrucci - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention
Steven Randall - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Zachary Rodriguez - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key; High Arts Showcase - Honorable Mention
Kirsten Roethel - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key; Huntington Camera Club - 1st Place Texture Category
Sydnie Rohme - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key; Huntington Camera Club - 2nd Place Texture
Garrett Rospars - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention
Aidan Rossi - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key
John Scalia - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key and Silver Key; LI Media Arts- Best in Show
Aidan Sewell - Huntington Camera Club - Honorable Mention Texture
Joanna Snider - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Gold Key
Emily Spoering - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention; High Arts Showcase - Honorable Mention
Nicole Steiger - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Honorable Mention; Go Ape! - Honorable Mention; Photographic Federation of Long Island - 3rd Place Color Choice; Huntington Camera Club - Honorable Mention Texture
Jacqueline Stevens - Long Island's Best
Mackenzie Tarantino - Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Silver Key and Honorable Mention
Addison Westerlind - LI Media Arts - Best in Show
Teva Yaari - Holocaust Museum - Photos selected to be featured in Holocaust Museum

Congratulations to all recognized students and their dedication to academic excellence!

Academy of IT Recipients

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Northport High School recognized 33 students from the class of 2018 graduating with Academy of IT (AIOT) certificates on May 22.

The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is an interdisciplinary program recognized nation-wide that prepares students for a career in Information Technology, is designed for students interested in the areas of computer science, video editing, web design, programming, computer networking, and computer security and forensics. In addition, the Northport AOIT coordinates an intern program for students entering 12th grade, further adding to their preparation for the modern digital workplace.

The ceremony included a keynote presentation by AOIT alumnus Steven Dragone, Class of 2008, who is now working as Associate Director of Operations in the office of undergraduate admission at Hofstra University, and Mr. Karan Sikka, a software engineer at Google. Each student received a certificate in recognition of their hard work and accomplishment.

2018 AOIT Awards:

Outstanding Internship Award - Gregory Henigman
AOIT Exemplar Award - Matthew Baron, Michael Ervin, Daniel O'Connor
Distinguished Trailblazer Award - Rachel McGahan, Alex Cartwright

The Class of 2018 Academy of Information Technology at Northport High School includes these students:
Elias Anastasopoulos – Florida Institute of Technology
Patrick Ballarano – Stony Brook University
Matthew Baron – Utica College
Christina Berke –Stevens Institute of Technology
Austin Borina- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Patrick Burke – SUNY Albany
Alexandra Cartwright – Champlain College
Jean-Philippe Cesar – SUNY Albany
Dimitri Christoforatos – SUNY Farmingdale
Isaiah Claiborne – Penn State
Lucas Cusati – Cornell University
Dylan D'Eloia – University of Delaware
Michael Ervin – Pace University
Nayel Elkiki – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Brian Estevez – SUNY University at Buffalo
Ryan Ewanyk – Clark University
Julia Fenton – Drexel University
Alexander Gray – Rochester Institute of Technology
Gregory Henigman – Rochester Institute of Technology
Kyle Jones – Undecided
Noah Labruna – Maryland University
Daniel Lennon – Penn State
Nicholas Logan – University of Delaware
Timothy Luft – Stevens Institute of Technology
Rachel McGahan – American University
Thomas Nowak – SUNY New Paltz
Daniel O'Connor – Northeastern University
Connor Russell – SUNY Farmingdale
Dylan Sanichar – New York Institute of Technology
Nicole Schafer – SUNY University at Buffalo
Matthew Tallman – SUNY University at Buffalo
Liam Wallace – SUNY Old Westbury
Nico Young – Stony Brook University

 

SCMTA Recognition

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Congratulations to NHS’s Varsity Mathletes who were recognized at the Suffolk County Math Teachers Association Senior Awards Dinner on May 21!

Mathletes- High Scorers in Suffolk County for Season
Daniel Kim
Peter Mainetti
Daniel O’Connor

SCMTA Mathematics Course Contests - High Scorers in Suffolk County
Level IV (Pre-Calculus Level exam)
David Jung (11th grade), 4th Place
Kyle Mitard (11th grade), 5th Place

National Merit Scholarship Winner

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Northport High School senior Julianne Starzee has been selected to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Students selected for this scholarship are recognized for having a strong combination of skills, accomplishments and potential for success in pursuing higher education, and were selected by a committee composed of high school counselors and admissions officers.

Julianne was awarded by the National Merit Scholar organization with a $2,500 scholarship. Only 2,500 students from a pool of 15,000 outstanding finalists were selected for this award. Julianne plans on going into the field of physics in college.

