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Harley Knights Honored by the Board of Education

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on May 18, twenty-one Harley Avenue Primary School students who were named Harley Knights of the Month from December through June were presented with a certificate for being a positive role model in the school community and living up the Harley Promise.

“These children have been responsible, respectful, helpful, patient, friendly and honest,” said Principal Elissa Millan. “We are very proud of them. They are all of the qualities of a Harley Knight.”

One student from each grade level is named a Harley Knight of the Month throughout the year. Each celebrated their achievement at a schoolwide pep rally that is held on a monthly basis.  

The students were called up by grade level where Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert and Board members Julia Fried, James Tomeo and Deborah Weiss complimented them on their job well done.

Congratulations to the following students who recognized as Harley Knights of the Month!

Kindergarten
Dylan Jhaveri
Miles Boremski
Fatima Aguilar
Sloane Hinke
Chloe Kougemitros
Matias Lopez
Dahlia Elie-Pierre

Grade 1
Joseph Meyer
Georgia Creter
Giavonna Sofield
Meesum Abbas
Nicole Popp
Christopher Monterroso-Alvizures
Emily Gerbe

Grade 2
Ella Mulé
David Palencia
Kaylee Mossey
Giselle Palacios
Livia Yeisley
Olivia White
Damian Canela

Italian Students Excel on National Exam

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Four Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Italian students recently placed in the top spots on the 2017 American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) National Italian Exam, with senior Michael Hermanns winning first place in the nation for the level five exam.

The three sophomores that obtained top spots for the level three exam included first place winner Ivan Andrade, second place winner Makenzy Chaikin and third place winner Samantha Rivera. All the students took the exams in March to test their skills in the Italian language. They began taking these tests in eighth grade to test their knowledge while competing to place nationally.

As a result of their top scores on the exams, Michael and Ivan have been awarded a two week all expenses paid trip to Italy this summer to immerse themselves in Italian culture.

“We both are very proud of our students and their achievements on this test,” said Italian teacher Elena Ferriolo. “This year we are proud to announce that we collectively had 34 students that received honorable mention for scoring above average nationally. We are also extremely proud of our students that placed at the top percentile nationally.”

 

Final Exam and Regents Review Sessions - Middle School and High School

1. MS Math Final Exam Review and Regents Review Calendar available with dates and topics - visit the Middle School webpage.
Note - please sign up for MS Math Final Exam Review and Regents Review sessions at the link provided so that rooms and staffing can be planned accordingly.


2. HS Regents Review Calendar available with dates and topics - visit the HS webpage.
Note - please sign up for Math Regents Review sessions at the link provided so that rooms and staffing can be planned accordingly. There is no sign-up required for the other Regents exams.

District Receives Special Visit from Regent Tilles

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Administrators, Board members, faculty members and students received a special visit from Roger B. Tilles on May 15. Mr. Tilles, a Regent for the New York State Education Department, stopped by classrooms at Elwood Middle School and James H. Boyd Intermediate School to learn about the educational opportunities taking place.

Regent Tilles met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, central administration and Board of Education members before touring the schools.

During his visit to the middle school, seventh-graders showcased how they have been using their Chromebooks to learn about linear equations. The students used Desmos to answer a series of questions designed to help them gain a deeper understanding of how to determine if two lines will intersect and how to find the intersection point. Teacher Erica Giordano showed Regent Tilles how she can view student responses to plan instruction.  

At James H. Boyd Intermediate School, Principal Denise Toscano spoke with Regent Tilles about what exciting things are happening at the school. They visited a third grade classroom, where students demonstrated what they are learning in math to program Dash and Dot robots. Teachers Krista Albrecht and Liz Held planned a series of challenges for students to complete that involved measuring dimensions of different quadrilaterals and then programming Dash to travel the perimeter of the figure in two ways. The students recorded their work using SeeSaw to document their learning and share with parents.  

