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SURPLUS OBSOLETE PIANOS SALE

If you are interested in the surplus obsolete pianos sale, the bid packet and instructions for viewing may be obtained at the District Purchasing Office, Room 215, in the William J. Brosnan School, 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport, New York beginning January 18, 2018.. Bids must be returned by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday January 23, 2018.

The pianos will be available to view January 22, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by appointment only.

For more information, please contact the District Purchasing Department at 631-262-6640.

Fifth Avenue Student Wins Island-Wide Essay Contest

Fifth Avenue Student Wins Island-Wide Essay Contest photo

Megan Heffernan, a third-grader from Fifth Avenue Elementary School, won TD Bank’s “Take a Duck to Class” essay contest this month.

For this contest, the essay prompt asked “Who is a hero in your community, and why?” Students were required to answer in 250 words or less, and submit their essay online. Megan’s winning entry, chosen from a pool of thousands of essays, was one of four island-wide. The essay focused on her father – the Chief of the East Northport Fire Department, a police officer, and an Army veteran. On Jan. 12, the Long Island Ducks and TD Bank representatives visited Megan and her peers at school, and held a special assembly to honor both Megan and her father. Megan was given an opportunity to read her essay in front of her classmates and family members.

“He helps so many people in so many ways,” Megan read aloud. “He is generous, kind, brave…and has a huge heart.”

Afterwards, TD Bank representatives presented Megan with a $50 Visa gift card to congratulate her for her winning essay—and the Ducks’ mascot QuackerJack made a special appearance, to the delight of all the children.

Megan and her classmates then had their own special session with the mascot, where they were given bags filled with items courtesy of TD Bank and the Long Island Ducks, and had the opportunity to have those items autographed. The students concluded the visit dancing with QuackerJack to the “YMCA”, which is a tradition at Long Island Ducks games.

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. HHH West @ Nassau Coliseum

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Northport Board of Education Recognizes Students of Distinction

Northport Board of Education Recognizes Students of Distinction photo

At the first 2018 Northport-East Northport Board of Education meeting of the year, a number of high school students were recognized for different distinctions.

High school juniors Julia Ahrens, Jason Aiello, Jean-Philippe Cesar, Dimitri Christoforatos, Ana Hontoria and Matthew Muller were selected to participate in the American Legion Boys/Girls State Program. This program teaches students to become knowledgeable of the country and government, and to help them become more patriotic citizens. The weeklong program takes place in the summer. A representative from the Northport chapter of the American Legion was in attendance to congratulate the students as well.

The board also recognized senior Samantha Fanuka as the social studies student of the month. Fanuka was praised by multiple teachers for her strong work ethic, her eloquence in discussing complex issues and overall scholarship. Her passion for criminal justice enabled her to participate in a Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department internship in 2016, and the Marist pre-college institute and internship in criminal justice.

“We are confident she will have a positive impact on this world in the future,” said Mr. Sean Hurley, the district chairperson for social studies.

High school varsity football players Ryan Walsh and Sam Gozelski recently received countywide and Islandwide awards and were honored by the board for their distinctions. Walsh was named the Boomer Esaison Quarterback Winner, awarded to Suffolk’s top quarterback for his performance this past season. This is the first time a player from Northport High School has been recognized with this honor. Sam Gozelski was named the James LaBua Winner honoree, which is awarded to the county’s top football scholar athlete, and was also a News 12 Scholar Athlete recipient. In addition, both students were a part of the team that was named Newsday’s 2nd Team All-Long Island overall.

High School Virtual Enterprise Team Presents at Island-Wide Conference

High School Virtual Enterprise Team Presents at Island-Wide Conference photo
On Jan. 9th, students from the high school’s virtual enterprise course attended The Long Island Regional Conference and Trade Show Exhibition at Farmingdale State College.

This event brings together more than 1,800 students, educators, and business leaders from all over the island. The high school’s virtual company, Port Clothing, was one of nearly ninety firms that represented the virtual economy. Firms competed in trade show booth design, salesmanship, impact marketing, and more. The management team, led by CEO Jacob Cole, included Ryan Lupo, VP of Sales; Ryan Rosenblaum, CFO; Ryan McNaughton, Sales Associate; Jack Ebert, VP of Marketing and Michael Dougherty, VP of Administration. These students presented their business plan and fielded questions about their company in front of a panel of judges.

