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FIRST Robotics Team 5099 alliance places second at Long Island Regional

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From March 23-25, Northport High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 5099 competed at the Long Island Regional #2 at Hofstra University earning an overall 2nd place event finish with their alliance teammates from Kings Park and Patchogue-Medford!  Northport Robotics persevered through many challenges they encountered with their robot over weeks of design and construction as well as during three days of intense competition.  Their professionalism never faltered as they met the high-octane charge of competitive sports with the focused power of engineering and computer science.
The capstone event represents hundreds of hours of collaboration, engineering, and computer science talent from our students, parent & community mentors, sponsors and faculty advisors.  FIRST stands “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology” and is often referred to as the “ultimate sport for the mind.” It is a STEM program that challenges students to use their technical talents and collaborative skills to build and program a life-size robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. 
District Chairperson of Science, Technology & Engineering Education David Storch said “FIRST Robotics offers an experience as close to real-world business development and engineering management as a student can get. It instills critical skills such as problem solving, time management, conflict resolution, and communication. Team 5099 met and conquered the challenge in innovative ways and we are honored to recognize their talent and accomplishment.”  
Congratulations to Northport Robotics Team 5099, their dedicated coaches Mr. Claps, Mr. Moloney, and Mr. Robinson, their mentors Mr. Posillico, Mr. Mooers, and Mr. Hradek as well as our Robotics Booster club, sponsors Mr. Peter J. Degen, AriZona Beverage, Plastipak, and Bren-Tronics and our parents for their relentless support of the team!

Notice of Special Board of Education Meeting - 3/30/23


Annual PARP Weeks Return with Special Guests

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The districtwide annual P.A.R.P (Parents as Reading Partners) week is back for Northport-East Northport elementary students! During this annual event, students are encouraged to read to or with others, such as parents and friends, and log their readings. To encourage reading, schools often invite in guest authors either leading into or during P.A.R.P weeks.  

This year, Norwood Avenue students enjoyed hearing from two local authors with a special connection to the school. Bill Kiley, a retired Suffolk County Deputy Police Chief and a resident of East Northport, met with third and fourth grade students to talk about his book, “Hope and Freckles: Fleeing to a Better Forest.”  At age 70, Kiley decided to write a children’s book for the first time.  Inspired by national and international events, the story uses lead characters of a mother deer and her fawn who are forced to flee from their home forest due to danger and hunger.  Bill uses these anthropomorphic figures to inform young minds of the plight of more than 34 million refugees. A second Hope and Freckles book, addressing refugee’s challenge of assimilation in a new land, will be published this summer.  

Local Northport resident and parent of Norwood Avenue students Valerie Goldstein also visited the school, speaking with students in kindergarten, first and second grades about her book, “Violet’s Victory.”  The book is the story of a young girl who uses forearm crutches, dreaming of being able to participate in a track and field race.  The book is somewhat autobiographical as Valerie Goldstein, who at 17 years of age was the captain of her school cross country and track team, was injured in a motor vehicle accident and now walks with the assistance of forearm crutches.  During her presentation, Valerie showcased dolls and examples of other adaptive equipment so students could better understand disabled peers.  

 A special addition to Norwood Avenue school was also unveiled during the assembly, as Norwood Avenue graduate and current Northport Middle School eighth grader Liam Dwyer returned to present Inchy, the book vending machine.  WhenLiamwas in 5thgrade, he kicked off a schoolwide penny war fundraiser in hopes of one day purchasing the vending machine to support reading at his school. Following years of fundraising, Inchy was finally able to be purchased and unveiledon March 23. Each book costs one token, which students earn by displaying positive character traits, putting forth great effort in all they do, trying something new, being a good friend and performing acts of kindness. 

Over at Fifth Avenue School, author and illustrator Laurie Keller visited students to talk about illustrations and bringing characters to life. Her illustrations span many books including “Potato Pants!,” a story about misunderstandings and forgiveness centered around a potato, and “The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut,” about the adventures of a donut and lessons learned along the way. During her presentation, Laurie also engaged students with an interactive drawing lesson. Each student received a journal book and pencil courtesy of the PTA, and Laurie guided them through bringing characters to life on paper using their imagination.  

Business and Family & Consumer Science Students of the Month Recognized by Board of Education

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During the March 16 Board of Education meeting, two students were recognized for work in the fields of business and family and consumer sciences. Chairperson for Business Denise Keenan presented Charles Friedman as the Rotary Student of the Month for Business, while Chairperson for Family & Consumer Sciences Terrence Hinson presented Emily Brunkard as the Rotary Student of the Month for her work in the child development program. Both students were presented to the Board and community during the meeting and presented with certificates. 
Charlie’s business teachers applauded his commitment to his academics as well as his extracurricular work in the department. He is an officer in the Academy of Finance, member of international business competition DECA and committed business student as well as a leader in his classrooms. He plans to pursue accounting or finance in the future. 
Emily’s teachers and counselor acknowledging how her bright and endearing demeanor has an impact on the entire class, including in her childhood psychology and child development classes. As the daughter of a pre-school teachers, she said helping kids is “in her blood” and she wants to pursue a career in social work. 
Congratulations to both Charlie and Emily on their recognition!



Early Childhood Education Program Lottery Now Open

Northport High School’s Early Childhood Education program has 10 available openings for the 3-Year-Old Early Childhood Program for the 2023-2024 school year. The district will be holding a lottery for Northport-East Northport residents to fill these spots. Each child will be paired with a student from Northport’s Family and Consumer Sciences class, where students will be studying Early Childhood Development.

The goal of the program is to introduce the children to a classroom environment, provide an opportunity for them to socialize, to interact with their peers and to participate in developmentally age appropriate activities that will help prepare them for kindergarten. In order to qualify for the program, children must be 3 years old on or before December 31, 2023 and families must be residents of the Northport-East Northport School District. There is no cost for the program. This program is separate from the Universal Pre-K program.

For interested families, the completed Lottery Application Form is due by May 5, 2023.  


For more information, call the office of Assistant Principal, Terrance Hinson at 631-262-6664.