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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!

Notice of Special Meeting - April 30, 2019


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!

Persuasive Letter Writing

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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:

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

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.

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!

Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

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

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”

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.

April 30 – District Science Fair and Research Expo

The 4th Annual Northport-East Northport Science Fair & Research Expo will be taking place on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:00pm - 6:45pm in the WJB Gymnasium.

Join our young scientists from all six elementary schools, the two middle schools, and 9th grade science research as they showcase their experimental investigations and proudly display their project boards for our district to see!


Mock Trial Headed to County Championship

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.

Best Selling Author Gordon Korman Visits

On March 19, both middle schools were visited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Mr. Gordon Korman.

Mr. Korman’s writing career started when he was 12, with his first book published in ninth grade, making him an incredible success story to inspire the students. He shared stories from his life and career, encouragement to young writers, and insight into the way he writes; stressing the importance of background research, intentional dialogue, and asking the question ‘what if?’

The children had opportunities to ask Mr. Korman about what inspired specific books and characters, as well as getting personal copies of his booked signed in the library afterwards.

“Although my stories are a combination of real life and pure imagination…. by the time a book is done, I can't recognize much of the real-life part,” he said. “It's been changed too much. But I never could have gotten there without it."

Author Experience at Norwood Avenue

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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!

Student Standouts Recognized by the Board of Education

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The district’s Board of Education recognized three of its high-achieving students during their meeting on March 21.

Senior Nicholas Bertos was recognized as the Social Studies Department student of the month. Always challenging himself with the most rigorous academic programs, he will be graduating as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Bertos has excelled in American Law and L.E.A.D. electives and is also a member of the Model U.N. Team, Mock Trial Team and Law Club.

“We are not only concerned with the academic success of our students, but the skills and behaviors they develop to become lifelong learners and active, productive citizens,” said Sean Hurley, district chairperson of social studies. “Highlighted by his work ethic, humility and leadership, we are very proud of the young man that Nick has become and how he represents Northport.”

Senior Arianna Keating was also recognized as the Family and Consumer Science Department student of the month. Keating plays a fundamental role in the organization and management of the preschool classroom by leading group activities and being a role model for the high school students. Keating also serves as secretary of student government, is a senior leader in SHARE, is a member of the Future Educators Association and a member of the National Honor Society.

“Arianna is a mature, artistic, self-assured assistant in the preschool classroom,” said Richard McAllister, Northport High School Assistant Principal. “As an aspiring teacher, Arianna has learned a lot about children and their willingness to learn. She naturally possesses many of the fine qualities needed to interact with children.”

Student-musician Ashleigh Basel was also recognized at the meeting for her recent accomplishments, and presented to the Board by Dr. Izzet Mergen, the director of fine and performing arts. Basel was selected to participate in the 2019 All-Eastern Treble Chorus at the 2019 PMEA/NAfME Eastern Division Conference.

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Learning to Address Global Issues Through Model UN

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22 Students from Northport High School participated in this year’s Model United Nations Conference at Hofstra University on March 13. Participants from thirteen high schools across Long Island took on the roles of different countries across six different committees. Students worked together to develop resolutions to address a myriad of issues, including the potential colonization of Mars, the treatment and placement of refugees, the future of the global oil market, agricultural development and food security in the developing world, and more.

Additionally, NHS students Katie Meadows and Nick Bertos received honorable mentions, and Isabella DeBrino was named “Outstanding Delegate” at the conference. Well done, students!

Advisors Mr. Jensen, Mrs. Moore, and Mr. Krahel commend all of this year’s participants for dedicating time and dedication towards developing a better understanding of global problems, and broadening their understanding of how diplomacy can be used to address such a wide range of issues.

Scholar Athletes Teams

Northport High School’s winter varsity athletic teams have once again all been named New York State Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York Stat Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). In order to achieve this distinction, 75% of each team must hold a 90.0 average or above.

“We are so proud of our student-athletes,” said District Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark Dantuono. “They’re equally as dedicated to their education as they are to athletics.”

Business Students Attend Lunch and Learn

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Students enrolled in the NHS Academy of Finance (AOF) program recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” seminar at KPMG, a global network of finance firms, to learn business etiquette in all aspects of the workplace. Along with learning from lectures, students practiced role playing in a variety of simulations in order to understand etiquette required in business settings. Topics covered included how to properly interview for a job, networking, office protocol, business emailing, and more. Students left with useful knowledge and bolstered confidence that they will take with them after high school and beyond.

Business-World Ready

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Thirty-three business students from Northport High School recently traveled to Rochester in order to compete in the DECA State Career Development Conference. While each state-qualifying participant competed against more than 2,500 other students, Northport students Olivia Caulfield, Faith Gillin, Ayla Lerner, Tage Oster and Katerina Wettengel were each named one of the top ten in their category.

DECA, a nationwide business club, prepares student leaders and emerging entrepreneurs to be business-world ready. This conference included competitive events by specific areas of focus: business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and tourism, marketing, and personal financial literacy.

