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Exploring Careers in Culinary Arts

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Students enrolled in Northport High School’s family and consumer science classes had a look into what pursuing a career in culinary arts would look like on Dec. 11. Johnson & Whales University Culinary Admissions Presenter Dennis Labossiere visited classes throughout the day to demonstrate a college-level cooking class, and explain what pursuing a career in culinary arts would look like.

Before the demo, Mr. Labossiere encouraged students to really look inward to find the things they’re passionate about, and to pursue them.

He demonstrated what a “chef’s check” could look like, how to do specific in-kitchen practices such as sharpening knives, standing with the proper ergo dynamic posture, chopping an onion without hitting one’s fingers, cleaning up as one works and more.

Mr. Labossiere demonstrated how to make a simple mango and bean black salsa, but showed students how to present it in a way that would really “wow” a client. At the end, students volunteered to help plate and present the dish, which was just as delicious as it was beautiful.

“It’s important to get students thinking about their future careers, but basic culinary skills are necessary for everyone,” said family and consumer sciences teacher Ms. Jill Maher. “There’s something special about witnessing students get comfortable in the kitchen, and truly enjoy cooking.”

Bringing Holiday Cheer to the VA

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The Norwood Avenue School fifth-grade chorus performed at the VA Nursing Home on Dec. 6. The students entertained the veterans by singing a few patriotic songs, as well as cheerful holiday songs. Additionally, students showed off their ukulele skills for the veterans, and distributed holiday cards. The students were glad to bring some enjoyment to those at the VA during the holiday season.

Notice of Regular Meeting - December 13, 2018

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NHS Lineman Tyler Pendersen receives Zellner Award

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Varsity lineman Tyler Pendersen was recently named the winner of the Bob Zellner award, which honors the top lineman in Suffolk county. Tyler was recognized for his talent and strong leadership at the county awards dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hauppauge. on Dec. 3.

NHS Coach Pat Campbell spoke highly of Tyler, commending his magnetic personality, his drive for excellence, and his dedication to the game. Campbell commented that even in the off season, Tyler is in the weight room working hard, but also helping others better prepare for the upcoming season.

“He’s always been a hard worker,” said Campbell, “and an all-season guy. All the work he put in in the off-season really paid off for him this year.”

Congratulations, Tyler!

Speaking Up and Making a Change

Speaking Up and Making a Change
Dickinson Avenue first-grader Zoe Wood recently resolved to make her voice heard by writing the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation a letter regarding her feelings on the “No Scooter” rule at Caumsett State Park.

Zoe, an active young girl who enjoys riding her scooter everywhere, did not understand why bikes were permitted at Caumsett, but scooters were not. Zoe expressed that she believed scooters were just as safe as bikes—and just as fun, too.

Upon receiving her letter, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Rose Harvey park replied with a personalized response. In her letter, she thanked Zoe for voicing her ideas and revealed that, effective immediately, non-motorized scooters were officially allowed within the park.

“Always remember that one voice can make a difference, and we applaud you for speaking up,” Mrs. Harvey told Zoe in her letter. “Thank you for raising this issue with us, and thank you for caring about our parks as much as we do.”

Both Zoe’s parents and the members of her school community expressed pride in her ability to notice issues in the world around her. “Even from a young age, we seek to teach our students how to “take informed action”, and Zoe is a shining example of that,” said Dickinson Principal Laurie Storch.

Icons of Freedom

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Northport High school history and government students were visited by Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey, the lead plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, on Nov. 29. This case is in particular is a landmark case related to students' free press rights with respect to publications in a school newspaper. During her visit, Mrs. Kuhlmeier Frey spoke about the case from her perspective as the actual litigant, and got a unique perspective on Cathy's case and what it is like to be associated with a landmark Supreme Court decision. Students had the chance to be in dialogue with her, and ask questions about free press rights.

The following day, students attended an event at the Touro Law Center, Icons of Freedom: Student Speech & Press in American Democracy. This event, in partnership with Project PATCH, afforded high school students to participate in a symposium with Mrs. Kuhlmeier Frey, and Mary Beth Tinker, another icon of American freedom.

