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Northport Football Team Spend Saturday with Veterans

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The Northport-East Northport varsity football team visited the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Dec. 9 to watch the Army v. Navy game with the veterans in residence.

This event was one in a series of activities that the football team conducts with the veterans during their season. The team has had them as guests for a Friday night dinner, and have also honored them at games.

A dozen of the athletes and four coaches attended the event, and the veterans were very excited to see them. Many of the veterans were more excited to interact with the students than to watch the game. The residents of the VA shared some interesting stories and experiences with the members of the team.

“It was quite a rewarding experience,” said Coach Patrick Campbell.

NOTICE: Abatement at Northport High School

At Northport High School an abatement in Rooms L121 and L122 is scheduled for Friday, December 15 (9 pm)-16 & 17,2017.

High School Student-Athletes Selected for County-Wide Awards

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High School athletes Julia Fenton and Michael Robertson were honored as the two Suffolk Zone Award recipients from the district on Dec. 6. In order to be selected for this award, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher average in all academics, a 90% average in physical education classes, display outstanding character, leadership in physical education and academics, and be a role model for their peers.

“Their overall commitment and dedication to physical education and academics over the past four years has been exemplary, and they are both extremely deserving of this honor,” said District Director of Health Physical Education and Athletics Mark Dantuono.

Notice of Cancellation of Audit Committee Meeting - Dec. 19

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Creating Holiday Keepsakes at Ocean Avenue

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Kindergarteners at Ocean Avenue Elementary spent the morning making holiday keepsakes with loved ones on Dec. 6. The dough students were provided with to create the keepsakes, made of nontoxic ingredients and a whole lot of cinnamon, filled the school with a delicious smell. Students enjoyed rolling out the dough, cutting it into holiday shapes, and getting a little messy with their family members. Once dried, these keepsakes can be used as holiday decorations, and are meant to last for years to come.

“We do this every year so students can create something that will always remind them of their time at Ocean Avenue Elementary,” said Principal Sabina Larkin, who started this tradition at the school.

In addition to the morning’s activity, the holiday boutique, organized by the PTA, was set up in the hallway. Classes were able to visit at scheduled times to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.

Athletes of the Year

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Congratulations to the Northport student-athletes who were named Long-Island Athletes of the Year, and won outstanding county-wide awards!

Sam Gozelski’s Commitment Earns LaBue Award
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/football/suffolk-football-awards-1.15314988

Northport’s Ryan Walsh wins Esiason Award
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/football/ryan-walsh-northport-esiason-award-1.15314190

Newsday's All-Long Island girls swimming team- Chloe Stepanek- Long Island Swimmer of the Year
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/swimming/newsday-all-long-island-girls-swimming-2017-1.15219662

Newsday's All-Long Island boys cross country team- 1st Team Elijah and Isaiah Claiborne
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/cross-country/newsday-all-long-island-boys-cross-country-team-1.15219660

Newsday's All-Long Island field hockey team- 1st Team Lily Fox, 2nd Team Ryan Dowling
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/field-hockey/newsday-all-long-island-field-hockey-2017-1.15219654

Newsday's All-Long Island girls soccer team- 1st Team Emily McNelis
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/girls-soccer/newsday-all-long-island-girls-soccer-2017-1.15219657

Students Compete in Young Professionals Competition

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Congratulations to all 21 DECA students who competed at the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce competition on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at St. Joseph's college in Patchogue. The competition, which included nearly 400 students from 21 school districts across Long Island, required students to present a project they prepared in advance to two of 45 judges. These judges ranged from local business owners, to sports executives, to local politicians. Two groups of Northport students were first place winners—Luciana Arteaga and Colin Trainor in Hospitality Services, and Kelly Finegan and Alexandra Weidenman in Travel and Tourism.

Finegan and Weidenman had the unique opportunity to present a project on the new Northport Hotel downtown, which they deemed a perfect central location for people who lived in the city to experience the wineries and eastern Long Islanders to experience a professional show at the Engeman Theater.

Second place winners were Ryan Lupo and Pat Burke in Entertainment Marketing, and James O'Hara and Stephen Muzyka in Sports Marketing. Nicole Cappiello and Mikayla Martin placed third in Hospitality Services.