“In a field where women are terribly underrepresented, it is so refreshing to see a student with such tremendous potential being recognized for her hard work,” said Principal Daniel Danbusky. “Northport High School is very proud of Julianne.”

Northport and East Northport Middle named “No Place for Hate Schools”

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East Northport Middle School and Northport Middle School were recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as “No Place for Hate Schools.” Each school sent student and staff representatives from their No Place for Hate Committees to the recognition ceremony on May 24 to receive the awards and a banner for each school. Earlier this year, both schools participated in the Heart of Huntington Student Summit, and completed three school-wide activities to gain this recognition.

The ADL is committed to making steps towards a hate-free world and seeks to implement anti-bias educational programs in schools to teach students to be inclusive and unprejudiced. Over 1,600 schools nation-wide have joined this movement.

Prepared Members of the Global Community

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35 outstanding Northport High School seniors were recognized for completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at a special recognition ceremony on May 24. Family members, faculty, and administrators were present to honor the accomplished students. This internationally respected program, composed of courses from the six major content groups, focuses on developing skills that help students become responsible members of the local, national, and global communities. By completing this program and graduating with this diploma, students are further prepared for their college career and to step up as informed action-takers, thinkers, and leaders.

Students recognized are as follows: Julia Ahrens, Jason Aiello, Joseph Barry, Michael Bledsoe, Andrew Crofts, Maya Dengler, Michael Deutsch, Katherine Eiger, Samantha Fanuka, Kelly Finegan, Kyle Flanagan, Samuel Gozelski, Max Gulemi, Zachary Himmel, Noah Labruna, Ciara Lavin, Justine Maffei, Emily McCue, Brian McDonagh, Jenna Miller, Jared Minsky, Aimee Morris, Abigail Moss, Stephen Muzyka, William Nasta, Michael Preston, Megan Schiede, Matthew Semeraro, Michelle Soba, Julianne Starzee, Colin Trainor, Bryan Vogt, Alexandra Weidenman, Christina Wing, and Brendon Zelman.

4th & 5th Grade Chorus – When I Close My Eyes Performance

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Congratulations to the Ocean Avenue 4th and 5th Grade Choruses who performed “When I Close My Eyes” by Jim Papoulis under the direction of Mr. Nicholas Hart and Ms. Erica Nottingham at their spring concert at NMS. This was an exciting new opportunity for the students to sing together in a combined chorus of almost 120 singers, as they traditionally rehearse and perform separately. The lyrics convey a powerful message of self-worth and self-acceptance, which is important for all children. Before the performance, Ms. Nottingham addressed the audience and students.

“May you always listen to that voice in your heart. May you always live your truth,” Ms. Nottingham encouraged them. “Your truth knows right from wrong, good from bad, and will lead you to happiness. This is our greatest wish for you.”

Click here to watch the performance

Two Hands to Save Lives

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Students took time to be trained to save lives on May 23 during Northport High School’s CPR-AED Awareness Day. In the school’s commons, volunteers composed of sports medicine and IB students, as well representatives ­from Northport Fire Department’s Smokeaters, set up stations to teach their peers the action and information necessary in an emergency.

Students learned by demonstration how to use an AED machine and how to CPR with just their hands, and had the opportunity to practice on a CPR dummy. Other stations included creating an “in case of emergency” contact (ICE) in their phones, downloading the “First Aid App,” and more. In addition, students added painted handprints to a banner hanging in the commons, that read “My hands can save a life, can yours?”

“Learning CPR is so simple that no one should be left helpless in a crisis,” said event facilitator Tracey Braun. “We’re trying to spread awareness so more people can save lives if that time comes.”

Northport Unified Athletics

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Northport High School’s Unified Athletics team faced Amityville High School’s Unified Athletics team in their last home game of the season on May 22. The Unified Athletics team at NHS is made up of special education athletes and general education partners who work together during basketball games against other section XI schools where this program is offered.

This program is part of the Special Olympics, and over 1.4 million people across the globe participate in this rewarding activity.

Northport Unified Athletics Video

 

Suffolk Zone Competition

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Students from Dickinson Avenue and Pulaski Road Elementary Schools recently competed in the 2nd annual Suffolk Zone Fit Club competition. The competition was fierce among the 24 participating teams, which were comprised of students from grades four and five all throughout Suffolk County. Competitive events included exercises such as box jumps, bear crawls, agility runs and tire flips. Congratulation to all participants, who demonstrated teamwork and perseverance from start to finish!