In addition, Regent Tilles visited another third grade class and read the class different types of poetry that the students enjoyed. It was an exciting day for all!





Thank you letter from Dr. Bossert

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Elwood’s Budget Passes!

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2017-18 budget vote and trustee election. The budget passed by a vote of 1,158 to 261, with Proposition 3 (change in the Board of Education election process in 2018) passing by a vote of 1,111 to 241. In addition, Julia Fried and Becky Marcus were elected to the Board of Education for three year terms. The vote totals for the Board race were as follows:

Julia Fried: 962
Becky Marcus: 686
Matthew Curiale: 684

Again, thank you to all who voted and for supporting our schools!

Building a Difference

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the Habitat for Humanity Club have helped the community this year by raising over $4,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity. Through fundraising efforts, the club raised money with the majority coming from selling cheesecakes around the Thanksgiving season and had the opportunity to participate in two builds this school year.

Under the guidance of their club advisors, Jen Basford and Dr. Arnold Kamhi and chaperones Sue Mendonca and Ricky Greening, the students worked hard to construct the floors of a house in Mastic Beach and in Wyandanch. About 15 students attended each build and were selected based on their activity and participation in the club.

“The students work together very well, listen to directions and understand all of the safety precautions which they don't take lightly,” said Ms. Basford. “I have seen so many students step up on these builds to become leaders in their pack.”

Freshmen Buddies Program Spotlighted on LI News Radio

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the Freshmen Buddies program with school counselor Adrienne Nasser, recently visited Long Island News Radio and spoke about the school’s beneficial program for incoming freshmen! Click the links below to listen:

https://soundcloud.com/jvcbroadcasting/spotlight-5-13-john-glenn-freshmen-buddies-part-1?in=jvcbroadcasting/sets/spotlight-on-long-island-schools
 
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Harley Welcomes a New Playground

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Students, faculty members, board trustees and administrators gathered at Harley Avenue Primary School on May 3 for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to open a new school playground.

Donated by the Harley Avenue PTA and the Elwood Booster Club, the playground will serve as a new outdoor space for current students and generations to come. Through the fundraising efforts of both organizations and the support of the district, the playground quickly came to fruition. To kick off the ribbon cutting ceremony, the students sat outside by the playground and sang “It’s a Small World” and the “Harley Spirit Song” under the direction of music teacher Christina Long.  

Principal Elissa Millan introduced Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Maureen Hull, Assistant Superintendent of Business Keri Loughlin and board trustees Heather Mammolito, James Tomeo and Deborah Weiss to the students. Dr. Bossert praised the dedication of all those involved in bringing the playground to the school, especially the family members of the PTA. He encouraged students to go home and thank their parents for the school’s new addition.

“The people that you have to thank for this new playground are your parents who worked very hard to make it happen,” he said. “Not only will you be able to enjoy it but students that aren’t even born yet will be able to as well.”

Dr. Bossert also acknowledged the PTA executive board for their hard work and dedication. PTA president Heather Ross spoke to the students and thanked PTA member Annemarie Savage for being such a significant part of the process.

“We started this goal over a year ago and we are so happy to be here today,” said Mrs. Ross. “It really was a team effort.”

The school’s 2016-17 Harley Knights of the Month had the opportunity to be the first students to try out the playground after the ribbon was cut. These students were selected throughout the year based on their excellent character. The playground was open for students to enjoy during recess that day.

Elwood Maker Faire 2017

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Harley Avenue Raises Money in Memory of Beloved Teacher

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Knights for Nature Embraces Spring at John Glenn High School

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in the school’s Knights for Nature club recently planted colorful flowers and plants near the front of the school in honor of Earth Day. Led by club advisor Jen Basford, the environmental club started three years ago and features about thirty members. The club meets twice a month to plan different events for fundraising in an effort to make donations to establishments like Little Shelter or adopt an animal from the World Wildlife Fund. In addition, the students take part in activities to help the community such as beach cleanups and tree planting in the area.