NHS Mini College Fair

On March 11, 55 colleges and universities visited NHS to visit with students looking to explore options for their future. The mini college fair was a tremendous success thanks to the immense student interest and teacher involvement! Many students were able to make connections with college admissions reps, learn about admissions criteria, college majors and generous scholarships. The next college fair will be on April 11th at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parents are invited to attend this fair along with their children.

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Video: Creating Time to Read at Northport Middle School

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ENMS Raises over $20,000 for St. Baldrick’s

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East Northport Middle School held a St. Baldrick’s event on March 8 in an effort to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and treatment. A group of 39 students and staff members volunteered to participate in the event’s head-shaving statement and, backed by the surrounding community, raised over $20,000 dollars.

This year, the event was held in honor of four past and present ENMS students who have battled childhood cancer, including sixth-grader Charlotte Stuertz. Even though Charlotte has been bravely fighting leukemia, she volunteered to participate in the event’s shaving and to stand alongside her classmates.

With the entire school community, family members, and loved ones in the audience, volunteers walked on stage to have their heads shaved. With each completion, those in attendance cheered in support. Each student exited the stage to receive a hand-knitted hat and a St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” t-shirt to forever remind them the cause.

“East Northport Middle School’s outpouring of support for St. Baldrick’s Day is emblematic of the compassionate and generous hearts of the greater Northport-East Northport community,” said Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola, “and we are so thankful for all they’ve done to aid childhood cancer treatment and research.”

Transformation Tetris

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Students in Ms. Jenelle Sykes’ class recently learned about composite transformations by way of the popular game Tetris.

Students were divided into groups to compete against each other. Teams took turns in solving the best possible location for a falling Tetris piece. After being shown their piece and where it would fall, each group then had two minutes to agree upon a composition of transformations that would situate the piece in a way that they felt would better their odds of eliminating a row. In order to keep teams accountable, each student needed to have the composition recorded on their paper before the final move was locked in.

Once the piece was locked in, all groups in the class were to record the move as well and sketch the piece on their own personal game board. With each group that approached the task, the class as a whole became better at the game.

Any team that was able to eliminate a row would earn one point for the group—and students got competitive.

“A lot of the students were really intrigued by the game, and as a result, knew what was going to be expected of them in the upcoming lessons,” said Ms. Sykes. “During the game, lot of them seemed to want to complete every challenge, and not just their individual teams’. It was wonderful seeing them so engaged in a lesson.”

Invention Convention

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The Gifted and Talented Parents' Association (GTPA) recently hosted a district-wide Invention Convention for grades K-6. Students were encouraged to come up with invention ideas and showcase them at the event, whether by a model, fold out presentation or simply a paper sketch. On Feb. 27, school principals, families of the students, Superintendent Banzer and the Board of Eduation came came together on the evening of the convention to celebrate the young minds of these students.

Each student was given an invention “patent” certificate and a ribbon recognizing their hard work and creativity.

Additionally, the evening featured raffle with items from local donors, including local summer camps, golf, restaurant and museum passes, and a wonderful night was had by all.

Toddler Program Lottery

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The high school's early childhood education program has 16 available openings for the two-year-old toddler program! If selected, each toddler will be paired with a student from Northport’s Family and Consumer Science class, where students will be studying toddler development twice a week.

Applications can be found here, and are due by no later than May 3.

For more information, call the office of Assistant Principal Richard McAllister at 631-262-6670.

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Kindergarteners Aid “Empty Bowls” Efforts

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In preparation for Northport High School’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on March 19, students have been sculpting, painting, glazing, and firing ceramic bowls to donate to the cause. This event, which is in its 7th consecutive year, is organized by the high school art club. Each year, attendees pay to buy a hand-made bowl and a homemade meal, and the money is donated to benefit a local Northport food pantry. Part of the event’s goal is to educate people regarding issues of poverty and hunger in the community as well.

This year, kindergarteners from Ocean Avenue Elementary were invited to assist the community outreach by painting some of the pre-sculpted bowls. Art teacher and club facilitator Mrs. Linda Johansen explained the mission of the project to the kindergarteners, who were all thrilled to help.

“It’s good to help people,” said kindergartener Avery, as she thoughtfully she dipped her brush in blue paint. “When you have a lot of happiness, you should give some of it to others.”

Investigating Careers in Civil Engineering

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Fourth-graders in the Investigate program recently met with civil engineers from a private firm to culminate a unit on structural engineering. This program, overseen by Mrs. Frangitsa Bertos and Mrs. Brianne Furstein, is comprised of approximately 30 students across the district who show an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—providing them with in-depth opportunities to explore those areas.

Professional engineers from Manhattan-based firm Stantec, Maqbool Mohammed and Chris Yorlano, visited the students to discuss bridge inspection and repair process procedures, as well as the rules and regulations that effect inspection work conducted by the company.

The engineers conducted a demonstration of equipment used in the field to inspect and repair bridges, and selected two students to try on pieces of equipment that are necessary to complete rope access inspection work. The students learned that using a harness and other safety equipment when working and inspecting bridges at great heights is known as the “fall arrest system.”

The students also learned about bridge inspection work in the tri-state area, how often all bridges whether big or small need to be inspected, and about Stantec’s available high school mentorships.