Thanksgiving STEM Fun

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During the week of before Thanksgiving, Dickinson Avenue elementary students in Ms. Neems, Ms. Barnes and Ms. Schulcz’s classes came together to complete a holiday STEM Project. Each classroom housed a different challenge in an effort to meet the specific needs of all the students within each class. Each group was made up of one student from each class, and they had to work together to complete the challenge. The first challenge included constructing a model of the “Mayflower” that was able to hold the most pilgrims while staying afloat. The second required students to create a dinner table that could hold the most Thanksgiving dishes without overlapping. The third was to construct a shelter for a turkey was hiding from a hungry family on Thanksgiving. Students worked hard to problem solve, all while having fun.

“These activities all combined science, math and creativity,” said Ms. Neems. “While faced with things like action/reaction, solving problems, and using tools, students also physically created and applied the knowledge they’ve learned in class.”

18 and Under Winter National Champion

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Northport varsity swimmer Chloe Stepanek added another medal to her collection of championships on Dec. 2. and was named the Winter National Champion in the Women’s 200-meter freestyle. During the meet she also raced against Olympians Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel, and felt very humbled to be competing with such incredible athletes. Congratulations Chloe!

Outstanding Math Student of the Month Recognized

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At district’s most recent Board of Education meeting on Nov. 28, an outstanding student of merit was recognized as the Math Student of the Month.

Nathaniel Wang, a senior at NHS, came to the district from the Long Island School for the Gifted as a sophomore. He has shown incredible aptitude in the areas of math, science, and technology — and by the time he graduates, will have completed thirteen AP courses, receiving the best possible score on eight of the 10 tests he has taken. Chairperson of Mathematics Mrs. Robin Rann presented Nathaniel to the board, speaking highly of him.

“Not only does Nathaniel have a knack for being able to absorb and synthesize new information quickly,” said Mrs. Rann, “but he is a relentless learner who relishes a challenge and only feels fulfilled if he is in a constant state of exploration.”

Along with impressive test results and an overall weighted GPA of over 104, Nathaniel has conducted in-depth research at Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven Laboratories, teaches elementary students how to program through Programming Pals, is an active member of the Mathletes, and more, making him the well-deserved recipient of Northport’s Math Student of the Month award. Congratulations, Nathaniel!

Letter from the Superintendent

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Buddies Practicing Thankfulness at Fifth Avenue

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Earth Science Experience

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Recently, 8th grade earth science students from East Northport Middle School took a field trip to Caumsett State Park to experience what earth scientists do when out in the field. Students learned how Long Island was formed by glaciers, what the Island is made of, and more. Students collected data and constructed a profile of the beach, measured and classified the types of boulders on the beach, utilized latitude and longitude to identify where they were on a map, and each student collected a rock that will be used in a unit of study on rocks and minerals. Students enjoyed getting some hands-on experience with information learned in the classroom!

LEADing the Way to Bus Safety

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On Nov. 13, Northport High School LEAD students performed member-written, directed, and rehearsed bus safety presentations for grades K-2 across the district. Students had been previously asked by District Supervisor for Transportation Trish MCGrane to put together performances on bus safety, and their lessons were excellently written and executed. Safety tips were exemplified for the students, including proper boarding and exiting techniques, importance of good bus behavior such as listening to driver, remaining seated, no loud noises, etc., and proper behavior at the bus stop.

The performance featured the Bus Safety Wizards and the Safety Fairy to get the message across in a meaningful and fun way to the elementary students. Great job to all involved!

Eagle Scout project dedication at Bellerose Avenue Elementary

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Recently, Bellerose Avenue partnered with former Bellerose student and Eagle Scout Will Aguirre to honor the late of Mrs. Fran Jasinkonis—a retired teacher aide who passed away in 2017. This ceremony and collaboration was an outcome of last year's Shared Decision-Making Team’s, who heard of and researched Mrs. Jasinkonis’ contributions to the school during her 27 years there. Her outward efforts to model respect, acceptance, and kindness to all students touched many lives.

Eagle Scout Will Aguirre wanted to find a way to give back to his elementary school, and for his Eagle Scout Project, decided to refurbish the library garden area in Mrs. Jasinkonis' honor. The project included the fixing up the brick garden wall and recapping with bluestone slabs, as well as fixing up the slate patio. He also created a rock garden, built and installed a hand-crafted bench and installed a plaque with Fran Jasinkonis' name. The library garden was dedicated in honor of Mrs. Jasinkonis.