Suffolk County Champs Recognized for Win

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On Nov. 29, the Board of Education recognized the girls varsity soccer team for their Suffolk County Championship win. Superintendent Mr. Banzer congratulated the team on their second consecutive county championship, and all of their hard work.

In addition, Mr. Dantuono addressed the board and commended the team. “This is a special group of girls,” Dantuono said. “Not only are they dedicated to excellence in their sport, but they’re dedicated to excellence in the classroom—they succeed in whatever they set their mind to.”

“The way they work together and care for each other is astounding,” added head coach Aija Gipp,“and without that level of camaraderie, this team wouldn’t be where they are today.”

Each team member was awarded a plaque and a certificate of recognition by the Board of Education.

Getting Excited About Reading at Norwood Elementary

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At Norwood Elementary School, librarian Linda Dickman is always looking for new ways to get students excited about reading. A project she recently presented her students with was creating a book trailer—a short video to make viewers want to read the book they’ve just read.

The fifth-graders from Ms. Jane Pastorelli’s class were very excited to tackle this project. After drawing out a physical storyboard, students worked on computers to digitally create their visions for the project.

Each student had a special connection with the book they chose, and explained why they wanted others to read it.
Grace from Ms. Pastorelli’s class chose the book “You Are My I Love You.”

“I chose this book because it was the only thing that used to calm me down when I was little,” said Grace, “and it still makes me happy.”

“I chose the ‘Stamp Collector’ because it’s a true story,” said fifth-grader Verena. “And true stories are sometimes more exciting than made-up ones.”

21st Century Skills at East Northport Middle School

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This year at East Northport Middle School, all technology education courses have incorporated the design and construction of VEX Robotics. In addition to constructing these robots, students are learning to code in a programming language called RobotC in order to operate their creations.

In Mr. Thomas Mauro’s eighth-grade tech education class, students spent four to five days building their robots. They then had to tackle different assignments that required them to code commands for their robots. These commands included completing a 90-degree turn, hitting all four walls of a room, moving through a maze, and more.

After coding on the computer, students took the robots into the hallway and tested their commands. If they didn’t work, they brought them back to the computer and tried again. Lessons like these are essential for students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and innovation.
“It’s the 21st century,” said Tech Education Teacher Mr. Mauro, “and with the technology now available to us, every student should have at least a basic understanding of how to code.”

The Northport-East Northport Middle School Technology Education Program supports STEM content and has been working diligently to expand academic and extracurricular opportunities for learners to study computer science, robotics and automation, and engineering design and modeling within a STEM framework.

Northport Craft Fair This Weekend

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Scholar-Athlete Recognition

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Congratulations to Northport High School coaches and student-athletes! All fall varsity athletic teams earned NYS Scholar-Athlete Recognition for their cumulative GPA of 90 or better, which is an outstanding achievement. We are proud of all coaches and students who have not only achieved success out on the field, but also in the classrooms.

Learning to Build a Business at Northport High School

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Recently, high school students enrolled in the Virtual Enterprise class attended their first tradeshow at Hofstra University, showcasing their trendy clothing company. They named the company PORT Clothing, after Northport.

Virtual Enterprise classes prepare students to work in a real corporate environment by teaching them to create and set up businesses. With teacher and business-partner guidance, students engage in the daily operations of running a business. The Virtual Enterprise Program has the added advantage of linking students in a global business network of 7,500 firms across 42 countries.

At this event, students from 12 Long Island firms conducted business with one another, made sales, and practiced their sales pitches for the upcoming tradeshows in January and April.

Varsity Swimmer Chloe Stepanek Wins Two State Titles

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High school varsity swimmer Chloe Stepanek placed first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles at New York State Championships held at Ithaca College on Nov. 17 and 18. Northport High School, as a whole, finished 11th in state for the NYS Federation, and ninth in state for NYSPHSAA schools.

In the preliminaries, Stepanek broke her own county record with a 1:49.35, and then bettered it by almost two seconds in finals. In addition, she broke a 13-year-old county record in the 100-yard freestyle that was set by Julia Smit, the 2008 U.S. Olympian. Both of her final swims were automatic All-American times, and she was awarded the Most Outstanding Competitor award for the competition.

