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Northport Buddies Thank Local Heroes

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Kindergarten and fifth-grade “buddies” came together at Fifth Avenue to send letters to local heroes in honor of Memorial Day. In pairs, each kindergartener from Ms. Christine Shaw’s class drew a picture, and each fifth-grader from Ms. Kathy Amundsen’s class crafted a letter to send to a veteran at the Northport VA Center to thank them for their service.

Notice of Special Meeting/Executive Session - May 30

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Math League High Scorers

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Northport High School students Camden Burk, Alexia Kaloudis, and Peter Mainetti were recognized at the Suffolk County Math Teachers Association Senior High Awards Dinner on May 20. These students, who competed in the senior level Math League, received some of the highest scores in the county out of nearly 80 teams. NHS, overall, was ranked the seventh highest scoring school in the county.

“All three of these students tackle accelerated math programs, and are doing so with tremendous amounts of success,” said NHS math teacher Anthony Perico. “Their placement in this competition is an embodiment of their hard work and dedication to the field of mathematics.”

Congratulations students!

The Budget Has Passed. Thank You!

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BUDGET RESULTS:
The Budget Has Passed. Thank You!
Yes - 1553
No - 977

Proposition #2 Has Passed.
Yes - 1908
No – 608 

Congratulations to Larry Licopoli, Thomas Loughran and Allison Noonan on winning the Board election.
Larry Licopoli – 1796
Thomas Loughran – 1770
Allison Noonan ¬– 1864

El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. ¡Gracias!
Sí - 1553
No- 977

La Proposición # 2 ha sido aprobada.
Sí - 1908
No- 608

Felicitaciones a Larry Licopoli, Thomas Loughran y Allison Noonan por ganar la elección de la Junta.
Larry Licopoli – 1796
Thomas Loughran – 1770
Allison Noonan ¬– 1864
 

Math and Movement

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Norwood Avenue students combined physical activity with math fluency in a flurry of fast-paced exercises on May 16. Math and Movement, a multi-sensory educational program, visits schools all across the state to encourage children to practice important math concepts by harnessing their natural love of movement. According to multiple research studies conducted, combining math and movement strengthens numeracy and literacy, and helps raise overall math skills.

During the program’s visit, students rotated between activities including a multiplication tables hop-scotch, whisper/loud movements, creating math problems for their classmates by jumping from number to number on a large board, and time-telling on a giant analog clock.

“Our students respond extraordinarily positively to practicing skills in ways that don’t require paper and a pencil,” said Elementary Instructional Coordinator Lindsey Andersen, “so when we bring programs like this into our school, we make sure that it all reinforces what they’re learning in the classroom—and when they leave, those concepts are further ingrained into their minds.”

Notice of Special BOE Meeting, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Budget Q&A

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Division I Title

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NHS’ girls varsity lacrosse team recently captured the Division I Super 6 Title for the second year in a row! Congratulations to all of the student-athletes, coaches and volunteer assistants on this title, and for an incredible season.

The Tigers currently have an overall record of 15-1, and will be hosting the quarter-finals on Monday May 20, 4:30 pm.

Ride for Life

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On May 13, elementary and middle schools throughout the district were visited by former Northport teacher and ALS survivor Chris Pendergast. Mr. Pendergast is remarkable and tenacious individual who has dedicated his life to helping raise awareness for the ALS cause and to one day find a cure.

Thanks to the generosity and large hearts of the Northport-East Northport community, schools were able to present Mr. Pendergast with checks to help fund his participation in “Ride for Life.” As he rode past, students cheered him on, wishing him a safe and successful journey on his ride.

Fit Club Challenge

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On May 7, all six elementary schools represented our district at the Suffolk Zone Fit Club Challenge. The competition was fierce among the 31 participating teams, which were comprised of students from grades four and five all throughout Suffolk County. Congratulation to all participants, who demonstrated teamwork and perseverance from start to finish—especially Team Bellerose/Ocean, who placed fourth!