Pulaski Road Students Make Instruments Out of Recyclables

Pulaski Road Students Make Instruments Out of Recyclables photo
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Bash the Trash, a group of musicians and teaching artists, recently visited Pulaski Road Elementary School.

At a schoolwide assembly, the group demonstrated how to weave science, music and environmental awareness together. The entertaining performances were full of unique instruments that used materials like traffic cones and water bottles. The audience was also welcomed to participate in the musical adventure.

After the assembly, a hands-on instrument-building workshop was held for students participating in Pulaski’s new Recycled STEAM club. Students enjoyed building and making music with their own instruments!

Northport High School Mathletes Place 5th

Northport High School Mathletes Place 5th photo
Northport High School mathletes Dan O’Conner, Tina Guo, Daniel Kim, Nick Millkey and Peter Mainetti placed fifth in the January Suffolk County Math Tournament. In addition to the group placing fifth, Mainetti individually placed fifth in the county for his performance. Congrats mathletes!

Norwood Avenue Performs “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.”

Norwood Avenue Performs “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” photo
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Norwood Avenue recently performed "Fiddler on the Roof Jr.”, featuring over 80 fourth and fifth grade students. The show was under the direction of Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Lardi, with scenic design by Mrs. Wine. A special starring role in the show was also held by principal Mr. Michael Genovese.

The students rehearsed three times a week since school started in order to master all of the vocals, choreography, lines and staging. Congratulations to all on a spectacular performance!

2016 Alumni Honored at Collegiate All-Long Island Awards Banquet

2016 Alumni Honored at Collegiate All-Long Island Awards Banquet photo
On Saturday, Jan. 7, Northport Baseball alumni Brian Hermann, class of 2016, was honored at the Collegiate All-Long Island Awards Banquet. Hermann is currently playing collegiate Baseball at SUNY Stony Brook, and was awarded the 2017 All-Long Island Rookie of the Year for his strong performances as pitcher.”

Northport High School Science Teacher Selected for New York State STEM Teaching Fellowship

Northport High School Science Teacher Selected for New York State STEM Teaching Fellowship photo
Northport High School science teacher Kimberly Collins was recently selected by the STEM Leadership Center as one of ten teachers to participate in the 2017-18 cohort for the Regeneron STEM Teaching Fellowship. This fellowship is a competitive program that provides professional training experiences to exceptional science teachers in New York State.

Collins will participate in a 16-month program of graduate-coursework. After completing the course, she will receive a Leadership Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and take part in a two-week laboratory research mentorship at Regeneron’s Tarrytown labs.

“Kim plays a central role within our district, providing high-quality teaching to our learning community,” said David Storch, the district chairperson of science and technology education. “We look forward to supporting her in this transformative professional development experience.”

DECA Students Advance to State-Wide Competition

DECA Students Advance to State-Wide Competition photo
Congratulations to all DECA students who competed at the Suffolk County Regional Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at Suffolk County Community College. More than 1,000 students from Suffolk County participated. The 38 Northport medal winners qualify to compete at the State Competition in Rochester, NY this March. Students will have to complete a 100-question written exam and participate in two role-play case problems. A special congratulations to our first place winners Faith Gillin, Principles of Finance and the team of James O'Hara and Stephen Muzyka, Travel and Tourism. Max McNaughton finished in second place in the Food Marketing category and the third-place winners included: Colin Trailor, Accounting Applications; Max Aftel, Quick Serve Restaurant Management; Kelly Finegan, Retail Merchandising; the team of Zach Himmel and Alexandra Weidenman, Business Law & Ethics, and the team of Ryan Lupo and Luke Belanic, Sports and Entertainment Marketing. The DECA club is advised by Kristen Cogan and Liz Price.

Northport Cheerleaders Become Cheer-Spreaders this Holiday Season

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The varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams collected children’s books to donate to Huntington Hospital this holiday season. The teams expressed concern for those spending the holidays in the hospital, and wanted to somehow help spread some cheer!

Students organized, collected, and wrapped all 93 books collected, and personally went to the hospital to give them to the children there.

“We hope we put smiles on children’s faces this holiday season,” said cheerleading coach Danielle Milazzo.

