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Notice of Special BOE Meeting - Mar. 22 - 7:00 pm


The Music Man: Terrific With a Capital “T”

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For Northport High School’s spring production, the Powdered Wigs wowed the Northport community with their terrific production of Meredith Willson’s beloved classic, “The Music Man.” The musical was comprised of nearly 200 talented students in every area of theatre–actors, dancers, musicians, stage technicians, costumers, and production assistants. Outstanding musical numbers included “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and more.

Although the show’s Friday opening performance was canceled due to inclement weather, students still gave three energized performances on Mar. 3 and 4, including a matinee and an evening performance on Sunday, March 4th.

The district applauds all participants, including the smallest performers from the district’s elementary schools who lit up the stage!

UPK Application 2018 - 2019

As part of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, New York State (pending approval), will provide funding for the placement of 22 four-year-old children into district-selected participating agencies/preschool programs. Children must be born in the year 2014 and reside in the Northport-East Northport School District.

If selected, parents must agree to send their child 5 days per week for a 2 ½ hour per day program, verify their residence, and have their child undergo hearing, vision and dental exams. A full immunization record must be submitted. There is no cost to the family, however, transportation is not provided.

A lottery system will be used to select the students. Parents will be notified by May 4th, and students not selected will be placed on a waiting list. The schools participating in our program will be Island Kids Early Childhood Center (Northport), Northport Nursery School (Northport), Pumpkin Patch Day Nursery (Commack) and Kiddie Care Early Learning Center (Commack). If your child is selected to participate, you will have your choice of schools depending on availability.

Click here for Registration form and return completed form to the Office of Teaching and Learning at 158 Laurel Avenue, Northport, NY 11768, no later than April 25, 2018. For further information, call the Office at 631-486-2127.

Shaving for St. Baldrick’s

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The Northport Middle School auditorium was literally buzzing after school on Friday, Mar. 9 as the room hosted the annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event to raise money for the fight against childhood cancer. Representatives of St. Baldrick’s Foundation were on hand to shave the heads of 14 generous students who agreed to have their heads shaved in exchange for donations.

Those volunteering sat patiently in their chairs and temporarily bid their locks of hair farewell for this great cause. Northport Middle School St. Baldrick’s team captain Mary Jean Crane took a seat at the shaving chair as well, along with a few other brave young women. Crane, along with three other dedicated participants, were officially inducted into the “St. Baldrick’s Knights of the Bald Table” for their seventh year of participation.

Ironically, the nickname for all Northport Middle School athletic teams is “The Bald Eagles” and students were more than happy to assume the identity.

What began as an agreement between 17 individuals at a St. Patrick’s Day party in a Manhattan pub in New York City 18 years ago has emerged into the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which organizes and assists with head shaving events taking place during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday season. Shaving events have raised millions upon millions of dollars toward the best research practices to help find a cure for cancers affecting children.

Other schools within the district schools held their own St. Baldrick’s fundraisers, including Dickinson Avenue Elementary, Bellerose Avenue Elementary, and others, and together raised over $63,000!

2018 SCMEA Selectees

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The Northport-East Northport School District, bursting with musical talent, had over 160 students district-wide that were selected for this school year’s 2018 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) All-County Honors Ensembles, Divisions I-III. Congratulations to all who were selected!


Northport Junior Receives Multiple Academic Distinctions

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Northport High School junior Katie Sierra was recently admitted to the prestigious 2018 Simons Summer Research Program. This program is highly competitive, accepting around 12% of applicants each year. Applicants include many of the best science students from all over the country. This award reflects on the quality of Ms. Sierra’s application, her strong academic record, and the recommendations of her science research faculty advisor, Mr. Bryan Horan.

“Her nomination for this fellowship is in itself an honor,” said David Storch, the district chairperson of science & technology, “and it’s an indication of her exceptional promise.”

