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Board recognizes Boyd student council co-presidents

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To begin the Elwood Board of Education meeting on Feb. 10, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert was thrilled to call upon James H. Boyd Intermediate School Principal Dr. Denise Toscano to recognize two exceptional students.

Dr. Toscano welcomed fifth graders Adam Siddiqui and Gianna Viteritti to the podium to commend them on their leadership skills. She noted that each have exceeded the expectations they set for themselves upon being sworn is as co-presidents of the school’s student council. She described Adam and Gianna as responsible and respectful leaders, hard workers and “good friends to all.”

As student council presidents, both Adam and Gianna are deeply involved in the school’s recycling program. Each week, council representatives collect paper and plastic recycling bins from each classroom to weigh and record. At the end of the month, the information is sent to the county. Adam and Gianna not only manage their bins but also train and inspire others to get involved.

The duo also does an exceptional job of informing teachers, staff and students about important school news during morning announcements and serve as master of ceremonies for all school assemblies and concerts.

“Gianna and Adam have made an exceptional team,” Dr. Toscano said. “They are true role models and display leadership qualities on a daily basis. We applaud all that they do to make our school a better place.”

MDPI publishes JGHS junior’s math research

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Congratulations to John H. Glenn High School junior Rithika Narayan, who was recently recognized by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. Please click on the link below for the full story.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/elwood-student-at-math-meeting-1.41205238

Middle school students count ‘Pennies for Patients’

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Elwood Middle School students in Erica Giordano’s community service club counted piles of pennies, dimes, quarters and nickels as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients campaign on Feb. 4.

The fundraiser is a service-learning program that encourages young students to raise money to fight childhood cancer. This initiative seeks to accelerate treatments so that young cancer patients can not only survive, but thrive for generations to come.

After collecting funds for three weeks, the middle school students easily exceeded their goal of $700, Ms. Giordano said. Depending on the amount of money raised by each of the school’s six teams, students received “hero gear,” including “hero squad” silicone bracelets and rings, keychains and t-shirts.

At the meeting, the students also designed Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to veterans at the Northport VA Medical Center on Feb. 14.

John Glenn HS students compete in Regional Science Bowl

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Five John H. Glenn High School science-research students competed in the Long Island Regional Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Jan. 31 and had their best performance to date, earning second place overall.

The school has been competing in the science bowl for the past five years, and this year, won three out of four rounds, according to advisor and John H. Glenn High School science teacher Arnold Kamhi. Topics featured in this year’s competition included chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, astronomy and general, earth and computer science.

This competition is suitable for all 9-12 grade students and offers students the chance to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science bowl – a highly publicized national competition among teams of high school students in Washington D.C.

Since 1991, Brookhaven National Laboratory has hosted the annual Long Island regional competition, featuring teams comprised of five high school students. The competition consists of a round robin model, including multiple choice and short answer questions, and is followed by a single elimination final round.

Even though the team did not advance to the nationals, they did an outstanding job. “We came so close to the final round,” Mr. Kamhi said. “It was a great performance by all the students that were involved. I am so proud of them.”

Congratulations to John H. Glenn High School students Joseph DeVerteuil, Julian Fleischer, Hannah Kleinman, Matthew McNierney and Katherine Yoskowitz

Science Olympiads take on Suffolk County Regionals

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On Feb. 1, students from the John Glenn High School’s Science Olympiad team competed in the Suffolk County Regional tournament at Hauppauge High School. Students competed against 53 teams from 35 schools. The high school’s Chemistry Lab and Designer Genes teams had top 15 finishes while the Quiz Bowl team finished in fourth place overall.

“Congratulations to Mr. Greening and all of our scientists,” Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman said.