A Fashion Forward Evening

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Over 70 students, families and faculty members from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School gathered for a fun evening of fashion at the school’s 2017 Fashion Show on Feb. 8. Both students and faculty members participated in the show. The annual fundraiser allowed the junior and senior classes to raise money with all the proceeds split between the two grades.

The student council and student volunteers helped put together the event with the help of senior class advisor Nicole Gendjoian and junior class advisors Adrienne Nasser and Carolyn Pollina.

Students were able to get food donations from local restaurants such as Chef’s, Dix Hills Diner, Mozarella’s, and Viajos and over 30 raffle baskets were donated from local businesses. Students and faculty members modeled Spring Wear and Formal Wear from Graffiti, Ooh La La Boutique, Francine’s Fashion Boutique and Lester’s Tuxedo.

Superior Scientists

Superior Scientists

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School juniors and seniors in Maria Aiello and Jennifer Basford’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes took part in a unique lab experience with science educator Amanda Horn from Brookhaven National Laboratory on Feb. 13. BNL provided students with lab attire and equipment to successfully take part in a citric acid soil remediation lab.

This is the second year that Brookhaven National Labs has visited the high school to educate science students.

"We invite Brookhaven National Labs to the high school to expose our students to careers in the sciences on Long Island, while also supplementing our curriculum,” said Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman. “In this lab, students used a technique designed at BNL, right here on Long Island, to remove pollutant metals from soil."

Students worked with a number of solutions which they used test tubes to differentiate and experiment with. With the help of their classmates, the students followed scientific steps to quantify the amount of iron present in the soil, using the 1,10-phenanthroline method.

At the conclusion of the lab, Ms. Horn graphed the classroom results and helped the students determine their concentration levels based on the numbers they recorded during the experiment.  

Science Student to Attend Prestigious Conference

Science Student to Attend Prestigious Conference
Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School junior Gina Maletta for recently being selected as a National Youth Delegate for the 2017 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University this upcoming summer! Gina is one out of only 250 students from across the country that have been asked to participate in the intensive week-long program on environmental science leadership and conservation.

To be chosen for the summit, a student must hold strong academic achievements, as well as demonstrate interest and excellent leadership skills in science and conservation studies. Gina was nominated by her science teacher Maria Aiello based on these skills.

The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment will be held from June 25-30 and include distinguished faculty members, guest speakers and access to elite D.C. practitioners. The leadership conference was created to encourage and grow future leaders in the field of environmental studies and conservation in the 21st century.

“It’s pretty cool to be selected for this,” said Gina. “I like the environment so it’s exciting because it really fits my interest.”

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera
Tri-M Music Honor Society students at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School recently attended a performance of Bizet’s opera, “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in NYC. This was the first time the students had seen an opera before.

As "knowing" musicians in the band, chorus and orchestra, it was agreed that after hearing the singers project over the immense pit orchestra into the highest part of the theatre, without microphones, they gained a greater respect for the professional singers. The children's chorus in Act I was exceptionally inspiring and clear to hear.

The production was performed in French but all who attended followed along with the ongoing "super-titles" in English on the seat-back in front of them. It was a memorable trip for all!

Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals

Orchestra Students Shine at Music Festivals
Eight music students recently participated in the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Suffolk County intermediate and secondary festivals. The competitive all-county music festivals select orchestra students with both strong NYSSMA achievements and music teacher recommendations to perform challenging music in a high level ensemble.

Representing James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School at the intermediate level were fifth-graders Jenna Ban (violin) and Angelina Song (cello), sixth-grader Giuliana Brown (violin), seventh-grader Maya Tallo (violin) and eighth-graders Ryan Kang (cello) and Rithika Narayan (viola).

Tenth-grader Elizabeth Choi (violin) and eleventh-grader Emma Mayette (viola) represented Elwood-John H. Glenn High School at the secondary level.

“It’s fun to play with people from other schools,” said Emma. “We were also able to see some old friends which was great.”

The students were recommended by their orchestra teachers Diana Gotzen-Berg from James H. Boyd Intermediate School and Elwood Middle School, and Karen Gellert from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School.

“Mrs. Gellert and I are so proud of our students that represented Elwood,” said Mrs. Gotzen-Berg. “The experience was extremely rewarding for our students and their hard work and dedication to their instrument showed.”