Ancient Greeks at ENMS

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6th grade students at East Northport Middle School recently embodied the ancient Greek culture dressing up as and presenting a prominent god or goddess from the ancient Greek culture. In addition, they assumed the god/godesses’ “persona” for the day, and enjoyed acting like an ancient figure. Students learned how the influence of the ancient Greeks can be found in many aspects of everyday life, such as medicine, philosophy, astronomy, theatre, and more—and that the lasting achievements of these people are still present in our culture today.

Experiencing the Civil War

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Seventh and eighth grade students at NMS traveled back in time to the Civil War days via a Civil War encampment of reenactors from Boots & Saddles Productions. Fifteen reenactors, with a deep knowledge and passion for the US Civil War, performed at five different stations for groups of students. Stations covered the US Cavalry, complete with horses, Confederate and Union infantry demonstrations, an exploration of the time period’s kitchen and cooking, a Civil War medical tent, and an artillery station complete with an authentic war canon.

The program was exciting and informative, and students had many questions for the reenactors, sparking a deeper interest in the United States’ history.

A Day in the Life

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During the first half of May, fifth-grade students headed to Northport Middle School in the fall attended their sixth-grade orientation. Students were guided by sixth-graders through “a day in the life” of a Northport middle-schooler by means of a school-wide scavenger hunt.

Each group of students was given a clue to decipher that would bring them to a different location in the building. Upon arrival, group leaders would explain where they were, what they would do there, and answer any questions the fifth-graders had—and then they would obtain the next clue to move onto their next location. At each station, staff and faculty members gave students a clue and then ascertained whether or not they solved it correctly.

“We’ve found that running orientation as an immersion experience is much more beneficial to the students,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Chelsea Brown, “and it makes the future first day of school seem a little less daunting.”

Magnetic Levitation Competition Winners

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Recently, students from NMS secured multiple high placements during the MagLev Competition at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. This competition, which was created by Brookhaven National Laboratories, required students to compete with their own constructed magnetic levitation vehicles. Different categories of competition included self-propelled, electric, futuristic, and more.

Each vehicle was judged on soundness of construction and performance. Additionally, placement was also determined by their final comprehensive design portfolio.

Winning students included first place winners Colby Burns and Hunter Rumpel, second place winners Connor Maltese and David Washko, and third place winners Eric Craft, Cody Goldner, and Carter Moores.

County Recognition for Environmental Conservation

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Members of Northport High School’s E-Team were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation from the Suffolk County Legislature on May 10. Students were invited to the Suffolk County Health Committee meeting by Legislator William Spencer to be recognized for their hard work on and data collection for the county’s bag bill that was implemented earlier this year. The district congratulates these students on their hard work and efforts to change the world!

Fun Run Success

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Ocean Avenue Elementary surpassed their goal of fundraising $14,000 during the school’s Fun Run on April 30. To raise funds for the school, parents and community members made a flat donation or pledged a fixed amount per lap. Thank you to all who donated and participated!

Impact on the Outdoors

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Students at Bellerose Avenue Elementary School gave back to the environment by planting native shrubs on school grounds during the first week of May. The plants—silky dogwood, northern white cedar, and red osier dogwoods—were provided by the Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the School Seedling Program. Students enjoyed planting the shrubs in the sunshine, and helping the world around them!

“We are working to help our students become more aware of their role in the environment and the impact we can have on the outdoors,” said principal Lori Beekman.

From Regional to National Competition

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Sophomore business student Katerina Wettengel traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, during the last week in April to compete in the DECA International Business Competition. Qualifying students competed and placed in both regional and state level contests, and previously Katerina placed 3rd overall in the Human Resource Management category on the state level in Rochester. DECA is a business club for students who are interested in learning and practicing marketing, management, entrepreneurship and economics.

All competing students took a 100-question written exam and were judged in at least one role-play case-solving event. Eighteen thousand high school students, advisors, alumni and business partners gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center for this international event.

Exceptionally Dedicated Students Recognized

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Two outstanding students were recognized at the May 4th Board of Education meeting. Students Lauren Trebour and Matthew Rooney were named Health Student of the Month and Physical Education Student of the Month, respectively.

Senior Lauren Trebour is a dedicated and exceptional student who has taken and excelled in each sports medicine class offered at Northport High School, is instrumental in the high school’s continual success of the CPR/AED Awareness Day, and has been committed to her role as the athletic training student for the past two years. Applauded for her diligence and enthusiasm, Lauren was selected as Health Student of the Month and presented to the Board.

“Lauren starts school early each year to ensure the safety of all our student athletes,” said Athletic Director Mark Dantuono, “and throughout the year is at every practice, every game, no matter the weather, and it’s that kind of dedication that brings success in life.”