In addition, Ms. Sierra was recently notified that she scored in the top 2.5% of all PSAT test takers, and is moving on in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, which is run by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Northport Track and Field Team Captures State Title and Breaks Suffolk County Record

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Members of Northport High School’s Suffolk County Championship Boys Track and Field Team dominated the State Championship on Mar. 5, capturing the State Title and placing 2nd overall in the New York State Federation. Less than a week later, the four members of the team placed 3rd in the 4 x 800-meter relay in the New Balance Indoor National Championships held at the Armory in Manhattan on Mar. 10. For this placement, student-athletes Elijah and Isaiah Claiborne, Dan O’Connor, and Thomas Fodor earned All-American Honors. They now hold the fastest indoor time in Suffolk County, surpassing West Islip’s indoor record from 2016.

In addition, Isaiah Clairborne placed 4th in the mile, earning All-American Honors for the 5th time.

“These young men are truly remarkable,” said Northport-East Northport Athletic Director Mark Dantuono, “each of them possess an unparalleled will to push themselves beyond limits.”

2018-19 Budget Information

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Art & Literary Magazine Club Members Interviewed

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As a result of Northport’s literary magazine, the Amaranth, winning two literary magazine awards, local Long Islander reporter Janee Law visited the students on Mar. 1. During her visit, Ms. Law interviewed students and took photographs to include in an upcoming article on the club and its award-winning publication.

“I’m so excited to see such good things coming to these very deserving students,” said club advisor Kelly Baldwin.

Way to go, Art & Literary Magazine Club members!

Northport High School Early Childhood Education Program - Toddler Lottery


Northport Debate Club Wins Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award

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The Northport High School debate club participated in the 9th annual Long Island Ethics Bowl at Hofstra University in early February. The Ethics Bowl featured 24 teams from schools across Long Island. Northport’s team took home the Ladenson “Spirit of the Ethics Bowl Award.” This award is given to one team that best displays the spirt and ideals of the ethics bowl, as voted on by their competitors. Congratulations to all those who participated!

Team Packard 2018 STEM Challenge


Boys 4x800 Meter Relay Team Captures State Title

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Members of the district’s Suffolk County Championship Boys Track and Field Team competed this past weekend in the NYS Track and Field Championships, held at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island. As a result, but not a surprise to many, the 4x800 meter relay team continued its dominance by capturing the state title with a time of 7:56.52, along with placing second overall in the NYS Federation. Congratulations to Elijah and Isaiah Claiborne, Dan O’Connor and Thomas Fodor. Congratulations also to senior Isaiah Claiborne who achieved greatness by placing first in the 1000m with a time of 2:26.95.

Once again, congratulations on becoming state champions and special thank you to our team of dedicated coaches, Jason Strom, Nick Gueits and Bill Miller!

R.O.A.R.S Week

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To promote Tiger Pride, Dickinson Avenue Elementary recently had a week filled with activities reflecting the R.O.A.R.S. campaign – respect, ownership, attitude, responsibility, and safety. Each day of the week represented a letter in the acronym. Teachers incorporated each idea into morning meetings and classroom lessons, and gave students the opportunity to talk to each other about how they related to those themes.

The end of the week culminated with a variety show. Students read poems, sang songs, put on skits, and played Jeopardy, with every “act” reflecting the R.O.A.R.S. campaign.

“It was not only a fun week, but a meaningful week,” said Principal Essenfeld. “We’re always looking for ways to help our students grow socially and emotionally, in happy and positive directions.”

Valentines for Veterans

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On Feb. 12, fifth grade students from Bellerose Avenue participated in Valentines for Veterans at the VA Hospital. Each year, fifth-graders visit to honor the vets and share cards that were hand-crafted by the entire Bellerose Student body. The students performed patriotic and winter-themed songs for the veterans under the direction of music teacher Kristie Collura. In addition, they handed out the valentines and spoke with many of the vets.

Representative Tom Suozzi attended the event. Suozzi addressed the students and the veterans, and helped the students to understand the selfless contributions of the veterans, and the importance of paying homage to their service.

The veterans were touched by the children’s performance and the sentiments expressed in the cards.

“Watching the interaction between the children and the veterans was the highlight of the day,” said Principal Lori Beekman. “The students were so incredibly sweet to every veteran they encountered.”


District Residents who are interested in seeking election to the Board of Education can pick up Candidate Packets from the District Clerk at the Administrative Building, 158 Laurel Avenue. Please call the District Clerk (262-6608) for further information. Minimum Qualifications: Must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District for one year, and a qualified voter of the District. The deadline for submission of completed packets is 5:00 pm on April 16, 2018.

Northport High School National Merit Finalist

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Northport High School senior Julianne Starzee, named a National Merit Semifinalist last fall, was recently named a finalist in the program. This prestigious program seeks to honor the nation’s scholastic champions, and to encourage the pursuit of excellence in academics. Of these finalists, Starzee will be competing with approximately 15,000 students nationwide for one of 2,500 (National Merit Scholarships. Notification of National Merit Scholarship recipients will be released between April and July 2018.

Disney Around the World

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The 14th annual Children’s Concert took place on Feb. 9 at Northport High School. This year’s theme was “Disney Around the World.” With the talents of the symphonic winds and combined choirs, it featured music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more.

For the night of the concert, the high school’s commons area was transformed into the ocean, complete with the pirate ship from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” at the center. Students and families were divided into groups and taken to visit five far off lands. At each destination, the groups experienced demonstrations of the instruments from the different instrument families: winds, strings, brass, percussion and voice. Each destination was decorated with Disney characters created by student members of the orchestra.

After visiting each destination, visitors entered the auditorium to an arrangement of “When You Wish Upon a Star” by high school junior David Jung, performed by the chamber orchestra. Each child was given a handmade magical wand before being seated.

The full auditorium was treated to classics such as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Circle of Life,” and more!

VIDEO: Fifth Avenue’s Hall of Presidents

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Varsity Field Hockey Team Makes NFHCA Academic Squad

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Northport High School’s varsity field hockey team was recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for their athletic and academic excellence for the 2017-18 school year. The eighteen team members, along with only approximately 2,500 students nation-wide, were named to the 2017 Keith Waldman – Optimal Performance Associates / NFHCA High School Academic Squad. The academic portion of this program recognizes high school juniors and seniors that achieve an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher through the first quarter of the school year.

Recognized students include: Nora Butler, Elizabeth Caccavale, Shea Cronin, Christy Davniero, Ryan Dowling, Lily Fox, Kate Gilligan, Courtney Healy, Shannon Lageraaen, Olivia Lewis, Sophia Little, Emily Payne, Theresa Reinesch, Kirsten Roethel, Taryn Saturno, Anna Segal, Kate Trizzino, and Carly Waszczak.

Senior Named Distinguished Finalist in Community Service Program

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Northport High School senior Zoe Perles was named one of eight distinguished finalists in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in New York. This program is the nation’s largest youth-recognition program that is based on volunteer and community service alone.

Zoe, raised in a home where serving the community and the less fortunate was a regular occurrence, has been committed to helping others for over 13 years. Zoe co-founded an annual Halloween bake sale that raises money for the food pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Northport.

“I was exposed to the ideas of poverty and hardship at young age,” said Zoe, “and it helped me recognize other people’s plights as my own. Since then, I never wanted to stop helping others.”

Since the fundraiser’s creation over ten years ago, approximately $12,000 has been raised and donated to the food pantry. Zoe now publicizes the sale through media and community outreach, and leads over thirty student volunteers each year. Although headed to college in the fall, she would like to stay close enough to home that traveling back to help with the fundraiser will still be possible.

In the near future, Zoe will be awarded a bronze medallion to honor her for this prestigious award.

“I know I’ll carry the lessons I’ve learned through helping others with me for the rest of my life,” Zoe said.

Sweets and Hearts at Northport Middle

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Members of the community service club at Northport Middle School had some Valentine’s Day fun with members of the local senior residency, Atria of East Northport, on Feb. 8. During the event, students made valentines, had snacks, and played board games with some of the residents. This event was conceived and planned mainly by the students.

“They came up with the idea to have this event, and they planned the whole thing,” said Danielle Cardinale, and one of the supervisors of community service club. “They even brought in the food themselves – they’re such sweet kids.”

The community service club is made up of approximately 20 students that plan monthly community outreach. The club puts on holiday fundraisers, participates in activities like community outreach and literacy events, and more.

“I really love being a part of this club because doing nice things for people is just so fun,” said seventh grader Briana, “and I like getting to know people I wouldn’t normally get to spend time with.”

Going the Extra Mile at East Northport Middle

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P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated at East Northport Middle School on Feb. 9.

The goal of this day, which is held the Friday before Valentine’s Day every year, is to bring awareness to students of how important it is to spread love and kindness to prevent unnecessary loss of lives from suicide.

Members of the Unity Club encouraged peers to wear purple to represent their commitment to stand up against bullying, help end depression, and ultimately prevent suicide. This year’s theme was “go the extra mile.”

“This day is so important, especially for middle school students, because at this age many of them feel like they’re on the outside,” Unity Club advisor Sandra Leahy said.

Throughout the day, students and faculty had the opportunity to articulate what love and friendship means, to take photos together, and to go out of their way to be kind to one another.

“It’s important that kids understand how to be kind and to include each other,” eighth grader Carlin said. “It’s a skill we’re going to need for the rest of our lives. No one should ever feel like they’re alone.”

The Creative Process with Author George O’Connor

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George O’Connor, author and illustrator of the New-York Times best-selling series “Olympians,” visited middle school students on Feb. 7.

O’Connor travels all over the world to speak with students about his books and about the creative process. He discussed topics including how his interest in writing and art began, experiencing writer’s block, and not being afraid to make mistakes. During his presentation, O’Connor showed students a few of his first character-sketches, and even pointed out a mistake on his first book’s final cover.

“No piece of art is ever perfect,” O’Connor told the students, “so don’t you ever give up, just because something you’ve created is imperfect.”

During his presentation, O’Connor also demonstrated a quick sketch of one of his characters, that was clocked at 25 seconds by one of the students.

“One of my favorite parts of these visits is watching the kids’ faces light up when they have this moment of understanding that they’re not the only ones who struggle with the creative process,” O’Connor said. “That they’re not the only ones who are afraid of messing up.”

Aspirations of Future Educating

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At the district’s most recent Board of Education meeting, high school senior Brianna McQuade was recognized for being selected as the Family and Consumer Science Student of the Month.

Brianna, a bright and hard-working young woman, has shown an inclination in the area of education, and has been an active member of the high school’s Future Educators Association (FEA) since her freshman year. She now serves as the co-president of the association, and helps organize many FEA activities to serve children and families in the local community.

“Brianna has a unique manner of connecting with children,” said Assistant Principal Richard McAllister, “and she is a wonderful role model for these children, as well as her peers.”

In addition, Brianna also volunteers her time by spending it with children in the community, working with the Northport Community Theatre, Camp Anchor, and more—and is considering attending Pace University to study education in the fall.

Experiencing the Art of Ancient Chinese Dance

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Northport and East Northport sixth-graders were treated to an exciting display of culture and history on Jan. 30. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, a multi-cultural and interactive dance program with bright costumes and mesmerizing props, came to perform for the students.

The performances brought the audience on an explorative journey of the Chinese culture, which is one of the most ancient cultures in the world. The program included a detailed explanation of the background of each dance, informing the audience of the historical context, geography and the practice of traditional dance.

The dancers encouraged students to participate throughout the program, and selected students were invited on stage to learn how to dance with silk ribbons.

Northport Track Team Named Suffolk County Champs

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Northport High School’s boys winter track and field team defeated Brentwood High School on Feb. 5., making them this season’s Suffolk County Champions.

Team members Isaiah Claiborne, Elijah Claiborne, and Dan O’Connor contributed to this victory with high placements in the 1000, 1600, and 1200 meter runs.

“It was a great team victory, anchored by the strong distance trio of Isaiah, Elijah and Dan,” said head coach Jason Strom.

View the News12 interview of athletes Isaiah and Elijah Claiborne here.

High School Arts and Literature Magazine Selected for Awards of Excellence

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Northport High School’s Art and Literature Magazine, the Amaranth, was recently selected for both national and state-wide awards for the 2016-2017 school year.

This art and literary magazine club is advised by high school English teacher Kelly Baldwin and Fine Arts teacher John DeRosa. and is comprised of high school students who are responsible for the production in its entirety. Students write poetry and prose, create paintings and photographs, select submissions from classmates, edit, and more.

The Amaranth won a third-place award in the annual American Scholastic Press Association’s magazine competition for the 2016-2017 school year. This organization believes that creating a publication teaches students the fundamentals of publishing, creative writing, concepts of design, and more, and the organization believed that the Amaranth showed dedication to excellence in these areas.

“I feel that it is well deserved, as well as exciting, to see that all of the club’s hard work has paid off,” said club advisor Mrs. Baldwin.

In addition, the Amaranth was recommended for the highest award for New York State from the National Council of Teachers of English, or NCTE. Northport’s publication was one of 10 to be recommended for the highest award.

Both awards were based on the 2016-17 school year’s publication. Participating students were Julia Aherns, Rachel Buda, Michaela Caruso, Madeleine Corrigan, Maya Dengler, Jack Dunckley, Tina Guo, Leilani Kaiser, Caroline Hines, Ciara Lavin, who is the current Editor in Chief, Erica Marill, Emily McDevitt, Zoe Perles, Natalie Thieke, Zachary Sackstein, Sofia Sawchuk, Ceylan Swenson.

English Teachers Honored for State-Wide Excellence

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Northport High School English teachers Pamela Uruburu and Elizabeth Sherwood were recently named Educators of Excellence by the New York State English Council for the 2016-17 school year. Uruburu and Sherwood were honored at the NYSEC’s conference in Albany this past fall.

“I'm deeply honored by this recognition,” said Ms. Uruburu, “and after 28 years as an educator, I’m still excited by each new year’s possibilities.”

Inspirational Former Northport Teacher Raises Awareness for ALS

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Former Northport teacher and local inspiration Chris Pendergast recently visited schools throughout the district. Mr. Pendergast has been fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for many years. He is a remarkable and tenacious individual who is using his illness to help raise awareness for the ALS cause, and hopes to contribute to one day finding a cure.

During each assembly, Dick Iannuzzi, the president of the New York State United Teachers and a friend of Mr. Pendergast’s, introduced himself and Mr. Pendergast to the students. Mr. Iannuzzi travels with Mr. Pendergast to be his voice, and to contribute to spreading awareness for ALS. He encouraged the children to make observations and hypotheses about Mr. Pendergast’s condition, and students had many questions.

“How did you feel when you found out you had the disease?” a fifth-grade student from Bellerose Avenue Elementary School asked.

“At first, I was sad, angry, and frustrated,” Mr. Pendergast said. “But when I decided to dedicate my life to helping other people, I realized that I was helping myself, too. And I’m much less sad now.”

While Mr. Iannuzzi presented, Mr. Pendergast was able to interject using a special computer attached to his wheelchair. This computer enabled him to type using his eyes, and to speak with a computerized voice. Students were amazed at this technology and at his ability to type quickly using only his eyes.

Mr. Iannuzzi shared Mr. Pendergast’s story, informing students about his initial symptoms, the effects of the disease, and how miraculous it is the Mr. Pendergast is still able to travel around to spread awareness. In addition, he explained Ride for Life – the charity that Mr. Pendergast formed four years after he was diagnosed with ALS.

“Chris is living proof that if you dedicate your life to a cause, you can make a difference,” said Mr. Iannuzzi.


“Investigate” Students and Technology and Engineering Honor Society Work Together

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Northport-East Northport’s Junior Solar Sprint competitors held their first meeting on Jan. 25. This competition, available to students for the first time this year, is open the district’s fourth-graders in the “Investigate” program. This program is currently comprised of approximately 20 students who all show an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

At each meeting, student-teams will work together towards the goal of creating the fastest and best-crafted solar vehicles possible. In order to make this possible, teams were matched with a “mentor” from the high school’s technology and engineering honor society. In June, teams will compete in an island-wide competition at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. In this competition, students are judged not only on how fast their creations can move, but on elements such as creativity, innovation, quality of work, and more.

During their first meeting at the high school, teams went through the beginning stages of creating their solar-powered vehicles. Students sketched out plans, cut and soldered materials, and started to construct their vehicles—all with their mentors by their side, guiding them.

“I like that we’re getting to do something that we don’t normally do in class,” said Jillian, a fourth-grader from Norwood, as she hot glued an axel to her project. “And when we mess up, we get to keep trying until we fix it.”

“And in a way, sometimes we learn more when we mess up,” added Jack, a junior at Northport High School, who was one of the volunteer mentors for the program.

Northport-East Northport staff members Fran Bertos and Brianne Furstein, the “Investigate” program facilitators, worked with high school technology teacher George Searing and District Chairperson of Science and Technology David Storch to make this program into a reality.

“It really is an invaluable opportunity for these students,” said Mr. Searing. “and it’s a rewarding experience to watch our volunteers eagerly share their knowledge with young students who are clearly hungry for it.”

VIDEO: Iron Chef Northport


Flu Season Information

In response to a very active flu season in our area, the district would like to provide you with information regarding influenza from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as a Flu Guide for Parents. For your information, to prevent the spread of viruses such as influenza and the common cold, the district utilizes Virex II 256, which is a broad-spectrum cleaning product which provides protection from viruses and microorganisms (including HBV, HIV-1, VRE, MRSA, GRSA, MRSE, VISA, PRSP, Herpes Simplex Types 1&2, Influenza Type A2, Adenovirus, Rotavirus etc.).

If you have specific questions or concerns about your child's health, you are encouraged to contact your health care provider.
Please click on the following links below for information regarding influenza, how it is spread, and how you can protect your children.

Centers for Disease Control:
The Flu: A Guide for Parents:

East Northport Middle Builds Bonds Within the Global Community

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A group of eighth-graders from East Northport Middle School arrived to school over an hour early on Jan. 12 in order to video chat with students that were already at school, across the world, in India.

This opportunity, organized by teachers Andrew Luberto and Diana Aiello, was made possible by Generation Global. This UK-based organization is part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and is committed to fostering positive cultural discussions using student dialogue by opening up a passageway for live video calls between student groups all over the world.

East Northport Middle School students spoke with students from Delhi Public School in India and discussed their own individual traditions and values, what every-day life looks like, and celebrations that are special to the Northport-East Northport community, like Cow Harbor Day.

Indian students discussed their love for different languages, pop culture, and athletic passions that are specific to their country such as kho kho, which is a popular tag-like sport they play.

Students from Delhi Public School also talked about academics, and East Northport students were intrigued to discover that most spoke two languages fluently, and were in the process of learning a third.

Both groups also explored different religious rituals and celebrations—discussing Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism and how these religions impact a student’s identity.

All students enjoyed the conversation so much that another video conference is sure to follow—further building bonds of mutual respect within the global community.