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Spots Available for Northport High School's Early Childhood Program

Northport High School’s Early Child Education program still has available openings for the Two-Year Old Toddler Program for the 2019-20 school year.

In this program, each toddler is paired with a student from Northport’s Family and Consumer Science class, where students are studying toddler development. The classroom where the program is held is specially designed with learning tools and age-appropriate toys for toddlers aged 2 through 4. The goal of the program is to introduce the children to a classroom environment, provide opportunity for them to learn to separate from their caregivers, and interact with their peers.

In order to qualify for this program, toddlers must be 2 years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2019, families must be residents of the Northport-East Northport School District, and the students will have the ability to regularly attend the program, which is vital to the success of the program.

This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. There is no cost for the program, and parents are responsible for their own transportation of their child.

For interested families or for more information, please call the office of Assistant Principal Richard McAllister at 631-262-6670.

NHS Student Selected as National Merit semifinalist

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Northport High School senior Ayla Lerner was one of 16,000 students to be selected as a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program on Sept. 11 and during her congratulatory meeting, Principal Daniel Danbusy said that he was “confident” that she would progress to the final round. 

To be eligible, students had to score within the top 1 percentile on a preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. Ayla was one of approximately 1.2 million students who completed the preliminary test and she will continue to compete for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships. The $2,500 scholarship would go towards her freshman year of college. 

“It’s a testament to what you have put in,” Mr. Danbusky said, praising her on her work ethic. “It’s no surprise.”

While Ayla has not yet selected her college of choice, she is speaking with several coaches to narrow her selection down to one that has an exceptional rowing program. Ayla has been rowing for five years and is currently a member of the Long Island Rowing Club. She plans to continue that passion in college while majoring in business.

Ayla is currently co-president of the school’s Spanish club and an officer in the school’s “Academy of Finance” program. 

Congratulations, Ayla!

Northport girls lacrosse celebrates dominating season

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The Northport High School varsity girls lacrosse team proudly flashed new hardware: their New York State Championship rings, on Sept. 10.
Upon receiving their rings, the student athletes reminisced with their teammates over a “dominating” season. Having earned second place with a record of 21-1 in their regular season, the team qualified for playoffs. 

In the opening round, they beat Commack 15-5 and advanced to the semifinals where they beat Ward Melville 13-7 to qualify for the Suffolk County Class Championship.

The Tigers won 13-7 against Middle Country to earn the county title and proceeded to beat Farmingdale 15-4 for the Long Island Championship. High on the heels of those victories, the teams dominated over Pittsford in the New York State semifinals, and defeated Baldwinsville 10-8 to win their first State Championship since 2011. 

“They dominated the competition,” Mark Dantuono, the district’s director of heath, physical education and athletics, said.

Congratulations to the entire team, as well as head coach Carol Rainson-Rose, assistant coach Alton Rose, and volunteer assistant coaches Alexis Curcio and Cortney Fortunato. 

Notice - Regular Meeting of the BOE, Thursday, September 19, 2019


East-Northport Middle School students learn responsibilities

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East Northport Middle School Principal Pat DeStefano and Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola visited social studies classes on Sept. 10 to inform students of their rights and responsibilities.

Rather than hold a school-wide assembly, as was done in the past, Mr. DeStefano said that the school switched more than 10 years ago to deliver the message in a more personable approach. He said that by visiting each class, students have more opportunities to ask questions and get to know their principals. 

The administrators focused on topics such as, respect, social interactions, expectations and school behavior. Additionally, they urged each of the students to get involved in after school activities. 

‘These are the things you’re going to remember,” Mr. DeStefano said.

Mr. Cocchiola also walked the students through the school’s code of conduct and student handbook, both of which can be found on the district’s website. Once logged into their Google accounts, students can also access an online form by clicking the “ENMS Bully Box” link to report or share concerns regarding misconduct.

To close their presentation, Mr. DeStefano left the students with a quote from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t—you are right.” Stressing the importance of how a person’s attitude determines their success he said, “Things are not always going to be easy, but you have to continue to be true to yourself. If you do that, you’re going to persevere and succeed.”