“The amount of time dedicated into teaching and training these young students was remarkable,” said District Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark. Dantuono, “and we’re so proud of all involved!”

Way to go, students!

Business Student of the Month Honored

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Northport High School’s business education student of the month was recognized during the district’s Board of education meeting on May 9.

Senior Annette Lyubchenko is a student in the Academy of Finance program and has taken electives outside of AOF. In Virtual Enterprise, a simulated virtual firm where students engage in traditional business activities including marketing, human resources, finance and accounting, she serves as vice president of administration.

“Annette is a combination of poise, grace, grit and determination and we are honored to recognize her as Northport High School’s Business Education Student of the Month,” said Northport High School Assistant Principal Denise Keenan.

Annette is a well-rounded student and is active in the National Honor Society, DECA, the Tigerettes Dance Team, where she serves as a captain, and the Multicultural club, which allows her to explore her heritage more deeply. She speaks only Russian at home and has been a wealth of information on international perspectives for her teachers and peers. Annette will be continuing her education at Marist College, where she will be studying business administration with a focus in marketing.

Congrats, Annette!

Brookhaven National Lab Science Fair Winners

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Two students were selected as first-place winners in Brookhaven National Lab’s 2019 Elementary School Science Fair on May 4! The fair received over 400 science projects from 100 elementary schools across Suffolk county and was judged by Brookhaven scientists, engineers, staff, and local teachers. Only one student from each grade-level was selected as a first-place winner.

Northport’s winners both attend Norwood Avenue Elementary School—third-grader Matthew Pokorny, who was awarded for his “Rocks and Barrier Waves project”, and fourth-grader Liam Dwyer for his “Rip Rap Paddywhack” project.

Additionally, three Northport students received honorable mentions at the fair: Dickinson Avenue fourth-grader Madalyn Mooers, “What Materials will Block EMF?”; Fifth Avenue first-grader Nicholas Heffernan, “Fire and Oxygen”; and Pulaski Road second-grader Zachary Ng, “Crossing Bridges.”

“We are so proud of the quality of research, creativity, and experimentation put forth by all of our students,” said District Chairperson of Science, Technology & Engineering Education David Storch.

Congratulations!

NHS Field Hockey Placed on NFHCA Academic Squad

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All 21 members of Northport High School’s varsity field hockey team received the Optimal Performance Associates/National Field Hockey Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad award. The award is presented seniors and juniors who achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 while being a member of a field hockey team. Additionally, senior team member Kirsten Roethel was awarded as a Scholar of Distinction for her nearly perfect GPA, which only approximately 730 students nationwide received.

Congratulations students!

A Step in the “Write” Direction

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NHS sophomore Hope Jorgensen was recently accepted into Skidmore College’s NYS Summer Institute for Young Writers. After submitting a short young adult fiction piece, Hope was selected as one of only 40 students across the country to attend this summer program. From July 1-13, participating students will dorm at Skidmore College and receive daily instruction in the many types of creative writing such as poetry and fiction. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage in giving and receiving critique from their peers.

"Hope is positively brimming with genuine enthusiasm and truly impressive creativity,” said Hope’s English teacher, Ms. Meg Scanlon. “She worked her writing magic and submitted a phenomenal story to be selected for this honor, and I’m so proud of her!"

Hope, who has been spinning stories in her head since she was a little girl, commented that when she got the news she had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming.

“I’ve always been inspired by authors like J.K. Rowling and Steven King, and really want to be a writer someday,” she said, “and being given this opportunity feels like a big step in the right direction. I’m so excited!”

ISSUE Conference

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The Northport High School LEAD classes recently completed the 37th annual ISSUE conference. Under the direction of social studies teachers Cynthia Porciello and Kerry Boyd, LEAD students hosted 20 performances of original, student-written plays confronting issues of social significance to teenagers today. Topics this year included body image, depression, verbal abuse, and vaping.

Two evening performances for family members and friends were hosted in early April, as well as school day presentations in the high school’s Little Theater.

LEAD students are committed to using theater and peer education to create awareness of important social concerns, and the annual ISSUE conference is a highlight of the program.