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Sixth-Graders Honored for Service

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Ten Elwood Middle School sixth-graders in troop 85 recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 30 service hours in 2016.

Members include Giuliana Brown, Kate Doerzbacher, Anya Kassan, Chloe Keil, Riya Kumar, Rachel Leon, Maggie Murphy, Eva Musgrove, Stela Ristic and Arianna Vouthas. Under the guidance of their leaders Allison Keil, Sharon Leon and Jen Musgrove, the troop participated in a project called “Fun for Angela’s House.”

Angela’s House is a non-profit that services children with severe medical disabilities who need 24 hour nursing care. The children live in community homes so that their parents can continue to work and care for their other children at home. The troop took a special interest in Angela’s House and wanted to provide them with specialized play equipment to add more fun to their lives.  

They raised money by selling Girl Scout cookies and rubber bracelets and initially used the money to buy "star machines” that light up the children's bedroom ceilings with mesmerizing lightshows. The troop raised so much money that they were also able to contribute handicapped accommodation swings to a new playground being built on the grounds of one of Angela’s homes.

In addition, the girls collected and donated more than 200 slightly used children’s CDs and DVDs that the children of Angela’s House would enjoy.

“It feels good to win this award knowing that our hours were spent helping others and making our community a better place,” said Chloe.

 

Students Compete in World Robotics Competition

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Three Elwood Middle School students recently competed in the 2017 VEX IQ Challenge World Championship in Louisville, KY, under the direction of their advisor Matthew McGuire. The team was one of 308 middle school IQ teams from around the world that made it to the world finals. Less than 10 percent of VEX IQ teams from around the world qualified to attend the competition.

This was the first time that Elwood made it to the World Championship. Consisting of sixth-graders Garrett Warren and Kyle O’Conner and seventh-grader Patrick Siegler, the team had been working on their robot all year and competed in local competitions, which qualified them to compete at the World Championship.

During competition, the students participated in a teamwork challenge where they worked together with teams from around the world to move hexballs into different goals. The objective was to gain the highest score possible.

In addition, the team competed in skills matches where they took part in rounds which required them to drive their robot alone and where the robot had to be completely controlled by programs that the students coded for them.

“The competition gave the students the opportunity to work, network, learn and share ideas with other students from around the world,” said Mr. McGuire.

At the end of this year’s competition, next year’s challenge was released. The students are currently planning their designs with the new skills and ideas they learned from other teams. Their goal is to try to do well enough to make it back to the World Championship next year.

A Slam Dunk Achievement

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Congratulations to four Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students who were recently recognized at the Suffolk County Boys Basketball Awards!

Senior Greg Thornhill was named All-League, All-Conference, and one of only 10 boys chosen for All-County. In addition, senior Michael Aufiero was honored with the All-Academic Award, freshman Josh Fenner was named Rookie of the Year for all of League VI and senior Matt Tufano was recognized with the All-League Award. Coach Rogener showed his support by standing by their side during the ceremony.

“We are really proud of the season that these student-athletes have had,” said Director of Athletics and Physical Education David Shanahan. “They have positivity represented our community and I know their coach and the whole John Glenn community could not be happier for them.”

Audit Committee applications now being accepted

Please send a letter of interest and resume (as per Board policy 6690) no later than May 31 to:

District Clerk
Elwood School District
100 Kenneth Avenue
Greenlawn, NY 11740

or via email to nmancini@elwood.k12.ny.us

Sharing the Love of Language

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Members of the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School World Language Honor Society recently visited James H. Boyd Intermediate School to teach two to three classes a new language. The high school students taught either Spanish, Italian or American Sign Language to the third, fourth and fifth-graders. Each group developed their own lessons prior to the visit.

Forty-five juniors and seniors and twenty Boyd teachers participated in the fun-filled day. “Both the high school students and the Boyd students were very excited,” said World Language Honor Society advisors Nicole Correia and Nicole Gendjoian. “The high school students did an amazing job and enjoyed the enthusiasm of the third, fourth and fifth-grade students.”