District Earns AP Honor Roll Distinction

We are excited to announce our recent inclusion into the College Board’s 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll! Elwood is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada who increased Advanced Placement course opportunity for students while also maintaining or improving the rate at which AP students scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam. This is the second year that the district has achieved this honor.

“I am so proud that at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, we have provided more students with the opportunity to experience the challenge and rigor of an Advanced Placement course,” said Principal Carisa Burzynski.  “We know these courses better prepare students for college and a career and have maintained student performance on AP exams that is above state and national averages.”

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Maureen Hull credits the high school and the community for this high achievement.
“We believe that all students can be successful and should have access to challenging coursework,” she said. “The continued strong performance of our students reflects both the efforts of teachers and the commitment of students to do their personal best.”

Superintendent’s Forum and Community Survey – New Date!

Due to the cancellation of school on Thursday, Feb. 9 from inclement weather, the Superintendent’s Forum to discuss a potential capital improvement bond referendum with the community has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Elwood Middle School. In addition, the community survey set to originally launch on the district’s website on Feb. 10 will now launch on Friday, March 10 and will remain active through Monday, April 10. Thank you for your continued participation!

Harley Avenue Crowns Knights of the Month


Three students from Harley Avenue Primary School were named February’s Knights of the Month on Feb. 3 during a school-wide pep rally. Kindergartner Fatima Aguilar, first-grader Gia Sofield and second-grader Kaylee Mossey were awarded the title for their ability to showcase great character.

The three girls received t-shirts during the pep rally where Principal Elissa Millan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert congratulated them. With the help of music teacher Mrs. Long, the girls took the stage to lead their classmates in The Pledge of Allegiance and the Harley Promise.

District Gathers for “The Ugly Truth”

District Gathers for “The Ugly Truth”

Over 300 families, students, administrators, faculty and Board of Education members from the district banded together at Elwood Middle School on Feb. 1 to learn about prevention and the dangers of drugs from the Suffolk County Police Department. The program titled “The Ugly Truth,” has been shared across Long Island to combat the critical issue of increased drug abuse in the area.

Elwood was the largest audience that the police department has had in 45 presentations. Over 100 individuals also tuned into the program from the live stream at home. Several key speakers including Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini, Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, New York State Assemblymen Chad Lupinacci and Andrew Raia, Town of Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards and Suffolk County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Caplan took part in the program.  

Superintendent of School Dr. Kenneth Bossert welcomed the community for coming out for the important evening. “It really gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to see so many community residents, parents, students, faculty and the entire district administration here,” he said. “What you have demonstrated to me is that this is a community that cares about its children. This is not a community that is immune to some of the dangers that we will be talking about tonight.”

Assemblyman Raia stressed the importance of getting involved. “We are making great strides but you are part of the solution,” he said. “Being aware of what is going on around you, the symptoms to look for in not just your kids but your neighbors as well.”

Commissioner Sini provided statistics for the audience and explained how we are in the midst of a drug epidemic. There were 300 fatal opioid related overdoses in 2016 and first responders including the Suffolk County Police administrated Narcan over 700 times in the year. “We need to be fighting this epidemic on all fronts – prevention, treatment, law enforcement and recovery,” he said.  

Those in attendance had the opportunity to receive their own Narcan pack and were educated on how to use it in an emergency situation. Community members also learned about the social host law, emergency hotlines, helpful resources and the extreme consequences of drug abuse on a person’s body. A number of organizations tabled before and after the event to provide more resources for community members. Organizations included the Samaritan Daytop Family Association, Chemical Dependence Services, The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Operation Medicine Cabinet.

At the conclusion of the event, an Apple Watch courtesy of the Elwood Booster club was raffled off to a lucky member of the audience.

Bright Future Ahead for Student-Athlete


Elwood-John H. Glenn High School senior Damien Caffrey proudly signed his national letter of intent on Feb. 1 to play college football at LIU Post. Surrounded by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan, administrators, coaches and family members, the special ceremony took place in the high school gymnasium.

During the ceremony, Mr. Shanahan praised Damien for gaining an athletic scholarship with LIU, a difficult achievement for many. “Across the country, only 2% of high school students receive an athletic scholarship,” he said. “We take this time to recognize you for your efforts, your hard work and to wish you well.”