“The annual ISSUE conference is a powerful and meaningful event that creates awareness and dialog around important social issues,” said social studies teacher David Scott.

Children and Screens Workshop

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An informative parent workshop presented in collaboration with the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development took place at the high school on April 1. Many parents of children throughout the district were in attendance to gather helpful and scientifically backed tips to help oversee their children and the use of screens. Presenters Dr. Pam Hurt-Della Pietra, the president of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and Stonybrook professor Dr. Lauren Hale, a local Northport mom, shared their knowledge and research with those in attendance. They covered topics such as social patterning of sleep and how it contributes to disparities in health and well-being and what screens do to teen sleep health, and took time to answer questions at the end of the event. 
 

Spring STEM Fun

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Pairs of kindergarten and third grade “buddies” at Dickinson Avenue Elementary in the Northport East Northport School came together to construct some delicious spring-themed STEM projects on April 18.

Using colorful jelly beans, marshmallow peeps and bunnies, and materials like toothpicks and popsicle sticks, students were challenged to make a birdhouse, a nest, and a functioning catapult! Before beginning their structures, students had to first plan by sketching out a design.

Overall, the project was a wonderful way to end the week before break!

Taking Control of Wellness at NHS

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Northport High School hosted a Wellness Week in collaboration with the community’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force during the week of April 15. This week focused on improving mental, emotional, physical, and social health throughout the school community. Each day different activities and workshops were planned for students and faculty to attend.

Along with fun stress relieving activities like stress ball making and lava-bracelet crafting, informative and hands-on workshops were hosted. Topics included the Art of Empathy, meditation, yoga, martial arts, a drum circle, and more. Students also heard from agencies such as the Safe Center and Project Heal, who talked openly about hard topics such as eating disorders, substance abuse recovery, and maintaining healthy relationships.

“Originally, the idea for Wellness Week came from our students,” said Mr. Anthony Ferrandino, the school’s social worker and co-chair of the district’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force. “They were the ones who asked to show more awareness towards wellness and mental health, to sharpen coping skills, to break the stigma surrounding mental health…so we took action, and the rest of the student population has been incredibly responsive.”

Additionally, a new mindfulness room was opened at the beginning of the week. This quiet room filled with soft lighting, salt lamps, and bean bag chairs, resides on the upper level of the library and is to meant to help students find a moment of peace whenever they need it.

“Over the last few years, we’ve noticed a larger number of students who seek refuge in the library, eyes closed, earbuds in, just trying to find a little peace in an increasingly stressful school day,” said high school librarian Debra Cavaliere. “So the mindfulness room was born out of that need, and we’re excited to see how students respond to having it available.”

At the end of the week, students felt more empowered to take control of all aspects of their own wellness.

“In a super busy world that demands your attention every second, it’s important to take care of yourself,” said Kloe, a NHS junior, “because no one else can do it for you.”

#skipthestraw

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As part of the #skipthestraw initiative, Northport High School’s Environment Team has been working with Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) and the American Marin Conservation Society (AMCS) in an effort to educate their peers on how harmful single use plastics are for the environment.

Earth Week took place right before spring recess, so the E-Team set up a booth in the high school commons to reach out to their peers. Members encouraged their classmates to pledge to give up unnecessary disposable plastic usage to help preserve the environment. Every student who signed a pledge received reusable wooden utensils, a stainless-steel straw, and a reusable shopping bag. Members also encouraged their classmates to carry these materials with them on a regular basis to form habits in using them.

Last year, the E-Team worked in collaboration with the CCE to push the Suffolk County Bag Bill into place and this year they’re working on discouraging use of harmful materials like disposable plastics and Styrofoam. It has been reported that approximately 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States, and last year over 11,000 of those straws were collected on New York’s shorelines.

“We’re extremely passionate about changing the way people think about and use plastics,” said AJ, a senior E-Team member. “People always say ‘Well, how much can one person really do?’ but that’s the thing — if we can encourage one person, and then another person, and then those people encourage others, it’s a chain reaction. Boom, we’re changing the world.”