Northport Senior Selected as News 12 Scholar-Athlete

Northport Senior Selected as News 12 Scholar-Athlete photo

High School senior and varsity football captain Sam Gozelski was selected as a News 12 Scholar-Athlete this December. This award is presented to outstanding high school seniors who excel in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. Along with receiving a $1,000 scholarship check, Gozelski will be featured in the News 12 Long Island segment airing throughout the day on Jan.2, as well as on news12.com.

At the end of the season, Gozelski will be among 30 prestigious student-athletes that are selected for this honor. The students chosen for this award include all public and Catholic schools in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Sam Gozelski is a gifted student-athlete. He achieved over a 1500 on his SAT’s, is being heavily recruited by Carnegie Mellon and MIT, and led the varsity football team to a Big IV Championship last fall. Additionally, he has earned All-County honors, along with being selected for Newsday’s 2nd All-Long Island Football Team. Gozelski was also honored as Suffolk’s Top Scholar Athlete at the Suffolk County Football Awards Dinner, receiving the James LaBue Award.

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Northport Students and Teachers Join Local Groups to Gear Up for Suffolk County’s Bag Bill Implementation

Northport Students and Teachers Join Local Groups to Gear Up for Suffolk County’s Bag Bill Implementation photo
Northport High School’s Environment Team was invited to the Suffolk County Legislature’s Office on Dec. 18 to highlight the extensive work they have done in collecting data regarding plastic bag usage. Northport High school was one of seven local schools that contributed to this project.

Students previously worked with other members of the community to conduct surveys concerning consumer shopping habits in advance of Suffolk’s Bring Your Own Bag law implementation, which began on Jan. 1, 2018. These surveys demonstrated widespread use of single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores throughout Suffolk County, and are believed to be the most comprehensive in the nation to document shoppers bag use habits.

More than 11,000 individuals were surveyed outside the aforementioned establishments, and 71 percent of those individuals were using non-recyclable bags.

Next year, these surveys will be taken again, once a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags is implemented. The hope is to analyze the effect of the law on consumer behavior.

"It's inspiring to see how a small group of students can have a large impact on important matters in our community,” said Environmental Team member Sabrina Kramer. “We are excited to see this law take effect, and we hope to see that people will change their habits for the better, and replace their plastic bags with reusable ones, creating a cleaner future for all of us."

Walkin’ in a Literary Wonderland

Walkin’ in a Literary Wonderland photo

Bellerose Avenue was transformed into a literary-themed winter wonderland on Dec. 21. The doors to each room were decorated by the PTA to represent the holiday book the class had read. Some of the books read included “Snowflake Bentley,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and more. Students were pleasantly surprised when they arrived at that morning and the school was transformed!

Throughout the day, Christmas music played on the speakers as students, clad in their holiday pajamas, were taken on a tour of the school to view each room’s door. Inside the classrooms, students worked on holiday crafts, such as decoupage votive holders and homemade snow globes, to bring home to their families.

“Holiday activities are fun, but they’re so much more than that,” said Principal Lori Beekman, “they bring everyone—parents, teachers, and students—together, further strengthening our community.”

Holiday Happenings at Northport High School

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Students at Northport High School got into the holiday spirit during the week of Dec. 18 with many different holiday activities to participate in throughout each day.

Volunteers decorated the commons after school on Dec. 18, and covered the walls with beautiful festive wall hangings. Students were also able to make their own holiday ornaments to hang on the school’s tree, buy candy grams for fellow classmates, and participate in helping create a paper chain, containing their holiday wishes for themselves, and the world, this holiday season. Some of the wishes included positivity, making new friends, and world peace.

Throughout the week, the choir, jazz band, and symphonic winds performed Christmas carols during lunch periods, so students could listen to live music and enjoy their classmates’ talents. In addition, the cheerleaders, Tigerettes, and flagline performed during lunch periods.

Northport High School Senior Runs Holiday Drive for Almost a Decade

Northport High School Senior Runs Holiday Drive for Almost a Decade photo
High school senior Nicholas Sidorowicz ran a pajama and blanket drive for the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center this holiday season. This is his fourth year running the drive at the high school, but has been collecting materials to benefit this organization since he was eight years old. When Sidorowicz and his mother were first looking to service the community years ago, he said that the Suffolk County Child Advocacy Center stood out to him most, because his heart went out to the children—and he’s been initiating this drive ever since.