Commanding languages in Northport-East Northport

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On Nov. 16, students were recognized for excelling in languages at the Board of Education meeting.

Ericka Escobar was recognized as English Language Learner Student of the Month, Sofia Valencia was recognized as the World Languages Student of the Month, and a group of students were honored for testing as “commanding” on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test. This group included Rodrigo Bonilla, Samantha Canales-Pinto, Patrick Cancroft Bonilla, Isbella Felix, Jose Victor Gutierrez-Samayoa, Dany Jandres, Alper Kiziltepe, Nelson Maldonado Diaz, Jeydi Mejia-Alvarenga, Sebastian Mora, Rulber Murillo-Turcios, Deysi Ponce Guifarro, Wilbert Roldan, Yoskar Umana, and Emilie Van Hekken.

The district is proud of the hard work and dedication of these students, and commends them for their achievements!

Experiencing Native American Culture at Norwood Avenue

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The Traveling Wilderness Museum came to visit first graders at Norwood Avenue Elementary School on Nov. 15. The morning featured sage Teepee Ted, who travels from Montauk to Manhattan, teaching students about the original Native Americans that lived as settlers on Long Island. The morning’s events were tied into the theme of Thanksgiving that was taught in classrooms throughout the week.

Students, with the help of Ted and some volunteer parents, built a teepee from the ground up, made wood medallion necklaces with Native American symbols, played pick-up sticks with animal bones, and more. The first graders also learned that the native people had to make everything themselves—that they couldn’t just go to the store to pick something up. Students also learned how the Native Americans tried to be good “recyclers” by using every part of the animals they hunted for food.

“I try to teach kids that these people were the best recyclers,” said Teepee Ted. “That’s something they can relate to. We recycle bottles and cans, but the natives just did it a little differently.”

Northport student spotlight: Alexa Valentino

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Since the beginning of the school year, Northport Middle School student Alexa Valentino has been busy with schoolwork—but also with her aspiring career as a musician and actress.

At 12 years old, Valentino has already released multiple singles, and had roles in films, web series, and Off-Broadway productions. Being a member of National Honor Society, Northport’s Tour Choir, as well as advocating for anti-bullying, makes juggling a growing career difficult—but she manages.
“One thing that my mom taught me as things started to take off was that balance was the key,” Valentino explained. “Completing all my responsibilities, while always making sure that I got down-time, was super important. It taught me how to grow up, and be more responsible.”

In regard to her love for music and acting, she recalled teachers within the Northport-East Northport district who inspired and encouraged her to follow her dreams. Her fourth-grade Dickinson Avenue teacher, Mrs. Fee, shared her love of Broadway, and came to see many of the Off-Broadway shows she secured roles in.

“I remember when I did my first Off-Broadway show,” Valentino recounted. “Mrs. Fee came all the way to the city to see me perform. Her support meant so much to me.”

Since the end of the summer, Alexa has performed at the Labor Day Bash at Wildwood Pier, the East Northport Festival, and in front of PETCO, singing sweet tunes and raising nearly $1,000 for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. She plans to continue following her dreams now, and in the future.
“I never want to give up my pursuit for success in the arts,” Valentino declared, “and I will do my best to use my voice to speak for causes I believe in.”

Updates to Elementary Report Card

In our work with students we aim to create proficient and passionate readers.   We want to help each student build a positive reading identity as we work to strengthen their skills as independent readers.  This year, we will be communicating your child’s progress in bands of reading behaviors using the continuum.  We will provide you with the specific reading behaviors your child is demonstrating as well as his/her next steps.

 

Women in Technology

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On Nov. 8, high school juniors Alexia Kaloudis and Anne Catherine Unser graduated from the Women in Technology Program at BAE Systems in Greenlawn. This nine-week program hosts a consortium of students from local high schools, where they engage in problem solving and teamwork. Skills in both hardware and software are cultivated, and the program is an extension of the computer science and technology curriculums at Northport High School. The purpose of this program is to provide female students who excel in math and science with a hands-on opportunity to explore careers in various areas of technology.

“Working with other girls who were also interested in computers was incredible,” said BAE systems graduate Alexia Kaloudis, “and after this program, I can definitely see myself going into a STEM field.”