Dr. Bossert also congratulated Damien on his next chapter. “You have represented John Glenn well and we expect you to go on to do great things at LIU,” he said. “Remember your roots and where you came from. We couldn’t be more proud of you.”

Principal Carisa Burzynski shared her own words of encouragement with the student-athlete. “When you do your best and work hard, good things come your way,” she said. “I wish you continued success.”

In addition to playing on the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School football team, Damien is also is a star wrestler. He recently won the 2017 Eastern State 220 lbs Wrestling Championship. A title that his coach, T.J. Brocking is very proud of.

“He has worked extremely hard to be a top athlete,” he said. “He is ranked number one in the state in two different weight levels.”

Board/Superintendent Letter regarding Betsy DeVos



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Track Team Named League 5 Champs

For the first time in Elwood-John H. Glenn High School history, the Girls Winter Track team won the Winter League Championship Title at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 20!

Coached by Patrick Burke and Kevin Lavey, the team competed against 11 other high school teams and ended with a top score of 138. To win the competition, the team had to have a perfect meet. Elwood had 16 Personal Bests during the meet, which was the deciding factor in the major win.

“Each girl on the team has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort throughout the entire season and all that hard work paid off,” said Patrick Burke. “I am so proud of this team and honored to coach them every day.”

In addition to the coaching staff, the district was thrilled for this historic win for the high school.

“Congratulations to this great group of young ladies for their hard work and to our coaching staff for creating a culture of respect and winning attitude,” said Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan.

Elwood/John Glenn High School Performance of Grease - March 3rd & 4th

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Kindergartner Pens Winning Essay

Kindergartner Pens Winning Essay

Kindergartner Madelyn Moreno and her fellow classmates from Harley Avenue Primary School received a special visit from Long Island Ducks and TD Bank representatives on Jan. 26. Madelyn was recently selected as one of four winners and the first kindergarten student ever to win TD Banks annual essay contest, “Take a Duck to Class.”

The essay prompt asked students to write about a hero in their community in 250 words or less and submit their entries to LIDucks.com this past fall. Madelyn dedicated her submission to her father, a volunteer firefighter. Out of thousands of student submissions, Madelyn’s essay was one that stuck out.

“Madelyn wrote about a fireman, which was great, but there was a kick to her essay because the fireman was also her dad,” said Ducks Assistant GM/Senior VP of Sales Doug Cohen. “We wanted to recognize her dad and also award Madelyn for her essay because it really impressed us.”

A special assembly took place for the kindergartners where Mr. Cohen congratulated Madelyn on her essay and gave her the opportunity to read it to her peers. TD Bank representatives Eric Fishon and Robert Lashuk were also on hand to award Madelyn with a $50 Visa gift card for her accomplishment. Madelyn’s parents Louis and Lauren Moreno cheered their daughter on and Mr. Moreno dressed in his bunker gear to answer any questions that the students had.

The Long Island Ducks mascot QuackerJack also made a special guest appearance which resulted in a loud applause from the students. Following the assembly, Madelyn’s entire class enjoyed a private autograph session with QuackerJack in their classroom and took home gift bags filled with items, courtesy of TD Bank and the Long Island Ducks.

Board Honors Outstanding High School Students

Board Honors Outstanding High School Students

During the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 26, the board recognized seven Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students for their recent achievements. David and Michael Hermanns, Kistofer Kwan, Derek Lee, Katherine McPherson, Justin Yoskowitz and Stephanie Tsangaris were awarded certificates of achievement and praised for their efforts.

This past fall, seniors David and Michael Hermanns were named National Merit Semifinalists based on their impressive high index scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Principal Carisa Burzynski congratulated the two students in front of the Board and community members. The brothers have qualified to compete for more than 7,500 National Merit Scholarships totaling approximately $33 million.

“We thank you for serving as role models for the students of Elwood,” she said. “Congratulations on earning this prestigious recognition.”  

Ms. Burzynski also acknowledged seniors Kistofer Kwan, Derek Lee, Katherine McPherson and Justin Yoskowitz for being named National Merit Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students were placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

“This is a well-deserved accomplishment,” said Ms. Burzynski. “It is a true testament of your hard work and perseverance.”

In addition, Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan recognized junior Stephanie Tsangaris for being named a member of the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) All State Girls Soccer Team for the second year in a row.

