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Elwood Pays Tribute to Those Lost on 9/11

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The high school held a 9/11 recognition ceremony on Sept. 11. prior to the school’s varsity football game, with the participation of the Greenlawn Fire Department. Also in attendance at the Patriot Day event, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, were representatives from the Suffolk County Police Department and more than 300 community members.

Dr. Kenneth Bossert, the district’s superintendent, presided over a moment of silence, while high school students Anson Kwan, Toni Meyer and Katie Schieble sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“It was a beautiful day and a wonderful tribute,” said Dr. Bossert.

“The events of 9/11 changed our country’s fabric in many ways,” said Athletic Director David Shanahan. “Twenty years later, we had a chance to remember all who lost their lives that day and give tribute to them.”

Elwood Welcomes Back Students for an Exciting New School Year

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Despite the unwelcome inclement weather, the district’s students enjoyed an exciting first day of school on Sept. 9, successfully returning to classes at John Glenn, the middle school, Boyd and Harley Avenue.

“Rain could not dampen our first day spirits,” said Dr. Kenneth Bossert, the district’s superintendent. “Students and staff alike were all happy to be back and hard at work.”

“It was great to welcome back our students and start the year off with all students in the building,” said High School Principal Carisa Burzynski. “We missed their energy and are excited for a new school year.”


Julie Bilello Appointed as Middle School Assistant Principal

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Julie Bilello was appointed as Assistant Principal at Elwood Middle School, replacing Dawn Valle, the district’s new Director of Math, Science, Technology and Federal Grants K-12.

Bilello has worked as a special education teacher for the past 16 years, most recently at Elwood Middle School, and previously in the Lynbrook School District and Plainview Old-Bethpage School District. During her career, she has taught every grade from first to eighth in various settings such as resource room, integrated co-teaching and special class.

A Deer Park resident, Bilello earned an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Farmingdale State College, her bachelor’s degree in Child Study from St. Joseph’s College, a master’s degree in Education/Literacy from Long Island University and a post-master’s advanced graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook University.

“I am honored to be taking on the role of Assistant Principal at Elwood Middle School,” Bilello said. “I am excited to continue working closely with this wonderful community, as well as the faculty and staff, in order to foster strong relationships and create an environment where every student will find success. My goal is to ensure that all students feel connected, valued and cared for during their time at EMS. I look forward to partnering with the Principal, Dr. Christina Moran, to provide the best middle school experience possible for our students.”

Dawn Valle Named Director of Math, Science, Technology and Federal Grants K-12

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Dawn Valle was recently appointed by the Board of Education as the new Director of Math, Science, Technology and Federal Grants K-12 for the district. She had served, since 2014, as Assistant Principal at Elwood Middle School. Valle previously worked as a principal for the New York City Department of Education, an Assistant Principal and math staff developer at the Math & Science Exploratory School, a math teacher and math department teacher leader at William Alexander Middle School, and a school and borough testing supervisor for the New York City Department of Education.

An Islip Terrace resident, Valle earned her bachelor’s degree at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York, her master’s degree in school leadership at Touro College, and her advanced certification in District Leadership from Dowling College.

“I am excited to begin this new journey,” Valle said. “It has been wonderful to continue working with my colleagues and to be able to support them in new ways, including optimizing the funding provided by the federal grants. I am also looking forward to building new relationships with our staff members across the district and collaborating with them to enhance our instructional programs in math, science and technology.”

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

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