High School Heroes Visit Bellerose Elementary

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On Nov. 9, Northport High School’s Business Club for Students participated in High School Heroes Day at Bellerose Elementary School. A group of 44 business students, grades nine through twelve, were trained by a Junior Achievement representative in order to be "teachers for a day" at Bellerose. This day was organized in an effort to provide a basic overview of the business world to younger students.

The lessons taught focused on how communities work, what economics are, and the circulation of money. In addition to teaching younger students about the economy, the goal of the program was to also provide positive role models for younger children, and to foster effective school-to-school connections. Several students had siblings in the classes they taught, while other students were able to teach in their old classrooms.

Whether teaching or being taught, students thoroughly enjoyed the day!

 

Operation Gratitude at Fifth Avenue Elementary

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In order to teach children the importance of the U.S. Military, students at Fifth Avenue Elementary School participated in Operation Gratitude. Students wrote letters to veterans, thanking them for their service, and shared a little bit about themselves in hopes of a reply.  

“It felt good to write these letters and to thank them for protecting our country,” said Abigail, a third grader from Ms. Michele Maldari’s class. “It must be hard for them to be away from their families.”

Along with letter writing, students also collected nonperishables for a food drive for vets in need, and created some crafts to send them as gifts.

Northport-East Northport Students Accepted into Math Institute

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Recently, the Northport-East Northport School District was informed that five students have been accepted into the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students.  Northport Middle School eighth-grade student Braden Ciszek, Northport High School freshmen James Connor, Tara D’Amico, and McKenzie Schuvart, and East Northport Middle School sixth-grader Luke Tuthill are five of the 90 students who received this honor. Six hundred students across Long Island were nominated, but being selected for the program places these students in the top one percent of math students Island-wide.

These five students will spend 50 hours over 20 Saturday mornings studying an extensive mathematics curriculum.  This tuition-free institute is supported by SUNY College at Old Westbury, the Suffolk and Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Associations, the Nassau Interscholastic Mathematics League, and others.

The district is extremely proud of these students, and commends them for their academic excellence and hard work that qualified them for this honor.
 

New York State Counselor of the Year at Northport High School

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Recently, the New York State School Counselor’s Association selected Northport High School counselor Jenny Konop as the 2018 New York School Counselor of the Year representative for the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of Year awards. Konop was selected based on her excellence in counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills, and contributions to student advancement.

“One of our core beliefs at Northport is that students come first,” said high school Principal Daniel Danbusky, “and I can think of no better example than Jenny Konop, who is always putting students first.”

According to many different staff members and students, Konop excels in knowing what her students need, and provides an incredible amount of support to help them get to where they need to be.

“From day one, I knew she was someone I could connect with,” said Northport High School student Brielle. “She’s always there.”

Konop will travel to Washington, D.C. from Feb. 1–3 to be honored in a ceremony along with the national School Counselor of the Year and state finalists.

Revolution reenactment in Northport

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On Nov.1, seventh-graders had the exciting opportunity to learn different facets of the Revolutionary War from the reenactment group Boots and Saddles.

Students from East Northport Middle School joined students at Northport Middle School for the reenactment. Split into groups, students rotated between five stations behind the school, each facilitated by a reenactor dressed in attire from the time period. 

The seventh-grade class learned about the different aspects of the war, including the British Calvary, or the “Dragoons”, the Scottish highlanders, material culture and everyday implements, the artillery, and more. Students also heard from reenactors fighting on both sides of the war – the “loyalists” and the “patriots.”

Many students did not grasp how different things were during that period time until they heard from the expert reenactors. When explaining things like food rations, or how soldiers often used their coats as blankets, students were aghast, especially during the soldiers’ explanation of bayonets. 

When handed a musket ball, one student pretended to fall under its weight. “They shot these out of guns?” he asked, in disbelief.

After students had experienced all of the stations, they gathered together to watch three reenactors on horseback. Each competed against the others’ accuracy. The reenactors, while riding, had to retrieve rings off a hook with swords, and then chop “heads” of cabbage atop poles in half. Students cheered for their favorite riders and their horses. 

The afternoon ended with a bang as the Huntington Militia lit and fired one of their cannons—an exclamation mark to the end of an exciting day. 