On Nov. 9, several family members, friends, and retired Bellerose personnel, including retired principal Ira Goodman, gathered to acknowledge Mrs. Jasinkonis' dedication to the school, and to thank Will for the hard work he put into the project. Fifth grade students were in attendance as well and opened and closed the ceremony with a song.

“Kindness never goes unnoticed,” said Principal Lori Beekman, “and we’re so fortunate that our community is filled with people who never stop looking for ways to give back to others.”

Honoring and Learning from Veterans at NHS

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In honor of Veterans Day, Northport High School students had the privilege of hearing from local veterans on Nov. 13. During specific periods throughout the day, groups of social studies classes heard from a panel of brave men who have served our country. This event was organized by social studies teacher and American veteran Darryl St. George, who also co-advises the high school’s Project VETS, along with Mr. Jim DeRosa.

Before each panel commenced, a moment of silence was held for those who have lost their lives serving our nation.

During the panel, students heard each veteran answer the question, “As veterans, what do you think is the most important message you can convey to our nation’s youth?” Many stressed not taking America’s freedom for granted. Additionally, students had the opportunity to ask the veterans specific questions.

“We organize this event not only to enable our students to encounter these incredibly courageous people first hand and not just read about them in textbooks,” said Mr. St. George, “but also to let our country’s veterans know we are so thankful for their sacrifices, and they will never be forgotten.”

Additionally, students from various family and consumer science classes made special dishes to treat the veterans to lunch between panels. The spread included homemade quiches, soups, and more. Students from Project VETS were also present, and both groups of students had the opportunity to talk with the veterans over the meal.

“I have family members who are veterans, and I’ve seen firsthand how they don’t get the respect they deserve,” said Project VETS president Nicole Forte. “Our mission is not only to support our nation’s veterans, but to let them know how much we appreciate them.”

NHS at Stage the Change Conference

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) dance students of NHS performed a student-choreographed piece at the Stage the Change Conference at the Tilles Center on Nov. 2. The piece, entitled “Because of My Addiction”, was choreographed by class of 2018 graduate Julia Polman, who had been inspired to create a duet based on the seriousness of the current opioid crisis. Submitted in May 2018, it was selected earlier this fall to be performed at the conference in front of numerous other theater, film and dance students across Long Island. IB dance teacher Mrs. Kaylie LaLota worked diligently with 16 sophomore, junior, and senior dancers to rehearse, re-stage, and perfect the piece. The performance was moving and well executed, and we are very proud of all who participated!

Northport Students Serve the Community

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Seven current and past members of Norwood Avenue Elementary School’s service club, the “O Ambassadors”, volunteered at Project HOPE on Oct. 28. Project HOPE is a community ministry founded by the youth of St. Hugh’s Parish to help those in need in the surrounding Huntington area. This free meal center offers food to anyone in need, with no questions asked.

“We look to motivate and educate our students on becoming active global citizens,” said club advisor Mrs. Nicole Barbier. “We want our students to recognize that, in order to make the world a better place, taking action is necessary!”

Norwood students Madeline Mandel, Reidyn Vincent, Gabriela Scalia, Northport Middle School students Lily Nye, Ayesha Molano, Mary Breckling, and Anna Mandel, and club supervisors Mrs. Barbier and Mrs. Huebsh freely gave up their Sunday night to help those in need. In addition to setting tables and cleaning up after the meal, students prepared and served food to the 138 guests in attendance, and spent time chatting with them.

”We are so very proud of our students for their community service and level of maturity,” said principal Michael Genovese.

Nature with a Story to Tell

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Bellerose Avenue Elementary wrapped up October, a month spent focused on health and wellness, with a day of exploring and interacting with nature on Nov. 1.

Volunteers from the Town of Huntington and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) visited the school to guide classes through trails behind the school grounds, explaining the significance behind elements of nature they’re accustomed to seeing. This hike was meant to be held in honor of National Public Lands Day, but had been postponed due to previous weather conditions.

Prior to the hike, students were taught to create and use science field guides, which they carried with them throughout the day.

“Beyond the experience of hiking, we’re trying to teach students who nature changes over time — that every living thing affects the other things around it,” said DEC representative Ron Galardi, “and how things that die create a better future for the things to come. We’re trying to show them the bigger picture, that everything around them has a story to tell.”

Students learned about the significance of certain elements of an ecosystem like shelf fungus on decaying trees, glacial erratics, sassafras trees and more.

Top Math Students Island-Wide

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The district was recently informed that four students have been accepted into the Institute of Creative Problem Solving (ICPS) for Gifted and Talented Students. Northport Middle School students Ty D'Amico and James Posillico, and Northport High School students Isabella Vozza and Camden Burkare are four of the 87 students who received this honor. Six hundred students across Long Island were nominated for the program, and those selected are in the top one percent of skilled math students Island-wide.

Those selected will spend 50 hours over 20 Saturday mornings studying an extensive mathematics curriculum. The institute’s mission is to grow problem-solving skills in students using intense mathematics and creative thinking.

Additionally, Danielle Levanti, a NHS student who previously completed ICPS, was accepted into program’s Math Research and Technology class. This research program allows graduates of ICPS to hone skills of writing mathematical papers and how to deliver presentations on their work — skills necessary for future success in the world of mathematics.

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.

Teaching Empathy at NMS

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Sixth graders at Northport Middle School were visited by teacher, singer/song writer, and author David Levine on Oct. 29. Mr. Levine, the director of the Teaching Empathy Institute and author of the book “The School of Belonging”, has been annually visiting the school for twenty years to teach lessons about empathy, kindness, and the importance of creating a sense of belonging in school communities.

During his visit, Mr. Levine shared real-life stories about students who went through social hardships in school, and played the song “Howard Grey” for them on his guitar. This song recounted the real story of a boy named Lee who was friends with a social outcast named Howard Grey. The song continues on to describe one day in particular where Lee stands back and watches bullies beat Howard up instead of standing up for his friend—and how Howard never spoke to Lee again after that. The song had a strong impact on the children, and many of them got emotional near the end of the song.

Mr. Levine asked the students questions about how the song made them feel, and what it made them think.

“It must have been so hurtful for Howard to realize that someone he thought was his friend…really wasn’t,” was one student’s response.

Many students admitted they weren’t sure what they would do if they were put in a similar situation—which reinforces the district’s belief that these conversations are incredibly important to have at such formative ages.

“When people are different, sometimes they are forced to become outsiders—unless we step up and celebrate their differences,” Mr. Levine told the students. “One kind act can change someone’s life.”

Throughout the day, every sixth-grade class had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Levine.

“The work Mr. Levine has dedicated his life to really sets the stage for us in our school,” said NMS principal Timothy Hoss. “We’re constantly looking for ways to ensure that no student ever feels isolated, or like they don’t belong. We want everyone to know that they belong.”

Leading by Example

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The district-wide Recovery Awareness and Prevention (RAP) campaign was held during the week of Oct. 22. The campaign, ran primarily by the Drug and Alcohol Task Force (DATF), focused mainly on the high school, where these issues are most prevalent.

“We understand this is a big issue to tackle, but making a difference starts with changing even one student’s life,” said Mr. Anthony Ferrandino, Northport High School’s Drug and Alcohol counselor. Mr. Ferrandino is also the co-chair of the district’s DATF.

Throughout the week, students heard from a wide variety of speakers covering topics centered around addiction and recovery — teens sharing their own stories, police officers, counselors specializing in addiction and more. On Oct. 26, the week culminated with activities in the commons ran by student volunteers who are passionate about keeping their peers substance-free. Many of them were members of the DATF’s youth coalition, 1Life. The event was buzzing with people traveling from table to table, participating in activities such as answering questions about substance abuse, facts about vaping, creating purple ribbons for drug awareness, receiving a “Where to Go for Help” resource list and more.

“Campaigns led by students often move other students to action,” said NHS health teacher Mrs. Diane Vitale. “In class, we’ve taught them skills to use in tough situations that will eventually arise, and what to do when they’re put in an environment they’re not comfortable with, but there’s nothing quite like students leading by example.”

Each year, this week-long campaign is so worth all the collaborative effort, according to those who volunteer and are passionate about the cause.

“It’s a trickle-down effect,” said Mr. Ferrandino. “After this week, we may have five students that come to use for help, but that’s five lives saved; five students who may someday end up sharing their story, and helping spread awareness of the dangers of substance abuse.”

Literary Pumpkin Patches at Fifth Ave and Pulaski Road

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Students at Fifth Avenue and Pulaski Road experienced a unique mix of literature, Halloween, and Election Day during the last week in October. Children were encouraged by school librarians to, at home with their families, decorate a pumpkin in the likeness of one of their favorite literary characters. Between both schools, nearly 200 students brought in their masterfully decorated designs—iconic characters like the Grinch, Junie B. Jones, and the Headless Horsemen were painted with incredible accuracy on each pumpkin. The libraries were transformed into literary pumpkin patches after all the characters were spread throughout the room.

In the spirit of Election Day, students had the opportunity to vote on their favorite pumpkin via a single ballot they were given during library period. Students were proud of the way they brought their favorite characters to life, and discussed with one another the inspiration for their pumpkins.

Fifth Avenue fourth-grader Tyler said he thought hard about which character he would choose, but finally settled on Captain Underpants, the main character from the popular comic book-like series.

“Captain Underpants is all about an adventurous super hero, but is also about these two boys who are really relatable.” he said. “I love reading about all the messes they get into… and it was so fun to turn him into a pumpkin!”

Excellence in English education at NHS

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NHS English teacher Kelly Baldwin and Library Media Specialist Debra Cavaliere were recently named Educators of Excellence by the New York State English Council for the 2017-18 school year.

The NYSEC annually recognizes excellence in education by presenting awards at an annual conference, which takes place in Albany each October. Ms. Baldwin and Ms. Cavaliere were both selected and honored during the conference held Oct. 17-19.

“Cultivating enthusiasm in students by incorporating new and exciting methods is something I always strive for,” said Mrs. Baldwin. “Mrs. Cavaliere and I have worked together over the years to reimagine ways of team-teaching and utilization of the library, and it is an honor to have our hard work recognized.”

Congratulations!

English Student of the Month Honored

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At the district’s October Board of Education meeting, student Christina Noelle Faber was recognized as this year’s English Student of the Month.

District Chairperson of English Language Arts Patricia Schmitt presented Christina to the Board, recounting the process of selecting a student from those nominated—and how Christina so outwardly “manifested a passion for writing and reading,” that it made her the obvious choice for the honor.

While Christina has quite the penchant for writing in and outside the classroom, she also excels and puts forth extensive dedication to the study of science, history, and music. When responding to inquiries about Christina, her teachers emphasized her enthusiasm and “renaissance spirit.” Along with enrolling in Higher Level IB English and receiving the highest possible score on her Common Core English Exam, she is a dedicated member of the E-Team, is passionate about environmental science, and hopes to pursue a degree in that field in the future.

The district congratulates Christina on this achievement, and wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

New York State Master Teacher

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Marlene Yolango, a special education teacher at NHS, was recently selected as a New York State Master Teacher in K-12 STEM education.

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.

“Marlene is a Master Teacher in every sense of the term,” said Mrs. Ally Giaimo, district chairperson for special education, “and her dynamic, inquiry-based style of teaching keeps students highly engaged and always seeking to learn more. She’s an inspiration to future STEM leaders in education.”

Mrs. Yolango started her teaching career in 1997 and has been a teacher at Northport since 1999. She had always desired to be an educator, currently is still enjoying every step of her journey — the dynamic nature of the job, being challenged each year to grow as an educator, and of course, her students.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious program, said Mrs. Yolango. “And I’m anxious to meet the other members — to share with and learn from them.”

Homecoming 2018

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A crisp fall breeze and sunny skies were the perfect backdrop for Northport High School’s homecoming celebration held on Oct. 20. Students, faculty and members of the community donned blue and gold as they packed Tiger Stadium to demonstrate their pride and support of the district’s football team, who played an aggressive matchup against Centereach High School, taking the lead in the first few minutes of the game.

The day’s celebration commenced earlier in the day with a Hall of Fame induction in the auditorium. Introduced to the community were Max Bartig (Class of 2006), Andrew D’Eloia (Class of 1991), Corinne Gandolfi (Class of 2006), Bryan Quinn (Class of 2003), Jaenine Michealsen (Class of 1986), the 2002 State Championship Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team and the Northport Tiger Marching Band, Flagline and Tigerettes.

Pre-game festivities included recognition of the football team’s and cheerleaders’ senior members, who presented flowers to a significant other. The halftime show featured the marching band, Tigerettes and Flagline who performed a variety of popular songs for the crowd. In addition, the Hall of Fame inductees were introduced, as well as senior members of the marching band, Tigerettes and Flagline. Later in the evening, seniors Trevor Koulemos and Pegeen Friese were crowned homecoming king and queen at the dance.

Tenacity and skill reigned on the stadium field as the tigers dominated the Centereach High School team with a final score of 35-6.

Moved and Motivated to Write

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Over 150 students from East Northport and Northport Middle School had the privilege of meeting and learning from the award-winning author Jason Reynolds, who spoke at the Northport Public Library on Oct. 22. Mr. Reynolds writes for young adults and middle-grade audiences, and his recently published books in the “Track” series have all become New York-Times best-sellers.

Mr. Reynolds shared his writing process and personal journey to becoming a writer with the students. He also discusses how a majority of his characters and plots have been taken directly from his life experiences. Mr. Reynolds encouraged the students to write, regardless of whether or not they felt they were “writers.”

“You can love my stories, or other author’s stories,” said Mr. Reynolds, “but never forget that your own stories are the greatest gift.”

Students and teachers left the library feeling both moved by his stories and motivated to write their own. The district thanks the Northport-East Northport Public Library for putting together such a special opportunity for the middle schoolers!

Undefeated Season

Undefeated Season
Congratulations to the girls varsity swim team for capturing the League I regular season title with an on overall record of 8-0! This undefeated team will compete in the League Championship meet on October 24 at 4:15 pm at Sachem North HS. Go Tigers!

NHS musicians selected for All-County and All-State festivals

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Recently, NHS announced that 22 students have been selected for the 2018 NYSCAME All-County Music Festival. Out of those students, 10 have also been selected for the NYSSMA All-State Festival — eight of them performers, two of them featured composers.

To be selected for NYSCAME All-County, 11th and 12th-grade students must score among the top NYSSMA musicians across Suffolk County. Once selected, students then participate in three intensive rehearsal sessions, culminating with a concert in November.

Students selected for NYSSMA All-State continue on to compete on a statewide level. Those selected scored among the top musicians in New York State. The eight selected NHS All-State performing students will be traveling to Rochester from Nov. 29–Dec. 2. Along with participating in intensive rehearsals, selected students from across the state will be performing weekend concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Composing senior Emma Bockrath’s electronic music piece, “I Have Never Seen It” has been chosen to be performed at the Rochester conference, marking her second year of selection. Additionally, senior Peter Mainetti was selected and will be recognized for his sixth consecutive year at the All-State level for his string quartet, “Nightmare on 26 Fenway.”

“The dedication our students show to the arts is astounding,” said Dr. Izzet Mergen, director of fine and performing arts, “and we are so proud of their hard work and success.”

All-County Performers
Katie Sierra - Orchestra, Harp
Theo Amendola - Orchestra, Trumpet/Cornet
Natalie Thieke - Band, Flute
Pegeen Friese - Band, French Horn
Sophia Olivieri - Band, Trombone
Marcos Guerrero - Band, Tuba/Sousaphone
Benjamin Strait - Orchestra, Violin
Anna Denfeld - Orchestra, Viola
Jennifer Halpurn - Orchestra, Viola
Isabella Donneruno - Chorus, Soprano I
Taryn Feuer - Chorus, Soprano I
Zoe Warren - Chorus, Soprano I
Emily Ackerman - Chorus, Soprano II
Jenna Goz - Chorus, Soprano II
Julia Hahn - Chorus, Soprano II
Meaghan Maher - Chorus, Soprano II
Ashleigh Basel - Chorus, Alto I
Elizabeth Russell - Chorus. Alto I
Shannon Wines - Chorus, Alto I
Rachel Zulawski - Chorus, Alto I
David Goz - Chorus, Bass I
John Labua - Chorus, Bass I

All-State Performers:
David Goz - Mixed Chorus
Meaghan Maher - Mixed Chorus
Isabella Donneruno - Mixed Chorus
Katie Sierra - String Orchestra
Benjamin Strait - String Orchestra
Pegeen Friese - Symphony Orchestra
Ashleigh Basel - Treble Chorus
Taryn Feuer – Women’s Chorus
All-State Composers:
Peter Mainetti
Emma Bockrath