“When kids are first put into foster care, they’re not really allowed to take anything with them,” said Sidorowicz, “and I wanted to help, and give them something to hold on to during a scary and confusing time for them.”

Dickinson Elementary Raises Dollars for Dickinson, Texas

Dickinson Elementary Raises Dollars for Dickinson, Texas photo
Recently, the fifth-grade leadership club from Dickinson Avenue Elementary School conducted a fundraiser called Dollars for Dickinson. This fundraiser, however, wasn’t for their school, but for the schools of Dickinson, Texas, where over 1,000 students and 300 staff members were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The club encouraged each student in the school to bring in at least one dollar to go towards the fund.

A total of $400 was collected, and students were very excited to be able to help others in need this holiday season.

Giant Earth Dome visits Pulaski Road Students

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The Earth Dome, a gigantic inflatable earth composed of satellite photographs from space, visited third-graders from Pulaski Road Elementary School on Dec. 14. This dome, standing 19-feet high and 22-feet in diameter, was created by Mobile Ed Productions and has been used across the country to educate students about geography and the environment.

Students were in awe of its size, and excitedly gathered in front of the dome. The representative from Mobile Ed Productions taught the third-graders all about the different continents—the terrains that cover them, like the Amazon Rainforest and the Atacama Desert, the different creatures that inhabit them, longitude and latitude and more. Afterwards, students were given the opportunity to enter the dome, and were excited to see the earth from the inside!

December Board of Education Recognitions

December Board of Education Recognitions photo

The Northport Board of Education recognized many students for academic and athletic mastery at the district’s December meeting.

Northport varsity swimmer sophomore Chloe Stepanek was recognized for the two state titles she was awarded this season, making her the varsity swimming New York State Champion. Along with winning these two titles, she also broke a 13-year-old record that was set in place by an Olympic swimmer, and has set the goal of participating in the 2020 Olympics. District Director for Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark Dantuono applauded her drive both in her sport and in the classroom, where she has a 104 weighted GPA.

Senior Nick Holfester, who was described as mature, hardworking and motivated, was honored as math student of the month Holfester is known for using his free time to continue his search for knowledge, and is always helping his peers in the area of math.

Senior Julianne Starzee was recognized as the science student of the month. Starzee was commended for her commitment to learning, her self-direction, and natural inquisitiveness, making her an essential contributor to the science world.

Senior Jason Aiello, one of Northport’s scholar-athletes and future engineers, was recognized as tech student of the month. Aiello’s leadership and problem-solving skills in all of his STEM courses are exemplary, among many other characteristics and the board was proud to commend him for his hard work.

Northport Football Team Spend Saturday with Veterans

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The Northport-East Northport varsity football team visited the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Dec. 9 to watch the Army v. Navy game with the veterans in residence.

This event was one in a series of activities that the football team conducts with the veterans during their season. The team has had them as guests for a Friday night dinner, and have also honored them at games.

A dozen of the athletes and four coaches attended the event, and the veterans were very excited to see them. Many of the veterans were more excited to interact with the students than to watch the game. The residents of the VA shared some interesting stories and experiences with the members of the team.

“It was quite a rewarding experience,” said Coach Patrick Campbell.

High School Student-Athletes Selected for County-Wide Awards

High School Student-Athletes Selected for County-Wide Awards photo
High School athletes Julia Fenton and Michael Robertson were honored as the two Suffolk Zone Award recipients from the district on Dec. 6. In order to be selected for this award, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher average in all academics, a 90% average in physical education classes, display outstanding character, leadership in physical education and academics, and be a role model for their peers.

“Their overall commitment and dedication to physical education and academics over the past four years has been exemplary, and they are both extremely deserving of this honor,” said District Director of Health Physical Education and Athletics Mark Dantuono.

Creating Holiday Keepsakes at Ocean Avenue

Creating Holiday Keepsakes at Ocean Avenue photo

Kindergarteners at Ocean Avenue Elementary spent the morning making holiday keepsakes with loved ones on Dec. 6. The dough students were provided with to create the keepsakes, made of nontoxic ingredients and a whole lot of cinnamon, filled the school with a delicious smell. Students enjoyed rolling out the dough, cutting it into holiday shapes, and getting a little messy with their family members. Once dried, these keepsakes can be used as holiday decorations, and are meant to last for years to come.