 

Unity Day at East Northport Middle School

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Recently, at East Northport Middle school, students celebrated Unity Day, a day to promote kindness and acceptance. The goal of the day was to remind students that every one of them is important and unique, and to celebrate their strength as a community. The day was spearheaded by the Unity Club, along with the help of STARS and many teachers.

As a picture of their unity, each student and staff member created a puzzle piece that was constructed into a full puzzle on the wall. The moto of the day was “You’re an important piece of the puzzle, and we are better together!”

Northport High School student organizes weekend STEM Challenge

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On Oct. 21 at Northport High School, 65 fifth- and sixth-grade students spent their Saturday morning attending creative workshops revolving around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—or STEM for short.

This event was Northport High School freshman and Eagle Scout candidate James Connor’s Eagle Scout community service project, which he organized and set into motion himself. 

The workshops, which were free of charge and taught by district teachers and STEM professionals, aimed to give students a head start in these specific areas.

"I wanted to focus on something that was as important to me as my project," said Connor, who aspires to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology for computer programming. 

Connor worked closely with the school district, especially the Chairperson of Science and Technology Education, David Storch, over a period of six months to plan the event. Four different workshops were designed, one for each area of STEM studies.

Students learned about structure design using popsicle sticks and binder clips to build bridges, discovered algorithms to solve a Rubik’s cube, experimented with liquids that react to magnets, and learned basic computer programming. 

"Technology is one of the most important fields for the future," Connor commented, "and it's important for kids to get comfortable with it as early as possible." He hopes this STEM Day will become a yearly event in the district, and looks forward to organizing another next year.
 

Dickinson Avenue collects costumes for children in need

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This month, fifth-graders at Dickinson Avenue Elementary School held a Halloween costume drive for the children at the Brentwood homeless shelter. On Halloween, the children at the shelter will host a parade, decked out in their new costumes.

The entire fifth-grade class at Dickinson is part of the Leadership Club, and this drive was their first project of the school year. Students participate in various service projects throughout the year, and can even spearhead ones that they come up with. 

For this drive in particular, each student contributed in different capacities.  Some reminded their peers of the drive over announcements, while others visited different classrooms and explained the drive to the other grade levels. 

“We went around the school and explained that doing this drive will help homeless children have their own Halloween parade, like we’re used to having,” fifth-grader Fallon said. “It feels good to help people who are less fortunate.”

Many even gave up their recess period to help empty the boxes of costumes. The school collected ten large garbage bags of costumes for the 350 children living at the shelter. 

“Now these children can have a super cool costume on Halloween and have fun,” said fifth-grader Elliote. “All because of the kids here at Dickinson.”
 

A “spook-tacular” Halloween in Northport-East Northport

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On Oct. 31, the Northport-East Northport School District hosted a number of Halloween activities throughout many of the district’s schools. Before marching in their separate Halloween parades, all first-grade students visited the high school for a special morning of fun-filled activities. High schooler students helped out by leading different stations for the younger children, including a performance of a Halloween safety play, crafts, games, and spooky Halloween stories.  

Later in the afternoon, each elementary school held their own Halloween parade, with students proudly marching around in their costumes while parents and loved ones looked on.

Norwood’s “O Team” Recognized by Board of Ed

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At its Oct. 26 business meeting, the district's Board of Education recognized students from Norwood Avenue Elementary School who attended the We Day U.N. leadership conference in New York City in late September.

Fourteen current Norwood students, as well as four recent graduates of Norwood Avenue who now attend Northport Middle School, were chosen to attend based on their involvement in the school’s O Ambassador club, an organization dedicated to understanding various social issues and making a difference in the world. School counselor Nicole Barbier nominated the students to attend.

The We Day U.N. leadership conference is an inspirational event geared at empowering the youth of the world to focus on social issues and harness the power of community. At this year’s conference, students heard from powerful leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, actress Whoopi Goldberg, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton and President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. More than 6,000 students from across the tri-state area attended the conference.

“It was an honor for Norwood students to attend the leadership conference,” said Principal Michael Genovese. “Time and time again our students have demonstrated that they understand social issues and are committed to making a difference. The real results our students see through their efforts reinforce their belief that a better world is within reach and that they are the key to creating change.”