Senior Matthew Rooney is a positive, encouraging force within his physical education classes, and is always eager to give his best in every unit of instruction. Along with success in physical education, Matthew works hard in academics, and is a resourceful student who is always seeking the best way to solve challenges. Praised by his teachers for his hard working and bright nature, Matthew was selected and presented to the board as this month’s Physical Education Student of the Month.

Rennselaer Medalist

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High school junior William Doyle has been named a 2018 Rensselaer Medalist for his academic achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

This award includes a $25,000 merit scholarship each year for four years of study for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which William plans on attending after graduating. The Rensselaer Medal, which has existed since 1916, is presented to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves in the disciplines of STEM.

Long Island Math Fair

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Students who participated in final round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University placed impressively on Friday, April 20. 38 students placed and received gold, silver, and bronze medals. Congratulations!

Northport MS:
Zoe Meadows, 7th, Gold
Aidan Foley ,8th , Bronze
Lauren Rogers, 8th, Silver
Clare Vogt, 8th, Silver
Jack Breckling, 8th , Gold
Braden Ciszek, 8th , Gold

East Northport MS:
Jason DeCaro, 7th, Bronze
Anne Mara, 7th, Silver
Joshua D'Souza, 7th, Bronze
Victor Mainetti, 7th, Bronze
Eli Dalton, 8th, Bronze
Patrick Farrell, 8th, Bronze
Shane McGlone, 8th, Bronze
Jason Ahlstrand, 8th, Bronze
Stephanie Hipper, 8th, Bronze
Valentina Masone, 8th, Bronze
Lianna Greenstein, 8th, Gold
Julia Mescallado, 8th, Gold
Katelyn Urevich, 8th, Gold
Soraya Basrai, 8th, Gold
Madeleine Cierski, 8th, Gold
Esther Loring, 8th, Gold
Audrey Ryan, 8th, Gold
Victoria Fedik, 8th, Gold
Madison Heckman, 8th, Gold

Northport HS:
Elias Giuliano, 9th, Bronze
Thomas McDonagh, 9th, Silver
McKenzie Schuvart, 9th, Gold
Derek Stratton, 9th, Bronze
Sophia Borovikova, 10th, Gold
Teddy Krantz, 10th, Silver
Danielle Levanti, 10th, Silver
Kyle Mitard, 10th, Bronze
Harsh Patel, 10th, Bronze
Kevin Penrose, 10th, Gold
Ashleigh Basel, 11th, Gold
William Doyle, 11th, Gold
David Jung, 11th, Gold

Coach Carol Rose Earns 400th victory

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Northport High School girls lacrosse coach Carol Rose recently earned her 400th career victory on April 24. Coach Rose and husband brought the sport of girls lacrosse to Northport High School in 1990—since then, the program has achieved many New York State, Long Island, Suffolk County, and league titles. Northport has one of the top-placed lacrosse programs in New York, and is currently the top “Class A” team in the state.

“Congratulations to Coach Rose for your commitment to the game of lacrosse,” said Mark Dantuono, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics, “and for the hard work you’ve put into obtaining excellence in this program.”

Annual STEM Fair and Challenge—Huge Success, Raises Nearly $30K for ALS Research

Annual STEM Fair and Challenge—Huge Success, Raises Nearly 30K for ALS Research photo

Young scientists and engineers from the local community attended the 4th annual STEM Fair & Challenge at Northport High School on Saturday, April 21.

This year, the event was expanded to include a kindergarten through fourth grade fair in Northport High School’s commons, featuring 21 STEM activities. This portion was designed and facilitated by kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, as well as students from the technology and engineering honor society and physics students. Children, along with their parents, had the opportunity to exercise creativity and problem-solving skills through hands-on experience with VEX robotics, Scratch coding, laser mazes, flower chromatography, hover balloons, and more. In addition, the Cyberian Tigers, the high school robotics team, demonstrated their fifth-generation robot to the young learners in attendance. This robot that reached the quarterfinals at the regional competition at Hofstra University, was made available for students to control and drive.

At the STEM Challenge for grades five through eight, students had a four-hour block to participate in hands-on team events. One hundred students from six different schools made up the 25 participating teams. Teams competed against one another, and were presented awards for top performance in the following events: a mystery solution mix-up, circuit central, the marshmallow tower design, and puzzling math. More than 30 Northport High School students volunteered to help facilitate these events.

This event was put together as part of the Team Packard initiative and A Midwinter Night’s Dream Inc., an organization that’s been in existence since 2004. The goal is to raise money for the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and empower students to make a difference in the lives of others. In total, the STEM Challenge raised nearly $30,000, and all funds will be directed to the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. The district thanks the presenting sponsor, Sterling National Bank.