“She’s All-County and she’s selected by the New York State Sportswriters which is very difficult to do,” said Mr. Shanahan.

Stephanie was also recently a part of the League 5 Championship Girls Winter Track Team. This was the first time is the school’s history that the team won the championship.

Congratulations to these incredible students on their accomplishments!

Community Donations

At its business meeting on Jan. 26, the Board of Education accepted a number of donations to the district’s schools.

The Elwood Booster Club generously donated money towards a number of clubs and programs.

They donated $1,053 to fund the Robotics Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School through 2017. The organization also donated $6,300 to fund the Mathematics, Robotics and ESL Homework Club at Elwood Middle School through June 2017. They donated $120 toward funding the STEAM Program and $2,106 to fund the ESL Homework Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School through June 2017. In addition, the Elwood Booster Club donated $1,053 to fund the Crazy 8’s Math Club at Harley Avenue Primary School through June 2017.

Donations were also made by Elwood SEPTA. The organization donated $528 to fund the Winter Krafty Kids Club and $500 to fund the SEPTA Friendship Club at Harley Avenue Primary School.

The Elwood Middle School PTA donated $75 and James H. Boyd PTA donated $500 toward the STEAM Program.

Mr. Bill Rom generously donated a Tred Sled by Rogers Athletic Company which has an estimated value of $6,000 to the Elwood Athletics Department.

Donations of $1,137.56 and $22.73 were made to fund the Barbara Quigley Memorial Fund, and the John H. Glenn Football Alumni Association donated $3,106.90 to fund the expenses associated with lift equipment rental.

The district thanks these organizations and individuals for their contributions and extreme generosity. With your support, students are now given opportunities that otherwise would not be possible.

Design Students Explore NYC

Ms. Warren and Mr. Abbate’s design students at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, recently took an exciting trip to New York City to learn about the structures and the history of some of the architecture and engineering that the city contains. While they were there, the students visited the 9/11 Memorial, The Oculus, went up to the One World Trade Observatory and walked on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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In the News

Great things are happening in Elwood and we have been included in several news articles. Please click on the links below! 

Newsday, "Adding More Holidays"

Newsday Winners - Lou Hanner

Holiday Adoptions and Suffolk Zone Winners

Newsday, “Holiday drives help those in need”

Long Island Students Share in the Thanksgiving Spirit

Newsday, "Up and at 'em; Kids in 72 LI districts go back to school"

Newsday, "Regent: NY making progress on fixing Common Core problems"

Newsday, "LI schools upgrade tech capacities to meet students' needs"

Newsday, "Winners Column"


Making Music at Universal Studios

Making Music at Universal Studios

Members of Elwood-John H. Glenn High School band, chorus, and orchestra recently received the unique opportunity to experience the work of a movie musician. The students flew to Orlando, Florida where they participated in the Universal Studios Stars Performance Workshop. Each group got the chance to work with a Producer, Audio Engineer, and Video Engineer to create the music, voice overs and sound effects for a scene from Frankenstein.

Students prepared the music prior to their trip and once in the studio, they recorded the music and created all the sound effects for the movie scene. Several students also had the opportunity to do voice overs and solos for the project. In addition, the exciting trip allowed students to learn about careers in music related audio production and the Foley arts.


An Evening of Exploration

An Evening of Exploration

Approximately 200 kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their families in the district took part in a special Behind the Scenes with STEAM Expo on Jan. 11 at Elwood Middle School. Sponsored by the Elwood Booster Club and PTA, the after school event allowed students to participate in engaging activities and workshops based on popular movies.

Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman and instructional technology specialist Krista Albrecht coordinated the event for students to explore and learn. Many teachers and administrators volunteered their time to make the night a success.

"We believe getting students involved in STEAM at a young age is vital in preparing them to be able to think critically and problem solve,” said Ms. Kelly-Gorman. “To have 200 students choose to return to school for three hours on a Wednesday afternoon to engage in STEAM learning was an incredible accomplishment for us.”  

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert greeted those in attendance while Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students also assisted with the activities.

Students and their family members traveled to various rooms in the building to explore and create lightsabers, balloon rockets, a Baymax origami figure, a piano made with common objects and more. The Elwood Public Library was also present to lead a green screen photography activity.