The students who attended were: Molly Ahearne, Benjamin Bunch, Mairead Carroll, Lillian Clements, Patrick Clements, Sedona Conforti, Christian Darrigo, Brendan Fenlon, Haiden Forster, Masen Forster, Wyatt Fredericks, Harrison Kuhn, Glenn May, Spencer Murphy, Ava Olsen, Liam Prasad, Jack Sandin and Finn Tyrer.

Northport Math Educator Named New York State Master Teacher

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Northport High School math teacher Kristen Rozell was recently named a New York State Master Teacher. 

The Master Teacher Program is composed of the highest performing teachers and educators in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Once accepted into the program, through letters of recommendation and a rigorous interview process, teachers enter a four-year commitment. This commitment includes peer mentoring and professional development opportunities, as well as monthly regional meetings with other Master Teachers. 

“Kristen embraces professional growth,” said Chairperson of Mathematics Robin Rann, “so this is a well-earned accomplishment. We’re extremely proud of her.”

 Rozell, a graduate of Northport High School, started her teaching career in 1999. She attributes her inspiration to pursue math in college to the great teachers she had throughout her high school career at Northport. She truly loves being a math teacher and is honored to have been one of the selected Master Teachers. 

“I’m really looking forward to jumping into this program,” said Rozell. “It’s exciting. Halfway through my career, I get to try something different. I have the opportunity to learn more and bring new ways of teaching to my classroom.”
 

Girls Swimming & Diving League I Champs

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On Oct. 24 Northport High School’s girls swimming and diving team won the League I Championship meet against Sachem East High School. This championship win is the first in Northport history.

During the final event the meet was tied, but the girls in the 400 Freestyle relay put on an amazing performance, winning the meet by 6 points, and qualifying for the State Championships. The team is currently ranked 3rd in the state.

Congratulations to coach Drew Modrov and all of our student-athletes!

1, 2, 3’s and pumpkin seeds

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In honor of fall and the upcoming holidays, kindergarteners at Norwood Elementary in the Northport-East Northport School district are learning about pumpkins. Teacher Marie DiGennaro explained the life cycle of the pumpkin and the purpose of everything inside it—and gave them the opportunity to see for themselves!

Students explored the insides of tiny pumpkins, giggling at the sliminess of the pulp, and counting the seeds inside. One students exclaimed, “They’re little pumpkin babies!”

The children in Ms. DiGennaro’s class enjoyed the hands-on nature of the lesson, and many were excited to go home and plant the pumpkin seeds to have pumpkin plants of their own. 

 

Siemens Semifinalist at Northport High School

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Thanks to hard work, research, and a passion for science, junior Katie Sierra was named a semifinalist in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Every year, students from around the country submit research projects to compete on a regional and national level for college scholarships. There were 491 semifinalists nationwide, and Sierra was one of the 56 students selected from Long Island. 

The project Sierra submitted sprang from her work in the ecology and evolution department at Stony Brook University this past summer—that program in particular standing out to her because of the ecology related topics she’s studied in school. Her lab research was part of a published study that she completed with research partner Brian Torres from Brentwood High School. 

The project’s aim was to examine the effect of plastic surfactants, the chemicals that coat most plastics, on marine environments and the creatures that inhabit them—specifically the Blue and Ribbed Mussels. Overall, their findings showed that plastic toxins negatively affected the filtration systems and capture efficiency of both types of mussels, which can upset entire ecosystems.

“It was amazing to be honored in such a prestigious competition,” said Sierra. “I put so much work into this submission, and it was incredible to see my summer at Stony Brook pay off.”
 

Tigers in the Playoffs

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On Oct. 17, Northport’s boys varsity soccer team won the Suffolk County League II championship against Riverhead in the last game of the regular season. 

Currently, the Tigers have an overall record of 13-2, with a League II record of 11-1.  The last time the Tigers won the league was in 2012.  A combination of teamwork, determination and hard work led to this incredible achievement.  The Tigers begin playoffs at home on Tuesday Oct. 24 at 2 pm.  Congratulations to these incredible student-athletes, and to coaches Don Strasser and Cary Gluck!