Tulip Festival School Art Contest

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Congratulations to Fifth Avenue Elementary student Grace Schoonmaker and Bellerose Avenue Elementary School Students Lily Kramer, Nina Corbett, Andrew Vitale, Isla McAlister, and Alexa Blumlo for their placements in this year’s Huntington Art Council Annual Tulip Festival Competition!

Fifth Avenue Elementary:
Grade 5, Best in Grade - Grace Schoonmaker

Bellerose Avenue Elementary:
Grade 5, Third Place - Andrew Vitale
Grade 4, Best in Grade - Nina Corbett
Grade 4, Second Place - Lily Kramer
Grade 3, Best in Grade - Isla McAlister
Grade 2, Second Place - Alexa Blumlo

The Brazilian Rainforest at Dickinson Avenue

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Recently the third-grade Integrated Co-Ed Teaching class at Dickinson Avenue finished a unit that focused on Brazil—the culture, the geography, and as a culminating activity, the rainforest. After studying the unique animals that live there, each student was assigned an individual animal to research and present to their families and loved ones. In addition, other classes attended the set-up rainforest and learned from the students’ firm understanding of their animals.

“It’s always rewarding to watch our students get excited about a topic and want to share their knowledge with everyone,” said Nicole Neems, a Special Education teacher at Dickinson Avenue.

Eco-Challenge to Conserve Resources

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The Northport High School environmental team, also known as the “E-Team”, hosted a school-wide eco-challenge during the week of April 16. Participating students encouraged their classmates to pledge to complete an environmentally-friendly challenge for a week in honor of Earth Day. Approximately 200 students accepted the challenge, pledging to practice actions like including take shorter showers, turning the sink off while brushing their teeth, drinking from reusable water bottles, using reusable bags, and participating in “meatless Mondays.” In addition, students collected water bottles to recycle, and at the week’s end, had around 1,400 bottles.

The E-Team was instrumental in the recent implementation of the Suffolk County bag bill, and they are continuing to take steps to conserving resources and the Earth.

Students Build Professional Skills

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Northport High School hosted Law Day, an island-wide mock trial competition, on April 19. Teams from all over long island competed against other schools in tournament-fashion, with the final two teams progressing to a court final.

Mock-trial teams were assigned court-room roles, presented with cases they had no prior knowledge of, and were given ten minutes to prepare to defend their position. Local attorneys and judges volunteered for the competition as well, judging each case and giving constructive feedback. Students impressively tackled tough cases revolving around themes such as Negligence, Products Liability, and more.

“This program gives students a jump-start on developing many skills they’ll need in their professional career,” said David Scott, the head of Northport’s mock trial program. “They learn that team work is a huge part of success, public speaking and advocacy skills are sharpened, and they learn to apply the laws they’ve learned to real life problems.”

All teams gave their best efforts, and one of Northport’s three teams, composed of students Nicholas Scalisi, Maggie Dowling, Erika Ramos-Pinto and Hayley Hayden, secured a semi-final finish.

Bronze Medal Winners at ENMS

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At the end of March, science-loving students from ENMS competed in the New York State Science Olympiad Division B Regional Tournament. Among students from 30 other schools in Suffolk County, five ENMS students placed third in their competing categories. Third-place winners and their categories included Leanna Greenstein and Audrey Ryan in the “Microbe Mission;” Ether Loring and Connor Stratton in “Optics;” and Leanna Greenstein and Michael Perrino in “Write It/Do It.”

Student Leanna Greenstein was the only ENMS student to receive two medals in two separate categories.

“I’m so proud of our students and how hard they worked for this competition,” said club advisor Diane Lipari, “and it’s always exciting to have extra girl power in the field of science.”

Advocacy and Activism for Racial Equality

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Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges visited students at Northport High School to share her story on April 17. Mrs. Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960, and has been a life-long activist for racial equality. Students had the opportunity to hear her firsthand experiences of living through that time in American history. The presentation began from the test she took to get into a white school at six years old, all the way through her present life.

“It’s extremely important for students to understand, especially in light of all that’s been happening in the past few years, how the era of civil rights relates to their lives now,” said Mrs. Bridges. “Racism is still alive and just as dangerous as it was back then, but most kids don’t even realize it.”

After the presentation, students were able to ask Mrs. Bridges questions, such as “What was the rest of your schooling like” and “How did you feel when you started to understand racial issues as a child?” Students were engaged and honored to listen and to meet Mrs. Bridges.

“Regardless of what happens to you, it’s important to take that experience and turn it into something positive,” said Mrs. Bridges. “Even though I went through a lot of hardship, I’m sharing my experiences to spread awareness to help extinguish the racism that’s present in our nation.”