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James H. Boyd Intermediate School Remembers the Dream

James H. Boyd Intermediate School Remembers the Dream photo

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students at James H. Boyd attended an assembly in his honor on Jan 12. Student council co-presidents Brayden Klement and Ellie Mitola acted as masters of ceremony, introducing each tribute to King to the audience made up of peers, parents and administrators.

After a brief video presentation on the impact of Dr. King’s life and mission, students from Ms. Chiarello’s class each shared a piece of King’s biography, with bits of information such as his birthday, his involvement in the Civil Rights movement, his pledge to nonviolence, and more. The fifth-graders from Ms. McLeod’s and Ms. Reilly’s classes presented an anonymously penned poem about Dr. King, each reading a sentence. Students in Ms. Micchiche and Ms. Musto’s class read excerpts from King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” with passion.

In addition, select students from the third through fifth grade chorus sang two songs, “Martin Luther King” and “We Shall Overcome,” led by music teacher Linda Romano and math teacher Linda Scotto.

Principal Dr. Denise Toscano introduced Elwood Middle School student Matthew Charlotin, who was invited to the assembly to read an essay on Dr. King that he wrote.

“When I think of think of Martin Luther King Jr., I think of strength, passion, perseverance and an intellectual man who didn’t believe in violence—who used his inspired words to change the lives of everyone…and he was no ordinary man,” Charlotin said.

To conclude the ceremony, Dr. Toscano read a poem she wrote about her own dream – the dream of all humans being kind to one another.

Harley Avenue Students Play Brain Games

Harley Avenue Students Play Brain Games photo

Students at Harley Avenue had a chance to show off their brain power at a “Brain Challenge” assembly, put on by Hollyrock Entertainment, on Jan. 9.

Much like a live game show, students were divided into two teams, and chosen contestants from each team went head to head on stage. Each group of students had to collectively answer trivia questions. Whichever team buzzed in first answered first, and had the ability to rack up points. The questions surrounded the curriculum students learn in the classroom. Students were asked questions about math, biology, geography, and more.

Every few rounds, students were selected for physical challenges, like hula-hooping or spelling words with giant letters. Team members cheered and encouraged their classmates as they completed challenges.

Students had an incredible time, getting to use their knowledge in an unconventional, and very fun, way!

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Elwood-John H. Glenn Students Perform Original Piece Written for Late Senator Glenn

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The Elwood-John H. Glenn band performed a composition called “In Eternity” written by Randall Standridge at their winter concert on Dec. 19. This composition was commissioned to honor the late Senator and NASA astronaut John H. Glenn. A grant from the Elwood Education Endowment, which music teacher Ms. Vickie Henson applied for, made this commission possible.

This song was dedicated to Mr. Robert Lawton, the first music teacher hired by the Elwood School district, and was the creator of the music program at the school.

"We are very proud of our namesake, Senator John H. Glenn,” said Ms. Henson, “and we equally grateful to Mr. Robert Lawton whose vision and dedication brought music education to Elwood."

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Elwood-John H. Glenn Senior Commits to West Point

Elwood-John H. Glenn Senior Commits to West Point photo
High school senior Nathaniel Larkins was recruited by the United States Military Academy at West Point and a signing ceremony was held to finalize his commitment on Dec. 20. Larkins will be playing football for West Point’s Division I football team during his time there.

Athletic Director David Shanahan welcomed all in attendance, and thanked them for being there for this special day, and congratulated Larkins for all of his hard work before, during and after school that brought him to this moment.

“The duty, honor and dedication you’re going to learn at West Point is going to last you a lifetime,” said Mr. Shanahan, “and we wish you the best of luck in the future.”

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Gifts On and Under the Tree at Elwood Middle School

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This holiday season, the Elwood Middle School student council and community service club teamed up to put together a donation tree, where students, faculty, and staff could donate new and gently used coats, gloves, hats, and scarves for members of the community in need.

In addition, the community service club also ran a “gifts for kids” drive, collecting new and unused toys for children in the community that are less fortunate.

"When I can give to someone, I feel happy,” said sixth-grader Krish Khanna, “because if I was in their position, I would feel like I was given a miracle."

From Nervous to Natural Public Speakers at James H. Boyd

 From Nervous to Natural Public Speakers at James H. Boyd photo
Fifth-graders in Mrs. Mc Leod’s class at James H. Boyd Intermediate School put on a poetry slam on Dec. 15. Students practiced memorizing their poems of choice for months, and were very excited to perform in front of their fellow students and family members who were in attendance. While reciting their poems, students also showcased a prop that represented their poem.

Not only was this event conducted to instill the love of poetry in students, but also to help them become comfortable with public speaking.
“I was nervous, but I’m not nervous to perform anymore,” said Ellie, one of the participating students.

Poems chosen were written by famous authors such as Shel Silverstein and Edward Lear, and many had positive themes like love and friendship.

“I enjoyed being able to pick my own poem, and not being assigned one,” said fifth-grade Emily, “and it made me feel good to be able to help other people in my class get better at practicing their poems by giving them feedback.”

