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Jericho Holds Speed Camera Forum

A new wave of paranoia is sweeping through Nassau County these days, and if you ask a local resident to sum up its potential cause, you’re most likely going to hear a certain two words in response: “speed cameras.”

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Jericho’s Sharon Klein speaks against the cameras.
(Photos by Chris Boyle)

Implemented by Nassau County in select school districts this past summer and touted as a means of keeping children safe, new roadside speed zone cameras automatically issue a traffic ticket to any vehicle exceeding 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit during school hours. However, they courted controversy early on when the cameras began issuing $80 summonses to numerous motorists in August—a month when school is typically not in session—resulting in the county having to refund more than $2 million in ticket revenue. [Read more...]

Jericho Students Earn Merit Honors

The Jericho School District is pleased to announce that 11 Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists and 22 students were named Commended Students in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Pictured with Jericho High School Principal Joan Rosenberg are Jericho High School students Erica Busch, Sy-Wei Ho, Danny Huang, Taylor Kang, Gene Lee, Bryan Lei, Ien Li, Grace Mok, Rameel Rizvi, Eric Wildstein, and Crystal Zheng, semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Jericho High School students Erica Busch, Sy-Wei Ho, Danny Huang, Taylor Kang, Gene Lee, Bryan Lei, Ien Li, Grace Mok, Rameel Rizvi, Eric Wildstein and Crystal Zheng were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These scholastically talented students now have the opportunity to compete for approximately 7,600 scholarships, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring. [Read more...]

Syosset Soars In Homecoming

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On a beautiful October day, the Syosset Central School District held its annual homecoming game and carnival capped with a resounding victory over Valley Stream Central High School.

Hundreds turned out for the community-wide event, which featured halftime show performances from the Syosset High School cheerleaders, kick line and marching band. “Brave Cat” also made an appearance to entertain the crowd and help the cheerleaders get the people loud. [Read more...]

Students Earn Siemens Honor

The Syosset and Jericho school districts recently announced a special honor for five students.

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Three students from Jericho and two from Syosset were named in the prestigious 2014 Siemens Competition in math, science and technology.

Elaine He and Jiwei (Vivian) Zhong, both seniors, received special recognition by having their names published on the Siemens Competition website.

“I’m extremely proud of both of these accomplished students,” said Dr. Giovanni Durante, the principal of Syosset High School. “Their hard work has paid off, their futures are extraordinarily bright and they are wonderful ambassadors of Syosset High School.” [Read more...]

Jericho Group Blasts Speed Cams

A group of Jericho residents fed up with speed camera violations will stage an airing of grievances with local elected officials at the end of the month.

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Residents say the signage is confusing near Cantiague Elementary School.

The town hall meeting, to be held at Cantiague Elementary School. 678 Cantiague Rock Rd. in Jericho, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, is set to attract Legislator Judy Jacobs, Assemblyman Charles Lavine and Hon. John Marks, who all committed to attending. County Executive Ed Mangano was invited, but is not expected to attend. [Read more...]

Syosset Writer Pens Mystery Tale

Jennifer Wolf Kam wants you to know how Devin Rhodes died and who is responsible, but don’t expect an uninterrupted, straightfoward explanation from the Syosset-Jericho native.

In her first published novel, the young-adult mystery tale Devin Rhodes Is Dead (published on Oct. 14), Kam plunges into nonlinear storytelling, building suspense and then pulling back; raising the dramatic pitch and then dropping it to an unsettling silence. The alternating “before” and “after” chapters rachet up the suspense, building to the dramatic conclusion.devincover-306x488b

The trail to Kam’s own dramatic conclusion as published author started in the Jericho School District where, as a young student, she remembers writing stories on construction paper to read in class during circle time. At Jericho High School, she was editor of the school’s literary magazine Pegasus, in which she showcased her creativity and nurtured her inner writer. [Read more...]

Jericho School Celebrates

Robert Seaman Elementary School in Jericho recently celebrated picture day and spirit week. Click here for photos.

Syosset Marks Constitution Day

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South Grove Elementary School installed its student government body for all grades during its Constitution Day observance. Pictured with the students are (far left) teachers Christina Mancuso and Caterina Bozza with South Grove Principal Theresa Scrocco and Judge Summa (far right).
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Students at South Grove Elementary School held its student-officer swearing-in ceremony while learning about America’s system of government on Constitution Day last week. [Read more...]

Jericho Golfers Raise Funds

A golfing squad organized by a Jericho High School senior recently participated in a fundraising effort for the Hispanic Counseling Center.

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Golfers (from left to right) David Paticoff, Cameron Ghazvini, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel raised funds.

Cameron Ghazvini, a senior at Jericho and a member of the school’s varsity golf team, recruited fellow classmates and varsity golfers David Paticoff, Jared Sakni and Jonathan Mandel to join the first Golf Classic at Cold Spring Harbor Country Club in Huntington. The boys were sponsored by the senior class at their high school. [Read more...]

Syosset School Scores High

Syosset High School was ranked 84th on Newsweek’s recent poll of the top high schools in the U.S.

The list, released earlier this month, highlights 500 schools across the nation that best prepare its students for college. At number 84, Syosset High School is the highest ranked school in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Centered on college preparedness, Newsweek used research partner Westat to gather data under six categories: college enrollment, graduation rate, counselor-to-student Ratio, holding power, SAT/ACT test scores and AP/IB test scores. DSC_0084

“We are all very proud of our district’s accomplishments,” said Syosset Principal Giovanni Durante. “Our ranking is a testament to the dedication of our community and school board as well as the hard work of our teachers, support staff and students.” [Read more...]