Singing Success

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Two Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students participated in the 2017 National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Conference from April 5-8 at the Atlantic City Conference Center.

Senior Cecelia Polvere and junior Alexandra Vallejos, both altos, performed during the conference which is held every two years. Both valuable members of the music department at the high school, Cecelia is a member of the Women's Choir, while Alexandra is a member of the Mixed Chorus.

The students rehearsed for several days before taking part in a culminating concert at the conference on April 8.

“I am excited and proud to see these students succeed in something they love and have worked for,” said music teacher Rachel Nagle. “This is a well-deserved experience for them both.”

Mock Trial Team Conquers Court

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Members of the Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Mock Trial team recently finished off their season as one of the top teams in Suffolk County.

Consisting of 16 students from ninth through 12th grade, the team finished sixth out of 26 in the county, making it the highest finish in the school’s history. The team also qualified for the Suffolk County Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year and advanced to Elite Eight and the Final Four for the first time ever.

Advised by English teacher Megan Gieser, lead legal adviser and Elwood community member Anthony Marino and two other community members, Jeffrey Pincus and Cheryl Mintz, the team worked diligently throughout the season to strengthen their skills.

“The amount of work that the students have put in and the hours they have spent reworking openings, closings, cross-examinations and objections is unbelievable,” said Mr. Marino. “As a trial attorney for over 20 years, I can tell you their poise and focus surpasses some of the attorneys I have opposed in the court room.”

Due to their successful season, the students have been invited to the Law Day Competition at Northport High School this upcoming May.  



Best-selling Author Motivates Middle School Students

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Elwood Middle School students heard from former professional football player and best-selling author Tim Green on April 7.

Sponsored by the school’s PTA, Mr. Green spoke about his career, the importance of reading and his newest book, “Baseball Genius.” The students learned about how Mr. Green evolved from a successful athlete to a writer and also heard the inspiration behind some of his stories.

Throughout the presentation, Mr. Green stressed the significance of what education can do for a person. He explained that his own education allowed him to follow new and exciting opportunities that would not have been presented to him otherwise.

He also encouraged the students to find books that speak to them personally and not to judge books by their covers, adding that there is a book for everyone.

“Students who read become more compassionate,” he said. “You are putting yourself in another person’s shoes so find books that you enjoy.”

Second-Graders Celebrate Earth Day

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Family members were invited to Harley Avenue Primary School on April 6 and 7 for a special Earth Day performance by their second-graders.

Dressed in black and white attire, he students showcased their singing skills and facts about the Earth in the school’s cafetorium for their loved ones. Music teacher Christina Long directed the show with accompanist Marge Margolf.

Songs included “It’s a Small World,” “What a Wonderful World” and “We’ve Got the Whole World.” Between each song, the students would recite poetry about keeping the world a safe and healthy place. Untraditional music props were used for a variety of songs, including old detergent bottles and cans to use as drums for a song titled, “R-E-C-Y-C-L-E.”

The students prepared for the two-day performance by creating their own covers for the show’s booklet which they handed to family members before the show took place. In addition, the students worked together to create posters inspired by the illustrations in the book “What a Wonderful World,” and raised their designs up when singing the song to conclude the show.




Board Honors High School Club and Program Leaders

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on April 6, eight Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students were recognized for creating new clubs at the schooll, while guidance counselor Adrienne Nasser was honored for her commitment and dedication to the Freshmen Buddies program.

Principal Carisa Burzynski spoke about the importance of students taking the initiative to create new clubs that fit their interests if they already do not exist. The high school recently added a Fashion Club founded Ashley Engers and Brandon Schindlar, a Poetry Club founded by Emily Marchetti and Justin Starr, a Table Tennis Club founded by David Hermanns and Derek Lee, and a Unity with Diversity Club founded by Cacharel Coach and Meagan St. Aubain.