By the end of the week, over 620 pledges were made at Northport High School thanks to the E-Team’s efforts. Way to make a difference, students!

Independent Research Night

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Sixth grade students from both middle schools came together at the William J. Brosnan building on the evening of April 15th to share independent research projects with their classmates and families. These students are part of the district’s “Investigate” program, which is a challenging enrichment program that emphasizes higher level thinking skills, problem solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques.

This event, now in its third year, gives students the opportunity to delve deeply into an area that is of high personal interest to them. The result was a wide variety of topics covering history, science, animals, engineering, technology, music, communication, art and literature. Under the guidance of Investigate facilitators Fran Bertos and Brianne Furstein, the students began their study in December, and continued to work on it throughout the recent months.

As moms, dads, siblings and grandparents perused the projects, the students were on hand to discuss what they learned in depth, and answer any questions. All attendees were truly impressed with the level of knowledge and passion the students demonstrated.

Praise-Worthy Students Honored

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Two of the district’s outstanding students were honored at the Board of Education meeting on April 12. Seniors Emma Canfora and Shea Cronin were recognized as the Rotary and Health Education Department Student of the Month and Physical Education Department Student of the Month, respectively.

Mark Dantuono, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, presented both students to the Board with an overflow of praise for each student, and how they exemplified excellence in each department.

“Within health class especially, Emma has made countless impressionable impacts on the lives of her peers,” said Mr. Dantuono, “sharing openly and encouraging them to persevere through hard times—especially when struggling with maintaining mental health.”

Academically, Emma is a hardworking student who is always striving to reach her full potential. She has volunteered for both local and national political campaigns, spent a semester as a senate Page in Washington D.C., and aspires to eventually make mental health for more accessible for all, eliminating the stigma it carries in our society.

Three-sport athlete Shea Cronin was praised for the energy, skill, and willingness to help others that she displays on a regular basis. “She is extremely coachable, and is often the driving force behind her teams’ success,” said Mr. Danutono. “Her coaches all agree that she is a shining example sportsmanship, and the good in today’s youth.”

In addition to her excellence on the field, Shea challenges herself academically in both AP and IB courses. She aspires to become a physician assistant and hopes to attend the university of Wisconsin-Madison after graduation.

Congratulations, students!

SkillsUSA – Digital Film

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Northport High School student Connor Miranda, a student enrolled in the SkillsUSA program, recently placed second in the program’s regional digital film competition. Each pair of students enrolled in the program were given the same story to report on. Students then had to use what they had learned throughout the program to film, report, and produce the best segment. Connor ran the camera while his program partner reported on the story, and the students placed second in the competition. Connor will be heading to the state level of the competition over April break.

Connor, a senior at Northport High School, has had a long-standing interest in digital production and plans to pursue that field of study in college.

Congratulations, Connor!

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Thanks to James Murnane, students in Mrs. Pileggi and Mrs. McCormick’s second grade class at Dickinson Avenue enjoyed a new selection on the lunch menu.

In writer’s workshop, students recently learned about functional texts, persuasive writing, stating their opinions and supporting their opinions with reasons. To practice using this new knowledge, students reviewed the school lunch menu to gather information, and then brainstormed ideas for new food items to be added to the menu.

Each student wrote a letter to persuade Mrs. Donna Lauriano, our lunch room manager, to select his/her lunch choice for the menu. Some of the suggestions included watermelon salad with goat cheese, barbequed ribs with corn bread and apples with Nutella.

James Murnane’s winning lunch menu item, grilled mozzarella cheese sandwich with marinara dipping sauce, was selected to be featured on the district’s April menu. His letter, explaining that “hot and gooey” grilled cheeses could warm anyone up on a “cold winter day” was very persuasive. Well done, James!

Teenagers and toddlers working together

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Through Northport High School’s Family and Consumer Science department, students have the unique opportunity to work with toddlers and experience child-development first-hand. The program affords students with tactile interaction with children twice a week, witnessing their classroom-learned knowledge come to life.