"We were so excited about the incredible turnout,” said Ms. Albrecht. “It was a wonderful way to encourage families to learn and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics together. Our goal is to really encourage conversation and shared learning."


Shining Musicians Join Ensemble

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The district is pleased to announce that Elwood-John H. Glenn High School juniors Jason Mueller and Sean Wilkinson have recently been selected as members of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association 2017 All-County High School Percussion Ensemble!

Students from across Suffolk County auditioned to be a part of this prestigious group of musicians. Jason and Sean are two of the top 15 students selected to join the Ensemble. They will rehearse with the All-County Percussion Ensemble in the upcoming weeks leading up to a concert on Feb. 10 at Mount Sinai High School.

"Their percussion skills have skyrocketed over the past 3 years and I am so very proud to be a part of their music education," said band director Vickie Henson. "These are incredible young men who in addition to their musical contributions to our department, make service to others a priority in their daily lives. They are shining examples of the Elwood Community."

In addition, Jason and Sean are currently preparing NYSSMA solos and are members of the John Glenn Symphonic Band, Honors Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. Jason is also a member of Concert Choir and Acapelwood, the high school’s acapella group.

Health Related Concerns


A Day of Remembrance

A Day of Remembrance

James H. Boyd Intermediate School students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a special school-wide ceremony on Jan. 13. Family members and administrators attended the student-run event to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy.

The ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a video presentation about the impact that Dr. King made on history. Students in Suzanne Reilly, Christina Tellekamp and Matthew Lauro’s class presented a biography about Dr. King and each stated a fact about his life and work.  

Fifth-grade students in Amy Chiarello and Jacqueline Musto’s class read an anonymous poem titled “Martin Luther King” and Mr. Lauro’s class presented a game of Civil Rights Jeopardy. Three students participated in the game which educated the audience on topics such as segregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In addition, students read excerpts from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the school’s chorus sang two songs titled, “Martin Luther King” and “We Shall Overcome” led by music teacher Linda Romano and math teacher Linda Scotto.

To conclude the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert spoke to the students about Dr. King and asked them to reflect on the question, “has Dr. King’s dream come true?” He encouraged students to respect and accept everyone. “We are all equal despite our differences,” he said.


Students Attend DNA Learning Center

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in Dr. Kamhi and Ms. Regan’s AP Biology classes experimented with DNA during a recent field trip to the DNA Learning Center in Cold Spring Harbor.

The lab that the students participated in is part of a new AP Biology curriculum in which students were able to perform bacterial transformation, a process of inserting foreign genes into bacteria, on a harmless strain of E. coli.

The students performed bacterial transformation by inserting a gene from Jelly Fish that glows green into E. coli (a form of Genetic engineering). They worked with two genes. A gene called pGFP, which is a bio-luminescent protein that make them glow green and another gene that makes E. coli resistant to ampicillin.

“The students were taught the skills and carried out the experiment,” said Dr. Kamhi. “This topic covers the AP unit on genetics and genetic technologies. Both are very important topics for science in the future.”

Child Find

In accordance with the PL 94-142 legislation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, we are seeking to locate all children ages 1 day to 21 years, residing in the Elwood School District, who because of a disability or special need may require special education or supportive services. This information is needed for us to plan educational services for preschool children ages 3 to 4 and school-age children 5 to 21, as well as to provide appropriate services for those who may have left school because of a disability without a diploma and wish to return before age 21 to complete their education.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) insures that all children with disabilities have available to them a free, appropriate public education, which includes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs. It further assures that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected.

If you have a child who you believe may have a disability that may require special education or related services, please advise the school district by calling the Office of Special Education at 631-266-5400, ext. 437. We can advise you of evaluation and intervention services available at no cost to you. Children who need help and receive it early have a better chance of school success.

Moody’s Report Highlights Sound Financial Management of District

January 12, 2017

Moody’s Report Highlights Sound Financial Management of District

In its most recent annual report on the fiscal health of the district, Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed the district’s Aa3 credit rating and noted that the district is in a “healthy financial position.” The report noted that the district’s balanced financial operations demonstrate sound financial management.

According to Moody’s, the credit rating “reflects a sizeable tax base with an affluent socioeconomic profile and a healthy financial position.” The report also cites the district’s strong economy and tax base.