“We do this every year so students can create something that will always remind them of their time at Ocean Avenue Elementary,” said Principal Sabina Larkin, who started this tradition at the school.

In addition to the morning’s activity, the holiday boutique, organized by the PTA, was set up in the hallway. Classes were able to visit at scheduled times to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends.

Athletes of the Year

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Congratulations to the Northport student-athletes who were named Long-Island Athletes of the Year, and won outstanding county-wide awards!

Sam Gozelski’s Commitment Earns LaBue Award
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/football/suffolk-football-awards-1.15314988

Northport’s Ryan Walsh wins Esiason Award
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/football/ryan-walsh-northport-esiason-award-1.15314190

Newsday's All-Long Island girls swimming team- Chloe Stepanek- Long Island Swimmer of the Year
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/swimming/newsday-all-long-island-girls-swimming-2017-1.15219662

Newsday's All-Long Island boys cross country team- 1st Team Elijah and Isaiah Claiborne
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/cross-country/newsday-all-long-island-boys-cross-country-team-1.15219660

Newsday's All-Long Island field hockey team- 1st Team Lily Fox, 2nd Team Ryan Dowling
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/field-hockey/newsday-all-long-island-field-hockey-2017-1.15219654

Newsday's All-Long Island girls soccer team- 1st Team Emily McNelis
https://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/girls-soccer/newsday-all-long-island-girls-soccer-2017-1.15219657

Students Compete in Young Professionals Competition

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Congratulations to all 21 DECA students who competed at the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce competition on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at St. Joseph's college in Patchogue. The competition, which included nearly 400 students from 21 school districts across Long Island, required students to present a project they prepared in advance to two of 45 judges. These judges ranged from local business owners, to sports executives, to local politicians. Two groups of Northport students were first place winners—Luciana Arteaga and Colin Trainor in Hospitality Services, and Kelly Finegan and Alexandra Weidenman in Travel and Tourism.

Finegan and Weidenman had the unique opportunity to present a project on the new Northport Hotel downtown, which they deemed a perfect central location for people who lived in the city to experience the wineries and eastern Long Islanders to experience a professional show at the Engeman Theater.

Second place winners were Ryan Lupo and Pat Burke in Entertainment Marketing, and James O'Hara and Stephen Muzyka in Sports Marketing. Nicole Cappiello and Mikayla Martin placed third in Hospitality Services.

Suffolk County Champs Recognized for Win

Suffolk County Champs Recognized for Win photo
On Nov. 29, the Board of Education recognized the girls varsity soccer team for their Suffolk County Championship win. Superintendent Mr. Banzer congratulated the team on their second consecutive county championship, and all of their hard work.

In addition, Mr. Dantuono addressed the board and commended the team. “This is a special group of girls,” Dantuono said. “Not only are they dedicated to excellence in their sport, but they’re dedicated to excellence in the classroom—they succeed in whatever they set their mind to.”

“The way they work together and care for each other is astounding,” added head coach Aija Gipp,“and without that level of camaraderie, this team wouldn’t be where they are today.”

Each team member was awarded a plaque and a certificate of recognition by the Board of Education.

Getting Excited About Reading at Norwood Elementary

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At Norwood Elementary School, librarian Linda Dickman is always looking for new ways to get students excited about reading. A project she recently presented her students with was creating a book trailer—a short video to make viewers want to read the book they’ve just read.

The fifth-graders from Ms. Jane Pastorelli’s class were very excited to tackle this project. After drawing out a physical storyboard, students worked on computers to digitally create their visions for the project.

Each student had a special connection with the book they chose, and explained why they wanted others to read it.
Grace from Ms. Pastorelli’s class chose the book “You Are My I Love You.”

“I chose this book because it was the only thing that used to calm me down when I was little,” said Grace, “and it still makes me happy.”

“I chose the ‘Stamp Collector’ because it’s a true story,” said fifth-grader Verena. “And true stories are sometimes more exciting than made-up ones.”

21st Century Skills at East Northport Middle School

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This year at East Northport Middle School, all technology education courses have incorporated the design and construction of VEX Robotics. In addition to constructing these robots, students are learning to code in a programming language called RobotC in order to operate their creations.

In Mr. Thomas Mauro’s eighth-grade tech education class, students spent four to five days building their robots. They then had to tackle different assignments that required them to code commands for their robots. These commands included completing a 90-degree turn, hitting all four walls of a room, moving through a maze, and more.