For one semester, students enrolled in Family Dynamics are paired with a toddler in order to observe the physical, social, and emotional growth of the child. On a rotating schedule, students plan the day’s activities, arts and crafts, and “circle-time” for the children to comfortably transition leaving the classroom. At the end of each week, students record how they’ve watched the child grow and develop by way of motor skills, vocabulary, and more.

“They understand a lot more than I expected,” said Chris, a senior in the program. “My toddler only knew a few words in the beginning and know he knows so much more. It’s crazy how fast they pick things up.”

Students involved in the program vary from aspiring future educators, to budding psychologists, to just wanting to be prepared for a future family.

“This is definitely the most hands-on class I’ve ever taken,” said Deanna, a junior at NHS, “and I genuinely look forward to each afternoon I get to spend time with these kids.”

If students want to continue on in the program after completing working with toddlers, they’re able to enroll in a Human Development class, where students work with preschool aged children three times a week, taking on more responsibilities and leadership roles in the classroom.

“We find that students who go through this program and continue on to pursue professions in education and psychology have a significant advantage compared to other students,” said Family Dynamics teacher Antoinette DiGiacomo. “This experience sets them apart in ways that impresses their professors, and ultimately helps them achieve future professional success.”

Mock Trial County Champions

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After a fierce season of competition, Northport High School’s Mock Trial team emerged victoriously as the Suffolk County champions for the first time in the program’s history. They faced off against Bay Shore on April 3 and were declared the winners in a very close decision by Judge David T. Reilly.

Team members commented that as they advanced further in the tournament they became more determined to win and began practicing every day, including weekends, to prepared to face-off against some of the Island’s most formidable opponents.

Students worked hard at learning to anticipate other teams’ objections, mastered the rules of the Mock Trial handbook, and even interchanged roles in order to be prepared for every scenario. Once they defeated Huntington’s Mock Trial team —last year’s county champions—they knew they had a real chance at winning county title.

When the judge ruled in their favor at the County Championship round after an intense competition against Bay Shore, students were ecstatic, shocked, and extremely proud.

“It was a very emotional win,” said senior Emma Canfora. “Our hours and hours of hard work paid off.”

Additionally, the team unanimously agreed that one of the biggest driving forces behind their success was their captain Maggie Dowling, who “exhibited true leadership and dedication as a captain in every way”, according to club advisor Mr. David Scott. Mr. Scott also commented that, after pursuing the county champion title for twenty years, the win was truly an honor.

The Mock Trial team will be traveling to Albany May 19-21 to compete for the title of State Champions.

Congratulations to Hayley Hayden, John Hagan, Maggie Dowling (Team Captain), Rudy Mastrocinque, Isabella Anton, Sophia Borovikova , Erika Ramos-Pinto, Bailey Piper, Emma Canfora, and Chloe Bonchonsky for this incredible accomplishment!

Having Each Other’s Backs at NMS

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To continue building a climate of kindness and acceptance at school, the Northport Middle School Community Service Club worked together to get their peers thinking about what it means to show respect, compassion and tolerance towards one another on April 9.

In partnership with the No Place for Hate Initiative, students came up with the idea to beautify their school with positivity when they were talking candidly at one of their weekly meetings. Students decided to paint the words “respect”, “compassion”, and “tolerance” on three separate canvases and to invite students from each grade level to write what they believe those words mean. That way, their peers would actively be thinking about kindness.

“Many students have vocalized that middle school is a lot harder, emotionally, than elementary school,” said Danielle Cardinale, one of the club’s advisors. “And they came up with this idea while talking about how to encourage and remind everyone to be kind on a daily basis.”

During each lunch period, students were invited to come down to the art room and add to the grade-level’s canvas. Many students were lost in thoughtful contemplation as they wrote—including song lyrics, quotes, and pictures along with original thoughts. When completed, canvases will be hung in the cafeteria.

“Compassion can be having other people’s backs and helping them get back up after getting knocked down by life,” said Northport Middle School seventh-grader Winnie. “And it’s important to remember that, sometimes, you really have no idea what someone else is going through.”