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Students and Staff Recognized for Excellence

Students and Staff Recognized for Excellence photo

At the December Board of Education meeting, both students and staff were recognized for exemplary achievements.

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Brendan Harrigan was named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program this fall, and was applauded for his academic success.

“It takes a lot of dedication and attention to your studies to be ranked among the top three percent of students across the country!” said high school Principal Carisa Burzynski.

Third-grade James H. Boyd Intermediate School teacher Elizabeth Held was honored for being a New York State Teacher of the Year finalist, and for all her efforts in bringing grant monies into the district. Ms. Held’s most recent endeavor helped bring about the James H. Boyd makerspace.
Mr. Wayne Barrett, a custodian at James H. Boyd Intermediate School, was honored for going above and beyond with all of his duties, and the dedication he puts into his work for the school.

In addition, the Elwood-John H. Glenn varsity volleyball team was recognized for their Suffolk County Long Island Champion title, their sportsmanship, and athletic excellence.

Exposure to the World of Coding at Elwood Middle School

Exposure to the World of Coding at Elwood Middle School photo
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Elwood Middle School kicked off their weeklong iteration of the Hour of Code on Monday, Dec. 4. The Hour of Code, which is a global movement, reaches millions of students in over 180 countries, and one-hour coding tutorials are available in over 45 languages.

“We believe all children should be exposed to the world of coding and computer science,” said Principal Christina Sapienza.

For this event, students gathered in the library and set up at different stations where they were able to tackle coding tasks based on genres, such as art, fashion, animation, video games, music, and more. Students enjoyed the many different coding activities.

Throughout the week students had the opportunity to visit the library during their lunch hour and continue coding, and many enjoyed taking the time out of their day to try something new. The library made sure many beginner coding books were on hand for students to refer to. Students also participated in classroom coding activities.

“We interact with results of coding every day, but I never really thought about it until we had the opportunity to code,” said eighth grader Trinity Hausch, “and now I’m definitely interested in learning more about it.”

Additionally, kindergarten through second grade students at Harley Avenue Primary School received an introduction to coding during the week of Dec. 4, and participated in various hands-on activities to introduce them to how coding works.


Getting into the Spirit of Giving at Elwood-John H. Glenn

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Recently, students in the high school World Language Honor Society stayed after school to fill 72 shoe boxes with toys, toiletries and school supplies that they collected for Operation Christmas Child.

These boxes, sent to humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, will be distributed around the world to children in need this holiday season. The students also included a picture of the group and a personalized card in each box. The group then packed their cars and headed to the nearest drop off site—The Island Christian Church, located in East Northport.

This is the honor society’s second year participating in this act of holiday kindness, and advisors Ms. Nicole Correia and Ms. Nicole Gendjoian hope for it to continue annually for years to come.

Cultural Lessons Brought to Life

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Recently, juniors and seniors in Ms. Nicole Gendjoian’s Spanish and Culture class traveled to Queens Community College to see a Latin Dance performance. After wrapping up a unit on Latin music, the class was able to experience what they learned in the classroom firsthand through the performance.

Students experienced traditional and contemporary dance, including Cumbia from Colombia, Mexican Jarabe Tapatio, Samba from Brazil, Argentinean Tango, and others. Juniors Meagan St. Aubain and Justin Tiernan participated in the interactive portion of the show, and had the opportunity to dance with the performers on stage. The students enjoyed the experience, and loved that the cultural experience brought what they learned in class to life.

Red Ribbon and Dignity for All Students at Elwood Middle School

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Recently, Elwood Middle School held its annual Red Ribbon/Dignity for All Students (DASA) week. From Monday to Friday, different events were scattered throughout the day, helping students explore what it means to love yourself, to treat others with kindness, and to always think positively.

At the end of the week, the Huntington Drug and Alcohol Project visited the middle school to remind students of the slogan, "Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free." A photo booth with career-oriented props was set up, and students were able to take pictures looking like a policeman, a doctor, and other professions. Students also created drug-awareness posters and hung them throughout the school.

The middle school’s Knights for Good club, along with the Huntington Youth Bureau, PTA, and teaching staff all contributed to the success of this week, and the district looks forward to many successful annual iterations of this event.

Collegiate commitments at Elwood-John H. Glenn

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School held a signing ceremony for senior student athletes Joe Franzese and Brett Ryan on Nov. 15. Mr. Franzese will be attending and wrestling at Columbia University, while Mr. Ryan will be attending Stony Brook University and playing lacrosse.

Family members, coaches, and district administrators attended the ceremony in support of the students’ commitment to play the sport of their choice at the college of their choice.

Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan thanked those in attendance for coming out to honor Franzese and Ryan, and took a moment to recognize the students’ excellence.

“Our student athletes are incredible, but what you see on the field is maybe 15% of their hard work,” said Mr. Shanahan. “The other 85% is work they put in behind the scenes to get them where they need to go.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert and Principal Carisa Burzynski also congratulated both students for their achievements, and both expressed pride in their accomplishments.

“You represent our school well, and we’re all very proud to see you continue to excel at a collegiate level,” said Dr. Bossert.