Each student was called up and received a certificate for their contribution and leadership skills in organizing one of these new and exciting clubs for students.  

In addition, Ms. Nasser was praised for her outstanding work in making the new Freshmen Buddies program a success.

“Like the true dedicated and reliable professional that she is, Ms. Nasser helped me from start to finish to bring the Freshmen Buddies program to fruition,” said Principal Burzynski. “Among other things, she organized meetings, revised documents, set up interviews, and kept track of all the applications and essays. She did this all on a purely voluntary basis.”

Congratulations to all and thank you for your dedication to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School!

Author Inspires Elwood Students

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Harley Avenue Primary School and James H. Boyd Intermediate School students had the unique opportunity to hear from author, poet and photographer Charles Smith Jr. on March 30 and 31.

Mr. Smith visited kindergarten through second-grade students on March 30 to present on his life and career. He spoke about his writing process, his photography experience and read excerpts from some of his books. Thanks to a school grant, students were each given one of his books to take home with kindergartners and first-graders receiving “I Am America” and second-graders receiving “I Am the World.” Mr. Smith visited classrooms in the afternoon to sign copies.

Students at James H. Boyd Intermediate School also learned about the author and received deeper explanations of his books when he visited the school on March 31. He spoke about the importance of the mind, body and spirit and how the three correlate with success. The Boyd PTA bought each student one of Mr. Smith’s books and the district bought his book collection for the classroom libraries.

“He was dynamic, related well to the students and covered real character traits,” said Principal Dr. Denise Toscano. “He blew us away.”






Community Donations

At its business meeting on April 6, the Board of Education accepted a generous donation of $702 from the Elwood Booster Club to fund the Math Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School.

“A big thank you to all the organizations that contribute to our children,” said Board Trustee Heather Mammolito.


At its business meeting on March 23, the Board of Education accepted a number of donations to the district’s schools.

The Elwood Education Endowment generously awarded grants totaling $30,000 to staff. The following faculty members were awarded:

Pamela Fine and Eileen Kelly-Gorman to provide all Elwood students to travel near and far with Google Expeditions. Renee Spanos to expand the Boyd STEM program through the use of iPads. Krista Albrecht and Liz Held at Boyd to incorporate Makey Makey Kits and Dash and Dot robots into the school. Donna Fife to redesign the EMS common area to reflect new ways of learning. Ricky Greening to teach diseases and the immune system to JGHS Living Environment students through the use of interactive games and books, and Vickie Henson for a JGHS Band Composer Workshop to create a musical composition to honor Senator John H. Glenn.

In addition, Elwood SEPTA donated $255.37 to fund the Harley/Boyd Life Skills trip, $116.08 to fund the Elwood Middle School Life Skills recycling trip, $528.00 to fund the SEPTA Boyd Sports Club, $728.00 to fund the SEPTA Boyd Friendship Club, and $406.00 to fund the 8th grade field trip to see the movie “Hidden Figures.”

The James H. Boyd PTA donated $8,000 to fund the Hall of Science program and $10,000 to fund the purchase of Google Expeditions glasses.

The Elwood Booster Club donated $169.93 to fund five ball launchers for the James H. Boyd Robotics Club, and $351.00 to fund the Math Club at James H. Boyd Intermediate School.

Donations of $367.50 and $114.53 were donated to fund the Barbara Quigley Memorial Fund, and $500 from Virginia Maina to fund the Maina Scholarship Fund.

Lastly, Girl Scout Troop 2598 proposed a service project to enhance the property at James H. Boyd Intermediate School and the Elwood Middle School PTA for donated $1,000 to fund the 7th grade DNA Center program at Elwood Middle School.

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.
 





Students Earn High Marks for Presentation

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Six Elwood-John H. Glenn High School science students were recently crowned first place presentation winners in Northwell Health’s annual Medical Marvels Program.

