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Notice of Board of Education Meeting - 10/21/21


High School Student Running Successful Podcast

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Northport High School student Amanda Penny is using her interviewing skills to run a successful podcast, which she has titled “Amanda’s World.” The podcast focuses on topics of interest to Amanda, ranging from her favorite television shows to her focus on a career in journalism. 

Amanda says she hadn’t planned on the podcast becoming such a success, but after her first video received over 100 views, she realized there was an opportunity to grow an audience or even make money. To help build a following, she has been uploading content nearly every day since January and has had over 4,000 views. Her guests have included producers, small business owners and journalists and have ranged from Morgan Evans, host of the Teen Wolf After Show to Barstool Sports content creator Alex Bennett.

When asked what she enjoys about the podcast, Amanda said “I love interviewing people and talking. For example I interviewed this singer who I loved when I was young, and to this day, I still talk to her. I made a lot of connections in L.A. and I have a really big support system.” 
Amanda runs the podcast almost entirely out of her home with support from school staff, who have provided her with resources and guidance. “My school support system is amazing. Everybody supports me 100 percent,” she said. 

In the future, Amanda hopes to study journalism in college and eventually work for a media company, such as MTV or Barstool Sports.  


Nine Students Recognized as National Merit Commended Students

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Congratulations to the following students who have been named National Merit Commended Students: Madeleine Cierski, Braden Ciszek, Grace Freas, Luke Frisoli, Nicholas Gilligan, Esther Loring, Valentina Masone, Audrey Ryan and Clare Vogt. 

Commended Students are named based on a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. These nine students showed, via their PSAT scores, that they are exceptionally talented and have been recognized for their achievements. 

STEM Enrichment for All - Parent University Presentation

Thank you to those who attended the STEM Enrichment for All Parent University. We are excited to be offering this program for all students K-5! Please find the Zoom recording from last night by CLICKING HERE

ENL teachers host collegial circle for colleagues

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Supporting all students in the Northport-East Northport school district continues to be a focus this year, including for English Language Learners (ELLs). To ensure teachers feel well prepared to provide ELLs with the support they need, English as a New Language teachers  (ENLs) have begun hosting collegial circles for their colleagues across all district buildings and grade levels. 
In the first collegial circle on October 6, teachers gathered at Northport High School to learn from ENL teachers and speak with colleagues about successful teaching practices for ELLs. 
District Chairperson for World Language and ENL Jennifer Nesfield explained that the techniques used for ELL students can also be successful for all students. “Some of the simplest tools in an ENL teacher's toolbox help not only ELLs demonstrate comprehension but can help all students feel more successful and independent in their classes,” she said. 
She added “I hope that the teachers who attend this collegial circle come away from this experience feeling empowered to connect more easily with the ELLs and feel confident when designing and modifying assignments that they can use daily to help the students build their academic language.”