“This report confirms our commitment to provide the best quality education to all students while remaining mindful of our promise to taxpayers to be fiscally prudent and responsible,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “We will continue to work toward the maintenance of a financially sound district.”

To view the report, click here.

Honing Harmonies

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During rehearsal on Jan. 5, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School’s a cappella group, Acappelwood, received a special visit from Ithaca College’s all-male a cappella group, Ithacappella. This included Elwood-John H. Glenn alum, Kyle Banks.

Ithacappella performed and conducted an engaging workshop with the high schoolers. They spoke about musicality and aspects of performance, while also facilitating a question and answer session about different ways to pursue music in college. “The students found the workshop helpful, inspiring, and especially entertaining,” said chorus teacher Rachel Nagle. “It was a hit.”

Ms. Albrecht for LifeChanger of the Year

Congratulations to instructional technology specialist Krista Albrecht, for being nominated into the National Life Group LifeChanger of the Year program! Ms. Albrecht was nominated by Principal Dr. Denise Toscano for making a positive difference in the lives of her students. She is currently in the running to be one of the LifeChanger Award winners, while also being considered for the Spirit Award.

LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 education professionals for the significant impact they make on their students and school community. Please take a moment to view Ms. Albrecht’s profile on https://lifechangeroftheyear.com/?p=20019 and leave a positive comment to show your support! #LCOY

Boyd Introduces Robotics Club

Run by the Elwood Booster Club, James H. Boyd Robotics Club is a new and exciting program open to students in grades 3-5. The club conducts different engineering design challenges such as programming robots to write, jousting matches, balloon battles, maze programming and more! Stay tuned for more information on registration as we will be opening our first summer robotics program for students.

New York State Assessment Participation Letter and Form


Promising Poets

Promising Poets

James H. Boyd Intermediate School’s fifth grade class in Room 412 participated in their fifth annual poetry slam on Dec. 16. The students invited family members to attend the event and each recited poems of five stanzas or more from memory.

Since October, the class has been preparing for this event. The goal was to hone public speaking skills and improve their voices, eye-contact, imaginations and memorization ability.

Students picked poems to recite and each brought in a corresponding prop to include on stage with them. The class also created a program for the audience to read along with their poems.

“Many adults have a fear of public speaking,” said fifth-grader Ben Ross. “Since we started early, we will now be able to present further on in life.”

Elwood Middle School Hosts Robotics Competition

Robotics Competition

Elwood Middle School proudly hosted one of the VEX IQ competitions on Dec. 15. The event was the largest one to date on Long Island as the school welcomed 30 different robot teams from 8 different schools and organizations.

Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the event challenged teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other middle school teams in a game-based engineering challenge. STEM concepts were tested as students learned lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more.  

“It is nice to see more teams and schools participating in VEX IQ competitions,” said Elwood Middle School’s robotics and technology club advisor Matthew McGuire. “This is the largest VEX IQ competition on Long Island yet, with larger competitions to come as many other districts are jumping into VEX IQ robotics now.”

Teams had the opportunity to compete for a number of different awards in the competition. These included an Excellence Award, Create Award, Judges Award, Amaze Award, Robot Skills Champion Award and more.

Elwood had six robotic teams participate in the competition with one winning the Design Award and another winning the Teamwork Champion Award.

“We have several more competitions this year at other schools and hope to continue to have our students take home more awards,” said Mr. McGuire.

Soccer Star Named Scholar Athlete

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School soccer player Andrew Lule, has been recognized by News 12 Long Island as a Scholar Athlete winner, sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Andrew was awarded $1,000 from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union on Dec. 14.

Only a select few are chosen each year by News 12 Long Island to be deemed a Scholar Athlete winner. Andrew was nominated in Sept. by his coach Lou Hanner, who has watched him grow up on the field.

“He has always been on the radar,” said Mr. Hanner. “We are very proud of him.”

The senior athlete is a midfielder on the high school’s varsity soccer team and has been playing the sport for as long as he can remember. He is a valuable player of his team, scoring three goals in the first four games of this season.

Upon hearing the news of his achievement, Andrew was pleasantly surprised. “I never thought it would happen,” he said. “It really is a dream come true.”

In addition to being a talented soccer player, Andrew is also a focused student. He has enrolled in a number of Advanced Placement courses throughout his career at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, while maintaining a high GPA.