After coding on the computer, students took the robots into the hallway and tested their commands. If they didn’t work, they brought them back to the computer and tried again. Lessons like these are essential for students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and innovation.
“It’s the 21st century,” said Tech Education Teacher Mr. Mauro, “and with the technology now available to us, every student should have at least a basic understanding of how to code.”

The Northport-East Northport Middle School Technology Education Program supports STEM content and has been working diligently to expand academic and extracurricular opportunities for learners to study computer science, robotics and automation, and engineering design and modeling within a STEM framework.

Scholar-Athlete Recognition

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Congratulations to Northport High School coaches and student-athletes! All fall varsity athletic teams earned NYS Scholar-Athlete Recognition for their cumulative GPA of 90 or better, which is an outstanding achievement. We are proud of all coaches and students who have not only achieved success out on the field, but also in the classrooms.

Learning to Build a Business at Northport High School

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Recently, high school students enrolled in the Virtual Enterprise class attended their first tradeshow at Hofstra University, showcasing their trendy clothing company. They named the company PORT Clothing, after Northport.

Virtual Enterprise classes prepare students to work in a real corporate environment by teaching them to create and set up businesses. With teacher and business-partner guidance, students engage in the daily operations of running a business. The Virtual Enterprise Program has the added advantage of linking students in a global business network of 7,500 firms across 42 countries.

At this event, students from 12 Long Island firms conducted business with one another, made sales, and practiced their sales pitches for the upcoming tradeshows in January and April.

Varsity Swimmer Chloe Stepanek Wins Two State Titles

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High school varsity swimmer Chloe Stepanek placed first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles at New York State Championships held at Ithaca College on Nov. 17 and 18. Northport High School, as a whole, finished 11th in state for the NYS Federation, and ninth in state for NYSPHSAA schools.

In the preliminaries, Stepanek broke her own county record with a 1:49.35, and then bettered it by almost two seconds in finals. In addition, she broke a 13-year-old county record in the 100-yard freestyle that was set by Julia Smit, the 2008 U.S. Olympian. Both of her final swims were automatic All-American times, and she was awarded the Most Outstanding Competitor award for the competition.

Commanding languages in Northport-East Northport

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On Nov. 16, students were recognized for excelling in languages at the Board of Education meeting.

Ericka Escobar was recognized as English Language Learner Student of the Month, Sofia Valencia was recognized as the World Languages Student of the Month, and a group of students were honored for testing as “commanding” on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test. This group included Rodrigo Bonilla, Samantha Canales-Pinto, Patrick Cancroft Bonilla, Isbella Felix, Jose Victor Gutierrez-Samayoa, Dany Jandres, Alper Kiziltepe, Nelson Maldonado Diaz, Jeydi Mejia-Alvarenga, Sebastian Mora, Rulber Murillo-Turcios, Deysi Ponce Guifarro, Wilbert Roldan, Yoskar Umana, and Emilie Van Hekken.

The district is proud of the hard work and dedication of these students, and commends them for their achievements!

Experiencing Native American Culture at Norwood Avenue

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The Traveling Wilderness Museum came to visit first graders at Norwood Avenue Elementary School on Nov. 15. The morning featured sage Teepee Ted, who travels from Montauk to Manhattan, teaching students about the original Native Americans that lived as settlers on Long Island. The morning’s events were tied into the theme of Thanksgiving that was taught in classrooms throughout the week.

Students, with the help of Ted and some volunteer parents, built a teepee from the ground up, made wood medallion necklaces with Native American symbols, played pick-up sticks with animal bones, and more. The first graders also learned that the native people had to make everything themselves—that they couldn’t just go to the store to pick something up. Students also learned how the Native Americans tried to be good “recyclers” by using every part of the animals they hunted for food.

“I try to teach kids that these people were the best recyclers,” said Teepee Ted. “That’s something they can relate to. We recycle bottles and cans, but the natives just did it a little differently.”

Updates to Elementary Report Card

In our work with students we aim to create proficient and passionate readers.   We want to help each student build a positive reading identity as we work to strengthen their skills as independent readers.  This year, we will be communicating your child’s progress in bands of reading behaviors using the continuum.  We will provide you with the specific reading behaviors your child is demonstrating as well as his/her next steps.