Students enjoyed the visit and some even vocalized envisioning civil engineering careers in the future!

Northport High School News12 Scholar Athlete

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NHS senior Sydnie Rohme has been selected as a News12 Scholar-Athlete! This program, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, spotlights outstanding student athletes across Long Island that display leadership as well as both academic and athletic achievement. Sydnie has been named an all-state pentathlete and an all-county volleyball player and is a well-deserving recipient of this honor.

“Sydnie is an embodiment of leadership and achievement in the classroom, as well as on the track and field and volleyball teams,” said District Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics Mark Dantuono.

She is now the 20th selection of 30 student-athletes chosen from both public and private high schools across Long Island. As a winner, Sydnie received a $1,000 scholarship check from Bethpage Federal Credit Union and was featured on News12. Congratulations Sydnie!

Medical Mission Through Artistic Expression

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Northport High School senior Sofia Sawchuk has been volunteering at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown for the past two years and recently helped the hospital bring their medical mission to life through art. Their core value, I-CARE—an acronym for integrity, compassion, accountability, responsibility, and excellence—was expressed by way of Sofia’s artistic design, and hung in the medical office’s executive board room.

Her mission-driven artwork was honored at a special gathering on Feb. 15. The hospital expressed their gratitude towards Sofia and all of her creative and volunteering efforts.

“I thought about the mission statement and considered what images would best marry to each piece,” said Sofia. “The design is what they mean to me and how I hope they would speak to others who may visit the hospital...and I’m so thrilled to see this project come to life.”

Pollution solutions at Pulaski

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At Pulaski Avenue Elementary, fifth-graders in Courtney Groelinger and Valerie Conn’s classes reached into the creative depths of their imaginations to design machines that could help solve the problem of ocean pollution.

Using both artistic and found materials, each group of students designed machines with unique elements. Some proposed using solar panels for energy, while others suggested using metal teeth to crunch and store garbage in the mechanism.

“We wanted them to be creative and take risks when designing their machines,” said Ms. Conn. “The more confidence they build now, the more confident they’ll be to tackle difficult projects in their future, professional lives.”

One book, One School at Fifth Avenue

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Fifth Avenue Elementary School recently kicked off their annual Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program with a school-wide celebration. This year the school is focusing on the theme “One Book, One School” for the first time. For two weeks, all staff, students and families will be reading the same book. Students will have the opportunity to participate in trivia contests and have in-class discussions to encourage consistent reading.

The book, Fenway and Hattie by Victoria E. Coe, is told from a dog’s point of view and helps children learn to see things from one another's perspectives—and to always show kindness.

Students have enjoyed reading the novel as a school and have even began incorporating some of the book’s phrases into their everyday conversation—calling themselves “short humans” just as Fenway, the dog, refers to children in the book.

Part of the mission of PARP is to open up communication between students and their parents, as well as their teachers.

“My mom and I have been reading it every night” said Sienna, a fifth-grader at Fifth Avenue, “and I really like it. I think we’re going to start reading more books out loud together.”

To connect with the book and bring community involvement a step further, the Student Council will conduct a fundraiser for a local animal shelter to show kindness to animals in need.

National Merit Finalists

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Northport High School seniors Madeleine Kestler-DeWan, Katie Sierra, and Nathaniel E. Wang were recently named National Merit Scholarship Competition Finalists! Each of the three students will now be competing with the top one percent of finalists nationwide for one of the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. These scholarships are given to the nation’s scholastic champions and are worth more than $31 million cumulatively. National Merit Scholarship recipients will be notified between the spring and summer months of 2019. Congratulations, students!


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 22, 2019.

Kind Acts Can Change the World

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During the last week of January, the Leadership club at Dickinson Avenue Elementary declared the school’s participation in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Leadership Club is made up of the fifth-grade class and focuses on serving the school and local communities throughout the year, and spearheaded this project in particular.

This challenge, which has been accepted by over 19,000 schools nationwide, is a week-long celebration that seeks to create cultures of kindness.

Dickinson’s goal was to reach 2,000 kind acts by the end of the week, and each student received a checklist of potential kind deeds they could perform to get the ball rolling.

Students showed kindness by talking to students they didn’t know, making a point of smiling at people in the hallway, going out of their way to treat their family members with respect, and more.

By the end of the week, the school had reached a total 5,626 kind deeds—more than double of what they set out to accomplish.

“How we treat people is important,” said Elana, a fifth-grade Leadership Club member. “You don’t know what some kids are going home to, and your kindness could change their whole day.”

While the students were proud of surpassing number of deeds, they knew it was about more than just the number.

“It really comes down to how we treat each other,” said Aidan, another Leadership Club member, “not just how many acts we do!”

In response to the great success of this week, Dickinson Avenue has decided to challenge other schools in the district, as well as other districts in the surrounding area, to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge and see what happens to the culture of their school.

“Just imagine what our world would look like if everyone sought to treat each other with kindness,” said Principal Laurie Storch. “Our efforts, as small as they may seem, can make a difference in the culture of our world.”

Watch the video challenge Dickinson created here: