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Robert Howard Named Assistant Superintendent for Business

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The district is proud to announce the addition of Mr. Robert Howard, the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Business. Mr. Howard joins the district after serving the Wyandanch Union Free School District as the assistant superintendent for business. Previous to that experience, he served as the business manager for the Levittown Union Free School District.

Mr. Howard also has years of additional experience in business and finance in the fields of education and government, and holds three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Finance, Economics, and Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Hofstra University, and an Advanced Certificate in School District Business Leadership from C.W. Post Long Island University.

Mr. Howard is a resident of East Northport, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the school community.

“I’m excited to be a part of this incredible district,” said Mr. Howard, “and I’m honored to be able to contribute to the future they’re working to ensure for the community’s children every day.”

SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE

If you are interested in the surplus equipment sale, the bid packet and instructions for viewing may be obtained at the District Purchasing Office, Room 215, in the William J. Brosnan School, 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport, New York beginning August 2, 2018. Bids must be returned by 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 20, 2018.

The items will be available to view August 14 and 15, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by appointment only.

For more information, please contact the District Purchasing Department at 631-262-6640.

NHS Named NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction

NHS Named NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction
Recently, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) released its 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction winners, and Northport High School was one of ten high schools in Suffolk County!

In order for high schools to be granted this award by the NYSPHSAA, every varsity team from the school year must have earned a “Scholar-Athlete” title, which requires 75% of the team’s GPA average be 90.00 or greater.

“As a district, we pride ourselves in the achievements of our athletic programs,” said Mark Dantuono, the director of health, physical education, and athletics, “but even more so in taking that dedicated, competitive nature and applying it to the pursuit of academic excellence in the classroom.”

NHS Student Returns from Nationwide Senate Page Program

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Northport High School student Emma Canfora recently spent an entire semester in Washington, D.C., as a participant of the Senate Page Program under New York State Sen. Charles Schumer. Only approximately 30 students nationwide are chosen each semester to participate in this program, where students are given the opportunity to learn the inner workings of the nation’s capital and explore the legislative branch of government. Emma was the only student chosen from New York for the 2018 spring session, which ran from January to June.

When Emma happened upon the program, she was determined to be selected. “I feel it’s our duty to be informed and involved in as many aspects of our government as possible,” she said, “so when I was the only student selected from New York, I was determined to take every opportunity and learn as much as possible.”

Throughout the program, Emma had to keep up with her junior-year course load remotely, build new relationships with the other participants and perform the duties of a Senate page, which consisted primarily of delivering correspondence between senators and distributing legislative material throughout the congressional complex.

“Being a sort of fly on the wall in the Senate was an invaluable experience, and I learned a lot – especially about how to grow in tolerance for those who don’t necessarily hold the same political opinion as I do,” she said. “And it helped me further hone in on the direction I’d like to go in after high school – to pursue politics and really make a difference.”

NHS Students Create Anti-Bullying Mural

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Congratulations Class of 2018!

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Celebrations abounded at Northport High School on June 23 as families and friends paid tribute to the graduating Class of 2018. In two separate ceremonies, the 537 young men and women stepped onto the stage to accept their diplomas and take the next step towards the future.

The festivities kicked off with “Pomp and Circumstance,” which was performed by the Graduation Honor Band. Seniors processed down the aisles to their seats, cheered on by family members and loved ones. Student Elizabeth Caccavale lead the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a performance of the national anthem by the Northport High School Choir.

After principal Daniel Danbusky’s opening welcome to all in attendance, and a beautifully harmonious rendition of “Field of Gold” performed by the high school choir, Salutatorian Nicholas Holfester addressed his fellow classmates. He took a moment to reflect on the class’ four years at Northport High School, and all the years prior that brought each graduate to this point.

“If I can offer you all one piece of advice for the future, it’s this…look up,” he urged them. “Look to find the wonder in life—to find the new in the familiar, and the beauty in the ordinary. Look up. Because when you do, a world of possibility awaits you.”

Before officially presenting the Class of 2018, Principal Danbusky shared some words of wisdom with the soon-to-be-graduates.

“Don’t live life as a check-list focused on getting the right answers,” Danbusky advised the students. “It’s important to be right, but not when it comes at the cost of your own development. Always remember: learning is a process. The more you accept the process, the more you’ll enjoy your life.”

After receiving their diplomas from members of the board of education, valedictorian Daniel O’Connor stepped up to the podium to address his fellow classmates.

“In a sense, uncertainty is nothing new to us,” he said. “We’ve been dealing with it all of our lives. Who knew what elementary school would be like on the first day of first grade? Who knew what dramatic turns our lives would take in high school? None of us had these answers, and yet somehow we learned to embrace the uncertainty. Thanks to our time here at Northport, our education has extended far beyond academics, and we’re ready to step into this new season of our lives, prepared to embrace the unknown.”

Following O’Connor’s speech, the seniors moved their tassels from right to left, and exuberantly tossed their caps into the air—and the young men and women who entered the auditorium as seniors left as Northport High School alumni.

District Board of Education Reorganizes for 2018-19

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Members of the district’s Board of Education gathered for their annual reorganization meeting on July 12.

During the meeting, new trustee Victoria Buscareno and re-elected members David Badanes and David Stein were sworn in together by the Board counsel. Mrs. Buscareno will serve for three years.

In addition, Board President Andrew Rapiejko and Vice President David Stein were re-elected to their previous positions and were also sworn in by the Board counsel. Both Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer and district clerk Beth Nystrom took their annual oath of office, pledging to fulfil their duty in serving the district.

 

Musical Compositions Selected

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Northport High School composers Olivia Mescallado, Katelyn Sullivan, Peter Mainetti and David Jung were selected by The Long Island Composer’s Alliance (LICA) to have their original music presented at the recent Hofstra University concert, “Music By and For Students.” Each of the four pieces was performed exclusively by the Northport High School band and orchestra.

In addition, David Jung’s octet, “The Barrier,” was selected by the organization as one of the winners of the Arline Diamond Memorial Student Composer’s Award. This is the second year in a row that he has won this award. David’s piece was again performed at a LICA concert at the Huntington Library this past June.

Caution: Construction!

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Various construction projects have begun on items approved through the capital improvement bond referendum. In the interest of the community’s safety, please steer clear of all construction zones. We look forward to sharing our progress over the next several months!

Northport Student Awarded Prestigious Research Program Placements

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Northport High School Science Research Program student Nathaniel Wang has recently been invited to conduct research at two world-renowned research institutions—Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

For six weeks this summer, Nathaniel will work with Dr. Abid Malik, a senior technology engineer, as a part of the High School Research Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This highly competitive educational program gives students interested in pursuing STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) hands-on experience in a real-world setting. Selected students work together with BNL staff to collaborate on intensive projects.

In addition, Nathaniel was awarded a research placement in the laboratory of Dr. Bo Li at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He will work under the mentorship of Dr. Xian Zhang as part of the Partners for the Future Program, which provides talented Long Island high school students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research at CSHL. Nathaniel will spend a minimum of 10 hours per week, from September through March of his upcoming senior year, performing original neuroscience research.

Headed to High School

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Eighth grade students who are headed to Northport High School in the fall were celebrated with special moving up ceremonies. Family, friends, faculty, and administration members gathered in the high school auditorium to honor these students as they prepared to head into a new season of life. East Northport Middle School held their ceremony on June 19, and Northport Middle School’s celebration took place on June 20.

During both ceremonies, the graduates entered the auditorium to processional music as proud family members looked on, cheering enthusiastically for their students. After the Pledge of Allegiance, both select choirs led the attendees in a beautifully harmonious National Anthem.

East Northport Middle School Principal Pasquale DeStefano addressed the graduating class, advising them to challenge themselves to grow, and to do good regardless of what others are doing.

“Go out there and be the best version of yourself,” he told them, “and look for ways to positively affect your school and community.”

At Northport Middle School’s ceremony, assistant principal Chelsea Brown commended students for being prepared for this next phase in their lives.

“You made it through, and you’re ready to continue your journey to high school—and the high school is ready for you to help you reach your goals and achieve your dreams.” She urged them to never give up even in the face of adversity. “Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn,” she told them.

Principal Tim Hoss dubbed them “the class with special enthusiasm,” and urged them to continue to keep stepping up to the world boldly, and to embrace the unexpected.

After numerous academic and community awards were presented to outstanding students, each member of the future class of 2022 walked across the stage and received a certificate of completion as their names were announced, crossing the threshold into a new and exciting season of life—high school.

Giving Honor Where It’s Due

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Many outstanding and deserving students, administrators, faculty and board members were honored at district’s final Board of Education meeting of the 2017-18 school year on June 14.

To start off the night, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer introduced this year’s Special Olympic Athletes, the Unified Basketball Team, and the Unified Sparkle Squad. Christina Pulaski, Director of Special Education, and Mark Danutono, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics, each took time to commend the students and all those involved.

“We’re one of few districts on Long Island that supports this amazing cause and it was an incredibly rewarding experience this year for all involved,” said Mr. Danutono. The Unified Basketball team, led by the boys varsity basketball coach Andrew D’Eloia, consists of special needs students collaborating with general education students as one team and participate in basketball games against other schools.

At the meeting, educators Cassie Reilly, Elizabeth Sherwood, Jenny Konop and Pamela Uruburu were then recognized with Professional Achievement Awards for 2017-2018, and commended for the effort and dedication they put into education.

The district’s retirees were celebrated and praised for their years of hard work, support and guidance to the students of the district. Every name that was called was met by thunderous applause, which is a testament to the tightknit community that makes up the Northport-East Northport School District.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for serving our district well,” said Board President Andrew Rapiejko. “As you move onto this next season in life, we wish you nothing but happiness.”

In addition, eight teachers and administration members received tenure, including: David Storch, District Chairperson of Science and Technology; Erin Affa, Dickinson Avenue Elementary School; Stephanie Campbell, Ocean Avenue Elementary School; Jami Catapano, Dickinson Avenue Elementary School; Brianne Furstein, Ocean Avenue Elementary School; Kara Mueller, Fifth Avenue Elementary School; Deborah Valenti, Northport Middle School; and Adam Wessinger, Norwood Avenue Elementary School.

The ceremony concluded with Board trustee Tammie Topel receiving the New York State School Board’s Excellence award. Mrs. Topel was not only commended for her dedication to the board, but for her leadership and investment in development opportunities.

“There’s a lot of time, energy, and responsibility that goes into the position of Board trustee,” said Mr. Banzer, “so we thank you for all you’ve done for the district, and wish you all the best.”

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.”