School Calendar Change

As a result of a resolution passed by the Board of Education last evening, please note the following changes to the 2018-2019 school calendar:

Tuesday, May 28th:
SCHOOLS CLOSED

Wednesday, June 19th and Thursday, June 20th:
Elementary Schools - Full Day for Students
Middle Schools and High School - Students follow testing schedule
Full Day for All Staff

Friday, June 21st through Tuesday, June 25th:
Elementary Schools - Half Day for Students
Middle Schools and High School - Students follow testing schedule
Full Day for All Staff

Wednesday, June 26th: Last Day of School

Students for 60,000 Community Forum

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After returning from a life-changing service trip to West Virginia, the Students for 60,000 Club held a forum at the Northport Public Library to share their experiences with the community.

Students shared how different parts of the trip affected them. Some students shared how moved they were to learn about the adverse impact the coal industry has had on the communities, while others covered their experiences in assisting low income families in various after school programs, working on low-income homes, and learning about various rehabilitation organizations and drug treatment programs with an emphasis on the opioid epidemic.

Additionally, some students shared how rewarding it was to visit Tug Valley High School and make simply connections with other high school students

"This trip was extraordinarily powerful not just because of the service we performed, but the knowledge we gained,” said senior Katie Sierra. “And the most striking takeaway I got from the trip was how similar we truly are. We share the same core values, beliefs, and many the same struggles, whether related to poverty, drugs, or the environment."

Students closed the forum by emphasizing their ongoing collaboration and work towards a student exchange, where Northport High school would invite students from West Virginia to travel up to New York to partner together in addressing the opioid epidemic among other issues confronting both our states.

Students for 60,000 began in 1987 as a school club dedicated to assisting the homeless. The name of the club came from the approximate number of 60,000 homeless in New York City in the 1980s. Over the years, the club has turned into a program that organizes fundraisers, raising over hundreds of thousands of dollars, and raising awareness for those in need.

Way to make a difference, students!

NHS student named VP of SkillsUSA

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Northport High School student Rain Middendorf, who is currently enrolled in the cosmetology department of SkillsUSA, was recently named the Vice President of the Long Island Chapter of the organization, Area VI.

SkillsUSA is a program that empowers its members to become dedicated workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, improving the quality of our nation's future skilled workforce. Students develop framework skills that are grounded in academics.

Rain gave a speech in front of SkillsUSA student delegates from across Long Island and was elected based on her peers’ votes. Her duties as Vice President consist of presiding at meetings and functions in the absence of the president and being well informed of the issues and skilled in handling the Area VI’s business. Additionally, Rain will be responsible for an array of program planning, and working with other elected officers to assist the president of Area VI.

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NHS senior Elliot Macolino has been selected as a recipient of the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. Along with receiving a $10,000 per year scholarship for four years, Elliot is also guaranteed a paid engineering internship with Amazon after his first year of college.

This prestigious scholarship is only awarded to 100 students nationwide, and is a mark of a student’s incredible aptitude in the areas of engineering, academic excellence, and leadership. In Amazon’s letter to Elliot, they commended him for his help in sparking “a generation of leaders in computer science,” and that the scholarship itself is a reflection of appreciation for all the work he has done in the field of computer science thus far.

Elliot is highly involved in Northport High School’s Academy of Information Technology program, and desires to pursue a career in the informational technology field.

“I am so grateful to have received this scholarship and opportunity,” said Elliot Macolino, “and to have had the privilege to be involved in Northport’s Academy of Informational Technology! It helped me find the direct path to my future.”

Congratulations, Elliot!

2019 Best Communities for Music

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The district was recently recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) as one of the best communities for Music Education in the nation! This award recognizes the district’s outstanding dedication to music and the arts, and commends their commitment to affording a comprehensive music education to all students.

In 2019, only selected approximately 600 schools nation-wide, and only 152 in New York State.

“I am so proud of this acknowledgment, and everyone who is invested in our programs,” said Director of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Izzet Mergen. “We are so lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive community.”

Public Policies Challenged Through “Project Citizen”

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Sixth-graders from NMS and ENMS visited Touro Law Center on March 22 to present their semester-long endeavors entitled “Project Citizen.” These 28 students are a part of the district’s Investigate program, a challenging enrichment program that emphasizes higher level thinking skills, problem solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques. “Project Citizen” is in its second year as a part of the Investigate program

Students presented their projects to a panel of civic experts, including Northport Social Studies chairperson, Sean Hurley; Suffolk County legislative aide, Liz Alexander; Director of Development at SCCC, Christopher Williams; and Touro Law Students Kassandra Polanco and Sydnie Molina.

For this project, students first identified an issue of public policy in their community which concerned them. Each group of students then researched their chosen problem, interviewing community members who assisted them in learning more about the issue. Additionally, students worked to identify potential solutions by way of letter writing, emails, and phone calls.

Examples of issues researched include the rise in rear end collisions as a result of red-light cameras, the environmental impacts of plastic straw use, the need for school crossing guards to work longer hours, the need for clean water fountains, and issues of flooding in Northport village.

In addition to help from program facilitators Brianne Furstein and Fran Bertos, Northport High School law teacher David Scott also guided students in their research and organized their visit to Touro.

“This was a great event that brought civic learning to life. Students were able to see how they can work together to use their voice to make our world a better place,” said Mr. Scott.

Mock Trial Headed to County Championship

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Northport High School’s Mock Trial team recently emerged victorious in the Suffolk County “Final Four” of the competition against Kings Park! Students will be facing-off against Bay Shore High School at the County Championship on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 2:30 pm.

Go Northport!

Reduce Single-Use!

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NHS was visited by Atlantic Marine Conservation Society biologist Allison DePerte on March 27 to teach students about the dangerous effects of marine debris on our environment.

The visit was organized and hosted by the high school’s Environment Team. In order to make the message more widespread, Northport High School’s biology students and third-graders that are a part of the district-wide “Investigate” program were invited to attend as well.

Groups of students listened intently as Ms. DePerte shared dangers of pollution, how it affects local and global marine life, and explained how local beach cleanups can be extremely effective.

“Recent studies have shown that, in one month, over 1.7 million food wrappers and 1.5 million plastic bottles can be found washed up on beaches all around the world,” Ms. DePerte told students. “Do we think that’s a big problem?”

The auditorium responded with a resounding yes.

Additionally, Ms. DePerte spoke to students about the waste we create with single-use plastic items, such as straws and disposable utensils, and shared that Americans, between the ages of five and 65, use upwards of 35,000 straws.

After the presentation, students had the opportunity to ask additional questions. E-Team students imparted some of their own wisdom to the younger students as well, urging them to “reduce your use.” E-Team students also shared with Ms. DePerte their plans on proposing a town ban on Styrofoam. and are planning on handing out reusable straws during Earth Week.

Thank You from the AOF

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The Academy of Finance would like to thank everyone that the attended Jungle Book Movie Fundraiser for Danielle DeSimone, an AOF Class of 2016 alumnus, who is battling leukemia.

Along with student-collected donations from the Northport community and donated goods that filled 21 baskets to be raffled off, the event raised $2500. All proceeds go to the DeSimone Family.

“It truly takes a village and the warmth and support really helped make a difference,” said Ms. Allison Schwabish, the coordinator of the Academy of Finance.

Author Experience at Norwood Avenue

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Author Experience at Norwood Avenue 3
Author Erica Perl, writer of popular titles like “Ferocious Fluffity” and “Goatilocks”, recently visited Norwood Avenue School to share her experiences with students. Ms. Perl explained how she became an author, met with selected students for lunch, and signed copies of her books for students. Ms. Perl even read a chapter from her upcoming novel to the students, who hung on her every word.

A special thanks to Mrs. Dwyer, Mrs. Atkins, and the PTA for bringing in Erica Perl as part of Norwod’s Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program!