Outside of the classroom, Andrew is involved in the school’s National Honor Society and Natural Helpers. He is also on the school’s wrestling team and participates in a basketball league.

“I’m extremely proud and totally surprised,” said Andrew’s mother Rose Lule. “My son does things on his own time. When he’s ready to do something, he goes for it. He was always a good athlete and things have really come together for him.”  

Students Adopt a Soldier

Students in Suzanne Reilly’s fifth-grade class at James H. Boyd Intermediate School recently spread their generosity by giving back to the military this holiday season. The class sponsored a specific soldier and his squadron overseas, creating cards and raising money to purchase a VISA gift card for the soldier to buy internet access to SKYPE home or use as he pleased.

In the past, Ms. Reilly has had her classes participate in a number of programs such as Operation Shoebox during the holidays, but this was the first time her class ever took part in sponsoring a soldier. She sent home an information sheet to inform parents of the service project and with the help of the students and their families, the class raised $300 to put towards the gift card.
As part of the sponsorship program, the class received a photo of their adopted soldier and his squadron. “The students were thrilled,” said Ms. Reilly. “It made it that much more real.”  

The class learned about the history of the 101 Airborne Division, where the squadron is from, and drew patriotic pictures for them. Many of the students personalized their cards and drawings with the squadron’s logo to send over. The class also took a group photo to send to their adopted soldier with a self-addressed envelope in hopes that he would write back.

Ms. Reilly received a call on Thanksgiving from the soldier’s mother and father, thanking her personally for the gift card, notes and drawings. They read all the cards and told Ms. Reilly that they were moved by the thoughtfulness from complete strangers. The package was mailed to Afganistan on Nov. 25.

“My class is anxious to hopefully get a response from our soldier,” said Ms. Reilly.

String Students Perform at Local Film Festival

The Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Chamber Strings recently participated in a special “Music of Hope” concert in conjunction with the Gold Coast International Film Festival. The festival was held at the Post Campus at Long Island University (LIU).

In preparation for the event, the Chamber Strings, under the direction of music teacher Karen Gellert, performed for the string faculty from LIU Post. The faculty provided feedback and ideas to augment the group’s performance. The students then joined the LIU Post String Ensemble, Paul D. Schreiber Chamber Orchestra and musicians from the Long Island High School for the Arts to rehearse three pieces to be performed at the film festival.

During the event, the film “Joe’s Violin,” was presented by Gold Coast Films. The story focused on a Holocaust survivor who found a violin at a displacement camp after the war. He treasured it because it brought him back to his life before the war, where he played music as a child with his family. When he came to New York, he donated the violin to the New York City Public Schools, where a girl named Brianna Perez received it. Brianna and her orchestra teacher attended the special event and the Elwood students had the unique opportunity to perform with her.

“This was a very special occasion for our students as they not only saw her on film, but played along with her,” said Mrs. Gellert. “They participated in an event that really demonstrated the power of music and how it can heal as well as motivate."

School Honors 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor


Elwood Middle School students had the unique opportunity to hear from local veterans and military representatives on Dec. 7, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Sponsored by the school’s Knights of Good, the all-day event allowed social studies classes to get a closer look at the personal experiences of those that have served.

Classes gathered in the auditorium where recruiters and veterans from World War II to current day introduced themselves and stated a brief overview about their history with the military. Students also viewed a video that featured Pearl Harbor veterans speaking about the time period and their personal thoughts on freedom.

Facilitated by guidance counselor Todd Schwartz, the veterans answered questions submitted by students. During the morning presentation, several veterans that served in the Vietnam war discussed how it felt to get drafted. They also reflected on how Vietnam veterans were treated after returning from the war.

At the conclusion of the assembly, Mr. Schwartz urged students to learn from the veterans of today and current military members.

“Take advantage, have conversations and learn something about the history of your country,” said Schwartz. “Maybe it will shape and change you to make our country a better place.  

Video Challenge Contest

The district is excited to announce that Elwood Middle School’s Dodge Cancer Event is currently participating in the L.I. Holiday Sports Heroes Video Challenge as part of the W20 Foundation’s Team Up 4 Community Program! Three winners will be announced and receive the opportunity to be awarded scholarships and grants. Please show your support and vote! http://teamup4community.org/2016-li-holiday-sports-heroes-video-challenge-open