The Medical Marvels program was established by The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Center for Workforce Readiness to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career pathways for Long Island High School Students in ninth and 10th grades.

Tenth-graders Ivan Andrade, Akhila Kanneganti, Yeji Lee, Meghan Rivardo, Annie Song and Laura Taylor presented on “Fountain of Health: Replacing Water Systems Within School Districts.” The goal of their project was to create an efficient and inexpensive water filter system to eliminate the risk of disease and create safe drinking water. The students discussed what their plan would be, what policies they would put in place throughout the district and their budget.

The students worked on the project in their Independent Science Research class and also wrote a 15-page paper. They devoted more than 30 hours of their own time twice a week after school to make their project idea come to fruition.

Teachers Receive Grants to Expand Educational Opportunities

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During the district’s Board of Education meeting on March 23, the Elwood Education Endowment organization awarded six teacher grants totaling $30,000 to benefit all four schools in the district. Educators applied for a grant in the fall and had the opportunity to collaborate if they desired.

Since the EEE’s inception in 2004, the organization has awarded $465,000 in grants as a means to expand the educational programs offered by the district. Through fundraising efforts, the organization awards these grants to create additional opportunities beyond the core curriculum, not covered by the district’s budget.

This year, grants were provided to benefit students by bringing Google Expeditions into the classrooms and expand the James H. Boyd Intermediate School STEM program through the use of iPads, Makey Makey Kits and Dash and Dot robots. In addition, grants were awarded for a redesign of the Elwood Middle School common area, a band composer workshop and new interactive games and books to teach Elwood-John H. Glenn High School Living Environment students about diseases and the immune system.

Recipients included Director of Humanities Pamela Fine, Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman, James H. Boyd Intermediate School teachers Renee Spanos, Liz Held and Krista Albrecht, Elwood Middle School media specialist Donna Fife, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School science teacher Ricky Greening and music teacher Vickie Henson.
 
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert extended his sincere gratitude towards the organization, while Board Vice President Julia Fried praised the teachers for striving to make a difference in the lives of students.

"I'd like to recognize the teachers who have gone above and beyond by applying for these grants that will bring exciting new things to the classroom and to all those that work so hard to fundraise,” she said.

AP Biology Students Experiment with DNA Barcoding

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Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students in Mrs. Regan's and Dr. Kamhi's AP Biology classes recently conducted a DNA Barcoding Lab at the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center.

The students extracted the DNA of different plants and amplified a gene to determine its unique DNA sequence. The sequence was then used as a "DNA barcode" to be loaded into a computer database in order to identify the species. 

DNA barcodes are important as they can be used to catalog unidentified organisms before they disappear due to habitat destruction. Students also learned that DNA barcodes have many applications beyond species identification. For example, DNA barcodes can be used to detect food fraud (seafood mislabeled as a more expensive species) or product fraud (identifying designer handbags vs. knockoffs). 

 

Students Honored for Displaying Friendship

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The district’s Board of Education recognized three middle school students, Ava LaBelle, Devin McNamara and David Veliz at its regular meeting on March 23.   

The students received certificates that recognized their efforts to help acclimate new students to the school and continuing a culture of warmth within their school.

“These students went above and beyond to help our new students feel welcome by showing them friendship,” said Principal Hugh Gigante. “It is the little things that make our building tick.”

James H. Boyd Intermediate School Selected to Host nErD Camp Long Island

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The district is thrilled to announce that the third annual nErD Camp Long Island will be held at James H. Boyd Intermediate School on Nov. 4, 2017! The innovative event is held at a new school district each year with East Williston Union Free School District and Jericho School District hosting in previous years.  

The event came to fruition with the idea of combining the Nerdy Book Club, a blog site with literacy lovers and the Ed Camp model, an “unconference” educational camp that focuses on participant driven learning.

“We are very excited to host this wonderful, creative learning opportunity for educators throughout the region,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Bossert. “We look forward to a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices from all involved.”

The camp is a networking experience that is designed by attendees on topics that they would like to discuss. Sessions take place throughout the day, giving educators the freedom to choose what they want to learn and allows participants to present on topics that they are passionate about.

“We are extremely honored to host nErD Camp Long Island this November,” said Principal Dr. Denise Toscano. “This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate literacy and expand professional development by learning from others.”

Various authors and illustrators will be present at the event to speak with educators and also conduct a meet and greet for children around the community later in the day.

“We started this to really get kids excited about reading, writing and learning,” said nErD Camp Long Island organizer JoEllen McCarthy. “It’s amazing to see authors and illustrators participate and volunteer their time and talents to be connecting with educators and children.”


Class Does Their Part to Help the Hungry

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James H. Boyd Intermediate School students in Room 412 helped pack meals for orphans in Haiti and the hungry on Long Island on April 3 as part of the LuHi Meal Packing Event at the Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School in Upper Brookville.

Every year the students in Room 412, as well as previous students travel to LuHi, accompanied by their parents, to help pack meals. This year, the students helped pack 22,824 meals for kids in Haiti, as well as the hungry on Long Island.  

Long Island Lutheran adopted an orphanage in Haiti, whose residents they help provide with food. Most of the food, however, is distributed to organizations, which feed the hungry on Long Island.

Politically Minded Students Learn First-Hand Legislation

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Eight Elwood-John H. Glenn High School seniors in Laureen Kennedy’s AP Government and Politics class recently participated in the “Student Day at the Suffolk County Legislature" program.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the eight lucky Elwood students included Nicholas Chieppa, David Hermanns, Emma Hines, Derek Lee, Katherine McPherson, Kyle Morlock, Sylvanna Politio and Eva Sheldon. The group took part in a mock legislative session where they assumed the roles of legislator, lobbyist, concerned constituent, or representative of a bureaucratic agency. They actively debated and voted on a bill that proposed Suffolk County become a sanctuary county for undocumented workers.

In addition, the students met with several of Suffolk County’s legislators who explained the leadership of the legislature, the roles of its members and the activities of committees. They learned the responsibilities that county government has to its constituents to provide daily services.

“It was both an educational and rewarding experience,” said Ms. Kennedy.





Motivated Math Students Win Big

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Two Elwood Middle School teams participated in the 2017 Suffolk County MoMathlon Tournament at Brookhaven National Labs on March 24. The eighth-grade team, featuring five students, placed fourth in the competition, while three of the students also scored top spots in the individual round and mixed schools round.

MoMath with supporters Con Edison and Brookhaven National Laboratory, sponsors several math tournaments in March and April for New York middle schoolers each year to encourage students to experience challenges, teamwork, refreshments, souvenirs, trophies and memories that will inspire them in the future.

Elwood’s eighth-grade team included students Jake Haddad, Andrew Mullan, Daniel Mullan, Stephanie Mullan and Rithika Narayan. Daniel placed fifth and Andrew placed sixth in the individual round, while Rithika was named the first place winner with her team in the mixed schools round.

“We are very proud of our Elwood Mathematicians,” said Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman.


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, “2017 Bright Lights Educator and Elwood-John H. Glenn High School AP Environmental Science Students”

Newsday, "Adding More Holidays"

Newsday Winners - Lou Hanner

Holiday Adoptions and Suffolk Zone Winners

Newsday, “Holiday drives help those in need”

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Robotics Team Goes for Gold

Gold
Congratulations to Elwood Middle School robotics team 10058A, for being presented with the Design Award at the second NYS VEX IQ Championship on March 4th at Berner Middle School! This award is one of five from the region that qualifies the team for the Worlds Competition in Kentucky in April.

In addition, the school had another team place second in the teamwork competition and two others that placed in the top 10.

The event was only open to teams that qualified at another competition by winning an award or placing first or second in the teamwork challenge. All six of Elwood Middle School’s teams qualified for the championship based on previous competition performance.